Former Coventry City and Swedish international goalkeeper Magnus Hedman has revealed that he came "very, very close" to committing suicide as his life spiralled out of control. Hedman struggled to cope with "normal life" when his football career finished and turned to drugs, including cocaine, before darker thoughts appeared and he considered ending it all once and for all. The keeper, who made over 100 appearances for the Sky Blues at the end of the 1990s and early 2000s, spoke openly about his struggles on BBC show World Football. He also revealed how his decision affected his children - both for better and for worse. Black hole Hedman told World Football: "I had quite a tough childhood and that created this big black hole inside of me, which made me feel like I don't fit in anywhere. "When I started my football career I filled my black hole with the football. That made me feel proud of what I did, not of who I was but of what I did. "It made me stronger, I had a strong … [Read more...] about Former Sky Blues stopper speaks about spiral into depression
Black hole blues
The world's first-ever image of a black hole conforms precisely to what scientists said it would. But if black holes swallow everything - even light - what are we actually looking at? Turns out, it's a shadow. "This image shows us, if you will, the silhouette of a black hole," NASA senior research scientist Eric Christian told The AM Show on Thursday morning. "The dark spot in the centre of this donut is where the black hole blocks light." The image was taken using a series of telescopes across the world, which together are known as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). In 2017 they were pointed at Messier 87, a supergiant elliptical galaxy 55 million light years away, with the terabytes of data culminating in Thursday's papers in scientific journal Astrophysical Journal Letters. "Years ago, we thought we would have to build a very large space telescope to image a black hole," said Paul Hertz, director of astrophysics at NASA. "By getting radio telescopes around the world to work in … [Read more...] about Supermassive black hole photo explained: What you’re looking at and why it’s important
Black Friday is well and truly underway, and now some of the UK's top retailers have revealed the products shoppers are going wild for. Tech and gadgets are all performing strongly, and Amazon has revealed that the All-new Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa and the Fire TV Stick 4K Ultra HD with All-New Alexa Voice Remote are among its tops sellers for Black Friday 2018. Velvet sofas are bang on trend so it's no surprise that a luxurious orange three-seater with more than £300 off is one of Habitat's top sellers today. Halfords has also revealed its top ten, including a men’s mountain bike with £170 off, while Escentual.com is selling out of a Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi gift set. At Carphone Warehouse, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Apple iPhone XR were the biggest sellers of the annual shopping extravaganza. According to retail sales aggregator LovetheSales.com, a massive … [Read more...] about Retailers reveal the bestselling products of Black Friday 2018
Gird your loins, sharpen your sword, and clear some space on your shelf for a new multi-room wireless speaker: Black Friday is upon us once more. For anyone who’s been hiding in a hole these past few years, first where is it and can we join you? And second, by way of explanation, we’re referring to the day of slashed prices and incontinent spending that traditionally follows Thanksgiving. (No, we know we don’t celebrate that here, and yes we’ll come on to that later.) Don’t worry, we’re not here to tell you where you can find the best bargains, or to point out that you can get the same stuff cheaper on other days. The latter may be true, but in the absence of organised religion and event television, we need something to bring us together in these cold, dark days. So, in the spirit of togetherness, and to get you in the mood for what we’re definitely not calling the Big Day, take our entirely non-scientific test and find out: … [Read more...] about Violent bargain-hunter or smug naysayer: what’s your Black Friday personality?
In a dark, dusty patch of sky in the constellation Sagittarius, a small star, known as S2 or, sometimes, S0-2, cruises on the edge of eternity. Every 16 years, it passes within a cosmic whisker of a mysterious dark object that weighs some 4 million suns, and that occupies the exact centre of the Milky Way galaxy. For the past two decades, two rival teams of astronomers, looking to test some of Albert Einstein’s weirdest predictions about the universe, have aimed their telescopes at the star, which lies 26,000 light years away. In the process, they hope to confirm the existence of what astronomers strongly suspect lies just beyond: a monstrous black hole, an eater of stars and shaper of galaxies. For several months this year, the star streaked through its closest approach to the galactic centre, producing new insights into the behaviour of gravity in extreme environments, and offering clues to the nature of the invisible beast in the Milky Way’s basement. One of those … [Read more...] about How scientists are unveiling the mysteries of a possible black hole at the heart of our galaxy