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The stellar explosion is the closest to be spotted since 1987 and will provide a 'galactic yardstick' for astronomers judging distances across the universe

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee