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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

Is American Dream over for Beckham?

His bid to sell soccer to the US has failed dismally. So now Milan beckons – and the boutique owners can't wait. By Guy Adams

Beckham booed as Galaxy beaten

After crossing nine time zones to reach four cities in three days, David Beckham appeared a little disoriented on Saturday after the Los Angeles Galaxy's 2-0 loss to the Kansas City Wizards.

Cern special: The 9 billion dollar question

Today, mankind’s greatest experiment begins as the Large Hadron Collider powers up. The cost is huge, the scale is massive – and the discoveries could be enormous. But, asks Andy McSmith, what does it all add up to?

And finally, 100 million-year-old galactic mystery solved by Hubble

Images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of the Perseus cluster of stars have helped scientists to solve a 100 million-year-old mystery of how giant structures in deep space are prevented from disintegrating. The spectacular pictures show vast, thread-like "filaments" of gas which emerge from the centre of a galaxy known as NGC 1275, situated some 235 million light years away from Earth.

Galaxy plan shake-up after Gullit resignation

Ruud Gullit has resigned as coach of Los Angeles Galaxy while Alexi Lalas has been fired as general manager and president of the Major League Soccer club.

The Ten Best Telescopes

Seeing stars? You will be with our choice of telescopes

Beckham strikes twice to earn draw for Galaxy

David Beckham scored twice on Saturday, both trademark long-range efforts, as the Los Angeles Galaxy came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Real Salt Lake.

Interstellar car-crashes: When galaxies collide...

To misquote the opening credits of Star Wars, these spectacular images show interstellar car-crashes happening a long time ago, in a place that's far, far away. Taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, they capture various points in the collision process between two galaxies, which can take hundreds of millions of years to go from start to finish.

Dichio leaves Beckham in the shade

David Beckham's underwhelming start to his first full season in Major League Soccer continued on Sunday night as Los Angeles Galaxy slipped to a 3-2 home defeat against Toronto FC.

Quasars: One hell of a blast

Quasars are the most destructive forces in the universe – and a newly discovered one could be the most powerful of all. David Whitehouse unravels its mysteries

Beckham scores in Galaxy's cruise

David Beckham scored his first goal of the Major League Soccer season to help the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Thursday. The England midfielder also laid on his side's second for Landon Donovan, helping his team to their first victory of the campaign following last weekend's opening defeat to the Colorado Rapids.

Beckham unable to prevent LA defeat

David Beckham's first pre-season game of 2008 ended in disappointment with his Los Angeles Galaxy side losing 1-0 to Japan's Gamba Osaka in the first Pan Pacific Championship semi-final.

The 5-minute Interview: Carrie Grant, vocal coach and session singer

'I'd love to do a mindless job where I could think while I'm working'

Three guilty of racist murder during riots

Three Asian men were sentenced to life in prison yesterday for the murder of a black IT worker during last year's Birmingham riots, as detectives vowed to continue their hunt for the rest of the "pack of thugs" involved in the killing.

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