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Watch the moment SpaceX successfully launched an unmanned rocket into space

This is the impressive moment a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully blasts off into orbit from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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A live ruby sea dragon has been filmed in the wild for the first time and they're pretty magical creatures

Ruby sea dragon may sound like something from the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but the extremely rare and unusual creature has been captured on camera off the coast of Western Australia. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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This spectacular light display in Canada will make you think there is an alien invasion

It might look like the stuff of science fiction and conspiracy theorists that aliens have descended on our planet, but this Canadian photographer’s stunning images of bright-coloured beams in the sky are very much an earthly phenomenon.

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Scientists have managed to tie the tightest knot ever

Scientists have broken the record for the tightest knot ever known, using strands 10,000 times thinner than a human hair.

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Smartwatches could soon tell when you’re getting ill

You might think wearable tech is another bit of useless kit phone companies are trying to flog, but smartwatches could soon tell us if we’re about to get ill and protect us from disease.

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Scientists have used mind-controlling lasers to turn lab mice into killing machines

It sounds like the work of an evil genius, but scientists have been blasting the brains of mice with laser beams to see how it changes their behaviour. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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UK weather: How the nation is reacting to snow, ice and floods

For many people in the north of England, waking up this morning to the sight of snow and a frosty ground was a pleasant one. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Does it fart? The burning science question on Twitter that has led to a database of trumping animals

The world was not ready for a Twitter debate about animals farting. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Scientists have developed an amazing new tool in the search for aliens

Are we alone in the universe? Perhaps, as scientists haven’t yet found any evidence of extraterrestrial life.

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Thundersnow is coming: This is where it will hit the UK

Snow and blizzards have been predicted for parts of the UK this week, with thundersnow (when snow falls in a storm instead of rain) anticipated in some parts.

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Researchers reveal there are basically three types of selfie takers... and most of them aren't self-publicists

It may sound a little bit hard to believe but new research suggests not everyone who posts selfies is self-obsessed. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Playing an instrument could make your reactions faster

Playing a musical instrument could make you more alert, according to new research.

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Take a look at the world through the eyes of a polar bear with this first-hand footage

Scientists have attached cameras to some polar bears’ heads to study their behaviours and feeding rates – and the footage captured is as illuminating as it is magical.

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Here's why you want to binge eat when you are drunk

Yep, we all know that feeling. It’s Friday night, you’re had a little bit too much to drink, and your alcohol-fuelled brain is craving food. Lots of food.

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A new species of gibbon has been identified and named after a major Star Wars character

Scientists have identified a new gibbon species found in south-west China and have decided to name the primate Skywalker hoolock gibbon because, well, they are Star Wars fans. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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How shopping bags made out of prawns could save us all

Plastic bags have become a precious commodity of late, but a bizarre new alternative could be making its way to baggage areas very soon.

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11 frosty photos of the UK that prove cold weather is actually really beautiful

We may have missed out on a white Christmas, but there’s some good news on the horizon as snow is finally forecast for the UK.

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A new blood test can diagnose concussion with over 90% accuracy

A small but promising new study has shown that concussion can be detected with a simple blood test.

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Why your appendix may have an important biological function after all

Traditionally the appendix is the blockbuster of useless body parts – a leader in purposelessness ahead of wisdom teeth and the tailbone.

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Being a weekend warrior could be just as good for you as regular exercise

Do you relax after work and cram all your exercise into the weekends? That makes you a textbook weekend warrior – someone who does longer workouts less often. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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11 scientifically-backed ways to chill out if you are stressed at work

Stress has become a part of our working life – at least for some of us.

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One of the world's most famous trees has fallen after 1,000 years

It’s one of the oldest tourist attractions in America, but now the famous Pioneer Cabin Tree is no more. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Could this be the end of dreaded fillings? Scientists may have found a way to regrow damaged teeth

If you are one of those who dreads the dentist’s drill and hates getting cavities filled, maybe this latest scientific breakthrough will bring joy to you and your pearly whites.

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Get your gloves out! A cold snap is coming and it's going to bring a lot of snow

If you got a woolly coat and a pair of cosy mittens for Christmas, now would probably be the best time to get them out. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Why is Spain so good at organ donations?

Spain’s organ transplant system is considered the gold standard across the world. But how have they done it? This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Right-wing politicians are deemed better looking and apparently people vote for them because of it

We shouldn’t care what our politicians look like, but scientists have revealed that we do – and it means those on the right have the advantage.

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One of the tallest waterfalls in Europe is starting to ice over and it's all kinds of beautiful

This is Italy’s Marmore waterfall, one of the tallest in Europe.

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Here are the scientifically proven benefits of drinking

Dry January might be in full swing but if you’ve already fallen off the bandwagon don’t feel bad – scientists have just announced a load of reasons why drinking is good for you. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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