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Colonel Meow, the cat with the longest fur in the world and the brooding face of an evil genius, has sadly passed away.

Steve Wilhite, inventor of the GIF file, poses with an award backstage at the Webby Awards. He says the file should be pronounced 'jif' not 'gif' with a hard 'G'.

GIF inventor Steve Wilhite says it should be pronounced 'jif'

The inventor of the Gif file has revealed that the world has been mispronouncing his creation.

The Evolve team with losing contestant Jaz, far left on the lower row

First Night: I'm sick of clichés, says Lord Sugar as the The Apprentice returns

They were sent to take delivery of loads of toilet paper, bottled water and waving Chinese cats

A Canadian lynx, similar to the Edwardian feral lynx

Lynx is evidence that big cat did roam Britain – but it's the stuff of legend now

Preserved lynx discovered in museum was 'Beast of Bodmin' of its time

Kate Humble: 'It was exciting being in a big city at 19, living on crisps, air and drugs'

I spent my whole childhood covered in the dung of various animals I grew up in a house next door to a farm in Bray, Berkshire. Most days I'd climb over the fence into our neighbour's farm and muck out the horses or the pigs.

A new dating site puts beard-lovers in touch with beard-wearers

Beardiful: The singles’ dating site for furry fellows – and their fans

The beard might be back in fashion, but that doesn’t mean it's easy for wearers to find love.

Paul Gallico: Ever an optimist

Invisible Ink: No 165 - Paul Gallico

There was a time when Paul Gallico's novels had a place on every middle-class bookshelf, yet, even though several of his books remain in print, he has all but vanished from public consciousness. He was born in New York in 1897, the son of a famous Italian pianist and composer, and became one of the highest-paid sports writers in America. His career took off after he asked the boxer Jack Dempsey to spar with him, and was able to describe what it felt like to be knocked out by a champion.

Lion broke the neck of young volunteer after 'opening cage with its paw'

Authorities believe a lion broke the neck of a young volunteer at a US animal park after opening its cage with its paw and attacking as the woman cleaned its holding area.

Lion kills intern at California animal sanctuary

A female intern at a private wild animal park in Central California has been killed by a lion, authorities said today.

Alas, when I logged on to try and put my cat Onion on the map, it was having teething troubles

Cat lovers of the world unite and take co-ordinates

Do you love maps? Do you love cats? If so, check out the Zoological Society of London’s latest promotional wheeze, which combines the two. Catography, if you will. The idea is that in the run up to the opening of London Zoo’s new Tiger Territory area (a £3.6m enclosure where endangered  Sumatran tigers will be living) on the 22 March, cat fans can add the location and name of their moggy to an interactive map of the world.

Cat Cafe's are set to be established in London

Cat café is coming to London after public donates £100,000 in a feline frenzy

Start-up donations spurred on by Independent article earlier this year

I'd love to have a pet dog - but lack of space, work (and a cat) get in the way

Join my campaign to make my mum a dog owner

Yet Another Armageddon? Five Ways to Prepare Yourself for the Impending Solar Superstorm

We've only just wiped the sweat from our brow following the averted Mayan apocalypse, but already news is spreading of another impending doom; and this one even has actual science behind it.

According to a group of experts at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, a solar superstorm - caused by the Sun ejecting billions of tonnes of highly-energetic matter travelling at a million miles an hour - is not only inevitable - but coming soon. "The two challenges for government are the wide spectrum of technologies affected today and the emergence of unexpected vulnerabilities as technology evolves," says Professor Paul Cannon. So let's prepare...

Stewie was the longest cat in the world

So long ... to the world's longest cat

Stewie the world's longest cat has died. Guinness World Records declared Stewie the Cat the record-holder in August 2010, measuring 48.5 inches (123.19 cm) from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.

Video: Kitten and hedgehog make friends

A video of a kitten tentatively meeting a hedgehog has gone viral.

New research shows 350,000 Britons a year are being infected with pet-borne parasite linked with schizophrenia and increased suicide risk

'Stone-cold serial killers': Domestic cats slaughter billions upon billions of animals in US every year

A new study has discovered cat kills exceed all prior estimates

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent