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

James Tait Black Prize: Six authors shortlisted for Britain's oldest literary award

Six renowned authors from the past century have been shortlisted for a prize to recognise the best ever winner of Britain's oldest literary award.

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Pleasance off-site

Going to a site-specific show can be an oddly infantilising experience - standing around in embarrassed silence until someone tells you what to do, meekly following the herd from scene to scene, never quite knowing your role or when you’re going to be picked on.

Katherine Mansfield with the man she eventually married, John Middleton Murry

A new Katherine Mansfield mystery stops the press

A young student has just struck literary gold, discovering four previously unknown stories written more than a century ago by Katherine Mansfield.

Professor Peter Higgs arrives at the Cern seminar in Switzerland yesterday

An idea thought up on a rainy weekend

As an atheist with no desire to upset believers, Professor Peter Higgs has always hated the idea of a God particle. He has never been keen on the nomenclature of the Higgs boson either – referring to it as "the particle named after me" on the rare occasions he gives an interview.

Inbreeding impairs the meerkat

Inbreeding affects 44 per cent of meerkats in the wild, causing them to be smaller and less likely to survive, a 20-year study has found.

MRSA spreads from big cities

Hospitals in large cities act as breeding grounds for the superbug MRSA before it spreads across the country, a study has revealed.

Huge sub-glacial basin discovered under key Antarctic ice sheet could make it more unstable

A huge sub-glacial basin the size of Wales has been discovered under one of the key Antarctic ice sheets that could make it more unstable and liable to disintegration, a study has found.

Craters 'could give Mars life clue'

Craters from asteroid impacts may be one of the best places to look for life on Mars, a study suggests.

Does Cambridge live up to its reputation?

This year’s THES world university reputation rankings are out and the University of Cambridge has been named the most highly regarded university in the UK. The rankings were compiled from a questionnaire answered by almost 31,000 academics from 149 institutions. But do the university’s students agree? Does Cambridge live up to its reputation? We put the question to Cambridge students to find out.

New perspective on Milky Way

Around one billion stars in the Milky Way can be seen together for the first time in an image captured over a decade by astronomers.

Gene that fights flu identified

Some people may be at risk of a severe reaction to flu because they are not protected by a key gene, scientists believe.

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A man rests at Monastiraki square in central Athens yesterday

On the streets of Athens: 'If things get any worse, I won't be able to survive...'

For ordinary Greeks, the effects of austerity are becoming intolerable

Grainger will compete in the 2012 games and has inspired the 'LTS Row' collection for Long Tall Sally

My Secret Life: Katherine Grainger, 36, Olympic Rower

'I wanted to join the circus'

Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister and Scottish National Party leader

Alex Salmond: If we Scots choose independence, prosperity will come with it

The infamous "parcel o' rogues" immortalised in verse by Robert Burns were the members of the then independent Scottish Parliament who were seen to sell their nation's sovereignty for financial reward. That of course was in the early 18th century, long before any concept of true democracy or a popular mandate emanating from a free and fair election.

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BBC heads to the Californian coast

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