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  • A shocked seal, a plane-catching giraffe and a cheeky fox's 'Hole In One': Pick your favourite from the 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

    July 6, 2017 2:11 PM 9

    We are so used to the majesty and fearsome nature of the animal kingdom that we often forget they can also be side-splittingly funny. Thankfully the annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards acts as a constant reminder that, despite our differences, animals can be just as awkward as we are. This year's nominated photos include an enlightened kangaroo

  • Lunar Robots Test Their Mettle on Italy's Mount Etna

    July 5, 2017 6:31 PM 10

    Mount Etna in Sicily is a test bed for lunar robots ahead of a future mission to the moon. A robot wheels across a rocky, windswept landscape that looks like the surface of some distant planet from a science fiction film. But it is not in outer space, it's on the slopes of Europe's most active volcano. Mount Etna, in Sicily, is a test bed for the approximately

  • The 'little cub' galaxy that could reveal the secrets of the universe

    July 4, 2017 6:51 PM 10

    A primitive galaxy that could provide clues about the early universe has been spotted by astronomers as it begins to be consumed by a gigantic neighbouring galaxy. The Little Cub galaxy, so called because it sits in the Ursa Major or Great Bear constellation,is being stripped of the gas needed to continue forming stars by its larger companion, effectively

  • Samsung is developing a smart speaker featuring its Bixby assistant to take on the Echo and HomePod

    July 4, 2017 2:35 PM 9

    In an attempt to keep up with its rivals, Samsung is rumoured to be working on a new smart speaker featuring its voice assistant, Bixby. The secret project is codenamed Vega, although little is known about the details of the device. The speakers could be competition for Amazon Echo and Apple's forthcoming HomePod. The rumours come shortly after the launch

  • SpaceX Dragon cargo ship completes second flight

    July 3, 2017 1:18 PM 59

    A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship loaded with more than 4,100 pounds of experiment samples, no-longer-needed equipment and other gear departed the International Space Station and returned to Earth Monday, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean southwest of Long Beach, Calif., to close out a month-long flight. "Good splashdown of Dragon confirmed -- completing

  • Space Is Worth a Whole Lot of Money

    July 3, 2017 2:01 AM 151

    Elon Musk might be working on making space travel a lot cheaper, but our dream of being intergalactic jet setters still won’t be financially feasible any time soon. Unless we accidentally get accepted into NASA’s astronaut program, those of us lacking comic-book-villain bank accounts can’t plan on zipping around the stars. What makes that even worse

  • How to see the Great Barrier Reef

    July 1, 2017 11:04 PM 13

    The planet’s best free shows — and how to see them The stats are astonishing: the biggest living structure in the world is 1,430 miles long (roughly the same distance as London to Malaga), with an area of about 133,000 square miles. It comprises more than 1,000 islands, is home to a staggering variety of marine life and would take a lifetime to explore

  • The Spitfire in colour: Amazing colourised pictures show how the RAF's iconic fighter plane and its hero pilots really looked when they helped win WW2

    June 30, 2017 3:04 PM 10

    Striking images of the Supermarine Spitfires that helped Britain win World War Two have been brought into the twenty-first century after being expertly colourised. The stunning shots show a Merlin engine being fitted into a Spitfire at CBAF Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory, Spitfires taking off from an air field and Spitfires in flight formation while

  • Stunning images show a rare PINK grasshopper relaxing in the reeds by a lake in Ipswich

    June 30, 2017 10:37 AM 11

    A rare pink grasshopper has been spotted relaxing on the grassy reeds around a small lake in Ipswich, Suffolk. With its candyfloss-coloured body and legs coupled white eyes, the insect didn't stand a chance of keeping a low profile in its luscious green surroundings. The pink colouring is caused by a rare genetic mutation that means the grasshopper produces

  • What lies beneath? Diver films bizarre and beautiful GLOWING sea creatures lurking in the sub-zero waters under Greenland's ice caps

    June 28, 2017 4:02 PM 12

    This stunning footage shows the unique life and serene landscapes that lurk beneath the ice caps of Greenland. Under the isolated icecaps of Tasiilaq on April 17, diver Alexander Benedik saw some truly stunning sights as he drifted through the vast crevasses preserved hauntingly beneath the surface. With temperatures plummeting to -2C, the ice-clad wasteland