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China pursues the holy grail of ocean energy, in a massive way

ThePowerProgramme<p>China is the latest country to take on the decades-old challenge of generating electricity from the world’s oceans. Beijing has invested an estimated $160 million in tidal and wave energy projects since 2010, the Wall Street Journal reported, embarking on joint ventures with …

Huge 'Super Earth' planet ten times bigger than our own could be orbiting Sun

A huge planet ten times bigger than earth could be orbiting the Sun at the edge of the solar system[GETTY]<p>Scientists today revealed the massive …

Astronomy

Asteroid with rings stuns astronomers

For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered a ring system surrounding an asteroid. The finding is a complete surprise to planetary …

How Ceramics Could Prevent Nuclear Disaster

Pottery just got really high-tech<p>For more than 50 years, engineers have built the rods that hold nuclear fuel the same way, out of zirconium-based metal alloys. They maintain structural integrity at high temperatures and allow uranium neutrons to escape in order to produce nuclear reactions. But, …

Ceramics

50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite …

Black and White Photography of India

Austrian photographer Josef Hoflehner brought from his many trips all around the world, a series of Indian landscapes’ photos in black and white. The …

Thousands of Swimming Fish Create Huge Underwater Spirals

American photographer Octavio Aburto thrives on the fascinating world of life in the sea. He has spent decades studying and researching marine biology in order to educate the world about the protection and conservation of ocean life. Since 1994, Aburto has photographed marine ecosystems in Mexican …

Study Skills

Watch: A Captivating Time-Lapse Of Snowflakes Forming In Midair

What does a snowfall look like? Not as it floats down from a gray sky to land upon an outstretched tongue, but as it grows from a single molecule? It looks like some kind of crystal flower, blossoming from a singularity in space-time.<p>Backed by a soft piano nocturne taken from Aphex Twin, Russian …

Time-lapse Photography

Adventure Photo of the Week

Photos

The Murmurations of Starlings

When starlings flock together, wheeling and darting through the sky in tight, fluid formations, we call it a murmuration. These murmurations can range from small groups of a few hundred starlings in a small ball, to undulating seas of millions of birds, blocking out the sun. I thought today would …

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

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Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Cosmic Bulletins: Two Major Discoveries Rock Science

The Theory of General Relativity seemed truly bizarre when Albert Einstein first articulated it 99 years ago: gravity, the great physicist declared, …

The world's first underwater museum – in pictures

From algae-encrusted VW Beetles to classical busts covered in psychedelic coral, dive into the magical world of Jason deCaires Taylor’s seabed sculptures. He covers his exhibits – which include a dream collector and a dozing dog – in a cement that attracts growth, then plunges them to the ocean …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

Qatar World Cup 2022 investigation: it doesn't get more serious than this for Fifa

Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe Damian Collins says allegations that a Fifa official received $1.2m from a Qatari firm linked to the country's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup are "incredibly serious"<p>Fifa should re-run the bid for the 2022 World Cup if an FBI investigation proves …

Michael Moore MP writes… Federalism: The best future for Scotland

Last week saw the intervention of two giants of Scotland’s political landscape in the debate over Scottish independence. An emerging consensus came …

Budget 2014 at a glance: 11 key points

Growth forecast<p>In 2014 the economy is now expected to grow by 2.7%, higher than December’s forecast of 2.4%<p>Growth in 2015 is forecast to be 2.3%, 2.6% in 2016 and 2017<p>Welfare cap<p>To be set at £119bn in 2015-16, rising to £127bn in 2018-9<p>Tax avoidance<p>15% stamp duty on properties worth more than …

Radical proposals call for Scottish landowners to lose tax relief

Scottish Affairs Committee puts forward bold changes that would end crucial subsidies and tax relief for landowners<p>Scottish landowners could be stripped of crucial subsidies and tax relief in radical reforms proposed by a House of Commons committee.<p>Financial support for Scots whose land is used for …

Opinion: Some facts about Ukraine and Crimea

Given some of the comments being widely made about the crisis in Ukraine, particularly those defending or minimising the actions of Russia, I thought …

Budget 2014: George Osborne Gives HMRC Power To Take Money From Bank Accounts

George Osborne has given HMRC the power to delve into Britons' bank accounts for money that officials think is owed in unpaid taxes, in a move which …

Try one of our workers - not an immigrant, Iain Duncan Smith tells British firms

British companies should “try one of our workers” before hiring an immigrant, the Work and Pensions secretary says<p>British companies should “try one of our workers” before hiring an immigrant, the Work and Pensions secretary has said.<p>Iain Duncan Smith said he was encouraged that more jobs appeared …

Cancel the bedroom tax past as well as future

Committee offers assistance to Scottish Government in devising Plan B to meet all charges, write off all arrears, and refund payments made.<p>Report: …

Budget 2014: George Osborne brings out the worst in Labour thinking

Ed Miliband and Ed Balls decided to bow out of debating any of the actual announcements - preferring to talk about previous Budgets<p>The Tories published a stupid campaign “graphic” suggesting, in condescending terms, that they thought all working-class people played bingo while sipping beer. Eric …

Remote Wildlife Photography

A couple of weeks ago it was -30 Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit) and I was intent on photographing a pair of Red-backed Voles that seem to have established …

7 Cool Night Photography Tutorials For 7 Different Situations

Heading indoors after the sun sets deprives you of some wonderful photographic opportunities. From shooting the starry sky and the milky way to …

Highlights of the National Photographic Portrait Prize – Gallery

The National Photographic Portrait Prize is held each year with the aim of promoting the best professional and amateur photographic portraits in Australia. From refugee arrivals to prime ministers, there are people from all walks of life; check out a selection of the 45 finalists in our gallery. …

Sony World Photography Awards 2014 youth and open winners – in pictures

From muddy smiles to mini ponies and a rodeo in France, here are the winners of the youth and open categories in the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards