Pluto's bizarre terrain revealed: Latest images show unexplained 'complex' shapes on the dwarf planet ahead of historic flyby

Pluto's latest images show unexplained 'complex' shapes on the dwarf planet

Scientists have spotted a 1,000-mile-long stretch of 'complex' terrain, alongside some unexplained polygonal features, in images taken from 3.3 million miles (5.4 million km) away. These features sit alongside an immense dark band known as the 'whale' alongside a heart-shaped lighter patch on the surface (inset). Researchers believe the 'heart' may be an icy regions of frozen nitrogen, methane and carbon monoxide.

Could planes be powered by lasers and nuclear explosions? Boeing patent reveals radical 'fusion' engine design

The aerospace firm claims a new-type of engine could produce energy-efficient thrust by firing lasers at radioactive material, such as deuterium and tritium.

Can YOU hear wind farms? Researchers prove human hearing is better than thought and 'turbine phenomenon' is real

The project, by the German National Metrology Institute, found humans hear sounds from around 8 hertz on - a whole octave lower than had previously been assumed.

The end of taxi drivers? Uber wants to buy all of Tesla's self-driving cars, rumours suggest

If California-based Uber embraced autonomous technology, it could out taxi drivers out of business altogether, many of whom already despise the app.

Philae phones home: Lander finally makes contact after two weeks of silence 

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The signals are a major boost to the team as they try to establish a secure
line of communication for their historic scientific experiments
on the surface of the comet.

Climate change deniers are conspiracy theorists and are damaging the public debate on global warming, study claims

Psychologists at the University of Bristol examined the language used on blogs written by climate change skeptics and warn it may be harming the debate on global warming.

Kevin Costner was right! Earth could become a Waterworld... but don't worry, it won't happen for another two billion years

Geologists at Bristol University found the continental crust we live on is getting thinner and could disappear completely. A scene from the film Waterworld is shown.

Nasa snaps the brighest flare ever seen (although it actually happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away)

Nasa snaps the brighest flare ever seen

Astronomers around the world have been able to analyse a  massive disturbance rocked a region near the monster black hole at the centre of galaxy 3C 279 that happened five billion years ago.

Facebook ISN'T launching a streaming service...but the site does want to add music videos to News Feeds

Under the plans, it is likely Facebook would share revenue with the record labels like YouTube does. The videos would be chosen by the labels and their performance would be monitored.

A massive El Nino is coming! Forecasters say 'strong' weather event could bring relief to drought-stricken California

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today said there is now a 90 per cent chance that El Niño will last through the winter and an 80 per cent chance it will last into spring.

Cannabis breakthrough as scientists manage to SEPARATE the drug's medicinal benefits from its hallucinogenic effects

Scientists at the University of East Anglia and the University Pompeu Fabra hope the breakthrough will pave the way for safe cannabis-based therapies that have no mind-altering side-effects.

Is your wonky chair making you worry about your LOVE LIFE? Unstable seats leave people feeling insecure about relationships

Psychologists from the universities of Pittsburgh and Waterloo found that experiencing physical instability affected judgements about the stability of one's relationships.

Rat super-brain brings cyborgs closer to reality: 'Brainet' lets rodents sync their thoughts to create a 'living computer' and solve problems collectively

In two separate studies, neuroscientists at Duke University in North Carolina networked the brains of monkeys and rats to make a living computer that can solve problems to complete tasks.

The fiendish emoji quiz taking over Twitter: Cryptic image shows London's tube stations depicted as icons...but can YOU identify number 12?

The emoji quiz taking over Twitter...but can YOU identify number 12?

The origin of the picture quiz on Reddit and Twitter is unknown but it shows 13 groups of emoji designed to represent London tube stations. However, no-one can agree on which station clue number 12 (pictured) refers to, with theories ranging from Canary Wharf, to Mornington Crescent or the fact it is a trick question.


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Forget the megayacht, designer reveals 'floating villa' with an underwater bedroom that can be moored anywhere in the world (as long as the water is calm)

Forget the megayacht, buy a 'floating villa' with underwater bedroom

The firm hopes millionaires and hotels will use the 'SeaScape' which even has an underwater bedroom built in (inset). The system is also easy to transport. Pre-fabricated parts can readily fit into standard shipping containers and allow for simpler and more cost-effective construction.

