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

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

Would real space battles look and sound just like they do in ‘Star Wars’? And could Bruce Willis’s bomb save us from an asteroid? Adam Weiner puts screen science to the test

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Billed as Pythonesque, the five-strong troupe The Ornate Johnsons serve sketches that also owe a debt to The Two Ronnies, Not The Nine O'Clock News and - in a sketch about a hygienically challenged Italian restaurant - Hale and Pace.

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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