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Listen: ‘It was an astonishing decision’ – Former Northern Ireland star slams Romanian referee for penalty call

Listen: ‘It was an astonishing decision’ – Former Northern Ireland star slams Romanian referee for penalty call

Sports
Former Norther Ireland star David Healy has slammed Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan for his ‘astonishing’ penalty decision which leave the nation’s World Cup hopes hanging by a thread.Northern Ireland suffered a 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in the first-leg of their play-off at Windor Park on Thursday night, with Ricardo Rodriguez’s controversial penalty putting the Swiss in the driving seat of their tie.MATCH REPORT: Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland: Green and White Army's World Cup hopes hang in balanceThe AC Milan star slotted in from the spot after Corry Evans was deemed to have handled inside the area, although replays showed the ball hitting his shoulder, and from point-blank range.It was a harsh decision and one of many questionable calls from the ref, having earlier waved pl
Twice-dead star explodes 50 years later

Twice-dead star explodes 50 years later

Science
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- It's the star that keeps on dying -- astronomers have discovered a star that's exploded several times over the last half-century.Scientists first noted supernova iPTF14hls in September 2014. The fresh explosion seemed like the average type II-P supernova. The glow of such explosions usually last for 100 days. This supernova remained bright for 600 days.When researchers examined archival observations of this specific spot in the sky, they found a 1954 explosion in the very same location.Apparently, the star suffered a fiery near-death explosion, survived, and then exploded again five decades later."This supernova breaks everything we thought we knew about how they work," Iair Arcavi, an astronomer at the University of California Santa Barbara and Las Cumbres Observatory, sai...
'Fantastic coach' David Moyes will bring attractive football back to West Ham, says former Everton star Leon Osman

'Fantastic coach' David Moyes will bring attractive football back to West Ham, says former Everton star Leon Osman

Sports
David Moyes is the new West Ham bossTuesday, November 7, 2017Leon Osman insists David Moyes can still cut it in the Premier League and has backed his former Everton boss to be big hit as West Ham manager.Moyes’ appointment was confirmed by the Hammers on Tuesday morning, with the Scot succeeding sacked boss Slaven Bilic and signing a contract until the end of the season.But the club’s choice has not gone down well with fans.The Hammers are struggling at the bottom of the Premier League after just two wins from their opening 11 games and, having failed to keep Sunderland in the top flight in his previous role, few believe Moyes is the right man for the job.Osman, however, insists the Scot is no stranger to attractive football, saying he developed Everton into one of the Premier League’s mos
YouTube star Casey Neistat criticises video site's leaders

YouTube star Casey Neistat criticises video site's leaders

Technology
One of YouTube's most influential vloggers has attacked the service's leaders, claiming they are failing many of their most popular video creators.Specifically, Casey Neistat criticised the way the platform had made it impossible for some videos to generate advertising revenue, without clearly explaining the rules to its community.One of his own videos - an interview with Indonesia's president - was temporarily "demonetised" last week.YouTube has said it is listening."We watched Casey's video and appreciate him and the wider community voicing their concerns," a spokeswoman told the BBC."We know this has been a difficult few months, and we're working hard to improve our systems. We're making progress, but we know there is a lot more to do."'Existential threat'Mr Neistat has more than eight ...
Study reveals importance of hydrogen atoms for star formation

Study reveals importance of hydrogen atoms for star formation

Science
Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Until recently, astronomers assumed hydrogen molecules fueled star formation in young galaxies. But new research suggests atomic hydrogen may be equally important to star formation.In the local universe, most hydrogen found inside galaxies exists as individual atoms. Scientists assumed younger galaxies would host less atomic hydrogen and more molecular hydrogen. But cosmic surveys suggest even the earliest galaxies were rich in atomic hydrogen.Now, new analysis by researchers at the University of Western Australia and the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research confirms even galaxies featuring intense rates of star formation host large amounts of atomic hydrogen.Previous studies of "cosmic noon" galaxies have revealed massive reservoirs of molecular hydrogen. Cos...