Does new film Interstellar have the most realistic black hole EVER? Movie's special effects may result in important scientific discovery

A CGI model of a black hole for the upcoming movie Interstellar (shown), based on calculations by Dr Kip Thorne (shown with Stephen Hawking top right) from the California Institute of Technology, has revealed they have warped halos of light and matter around them. The model is thought to be the most accurate depiction of a black hole ever. Previously black holes were thought to have a flat disk - like Saturn. Two scientific papers are being written based on the discovery. Interstellar hits cinemas worldwide on 7 November. In the film Matthew McConaughey (shown with Anne Hathaway bottom right) plays Cooper, who leaves a dying Earth to go on a journey across the cosmos in a bid to save humanity.

Facebook gets a room: New app allows users to chat without having to give away their identity

Called Rooms, it is designed to reignite the online messageboard chat of the early internet - and lets people chat without revealing their real name.

Is Apple's Watch in jepoardy? Crisis at firm making sapphire screen for wearable deepens

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The company that was due to make the scratchproof sapphire glass screen for the Apple Watch may be forced to shut down, it has been revealed. 

Have we missed a mass extinction? Extra catastrophic event may have occurred 8 million years before the 'Great Dying', claim experts

Researchers from the universities of Hull and Leeds have found fossil evidence in Spitsbergen. They claim the fossils point to a major extinction 260 million years ago.

The sound of SPACE: Nasa releases iconic audio clips for download on SoundCloud - so 'one small step' can be your ringtone

Washington-based Nasa has released dozens of clips on SoundCloud (screenshot shown). They range from moments in space exploration to scientific noises.

Titan glows at dusk and dawn: Saturn's moon puts on spooky show near its poles - but scientists are baffled by its behaviour

Maps of Saturn's moon Titan reveal patches of gases shining near its north and south poles. But Houston-based Nasa still can't explain why these gases are moving along Titan's dawn-dusk line.

Could robots be the key to beating EBOLA? US summit to discuss everything from mortuary bots to drones that deliver medicine and food

The summit will be co-hosted by Texas A&M; University's Centre for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR). and discuss how robots can help halt the spread of deadly diseases.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award crowns timeless image of lions lazing on the endless Serengeti plains 2014 winner

Michael 'Nick' Nichols' photograph of a pride of lazing lions in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park (pictured top left) beat more than 42,000 entries to win the accolade. To get the winning shot, he followed the pride for nearly six months so they became used to his presence as he photographed them in infra-red. He said the technique 'transforms the light and turns the moment into something primal, biblical almost'. An impressive photograph of lightning next to an erupting volcano (pictured bottom left) and a tiny squid hunting at night (right) were among the finalists announced this week at the Natural History Museum in London.

Apple Pay in double trouble: iPhone 6 payment service has charged some users twice for every transaction they made

Apple, based in California, has admitted there is a problem with its mobile payment system (pictured) but says it only affects 'a very small number' of Apple Pay users.

Now that's drink driving! Distillery turns WHISKY by-products into biofuel for cars

Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables turns the by-products of whisky making into acetone and biobutanol. Biobutanol is an alternative to other biofuels, while acetone is used to make plastics.

Would YOU be friends with a robot? Human-like droids could banish loneliness and keep the elderly company, experts claim

Hiroshi Ishiguro, a renowned robot designer at Osaka University in western Japan thinks that robots with a human-like presence could be used to relieve loneliness.

Google teams up with Oxford academics to bring human-like robots closer to reality

Two groups of University of Oxford (pictured) researchers will help Google create machines that better understand users, and that improve visual recognition systems using deep learning.

Google takes its driverless car on a tour of its California campus - but there's still no word on when the vehicles will go on sale

The technology is still undergoing tests, but, that hasn't stopped the project's director Chris Urmson and his team demonstrating its potential to fans in Mountain View. 

Europeans were lactose intolerant 5,000 years AFTER adopting farming: DNA reveals ancient people had difficulty digesting milk

Researchers at University College Dublin made the discovery after looked at ancient DNA extracted from the petrus bone (pictured) of 13 individuals buried at archaeological sites in the Great Hungarian Plain.

Violent pulses are rocking the Milky Way: Astronomers spot massive 'stellar quakes' ripping stars apart 15,000 light years away

Astrophysicists at the University of Amsterdam have found evidence of rapid-fire pulses that suggests stellar quakes caused the neutron star, SGR J1550-5418, to 'ring like a bell.'

The 'first CD-ROM': 4,000-year-old Phaistos Disk 'stores' a spiral-shaped prayer to a mother, expert claims

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Dr Gareth Owens of the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Crete has identified keywords such as 'mother' and 'woman of great importance' in the ancient Minoan disk (pictured). he next step is to unravel the specific meaning and ancient use for the disk. It is thought to date to the middle Minoan Bronze Age, in the second Millennium BC and was discovered in 1908 at the palace of Phaistos, in Crete. Since it was found, experts have been trying to decipher the mysterious inscription and have come up with a number of interpretations.

The dinosaur that looked like a hump-backed ostrich: Enormous creature that roamed Earth 70 million years ago recreated in 3D

A dinosaur called Deinocheirus mirificusone has been recreated in 3D based on bones found in 2006 and 2009 in the Nemegt Formation of the Gobi desert in Mongolia.

Oldest complete human genome sequenced: DNA of 45,000-year-old man who roamed Siberia unravelled - and it sheds light on when we stopped interbreeding with Neanderthals

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, took the DNA from a bone discovered near the settlement of Ust'-Ishim in western Siberia (pictured).

Nokia develops tech that could DOUBLE your battery life: Tests reveal power savings of up to 49% and faster browsing speeds

Finnish-based Nokia Networks has completed its first live testing of High Speed Cell FACH technology, that handles the data sent by apps more efficiently on 3G networks.

Now that's armchair archaeology! Treasure hunter locates a Bronze Age settlement using GOOGLE EARTH - to digs up 5,000-year-old flint tools

A former Royal Marine from Plymstock, Devon trawelled satellite images to find the sort of terrain that would have offered food, water and shelter to prehistoric men.

Evolution of the British Navy: Laser imaging reveals how far its warships have come since HMS Victory's glory days

To mark the 209th anniversary of Trafalgar Day, London-based BAE Systems firm has revealed how the navy has evolved in 200 years by comparing Nelson's HMS Victory to HMS Defender (pictured).

'There is NO climate crisis': Man-made global warming is a lie and not backed up by science, claims leading meteorologist

The comments were made by John Coleman In an open letter attacking the UN. The 80-year-old from San Diego said what 'little evidence' there is for global warming points to a natural cycles in temperature.

Cheeky chimps! Wild primates are filmed raiding farms in Uganda to steal crops

Apes raided maize fields near Kibale National Park, Uganda 14 times over 20 days. Experts said the behaviour is an adaptation they have learnt due to the destruction of their habitat.

Turn yourself into a COMPUTER MOUSE: Exoskeleton chair uses body movements to control an on-screen pointer

The Dynamic Chair (pictured main) was created by designer Govert Flint from Eindhoven University. Programmer Sami Sabik then made on-screen movements correlate with physical ones. Sensors in the seat detect pressure, range of movements and angles and moving the hips, for example, scrolls through pages and around the screen. Kicking the left and right leg corresponds with left and right clicks, and in the future, arms (pictured inset) could control swipe pages and open windows.

Shards of Halley's Comet light up the night: Orionid shooting stars spotted blazing across the sky - and if you missed it, you may see them again tonight

A number of meteors created by the remnants of Halley's Comet have been snapped streaking over skies across Exeter and Plymouth. The famous comet was last seen in 1986.

Can Twitter kill off the password? Social network reveals new system to sign in using a mobile phone

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Digits is a standalone service any app developer can use, and was announced on stage at the first Twitter Flight conference for mobile developers in San Francisco. 

Get ready for your last chance to see an eclipse this year: North America to get prime view of Thursday's partial eclipse

The moon partially covers the sun during a partial solar eclipse seen from Gaza city, Wednesday, March 29, 2006  (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

The best views will be in the U.S. Northwest and northern Canada, especially Prince of Wales Island - although New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces will miss out.

First solar storm from huge sunspot reaches Earth and knocks out satellites - and more could be on their way

Solar radiation knocked out some radio communication on Earth yesterday. It came from a solar flare associated with a giant sunspot seen on the surface of the sun recently (shown). Sunspot AR12192 is 14 times larger than Earth and almost as big as Jupiter. The Met Office tells MailOnline it might be the largest sunspot in 25 years. It is so big that it can be seen in images of the sun from Earth's surface. This particular flare from the sunspot was brief but strong. It follows three days of severe storms on the sun. 'It would seem to be just a matter of time before another strong explosion occurs,' said's Tony Phillips. 

Can you be scientific AND religious? Philosopher says 'opposing' views may not be as conflicting as first thought

Georgia-based philosopher Neil Van Leeuwen states there are two 'beliefs' - religious and factual that co-exist because of our brains can form 'secondary cognitive attitudes.'

Fancy butch men? Then you probably live in the city: Urban life makes us more attracted to masculine males and feminine women

Researchers from Brunel University London surveyed 12 populations. Feminine and masculine faces were more attractive in urban societies, but smaller societies preferred neutral faces.

Bird feathers are as strong as CARBON FIBRE: Flexible material is tougher and lighter than steel

Scientists from the University of Southampton have used nano-indentation, a materials testing technique, on feathers for the first time.

Apple boss Tim Cook confronts China over iCloud hacking claims 

Timothy Cook, CEO of Apple, delivers opening remarks while testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's Investigations Subcommittee about the company's offshore profit shifting and tax avoidance in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. 

A Congressional report released yesterday said that Apple, America's most profitable technology company, used a complex system of international subsidiaries and tax avoidance efforts to shift at least $74 billion out of the reach of the Internal Revenue Service between 2009 and 2012.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)  *** BESTPIX *** 

Cook discussed user data security with a top Chinese government official in Beijing just days after claims the government was behind an attack on the service.

Are you face-ist? Study finds we make snap judgements about people based on the shape of their facial features

Research from Carnegie Mellon University claims feminine-looking faces are more trustworthy, while furrowed brows arouse suspicion, and round faces look incompetent.

Now that's a SUPERmarket: GPS lights to guide your way and posters that sell goods when the stores are shut? is the future of smart shopping?

Research from San Jose-based Cisco found 80 per cent of customers use the web to shop. To attract customers back to the high-street, retailers are embracing mobile developments.

What heaven's really like - by a leading brain surgeon who says he's been there: Read his testimony before you might just shake your beliefs

DR EBEN ALEXANDER, a neurological scientist, recalls how he met his biological sister in heaven after having spent his entire life being sceptical of patients who spoke of spiritual experiences.

Are religious people MORE likely to watch porn? Bible Belt enjoys adult content more than liberal states, claims study

The study, by researchers at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, looked at two years of data on pornographic terms from Google Trends in different US states.

Medieval SHOPPING LIST found in Russia: 14th century document among dozens of birch bark scrolls discovered in ancient city

Dozens of writings from the 14th century have been found in Russia. The birch-bark documents were found in the ancient city of Novgorod. One such document is shown, drawn by a young boy.

The tractor beam is here! Researchers conduct groundbreaking experiment that brings sci-fi weapon closer to reality

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Australian researchers moved particles one fifth of a millimetre in diameter a distance of up to 20 centimetres, around 100 times further than previous experiments.

