Scientists say it's too early to say whether Ceres could support microbial life, but a visit from the Dawn spacecraft in early 2015 should provide answers
Feeling the cold may be a healthy and sustainable way to lose weight
A failure to respond to an order from the ship's captain may have played a critical role in the operational fiasco that led to the stranding of the Akademik Shokalskiy in thick Antarctic sea ice on Christmas Eve.
TV picks, Tuesday 21 January
Scientists publish first mathematical proof explaining the reason it might always seem like everyone else is doing better than you – because (on average) they are
A leading toxicologist has said that Alexander the Great may have died after drinking wine made from a poisonous plant that would have cause a slow and painful death
A coronal mass ejection two days ago could make the aurora visible
Sophie Lester, 7, asked the ‘lovely scientists’ if she could have a dragon to play with at weekends
Work will allow it to perform the highest energy particle collisions ever attempted
He was the father of modern computing whose work on the Enigma code at Bletchley Park is said to have shortened the Second World War.
People with the gene variant are less able to recognise faces
Coalition of leading scientists claim ferret experiments could lead to a pandemic
George Eustice argues that reducing quotas will result in more fish being discarded – at least until 2016, when a discard ban begins to be applied
In April of this year, Marina Chapman, a sixtysomething grandmother from Bradford, published an autobiography in which she made an astonishing claim. She said she had been kidnapped from her family home in Colombia at the age of five and abandoned in the jungle, where she was taken in and raised by a group of capuchin monkeys. Instead of just smiling and nodding politely, like many of the Breakfast TV interviewers did, National Geographic made Woman Raised By Monkeys, a documentary in which their cameras accompanied Marina on a trip to Colombia and attempted to investigate the veracity of her claims.
Scientists believe life may exist within underground ocean - living off minerals and using tidal heat as a source of energy
From avenging their dead to mimicking human speech, elephants get up to all sorts of things you'd never expect