Stargazers capture first picture of a planet with two suns – just like Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine in Star Wars French astronomy team find object orbiting binary stars SMASS103(AB)b could be a so-called Tatooine worldDistance from suns suggest it is a planet formed from solar dust )” class=”blkBorder” /> Discovery: The binary stars appear to have a large object orbiting them (the circle and green arrow demonstrate the planets movement between 2002 and 2012) However, it is so massive that researchers are not sure yet if it is a failed star or an enormous planet. They say deciding its identity could teach us more about how stars and planets form
Now Stephen's Hawking insurance: Eminent scientist set to appear in Go Compare ads with notorious opera singerRenowned scientist is latest celebrity to star in the Go Compare campaignAdvert sees him suck the opera singer into a black hole before laughing /12/31/article-2255462-16B3C37D000005DC-769_634x558.jpg” width=”634″ height=”558″ alt=”Hawking insurance: Steven Hawking appears in the latest Go Compare advert which sees him sucking the opera singer into a black hole” class=”blkBorder” /> Hawking insurance: Steven Hawking appears in the latest Go Compare advert which sees him sucking the opera singer into a black hole The former Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University joins the likes of television presenter Sue Barker and survival expert Ray Mears in plotting to destroy fictitious opera singer Gio Compario and silence his irritating sales slogan. The advert, which will be shown for the first time today, sees 70-year-old Professor Hawking announce to a packed lecture theatre that he has discovered how to generate a super massive black hole, before being asked what he will do with the knowledge. The scene then cuts to the opera singer – played by Wynne Evans – haranguing a couple in the street, before a black hole forms behind him and sucks him in
West Antarctic warming TWICE as fast as previously thought: Study raises new alarm over rise in sea levelsAverage temperatures have risen 2.4C since the Fifties, study showsWest Antarctic ice sheet contains enough water to raise sea by 3.3m Sea levels have risen by about 20cm (8in) over the past century By Damien Gayle PUBLISHED: 10:13 GMT, 24 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:13 GMT, 24 December 2012 West Antarctica is warming almost twice as fast as previously believed, a new study shows, heightening fears of a catastrophic thaw that raise water levels from San Francisco to Shanghai.
Retired British economist and his wife found bludgeoned to death at their home in TasmaniaProfessor Gavin Mooney and partner Dr Delys Weston found deadDr Weston's son arrested in connection according to local reportsMr Mooney born in Glasgow and moved to Australia in 1993Described as 'inspiring' and a 'fearless advocate for social justice' | UPDATED: 10:28 GMT, 22 December 2012 A retired British economist and his wife are thought to have been bludgeoned to death at their home in Tasmania. Professor Gavin Mooney, 69, and Dr Delys Weston, 62, were found at the property in Tasmania on Wednesday. Professor Mooney was previously the director of the Social and Public Health Economics Research Group in Australia and held a number of senior positions at universities in the country
British scientist jailed in Argentina after being 'duped' into drug smuggling by honey trap sting protests his innocence Physics professor from Kidderminster says he has barely slept since conviction in Buenos Aires Admits sending series of messages implying he was a cocaine smuggler, but says they were an 'ill-choice of joke'Psychological reports say Paul Frampton, 69, suffers from Asperger's and Narcissistic Personality Disorder | UPDATED: 22:03 GMT, 8 December 2012 Each day begins the same as the last for Professor Paul Frampton. His alarm rings at 7.30am, he showers, eats cornflakes and, when he is meeting lawyers, dresses in a jaunty orange Herms tie and navy pinstripe suit that hangs off him after losing 20lb on his prison diet
The incredible images that reveal the full extent of the moon's battered past Nasa says images show lunar surface is 'far more broken up' than previously thoughtGravity maps were produced by twin Nasa spacecraft | UPDATED: 19:59 GMT, 5 December 2012 The moon took quite a beating in its early days, more than previously believed, scientists reported Wednesday. This surprising new view of the moon comes from detailed gravity mapping by twin NASA spacecraft, which slipped into orbit around the celestial body earlier this year to peer into the interior. Researchers have long known that the moon and rocky planets – including the Earth – suffered heavy bombardment from asteroids and comets during their formative years billions of years ago