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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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Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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