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This millennium, Britain’s dragonfly contingent has been in the throes of revolution. Several sparkling species have crossed the sea to start colonising the UK. In this ambitious itinerary, you might see up to seven magnificent dragonflies unknown in Britain two decades previously.

2014 Sochi Olympic torch relay blasts off to space for historic walk

Unlit torch will tour International Space Station before being taken on its first ever trip outside the base

A map showing what Europe would look like if the ice sheets melted

The life aquatic: How the Earth would look if all the ice melted

A huge swathe of eastern England, most of Denmark, the entire eastern seaboard of the United States, Bangladesh and a huge chunk of China would be lost beneath the sea if all the world’s ice melted, according to maps produced by National Geographic magazine.

The impact site of the main mass of the Chelyabinsk meteorite in the ice of Lake Chebarkul

'A warning for Earth': Meteor blast over Siberia was equivalent to 30 Hiroshima bombs

People directly under its flight were knocked off their feet and many others suffered sunburn or eye damage as they looked at the intense fireball

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Matt Butler: The real-life adventures of alpha males – and females

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Theatre review: Tori Amos' The Light Princess - 'magical and ravishingly distinctive'

Nicholas Hytner's refusal to play safe with the musical genre has been one of the glories of his regime at the National. From Jerry Springer: the Opera to the verbatim-based London Road, he has  fostered shows that seek to do daring and original things with the form.

China hit by flooding after Typhoon Fitow

Shanghai city officials have closed more than 60 parks and the city zoo as residents wade through flood waters after heavy rains hit the financial hub in the aftermath of Typhoon Fitow.

Believers walk past Salt Lake Temple ahead of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ biannual meeting in Salt Lake City

Mormon leader Dieter Uchtdorf says church has 'made mistakes'

Speech seen as effort at modernising a growing religion with a history of squashing dissent

The catamaran used by Dona Bertarelli

Dona Bertarelli: Trading the high life for a trip on the high seas

She is one of the richest women in Europe – and her insurers aren’t happy about her Atlantic voyage

Romanians protest in Trafalgar Square against cyanide mining in Rosia Montana

Europe's largest gold-mining project plans will see 215 million cubic metres of lake water contaminated

Marc Rich’s family put properties up for sale

The world’s billionaires were this week making discreet inquiries about buying one of Switzerland’s most prestigious homes – the late Marc Rich’s Villa Rose on Lake Lucerne.

iOS 7 download problems enrage Apple faithful

The update has been highly anticipated but not everyone was able to access it immediately

Tiger Woods in action at the BMW Championship

FedEx Cup provides the chance for Tiger Woods to round out 'pretty good year' with £6.6m jackpot

The grand finale to the PGA Championship sees the world No 1 enter the tournament at the top of the points table

The Foss Lake mystery: Six skeletons found inside two vintage cars pulled from lake could solve separate disappearances of a group of teenagers in 1970 and three adults in late 1950s

Two vehicles only found by chance after a group of highway patrol officers decided to try out new sonar equipment

Luke Donald: A closing round of 66 saw him qualify for the PGA Tour Championship

Luke Donald’s late surge sends him into Fed-Ex Cup finale

Luke Donald rode golf’s big dipper all the way to the Fed-Ex Cup finale this week. Five birdies in six holes on the back nine at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms on Monday propelled Donald into the top 30 of the Fed-Ex rankings and a place in the PGA Tour’s final event of 2013, the Tour Championship at East Lake.

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