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Would you just look at him? Sprung to life out of a Pixar movie, the ghostly little fella pictured above was discovered last month by Deep Discoverer, the deep-diving robot that travels with NOAA's Okeanos Explorer. Spotted 4290m beneath the surface, it's the deepest observation of a so-called incirrate octopus ever, and it might be a new species.

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The launch of the $US100 million Breakthrough Initiative project to Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been supported by many leading scientists including Stephen Hawking and astronomer royal Martin Rees. But there is no evidence — and few convincing theories — to suggest that intelligent, communicative aliens actually exist. So are listening projects really the best way to search for extraterrestrial life?

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The world's third largest cave has "rooms" that stand 100m high and span 180m across. It's so spectacular that it's playing home to several upcoming blockbusters, including this summer's Pan, and others the force compels us not to disclose. We hiked through the Vietnamese jungle to explore it.