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

Travel By Numbers: Easter Island

Greg Fountain picks apart the mysterious Polynesian island

Nasa joins Houston orchestra for Planets special

A "great performers" season, showcasing the Barbican’s classical music programme, will kick off this autumn as the Houston Symphony play Gustav Holst’s symphonic classic The Planets on 16 October.

The Hidden Landscape, By Richard Fortey

The many fans of Richard Fortey's Dry Store Room No.1, about the outlandish denizens of the Natural History Museum, should try this rather more sober but engaging ramble round Britain's geological marvels. They would learn that the division between north and south was once more marked than it is today.

Douglas Bassett: Geologist who became an inspirational Director of the National Museum of Wales

One of the most distinguished Directors of the National Museum of Wales in recent years, Douglas Bassett was by training a geologist and an authority on such matters as the use and conservation of water resources. Among the public bodies which benefited from his expertise were the Welsh Office, the Ordnance Survey and the Nature Conservancy Council, forerunner of the Countryside Council for Wales, which he chaired. He was also a founder member of the National Welsh-American Foundation and its Vice-President between 1996 and 1998.

Evidence of water found on moon

Scientists announced tonight that they have discovered “buckets” of water on the Moon following the analysis of data from a spacecraft that was deliberately crashed into a lunar crater last month.

MP 'deeply hurt' at paper's expense claims

A Tory MP accused of using his Commons expenses to pay more than £100,000 of public money into his own company said today he was "deeply hurt" by the claims.

Nasa bombs the Moon – but where was the fallout?

Unexpected twist in lunar mission to discover frozen water but scientists remain confident of success

Death toll tops 500 after second earthquake

A major rescue operation was under way today after a second powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing hundreds and leaving thousands trapped in rubble.

Steve Connor: Deadly quakes may have been connected

Tremors in Samoa may have caused critical weakness in fault lines further to the west

DVD: Encounters At The End of the World (U)

Academy award-winning director Werner Herzog's preoccupation with themes of nature, conflict and triumph in troubling conditions leads him to the Antarctic in this warm-hearted documentary.

Where did you get that hat? Secrets of the Easter Island statues

Mystery of the giant headgear on the Easter Island statues has been solved by a team of British archaeologists

Journey to the Centre of the Earth, By Jules Verne trs Frank Wynne

The narrator of this classic novel has a hunger for all things geological and never tires of the company of precious stones. He has the blood of a mineralogist in his veins; his uncle, Professor Lidenbrock, is a professor of mineralogy, and it is his uncle who will be the source of his adventures.

British gem expert hacked to death

A renowned British gem expert has been hacked to death with machetes by a gang of illegal miners who ambushed him in Kenya.

The Selected Works of TS Spivet , By Reif Larsen

The Wild West, freshly sketched

Police give up hunt for Hindley's lost victim

For years, officers hoped this picture would help them find Keith Bennett's body. But now the search is over
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Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

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The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

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New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

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