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

Stargazers prepare their instruments

How to watch asteroid 2012 DA14's record breaking fly-by of earth

At its peak closeness, DA14 will come within 17,000 miles of our planet

Mars rover Curiosity drills into Martian surface

Scientists toast success on "another proud day for America"

Gabrielle Giffords arrives for the Senate hearing yesterday

'Too many children are dying' – Gabrielle Giffords joins the gun debate

Former congresswoman who was paralysed in mass shooting makes surprise appearance at Senate hearing

All of the top ten warmest years have occurred since 1998

2012 was ninth warmest year on record with temperatures significantly above long-term average

Average global surface temperature in 2012 was 0.56C warmer than the average for the period 1951 to 1980

Jesco von Puttkamer: Nasa engineer who worked with Wernher von Braun

Jesco von Puttkamer, who died on 27 December at the age of 79, was a member of Wernher von Braun's rocketry team in Alabama. Von Braun and his team's work led to the development of the Saturn V rocket, the rocket responsible for landing the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon in 1969.

Mayan apocalypse 21/12/12: 'The planets are aligned the sun will activate, let the deluge come'

An end-of-the-world party in Moscow was charging $1,000 for entry. Still, you can’t take it with you

Editorial: Today's fish and chip paper?

The danger that the newspaper will be out of date before it hits the nation's doormats is, of course, a perennial problem for the press.

Calls to Nasa triple and site debunking end of the world myths gets 4.6m views as anxious US prepares for Armageddon

Some believe the 21st of December will signal the end of a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count - and will bring about the apocalypse

A cosmic collision: Two satellites due to smash into surface of the moon… but don't worry, it was all planned by Nasa

NASA has deliberately guided the twin satellites into a cliff close to the moon’s northern pole

End of the world?

Are they being a bit premature? Nasa releases Mayan apocalypse video 10 days early

Nasa appears so confident about their prediction that he world will not come to an end that they have released the video early

Cheick Modibo Diarra announced his resignation on television

Seized at gunpoint and forced to resign, Mali loses its civil ruler

International plan to tackle Islamist radicals thrown into doubt after army grabs power again

Revealed: Seven Milky Way planets could harbour life

Habitable Exoplanets Catalog said it had far exceeded expectations in search for new Earth

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.

Ice discovered on north pole of Mercury

Just in time for Christmas, scientists have confirmed a vast amount of ice at the north pole - on Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us