NASA has released a new image taken by its Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, showing the cloud-like remnants of an exploded star dubbed the “Hand of God.” In a statement, astronomer Hongjun An said “We don’t know if the hand shape is an optical illusion” or if the star material actually makes the shape of a hand. Either way, the pulsar is pretty incredible:
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Norway PM works as secret cab driver: Norway’s PM Jens Stoltenberg spent a day working undercover as a taxi driver in Oslo, he reveals, saying he wanted to hear voters’ real views.
Venezuela gets tough on hair thieves: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calls on the police to act against gangs who are stealing women’s hair.
Forty pythons found in Canada motel: Canadian animal welfare officers in Brantford, Ontario, rescue 40 distressed pythons from plastic storage bins in a motel room.
Isolated Peru tribe ‘asks for food’: Members of one of the most isolated tribes on Earth have briefly emerged from the Peruvian jungle to ask for food, activists say.
Wayward China toilet users face fine: Public toilet users in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen are to be fined if they cannot urinate accurately in city facilities.
‘Alien’ gargoyle on ancient abbey: A gargoyle on a historic 13th Century abbey causes a social media sensation with its resemblance to the monster from the Alien films.
Woman settles $105,000 parking fine: A Chicago woman settles $105,000 (£67,540) in parking fines assessed after her car was abandoned at an airport in 2009, local media report.
Widower’s love song makes top 10: A 96-year-old who wrote a touching love song to his late wife enters the top 10 on the US iTunes chart.
Queen’s limousine auctioned for £40k: A car that was once owned and driven by the Queen sells for £40,500 at auction.
Men’s height ‘up 11cm since 1870s’: The average height of European men has risen by almost 11cm since the mid-19th century, experts have found.
NZ man escapes ‘stalking’ crocodile: A New Zealand tourist has returned to safety after being menaced by a large crocodile off Western Australia for two weeks, a report says.
Man buys tweet to complain about BA: A disgruntled customer has used the same social media ad tools as BA to complain about lost luggage.
Bob Geldof set to travel into space: Bob Geldof has announced he will travel into space as a passenger on a commercial flight.
Pope Francis gifted 20-year-old car: An Italian priest gives Pope Francis a 20-year-old white Renault 4 to drive himself around Vatican city.
Bulgarian man swims lake tied in bag: A Bulgarian man has swum more than 2km (1.25 miles) tied up in a bag in a bid to set a Guinness World record, event organisers say.
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- Canada notes have ‘wrong’ leaf: Canada’s new plastic banknotes feature Norway maple leaves, instead of the Canadian sugar maple leaf, according to botanists.
- Birds make music with bum notes: A piece of music that was composed by waiting for bird droppings to fall on giant sheets of manuscript paper in parks receives its premiere.
- Panetta given meat cleaver gift: Leon Panetta completes his final overseas trip as US defence secretary and his staff give him a plastic meat cleaver as a parting gift.
- Original Batmobile sold for $4.2m: The Batmobile used by actor Adam West in the original TV series of Batman sells for $4.2m (£2.6m) at a US auction.
- Pope posts first tweet in Latin: Pope Benedict XVI sends his first Twitter message in Latin, referring to Christian unity and the need to do justice.
- Library in Armstrong pledge prank: A sign in an Australian library promising to reshelve books by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in the fiction section causes an approving stir.
- Britain’s £1m and £100m banknotes: Why does the Bank of England have £1m notes?
- Surfer rides ‘highest ever’ wave: An American man rides what may be the highest wave ever caught by a surfer off the Portuguese coast.
- Pigeon ‘Bermuda Triangle’ solved: The mystery of why homing pigeons get lost when released from a particular location in the US may have been solved.
- Chinese devour Joyce translation: A Chinese version of James Joyce’s novel Finnegans Wake, which took eight years to translate, surprises by selling out its initial print run.
- Icelandic girl wins right to name: A 15-year-old Icelandic girl has won the right to use the name her mother gave her, after she took authorities to court over it.
- Romania campaign mocks UK anxiety: A Romanian media campaign called “Why don’t you come over?” pokes fun at British anxiety about a possible influx of Romanian job-seekers next year.
- Hartlepool 2-1 Notts County: Peter Hartley and James Poole score to give Hartlepool an appropriate victory against Notts County.
- Dolphins ‘saved’ by distress call: The distress call of a young dolphin is used to lure to safety a large pod of the animals in danger of being stranded off Western Australia.
- Etch A Sketch inventor dies at 86: The inventor of the classic toy Etch A Sketch, former electrical technician Andre Cassagnes, dies in France at the age of 86.
- Ahmadinejad offers to go to space: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad volunteers to become the first person sent into space by his country’s fledgling space programme.
- Paris women permitted trousers: The French government overturns a 200-year-old ban on women wearing trousers in the capital, Paris, dating from November 1800.
- World’s longest cat dies in US: The world’s longest domestic cat, a 48.5in (1.23m) Maine Coon named Stewie, of Reno Nevada, dies at the age of eight.
- French MP played Scrabble in debate: A French MP sparks a debate about the use of electronic devices in parliament in France after being photographed playing online Scrabble on his tablet.
- Kids app ‘translates’ grown-up paper: An app that transforms adult newspapers into child-friendly text and animations has been launched in Japan.
- South Korean ‘Les Mis’ a YouTube hit: A South Korean YouTube parody of Les Miserables – featuring snow-shovelling airmen, a cruel senior officer and a love struck conscript – becomes an online hit.
- Mandela granddaughters in TV show: Nelson Mandela’s granddaughters, Swati Dlamini and Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway, are to star in a new reality television programme called Being Mandela.
- ‘Mafia father’ in TV talent show bid: An Italian mafia suspect gave out hundreds of phones to try to bring his daughter success in TV talent show voting, police believe.