China village builds £1.3 million 'money wall'

Cash windfall reportedly took villagers two days to distribute

On Wednesday the moon will appear to be 4 per cent smaller than usual as it reaches its apogee

Mini-moon: the smallest moon of 2014 will appear in skies on Wedneday evening

The moon will reach its apogee three hours after it rises

Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World, by JH Brennan - book review: Brennan's spirited passion is marred by too much haste

Have gods, demons and spirits been whispering their thoughts into our ears, over the millennia? JH Brennan thinks so.

Johannes Kepler's 442nd birthday: Google Doodle celebrates 17th-century mathematician, astronomer and astrologer

Johanes Kepler, who was born on 27 December 1771, was born near Stuttgart and made his foray into astronomy after he worked as a maths teacher in Graz, Austria - where he became an associate of Prince Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg.

Horoscopes 'bad for you' say scientists, warning obsession with starsigns can cause indulgent and impulsive behaviour

Scientists warn people who checked their horoscope daily were more likely to behave impulsively

Geminid meteor shower 2013: up to 120 meteors an hour expected Saturday morning

The annual Geminids are the most massive regular meteor shower

Arcade Fire (William and Win Butler pictured) have penned a film soundtrack

Has penning movie soundtracks become a must-do for musicians? Arcade Fire and Jon Hopkins join the bandwagon

Arcade Fire have written the music for Spike Jonze's Her

If the iPhone is too cheap meet the £4100 smartphone from Vertu

Luxury mobile has the highest-grade build quality, but the innards are the same as a £100 device

Interview: Author Eleanor Catton on 'The Luminaries', astrology and Man Booker longlisting

'It’s been a real ride getting on the longlist'

Nasa spots a 'Cosmic Caterpillar' in the middle of metamorphosis

Light-year-long proto-star is battling the radiation from its neighbours to try and mature into a star

Hundreds of astronomy lovers enjoy the meteor shower in the aboriginal town of Atalayita in Canary Islands, Spain

Perseids meteor shower: Clear skies predicted for tonight's 'spectacular' firework display

The annual firework display in the sky known as the Perseids meteor shower – one of the most spectacular examples of “shooting stars” – could reach a peak this evening and Tuesday morning, astronomers said.

Gas cloud 'stretched like spaghetti' by supermassive black hole

Through studying the cloud's death throes, scientists hope to learn more about the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way

The other blue planet: HD 189733b's stunning azure hue revealed by Hubble telescope for first time

Deep cobalt colouring comes from drops of liquid gas raining horizontally in 7,000 km/h winds

TV channels fined over Michael Jackson and Milly Dowler claims

Two television channels have been fined a total of £22,500 after they featured psychics making claims about singer Michael Jackson and murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

Cosmic! Scientists clear up one of large unsolved puzzles about our Universe

Scientists have solved the mystery of cosmic rays, a stream of highly-energetic sub-atomic particles that pervades the Universe and is responsible for much of the extra radiation dose received by airline passengers.

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