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Scientists are claiming a stunning discovery in their quest to fully understand gravity. They have observed the warping of space-time generated by the collision of two black holes more than a billion light-years from Earth.
The first direct detection of gravitational waves is without doubt one of the most remarkable breakthroughs of our time. The Advanced Ligo laboratories in the US states of Washington and Louisiana have traced the warping of space from the merger of two black holes about 1.
In the Italian countryside, not far from Pisa, a vast experiment is about to be switched on. If it's a success, one of Albert Einstein's greatest predictions will have been directly observed for the first time...
An international effort to detect ripples in space itself has scheduled a "status report" for Thursday. These gravitational waves were first proposed 100 years ago by Albert Einstein, as a key prediction of his Theory of General Relativity...
Prosecutors say Reinhold Hanning met Jewish prisoners as they arrived at the camp in occupied Poland and may have escorted some to the gas chambers. Mr Hanning has admitted being a guard but denies involvement in mass murder.
Los Angeles recently declared a state of emergency over the city's growing homeless population - up 12% in two years. Residents of the city's main homeless encampment say a mix of drugs and rising rents are driving the problem...
Officials fired tranquillizer darts to control the animal after it damaged dozens of homes, cars and motorbikes. Local forestry authorities said no-one was hurt in the incident, in the town of Siliguri.
Pope Francis has sent more than 1,000 priests on a global mission to forgive grave sins that normally only he, or a top Church official, may pardon. The Missionaries of Mercy, nicknamed the super-confessors, were given the special license for the Vatican's Jubilee year, which ends in November...
The world's longest-surviving heart transplant patient has died, 33 years after his life-saving operation. John McCafferty was told he had only five years to live when he received the transplant at Harefield Hospital in Middlesex on 20 October 1982...
An Australian man has been charged over the alleged kidnapping and attempted murder of two female backpackers on a beach south of Adelaide. Reports said the women, believed to be European, were rescued after they managed to escape from their captor and run off in different directions.
Google's self-driving car system could soon be given the same legal definition as a human driver, paving the way for vehicles without steering wheels or pedals...
Australia's Prime Minister has admitted government efforts to help improve the lives of indigenous Australians are not on track in key areas. Malcolm Turnbull tabled his first response to the annual Closing the Gap report in Parliament on Wednesday...
Biologists say they have solved the riddle of how a tiny bacterium senses light and moves towards it: the entire organism acts like an eyeball. In a single-celled pond slime, they observed how incoming rays are bent by the bug's spherical surface and focused in a spot on the far side of the cell...
An unlucky mouse came to a sticky end after trying to create a nest in a 155-year-old trap. The dead rodent was discovered by Ollie Douglas, assistant curator at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading.
Flights from the UK to the US could take longer due to the changes in the climate, according to a new study. Global warming is likely to speed up the jet stream, say researchers, and slow down airplanes heading for the US.
Horses are able to discriminate between happy and angry human facial expressions, according to research. In an experiment using photographs of male human faces, scientists from the University of Sussex showed that domestic horses "responded negatively" to angry expressions...
Police in India's Haryana state say they will soon begin using slingshots to control violent protesters. Policemen are being trained to use the weapons, despite concerns over their safety for crowd control...
The man lost his temper when he was refused an advance to try to win back the $300 ($210) he had lost, Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome added. He left the building but returned with a dagger and stabbed the manager and a security guard, Mr Koome said.
Author and "earth skills" expert Claire Dunn explains why she scooped a kangaroo carcass off the road for the sake of fashion. On the Australia Day long weekend, I did something more traditionally Aussie than snags [sausages] on the barbie or sunburn on the beach. I tanned a kangaroo hide...

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