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Out of this world: why the most important art today is made in space

Forget the Turner prize. This is art that reflects the true grandeur of the universe – it is the Sistine Chapel of the scientific age<p>It’s all about scale. A black dot is moving across the face of a blazing giant. The shadow of the planet looks tiny, compared with the vast flaming orb of the sun …

Universe

Stellar photo shows Space Station, Mercury simultaneously passing the sun

A cosmic coincidence produced an amazing image for a lucky photographer on the ground during a rare celestial alignment earlier this month.<p>On May 9, …

Astronomy

The entire mass of the Milky Way, measured

The mass of our galaxy is almost too much to describe, but one researcher is trying anyway.<p>Take all the empty space out of the Milky Way, and how much stuff -- stars, planets, asteroids, debris and even mysterious dark matter -- would you have? In other words, what is the total mass of our galaxy? …

Universe

Will the Supreme Court really end racist jury selection?

Lawyers for an African American death row inmate asked the<p>Supreme Courton Monday to grant him a new trial because prosecutors used their "peremptory challenges" to keep blacks off the jury that convicted him of murdering an elderly white woman. The court should have no difficulty in agreeing that …