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Mind the gap! Celebrity couples with large age differences, in pictures - Telegraph

Tom Cruise

Best Space Pictures of 2014: A Year's Delights Courtesy of Starry Nights

Of the 350 breathtaking space photos we published in 2014, here are our picks for the 12 best of the year.

Robotic Exoskeletons Are Here, And They’re Changing Lives

Meet a paraplegic man and the bionic technology that helps him walk again<p>When you think of bionic exoskeleton suits, images of futuristic high-tech super soldiers often come to mind. Think Tom Cruise in this summer’s sci-fi flick <i>Edge Of Tomorrow</i>, or Ripley taking on the queen xenomorph in <i>Aliens</i>. …

Smartphone Theft Is An Epidemic, So Secure Yours Now

Don't worry, we'll wait<p>Raise your hand if you've had your smartphone stolen. According to figures assembled by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), the phone theft rate for the year 2013 is estimated to be about 369 per 100,000 individuals--higher in cities. That's a problem that the FCC …

Google enlists balloon experts from French space agency to bring Project Loon to life

Google is enlisting some of the world's foremost experts on balloons to turn its ambitious Project Loon into reality. The search company has partnered up with French space agency CNES to "pool resources and research" and help complete Google's plan to bring high-speed internet to poor, rural …

Stretchy Artificial Skin Lets Prosthetic Hand Sense Heat, Humidity, and Pressure

It's so sophisticated, it can even tell the difference between a dry and soggy diaper<p>Prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by an amputee’s thoughts or muscle movements already exist. But what if they could also sense the environment and then send that information back to the amputee’s nervous …

Nature Communications

New Galaxy Map Relocates The Milky Way To A Ginormous Supercluster Called Laniakea

Astronomers have long had a sense of where the Milky Way is in relation to other galaxies, but a new three-dimensional star map gives us a more nuanced look at our cosmic neighborhood.<p>Until now, the Milky Way was believed to be one galaxy in the 2,000 that make up what's known as the Virgo …

Rainbow world: the most colourful places on Earth – in pictures

The world is full of landscapes that are so surreal, and so intensely coloured, that it’s hard to believe they really exist. Take a look at some of the strangest, and most vibrant, views in the world, from a pink lake in Senegal to striped rock formations in China

The 20 photographs of the week

The aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the conflict in Gaza and Israel, the Commonwealth Games and a flying carpet – the best photography in news, culture, nature and sport from around the world this week

A Decade Of Observing Earth From Space Has Given Us These Breathtaking Views

The ESA's Envistat satellite was the largest Earth observation satellite ever built.<p>Since 2002, it has circled the Earth, collecting invaluable information on our environment and the advancing danger of climate change. Contact with Envistat was suddenly lost in April 2012, but the wealth of …

European Space Agency

Ryan Seacrest Sings On ‘American Idol!’

‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest surprised fans of the show during the Season 13 finale by finally taking to the mic and giving everyone a taste of …

Coolest Father-Daughter Duo Ever Perform Lip Sync of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"

When San Diego radio personality Jesse Lozano decided to record a lip dub video with his daughter Savannah, he suggested they do “Let It Go” from</i> …

How mindfulness is helping me with a debilitating illness: my story

It is a strange fact of life that the things that affect us most are often those that are out of our control. Four months ago I fell ill, suddenly …

7 reasons meditation isn't a waste of time

Think meditation is a waste of time? Here are seven reasons why you are wrong.<p>Reduces the pain: Certain studies suggest that the pain you experience …

The midwest has some of the most extreme weather in the US and these are the photos to prove it

Storm chasing photographer Mike Hollingshead makes a living following America's worst storms, from snarling tornadoes chewing up Kansas farmland to supercell thunderstorms in the Dakotas.<p>A Nebraska-native, Hollingshead used to watch the Midwest's extreme weather from hills that overlooked his town. …

Weather

Pope Francis hits out at 'people who follow Jesus for money'

Pontiff criticises 'profiteers and climbers' within Catholic church as he begins overhaul of scandal-hit Vatican bureaucracy<p>Pope Francis has condemned "profiteers" and "climbers" who use the Catholic church for financial gain as he embarks on Vatican reforms aimed at promoting greater transparency …

What Are the Types of Meditation?

<i>"The Healthy Geezer" answers questions about health and aging in his weekly column. This is the second of three columns on meditation.</i><p><b>Question:</b> What …

A live view of the solar system

A live view of the solar system and planetary positions today<p>This site brings you face to face with the solar system as it is now... and also how it …

Geophysics

Stunning And Amazing: Northern Lights Wow U.K.

The skies above the U.K. went crazy last night. Streaks of green and yellow layered themselves over the horizon, while swatches of red shimmered overhead. The intense aurora borealis was powered by the remnants of a strong solar flare that occurred earlier this week.<p>Britons who stayed up late last …

Hubble's Stunning Monkey Head Nebula

Night scene from Kvænangsfjellet in Norway

A spring color palette, and yet … so chilly.<p>This image came from our friend Tor-Ivar Næss, who took the photo on Kvænangsfjellet in Troms, …

Sea Level

Scientists Baffled by Mysterious Force Tossing Stars Out of Our Galaxy

Something is hitting stars in our Milky Way galaxy with such force that they are reaching the million-plus mile-per-hour velocity needed to break …

What are the full moon names?

Lists of common full moon names – both by month and by season – for both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.<p>Some almanacs like to give each month …

Astronomy

Glow-In-The-Dark Paths Could Be The Future Of Street Lighting

Particles absorb light during the day, then emit a blue glow at night.<p>Evening visitors to Christ's Pieces park in Cambridge, England are basking in the glow of a whole new type of street light. Starpath, a new type of resurfacing material being tested within the park, absorbs ultraviolet light …

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Shining Crystal Clouds

National Geographic Your Shot photographs depict the haunting beauty of noctilucent clouds. New observations reveal their secrets.<p>Electric-blue wisps streaking the sky, noctilucent clouds shine after sunset, gleaming with icy crystals. (See: "Pictures: First Night-Shining Clouds of 2012.")<p>After …