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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, founded in 1964, is an annual international showcase of the very best in nature photography. Owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, the contest includes 18 individual categories, ranging from birds and mammals to "Creative Visions" …

155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope | Colossal

<p>Nearly 155 years before CompuServe debuted the first animated gif in 1987, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau unveiled an invention called the …

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human evolution.<p>Anthropologists unearthed the skull at a site in Dmanisi, a small town in southern Georgia, where other remains of human …

The Seven Most Incredible Telescopes In Existence

The biggest, smallest, and most robotic stargazing tools.<p>When China completes its newest telescope project in 2016, the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), it will have a dish nearly half the size of a country (OK, only the world's smallest country, Vatican City, but …

Glory, seen from a hot air balloon

Eileen Claffey saw this glory – formed when water droplets in the air scatter light backwards – this past weekend, while riding in a hot air …

Hot Air Balloons

Deep-Space Engines

Propulsion systems that could carry astronauts to Mars and beyond.<p>STAR-48<p>The fastest chemical rocket ever, the Star-48 engine was built to launch satellites and was recently incorporated into the New Horizons probe, which took off in 2006. Powered by burning a mixture of ammonium perchlorate and …

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's top 10 league goals

The Anfield legend joined the Permier League's one hundred club on Saturday - here are ten of his most memorable strikes<p><b>Liverpool v Sheffield Wednesday:</b> December 5, 1999<p>Steven Gerrard, after making his Liverpool debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998, failed to make an early impact at …

Rugby League World Cup 2013: Tournament guide

Rugby League World Cup<p><b>The 14th Rugby League World Cup begins on 26 October with England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland aiming to end 38 years of southern hemisphere dominance.</b><p>The 14-team tournament sees 28 matches across England, Wales, Ireland and France.<p>England, where the bulk of the games are …

Evra asked to explain attack on pundits

• International news<p>ESPN staff<p>Patrice Evra, seen with France coach Didier Deschamps, described the pundits as 'tramps' © AP<p>Enlarge<p>The French Football …

Which goal from this weekend’s action are you most looking forward to watching on Match of the Day 2 on BBC One at 10.25pm this evening?