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Though gravity is much less strong on Mars, the atmosphere is far thinner

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2004 BL86 will be so close that it will be visible through binoculars

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The 900m-long rock will come to within 1.2 million kilometres of Earth

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The pictures will show little more than bright dots, but they will be priceless to scientists

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Academics have found evidence that PTSD was suffered earlier than previously thought in Mesopotamia

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Scientists say these metals could have huge implications for solar panels and sanitation

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Scientists believe that a giant asteroid hitting Earth would not be able to ignite a firestorm on a global scale

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Animal’s name means “predator crocodile”, and it had huge knife-like teeth

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After contacting their doctor, women who develop chickenpox in pregnancy should be referred to a foetal medicine specialist

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National Audit Office concerned about supply of crucial DNA and scientific evidence to courts

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Scientists use powerful X-ray to analyse nearly 2,000 year-old scrolls that cannot be unrolled without destroying them

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