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

An artist's conception of the planet PSO J318.5-22 in the constellation of Capricornus

Scientists discover loneliest planet without a companion sun

The free-floating planet is estimated to be around 80 light years away from Earth

Unprecedented shift in temperature will begin to hit tropics in less than a decade

Areas with highest densities of wildlife and most vulnerable human populations will be  hardest hit, says study

Greg Barker suggested 'the sceptic press' often used research that had not been peer-reviewed to bolster its position

'BBC gives too much prominence to climate sceptics': Greg Barker hits out at coverage

Tory MP also accuses 'Sunday newspapers' of presenting comment as science

'Continuous' nuclear fusion comes one step closer

Researchers in the US have reached a milestone in the journey to create a source of unlimited energy

Professor Higgs inside the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the machine that proved the existence of the particle that was named after him

Elusive Peter Higgs and Francois Englert win 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics for work based on Higgs Boson theory

Their theory 'is a central part of the Standard Model of particle physics that describes how the world is constructed'

Nokia shows how to charge a mobile phone with lightning

Scientists from the University of Southampton have teamed up with Nokia in order to find out how lightning can be used to a charge a mobile phone.

Video: Self-assembling robots cubes jump and snap together

Palm-sized cubes use flywheels and magnets to snap together with future applications including emergency repairs and configurable furniture

A cure for jetlag? Scientists discover body clock 'reset button'

The findings could reduce the symptoms of jet lag after travelling through different time zones

Iran claims cyber warfare expert not assassinated, as Israel remains cagey over involvement

Mojtaba Ahmadi is the latest in a string of Iranian commanders and scientists to meet an untimely end

Predatory paedophile mice deterred by tears of pre-pubescent victims, study claims

Baby mice tears contain a pheromone signalling chemical that puts off males

Sir Mark Walport: 'We are very good as a race at adapting'

Top scientist Sir Mark Walport urges climate change deniers to give in

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson played down the dangers of global warming recently

Kenya shopping mall attack: UK forensic teams lend expertise to search through Westgate rubble

Kenyan Red Cross warns the death toll of 67 still does not match its list of 71 missing people

Wrangling over the final wording of the latest landmark UN report on climate change has been so intense that last-minute discussions in Stockholm are set to run to the wire.

IPCC: Intense debate over wording of landmark UN climate change report set to run to the wire

Governments around the world are exercising extreme caution ahead of tomorrow's publication

Scientists 'bind photons together' to create new state of matter comparable to lightsabers

Under extreme temperatures photons were made to behave like molecules - a feat previously thought impossible

Last night's viewing: Brian Cox should give the flag waving a rest in Science Britannica

Science Britannica: Method and Madness, BBC2
The Culture Show: Northern Soul - Keep the Faith, BBC2

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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
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

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

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