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Scientists believe Mercury is coated in billions of years’ worth of carbon dust, after being ‘dumped on’ by passing comets

Scientists believe that the planet is coated in billions of years’ worth of carbon dust, after millennia upon millennia of being 'dumped on' by passing comets

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The thousand-year-old remedy has proven to be an “incredibly potent” after a series of tests in Britain and the US during the past year

Scientists have been 'dumbfounded' at the infection-killing ability of the ancient 10th Century cure, after a series of tests in Britain and the US during the past year

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Tourists observe the drawings in the replica of the cave of Altamira near Santander, northern Spain

 

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A computer generated illustration of graphene cells

The filaments will be coated with the high performing material

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An iceberg in Ilulissat, Greenland; researchers have been studying the phenomena of the melting glaciers and their long-term ramifications for the rest of the world (Getty)

900 billion tonnes of ice can leave a rather messy trail

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Interest in machines such as the Large Hadron Collider at Cern is creating a buzz around physics (AP)

Movies like Gravity and Interstellar have youngsters grabbing their lab coats and heading for science lessons at warp speed

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Roscosmos and Nasa also intend to collaborate on a mission to Mars, according to Russian state media

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International Space Station (ISS) crew of (L-R) Scott Kelly of the U.S. and Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka of Russia walk after donning space suits at the Baikonur cosmodrome.

Nasa astronauts have never spent longer than seven months in space

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Video: Footage shows the sun rising over Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Balkans

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A bowl of jasmine rice sits on a counter in the kitchen at Osha Thai Restaurant May 5, 2008 in San Francisco, California. As rice prices continue to climb and some places are limiting the number of bags small businesses can purchase, many Bay Area restaurants are being forced to raise menu prices and stockpile bags.

Rice is eaten all over the world

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The Nasa/Esa Hubble’s images of six galaxy clusters which were observed to study how dark matter behaves when the clusters collide

Dark matter study gives scientists valuable insight into mystery of space

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80 per cent of us keep our phones on overnight, with 50 per cent using them as an alarm clock

Most electronic devices know about the change — so, nowadays, there’s little left to do

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The Asteroid Redirect Mission will see a robotic arm pick up a boulder, testing technology that will be used for missions to Mars and could help save us from future asteroid collisions

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Ruins at Teyu Cuare (

2,000 items believed to have been cast aside by Nazis have been found

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The genome research is the largest project of its kind

Icelandic genome study gives insight into disease

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Rock should safely fly by, and is much further away than the last almost-visitor

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Lava being poured on ice.

It has been described as "scrambled eggs from hell".

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The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station crew of Barry Wilmore of the U.S., and Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of Russia blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome

Agency will use space tourism to make up for the lack of money received from ISS contracts

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A scientist looks at a section of the Cern Large Hadron Collider during maintenance works in 2013 in Meyrin

Experiments had been set to begin this week, but small fixes must now be made to electromagnets

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A scientist takes a close look at wild solanum plants as they are harvested in Peru

Field trials are expected to be announced in June

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New theory could help explain dark energy and other scientific puzzles

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Mary Ndunda is one of the Kenyan farmers taking part in the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (Wema) programme

A new strain of GM maize faces an uphill battle for approval in Kenya

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The XM42 is described as a 'fun device to enjoy with friends'

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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

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Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor