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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

Eels, Somerset House, London

It is fair to say that Mark Everett - otherwise known as E, and the man behind Eels – has not always been known as the most cheerful of chaps. In his 2008 memoir Things the Grandchildren Should Know, he documents his rather tragic family history, events that have inspired a lot of the many downbeat moments found across Eels' nine albums.

The view from another galaxy

This is very probably what we look like to the passing inter-galactic traveller.

Found: the blast at the beginning of the universe

Astronomers may have detected the most distant and ancient object ever seen, a massive explosion that lit up the early universe soon after its birth. When the blast, known as a gamma ray burst (GRB), detonated, the universe was less than 4 per cent of its present age and 10 per cent of its present size.

Deborah Hargreaves: The time has come to wipe the smiles off their faces

Many people are struggling to make ends meet as wages fail to keep up with rising prices, while business leaders and those at the top of the financial sector continue to salt away millions in bonus awards. The gap between a corporate elite and everyone else is yawning ever wider. If current trends continue, by 2025 the top 0.1 per cent of earners will take home 10 per cent of national income, and by 2030 Britain will have sunk back to levels of inequality not seen since Victorian times.

David Beckham may extend stay in MLS

David Beckham is considering playing on in the Major League Soccer beyond the end of his contract.

David Beckham handed LA Galaxy captaincy

Former England captain David Beckham will skipper the Los Angeles Galaxy this weekend when they visit Real Salt Lake.

The Book of Universes, By John D Barrow

"Einstein explained his theory to me every day and on my arrival I was fully convinced that he understood it," reported Chaim Weizmann. He would become the first president of Israel, but in 1921 was accompanying Einstein on a transatlantic voyage to New York. The theory in question was general relativity, in which gravity is due to the warping of space caused by the presence of mass. The Earth moves around the Sun not because some mysterious invisible force pulls it, but because of the warping of space due to the Sun's enormous mass.

David Beckham talks of benefits of Tottenham training

David Beckham insists his decision to train with Tottenham will benefit the Los Angeles Galaxy in the long run.

Leading article: Children of the stars

Bad news for all those who fancied the idea of having a baby in outer space. It almost certainly won't happen. According to three scientists who have looked into the business of human beings colonising other bits of the galaxy, a pregnant woman moving through space is likely to be so bombarded with cosmic radiation that the chances of her egg remaining fertile are remote.

A glimpse deep into a galaxy far, far away

Persian astronomers in the 10th century first documented the Andromeda galaxy using nothing but the naked human eye. They called it the "little cloud" and since then our nearest galactic neighbour has been captured countless times by the most advanced telescopes.

Discovery boosts chance of alien life

The chances of life existing beyond the Earth have been boosted by the discovery that the number of stars in the universe might be triple current estimates.

David Beckham backs Australia and US for 2022 World Cup

David Beckham believes both Australia and the United States are more than capable of staging a successful World Cup in 2022.

David Beckham's LA Galaxy side suffer shock defeat

David Beckham and the L.A Galaxy suffered a shock 3-0 home defeat to FC Dallas on Sunday in the MLS Western Conference championship game.

Beckham seals title for LA Galaxy

Former England captain David Beckham scored a key goal for the Los Angeles Galaxy as they secured Major League Soccer's Western Conference title with a 2-1 home win over FC Dallas.

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