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

The Reith Lectures, Radio 4<br/>Tag Me Amadeus, Radio 4

To see a world in a grain of sand...soundtracked by Wagner

Who the hell does Brian May think he is?

The Queen guitarist doubted reports that foxes attacked twin babies, reacted angrily to his critics, and now threatens to quit the UK unless we can all behave

Galileo finger and thumb go on show

A finger and a thumb belonging to Galileo went on display yesterday in a Florence museum named after the astronomer.

Book Of A Lifetime: Mason & Dixon, By Thomas Pynchon

In his current incarnation as a celebrated virtuoso of Twitter (commanding over 14,000 followers at the time of writing), Dr Samuel Johnson has cannily matched the struck poses, the snorted expostulations and the triumphant aphorisms of his century's discourse to the frame of the tweet. But 18th-century texts did not confine themselves to 140 characters or fewer. Novels went on as long they liked.

After 467 years, Copernicus gets a hero's burial

Somewhat belated Vatican U-turn sees astronomer taken from unmarked grave to a place of honour

How our bones are linked to calcium from exploding star

A new type of exploding star that gives rise to vast amounts of calcium – which could end up being incorporated into our bones – has been discovered in a nearby galaxy by astronomers.

The Stars: May

Since the Greek astronomer Ptolemy observed Polaris (the Pole Star) 2000 years ago, it has brightened more than two-and-a-half times.

2010: A Space Odyssey: 20 years of Hubble

Tim Walker on what Hubble's fantastic voyage has taught us about the universe

Geoffrey Burbidge: Astrophysicist notorious for his rejection of the Big Bang theory

Geoffrey Burbidge was a British-born astrophysicist, who, in collaboration with three others, came up with space's equivalent of Darwin's On the Origin of Species, and who later gained notoriety for rejecting the Big Bang theory.

'Mysterious' dark object observed in star system

A "mysterious dark companion" was observed for the first time in a star system which has puzzled sky-watchers since the 19th century.

Women in science: Pioneers blaze path for others

The Royal Society has named its top 10 female scientists, yet many still feel marginalised

Saturn: a ringside seat

The Cassini mission has shed new light on one of the great mysteries of the solar system, says Steve Connor

New planet Corot-9b has Earth-like temperatures

The first planet with a "temperate" climate to orbit a distant star has been discovered by astronomers, who claim that the techniques used to study it will be critical in the search for Earth-like worlds beyond our own solar system.

Nasa image shows it's a wonderful world

Extraordinary composite picture taken over many months shows Earth in incredible detail

Steve Connor: Gain height and you might lose weight

Science Notebook: You can get rid of pounds by simply living on a mountain for a few weeks
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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'