The most concentrated stretch of rubbish- dubbed the 'toxic monster' - is currently sitting between Hawaii and California
Astronomers find the first rocky planet with vast oceans beyond our Solar System
The free-floating planet is estimated to be around 80 light years away from Earth
The challenge: to visit all 50 US states in 30 days. The purpose: to take a picture of a representative from each state in front of a backdrop both continuous and ever-changing. But can our two reporters make it back in time for Independence Day?
With seriously high stakes, it's an extreme arena
Atmosphere rising at fastest rate since records began
Also known as C/2011 L4, the comet won't be seen again from earth for another 110,000 years
Twenty years after the election that was heralded as the "year of the woman" comes another one that could be called that.
A mystery surrounds the shape of the Sun - it is just too perfectly round, say scientists.
The American crime writer James Sallis – whose novel Drive was turned into the 2011 Hollywood film with Ryan Gosling – faced a welcome complication when he set about writing the just-released sequel, Driven.
In 1960 a woman applied for the post of exhibitions officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. She didn't get the job, but was able to show her interviewers her portfolio of flower paintings, and was engaged instead as an artist in the herbarium. This was Mary Grierson, soon to become recognised as one of the world's most distinguished botanical artists.
You only have to watch Edison de Paula carve his way across one of the spectacular waves that wallop Oahu's shore to realise surfing isn't a laid-back sport. When the swells hit 30 feet, one wrong move can send you to a watery grave. At Pipeline, a break famous for its perfect "tubes," there have been 70 deaths since the 1960s. At nearby Sunset Beach, a man went missing, presumed dead, only last week.
Tensions between Hawaiian surfers and energetic newcomers from South America have reached boiling point on Oahu's famous beaches
Secretary of State seeks to woo Pacific Rim finance ministers, saying US is turning back on ailing EU
Suitably located in "Surf City USA", the Shorebreak is one of Huntington Beach's newest hotels. It channels the surf heritage in its colour palette (lemon, tangerine, cerise, lime and ocean blue), vintage-leaning design and beach views. After a day out in the ocean, guests can congregate for cocktails around the fire pits at The Deck lounge or head back down to the beach for Huntington's nightly bonfires.