Notebook lost for more than a 100 years is discovered in Antarctic snow: Photographer's journal dates back to Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition

The notebook (pictured right) is a Wellcome Photographic Exposure Record and Dairy 1910 and was discovered by New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust outside Scott's Hut (pictured top left) in the Cape Evans region of Antarctica. The notebook belonged to surgeon, zoologist and photographer George Murray Levick (pictured bottom left) and its pages contain pencil notes detailing the date, subjects and exposure details for photographs he took during 1911 while at Cape Adare. French Paper Conservator Aline Leclercq digitised and repaired the notebook and it has now been returned to Antarctica as one of 11,000 other artefacts stored at the Cape Evans location.

Could listening to Justin Bieber be good for your CAREER? Pop music in the office speeds up work, study claims

The research, undertaken by Brighton-based Mindlab International, found that 88 per cent of participants produced their most accurate work when listening to music.

All systems GO for Rosetta's touchdown! Esa gives the green light for humanity's first ever comet landing on 12 November

Esa, headquartered in Paris, has confirmed Rosetta will attempt to land on a comet on 12 November with a daring descent of its Philae probe (artist's impression shown).

Goats are SHRINKING because of climate change, researchers warn

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Related news release: 'Shrinking goats' another indicator that climate change affects animal size

Durham researchers say Alpine goats now weigh about 25 per cent less than animals of the same age in the 1980s.

Forget a good crunch - this apple has a built-in FIZZ: Scientists create sparkling fruit bubbles when it's bitten into

Swiss firm Lubera have created an apple that fizzes in your mouth. Called Paradis Sparkling it releases juices that are like a CO2 fizzy drink (shown) when it is bitten into.

Microsoft's smartwatch to launch 'within weeks': Device will have a two-day battery life and sync with iOS AND Android

The Washington-based firm is expected to launch a smartwatch (patent files pictured) in time for Christmas. Pricing details have not been announced and Microsoft has not commented on the claims.

Elephants, the weathermen of the animal kingdom: Mammals can spot storms from 150miles away 

Experts at Texas A&M; University tracked elephants roaming plains in Namibia for seven years to monitor their weather forecasting abilities.

Want to pass your exams? Rest and reflection can boost your ability to learn, researchers say

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Letts study guides, which have helped millions of students revise for their exams, are being bought by publisher Huveaux for £12m.

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Texas researchers found that our learning ability was boosted when people allow their minds to rest and reflect on things they've learned.

The real-life Transformer that morphs from a robot into a CAR: Amazing Japanese humanoid transforms in seconds

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Japanese inventors have unveiled their humanoid Transformer robot. Called 'J-deite quarter' it can change from a robot into a car. The current model is 4.3ft (1.3 metres) tall. But the eventual plan is to build one 16.4ft (five metres) tall by 2020. When walking it moves at 0.62mph (1km/h). In 'car mode' though it can reach speeds of 6.2mph (10km/h). The robot is only a prototype and will not be available for public release.

More Siding Spring images revealed: Stunning views of comet shooting past the red planet captured by Mars orbiter

New images of Comet Siding Spring passing Mars have been released. They include one taken by a Nasa orbiter operated by scientists in California. The comet passed 87,000 miles from the red planet.

The reading glasses worn INSIDE your eyes: Doughnut-shaped lens implants banish blurry vision

The Kamra inlay, developed in the US, measures 3.8 millimetres in diameter and is implanted into the cornea to restore patients' near vision.

Does a wide head mean you're aggressive? People with fat faces are more dominant and have higher amounts of testosterone

Those with broad features, like Wayne Rooney (pictured), are more likely to have bad tempers and display bouts of verbal or physical aggression, according to researchers at the University of Leeds.

Mars mission could expose astronauts to deadly levels of radiation while travelling to the red planet, study claims

A study from the University of New Hampshire suggests missions to Mars (illustrated) might be impossible due to an increased risk of radiation caused when the sun's activity decreases.

X-37B is 'very likely' to be a SPY PLANE: Expert claims top-secret US spacecraft may have been covertly watching other nations

This June 16, 2012 file image from video made available by the Vandenberg Air Force Base shows an infrared view of the X-37B unmanned spacecraft landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  The purpose of the U.S. military's space plane is classified, only fueling speculation about why it has been orbiting Earth for nearly two years on this, its third mission. The plane is expected to land this week at a Southern California Air Force base.(AP Photo/Vandenberg Air Force Base, File)

X-37B, which landed in California on Friday, may have been spying on countries such as Iran and North Korea, says Steven Aftergood, a secrecy expert at the Federation of American Scientists.

Google ramps up security to make its accounts IMPENETRABLE: Tech giant introduces security key to keep out hackers

Security Key (pictured) is sold by California-based Yubico. It lets user access Google accounts by plugging the device into a USB port, after which they must also enter their password.

Finally, a smartphone battery that lives up to its claims: Sony's Xperia Z3 lasts for TWO days - even when streaming videos and making calls

Official testing revealed the Japanese firm's Xperia Z3 (pictured) lasts, on average, for 48 hours. This included using the device for approximately five hours over a 24-hour period.

Could a TEXT help halt Ebola? 'Big data' could be key to stopping deadly virus in its tracks - and may even help find a cure

In the battle to stem the virus, health organisations throughout the world are turning towards the data being generated by social media and mobile technology throughout West Africa.

A cure for LOVE HANDLES? Scientists 'melt' muffin tops by activating brown fat

Scientists at the University of Bonn have discovered a way to 'melt' excess white fat by adding the adenosine receptor A2A to the cells, which make them burn energy from food.

'UFO' spotted close to the ISS as astronauts carried out repairs was just glare from the sun, claims expert

A 'UFO' appeared briefly (left) in a Nasa video of a spacewalk on the ISS (top right). The sighting led to speculation that it might be an alien spacecraft. But experts have revealed it is just lens flare in the image such as lens flare. 'My guess is that it's an [image] artefact of some sort,' says Professor Andrew Balogh from the Imperial College London Department of Physics. Space science writer Amy Teitel adds: 'I'd say it looks like a reflection inside the camera, a trick of light'. That hasn't stopped conspiracy theories emerging as to its origin. UFO expert Nigel Watson jokes: 'If it was a UFO it would have been nice if its alien occupants had stepped out and helped with the repairs [of the ISS]'. The event took place on 7 October as two astronauts performed a spacewalk. American Reid Wiseman and German Alexander Gerst moved a refrigerator-sized pump (bottom right) that had been left outside the station since December 2013.

Should the first manned mission to Mars be all WOMEN? Females need fewer resources so the trip is easier, claims expert

A San Francisco writer says the first mission to Mars should be only women. Kate Green for Slate took part in a simulated mission to the red planet.

Fish have fun too! Cichlids seen 'playing' like other animals for the first time

Scientists at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville recorded the behaviour of three male fish over two years, to capture them 'playing' with a thermometer (pictured).

Is this proof that vegetative patients ARE aware of their surroundings? Brainwaves reveal 'fingerprint' of consciousness in people thought to be 'beyond hope'

Cambridge University has found a 'fingerprint of consciousness' in patients who are in a vegetative state using a simple test based on measuring patterns of brainwaves.

Not so dark after all! Dark matter particles may FINALLY have been found - and they are coming from the core of the SUN

University of Leicester scientists may have directly observed dark matter. They saw a signal in space that can only be explained by the exotic particles coming from the sun (shown).

Is this the holy grail of green power? Zero-emission fusion reactor promises 'cheaper than coal' energy 

Engineers at the University of Washington say a full-size version of their fusion reactor (pictured) would be cheaper than a new coal-fired plant with similar electrical output.

First patient treated for Google Glass addiction after he revealed he wore the smart specs in DREAMS

An unnamed man, a 31-year-old US navy serviceman, admitted he wore the smart specs for 18 hours a day, removing them only to sleep and wash.

Don't tell the teacher! The app that uses your phone's camera to solve any equation it sees

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To use the PhotoMath app, developed in Croatia, users simply point the phone's cameras at the formula - and the answer almost instantly appears on screen.

A traveller's best friend? Smart suitcase tells you what to pack, weighs itself and even locks when you walk away

A New York team has designed a smart suitcase with built-in technology. Called Bluesmart (shown) product syncs with an app to provide a host of functionality.

Think your iPhone is expensive? Rare working example of Apple's first computer sells for record breaking $905,000

One of the few remaining examples of Apple's first pre-assembled computer, the Apple-1, has been sold for $905,000 at an auction in New York, far outstripping expectations. Auction house Bonhams had said it expected to sell the machine, which was working as of September, for between $300,000 and $500,000.

Dinosaurs breathed through their noses to cool their BRAINS ? and assessed their surroundings using their heavy, moist sniffs 

Scientists at Ohio University made a computer model (pictured) to show how air moved through the nasal passages of Cretaceous pachycephalosaurids or 'pachy' dinosaurs.

Their very VERY first time: Scientists discover fish were the first creatures to have sex 430 million years ago

A paleontologist from South Australia has discovered evidence of sex in the fossil of an ancient fish, who engaged in the act using L-shaped genitals.

Look out! U.S. study finds tornadoes increasingly arrive in swarms

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Tornadoes in the UnitedStates are increasingly coming in swarms rather than as isolatedtwisters, according to a study by U.S. government meteorologists in Oklahoma.

The car seat that detects HEART ATTACKS: Ford plans to monitor drivers' pulses to prevent accidents

Ford's European Research and Innovation Centre in Aachen, Germany is working on a car seat that can detect heart attacks using six embedded sensors (shown).

Leg or breast? Male brains are wired to ignore food if they think sex is on the menu

Rochester researchers found that men can suppress their hunger in order to focus on finding a mate (stock image shown).

Uranus 2.0: Strange blue world is discovered 25,000 light-years away - and it could explain how 'ice giants' form

The exoplanet, discovered by Ohio University, is part of a double-star system known as OGLE-2008-BLG-092L. It is the first time anyone has spotted a twin for 'ice giant' planets, Uranus and Neptune.

Is YOUR country at risk from El Niño? Maps plot the regions most likely to be affected by floods and extreme weather

Warm water is brewing in the Pacific, resurrecting claims that a much-anticipated El Niño may be on its way. El Niño - a heating of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific - affects wind patterns and can trigger both floods and drought in different parts of the globe. Now, for the first time, scientists have mapped how flood risks change across the world when an extreme El Niño hits the oceans. The biggest increases in flood risk were found in southwest United States, parts of southern South America and the Horn of Africa, according to Amsterdam's Global Change Institute. The red colour in the map below shows regions where flooding decreases in El Niño or La Niña years. A darker the red, the lower the risk compared to normal. Pictured in the inset is the village of Puerto Maldonado, Peru, is seen flooded in January 2003 as a result of El Niño rains.

Let there be light! Cathedral swaps stained glass windows for SMARTPHONES to create laser ethereal show

Worshippers visiting Saint-Eustache cathedral in Paris can send a text message to influence a laser light show (pictured) illuminating the place of worship.

Time to dump your wallet! Apple launches service that lets you tap your iPhone 6 to pay in stores

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Called Apple Pay, it can store Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit card information.It works with the handset's touch ID fingerprint recognition system. 

You are what you TYPE: Computer guesses your mood based on your typing style - and it could lead to smarter AI

Islamic University of Technology in Bangladesh researchers studied typing. They found that the way a person types can reveal how they are feeling (stock image shown).

Meet your bizarre-looking ancestors: Fossilised animals that swam the seas 500 million years ago found to have a backbone

Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia, explained that the marine creatures called vetulicolians (pictured) were 'filter-feeders' shaped like a figure-of-8.

