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

Feet stand still in evolution

Human feet have changed surprisingly little since they were used to swing from trees, research has shown.

New research claims molecule measured in bloodstream can identify people intent on taking their own life

A blood test for suicide? US study raises controversial prospect to identify people at risk

New research claims molecule measured in bloodstream can identify people intent on taking their own life

Nasa's Voyager 1 may have left the solar system after 36 years in space

Nasa's Voyager 1 may have crossed into interstellar space last year to become the first man-made object to leave the solar system, if new research proves correct.

The Facebook game that will help tackle ash dieback

A Facebook game that allows puzzle fans to help tackle the disease threatening the UK’s ash trees has been launched.

Fraxinus: the Facebook game where players crack the genetic code of ash dieback disease

Puzzle game flags up to scientists genetic variants of the ash tree that will help stop the destruction of the species

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins is standing trial on charges of baby rape and 22 other sex offences in November.

Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins on suicide watch five times an hour as he awaits baby rape trial

Clinical psychologist suggests singer receive anti-psychotic medication and be moved from prison to a psychiatric hospital

Scientists say they have observed brain activity in dying rats that may shed light on the mystery of human near death experiences

Light at the end of the tunnel for scientists studying near-death experiences

High levels of activity in the brains of rats may give rational answer to 'spiritual' phenomena

According to two young students from California, 'Ain't nobody fresher than Watson and Crick'

An unlikely meeting of science and rap as YouTube music video engages young minds

Teachers are transforming lessons by having pupils turn historical showdowns into rap battles

The Amazon’s eco-systems have been damaged

How extinction of five-tonne sloths slows up growth along the Amazon

Region now lacking the fertilising effect provided by South America's distinctive 'mega-fauna' - which has led to a serious imbalance of soil minerals

The Mona Lisa is arguably the most recognisable painting in the world

Small is beautiful: The molecular art that’s made a mini-masterpiece of the Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa is one of the most reproduced images of all time, but art fans may struggle to make out that enigmatic smile on one unusual replica.

A vender sells chickens at market in Shanghai. The new H7N9 strain is thought to have infected at least 130 people in China

Huge risk or sensible precaution? Scientists in a flap over whether bird flu experiments are safe

Critics have called for a freeze on public spending for 'irresponsible' research

Millions of people use photocopiers everyday

You couldn't make it up: Blogger identifies number-changing glitch in Xerox copying machines

Photocopying has always ranked among the more tedious of office chores – and now it seems that some of the machines may have been working against us all along.

A study has suggested breastfeeding might reduce women's risk of Alzheimer's disease

Breastfeeding might reduce women's risk of Alzheimer's disease, suggests study

Figures suggest the longer a woman spends breastfeeding, the lower the overall risk becomes

For the first time since it was built in the early 1500s, the Tour Saint Jacques is opening to the public this summer

Tower at heart of Paris opens to the public for the first time

Gothic edifice that has inspired writers and scientists alike has just undergone a restoration

Mario Sepulveda, one of the group who became known as ‘Los 33’, attacked Chile’s ‘crappy’ justice system and said the mine’s owners were ‘wandering around free and happy’

'I want to dig a deep hole and bury myself again': Chilean miners stunned by decision not to prosecute over accident

The decision that no one will face charges over the mining accident in Chile that left 33 men underground for 69 days has left many speechless

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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk