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August 24th – Pluto Demoted Day

[Laura Noakes | Deputy Editor] I don’t know about you, but I’m still pretty upset that Pluto is no longer a planet – it completely wrecked my childhood way of remembering the planets (My Very Efficient Memory Just Summed Up Nine Planets)! Poor, poor Pluto got the worst demotion ever on the 24th August 2006 when it was officially re-classified as a dwarf planet, rather than a planet. The upside to Pluto’s demotion is that August 24th is now a great day to get geeky about Space

A healthy dose of science: News from space

[Kat Clements | Contributing Writer] Working out what science stories matter and which ones are just a flash in the pan can be tricky, especially if you don’t have a science background. UniVerse is here to help with our regular roundup of the biggest news in science, environment and health. Philae Phone Home Image courtesy of In case you’ve been living under a rock since November, Philae is the probe sent out by the European Space Agency to explore Comet 67P/Churyumo