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Scientists say it's too early to say whether Ceres could support microbial life, but a visit from the Dawn spacecraft in early 2015 should provide answers

BHP Billiton sees record production but misses targets

New chief Andrew Mackenzie confident BHP Billiton can achieve 16% growth in two years

Bryan Cranston made the quip during his acceptance speech for best male actor in a drama series at the SAG awards

SAG Awards: Bryan Cranston, aka Breaking Bad's Walter White, calls cast 'nicest white supremacist Nazis ever'

The show's leading man made the joke during his best actor acceptance speech at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

Three's a crowd: Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Pauline Quirke in 'Birds of a Feather'

Birds of a Feather, TV review: feathered friends return, but the Essex jokes no longer work

Thatcherite Essex was culturally relevant when 'Birds of a Feather' first aired, but after ten series of 'TOWIE' the milieu has become a cartoon parody

Crab Nebula: Noble gas molecules detected in space for the first time

Molecular ions of argon hydride were detected in supernova remnant

A cultivator of marijuana smelling a plant at his house in Montevideo, Uruguay

In pictures: Uruguay's Senate creates world's first national marketplace for legal marijuana

The Uruguayan Senate voted on a government-sponsored bill legalizing the production and sale of marijuana. The bill has already been approved by the Chamber of Deputies and parliament's upper house, and makes Uruguay the first country in the world to regulate the cultivation and distribution of the soft drug.

Wenger believes Wilshere has the mentality of Zidane

Comment: Is Arsene Wenger right to be angry with Jack Wilshere for smoking?

Pictures have emerged that show the Arsenal midfielder holding a cigarette outside a nightclub

Oracle Team USA took another two race wins to pull back to within three points of Emirates Team New Zealand

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA keep the champagne on ice as two more race wins to pull within three points of Emirates Team New Zealand

The Kiwis were 7-1 up at one point but the latest victories for the US has seen them claw back to 8-5

Crew members from Team USA wave to the crowd after defeating Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 15 in the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco, California

America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA claims two more wins

The comeback continues for America’s Cup defender Oracle Team USA as Emirates Team New Zealand just cannot convert match point to victory with the one extra win it needs. Instead the Americans grabbed two more wins and with them the strutting rights.

Scientists find cosmic factory for building blocks of life

The origins of life on Earth have mystified and fascinated scientists for centuries. Now, researchers believe they have added a vital piece to the jigsaw with the discovery that, under certain circumstances, collisions between icy comets and planets produce amino acids, the basic building  blocks of life.

This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space, or the space between stars. Interstellar space is dominated by the plasma, or ionized gas, that was ejected by the death of nearby giant stars millions of years ago.

Voyager 1 has left the solar system, but what message is it carrying to the stars?

The Golden Record is a gold-plated copper phonograph carrying images and audio recording of humanity and the animal life of Earth

Anna Pavord's A to Z of pests and problems: P is for passageways, pests and pruning

Our green-fingered correspondent Anna Pavord continues her A-Z of horticultural pests and problems standing between you and your perfect garden

Samples from victims could fail to show evidence of sarin gas

It will be difficult – but not impossible – to detect the chemical breakdown products of any nerve agents that may have been used in the Damascus attack, but access to the victims could be critical in proving the illicit use of chemical weapons.

Walter faces up to Jack (Michael Bowen) in the final season

Breaking Bad: Why life won't be the same without this radical American television drama

The series is returning for its final season on Netflix. Archie Bland celebrates its cumulative, remorseless brilliance

Anna Pavord's A to Z of pests and problems: N is for neighbours, nettles and nutrient deficiency

Our green-fingered correspondent Anna Pavord continues her A-Z of horticultural pests and problems standing between you and your perfect garden

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The Independent's pro-cycling writers Simon Usborne, Simon O'Hagan and Jamie Merrill have tried the following bikes and have the experience of riding them. Click on each of them for their full review.

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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

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The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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