Vega encircled by asteroid belt

Astronomers believe they've found a large asteroid belt around Vega, the second brightest star in northern night skies.

Europe's Vega rocket lifts off for first flight

Europe's new Vega rocket has successfully lifted off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana, taking nine satellites into orbit.

Opera says its browser is the "fastest" of them all

Opera Software has launched version 10.50 of its web browser - which it claims is the world's "fastest" for Windows-based systems.