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NuSTAR captures dead star and distant black holes

At the height of the magnetic flip, the sun goes through periods of increased solar activity with more sunspots and eruptive events such as solar flares

Video: Sun has 'flipped upside down' as new magnetic cycle begins

The sun’s magnetic field has fully reversed its polarity, marking the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24, which will be completed in 11 years time

Darren Barker could be forced to retire after his hip problems resurfaced in defeat to Germany’s Felix Sturm

Boxing: Hip injury may force beaten Darren Barker to retire

Darren Barker could be forced to retire after his hip problems resurfaced in defeat to Germany’s Felix Sturm on Saturday night.

Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa

The sun’s magnetic field will reverse polarity at some point in the coming weeks, sending ripples to the edge of interstellar space

Split: a hands-free music player that you control by biting

Built-in magnets keep the pair of earphones together and are also used to charge the battery

Astronomers discover pulsar undergoing radical transformation

Astronomers have discovered a small star undergoing radical transformations.

Nasa's Voyager 1 may have left the solar system after 36 years in space

Nasa's Voyager 1 may have crossed into interstellar space last year to become the first man-made object to leave the solar system, if new research proves correct.

Sir John Pendry, pioneer of the 'invisibility cloak', wins top Institute of Physics honour

The physicist first published the idea for an "invisibility cloak" in 2006

A photograph issued by Irwin Mitchell of the X-Ray showing seven-inch forceps that were left inside Donna Bowett for three months following an operation to remove her gallbladder. The mum of four has joined calls from specialist medical law experts at Irwin Mitchell for hospital trusts to improve staff training to put an end to 'never' events - basic preventable mistakes

Revealed: the 750 hospital mistakes that should never have happened - including 7in forceps left inside woman for three months after surgery

Investigation shows 322 cases of "foreign objects" left inside patients' bodies, 214 of surgery on the wrong body part and 58 where patients were fitted with the wrong implant

Go offline: A holiday should be a chance to escape from ‘being contactable by the whole world’

Something To Declare: Can we still escape the noise of the world?

I once sat in the garden of one of our most idyllic Herefordshire B&Bs, drinking tea and listening to my hostess waxing lyrical about the tranquillity of this quietest of areas: the Welsh Marches. Then we ducked as two fighter jets screamed overhead, preparing for the invasion of Iraq. It was more surprising than it was alarming, but it did remind me that total peace is elusive in these isles. "Noise" takes many forms other than the scream of fighter jets.

Monarch butterflies are also believed to use landmarks and scent to find their way while migrating

Mapless monarch butterflies migrate using 'internal compass'

The North American monarch butterfly’s amazing migration, travelling thousands of miles each year from its wintering grounds in Mexico to as far north as the Great Lakes of Canada and back, is done without any internal maps, a study has found.

Hearing aid: An owl’s ears can detect a mouse under earth or snow

Paperback review: Bird Sense - What It's Like to Be a Bird, By Tim Birkhead

A bird-brained philosophy of science

Frank Lampard and England were denied a clear goal against Germany at the last World Cup

Goal-line decisions could be shown on big screens in stadiums

Technology due to be implemented in the Premier League next season

Frank Lampard and England were denied a clear goal against Germany at the last World Cup

Every Premier League club must install goal-line technology

Stadiums will need to be fitted out from as early as next season

Miguel Nicolelis last week announced he had given rats the ability to ‘feel’ infrared light

Scientist who gave rats 'sixth sense' promises bigger revolutions ahead

Research into 'man-machine interface' could one day allow people to communicate directly with electronic devices by thought alone

The wunderkind writer who was signed by Pixar

At 28, Simon Rich is the hottest property in Hollywood. Sarah Hughes meets him

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links