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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

Beckham confronts Galaxy fans after jeers

David Beckham was involved in an ugly confrontation with fans at his home return game in Los Angeles.

Galaxy team-mate slams Beckham commitment

David Beckham has come under a blistering attack from Los Angeles Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan just as he prepares to return for action with the Major League Soccer team.

Beckham braced for hostile MLS return

David Beckham should brace himself for a hostile reaction from some fans when he returns to action in Major League Soccer this month, the top man in the American game has warned.

Matthew Bell: Never mind your woollies – there's a rare species at risk

Our writer flies to the defence of the poor, misunderstood moth

Tiny town wants to become video game Mecca

For a brief shining moment in the 1980s, Ottumwa was the unlikely hot spot of the fledgling video game industry as gamers around the globe flocked to this sleepy Iowa city and its video game arcade for a series of landmark tournaments.

Nasa to give Hubble new view of universe

Improvements will allow telescope to see almost as far back as the Big Bang

Telescopes that could see the future

Scientists hope probes to be launched soon will help them predict how the Universe may end

Professor Edwin Salpeter: Seminal astrophysicist who made pivotal contributions to the study of the universe

The astrophysicist Edwin Salpeter was a seminal figure in theoretical physics. His intellectual passions ranged widely and he made pivotal contributions to the study of the universe across a variety of fields.

Milan offer for Beckham ‘ridiculous’, fume Galaxy

Los Angeles Galaxy chief executive Tim Leiweke has warned Milan he “will not be taken for a ride” as the Italian club attempt to prise David Beckham away from Major League Soccer.

There's another Earth out there -; and we'll find it

Habitable planet could be located in the next four years, scientists say

Krkic flaunts confidence of youth

Barcelona's teenage striker Bojan Krkic had the rest of the Spanish League trembling yesterday when he said he was in the form of his young life and getting better ever day.

Galaxy Craze: 'I wish I hadn't written the sex scenes'

Galaxy Craze has taken nearly a decade to follow up her well-received debut novel. And the actress-turned-writer is still far from happy with the result. Matt Thorne can only wonder why

Milan prepared to buy Beckham

AC Milan are willing to pay a fee for David Beckham to remain at the Serie A club but Los Angeles Galaxy have yet to agree, chief executive Adriano Galliani revealed today.

Giant black hole found at galaxy's core

Astronomers who have taken a close-up look at the heart of the Milky Way say that "beyond any reasonable doubt" a giant black hole lurks at our galaxy's core.

Galaxy cut tour to aid Beckham's Milan move

Cancellation of match suggests England midfielder will go to Milan in January
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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
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Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album