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

The moon rises over the city of Rome yesterday (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

How old is the moon? Scientists put formation forward 100 million years

Rock samples from Apollo 16 mission finally analysed show the moon is millions of years younger than previously thought

Gorge on climate change denial, just make sure you know it's poison

As the IPCC readies their report on global warming, the deniers are out in force

Ice pick: Media reports declaring global cooling because of increased Arctic ice-cover, failed to mention the historic lows in previous years

Whatever happened to climate change?

Despite the overwhelming consensus among scientists, the media are letting politicians off the hook – and the deniers are taking advantage

NASA artist's concept for Deep Impact, a comet research spacecraft

Lost in space: Nasa declares end to Deep Impact comet mission after month's radio silence

Two weeks of deafening radio silence from a spacecraft have led Nasa to conclude their "old friend" the Deep Impact vessel will explore no more.

Experts blamed most of the increase on rising emissions from China and India, which still rely heavily on coal for their energy

Halfway to climate change catastrophe: Total amount of carbon burnt since the industrial revolution must not exceed one trillion tonnes, say scientists

Experts have calculated that about 570bn tonnes, or 57 per cent, has been burnt in the past three centuries - meaning the tipping point on carbon emissions is now only 30 years away

Scientists have found out the best way to get served at a bar...

At last: Science demonstrates the best way to get served at the bar

It's taken the development of sophisticated robotics, but we're finally there

Google Doodle celebrates French physicist Léon Foucault’s 194th birthday with pendulum tribute

Foucault pendulum is a simple device introduced in 1851 to confirm that the earth rotated

Make a voyage of discovery to the Galapagos Islands – on Google Street View

Public can now virtually explore the islands for the first time after launch to mark anniversary of Darwin’s visit 178 years ago

Machines imitate life: The insect that goes through the gears just like a car

Discovery dispels notion that gears are a human invention – evolution got there first

This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space, or the space between stars. Interstellar space is dominated by the plasma, or ionized gas, that was ejected by the death of nearby giant stars millions of years ago.

'Boldly going where no probe has gone before': Nasa confirms Voyager 1 has left the solar system

After a 36 year journey, the probe will allow humans to understand what exists in interstellar space for the first time

Scientists have been trying to figure out the different ways in which the world could end

Stephen Hawking's on the team - but why no Bruce Willis? World’s biggest brains get together to work out how to save us all from the end of the world

Leading scholars establish centre for the study of 'existential risk' in order to prepare for potentially devastating events

Fewer than 100 badgers were killed in the first 10 days

Badger cull 'way behind target' in pilot area

Dairy farmer claims that fewer than 100 badgers have been killed in West Somerset in first 10 days of cull - when 500 should already have been destroyed

The Yong Sheng is the first commercial Chinese cargo ship to complete the Northern Sea Route

The shipping forecast - it’ll be colder but much, much quicker: New Arctic shipping route saves up to two weeks’ travel between Asia and Europe

Via the Northern Sea Route, ships can make the journey in 35 days, instead of the usual 48

Woolly mammoths became extinct because of climate change – not hunting

DNA research reveals dynamic populations of the giant animals, showing numbers plummeted at the end of the last ice age

Seals will be recruited to take part in an attempt to study the Pine Island Glacier

Gadget-bearing seals to be used in study of melting Pine Island Glacier

The glacier is losing ice at faster rate than it is being replenished

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Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

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Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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