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

The killer oceans: What really wiped out the dinosaurs?

Did asteroids really wipe out the dinosaurs? Scientists now think rising sea-levels were to blame – and they could threaten our survival too. Sanjida O'Connell reports

Rowing: Under-23s double scullers storm to gold

The double scullers Charles Cousins and Bill Lucas stormed to a gold medal on the Beetzee in Brandenburg yesterday, leading a British medal count of five in the world under-23 championships. Cousins and Lucas of Reading University were third in this event last year and have developed strongly since under the world class start programme which discovered them.

Impact Earth: Could we divert a giant asteroid?

A century ago this week, an asteroid fireball exploded over Siberia with the power of 185 Hiroshima bombs. Steve Connor asks how we can prevent a similar catastrophe in a major world city

Did life begin with a meteorite?

Scientists discover genetic ingredient for creation of man on rock from space

Hollywood under the microscope

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Lib Dems: 4x4 drivers face &#163;2,000 tax

Motorists who drive gas-guzzling cars would pay road tax of £2,000 a year under a shift towards green taxes proposed by the Liberal Democrats.

Nothing to declare? Coleen is collared by UK Customs

Coleen McLoughlin has learnt a lot on her meteoric rise to fame and fortune with her fiancé Wayne Rooney. But it seems no one mentioned the function of Customs officers.

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