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On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader has written to voters in a final attempt to convince them to vote for independence
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Rosalind Buckland, the inspiration for Cider with Rosie died this week
booksBut what is it like to be the person who inspires a classic work of art?
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We are phenomenally good at recognising faces; the study showed that humans have been selected to be unique and easily recognisable

 

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Spiders are spotted more frequently in autum, during their mating season

The 'Spider in Da House' app has been launched as the creatures become more active during the autumn mating season

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The rare siphonophore discovered during an expedition in the Gulf of Mexico

The creature may look like a jellyfish but is in fact a colony of organisms that work together to eat, move and breathe

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George the goldfish during surgery

The Lort Smith Animal Hospital operated on fish George after his concerned owner decided to go ahead with surgery

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The ecological reconstruction of Ikrandraco avatar is shown in this illustration courtesy of Chuang Zhao. Scientists on September 11, 2014 announced the discovery of fossils in China of a type of flying reptile called a pterosaur that lived 120 millions years ago and so closely resembled those creatures from the 2009 film, Avatar that they named it after them.

Scientists have jokingly urged that blue, avatar-like creatures have never existed, and the reptiles were never ridden

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An aerial view over the Amazon from 2012

Scientists hope the project will help answer questions on climate change by monitoring air movements over the rainforest

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Clouds roll in over Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland, as photographers await the much anticipated northern lights

Experts said that the intensity of the solar flares could cause disturbances in satellite and radio transmissions

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The sarcophagus lid is believed to have been brought to the UK by the late Captain ‘Tiger’

 

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The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known, at St. Mary's Lighthouse and Visitor Centre, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside

Aurora Borealis to appear unusually far south due to solar flares

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The bridge over the River Omka, in the city of Omsk, Siberia, Russia, near where armour that could be up to 3,900 years old was found.

Archaeologists found the armour in an area rich in ancient burial grounds

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The vast plasma cloud could cause disruption to power grids, radio and satellite communications

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The London skyline

Montreal Protocol saw decrease in use of ozone-harmful chemicals but substitutes are thought to considerably increase climate change emissions

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A couple stand in front of the full moon in Burgos, Spain, on 9 September 2014

The Harvest Supermoon was extra bright and large on the evenings of Monday and Tuesday

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The discovery of the buried stones is part of a much wider archaeological investigation into Stonehenge’s sacred landscape

Scientists say they had no idea massive henge of 50 stones was just two miles away

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Members of the arctic expedition led by British explorer Sir John Franklin (1786 - 1847) on their attempt to discover the Northwest passage. The expedition was beleaguered by thick ice and Franklin died in June 1847 and most of the team died of starvation

One of two ships from the Franklin Expedition, lost in 1846, has been found in the Arctic

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A snow plough clearing snow on the Northumberland border in February

Study finds fluctuations in mild and cold winters are increasing

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A team at the University of Arizona, Tucson found that when a virus, for example the norovirus, contaminates a single doorknob or elevator button it spreads rapidly through entire office buildings, hotels or hospitals.

A new study shows the rapid spread of a virus in communal buildings

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An vaccine for Ebola may be developed following the success of animal testing

Human trials are underway for an Ebola vaccine following the success of animal testing, although sustained protection is complex

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A male driver reverses his Vauxhall Astra from a tow truck
newsThe 'extremely dangerous' attempt to avoid being impounded has been heavily criticised
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Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona
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Toby Jones (left) and Mackenzie Crook in BBC4’s new comedy The Detectorists
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Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas

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Leaps and bounds: several shots of one horse jumping
techThere's a new social-media craze in town: the time-lapse video
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Maxine Peake plays Hamlet at Manchester's Royal Exchange
theatreReview: Maxine Peake brings emotional ferocity to Shakespeare's starring part
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Jack Huston is the new Ben-Hur
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It scooped up an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards when it was first remade in 1959

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Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week