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Our planet in pictures – a celebration of Earth Day (part two)

An annual event celebrated on April 22, Earth Day exists to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Established in 1970, it is held across 192 countries and encourages activities that focus on environmental issues. We’ve listed some stunning images (part one here) to highlight its importance:   21. Montreal, Canada     22. Moselle River, Germany     23.…

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Random things for which St George is actually a patron

Most of us know St George as the patron saint of England – but he’s also got links with other countries, animals and professions. The patron of a baffling range of things, from the plague to Ethiopia, St George is immortalised around the globe. Here’s a list of seemingly random things for which St George…

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Our planet in pictures – a celebration of Earth Day (part one)

An annual event celebrated on April 22, Earth Day exists to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Established in 1970, it is held across 192 countries and encourages activities that focus on environmental issues. We’ve listed some stunning images (part two here) to highlight its importance:   1. The Amazon basin     2. Antartica     3. Antwerp,…

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17 breathtaking pictures produced by the Hubble Space Telescope

As the Hubble Space Telescope prepares to celebrate 25 years since its launch, we look at some of the most iconic images that it’s taken. Launched in 1990, it is one of the largest, most versatile and well-known space telescopes in operation.   1. Antennae Galaxies     2. Butterfly emerges from planetary nebula    …

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World’s oldest person dies just days after gaining title

A 116-year-old woman passed away yesterday – just five days after becoming the world’s oldest person. Having taken the title from a 117-year-old Japanese woman last week, Getrude Weaver died in Arkansas on Monday. Born on 4 July 1898, Ms Weaver lived in Silver Oaks – a facility for senior citizens. There are now thought to…

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New research maps personality of places across Britain

A study has mapped the personality of hundreds of places across Britain, meaning you can find out what town matches your nature. It is the largest study ever conducted into the psychological landscape of the country, covering 380 places and 400,000 people. The study lasted two years and looked into five key personality traits: extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, openness and…

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5 ways the 2015 Budget affects students

The 2015 Budget has been announced, but nobody’s telling us just how it affects students. That’s why we’ve made a list. As you can tell, we’ve taken it very seriously. You can find out how much you’ll save by using the BBC’s Budget calculator.     1. Beer is cheaper! Admittedly by only 1p per pint,…

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The Northern Lights illuminate the UK – in pictures

Those in the Northern Hemisphere can sometimes enjoy the Northern Lights, a natural phenomenon that occurs in the sky. Also known as Aurora Borealis, the display is a result of eruptions on the surface of the sun that cause a geomagnetic storm. The recent storm across the UK was unexpectedly strong and unbelievably beautiful, so…

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15 photos of the solar eclipse in 1999

There’s a solar eclipse this Friday, so we searched for some pictures of the last one – which was in 1999. It’s basically the most 90s thing you’ll ever see, but with a tinge of Men in Black.                            

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8 huge hits that ripped off other songs

In case you missed it, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have been ordered to pay millions for copying Got to Give It Up by Marvin Gaye.  This reminded us of some other massive hits that have, let’s say, ‘drawn influence’ from other songs. Let us know which rip-offs you’d have included!   Robin Thicke v Marvin Gaye…

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