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Luhman 16B is the nearest brown dwarf to Earth, and the third nearest star system to our solar system

Cyclone builds in Bay of Bengal

Strong winds lashed the Bangladesh coastline today as the disaster-prone south Asian country braced for a cyclone gaining strength in the Bay of Bengal.

The return of television's feelgood factor

The BBC's Lark Rise to Candleford is helping viewers to forget their woes. And the schedulers want more blues-beating dramas, says James Rampton

Believe it or not, this was the tenth hottest year ever

Summer may have been a washout, but the world is still getting warmer

How an ancient town was ruined by worst flood for 45 years

The ancient market town of Morpeth in Northumberland was the worst hit by the weekend's torrential downpours. A month's rain fell on the area in a single day, causing the river Wansbeck to burst its banks and engulf the town in two feet of filthy water.

Michael McCarthy: Another summer of sodden misery. Is it bad luck – or worse?

It's getting wearisomely familiar, isn't it? Last summer's toll of sodden misery is with us again as people are flooded out of their homes from one end of the land to the other and, for the second year running, a famous medieval abbey is an island. You could be forgiven for thinking, is this really all just coincidence?

Tropical storm hits Florida coast



Tropical Storm Fay continued its erratic path today, moving north along the Florida coast but not going out over the Atlantic Ocean, where many had feared it could strengthen and curve back toward the state as a hurricane.

Flood alerts issued for parts of UK

Parts of the UK were on flood alert today as torrential downpours swept across the country.

Tornado kills three in northern France

Three people were killed overnight when a small tornado charged through towns in northern France, destroying houses and spewing debris over the area, the local government said.

Offshore earthquake shakes Japan

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 struck off the coast of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa today, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

Atmospheric Disturbances, By Rivka Galchen

Intriguing disturbances in the weather – and the mind

Burma authorities approve single US aid aircraft

Authorities in Burma have given approval for a US military aircraft carrying relief supplies to land in the country on Monday, the White House and a US military official said today.

Professor Edward Lorenz: Meteorologist whose work on weather prediction led to the discovery of chaos and the 'butterfly effect'

Edward Lorenz was a meteorologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) whose investigations into predictability of the atmosphere led to the discovery of chaos and "strange attractors", while also changing the way operational forecasts are made. Known for his passion for science, his kindness, and his gift for writing, Lorenz produced papers of clarity and beauty, illustrated with understanding and gentle humour.

Picture Post: Japan in bloom

In the Land of the Rising Sun, the first sightings of cherry blossom cause mass hysteria – so its early arrival this week has transfixed a nation.

Gales force Cheltenham to be abandoned for the day

At 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, when 55,000 throats would normally have joined the traditional roar to acclaim the start of the first race, the sunlit lawns and terraces at Cheltenham stood deserted. A solitary jackdaw pecked at a worm near the winning post.

Album: Thomas Denver Jonsson, The Lake Acts Like an Ocean (Kite)

Don't be fooled by the "Denver" in his name. He's all Swede. Not unless you count Jonsson's feel for the more romantic tropes of American indie-folk. Yes, Neil Young is traceable in his voice and in some of his melodies, but really this is the fuzzy introspection of M Ward and his ilk: quiet choogling in the face of a stand-offish, underwhelming nature. Why should you bother, when there's such a lot of this stuff around? Well, the aforementioned tunes can be lovely, as can the arrangements (strings and all); and Jonsson's Swedish way with a meteorological/seasonal image is striking. "Stay pale and stay warm" indeed.

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