A fiery drama of star birth and death

Located only about 160 000 light-years from us (eso1311) in the constellation of Dorado (The Swordfish), the Large Magellanic Cloud is one of our closest galactic neighbours.

New research says: cellphone use+driving=death...not so much

You are more likely to kill yourself reading this article than you are talking on your cellphone and driving. That's our guess, but for almost 20 years, it has been a wide-held belief that talking on a cellphone while driving is dangerous and leads to more accidents. However, new research from Carnegie Mellon University and the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests that talking on a cellphone while driving does not increase crash risk.  

Hacker claims responsibility for WoW carnage

A hacker has claimed responsibility for an incident yesterday in which World of Warcraft players across Europe dropped dead in their thousands.

New 'Sars-like' respiratory illness identified

The World Health Organization has issued an international alert after the discovery of a new respiratory illness similar to the Sars virus which swept the world in 2002.

Teen dies after 40 hour Diablo III gaming binge

The long-awaited Diablo III went live just about a month ago, shattering game sale records despite a number of launch related issues.

TV towers killing millions of birds

Almost seven million birds are killed by communications towers every year as they migrate from the United States and Canada to Central and South America.

How celebrities spread Twitter's biggest-ever story

Steve Martin and Kim Kardashian drove the breaking of the news of Osama bin Laden's death.

Red meat consumption linked to early death

Researchers have discovered that eating red meat - any at all - appears to dramatically increase the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Prescription painkiller deaths triple

Abuse of prescription painkillers is rocketing, killing 15,000 people every year - more than heroin and cocaine combined.

Facebook scammers exploit Steve Jobs' death

With the internet lighting up to express sadness at the death of Steve Jobs, security experts are warning of scammers attempting to take advantage.

The first time we lost Spock

Whether you're a Trekkie or not, the news that Leonard Nimoy is saying goodbye to the convention scene is actually fairly sad. 

Microsoft apologizes for tasteless Amy Winehouse tweet

Microsoft's UK Twitter account "@Tweetbox360" committed the ultimate social media faux pas Sunday.

Search results for Bin Laden death riddled with malware

Security experts are warning that the death of Osama Bin Laden is being exploited by hackers in order to spread malware.

Pakistani man unknowingly live-blogs Bin Laden raid

The raid that killed Osama Bin Laden yesterday was live-blogged on Twitter - by a man who had no idea what it was he was watching.  

3Ds users report 'black screen of death'

Users on several games forums are complaining that their shiny new Nintendo 3DSs are experiencing repeated, sudden crashes.

Internet addict beaten to death in Chinese boot camp

A strung out Internet addict has been beaten to death at a boot camp for troubled youths in China. 

Segway boss rolls to his death...On a Segway

Segway boss Jimi Heselden died Sunday after driving one of the vehicles off a steep cliff in West Yorkshire, 140 miles from London.

Distracted driving deaths fall - but teens still text at the wheel

Teens are failing to get the text-driving message, according to a survey carried out for insurance company State Farm.

Cursed cell phone number killed everyone who had it

A Bulgarian mobile phone service company has banned a number from its systems after everyone - yes, everyone - to whom it assigned the number ended up dead.

Foxconn employee jumps to his death in China

An employee of Foxconn Technology has committed suicide by jumping off a four-story building. The latest death marks the eighth Foxconn suicide this year.