Alicia Sankar

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Scientists confirm Einstein's supermassive black hole theory

BERLIN (Reuters) - A team of international scientists observing a star in the Milky Way have for the first time confirmed Einstein's predictions of what happens to the motion of a star passing close to a supermassive black hole.<p>Einstein's 100-year-old general theory of relativity predicted that …

Black Holes

Anthony Martial may have left Manchester United tour without permission - sources

LOS ANGELES -- Manchester United's tour of the United States has hit more problems after Antonio Valencia was sent home with an injury while …

Soccer

The First Images of Star Trek: Discovery Season Two Show The Enterprise, a New Alien Design

The first two official, non-production images of <i>Star Trek: Discovery</i> are out in the wild, and they showcase a new alien design as well as hint at a …

Arsene Wenger's reluctant abdication from Arsenal is yet to heal the club's wounds

Arsene Wenger has been reading the professional obituaries with a mix of gratitude and bafflement. “When people speak about how you were, it’s interesting - so I don’t need to die anymore,” he joked. He’s not yet ready to accept the death of his career.<p>This is not going to be an easy parting. There …

Here's How We Know the Big Bang Happened

At 13.8 billion years ago, our entire observable universe was the size of a peach and had a temperature of over a trillion degrees.<p>That's a pretty …

Universe

Heartbreaking image shows ranger comforting world's last male northern white rhino Sudan before he died

Aged 45 and struggling with a severe leg infection, Sudan the last male Northern white rhino in the world took his final breaths.<p>An inspirational …

In the space of a week, we saw the best and worst of “Classic Mourinho”

Mourinho’s embarrassing midweek performance and shocking press conference rant have left on thin ice with many United fans.<p>We have seen “classic” José Mourinho in both the best and worst way this week. On Saturday, Manchester United produced a performance that bore all the hallmarks of the …

Soccer

Let Stephen Hawking blow your mind with what happened before the Big Bang

Stephen Hawking is a smart guy.<p>The famed cosmologist has reinvented the way we understand the universe, from black holes to the dawn of time.<p>He also …

Elon Musk's Starman Could Have Ironic Final Destination, Researchers Find

A little more than a week after the successful maiden launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, its payload — Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster with a dummy …

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un invites South Korea’s president to Pyongyang

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has asked South Korea’s president to join him in Pyongyang for talks, a departure for a belligerent leader more used to issuing threats than invitations.<p>Moon Jae-in must now walk a fine diplomatic line as he tries to encourage North Korea’s new …

North Korea

Astronomers spot Elon Musk's cosmic Tesla flying in space

Thousands of people watched as SpaceX launched its Tesla Roadster to space atop a Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday.<p>They looked on as the nose cone …

UFO Spotted By Guillermo Del Toro In Mexican Mountains, 'Shape Of Water' Director Reveals

Film director Guillermo del Toro once saw a “crappy" but terrifying unidentified flying object while gazing at the stars in his native …

Jose Mourinho angry at Manchester United's holiday load

A downcast Jose Mourinho has hinted at yet another festive fixture conspiracy as the Manchester United manager embarked on his latest moan about his side’s scheduling.<p>Mourinho is unhappy that United have been given the fewest rest days of any of the top clubs over the Christmas period and claimed …

Even Stephen Hawking thinks mysterious cigar-shaped asteroid 'Oumuamua' could be an alien spaceship

A scientific body backed by Stephen Hawking is investigating whether a cigar-shaped object that zipped through our solar system earlier this year …

All the Da Vincis in the world: rated

The Annunciation (1472)<p><b>On display at the Uffizi, Florence</b><br>In this dazzling performance, created when he was about 20 years old, we peer directly into the riches of Leonardo da Vinci’s mind. It has always been in Florence and, even though it was not mentioned by Vasari in the biography of Leonardo he …

How the Real 'Mona Lisa' Was Finally Revealed to the World 10 Years Ago

Leonardo da Vinci painted the picture in the 16th century.<p>Unlike some legendary works of art, the Mona Lisa has never really been lost. Apart from a …

Farewell to the Greatest Space Mission of Our Time

A strange device sits on the end table, a few dozen vertical light strips around a thicker column in the center, like a tall model carousel. Light trickles down the strips, then up. On the center column, the names of spacecraft scroll by on an LED display: VOYAGER. MER-B (for Mars Exploration Rover …

Cassini set for final dive towards Saturn on 15 September; imaging cameras to send photos of Titan and Enceladus- Technology News, Firstpost

Nasa's robotic <b>spacecraft Cassini</b> that has been orbiting Saturn for 13 years is set for a final dive towards the planet and burn up in its atmosphere …

Astronomy

The death of Princess Diana: a week that rocked Britain

Events leading up to and beyond the shocking announcement that the Princess of Wales had died in a car crash in Paris<p>Twenty years ago, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, stunned the world. From the shocking announcement of the news to her funeral procession lined by a million-strong crowd, this …

Jose Mourinho warns Manchester United's form may not survive through busy fixture schedule

Jose Mourinho has warned that Manchester United may not be able to maintain their excellent form once they are forced to play twice a week.<p>United …

Stunning Images of the Solar Eclipse

Outdoors

7 things you may have missed from this week's Game of Thrones 👀

What an episode it was on Monday night. In true <i>Game of Thrones</i> style, 'The Spoils of War' provided brutal murders, a Roman-like battle scene and best …

Farewell Peter Capaldi: the good Doctor let down by a flawed era in Who

Everything ends and it's always sad. But everything begins again too and that's always happy." These words, spoken by Peter Capaldi during last year’s Christmas special, sum up how Doctor Who fans feel when the coveted sonic screwdriver is passed from one star to the next.<p>Viewers will experience …

Raphael: The Drawings review – a magnificent, mind-opening exhibition

<b>Ashmolean Museum, Oxford</b><br>The Renaissance star has always been held up as a model of formal perfection but this outstanding show reveals the artist’s warmth and tenderness too<p>A woman is running towards us, mouth open in a scream, a baby cradled in her arms. The violence around her seems to part and …

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change<p>It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. …

Global Warming

Hokusai: the Great Wave that swept the world

He called himself Old Man Crazy To Paint and made his best work in his 70s. As his dragons, deities, poets and wrestlers go on show, we look at the obsessions of the poster-boy for Japanese art<p>Had Katsushika Hokusai died when he was struck by lightning at the age of 50 in 1810, he would be …

Art

Multiverse: have astronomers found evidence of parallel universes?

To many these past 12 months seem as if we have already slipped into a parallel universe but Brexit and Trump are nothing compared to the alternate universes some astronomers are contemplating<p>They call it the multiverse. It’s a cosmos in which there are multiple universes. And by multiple, I mean …

Dark Matter

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

The Scientific Truth About Planet Nine, So Far

Last year, two astronomers were looking at the most distant objects orbiting our Sun ever discovered, when they noticed something funny. These ultra-distant Kuiper belt objects, instead of having their orbits oriented at random, were both swept off in one particular direction and tilted in the same …

Astronomy