News An aerial picture of the Grand Canyon in Arizona from around 30,000 feet (10,000m)

It was thought that the global landmark was perhaps 70million years old

Twitter posts impressive figures as it celebrates its fifth birthday

"Inviting coworkers". As a tweet it was neither informative nor terribly interesting, but as the first, sent by Jack Dorsey to colleagues at San Francisco web firm Odeo five years ago today, it launched a global phenomenon.

Pulitzer winner in plagiarism row

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sari Horwitz has been suspended by The Washington Post for plagiarism.

The cinema special effects that are saving real lives

Tony Gardner won fame making realistic bodies for Hollywood. Now he makes them to train medics. Guy Adams reports

Tucson victims face suspect at hearing

Survivors of the multiple shooting in Tucson, Arizona, two months ago – which left US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords seriously injured – have come face-to-face with the suspect at a court hearing.

Deborah Ross: Does being a 'genius' offer any excuse?

If you ask me...

Matthew Norman: Obama's second term is safe. Republicans will see to that

If Michelle Bachmann, another ultra-Godly, Creationist mom of five from the howling far right, is a new name to you, best get used to it

Luke Donald takes European Tour award

Luke Donald has been named the European Tour's Golfer of the Month for February after his astonishing victory in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.

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Leading article: Bolt from the blue

Once upon a time there was the Big Bang theory of the origins of the universe. Now, you could say, we have another, more local, "big bang" – for the origin of life on Earth. According to scientists in Arizona, the crucial components necessary for life to start may not have been generated by our own planet in the first instance, but come from somewhere deep in outer space, carried by the barrage of meteorites that crashed into the earth four billion years ago. The key is the discovery that a meteorite was capable of providing nitrogen-containing ammonia.

James Corrigan: Kaymer's rise to the top threatens new German stereotype: The masters of golf

For years in Germany it was social golf for an exclusive set, preserve of the hacking rich man, with all the gear and no idea. With Kaymer, it’s changing

From Plod to God as Donald defeats Kaymer in the desert

The unusual sight of snow in the Arizona desert yesterday gave way to the rather more familiar spectacle of an Englishman winning the Accenture Match Play Championship. Luke Donald retained this prestigious trophy for his country, moving up to world No 3 in the process.

The Hacker: You bet Tiger and I can both make a mess of the 19th hole

Encouraged by someone whose name I won't reveal, I placed a few quid on Tiger Woods to win the Accenture World Match Play at Tucson, Arizona, which reaches its climax today.

James Lawton: If Lièvremont hates the English, is it because he fears humiliation for France in World Cup year?

A number of hard questions will be asked at Twickenham this evening, not least at the front of the scrum, but let's start at the beginning.

Racist gang leader sent to death row

A jury has sentenced the leader of an anti-immigrant group to death for the murder of a young girl and her father, in what prosecutors said was an attempt to steal drug money to fund the group's activities.

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