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Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.

Postcard from... Paris

Weightlessness is coming to Paris. This week it was announced that the sensation of zero-gravity can be purchased for a price of €5,980 (£4,852) a flight.

Don't be too hasty in writing off newspapers

Not only is Wi-Fi unnecessary to make one work, papers are a bulwark of democracy, vital for holding the rich and powerful to account

Nasa aims to launch 'Mars Curiosity rover 2' in 2020

Nasa plans to follow up its Mars rover Curiosity mission with a duplicate rover that could collect and store samples for return to Earth, the agency's lead scientist has said.

Picture of Mars from the Curiosity rover

It's dirt, but not as we know it: Curiosity analysis flattens hopes of a Mars-shaking discovery

The Curiosity Mars rover has discovered something interesting in a scoop of ruddy sand, but Nasa scientists say they're not quite sure what it means.

Making science sexy: Brian Cox

Strange but not true: 'alien health and safety' fears DIDN'T stop BBC broadcasting planet sounds

BBC bosses did not tell Professor Brian Cox he could not attempt to listen to a newly discovered planet on TV show Stargazing Live in case aliens breached the corporation's editorial guidelines, despite the presenters claims.

Soil on Mars 'is like Hawaii'

Scientists say the Martian soil at NASA's Curiosity Rover's landing site contains minerals similar to that found on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano.

SpaceX Dragon capsule: First commercial cargo ship sent to International Space Station

A commercial cargo ship rocketed into orbit in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with Nasa.

Winckler's Wacky World: A gang of Gandhis

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Battle of Marengo, ridden by Joseph O’Brien (left), wins the Beresford Stakes

Marengo battles into Epsom thoughts

With this year's Classics now all in the formbook, the search is in full swing for the successors to such as Camelot. At The Curragh yesterday, the 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner's young stablemate Battle Of Marengo became the latest to push claims for consideration for Epsom next June, with a bloodless victory, as 4-9 favourite in a field of four, in the Beresford Stakes.

One Martian pebble, a flood of possibilities

Seldom, outside the treasure hunts of childhood, has the discovery of a pebble caused such a stir. But the first evidence of gravel beds on Mars is reason enough to get very excited indeed.

This image obtained from NASA, shows a rock outcrop in a photo taken by the Mars Curiosity rover on September 14, 2012. The outcrop, named

Mars rover Curiosity finds evidence of ancient fast-moving streams on surface of red planet

Discovery of bedrock and rounded pebbles offer the most convincing evidence yet that there was water on the surface of Mars

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NASA Curiosity rover: Will.i.am track 'Reach for the Stars' to be the first song ever played on Mars

Not content with his current ubiquity on planet earth, Will.i.am is now set to colonise Mars. The latest song from the Black Eyed Peas singer will be the first to be broadcast from another planet.

Leading article: Let’s not give up on the romance of space

The death of Neil Armstrong resonates so forcefully today not just because he was the first man on the Moon, and as such fulfilled so many vicarious dreams, or because his Moon landing seemed to clinch US victory in the Cold War space race. It is also because his life so closely mirrored the fortunes of the US space programme and his last decade was one in which Washington seemed to lose interest in conquering further frontiers.

Re-Cycle has shipped over 30,000 repaired old bikes

Will Dean's Ideas Factory: Wiggo-worthy new bike? Ditch your old one here

One not really reported aspect of the post Tour de France/Olympics boom in bike purchases, estimated by one retailer to be as much as 18 per cent, is what happens to the bikes left behind.

Nasa's Curiosity rover and its parachute spotted by Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface

Mars rover Curiosity transmits low-resolution landing video

Nasa's Curiosity rover has transmitted a low-resolution video showing the last 150 seconds of its dive through the Mars atmosphere, giving Earthlings a sneak peek of a spacecraft landing on another world.

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Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
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