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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

Samsung believes its Galaxy Gear watch will 'lead a new trend in smart mobile communications'

Galaxy Gear: Samsung unveils new smartwatch

The company believes its new invention will set a new trend in wearable tech

Book review: The Bone Season, By Samantha Shannon

For all its ingenuity and imagination, the first episode in a magical series lacks the human touch

Samsung confirms Galaxy Gear smartwatch for 4 September

Event will also see the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note III

The Andromeda Galaxy, a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth

It all started with a bang, but the universe may not be expanding after all

Theoretical physicist Christof Wetterich publishes paper 'a Universe without expansion'

Leaving Planet Earth

Edinburgh 2013: Leaving Planet Earth

What kind of people would inhabit a brave new world, leave behind the war and pollution of old earth and start again on a fresh planet? If Grid Iron’s site-specific, immersive piece for the International Festival is anything to go by, not terribly endearing ones.

A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S4 (front) and Apple's iPhone 5 smartphones are seen in this picture illustration taken in Seoul May 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Samsung deny tricking 'speed tests' for the Galaxy S4

Investigation by a tech website supposedly reveals lines of code used to manipulate benchmark tests

Eve Online's biggest ever battle was the game's 'Battle of the Alamo'

Over 4,000 pilots were involved a one-tenth speed space battle for precious - virtual - resources

Nokia's Lumia 625: With its 4.7-inch display this is a budget big-screen aimed at first time smartphone buyers

Latest addition to the Lumia range aims to provide a winning multimedia experience though may be hamstrung by a slow processor

The paper raises the question of whether alien races could have used the gravity of stars to “slingshot” probes in order to gain speed: a technique humans already use for probes, such as the Voyager.

Self-replicating alien space probes could already be in our solar system, say mathematicians

Mathematicians analysed the possibility that probes could travel through space in a study published in the Journal of Astrobiology

HTC launches new One Mini smartphone with pre-order price of £379.99

New handset set to rival Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini - the stripped down version of Samsung's flagship device

Gas cloud 'stretched like spaghetti' by supermassive black hole

Through studying the cloud's death throes, scientists hope to learn more about the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way

Samsung’s new Galaxy phone struggles amid sales gloom

More and more people owning smartphones and cheaper competition from China means Samsung’s new Galaxy phone is struggling.

Kevin Rudd unveils new cabinet with record number of female ministers

11 of 30 are women as PM says: 'This is a good time and a good day for Australian women'

An image provided by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) shows an artists impression of the view from the exoplanet Gliese 667Cd looking towards the planet's parent star (Gliese 667C). In the background to the right, the more distant stars in this triple system (Gliese 667A and Gliese 667B) are visible

Three 'super-Earths' discovered: Are planets found orbiting Gliese 667C in nearby solar system capable of supporting human life?

They orbit Gliese 667C, one of three stars 22 light years away in the constellation of Scorpius

The Humans, By Matt Haig

This novel about an alienated genius brings a Martian perspective to life on a strange planet

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