A brief history of A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

The late physicist’s editor, Peter Guzzardi, recalls his first meetings with Hawking and how his book became a bestseller

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Stephen Hawking, science’s brightest star, dies aged 76

The physicist and author of A Brief History of Time has died at his home in Cambridge. His children said: ‘We will miss him for ever’

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Why it pays to grow herbs at home – even in winter

Basil, parsley and coriander are easy to cultivate: all you need is a windowsill – and some helpful advice

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New frontier for science as astronomers witness neutron stars colliding

Extraordinary event has been ‘seen’ for the first time, in both gravitational waves and light – ending decades-old debate about where gold comes from

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Why verbena has captured our garden hearts

It fits in effortlessly, pleases pollinators and it’s easy to take cuttings, says Alys Fowler

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‘Not too bright’: Trump trolled for staring at the eclipse with no eye protection

The internet has had fun with images of the US president looking up at the sky during the eclipse without glasses, in defiance of repeated health warnings

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Total solar eclipse captivates America – as it happened

  • Total eclipse began in Oregon on west coast and passed through 14 states
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Perseid meteor shower: what you need to know to see it

The annual meteor shower will fill the night sky with glowing streaks this weekend, as the Earth travels through debris shed by comet Swift-Tuttle

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