Facebook hunts for your stolen passwords: Site scours the web for personal information to keep hackers out of accounts

The San Francisco-based firm's automated service that monitors sites for stolen credentials to see if they match those being used on Facebook. If it finds a match, Facebook notifies the affected user.

The humidifier that DISINFECTS the air in your house: £500 Dyson gadget traps bacteria and prevents itchy, dry winter skin

The machine launches in Japan today and will be on British shelves in months, with a water tank whose contents are projected into the room in a fine mist.

Sphinx's missing head found deep within Alexander the Great-era tomb: Female face adds weight to archaeologists' hopes it could hold the ancient ruler's mother

Archaeologists have found the missing head (pictured left) of a sphinx statue (pictured top right) 'guarding' a mysterious tomb in Amphipolis, in northern Greece(inset) and discovered it had ginger hair. The Greek Culture Ministry said: 'It is a sculpture of exceptional art'. The only damage is a missing piece of the nose and fragments of the mythical creatures' wings have also been found. The head was discovered in the third chamber of the burial mound, which experts think was built for either the wife or mother of Alexander the Great. Last week, pictures were released of a giant mosaic that covers the whole floor of a room, which is thought to be the ante chamber to the main burial room. It shows Persephone - daughter of Zeus and the harvest goddess Demeter - who is wearing a white robe and riding in a chariot. The scene, along with statutes of women and a lion, hints that the tomb was built for a woman, according to historians.

Want to detect cosmic rays? There's an app for that! Giant particle detector to be created by linking world's mobile phones

University of California scientists say a giant detector could be made by combining smartphones around the world. These could then alert scientists when cosmic rays (illustrated) hit our planet.

'Forget Mars, we should live on the MOON': Chris Hadfield says the red planet is too big a leap for Nasa at the moment

EXCLUSIVE: Canadian former astronaut Chris Hadfield (shown) told MailOnline that current plans to go to Mars are too ambitious - at least at the moment.

The ancient crocodile that was as large as a DOUBLE-DECKER BUS: Giant predator ripped prey to shreds 160 million years ago

Paleontologists from the University of Edinburgh say the fearsome creatures roamed the ocean feasting on marine animals such as turtles and even dinosaurs.

Are we closer to solving the meaning of LIFE? World's longest neutrino beam seeks to find out why our universe exists

Using the world's most powerful beam of neutrinos, generated at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago, the Nova machine can precisely record a neutrinos tell-tale traces.

The bike helmet that FOLDS UP: £60 headwear collapses to fit inside a handbag

A Paris-based inventor has designed a portable bike helmet (shown). Called Plixi the £79 ($126) product folds to a third of its size. It is available in black or while and will come in two sizes.

'Oops, I'm sorry': Bono apologises for U2 album being automatically added to Apple iTunes libraries after iPhone 6 launch

The U2 frontman described the move by Cupertino-based Apple as a 'drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity' when asked about it during a recent Facebook question and answer session.

Binge drinking can alter your genes and is a 'cluster bomb' for health issues, warn scientists

Young woman and her friends toasting with shots at a bar.

Ireland has the second highest rate of binge drinkers in the world, a landmark study has found. Almost 4 out of 10 of all Irish people over 15 have engaged in binge drinking in the last 30 days, according to a World Health Organisation report. Ireland, at 39 per cent, is second only to Austria where 40.5 per cent of those over 15 year of age have engaged in ?heavy episodic drinking? ? or binge drinking ? in the last month or so.

Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine say they have identified epigenetic protein changes caused by binge drinking.

Forget coats, now you can wear 'central heating'! Shirt positions heat pouches over major blood vessels to keep you warm

A Kentucky-based inventor has designed a shirt with heated pockets. Called Podz Gear (shown) it has six pouches that store thermo-chemical packs that can apparently warm a person's whole body.

Food for thought: Infographic reveals what the world consumes - with China being the biggest meat eaters and Germany drinking the most alcohol

The interactive graph shows the world's average diet (main image), that Germans drink the most alcohol, while Americans consume the most sugar, Indians are most likely to be vegetarian (pictured top right) and Somalis eat the fewest daily calories (bottom right). It was created by data experts at National Geographic, as part of its Future of Food series, using data from FAOSTAT. The changing chart shows how diets vary around the world and have changed over the last 50 years, as well as showing quantities of food consumed per person in each place in calories and grams.

'Holy grail' of lighting invented using LEDs that consume 85% less energy than traditional bulbs but are just as bright

Well-Lit, based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, claims it has solved the shortcomings of LED lightbulbs, which have so far been unable to match the brightness of incandescent bulbs.

Are eco-friendly bulbs BAD for the environment? LEDs attract 50% more insects and could damage ecosystems

Scientists at New Zealand-based research institute Scion claim that if more insects are attracted to street lights they will be thrown off their usual path and into the jaws of predators.

The SMART way to prevent bad body odour: Digital stick monitors your activity levels to dispense the right amount of deodorant

A New Jersey student has designed a smart deodorant application device. Called the ClickStick, it can remind you to freshen up if you ever forget to use deodorant.

Women appreciate art more than men: Researchers find males focus on the artist, while females look at the art itself

A visitor stands in front of Sigmar Polke?s 1965/66 work Girlfriends at Tate Modern gallery in London, England.

The Michigan State University study, which appears in the journal Psychology & Marketing, is the first to investigate how important an artist's 'brand' is to average consumers when they appraise art.

The power of body language: From shrugs to hand waves, gesticulations are key to being understood, study finds

Scientists at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste, Italy,believe that gestures form part of a communication system deeply ingrained in humans.

Watch the moment a baby sloth is born by C-SECTION: Tiny baby is delivered after his injured mother fell from a tree

The pregnant brown-throated sloth (Bradypus variegatus) was brought to the Sloth Institute Costa Rica, after a local hotel worker saw her fall out of a tree.

Tablets will have 3D SCANNERS in 2015: Intel's slate will use a camera to gauge the depth of objects just like a human eye

Intel, based in Santa Clara California, plans on incorporating a 3D scanner into a tablet set to be released next year and believes its technology will change the way people interact with objects.

Nasa's Maven spacecraft gets first look at mysterious martian upper atmosphere that has baffled astronomers for decades

Three views of an escaping atmosphere, obtained by MAVEN?s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph. By observing all of the products of water and carbon dioxide breakdown, MAVEN's remote sensing team can characterize the processes that drive atmospheric loss on Mars.

Nasa's Maven spacecraft has given scientists their first glimpse of the upper atmosphere of the red planet, which has baffled them for decades.

Researchers erase memories in mice using flashes of light in bid to uncover how our memory works - and can be controlled

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California researchers used light to erase specific memories in mice, and proved a basic theory of how different parts of the brain work together to retrieve episodic memories. 

Marty McFly-style hoverboard finally becomes a reality: £6,000 gadget uses electromagnetic fields to glide along mid-air

Ever since Marty McFly made his getaway on a hoverboard in Back to the Future II, gadget fans have been dreaming of floating on their own device. Now, Californian architect Greg Henderson has made that dream come true by developing a hoverboard that floats in mid-air just like the 1980s classic film. Dubbed the Hendo Hoverboard, it uses four 'hover engines' which emit magnetic fields that push against each other as long as metal conductor is used in the surface underneath. In a video released by the company, a man moves smoothly along a custom-built skate ramp on his board, which is held an inch of the ground. Mr Henderson now plans to raise £155,000 ($250,000) on Kickstarter to further develop the technology.

The smartwatch that lets your SCRIBBLE messages: Microsoft develops handwriting tool for Android wrist tech

Researchers at Microsoft's Redmond base in Washington have developed a writing tool for Android smart watches (shown), called the Analog Keyboard Project.

Fitbit to release a 'superwatch': $250 Surge will have built-in GPS, heart rate monitor AND show notifications on your wrist

The Surge, from California-based Fitbit, is expected to go on sale by the end of the year and cost $250 (£155). It includes GPS, heart rate monitors and a sleep tracker.

Conduct your playlist with a wave of a hand: App lets anyone pause, play and skip songs WITHOUT touching their phone

Created by Oregon-based OnTheGo Platforms, the Brainwave app uses a technology known as Ari that can recognise hand movements using an Android's front-facing camera (shown).

Roman gladiators ate a vegetarian diet - and washed it down with a 'sports drink' of plant ashes and vinegar

Researchers from the MedUni Vienna examined bones (pictured) from a 2nd century gladiator cemetery in Turkey. The cemetery was uncovered in 1933 on the site of the Roman city of Ephesos.

Children are ditching TV in favour of the iPad: One in five under 15s now use their OWN tablet to watch shows

Around 34% of UK children aged five to 15 now own their own tablet, up from 19% last year, according to a recent report by London-based regulator, Ofcom.

How will we land astronauts on Mars? Thermal footage of Space X Falcon 9 rocket could help Nasa find out

The space agency recently teamed up with Elon Musk's firm to record thermal footage of the Falcon 9 rocket as its first stage pulled away after launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Your musical talents could be determined by a fatty substance in your BRAIN: Myelin helps you learn new skills, study claims

Scientists at University College London claim that when a skill, such as playing the piano, is learned later in life myelin must be made in order to retain the skill.

Did Neanderthals use sophisticated spears? Unusual ridge on 200,000-year-old arm bone suggests Neanderthals threw weapons

Archaeologists from the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research unearthed the ancient left arm bones - a humerus, radius and ulna - at Tourville-la-Rivière near Paris.

No so Good2Go: Consensual sex app shuts down after Apple pulls it from its store

San Francisco-based Lee Ann Allman created the app after discussing sexual assault with students. Apple pulled the app from its store this week, but did not reveal the exact reasons why.

Cars that predict accidents BEFORE they happen: Volvo system plots 'escape routes' to avoid crashes

Gothenburg-based Volvo claims that, by the end of the decade, its new cars will be equipped with computers that have a 360-degree view of their surroundings (illustrated).

World first as man whose spinal cord was severed WALKS: Fireman paralysed by knife attack recovers after UK scientists use nose cells to re-grow nerve cells in his spine

Darek Fidyka, 40, is believed to be the first person in the world to recover from such chronic injuries after receiving pioneering treatment from University College London. The fireman from Bulgaria severed his spine after being stabbed four years ago, leaving him paralysed from the waist down. Scientists used cells from his nose to repair the broken link on his back in a medical achievement hailed as more impressive than putting a man on the moon. It comes after the death of actor Christopher Reeve (inset) in 2004, who ploughed money into finding a cure for the condition after becoming paralysed himself in a devastating horse accident.

Facebook rolls out Safety Check for natural disasters: Feature lets you tell friends and family you are safe in an emergency

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced 'Safety Check' (shown) while in Japan. If you are in a zone affected by a natural disaster it asks if you're okay.

The 'extreme' exoplanet where winds howl at the speed of sound on days hot enough to melt steel - while temperatures plummet to below 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit at night

This is a temperature map of the "hot Jupiter" class exoplanet WASP 43b. The white-colored region on the daytime side is 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The nighttime side temperatures drop to under 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope has made the most detailed global map yet of the glow from a turbulent planet outside our solar system - and found an astonishingly inhospitable environment.

Why children born in winter are most likely to have a summery disposition: Season a baby is born in affects long-term mood, claims study

Babies born in the summer, such as Roy Keane, are more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up while those born in winter are less likely to be irritable adults, scientists claim.

