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

Harry Potter and Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter inspired invisibility cloak pioneered by scientists

Invisibility cloaks are usually found in the fictional world of Harry Potter, but researchers in the US claim to have created one.

Review: 'Gears of War: Judgement'

Some solid shooting done well, but there's precious little new here

Last night's viewing - The Challenger, BBC2; Paul Hollywood's Bread, BBC2

Those of us who can remember the 1986 Challenger disaster – the Nasa shuttle that exploded just 73 seconds after seven smiling astronauts waved to the world and took off for space – will recall the shock and bewilderment that followed this much publicised flight. The doomed moment was caught on television, including the suddenly silenced crowd of well-wishers down below who stared up at the plumes of smoke as the shuttle disintegrated. The astronauts included a school teacher making her first trip to space, and their bodies were recovered from the Atlantic after a protracted search that only extended the sense of national anguish.

Hearing aid: An owl’s ears can detect a mouse under earth or snow

Paperback review: Bird Sense - What It's Like to Be a Bird, By Tim Birkhead

A bird-brained philosophy of science

Want to join the 62-mile-high club? Not so quick, sex in outer space could be bad for your health, say scientists

With commercial space flights in the pipeline and financiers appealing for a couple to volunteer for a manned (and womanned) mission to Mars, it's only going to be a matter of time before humans will want to do what we do best up in space.

Missing link: Higgs boson

Have they found the Higgs boson at last? Cern physicists say they're confident of breakthrough

A new sub-atomic particle that could explain one of the great mysteries of the Universe – why matter has mass – has almost certainly been found according to further evidence supporting the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson.

David Gates, Bark (middle), silver gelatin and bitumen on cardboard, on sub-frame, 60 x 59cm, 2013

Picture preview: The Rural College of Art by David Gates

David Gates is an image catcher. He hunts them down and fixes them to a point using pinhole photography and collage.

Margareta Pagano: Engineering a solution to our acute skills shortage

Schools are in need of an urgent reminder that they should be promoting to both sexes a career that is thrilling, secure, well-paid – and understaffed

Review: A Tale for the Time Being, By Ruth Ozeki

Opening Schrödinger's lunchbox

James McCormick Businessman put fresh markings and Arabic writing on the devices

‘Bomb detectors’ sold by Briton were novelty ball finders, court told

Countries including Iraq and Georgia paid dearly for devices that retailed at $20 in US

Professor Robert Richardson: Physicist and Nobel laureate

Professor Robert Richardson: Physicist and Nobel laureate

Robert C Richardson, who died from complications of a heart attack on 19 February at the age of 75, was a Cornell University professor who shared a Nobel Prize for a key discovery in experimental physics. He and his fellow Cornell researchers David Lee and Douglas Osheroff were awarded the Nobel for 1996 for their 1971 work on low-temperature physics involving the isotope helium-3.

A meteor streaks across the sky of Russia's Ural Mountains

Russian meteor strike that injured 1,200 people was US weapons test, claims politician

The meteor, which was travelling at around 33,000 mph rained down over the Ural Mountains last week

Face off: Roberto Mori and Tony Guilfoyle in Playing Cards 1: Spades

Theatre review: Playing Cards 1: Spades - The Devil came down to Nevada

Strange drama in a Las Vegas casino misses the jackpot, but its black humour lingers in the mind

Ian McDiarmid (Galileo Galilei), Matthew Aubery (Andrea)

A Life of Galileo, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The RSC round off their “World Elsewhere” season now with Roxana Silbert's astringent and vigorous modern-dress revival of Brecht's Galileo.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt announced for PC and ‘high-end’ platforms

CD Projekt confirms 2014 release of the studio's final game in the Witcher series.

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The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn