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Luhman 16B is the nearest brown dwarf to Earth, and the third nearest star system to our solar system

Page 3 Profile: Dr Peter Wothers, chemist

A stuffy academic?

Scientists find 'habitable' Tau Ceti planet

Planet that orbits a sun visible to the naked eye

Boris Strugatsky: 'Unfortunately I am a pessimist: I don’t believe anything good comes from a large mass of people'

Boris Strugatsky: Acclaimed writer of science fiction

Boris Strugatsky and his older brother Arkady, who died in 1991, were the Soviet Union's best-known science-fiction writers and, from the early 1970s, gained an international reputation as their work was regularly translated into English. Their Noon Universe is the setting for 10 novels and various offshoot works, written over a quarter of a century, while other stories were adapted for the cinema, most notably Tarkovsky's Stalker.

Tributes paid to eccentric stargazer Sir Patrick Moore

Tributes poured in immediately for eccentric stargazer Sir Patrick Moore as news of his death broke.

ZombiU – Review

An excellent day one example of the Wii U's twist on gameplay.

US military chiefs 'planned to blow up the moon with nuclear bomb' as show of Cold War muscle, physicist claims

Claims that military bosses developed a classified plan to launch a nuclear weapon 238,000 miles to the moon where it would be detonated upon impact

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Ronald Wayne decided to get out just two weeks after Apple was registered for business'

Who knew that Apple – the technology firm, not the record label – had its very own fifth Beatle? The Stu Sutcliffe to Steve Jobs's Lennon and Steve Wozniak's McCartney is Ronald Wayne, now 78 and living alone in a bungalow in Nevada from where he supplements his social security payments by selling stamps and old coins.

A planet without a sun found

A planet without a sun has been discovered by astronomers who say it is the first confirmation of a free-floating planet that does not orbit a star.

The Mary Celeste of space: Scientists discover first ever free-floating planet not trapped by gravity of a star

A planet without a sun that wanders through space like a lost Mary Celeste has been discovered by astronomers who say it is the first confirmation of a free-floating planet that does not orbit a star.

Universe is expanding at a rate comparable to a rollercoaster, say scientists

The universe is expanding at a rate comparable to a rollercoaster, according to scientists who have mapped the galaxies for the first time as they were 11 billion years ago.

Carry the One, By Carol Anshaw

Out of a fatal accident comes a patchwork quilt of changed lives

Revealed: New Earth-like planet that could have a life-supporting climate and water

A new ‘super-Earth’ has been discovered that could have a life-supporting climate and water.

Editorial: 4Growth sets out a spending plan worthy of this windfall

The money the Government stands to gain from the auction of the 4G mobile spectrum represents that extremely rare and happy event in public finances: a genuine windfall. It should be treated as such. It should not be ploughed back to vanish in the Treasury's vaults; it should not be seized by the Chancellor to plug gaps elsewhere. It should be set aside to support programmes in a conceptually related area that might not otherwise attract funding.

Gart Westerhout: Celebrated astronomer

Gart Westerhout was an astronomer who gained international renown in the early 1950s when he helped chart the Milky Way galaxy with unprecedented precision, and who later created the astronomy programme at the University of Maryland in the United States.

Rescuers in the village of Onna, near the Abruzzo capital L'Aquila, in April 2009. The 6.3-magnitude earthquake killed 309 people

Italian scientists jailed for six years after failing to issue warnings ahead of deadly L’Aquila earthquake

Leading geophysicists say trial over deadly L’Aquila quake should never have been held

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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