Microscope pioneers win Nobel Prize in chemistry: Research into capturing images at the nanoscale awarded top science accolade

American scientists Eric Betzig and William Moerner and Germany's Stefan Hell were announced as the winners at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

Google unveils a Lollipop-powered tablet, its Nexus 6 smartphone - and a surprise new TV streaming box

Both mobile devices (pictured) will run the new version of the Californian firm's mobile operating system - Android 5.0, which has been confirmed to have the name Lollipop.

Turn up your heating by SHOUTING at it: Voice-activated thermostat lets you control your home's temperature from any room

The £229 Voice Controlled Thermostat (pictured) from Bracknell-based Honeywell uses far field voice analysis, which means it can operate with background noise such as a TV or radio.

The future of the underground revealed: Futuristic designs show what driverless Tube trains will look like by 2025

Images of what London's tube trains (pictured) might look like have been revealed ? and they include features that are set to make journeys more comfortable and reliable for passengers.

Reinventing the backpack: Cord system swings rucksack round to your chest so you can reach for items WITHOUT taking it off

The design was created by a London-based finance director with an engineering degree and features an ‘orbital trapeze’ technology called expetoSYSTEM. A user tugs downwards on a strap (pictured left) attached to the conventional shoulder strap of the bag, which releases the main part of the backpack (middle image) so that the wearer can swing it round to their front (right). Once the user has got what they want from their bag, they pull the strap again to return it to position. The bag is designed to be easily worn on the chest in crowded areas and those where users want to keep their valuables safe. It can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter for £85 ($137).

'Witch bottle' unearthed in Newark: 330-year-old vessel was filled with hair and urine to ward off evil spirits

The 'witch bottle' (pictured) was found during restoration of Old Magnus Building, Newark. It is 6-inches tall (15cm), dates to 1680 and would have been used to ward off evil spirits.

Sleeping beauty: Rare footage reveals humpback whale snoozing while 'lying' on its BACK

The rare footage was captured by a group of underwater divers from Mexico known as Panga MX. A humpback whale only shuts off half its brain while sleeping so it doesn't forget to breathe.

Sharing experiences with others makes them more INTENSE: Carrying out tasks in a group amplifies how they make you feel

Psychological scientists at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut say that shared experiences (illustrated) are intensified even people have only just met.

Google can now read your BILLS and remind you to pay them by scanning your emails

California-based Google can now read your bills in your emails (shown). Users who have enabled Google Now can ask the app to show them their bills and reveal upcoming payments.

Now YOU can be a space explorer: Stunning HD space simulator lets you navigate every known planet, star and galaxy in the cosmos

A simulator that lets you explore the known universe has been released. It has taken Vladimir Romanyuk from Saint Petersburg in Russia eight years to put Space Engine (shown) together. The software is free although he is currently seeking donations on his site. In the simulator players can explore all known planets, stars and galaxies. This comes to a total of more than 130,000 objects to explore. And objects in the solar system are also mapped in high detail.

Ebola-killing ROBOT destroys the virus in minutes: 'Little Moe' uses flashes 25,000 times brighter than sunlight to kill diseases

San Antonia-based Xenex has designed a robot called Little Moe (pictured) that can kill viruses. It works by using pulses of xenon light to disinfect surfaces in five minutes.

The app that lets deaf people 'hear': Software turns smartphone into a real time speech translator

The app, called Transcence (pictured) is the brainchild of four graduate students based in San Francisco, who have all been affected by hearing loss in different ways.

Never clean your fish tank again! Smart aquarium turns slime into food and keeps the water crystal clear

A graduate from Loughborough University created the 15-litre tank, which is packed with technology enabling fish, plants and bacteria 'to work together to create a balanced ecosystem'.

Delve into the heart of an EXPLODING STAR: Astronomers peer into a nova for the first time to uncover mysterious gamma rays

Michigan State and Manchester University found the origin of gamma rays when looking at V959 Mon, 5,000 light years from Earth, This artist's impression is a replica of when a star explodes.

Blue LEDs win $1.1m Nobel Prize for Physics - but its Japanese inventor was given just $200 for the idea in 1993 

Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and US scientist Shuji Nakamura (pictured) have won the Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes.

Will we soon rely on North Africa for energy? Tunisian sunshine could power up to 2.5 million UK homes by 2018

The TuNur project, backed by British and Tunisian investors, aims to power up to 2.5 million UK homes by 2018 using solar energy captured in Kebili Governorate, south western Tunisia.

Did volcanoes on the moon erupt when dinosaurs still roamed Earth? Marks on lunar surface are younger than first thought

The discovery was made using images from the Houston-based Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which suggest a number of lunar rock deposits were less than 100 million years old.

Is Samsung in trouble? Tech giant's profits set to plummet 60% as Apple's iPhone 6 lures customers away

Samsung, headquartered in Seoul, is set to report its lowest quarterly earnings in more than three years as the bigger screen on Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus draws customers away from the S5 (pictured).

Watch the internet go to SLEEP: Map reveals how the world's web activity disappears as the sun goes down (but the UK and US stays awake)

The map was created by the University of Southern California after researchers pinged 3.7 million IP address blocks. The pink and red blocks show higher internet usage, while blue blocks suggest lower than average web activity. They found the UK, US, India, and East Asia are active through the night. However, large parts of Africa, Russia and Australia only log on during the day. The finding will help scientists and policymakers develop better systems to measure and track internet outages, such as those that struck the New York area after Hurricane Sandy.


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World's largest ship so big it can lift an OIL RIG takes to the seas: Empire State-length boat will begin moving structures next year


The biggest vessel in the world has been built by Daewoo in South Korea. Swiss company Allseas commissioned the building of the huge £1.9bn ($3.1bn) ship. Called Pieter Schelte (main), it is almost as big as the Empire State Building. It will be used to pick up and move oil rigs from one place to another (inset). Both the legs and main structure of a rig can be moved simultaneously. It can reach speeds of 14 knots and hold a crew of 571 people. Allseas says it will enter offshore operations next year - but an even bigger ship will be built by 2020.

China 'supercave' is the largest on EARTH: Welcome to huge Miao Room cavern you could fly a jumbo jet inside

Laser-mapping has revealed a cave in China is the world's biggest. According to National Geographic News it is 380.7 million cubic feet big (image taken from inside shown).

The iPad is now more popular than Disney, McDonalds and YouTube: Apple's tablet becomes number one brand among American 6-12 year olds

Two Brothers playing on an iPad.


Researchers say the astonishing rise of the iPad has meant is has now overtaken household names such as McDonalds and Disney to become the number one brand among American 6-12 year olds.

Antarctic sea ice hits record levels as it reaches 20 MILLION square kilometers for time time since records began in 1979

On Sept. 19, 2014, the five-day average of Antarctic sea ice extent exceeded 20 million square kilometers for the first time since 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The red line shows the average maximum extent from 1979-2014.
Image Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio/Cindy Starr 

Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s. The upward trend in the Antarctic, however, is only about a third of the magnitude of the rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.
The new Antarctic sea ice record reflects the diversity and complexity of Earth?s environments, said NASA researchers. Claire Parkinson, a senior scientist at NASA?s Goddard Space Flight Center, has referred to changes in sea ice coverage as a microcosm of global climate change. Just as the temperatures in some regions of the pl

Nasa says it now covers more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s. 

Met Office to open a space weather centre to measure solar climate as earth becomes even more dependent on technology

The Met Office's Space Weather Operations Centre will open next week in Exeter after years of preparation and millions of pounds of investment.

Teenage 'witch' found buried FACE DOWN: Middle Ages ritual was carried out to prevent an 'impure soul leaving the body,' archaeologists claim

The girl may have been rejected by her community because of her pale complexion, according to the archaeologists who found her remains in Albenga on the Ligurian Riviera, Italy.

Forget PINs, we'll soon access our bank accounts by VOICE: Banks roll out speech recognition technology to battle fraud

An investigation found that banks are quietly rolling out voiceprinting (image of speech recognition technology shown). The biggest roll-out is in Turkey, while the US and UK are following suit.

Explorers to Mars will suffocate within 68 days, study claims

Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists analysed Mars One's plan to create a colony on Mars by the next decade (illustrated). They say it has a number of flaws and is doomed to failure.

Travelling with a passenger makes you a SAFER driver - but only if they are aware of road conditions

Scientists from the University of Illinois used a driving simulator to explore the impact of mobile phone calls and passengers talking in cars (stock image) on road safety.

Fossils reveal new branch of mammals: Experts identify a descendant of the horse that roamed India 48 million years ago

Scientists from Northeast Ohio Medical University Stony Brook University in New York came up with the theory that gives anthracobunidae (bones pictured) new descendants.

Less Skippy, more Ploddy! Kangaroo's ancient ancestor couldn't hop and instead lumbered along on two legs

The kangaroo's extinct ancestors (pictured) strode around the Australian outback 100,000 years ago, walking on two legs, according to Brown University experts.

Watch the amazing self driving car that can lap at 150mph: Audi lets the first smart racing car loose on a track

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Watch the amazing self driving car that can reach 150mph: Audi reveals smart racecar

The Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept completed a lap on the Grand Prix track in Hockenheim ? at racing speed, without a driver. The German car giant  let the car show off its at skills at top speed for the first time.

Infected cash machines are giving away money: 'Tyupkin' malware lets criminals steal millions from ATMs around the world

This malicious software allows thieves to visit cash machines in Latin America, Europe and Asia, infect them and then visit them later at night to empty the contents.

Is global warming WORSE than we think? Ocean temperatures are rising 'up to 152% faster' than believed, study claims

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California claim climate change is worse than believed because temperature data in southern hemisphere has been inaccurate.

HIV pandemic was caused by a 'perfect storm' of factors in 1920s Kinshasa, scientists reveal

Scientists from Oxford University and in Belgium studied the virus's genetic history and claim it originated in Kinshasa, now the capital of the Democractic Republic of Congo.

Toddlers can tell when their parents are angry at just 15 months old

Male toddler 15-18 months using mobile phone, portrait, pregnant mother in background.

Researchers at the University of Washington found that children as young as 15 months can detect anger and then change their behaviour to try and keep others happy.

Nasa's asteroid mission revealed: Agency explains how - and why - it will send humans to a space rock in the 2020s

Papers from Nasa HQ in Washington DC have revealed how the agency intends to capture an asteroid (shown) by the end of this decade and send astronauts to one by the 2020s.

Up periscope! HTC launches bizarre rugged RE camera to take on GoPro - and unveils its 'ultimate selfie' Desire Eye phone

The 16MP device (pictured) features a unique cylindrical design. A built-in grip sensor instantly activates the camera on pick up, according to the Taiwanese company.

Meet Earth's new 'moon': Peculiar path of asteroid 2014 OL339 makes it look as if it's orbiting our planet

The 'moon', which is in fact an asteroid, takes about a year to orbit the sun and is close enough to the planet to look like its satellite. It was discovered accidentally by the Chilean University of Antofagasta.

Is Apple planning 'smart paper' to replace tablets? Patent reveals flexible screen that could work as a magazine and even a billboard

The patent describes a 'digital periodical'.It is controlled by simply flexing or bending the display, and information can be sent to it via mobile phone networks.  

'Jesus NEVER existed': Writer finds no mention of Christ in 126 historical texts and says he was a 'mythical character'

Writer Micheal Paulkovich has claimed that there is little evidence for a person known as Jesus (illustrated) existing. He is thought is to have lived from about 7BC to 33AD in the Roman Empire.

The very first space detective agency: Satellite imagery experts launch new company to help settle legal disputes

Satellite imaging specialist Raymond Harris and lawyer Raymond Purdy have teamed up to form the world's first space detective agency, Air & Space Evidence Ltd of London.

Did Stone Age tools forge the beginnings of language? Making hand axes may have helped region of brain associated with speech evolve

Archaeologists at Emory University in Georgia, Atlanta will train 20 people for 100 hours each so they can learn the art of knapping, used to craft Stone Age-style hand axes (shown).

Unexpected help in bagging area! The dreaded phrase that could become history thanks to new camera system

Customer using a self service checkout in a Supermarket

The dreaded phrase 'unexpected item in the bagging area' could soon be a thing of the past at thousands of self-service checkouts in high street supermarkets around the UK.

The woman with RAINBOW VISION: Artist sees 100 times more colours than the average person because of genetic condition

Concetta Antico, (pictured left) an artist in San Diego, California, has more receptors in in her eyes to absorb colour, enabling her to see ? and paint ? the world around her in a different way to most people. Two of her colourful creations are pictured right. The average person can see approximately one million colours, whereas tetrachromats have an extra cone class for colour vision that dramatically increases their range up to a potential 99 million. Antico's cones are structures in the eye that are designed to absorb particular wavelengths of light and transmit them to the brain.

A glimpse into the inner workings of the 3D brain: Researchers build computer models to explore how memories form

Scientists at the Mercator Research Group, Germany have created a computer model to make artificial networks of nerve cells in the hippocampus region of the brain (model pictured).

Boost your brain by WEIGHTLIFTING: 20 minutes of pumping iron enhances memory by 10%, experts claim

Great Britain Curler Eve Muirhead lifts weights in the Strength and Conditioning Suite at the Sportscotland Institute of Sport in Stirling, England. Former world junior champion Muirhead is desperate to follow in the footsteps of Martin - now one of her coaches - and will take her team to Sochi as one of the favourites. 
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Georgia researchers say an intense workout of as little as 20 minutes can enhance your long-term memory by 10 percent in healthy young adults.

Students smash land speed record TWICE: Teenagers create a rocket-powered model car that can travel at more than 500mph

The members of the young engineers club at Joseph Whitaker School in Nottinghamshire beat the existing record of 287mph (460km/h) set in March by The Heathland School in Middlesex.

Having a bad day? Head to Facebook: Friends who are worse off help boost people's moods when they're upset, study claims

Research led by Ohio State University has found that people in a negative mood like to see others who are also doing badly on social networks (stock image shown).

Google set to launch TVs that clip together like LEGO: Displays will be used to build screens that perfectly fit into any space

Engineers at the Google X lab, in California, are working on the new screens that are set to join together seamlessly, unlike current video 'walls' (illustrated) that have gaps between each display.

Scientists find one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth - in the soil of New York's Central Park

Aerial view of artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "The Gates" project for Central Park in New York February 11, 2005.  The art project will be on display through February 27. 
Jeanne-Claude died of a brain aneurysm on November 18th 2009 at the age of 74.

Colorado scientists were stunned to find thousands of different microbes in samples they analysed - the majority being new to science.

Does believing in guardian angels keep you safe? People who do take fewer risks than non-believers, study claims

David Etkin, Professor of Disaster and Emergency Management at York University, Canada, examined the link between belief and risk-taking behaviour.

The Iron Man prosthetic hand designed to make children feel like a superhero

A 3D printing enthusiast from New York has build an 'Iron Man' hand he hopes to develop into a prosthetic for children. The low cost arm can be cheaply printed on any 3D printer, and its inventor has offered to help children to want one print their own.

How dinosaurs divided up their meals at the Jurassic dinner table: Sauropod skulls reveal differences in diet between species

The University of Bristol and the Natural History Museum in London analysed sauropod skulls found in the Morrison Formation, which extends throughout Western United States.

Drink up! Scientists levitate cocktails using sound waves so you can 'sip' them MID-AIR

The machine, made by a scientist at Bristol University, uses ultrasonic sound waves to generate a levitating field capable of trapping tiny alcohol droplets and making them float in mid-air.

Killer whales can 'talk' like dolphins when the two species spend time together: Orcas imitate sounds to help them communicate

Scientists at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute in San Diego, California found that orcas can engage in cross-species 'vocal learning' by mimicking dolphin sounds.

Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is NOT as bendy as first thought: Stress tests reveal handset withstands much more force than angry customers claim

New York-based Consumer Reports used a 'three-point flexural' device to test handsets. HTC One (M8) and iPhone 6 were the weakest phones, followed by the iPhone 6 Plus (pictured).

Believe in aliens? Then you're probably an atheist or Muslim: Study reveals how religion affects your likelihood of believing in ET

Astronomer David Weintraub at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee has written a book predicting which faiths will struggle to accept aliens, if evidence of extraterrestrial life is found.

Water on Earth is OLDER than the sun: Similarity between oceans and icy comets increases our chance of finding alien life

The discovery, led by University of Exeter, suggests that water may be a common ingredient in the clouds of dust and gas from which solar systems are born, and not 'special' to our own.

Young people are NOT self-obsessed narcissists: Two thirds would donate HALF their income to charity, study finds

Oxford Said Business School surveyed 2,000 people born since 1982. Many said they would donate to tackle poverty and unemployment, while others wanted to help their local communities.

Never do a 'downward facing dog' wrong again! $250 Smart YOGA MAT tells you when you're in the wrong position

The 'SmartMat', created by a Los-Angeles-based team of engineers, provides users with spoken and visual cues on how to best position their body ? without the need for an instructor.

Is this the bedroom of the future? Floating beds, smart carpets and 3D printed furniture could give everyone a good night's sleep

The bedroom of the future (illustrated) was designed by London-based Betta Living. Its predictions include carpets that switch to beams, floating beds and personal stylists built into mirrors.

There is NO missing link between birds and dinosaurs: Avian species developed in an 'evolutionary explosion' 150 million years ago

Research led by the University of Edinburgh proposes new evidence for how birds evolved from dinosaurs (illustrated). Previously it had been thought there was a 'missing link'.

Never miss your favourite show again: The rolling robot TV projector that can follow you around the house

A California firm is aiming to build a robotic projector that can move around the home, taking its TV picture and sound system with it. The $1,900 two wheeler has a 1080p HD projector built in, as well as a 360 degree sound system.

Countdown to Rosetta's touchdown: Esa reveals probe will attempt to land on comet on 12 November

Rosetta's Philae lander will attempt to touch down on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (shown) on 12 November, with confirmation due at 1700 BST.

'Man in the moon' created by bubbling volcanic eruptions not asteroid strikes, scientists claim

Using Nasa data, scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that the circles making up the 'face' are not circular.

The 'Mission Impossible' hard drive: £1,000 drive SELF-DESTRUCTS on demand - and it is wiped using just a text message

Prices for the drives, made by London-based Secure Drives, start at £938 and they can be controlled using a token (left) or an app. The Autothysis128s is pictured right.

Is global warming weakening Earth's gravity? Satellite finds variations where ice is melting fastest in Antarctica

Researchers from Nasa's in California and Esa have found that gravity is weakening at Earth's poles (diagram shown). It is occurring where ice is melting fastest in West Antarctica.

First Apple's 'bendgate', now it's Samsung's GAPgate: Galaxy Note 4 is latest handset to receive complaints about build quality

A photo shows a card being placed inside a gap (pictured) between the Korean firm's phone's screen, and its metal case. It is unclear if it affects a small batch, or is a wider issue.

Is this the most relaxing song EVER? Listen to the music that is 'scientifically proven' to send you to sleep

Manchester-based band Marconi Union has released a video for their song Weightless which is said to be the most relaxing song in the world (clip from video shown).

Did life on Earth come from outer space? Discovery of carbon 27,000 light-years away suggests building blocks came from elsewhere in the Milky Way

Researchers led by Cornell University in New York have found evidence for the origins of life in a star-forming region of interstellar space called Sagittarius B2 (shown).

Could the Bash bug cause an internet MELTDOWN? Hackers scramble to exploit Shellshock flaw as experts warn your details may be at risk

Georgia-based security expert, Robert Graham, claims hackers are already using massive internet scans to find vulnerable servers to attack using the Bash bug.

Could your credit score soon be based on your FACEBOOK FRIENDS? Expert predicts future of banking will rely on social networks

EXCLUSIVE: London-based tech expert Gi Fernando told MailOnline banks could move into coffee shops and people without social networks (pictured) could be penalised.

'Stunning' Roman cockerel goes on display: Extremely rare bronze figure was found in the ancient grave of a two-year-old girl

Magnificent cockerel found in child's grave in Roman Cirencester

The bronze cockerel, as well as the Tetbury Hoard containing 1,437 silver and copper coins from the 3rd century are now on display at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester.

Out of Africa theory for tools is WRONG: Prehistoric hunters learned to make stone weapons in independent groups across Eurasia

The discovery was made by Connecticut University after finding unusual stone tools at a site in Armenia between two ancient layers of lava dated to a period between 325,000 and 350,000 years ago.

Black holes do NOT exist and the Big Bang Theory is wrong, claims scientist - and she has the maths to prove it

A University of North Carolina scientist claims it's impossible for stars to collapse and form black holes (illustrated), while the singularity that signalled the start of the universe may not exist.

Forget smartwatches, now you can wear an 'AIR CONDITIONER' on your wrist: Smart bracelet provides cools or warm air on demand

Wristify (concept illustrated) was developed by Massachusetts-based embr labs and is a finalist in Intel's Make It Wearable competition. It glows blue when cooling the skin, and orange while warming it.

Being religious does NOT make you better behaved, researchers claims - but it will make you feel more guilty

Stained glass window of the Ascension of Jesus at St Philip's Cathedral in Birmingham, England. 

Image shot 03/2011. Exact date unknown.

Chicago researchers found 'no significant difference' in the number or quality of moral and immoral deeds made by religious and non-religious participants.

Forget barbeques, this outdoor stove cooks an entire meal in just 10 minutes using nothing but SUNLIGHT

The gadget, known as the GoSun Stove, absorbs heat from the sun to reach temperatures of 290°C (554°F). Its Ohio-based creators claim it can safely cook hot dogs, eight egg omelettes, frozen foods, fish fillets, muffins, stirfrys and even raw meat. The device is 2ft (0.6 metres) long and 2.25 inches (5.7cm) in diameter and can handle more than three pounds (1.4kg) of food or fluid. The core to the technology of the GoSun Stove is the solar evacuated tube that acts as the stove's cooking chamber. When clouds interrupt, the food keeps on cooking with the heat stored inside the vacuum tube. A 'GoSun Sport' costs £175 ($280), while a 'GoSun Mini' costs £80 ($128).

The future of food - now with less flatulence: Soylent forced to change recipe for its meal replacement drinks after users complained of excess wind

Soylent CEO Rob Rhinehart holds a bag of his finished product inside a warehouse in Oakland, California where the company runs its business. Soylent revealed it has changed its formula in a bid to cut out the unwanted side effect of excess wind.

Soylent founder Robert Rhinehart (pictured) has admitted the firm changed its formula in a bid to cut out the unwanted side effect after users complained of digestive issues.

Is this our earliest ancestor? Bizarre round 600-million-year-old fossils may be the remains of the world's oldest creatures

Called Megasphaera, the fossils come from a rock layer in southern China called the Doushantuo Formation and could be the embryos of an ancient, unidentified creature.

Could this app turn you into a mathematician? Download DOUBLES your number skills in 14 days, claims study

The free UnlockYourBrain Android app, (pictured) created by German-based developers, also teaches languages, history, and other subjects, that can be customised online.

Another excuse to crack open a beer! Alcohol makes men more likely to SMILE, study finds

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh say men smile when drinking (stock image shown). In a study they found smiles were more contagious in groups of only-men.

Now that's green energy! Eco-friendly battery is powered with seeds and pine resin

The battery, developed at Uppsala University, uses biomaterials alfalfa and pine resin (pictured) in place of chemicals, and is said to have similar energy content to lithium-ion batteries.

Facebook takes on Google with new advertising system that will follow you around the web

Called Atlas, the service is designed to take on Google's lucrative AdWords service. It will allow Facebook to sell ads that 'follow' users across the web and mobile devices.

HALF the world's wild animals have disappeared in 40 years: Humankind held responsible as familiar species lose battle for survival 

Humankind's ever-growing need for land and resources, coupled with hunting and poaching, has halved the number of wild animals in world in just 40 years, according to a shocking report.

Did gravity set Earth's plates in motion? Continents collapsed under their own weight three billion years ago

Scientists at Sydney University have created computer models which show how early continents could have placed major stress on the surrounding plates.

Fancy a holiday on the International Space Station? Boeing reveals its new 'space taxi' will include seat for tourists - if they are willing to pay $50m

In this undated image provided by NASA, astronaut Randy Bresnik prepares to enter The Boeing Company's CST-100 spacecraft for a fit check evaluation at the company's Houston Product Support Center. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, NASA will announce which one or two private companies wins the right to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. The deal will end NASA's expensive reliance on Russian crew transport. The contenders include SpaceX, Sierra Nevada Corp., and Boeing. (AP Photo/NASA)

Boeing's proposal to develop a so-called space taxi for NASA astronauts includes a seat for paying tourists to fly to the International Space Station, it has been revealed. 

Would you start a relationship with someone you've NEVER met? One in seven people have partners they've only spoken to online

A survey of 2,000 UK respondents has revealed online trends in the nation. More than a third of those surveyed said they had Facebook 'friends' that they had never met in person (stock image).

'CT scan' of the universe: 3D animation reveals evolution of galaxies over 10.8 billion years

Researchers led by the Max Planck Institute of Astronomy in Germany have observed a 'pencil beam' of the universe's cosmic web (main). The resultant 3D map shows the distribution of matter in one region of space. This 'cosmic web' shows where matter is most densely concentrated. It shows regions before galaxies formed, and so predicts their formation. This is the first time the cosmic web has been mapped at such a vast distance - in this case 10.8 billion light-years from Earth. The researchers made the map using the Keck I telescope in Hawaii (inset). It could be used to help understand how the universe took shape.

Did climate change create modern man? Ancient temperature shifts made us more intelligent, study claims

A growing number of scientists from around the world are trying to prove that evolutionary leaps, such as human's large brains, are the result of the environment alternating between wet and dry.

Do ALIENS hold the key to why we have sex? Richard Dawkins says ET could reveal why animals use it to reproduce - and even the origins of life

EXCLUSIVE: Professor Dawkins (pictured) told MailOnline that sex is an unanswered evolutionary question, and that finding aliens may reveal why most animals rely on it to reproduce.

Builder unearths vast treasure trove of 22,000 Roman coins worth up to £100,000 - then spends three nights sleeping on site to guard his hoard

The trove of Roman coins (pictured) was found by Laurence Egerton in East Devon. Dubbed Seaton Down Hoard. it was declared treasure at a Devon Coroner's Inquest earlier this month.

Will robotkind be our undoing? Ethical droids programmed to save 'humans' end up KILLING more than half of them

Scientists in Bristol were shocked to find that, far from acting logically, an 'ethical robot' would often be unable to act at all, with fatal consequences.

Having a boyfriend can make you live longer (at least if you're a baboon) 

A Baboon, Cape Point, South Africa. The five baboon species are some of the largest non-hominid members of the primate order; only the Mandrill and the Drill are larger. In modern scientific use, only members of the genus Papio are called baboons, but previously the closely related Gelada (genus Theropithecus) and two species of Mandrill and Drill (genus Mandrillus) were grouped in the same genus, and these monkeys are still often referred to as baboons in everyday speech. The word "baboon" comes from "babouin", the name given to them by the French naturalist Buffon. The baboon held several positions in Egyptian mythology. The baboon god Baba, was worshipped in Pre-Dynastic times; alternatively, this may be the origin of the animal's name. Papio belongs to family Cercopithecidae, in subfamily Cercopithecinae.

A long-term study of more than 200 wild female baboons from the plains of southern Kenya found that the most sociable females lived two to three years longer.

BlackBerry officially launches its £529 Passport phone - and the square device will run Android apps

At today's launch event, BlackBerry revealed that its 4.5-inch Passport phone (pictured) is now available in the UK, US, France, Germany, and Canada - and will run Android apps from the Amazon Appstore. Prices are £529 in the UK, $599 in the US, 649 in France and Germany, and $699 in Canada

The 4.5-inch Passport (pictured) is now available in the UK, US, France, Germany, and Canada - and will run Android apps from the Amazon Appstore.

Moustronauts have lift-off! GM rodents will live on the International Space Station to help reveal the secrets of aging

The mice, launched as part of a project by Houston-based Nasa, lack a gene that normal mice have, called Muscle Ring Finger 1 (MuRF-1), which causes muscles to deteriorate.

Who's been having a ball on Mars? Rover reveals amazing round rock


The perfectly spherical formation was found close to another rock resembling a traffic light. Nasa claims it shows off a unique weather effect on Mars.

The forgotten fossils: Huge deposit of bones discovered around tiny village in Bolivia... but locals are left to dig out remains with their bare hands

Around 70 sites containing the remains of mastodons and glytodonts - a type of armadillo - have so far been identified near the tiny Bolivian village of Padilla after wind and rain erosion left them exposed.

Are we evolving into a NEW type of human? 'Different' species will have evolved by 2050, scientist claims

This is according to Cadell Last, a researcher at the Global Brain Institute in Brussels. In less than four decades, Mr Last claims we will live longer, have kids in old age and rely on robots.

Europe's family tree has a THIRD branch: Link in genetic connection between Modern Europeans and Native Americans found

Europeans have DNA from Ancient North Eurasians. This group also contributed DNA to people who travelled across the Bering Strait, according to a study by Harvard Medical School in Boston.

There is a new selfie in town - and it's called the DONUT: Spinning headshots could soon be filling your Facebook news feeds

Forget your quest to take the perfect selfie, a new trend is set to sweep the internet that requires more than just a well-angled pout. Called the 'donut selfie', it involves using panoramic video shots of your head to create a seamless selfie that travels across different locations. The technique was created by ex-Microsoft employee from San Francisco, Karen Cheng, while she was experimenting with sweeping camera motions. The social media star has since released a video that shows the camera spinning around her head, with the scenery changing each time from her workplace, to a train station and even her bed.

Ice to see you! Nasa spacecraft spies frozen water on Mercury for the first time - and it could help reveal the origins of life on Earth

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland have spotted ice in an image of Mercury for the first time. Pictured is ice on a crater floor on the planet.

Minecraft's MEGACITY: Man spends two years crafting pixelated metropolis from 4.5 million blocks

An art student at the University of Delaware created a Minecraft metropolis (pictured), featuring skyscrapers, roads and trees, using 4.5 million bricks.

Forget cremation, alkaline hydrolysis is the eco-friendly way to dispose of the dead - but it means turning them into GOO

Caitlin Doughty, a mortician from Los Angeles, has used her latest YouTube blog to explain the process with the help of a disco ball Absolut Vodka bottle and a silk purse.

Chemical romance: Dazzling photographs showcase the rainbow-coloured results of mixing compounds up close

The colourful reactions were captured by three chemistry professors at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Anhui, China.

Face of a Roman goddess unearthed for the first time in 1,800 years: Finely carved stone head depicts ancient idol Brigantia

The finely carved stone head (pictured) was discovered by a volunteer on the community archaeology project WallQuest at Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields.

Cloudy, with a chance of solar radiation: Met Office opens space weather centre to track the sun's flares and magnetic storms

The Space Weather Operations Centre, Exeter monitors how solar activity interacts with Earth's upper atmosphere, such as solar storms and coronal mass ejections (illustrated).

Forget the Apple Watch: $60 smartwatch for four year olds set to be the must-have Christmas gadget

The world's first smartwatch for kids, the Kidizoom Smartwatch is packed with innovative features, including a built-in camera, video recorder, fun photo effects, a stopwatch and timer in a kid-friendly, durable design. The multi-functional smartwatch, recommended for ages 4 and up, marks VTech's entrance into the growing wearable technology market for kids.

"VTech's Kidizoom Smartwatch is a terrific example of a new breed of toy, with kids' wearables becoming an emerging trend this year," said Jim Silver, CEO/editor-in-chief of TTPM. "The Smartwatch offers the innovative, engaging qualities that VTech is renowned for, and we predict it'll be a must-have item of the holiday season."

"The response to the Kidizoom Smartwatch since its introduction this summer has been incredible," said William To, President of VTech Electronics North America. "We are thrilled by the extremely positive feedback and to see this product selected for the TTPM Most Wanted list. This honor demonstrates

Chicago firm Vtech's $60 Kidizoom watch can play games, take video and even download apps and new watch faces. finally unveils the Puls ? just DON'T call it a smartwatch: Device contains SIM to make calls but it's only got a 5-hour battery life

The device, which has a curved screen and Sim card reader built into the distinctive cuff design, was unveiled at's Dreamforce event in San Francisco.

The pocket-sized TOOLBOX: £50 survival kits provide all you need for different emergencies... including a zombie apocalypse

An inventor in Vancouver has designed multi-tool cylinders. Called VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools (shown) they contain supplied for hikers and even those in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

Is this the most extreme case of head lice EVER? The video will certainly make your skin crawl...

A video shows a mother combing millions of squirming insects out of her daughter's hair, which experts have identified as an extreme case of head lice.

Nature DOES beat nurture: Child's educational success is based more on their genes than their environment

The study, by Kings College London, found that 16-year-olds' GCSE scores in Maths, English and the sciences were 62 per cent heritable.

Was Jesus actually clean-shaven? Engraved 3rd century glass found in Spain shows Christ without a beard - and wearing a philosopher's toga

Archaeologists in Spain claim they have found one of the world's earliest known images of Jesus - and he doesn't have a beard. The figure is engraved on a glass plate dating back to 4AD.

Moon with a view! Mars photobombs Earth despite being 70 MILLION miles away

Washington DC-based Nasa has released an image of Mars and Earth (shown) in the same shot. The picture was taken by the moon-orbiting Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

'Remarkable and rare' 2,200-year-old chariot unearthed in Melton Mowbray: Iron Age religous offering may have been buried to 'ride' into a new season

Archaeologists from Leicester University discovered the bronze chariot fittings, along with horse care tools from a 2nd or 3rd Century BC, at an ancient fort in Burrough Hill.

How did this mysterious 'pyramid' form on comet 67P? Rosetta images reveal striking 80ft-structure on surface

The strange structure was discovered by the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe as it orbited comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 297 million miles (478 million km) from Earth.

Finally! The flying car that really could be coming to a road (and sky) near you

Aeromobil is a ?flying car? that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and opens doors to real door-to-door travel. In terms of automobile configuration, it fits to a standard parking space, its engine enables it to tank at any gas station, it is fully accustomed to road traffic and as a plane it could both take off and land at any airport in the world.With its ambition to become a real ?flying car?, the current version ? Aeromobil 2.5 is a prototype of the third generation. Aeromobil 3 is stylish, comfortable for both the driver and passenger, and exceptionally combines the performance of a sports car with qualities of an ?ultralight?.

