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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 chief fends off £2.5bn suit – and tablets work well, too

Samsung’s run of good news continued today as a billion-dollar lawsuit against the South Korean electronics giant was dismissed, and the company said it doubled its share of the tablet market at the end of last year.

Robbie Keane training with Tottenham

Loan spell ruled out for former striker

Apple has seen share price tumble by a quarter since September when iPhone5 debuted

Apple ‘cuts order for iPhone5 parts’ after weak sales but Samsung powers on after selling 100m Galaxy S devices

Tech giant has seen share price tumble by a quarter since September when iPhone5 debuted

Elite: the old and the new

30 years on, game fans put up cash for sequel to Elite

Computer game flies again after Kickstarter crowdsourcing hit

Long Run blundered at the last but recovered to win the King George VI Chase

Long Run lifts second King George to vindicate Waley-Cohen

Amateur rider prevails after last-fence error to pick off Captain Chris in desperate duel to line

Astronomers discover supermassive black hole with a mass 17 billion times that of our Sun in 'oddball' tiny galaxy

The black hole makes up an enormous 14 per cent of the galaxy's mass

Forpadydeplasterer (left) has built up an extremely solid body of work

Grand Crus may finish up Plastered

Anticipation of this meeting is largely rooted in hindsight. Year after year it proves a major crossroads, especially in the career of a young horse, on the road back to the Festival.

Universe is expanding at a rate comparable to a rollercoaster, say scientists

The universe is expanding at a rate comparable to a rollercoaster, according to scientists who have mapped the galaxies for the first time as they were 11 billion years ago.

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The Hydrogen Sonata, By Iain M Banks

The 'Culture' novels celebrate species who know how to enjoy themselves. The fun continues...

Bethesda Softworks opens Battlecry Studios in Austin

Former BioWare producer Rich Vogel to head development at new studio

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EasyJet enjoys surge in profits

US court lifts sales ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung has scored a victory in its patent dispute with fellow electronics giant Apple.

The photograph, dubbed the Extreme Deep Field or XDF, was taken by the Hubble telescope

A long time ago in galaxies far, far away

A picture of extreme deep space as it was more than 13 billion years ago has been revealed in photographs taken by the Hubble telescope

A full sky survey, as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WISE).

WISE telescope discovers blisteringly hot 'extreme galaxies' 100 trillion times brighter than our sun and millions of 'supermassive' black holes

A Nasa space telescope has uncovered millions of previously unseen supermassive black holes, and around a thousand ‘extreme’ galaxies that can outshine our sun by a factor of 100 trillion.

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
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Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

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How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Samuel West interview

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Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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