News An aerial picture of the Grand Canyon in Arizona from around 30,000 feet (10,000m)

It was thought that the global landmark was perhaps 70million years old

Authorities extended a danger zone around a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia after it spewed blistering gas farther than expected, sending panicked residents streaming down the sides of the mountain

Cloud of destruction: 20,000 evacuated as Mount Sinabung volcano erupts in Indonesia

Blistering gas sent panicked residents streaming down the sides of the mountain

Indonesian volcano erupts

Thousands flee as one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes erupts

The alert status for one of the archipelago’s most active volcanoes was raised to the highest level on Sunday after the mountain repeatedly sent hot clouds of gas down its slope following a series of eruptions in recent days.

Looking over Ashness Bridge to Derwent Water and Skiddaw in the threatened Western Lake District

Lake District threatened by nuclear waste again

Controversial plans for toxic dumping back on table eight months after being rejected

Murray co-founded the Planetary Society

Bruce Murray: Nasa director who pioneered photography in space science

Bruce Murray was an ambitious proponent of space exploration and was among the first to emphasise the use of photography of other planets. Murray was director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a space exploration arm of Nasa, from 1976-82. As a part of the team that launched the Mariner missions to Mars and other planets in the 1960s and 1970s, Murray was one of the first scientists to highlight the use of photography in space science.

Ilya Segalovich was an internet pioneer and one of the founders of Yandex, the Russian search engine

Ilya Segalovich: Computer pioneer whose internet search company predated Google

Ilya Segalovich was an internet search pioneer and one of the founders of Yandex, the Russian search engine which was conceived in 1993 and launched in 1997, a full year before its more famous American competitor, Google.

Under the Chancellor’s regime, shale gas producers will pay just 30 per cent tax on their profits

George Osborne reveals 50% tax break for fracking firms

Britain’s fledgling shale gas industry will get a major boost today as George Osborne cuts taxes on fracking profits to less than half the amount paid by conventional oil and gas producers.

What to say? Eye Spy enacts unacceptable behaviour

TV review: Eye Spy - Lost in the ethical maze without a moral compass

Would you help yourself to a holdall of cash abandoned in a phone box? Or intervene in a restaurant if a customer was subject to racist abuse from a waiter? You’d take the cash, buy the restaurant and sack the waiter – of course, you would. Not everyone is like you, though, oh heroic reader.

Earthquake strikes in Mexico city

A moderate earthquake has struck southern Mexico, shaking buildings in the capital and sending frightened people out into the streets.

Wait and see: The joys of a slow-blooming peony

There are seven big buds on my peony "Sarah Bernhardt". I've just counted them. I've been waiting several whole summers for this. And you do wait a long time for peonies. You can occasionally find yourself feeling like the End Times will approach and the Sun and the Moon and the stars will all go dim before the peonies get themselves going. Here come the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse! Oh well, that's very inconvenient timing, because my "Bowl of Beauty" just decided to open.

The epicentre was 13km north west of the town of Abersoch

North Wales earthquake: Tremors felt as far away as Merseyside and Ireland

An earthquake on the North Wales shoreline has been felt over an area of 140km.

A plume of ash and smoke rise from the Copahue volcano, as seen from Caviahue, in the Argentine province of Neuquen

Thousands flee as volatile South American volcano threatens to erupt

Chile and Argentina have  evacuated a region near the Copahue volcano in the Andes on the border between the two countries, after fears intensified that it would erupt.

Pakistanis are pictured on the streets after evacuating buildings in Karachi

Dozens killed as biggest earthquake in 50 years hits Iran

Force of 7.8 magnitude quake could be felt from Kabul to Delhi and Dubai

Rock on at Paria Canyon

Witness extraordinary geological formations while canyoneering in Utah

Primary school pupil turns up to show and tell with 300m-year-old fossil

A youngster wowed his teachers when it emerged the piece of shale he brought with him to a show-and-tell was in fact a 300 million-year-old fossil.

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