The Slovakian AeroMobil can fly 430 miles on a tank of petrol - and when its wings fold down, it'll fit into a normal parking space.

Print your own car in less than TWO DAYS: World's first-3D printed 'Strati' vehicle costs £11,000 and is made using just 49 parts

Strati, (pictured) which is Italian for 'layers', has a chassis made of one solid piece and was printed by Arizona-based Local Motors.

MRI scan reveals 2,500-year-old Siberian princess died from acute breast cancer - and she smoked cannabis to dull the pain

The remains were dug from a permafrost burial chamber on the high Ukok Plateau in 1993. A scan of her remains showed asymmetry in her mammary glands, hinting at cancer.

Mummified foetus may have been operated on INSIDE the womb: Surgical marks reveal clues about 19th century medical practices 

The gruesome find came to light after an earthquake struck L'Aquila, Italy. The mummified remains (pictured wrapped in a cloth) were found in underground rooms beneath a church.

The world's deadliest outbreaks: Interactive map shows the human cost of flu, bubonic plague and Ebola globally since 541

The interactive map shows the reach of outbreaks such as the Plague of Justinian (pictured), which afflicted the Eastern Roman Empire, through to Sars and Ebola.

Can't afford the latest wearable tech? Tiny $20 screen lets you build a smartwatch or turn your specs into a basic 'Google Glass'

Ohio-based company, Akron says its TinyScreen kits can be used to make a mini games console, video player, with a selection of apps available including a Flappy Bird clone.

You've missed one! Microsoft skips Windows 9 in bid to win back consumer confidence with version 10 that will run on phones, desktops, tablets and even games consoles

The firm announced the latest version of its Windows operating system, called Windows 10, at an event in San Francisco.

Forget coffee machines - this gadget delivers an instant pint of BEER: £200 Heineken Sub works as your own DIY pub

The Dutch group has teamed up with Apple designer Marc Newson to create 'The Sub'. The gadget provides draught beer using pressurised modules, called Torps.

Yahoo eyes up Snapchat: Tech giant is rumoured to be investing £12 million in the app - despite it STILL not making any money

The Wall Street Journal reports that California-based Yahoo will invest £12 million ($20 million) in the three year-old tech startup Snapchat (stock image shown).

'The view's nice up here!': India's Mars mission returns its first image of the red planet - and reveals clues to its weather

India's Mars Orbiter has sent back its first image of the red planet. The image (pictured) shows craters at the southwestern edge of Syrtis Major, a 'dark spot' that is thought to be a low-level shield volcano.

Apple's iPhone 6 crowned fastest mobile on the market: Handset beats Samsung's Galaxy S5 in independent speed tests

Independent researchers at Which? magazine in London, tested the processing speeds and performance of the latest phones from Apple, Samsung, HTC and LG.

A 21st century paper plane: £30 gadget transforms your folded creations into smartphone-controlled aircraft

A former pilot from Israel has created a gadget for paper planes. It attaches to the front (shown) and, using a propeller, allows the plane to be steered.

Turn your living room into a HOLODECK: Star Trek-style tech can turn an enclosed space into a virtual gaming environment

A project from Microsoft's Redmond Campus in Washington called RoomAlive lets players create a virtual environment in their living room (shown).

The hearing aid for SPIES: Clip-on amplifier eavesdrops on conversations and even translates foreign languages in real time

The LaLaLa device (pictured) is a concept dreamed up by a Californian design agency, but it could become a reality in just two years, its creators say.

A sniffer dog for the digital age: Selma the FBI canine can smell hidden USB sticks!

The Labrador has been trained by Connecticut police to pick up the scent for devices such as laptops, digital cameras and USB drives which are often used to stash illegal materials.

Was the 'Big Bang signal' just DUST? Scientists observed 'polluted' skies and not the beginning of the universe, data reveals

The incredible find was soon dismissed by other research groups who thought the Harvard Bicep team in may have underestimated the effects of dust in the galaxy. Now, that explanation has been given more credit following a recent study by the European Agency's Planck satellite (pictured)

Esa scientists in Paris say the Harvard team failed to use dust data compiled by Planck satellite, which had mapped the sky at many more frequencies than other satellites.

Elon Musk wants to put a MILLION people on Mars by 2100: SpaceX founder says we must colonise red planet or face extinction

The California-based entrepreneur says it is 'inevitable' that humans will go extinct on Earth. He envisions taking 100 people at a time to the red planet by the end of the century.

Meet Stella, the solar powered car that drives 500 miles on a SINGLE charge - and warns you when traffic lights will change

The lightweight electric car (shown) that charges itself with solar cells on its roof was built at Eindhoven University. It travels 500 miles (800km) on a single charge at speeds of 80mph (130km/h).

Dogs can be pessimists too! Some canines expect bad things to happen so don't take risks, study claims

Researchers at Sydney University taught dogs to associate sounds with milk or water. Dogs who responded to many tones were optimistic because they assumed good things would happen.

Natural born killers: Chimpanzees are inherently violent and wage war like their human 'cousins', study claims

Researchers from the University of Minnesota studied 18 chimp and bonobo communities. There were 152 chimpanzee killings, and the majority of violent attackers were male.

Do you SMELL like a right-wing voter? People are attracted to the body odour of those with similar political views, study claims

The study from Brown University asked 21 highly political target participants to wear a gauze under their arms for 24 hours. Volunteers then rated each smell for attractiveness.

Did this rat carry the PLAGUE? 'Mummified' rodent found during building renovations dates back to the Black Death

The rat (pictured) was discovered in the 1990s at 107 The Terrace, Penryn. It is now on display at the local museum. The rodent was originally found covered in black hair, which has since faded.

iPhone woes mount as Apple pulls iOS 8 software update after users report major bugs that cause iPhone 6 to lose signal and data service

epa04412195 A costumer holds the latest generation od Apple iPhones in an Apple store in Oberhausen, Germany, 19 September, 2014. A record 10 million iPhones were sold during the first weekend the model's newest generation became available, US technology firm Apple reported 22 September 2014. 'We could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible,' said Apple chief executive Tim Cook. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were sold out on 19 September at many locations. Online orders will take several weeks. In 2013, Apple sold more than 9 million of its iPhone models 5s and 5c in their first weekend of sales.  EPA/VINCENT JANNINK

Just hours after Apple launched iOS 8.0.1, the company was forced to recall the software upgrade. The glitch appears to affect only the newest iPhones - not iPhone 5C or 5S models.

'Digital twins' will make decisions for us - and even console loved ones after we die by 2020, futurist claims

The claims were made by futurist John Smart who believes we will have 'digital twins' within the next five years. Apps already exist that offer similar tools including Siri and Google Now.

The science of stunt doubles: Researchers reveal why we never spot a stand in on the big screen

HEROES -- "Company Man" Episode 17 -- Aired 2/26/07 --Pictured: (center) Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennet with her stunt doubles -- Photo by: Dave Bjerke/NBCU Photo Bank

California researchers say the phenomenon is actually a survival mechanism - giving us a sense of stability.

Is your iPhone 6 Plus TOO big? There's an app(endage) for that! Thumb extender helps you reach the whole screen with one hand

Tokyo-based Thanko Inc has released a thumb extender for smartphones (shown). Called the Yubi Nobiiru the hollow silicone device helps you reach the entire screen with one hand.

Could UV light eradicate peanut allergies?Pulses eliminate 80% of allergens without ruining flavour or texture

A University of Florida scientist has used pulses of UV light to remove 80 per cent of allergens from peanuts (stock image shown), and it could one day be used to remove 99 per cent of allergens.

Man in vegetative state for 16 YEARS reacts to Hitchcock film: Brain scans show patient can follow plot and react with excitement

The 34-year-old Canadian's brain patterns resembled that of healthy participants while watching 'Bang! You're Dead', according to scientists at the University of Western Ontario.

The tests that show if you've got a male or female brain: The answer may surprise you - and explain your personality 

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According to popular mythology, men tend to be more obsessed by things such as cars and obscure facts. Women, on the other hand, are said to be better at empathy and understanding.

Earth's magnetic field could FLIP within a human lifetime: Change could bring down electricity grids and lead to an increase in cancer cases, warn scientists

The magnetic field and electric currents in and around Earth generate complex forces that have immeasurable impact on every day life. The field can be thought of as a huge bubble, protecting us from cosmic radiation and charged particles that bombard Earth in solar winds.

The move, which would mean all compasses pointed south instead of north, was thought to take thousands of years. Now California researchers say it can happen in just 100.

The death of the first star in the Universe: Incredible image could shed new light on how solar systems formed

Certain primordial stars?those between 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses?may have died unusually. In death, these objects?among the Universe?s first-generation of stars?would have exploded as supernovae and burned completely, leaving no remnant black hole behind.

Astrophysicists at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and the University of Minnesota came to this conclusion after running a number of supercomputer simulations at the Department of Energy?s (DOE's) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and Minnesota Supercomputing Institute at the University of Minnesota. They relied extensively on CASTRO, a compressible astrophysics code developed at DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory?s (Berkeley Lab?s) Computational Research Division (CRD). Their findings were recently published in Astrophysical Journal (ApJ).

First-generation stars are especially interesting because they produced the first heavy elements, or chemic

California researchers say the death throes are unique as they spew out chemical elements into space that eventually form the Universe as we know it.

Apple's iOS 8 is so secure, even the police can't get hold of your personal details: Tim Cook outlines firm's latest privacy plans

The California-based firm's chief executive said Apple has changed the way encryption works in iOS 8 (pictured) and as a result the company can no longer bypass a user's passcode.

Google's latest wheeze... the flying wind turbine: Internet giant plans machines that would fly in the air like kites

Google is developing turbines which would be tethered 300 metres above ground and would have wings to help them stay air bound. Kites have potential to generate 50 per cent more energy.

Now that's a selfie! Rosetta sends back stunning image of itself with comet it will land on in the background

Using the CIVA camera on Rosetta?s Philae lander, the spacecraft have snapped a ?selfie? at comet 67P/Churyumov?Gerasimenko from a distance of about 16 km from the surface of the comet. The image was taken on 7 October and captures the side of the Rosetta spacecraft and one of Rosetta?s 14 m-long solar wings, with the comet in the background.

Two images with different exposure times were combined to bring out the faint details in this very high contrast situation. The comet's active ?neck? region is clearly visible, with streams of dust and gas extending away from the surface.

The Rosetta spacecraft send back this breathtaking image of itself as it orbited comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 297 million miles (478 million km) from Earth.

Are spiders getting bigger? Warm summer has caused arachnids to grow larger, say experts

Experts say large house spiders (shown) will head into UK homes. Professor Hart of the University of Gloucestershire said the mild summer meant more prey was available than usual.

'Life could exist on Mars': Analysis of 1.3 billion-year-old meteorite suggests that the red planet is STILL habitable

UK and Greece researchers have re-examined a meteorite that has an egg-shaped structure (shown), which resembles a 'fossilised biological cell' on our planet.

Will we be using nuclear fusion power by 2025? Lockheed Martin announces major breakthrough 'that could solve world's energy crisis'

Nuclear fusion has been described as the 'holy grail' of energy. The Maryland-based company said it would test a compact fusion reactor in less than a year, and build a prototype in five years.

Ebola could hit 15 countries across Africa: Study of how disease has spread in past finds 22million people may be at risk of infection

In a world first, Oxford scientists have created a new map of places most at risk of an Ebola outbreak. They warn regions likely to be home to animals harbouring the virus are more widespread than previously feared, particularly in West Africa

In a world first, Oxford scientists have created a new map of places most at risk of an Ebola outbreak. They warn regions likely to be home to animals harbouring the virus are more widespread than previously feared, particularly in West Africa.

