News A colony of ants have set up home in the International Space Station as part of an experiment to see how their behavior changes in an environment of low gravity

It's hoped the way they adapt their foraging behavior will help to develop smarter robots

Second time yucky: Yuck on life with a new front man

Indie rockers Yuck lost their lead singer last year, but with a new album out and an upcoming tour, they’re enjoying a new lease of life

The Whitaker's Quiz of the Year: Round 5 - Music

1. Who won the Mercury Prize for their second studio album Overgrown?

Edwyn Collins

Edwyn Collins, gig review

Portobello Town Hall, Edinburgh

'Truckers Ride for the Constitution' are expecting 3,000 truckers to descend on the capital

US shutdown: Truckers to clog Washington's Beltway in 3-day protest against 'lawlessness' of members of Congress

The protest was first announced in mid-September, before the beginning of the ongoing government shutdown

New Zealand-via-London indie rockers Popstrangers channel the the sound of Wavves

The Playlist: Popstrangers / White Lung / Velvet Underground

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

All over now: Thurston Moore (right) and Kim Gordon (left)

Sonic Youth: Breaking up is hard to do

Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon's marriage ended two years ago, taking Sonic Youth with it. Larry Ryan hears them and other members strike out on their own

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Blog faves, BBC Sound of 2013 poll, world tour…and the trio hadn't even released an album. Can it live up to the hype?

Video: Andy Gill's Mercury Music Prize

Watch the videos below to take in tracks from some of the 12 artists that Andy Gill believes should be recognised on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist.

Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen

End of the Road Festival 2013 review: Walkmen, David Byrne, St. Vincent and others at Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset

I think I’ve seen the performance of the weekend from New York’s Walkmen on Sunday night, amidst End of the Road’s beautiful West Country hills. Their singer Hamilton Leithauser croons their old song “The Rat” with righteous, Dylanesque venom at the heart of loud, lashing rock’n’roll. Hand in his pocket as if in a Vegas lounge, but thrusting himself forward with pugilistic attitude, Leithauser leads a band proudly pouring out passion.

Audio: Caught in the Net

Listen to the tracks mentioned in Caught in the Net below:

Laura and Brady in the Shadow of Our House, 1994

Photography book review: Abelardo Morell - The Universe Next Door, By Elizabeth Siegel

Over the past 25 years, Abelardo Morell has earned international praise for his images that use the language of photography to explore visual surprise and wonder.

This giant tarantula has been discovered in Sri Lanka

Giant new kind of tarantula discovered in Sri Lanka

Scientists in Sri Lanka have discovered a huge new kind of tarantula.

The full Field Day line-up

Field Day 2013: The full line-up

Now in its 7th year, Field Day, London’s most forward thinking festival returns to the leafy green surroundings of Victoria Park. With its unique formula of pioneering line-up coupled with village fete mentality, Field Day is a celebration of all that is bold, daring and innovative in the world of alternative music!

Win one of 20 pairs of VIP tickets to Field Day

Field Day, London's most ambitious and forward-thinking festival celebrates its seventh birthday on 25 May in Victoria Park with its unique formula of pioneering line-up coupled with village fete mentality.

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