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Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, who invented the technique of DNA fingerprinting, has announced his retirement.

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Latest photographs from Mars Curiosity rover

The base of Mount Sharp on Mars
The base of Mount Sharp on Mars Credit: Nasa
Landing site and highest point of Mount Sharp
Landing site and highest point of Mount Sharp Credit: Nasa
Geological layers at the base of Mount Sharp
Geological layers at the base of Mount Sharp Credit: Nasa
The traces left after a 70 foot (21 metre) journey at end of August
The traces left after a 70 foot (21 metre) journey at end of August Credit: Nasa

The Curiosity rover is the largest and most advanced spacecraft ever sent to another planet. Dr John Bridges from the University of Leicester is leading a team of scientists working on the project.

More photographs are available on the Mars Curiosity website.

Out of this world: The moment Will.i.am played his song on the surface of Mars

Musician Will.i.am has made interplanetary history in the first ever planet-to-planet music broadcast.

NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity beamed his new song from the red planet to earth, playing an mp3 file to an audience of NASA engineers and students in California.

Dr John Bridges from the University of Leicester is leading a team of scientists working on project Curoisity.

Going where no humans have gone before the song made its solar system debut after travelling more than 330 million miles.

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First full colour image of Mars from NASA's Curiosity rover

The first full colour image from Curiosity's mast camera has been released by NASA. Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH

The first full-colour-image of Mars from NASA's Curiosity rover has been sent back to earth.

It comes as President Obama called the Curiosity scientists to congratulate them on successfully landing the rover on the Red Planet.

Over the next few years the rover will investigate the mountain's lower layers, which scientists think hold clues to past environmental change.

Dr John Bridges a scientist from the University of Leicester is leading the $2.5 billion dollar mission.

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