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What if the sun disappeared?

We wouldn’t know the sun was gone for eight-and-a-half minutes. Then Earth would head off in a straight line, into eternal night.<p>If the sun …

10 Things in Nature That Are Not the Color You'd Expect

Blue lava? A blood-red waterfall? The natural world is full of surprises. If you think you've finally figured out Mother Nature, think again.<p>Blue lava? A blood-red waterfall? The natural world is full of surprises. If you think you've finally figured out Mother Nature, think again.

China’s polluted air is changing the weather, says study

Pollutant particles from China’s factories, industrial plants, and power plants affect cloud formations and weather systems worldwide, a new study …

The most overpaid actors of 2013

Last year, Eddie Murphy was named the most overpaid actor in Hollywood, but he’s now passed on the crown to another “comic talent” in Adam Sandler, …

The 10 best films of 2013, No 8 – Only God Forgives

Nicolas Winding Refn's brilliant, bizarre and ultraviolent anti-revenge movie Only God Forgives is his most interesting work since the Pusher trilogy in the Mads Mikkelsen era. It is put together with lethal strangeness: there are bad-dream setpieces of sentimentality and nauseous black comedy. The …

Element of the week: ununpentium

What do plankium, poliakoffium and Sweden share in common?<p>We're getting closer to the end, my peeps! This week's element goes by the temporary name, ununpentium, and the temporary atomic symbol, <b>Uup</b>, along with the permanent atomic number, <b>115</b>.<p>This element is predicted to be a solid at room …

These Are Some of the Year's Best Images of Earth From Space

I never get tired of looking at satellite imagery. There's always something new, amazing and surprising to see. This year, Digital Globe captured a …

Absurd Creature of the Week: This Fly Hijacks an Ant's Brain — Then Pops Its Head Off

We humans were just so proud of ourselves when we invented the guillotine after millennia of experimenting with how best to take heads off shoulders. …

Best view of Saturn hexagon

The Saturn hexagon is a unique six-sided jet stream, a current of air, around Saturn’s north pole.<p>NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained the …

Why do you feel hot when you catch a cold?

When we catch a cold, why do we feel all hot and bothered? Does it help? Greg Foot explains.<p>Among the many symptoms of a cold, we often tend to feel hot and red-faced. It’s our body temperature rising a little to fight off the virus.<p>But why exactly does getting all hot and sweaty help kill a bug? …

New to nature No 115: Ovicides paralithodis

The ribbon worm, found off Alaska and Japan, is a specialised predator of the eggs of the red king crab<p>Although ribbon worms, phylum Nemertea, are entirely soft-bodied, lack segmentation and superficially resemble flatworms, evidence suggests that they are more closely related to earthworms and …

Olympics: India agree to board changes after threat to participation

<b>The Indian Olympic Association has amended its constitution after a threat to its participation in the Olympics.</b><p>The International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended India last year because of alleged government interference in the IOA's election process.<p>The IOC also insisted India had to maintain …

top 10 regions

Need inspiration for your travels in 2014? These 10 regions have captivated our travel experts with their natural beauty and cultural riches.<p>1. Sikkim, India<p><b>Green is the colour</b><p>A bird's-eye view over Yumthang Valley in Sikkim, India. Image by Image Source / Getty Images.<p>Picking up national accolades …

The 50 greatest animal photobombs of all time

COOPERSTOWN has the Baseball Hall of Fame. Springfield, its Basketball Hall of Fame. And the Internet has…this: the 50 greatest animal photobombs of …

Christine Ohuruogu and Mo Farah named Britain's athletes of the year

<b>Christine Ohuruogu and Mo Farah have been named Britain's athletes of the year.</b><p>Farah, 30, was given the British Athletics Writers' Associations award for the fourth year in a row after winning the 5,000m and 10,000m races at August's World Championships.<p>Ohuruogu, 29, won the women's prize for a …

December 2013

Top 10 unusual hotels and places to stay: readers' travel tips

Winning Tip: Tubotel, Langkawi, Malaysia<p>Sleeping in a drainpipe doesn't sound that appealing, but try the Tubotel. Each room is made of a brightly painted section of 2m-diameter concrete drainpipe, sealed at one end with a glass-door entrance that looks directly on to the Andaman Sea. The rooms are …

Top 15 travel experiences in Sikkim, India

One of the Himalaya’s best-kept travel secrets, Sikkim is a welcome diversion from all conventional notions of an Indian holiday. Far from Rajasthan’s royal trail, Goa’s beaches and Kerala’s backwaters, this tiny Indian hill state prides itself on pristine alpine forests, lofty snow-capped …

Ten outstanding loos for World Toilet Day

In case it had escaped your notice, today is World Toilet Day, a United Nations associated event designed to improve sanitation around the world.<p>On the lighter side, the search comparison website cheapflights.co.uk decided to highlight some of the most interesting toilet designs that you can see. …

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Manned Mission to Largest Known Asteroid Designed

Sending people to Ceres is no harder than sending them to Mars, study says.<p><b>Rocket scientists who have plotted a course for a human mission to the largest known asteroid, Ceres, say that such a voyage may not be much more challenging than sending people to Mars, according to a new study.</b><p>Research …

The Worst Jobs in Science and Three Awesome Ones

Meet Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary - the Sachin Tendulkar superfan who has cycled 12,000 miles to watch his idol

For a dozen years, Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary has devoted his life to Sachin Tendulkar with religious zeal<p>When Sachin Tendulkar made his farewell to cricket at the weekend, one image encapsulated a nation’s desolation. It was of his most fanatical worshipper, his entire torso and face painted green, …

The Goldilocks Protocol: electrons sent in to put microcrystals to work for structural biology

The rate of scientific progress — often driven by the development of new methods and new technologies, is truly staggering — even for us scientists. I do a lot of staggering. Every day around 4000 papers are published and it just gets harder and harder to keep up. Today is no exception.<p>I have …

Can corals adapt to climate change?

A new study has uncovered evidence that corals may be adapting to climate change, but the response may not persist if CO2 emissions aren’t …

Stonehenge: Origin of Stones Discovered

Geologists in Wales have identified the source of stones used to build Stonehenge, they told local publication the Western Mail on Tuesday, Nov. 19. …

Stepanek makes history as Czech Republic defend title

The Czech Republic team lift the trophy © Getty Images<p>Enlarge<p>Radek Stepanek made Davis Cup history by becoming the first player to win the deciding …

Totally...like... bogus: the world's worst travel advice

"Don't waste your money on bottled water! I just drank the tap water and I feel fine," brags a fellow hostel guest in Kathmandu. This person won't be seen again for three days, looking about 8lbs lighter.<p>"I never book a room before I get to a destination. It's better to visit all the hostels first, …