Bananas and strawberries kept at room temperature for more than a week did not go off after they were coated with a near-invisible film made from silk
The average depth of the entire ocean is about 3.5km – that means that most of the living space on Earth is in the deep sea
Sea sponges are believed to have first appeared 640 million years ago
It is estimated that about eight million tons of plastic debris are being washed into the oceans each year
Repairing or improving flood defences is so expensive that areas of countryside which are still under water could be deserted, says Environment Agency
The landmark arches have been demolished by high tides and 70mph winds
Arifa Akbar picks this year’s must-read book releases
chances are that you have spent the past two weeks wrapping, unwrapping and wolfing down the stuff brought to you by people like the cheerful rating whom Horatio Clare calls "N".
It remains nothing more than a dot on the rugby horizon – the 2015 World Cup, that is – and pretty much anything could happen in the 664 days between here and there. The club-versus-union conflict could send the whole of the European game into meltdown (perfectly possible); New Zealand could hit a bad patch (it has to happen sometime, surely); the Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie could decide that his predecessor was right all along and chuck Quade Cooper out on his ear (barely conceivable on latest evidence, admittedly).
The satellite has been in operation since March 2009, with its re-entry planned for by scientists and described as only a "small fraction" of annual pace debris
Debris from the European Space Agency spacecraft is most likely to fall harmlessly in oceans
A mass evacuation saved thousands of people from India’s fiercest cyclone in 14 years, but aid workers warned a million would need help after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed.
Kiribati man begs New Zealand court to let him stay as there is ‘no future’ with rising seas
Via the Northern Sea Route, ships can make the journey in 35 days, instead of the usual 48
I first came to Edinburgh when I was 18 to serve on the Perrier Awards panel, and was inspired to try stand-up myself. In the intervening 22 years the press initially dubbed me a a 'fresh face', then 'a rising star', then an 'established name'. This year I was described as a 'permanent fringe fixture'. Like the rain, the sweaty venues and the panpipe players outside Waverley station, I have become part of the festival furniture.
Senior minister from the collection of low-lying coral atolls in the north Pacific says the end of this century will spell 'the end of my country and many others like it'