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

The relative size of a man's testicles may influence the chances of him being a good father

The smaller the better: Size of a man's testicles is linked to his parenting skills

Men with larger testes are much less likely to display good parenting skills

Scientists are hoping that haricot beans could soon be grown in Britain

All in the genes: The quest for a British baked bean

They are found in every kitchen and have kept students from going hungry for generations. But none of the billions of baked beans eaten in the UK grow on British soil – yet.

Nasa launches spacecraft LADEE to investigate levitating moon dust

LADEE probe takes off successfully in latest US mission to the Moon

New date established for the origin of ancient Egypt

UK scientists have established that the state came into existence more recently than previously thought

Jim Armitage: Belarus has bitten off more than it can chew by reeling in this big fish

Global Outlook In most countries, you get arrested for operating a cartel. In Belarus, it seems, the opposite is the case. On Monday, the chief executive of Russia's fertiliser giant Uralkali, travelling to Minsk at the invitation of the prime minister, arrived only to find himself getting arrested at the airport. His detention came just weeks after he had pulled his company out of the potassium cartel it has operated with Belarus. A cartel that has artificially kept up prices of crop-boosting fertilisers for farmers the world over.

Book review: The Social Conquest of Earth, By Edward O Wilson

This summary of a great career defines the evolutionary breakthroughs that made humankind

Nasa spots a 'Cosmic Caterpillar' in the middle of metamorphosis

Light-year-long proto-star is battling the radiation from its neighbours to try and mature into a star

Scientists have demonstrated that concerns over money can lower your IQ

Too broke to think straight? How money worries can dent your intelligence

People faced with unexpected bill perform worse than they would have done without the financial worry

Researchers at oxford have found they can improve the recovery time of mice exposed to irregular patterns of light and dark

One step closer: the pill that brings jet lag down to earth

Scientists blocked particular gene to improve the recovery time of mice

Scientists create the world's fastest spinning man-made object

Microscopic sphere rotated at speeds of 600 million RPM using lasers.

The CERN is also home to the Large Hadron Collider tunnel; seen here is a model of the LHC in the visitor centre
The cerebral organoid, right, compared with a section of a mouse brain, left

Scientists ‘grow’ a brain in a laboratory for the first time

Organ created from skin cells is equivalent in development to that of a human foetus at nine weeks

Samples from victims could fail to show evidence of sarin gas

It will be difficult – but not impossible – to detect the chemical breakdown products of any nerve agents that may have been used in the Damascus attack, but access to the victims could be critical in proving the illicit use of chemical weapons.

New research suggests 'female sperm' and 'male eggs' possible

Japanese researchers use skin cells from mice to create sperm and eggs that were later used to create a live birth

Scientists have discovered birds observe speed limits on the roads

Birds observe speed limits on the roads even if motorists choose to ignore them

Scientists admitted breaking the law to carry out the study in western France

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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'