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A Hubble image of a pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the light from nearby stars in the Carina nebula, located 7,500 light years away

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release, and its scientists and engineers were vilified - how differently we see it today

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A Hubble image of a pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the light from nearby stars in the Carina nebula, located 7,500 light years away

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release, and its scientists and engineers were vilified - how differently we see it today

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The Italian city of Lecce has given up more of it's historical riches

Owner found so much archaeological treasure buried beneath his property that he now has a museum. Michael Day hears his story

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A skull cup from Gough's Cave, Somerset

New research offers the best evidence yet that cannibalism took place in Somerset's Cheddar Gorge 15,000 years ago

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The two Nasa astronauts captured some breathtaking images of earth from the ISS (Nasa)

There have been various theories behind the mysterious bell-like ringing since it was discovered it the late 90s but new research is thought to be the most plausible to date

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The study, led by Takefumi Kikusui of Azabu University in Sagamihara, also involved experiments with wolf cubs reared by hand

Oxytocin, the hormone released into the bloodstream by women after childbirth, also increases in both dogs and their owners when interacting

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The analysis showed that when large donations were made by men to attractive female fundraisers, subsequent donations from men increased a further £28 on average.

Men will give donate significantly more if they see that other men have already given large amounts and when the fundraiser is an attractive woman

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But those who were treated for their sleep apnoea did not exhibit signs of impairment until virtually the same age as normal sleepers

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The artefacts were found near Lake Turkana, Kenya

They are about 700,000 years older than the previous record holder and are likely to have been made by Australopithecus, an ape-like ancestor of Homo sapiens

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Odours known as 'chemosignals' have previously been shown to communicate negative emotions like disgust and fear

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An artist's illustration of an approximately Mercury-sized object slamming into the early proto-Earth. File photo

The study raises fresh questions about how the Earth ended up in its present state

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Oxytocin plays in important role in manipulating how the brain processes social information, say scientists

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It’s already been shamed for not really being a planet, and now Pluto has been caught in an unflattering — but hugely important — picture

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The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, launched by SpaceX and carrying NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite, lifts off from launch pad 40 the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket blasted off to put the U.S. satellite into deep space, where it will keep tabs on solar storms and image Earth from nearly 1 million miles (1.6 million km) away

Rocket managed to carry an espresso machine and other supplies to ISS before failing to land on the ocean platform

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Hubble telescope enables first view of the cosmic entity 'interacting with itself'

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An octopus on display on April 24, 2013 at the State Museum of Natural History in Karlsruhe, Germany

 

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Back from the dead? The woolly mammoth

It is without irony that some scientists are seriously raising the possibility of bringing back the mammoth from extinction to help prevent our own demise

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Haddock, lemon sole and plaice could well be replaced by more southern, edible species such as hake, red mullet, gurnard, John Dory, sardines and anchovies

Forecasts predict that many cold-water species will be unable to cope with rising sea temperatures

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Scientists have detected the presence of a chemical substance in the Martian soil

There is already overwhelming evidence that rivers and lakes once existed on the Red Planet

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Hodor, a stableboy at Winterfel. Character from the series 'Game of Thrones', played by Kristian Nairn

George RR Martin has created a character who is a textbook example of someone with a neurological condition called expressive aphasia

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Paul Allan, left, discusses his winning board with defeated opponent Allan Simmons, right, at the 42nd British National Scrabble Championships in London

Score and leave, think parallel — here's how best to beat the scramble for words

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Team behind 'human cruise control' hope that it can be used to let people look up from their phones while exploring

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Small but mighty: for an unlucky minority, bee stings can trigger anaphylactic shock, which is potentially fatal

Sensitivities to particular substances, from peanuts to pollen, make millions of us miserable, and can be fatal, but why do they exist?

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...