Clouds as you've never seen them before: Incredible pictures taken by astronaut on International Space Station show different cloud formations from above

Alexander Gerst really has his head above the clouds. The German astronaut is currently aboard the International Space Station where he uses his down time to take stunning pictures.

Could we soon have Wolverine-style healing powers? Tiny implants could monitor organs for illness and injury - and fix them automatically

The ElectRx project (concept illustrated) is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. It involves implanting devices into bodies that use impulses to monitor organs.

Rosetta maps comet's 'continents': From sheer cliffs to deep craters, colourful graphic reveals different terrains of 67P

Several different surface regions are shown in this map, which is oriented with the comet's 'body' in the foreground and the 'head' in the background. The map is expected to help researchers pick a suitable place to drop a lander in November - the first time a landing on a comet has ever been attempted

The map, showing 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's stunning landscape, was created by mission scientists in Darmstadt following data sent back from the Rosetta.

Talk with your NOSE: 16-year-old invents gadget that translates breaths into Morse code to help disabled people communicate

Indian Arsh Shah Dilbaghi has unveiled a device that converts nose breaths into speech (shown). The innovative project is an entry in Google's 2014 Science Fair.

Colouring in history: Digital artists 'paint' black and white photographs to bring people and places of the past back to life

There is something about black and white photography that can instantly transport you back in time. Their subjects often appear shrouded in mystery, with grey shading making them appear part of a shadowy world very different to the one we live in today. Now artists have begun drawing the dark veil back from these figures, to bring them out of the murky past and into vivid reality. Pictured is 'The March on Washington' that took place on 28 August 1963 in Washington D.C. as part of civil rights movement. Here Martin Luther King gave his famous 'I have a Dream' speech. These latest images have been put together by artists working with Italy-based printing firm, Pixartprinting, using basic Photoshop software alongside extensive research on the colour of historic objects.

The end of Facebook oversharing? Rumoured Moments app could make it easier for people to share posts privately

The California-based firm is reportedly testing the app among employees. It is unknown if the app will be released more widely. It is a alternative to the audience selector used on the main site (pictured).

Is farming GOOD for the environment? Replacing forest with cropland reduces greenhouse gases, study claims

Yale University in New Haven says deforestation over the last 150 years has reduced emissions of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs), which can warm the climate.

Do tiny diamonds prove that the 'Big Freeze' was caused by a cosmic impact? Nanocrystals hint that asteroid hit Earth 12,800 years ago

A study by the University of Chicago says a cosmic impact (illustrated) is the best explanation for the 'Big Freeze'. Evidence comes from nanodiamonds scattered across 11 countries.

Teenagers who smoke cannabis daily are 60% less likely to finish school and are more likely to commit suicide, experts warn

The study, led by the University of New South Wales, Australia, also found that regular teen cannabis users (stock image) are eight times much more likely to use other drugs.

Death, Stone Age-style: Replica Neolithic tomb with space for 2,400 opens for business this weekend

Farmer Tim Daw is preparing to open his Neolithic-style tomb (interior shown). The chamber is located near the Wiltshire town of All Cannings.

Antarctic sea ice is INCREASING: Big freeze breaks records - but scientists claim the rise is caused by global warming

Satellite images show 7.7 million square miles (20 million square kilometres) of sea around the continent, according to Dr Guy Williams, a sea ice specialist at University of Tasmania.

Could Stoke be heated by an underground VOLCANO? 350 million-year-old 'hot water bottle' set to keep the city's homes warm

Houses in Stoke-on-Trent could be heated by geothermal energy by 2019. This would be done by a £52m geothermal district heating network (DHN). A comparable system in Paris is shown.

Microsoft confirms it has bought popular game Minecraft in a deal worth $2.5 billion

The announcement was made on Microsoft's Xbox blog, and reports claim the software giant paid $2.5 billion (£1.5 billion) for Persson's firm Mojang, which includes rights to the game (still pictured).

The discovery of a terrifying sea monster? No, this writhing mass of tentacles caught off the Singapore coast is just a bizarre relative of the starfish

The Basket star (Gorgonocephalus caputmedusae) was caught off the coast of Singapore and continues to wave its arms out of water in the video shot by businessman and fisherman Jr Saim. The creature can live around 6,564 ft (2 km) below the waves, but typically favours life between 50 ft (15 metres) and 500 feet (152 metres) below sea level. It has five arms radiating from a central disk, like other members of the echinoderm phylum, which includes starfish, sea urchins and brittle stars. But they differ from starfish, for example, because each arm branches out into countless flexible others, which can be used by the creature to create a tangled mesh designed to ensnare plankton and even small crustaceans.

Climate change could lead to raging infernos throughout Europe: Scientists predict 200% rise in forest fires by 2090

Preventive fires, which remove dead wood, could keep that increase to below 50 per cent, according to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis near Vienna, Austria.

Does the new iPhone 6 BEND in your pocket? Angry users post photos of phones warped just a few days after buying them

Owners of the new iPhone 6 Plus (pictured) have been surprised with an unintended extra feature dubbed 'bend gate'. It is believed the thinner model and the use of aluminium metal in its design causes the phone to deform.

Facebook's internet-providing drones will be as large as JUMBO JETS - and could be in use by 2018

Facebook revealed the size of the drones (illustrated) at a summit in New York. The firm said it will begin testing them over an unspecified location as soon as next year.

Steve Jobs' office is exactly how he left it, reveals Tim Cook: Emotional Apple CEO says 'I literally think about him every day'

Steve Job's office on the fourth floor of Apple headquarters in Cupertino still has his name on the door, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Charlie Rose during a recent interview for PBS.

Should Pluto be a planet again? Panel votes to reinstate ninth world of the solar system in unofficial debate

In 2006, Pluto lost its status as a planet, but in a debate held last week at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Massachusetts most people voted for it to still be a planet (shown).

Don't bother talking to Fido, PET him: Dogs prefer physical contact to vocal praise, study claims

Research led by the University of Florida says dogs prefer petting (stock image shown). In the study they found dogs were more satisfied by physical contact.

How Apple made its iPhone 6 ion-strengthened screen: Expert reveals the chemical process used to create the display

A video from the American Chemical Society explains how the ion-strengthened glass on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (pictured) is stronger than regular glass, because it's placed into a hot potassium bath.

China, the 'internet attack' capital of the world: Almost HALF of hacks and viruses originate in country

Massachusetts-based Akamai says 43 per cent of internet attacks originate in China according to a representative study (results shown on infographic).

The hottest six months in history? April to September 2014 were the warmest since records began, Nasa claims

Washington DC-based Nasa says April to September (data shown) was the hottest middle period of a year on record. Their findings were backed up by the National Climatic Data Center. April, May, June and August were hotter than they have ever been. July, meanwhile, was the fourth warmest it has been since 1880. It is the hottest middle six months of a year since record began. The temperatures were based on global averages across land and sea. And it's likely that 2014 will rank as the hottest year on record.

Tesla unveils the D: Dual-motor Model S uses sensors to steer and brake - and the car can be 'summoned' remotely

At Hawthorne Airport, Los Angeles, Mr Musk said the 'D' stands for 'dual motor.' The car (pictured) has a top speed of 155mph (249 km/h), and accelerates to 60mph (96km/h) in 3.2 seconds.

Google CAMEL view: Wander the Arabian Desert and its fruitful oases using the tech giant's latest interactive map 

Viewers can see glimmers of green in the distance of the Liwa Desert (pictured) in the United Arab Emirates, which are often oases, but could also be a mirage.

Here comes the suns! Photographer travels through every time zone to capture 24 sunsets in ONE DAY

Brighton photographer Simon Roberts chased the sun around the plane to capture a picture of a sunset in all 24 time zones (one shot shown). He travelled in a plane around the North Pole.

Did this rat carry the PLAGUE? 'Mummified' rodent found during building renovations dates back to the Black Death

The rat (pictured) was discovered in the 1990s at 107 The Terrace, Penryn. It is now on display at the local museum. The rodent was originally found covered in black hair, which has since faded.

The 'bat signal' of the future: Free-floating laser images could be fired into the sky to alert people to disasters

The company behind the technology, Kawasaki City- based Burton, showed off rotating spirals, fluttering butterflies and the outline of an apple hovering a few metres over a van.

Round water bottles are so last year! Now there's a FLAT container that fits neatly into a bag - or even your back pocket

Two Australian designers are seeking funding for their flat water bottle. Called the Memobottle (shown) the container can be easily stored in a bag.

Make your OWN invisibility cloak! Experts reveal simple trick to cloak objects using simple glass lenses

Scientists at the University of Rochester in New York have shown off a method to make objects invisible (shown) using a system of lenses. Four lenses are aligned to make the cloaking device.

Is THIS the iPhone 6? Leaked photos appear to show a working phone complete 'with mobile payment system'

The images were posted on Chinese social media site Weibo. A Passbook icon (pictured) on the homepage has an extra tab, which adds weight to claims the device could be used for mobile payments.

Hungover? Then chow down on an IRAQI STEW: 1,000-year-old Middle Eastern recipe claims to be the 'ultimate hangover cure'

The recipe for Kishkiyya was found in a 10th century cookbook translated by Salem-based Iraqi scholar Nawal Nasrallah in 'Annals of the Caliphs' Kitchens.'

Did we inherit our spines from WORMS? Vertebrae probably evolved from muscular ancestors, claim scientists

The study, by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, claims the first vertebrate skeleton 'evolved from muscle', and its origins are older than first thought.

Return to Antikythera dive unearths new treasures: Ceramic jug and spears are among the latest finds from the shipwreck dubbed 'Titanic of the ancient world'

Ed O'Brien from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts has become the first person to dive the Exosuit in the deep water off Antikythera, Greece.

From reclining seats to aircraft-style radars: Mercedes takes the cover off its self-driving TRUCK set to hit the roads by 2025

The German firm has taken the cover off of its Future Truck 2025 prototype (pictured) to reveal more features, including how the truck's 'Highway Pilot' scans the road ahead. In addition to stereo cameras and radars that keep the truck on track, the vehicle also features reclining chairs and even a tablet remote control

The German firm has taken the cover off of its Future Truck 2025 prototype (pictured) to reveal more features, including how the truck's 'Highway Pilot' will scan the road ahead.

Forget using Google to find your way: The interactive map that lets you see your street as if it were on the DEATH STAR

A Washington designer has created and online map of the world designed to make Earth look like the Death star from the hit film Star Wars.

Is global warming causing COLDER winters? Melting ice is destabilising the polar vortex, study claims

Researchers from Korea and America used statistical analysis and computer models to find a link between ocean temperatures, melting ice and the weakening of the polar vortex (illustrated).

Can YOU guess what foods these are? Stunning microscopic images reveal the beauty hidden in drinks and snacks

EXCLUSIVE: Created by Switzerland-based Nestle, the series explores the hidden beauty in the food we consume, and attempts to convey the science behind making better products.

Bizarre Siberian craters 'may solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle': Experts claim underground gas explosions caused the deep holes to appear

Earlier this year mysterious craters appeared in Siberia (pictured). And now scientists claim an underground gas explosion was likely to blame.

The 'bat signal' of the future: Free-floating laser images could be fired into the sky to alert people to disasters

The company behind the technology, Kawasaki City- based Burton, showed off rotating spirals, fluttering butterflies and the outline of an apple hovering a few metres over a van.