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Map of Universe accurate to 1% offers insight into dark energy and the curvature of spacetime

Map uses 'cosmic ripples' created by the formation of the Universe to create a 'standard ruler' to measure distances between 1.2 million galaxies

The Large Hadron Collider

Large Hadron Collider revamp promises massive power boost for fresh experiments

Work will allow it to perform the highest energy particle collisions ever attempted

LG G Flex: the first curved smartphone to hit European markets

Device has been confirmed for sale in France, though no word on UK yet

The monster: Nasa telescopes have captured the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed.

'Monster' cosmic explosion capable of destroying Earth captured in distant galaxy

Scientists record the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, luckily it was in a far-off galaxy

In pictures: how Samsung's 'wraparound' smartphone will actually work

Samsung and LG have already produced smartphones with curved displays and Apple are rumoured to be working on similar products - but just how will this new 'feature' be used?

Paperback review: Gravity’s Engines, by Caleb Scharf

I don’t know much about science but I do know what I like, and I like books like this which fill me with a sense of wonder – both at the universe and the human ingenuity which makes sense of it. In lucid, often poetic language, Scharf describes the awesome powers of black holes, those giant collapsed stars whose gravity is so powerful that not even light can escape them, and which gobble up stars as snacks.

A rival to Samsung's Galaxy Round? Images of LG's curved G Flex smartphone are leaked

Flexible OLEDs are a minor trend for smartphone makers, but it's only speculation that they'll even be wanted by customers

Galaxy Round: The Samsung smartphone with curved 5.7-inch screen

New smartphone will only be available in Korea

Samsung posts record sales; HTC first losses

Contrasting fortunes of Asian smartphone-makers indicates that success depends on wide product range

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 3 phablet and Galaxy Gear smartwatch in UK for £599 and £299

Phablet-smartwatch combination offers incredible functionality at a steep price

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 3 and also announces plans for smartphone with 'curved display'

New device would be part of Samsung's continued push to out-innovate competitors in the smartphone market

Temperatures on Earth will soar and seas evaporate leaving the planet lifeless

The good news: Earth can support life for 1.75bn years. The bad news: Climate change could wipe us out first

Scientists calculate planet’s leave-by date, and identify other worlds where life may develop

Samsung refuse to slow down: Galaxy Gear 2 rumoured for January 2014

Next generation of the Gear smartwatch should fix the failings of the original

Book of a lifetime: In the Heart of the Country, by JM Coetzee

A good book must have a certain aroma. That is what a lifetime of reading library books has taught me. Some reek too much of tobacco, others have a musty odour that seems to choke the very text, but the books that chime with me just smell right. I find them by accident; hiding behind frayed plastic jackets in the book sales of the local libraries. I peel away their protective wrapping and then sniff. In the Heart of the Country by JM Coetzee had hints of apple, sandalwood and charcoal between its pages; surprising, for such a lean and austere book, but  also promising.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 creates new mobile elite

64GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, 1.9GHz quad-core processor... The Note III is more computer than smartphone.

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