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R&B diva Mariah Carey has somewhat surprisingly titled her latest album E=MC2, not as a homage to the main man Einstein, but because it's allegedly short for “Emancipation equals Mariah Carey times two”. Somebody please teach her some maths before she releases more music.

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“Contrary to recent press reports, NASA offices involved in near-Earth object research were not contacted and have had no correspondence with a young German student.”

The agency denies accepting help from 13-year-old Nico Marquardt in working out how likely we are to be hit by the asteroid Apophis.

Wordwatch

Nerdic Also known as 'geek speak', it is the fastest-growing 'language' in the world, adding about 100 new terms every year, including the verb 'to Google'.

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GOING UP: Moon crops European Space Agency scientists find that plants can grow, without needing extra food, in crushed-up rock very like the lunar surface.

GOING DOWN: Space tourism Just as everyone else jumps on the space-tourism bandwagon, the world's top space-travel company, the Russian government, announces that it may stop selling space voyages in 2010, to save more seats for cosmonauts.

Sources: Mariah Daily Journal, NASA, Ananova.com, BBC, The China Post

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Sidelines. Nature 452, 923 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/452923b

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