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Why sloths descend from the safety of the trees once a week to go to the toilet has baffled scientists - but one specialist thinks he has the answer

A self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combining 66 exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day

Thanks to Mastcam, Nasa finds more signs of Mars water

More signs of past water on Mars have been uncovered by the American space agency Nasa's Curiosity rover.

Photography book of the week: Black Maps - American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime, By David Maisel

"These photographs," writes David Maisel, one of a group of landscape photographers dubbed "the New Topographics", "depict the landscape of the American West as the site of human-induced trauma."

Jim Armitage: Blair's repeated Guinea trips raise eyebrows over his connections

Global Outlook: It is his mixture of charity and business that can leave questions to be answered

Must watch: Chicago TV reports breaking news of plane crash, only to discover it was TV show set

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!! Plane crashes into highway! Oh wait...that's just a TV set.

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.

Pupils to learn Asian languages to improve trade

All schoolchildren will be able to learn Chinese, Hindi, Japanese or Indonesian under a new government strategy to increase Australia's engagement with Asia.

Market Report: Court ruling gives Pathfinder a boost

Shares in Pathfinder Minerals shot up like a rocket yesterday, more than doubling after the Aim-listed miner won a landmark, High Court ruling in a dispute with a former African director over who owns its key asset.

Nasa releases first Mars images from Curiosity rover

Nasa yesterday showed off the first high-resolution, colour portrait images taken by the Mars rover Curiosity, detailing a mound of layered rock where scientists plan to focus their search for the chemical ingredients of life on the Red Planet.

Abigail Disney, great-niece of Walt

Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company

Abigail Disney – filmmaker, philanthropist and great-niece of the legendary animator Walt Disney – has publicly renounced her share of the family profits from an Israeli firm she claims is exploiting "occupied natural resources".

Pathfinder Minerals to relist in London after Britain steps into licensing row

Shares in Pathfinder Minerals, the Mozambique-focused miner which suspended trading in November, will relist in London today after an intervention by the UK Government.

One of Potash Corp's mines in Saskatchewan, Canada, where a foreign takeover was bitterly opposed

Firm hopes promise of jobs will gather support for potash plans

"There's potash in them thar hills" might lack the potency of the Klondike's rallying cry, but the discovery is causing passions to run high in the North York Moors.

How Whitby fell victim to potash fertiliser fury

Deep beneath the cherished North York Moors lies a valuable mineral that is dividing local people

Mining firm hails Moors mineral find

A mining company says it has found the world's biggest and best quality supply of a valuable mineral under the North York Moors National Park.

James Cameron explored another frontier in a dive to the Pacific's depths

From the depths to the heavens: star director sets out to mine asteroids

After his journey to the bottom of the sea, James Cameron has a new far-flung idea

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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