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Hubble captures glow of giant galaxy cluster

Hubble captures glow of giant galaxy cluster

Science
April 13 (UPI) -- A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope showcases a massive galaxy cluster, a web of thousands of galaxies tied together by the tug of gravity.The galaxy cluster featured in the image is named PLCK G308.3-20.2. Like an ecosystem full of biodiversity, the cluster is home to wide range of galaxies -- all different types, shapes and sizes.This particular galaxy cluster is situated 5 billion light-years away from Earth.As recently as a few decades ago, astronomers thought galaxy clusters were the largest structures in the universe, but in the 1980s, scientists realized galaxy clusters were organized into structures called superclusters.Superclusters are made of groups of clusters that can stretch hundreds of millions of light-years across. Some superclusters cover as much...
Hunting mystery giant lightning from space

Hunting mystery giant lightning from space

Science
Thunderstorms are some of the most spectacular events in nature, yet what we can see from the surface of our planet is only the beginning. There are bizarre goings on in Earth's upper atmosphere, and a new mission aims to learn more about them.Launched to the International Space Station on Monday, the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) will observe the strange electrical phenomena that occur above thunderstorms.Sky labOrbiting at an altitude of just over 400km, the ISS provides the perfect view of Earth's turbulent weather systems.ASIM will be deployed aboard the station later this month. Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe electrifying effects of storms are frequently observed from the space station.Yet when lightning strikes downward, something very different is hap...
The bare-knuckle scrap for engineering giant GKN

The bare-knuckle scrap for engineering giant GKN

Business
For connoisseurs of City takeover battles, the fight for the soul of GKN has been a cracker.A grand old name of British industry, with prestigious customers and a key role in the UK economy, slugging it out with a brash rival, two management teams going at each other hammer-and-tongs and with numerous politicians, trades unions, pension trustees and newspaper columnists lobbing bricks in every direction.The fight made the front page not just of the Financial Times but also the Daily Mail.This is how takeover bids used to be fought in the go-go 1980s, when buccaneering tycoons such as Lord Hanson strode the globe, seizing underperforming businesses and shaking them up.The Hanson reference is particularly apt as Christopher 'Jock' Miller, the co-founder and executive chairman of Melrose, lea...
Engineering giant GKN bought out in £8.1bn takeover

Engineering giant GKN bought out in £8.1bn takeover

Business
Takeover specialist Melrose has won control of British engineering giant GKN after a bitter £8.1bn battle for the company.Melrose clinched the cash and shares deal despite warnings from GKN's management, who vigorously resisted the approach, by going directly to shareholders with a hostile bid.Christopher Miller, Melrose's chairman, said the business would be in "very good hands" but Labour MP Jack Dromey said it was a "bleak day for British industry".Critics of the deal fear that the new owners could take an axe to jobs.The takeover is Britain's biggest hostile bid since Kraft snapped up confectionery giant Cadbury in 2009.Business Secretary Greg Clark secured assurances from Melrose about its plans during the bid process.Following the investor vote, Mr Clark said the Government now had a
GB's Fitzpatrick & Kehoe win giant slalom silver

GB's Fitzpatrick & Kehoe win giant slalom silver

Sports
Winter Paralympics on the BBCVenue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-18 March Time in Pyeongchang: GMT +9Coverage: Follow on BBC Radio 5 live and via the BBC Sport website. Television coverage on Channel 4Britain's Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe won their third Paralympic medal after finishing second in the women's visually impaired giant slalom.They clocked two minutes 28.34 seconds over the two runs to add to a super combined silver and super-G bronze.Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova and Natalia Subrtova finished 5.34secs clear for their fourth gold medal.GB's Kelly Gallagher and Gary Smith were fifth, with compatriots Millie Knight and Brett Wild seventh.Welsh skier Fitzpatrick, 19, and Kehoe were second after the opening run, 3.62 seconds behind the Slovakian pair.Listen to the la...