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Astrophysicists’ update on enormous and unexpected Fermi bubbles

Discovered in 2010, two vast and mysterious Fermi bubbles radiate out from our Milky Way galaxy’s core. An update from the three astrophysicists who …

Astronomers watch black hole choke on a star 'blob' - Futurity

An event first captured on a small telescope appears to be the first-ever view of a black hole choking on a star.

Why watching TV crime dramas is good for your brain

To stay healthy, the human brain needs to be kept active, and suspense-filled small screen thrillers provides a taxing mental workout<p>On a cold January night, the prospect of ditching your resolution to get fit - or read the complete works of Tolstoy - and putting your feet up in front of a good TV …

The Brain

How To Master Your Third Arm

Because in a virtual world, why should you only have two?<p>In the 2002 movie <i>Minority Report</i>, Tom Cruise plays with a futuristic computer like a maestro. With a flick of his wrist, data moves from one screen to the next, and a panoramic view of a park spins like a toy top.<p>“But if it’s virtual reality, …

Shell signs $11 billion deal to build petrochemicals plant in Iraq | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) signed a deal with Iraq on Wednesday worth $11 billion (7 billion pounds) to build a petrochemicals plant in the southern oil hub of Basra, boosting the country’s aim to become a major regional energy player and diversify its income.<p>Logos for Shell are …

Michelle Obama causes outrage in Saudi Arabia by not wearing headscarf

First Lady draws criticism for not wearing headscarf in highly conservative country<p>In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama cut short his visit to India and led a parade of American dignitaries in Riyadh on Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death.<p>But it was the …

Russia says Kiev's actions will escalate Ukraine fighting | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday military action by the Ukrainian government would prompt an “inevitable further escalation of the conflict” with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and undermine any peacemaking.<p>Ukrainian servicemen sit atop an armored personnel carrier (APC) as …

UK weather: Manchester Airport runways shut and hundreds of schools close as 'thundersnow' hits Britain

The Met Office heightens weather warnings from yellow to amber with blizzards and sheet ice threatening rush hour misery<p>Two major airports were paralysed and hundreds of schools across the country closed as Britain was hit by "thundersnow".<p>Forecasters say the UK will be hit by a week of snow and …

View from space: India by night and by day

Two photos taken by ISS astronauts – one at night and the other in daylight – show the peninsula of southern India.<p>The night image of the Indian …

Space Travel

Isis threatens to behead Obama and 'transform America into a Muslim province'

In a new Islamic State (Isis) propaganda video, an IS militant has threatened to behead US President Barack Obama, "in the White House and transform …