Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano began erupting in spectacular form this week. But terrifying as it may first appear, that hasn’t stopped one UK tour operator offering visitors the chance to fly over the action.

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Experts say a giant panda previously thought to be pregnant may have been more focused on food than giving birth.

“[pregnant pandas] receive more buns, fruits and bamboo, so some have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life”

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At London zoo, a mossy frog is measured at the annual weigh-in (Philip Toscano/PA)

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Sea plankton have been found on the International Space Station – but how did they get there?

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Photo highlights of the day: A hummingbird flies in a garden in Pereira, Colombia. (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)

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A family taking a trip around Australia were treated to more than they bargained for when crocodilian crowd favourite ‘Brutus’ took on a bull shark in the muddy mangroves. The result? Dinner for Brutus, curtains for the shark.

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An explorer injured at the bottom of Germany’s deepest cave 12 days ago has re-emerged after a rescue operation involving 728 people from five countries and estimated to have cost several million euros. The Riesending cave complex being closed for good. Read more here

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An ashcloud has grounded flights between Australia and south-east Asia, and all domestic flights from Darwin airport in the north of the country.

The cloud, which was caused by the eruption of Sangeang Api in southern Indonesia on Friday evening, has drifted across central Australia, according to Reuters. Full story here

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