LONDON (AFP) – Space aliens may exist but mankind should avoid contact with them as the consequences could be devastating, British scientist Stephen Hawking warned Sunday.
When was our planet given its formal title, and what are the origins of the word? The name Earth originates from the 8th century Anglo-Saxon word erda, which means ground or soil. In Old English the word became eorthe, then erthe in Middle English. Earth was first used as the name of the sphere of the Earth around 1400. It is the only planet whose name in English is not derived from Greco-Roman mythology. Source
- Conservationists say the weird and wonderful creatures were discovered thanks to a pioneering deal between the governments of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, and Malaysia to protect and conserve 220,000 km sq of rainforest on the island.