In 2017, the big mainstream stories of “near-hits” (aka “near-misses”) in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence included episodic dimming of a star caused by possible “alien megastructures,” a large object tearing through our solar system, and video captured by a fighter jet of a weird object capable of incredible maneuvers…

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Image copyright Morrisons The UK’s fourth largest supermarket, Morrisons, continued to ring up growing sales over the key Christmas period. The chain sold 2.8% more in the 10 weeks to 7 January than it did for the same period a year earlier, not including new store openings. Christmas trading was…

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Photo by Steven Lelham There’s an endless list of books about how the greatest become the greatest — deliberate practice. They don’t just show up time after time. They also set short measurable goals and keep stretching them. Time your runs. Swim a bit faster. Get yourself over that pull up bar just…

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The last 40 years has seen a steady rise of deficit-hawking, in which the world’s postwar social safety nets are shredded because the state “can’t afford” them — think of all the times you’ve heard of national debt being money that “the taxpayers” will have to pay back, and…

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Image copyright Getty Images If you’re married then it might be best to tread carefully today which has been dubbed “divorce day” by lawyers. The first working Monday of the year after the festive period typically sees a rise in couples feeling disillusioned about their relationships. It’s when some married…

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Image copyright Press Association Baby goods retailer Mothercare has issued a profit warning after reporting a big fall in sales over the crucial Christmas trading period. Like-for-like sales fell 7.2% year-on-year, while online sales fell 6.9%. The retailer said it had reduced its total number of stores and discounted heavily…

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