Could German UFO files finally reveal whether aliens have visited Earth? Court forces government to release top secret documents

The German Supreme Administrative Court in Leipzig ordered the Bundestag to make the UFO files available, but no date has yet been confirmed for their release.

Have the oceans been HIDING the true scale of global warming? Nasa warns heat hasn't disappeared, it's just been buried in the sea

A layer of the Indian and Pacific oceans between 300 and 1,000ft below the surface has been accumulating more heat than previously recognised, a Nasa report claims.

Panda's aren't lazy - they've got an underactive thyroid ! Low nutrient bamboo diet leaves mammals feeling lethargic

Scientists from The Chinese Academy of Sciences and Aberdeen University calculated a giant panda uses just half half the amount of energy as a stationary human.

The secret of how to manage men: Scientists say setting male employees goals helps them perform better - but the same can't be said for women

Researchers at Leicester University say giving men specific targets motivates them, even when there is no financial reward. But that same can't be said for women.

The science of Magic Mike: Researchers reveal why male strippers take their clothes off (and say its NOT for the money)

A study by the University of Colorado Denver has found that male strippers continue to perform because it makes them feel desirable, rather than simply for the money.

Air force drops dummy nuclear bomb in Nevada in first controversial test to update cold war arsenal

WASHINGTON, D.C. ? The United States Air Force (USAF) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) completed the first development flight test of the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on July 1, 2015. 

?This test marks a major milestone for the B61-12 Life Extension Program, demonstrating end-to-end system performance under representative delivery conditions,?  said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Dr. Don Cook.  ?Achieving the first complete B61-12 flight test provides clear evidence of the nation's continued commitment to maintain the B61 and provides assurance to our allies.?

The flight test asset consisted of hardware designed by Sandia National and Los Alamos National Laboratories, manufactured by the National Security Enterprise Plants, and mated to the USAF tail-kit assembly, designed by The Boeing Company. This test is the first of three development flight tests for the B61-12 Life Extension Program (LEP), with two additional de

The B61-12 nuclear bomb, which did not have a warhead, was tested at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. The controversial tests are designed to extend the lifespan of the weapon.

Forget Street View, Nasa's new 'crater view' of Mars lets you journey around the red planet in high-resolution

Nasa's 'crater view' of Mars lets you journey around the planet

The zoomable map provides detailed views of landmarks such as Olympus Mons, the largest-known volcano in the solar system, measuring 15 miles (24 km) high. Pictured here is Shalbatana Vallis, a prominent outfloow channel. Across the map, gigantic rift valleys fracture the surface over vast distances. Studying these landforms reveals how Mars' environment has gone through tremendous changes over time, and understand how life might possibly have survived there to the present. The inset image shows the planet's South Pole.

Seas could rise 6 metres even IF governments curb global warming: Study says ocean changes have 'already begun'

A general view of the Paradise Bay in Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica.

Sea levels could rise by at least six metres (20 feet) in the long term, swamping coasts from Florida to Bangladesh even if governments achieve their goals for curbing global warming.

Why do so many whales die on British beaches? Bad weather, military sonar and toxic chemicals can all lead to stranding

Whales and dolphins can become stranded in great numbers, sometimes in hundreds or even thousands. Up to 600 are stranded on British shores each year and we still aren't sure why.

Have scientists found a cure for deafness? Gene therapy that restores hearing in mice could be used on humans in just five years

Scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne claim an injected virus could someday treat a hereditary form of human deafness.

Will a Briton be the first person on MARS? UK pledges to send humans into space for the first time and sets sights on red planet

The UK Space Agency has said it wants to take a giant leap into manned space missions with its first strategy for human spaceflight. It plans to send astronauts to the ISS and even to Mars.

Apple plans for record setting iPhone 6s launch by ordering 90 MILLION handsets

According to the Wall Street Journal , the tech giant has ordered between 85 million and 90 million units combined of two new iPhone models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays.

Finally, the end of the soggy sock! Water-resistant Five Water footwear finally ends the misery of squelchy walks in the rain

Detroit-based entrepreneur Jaspreet Singh came up with the Five Water Socks (pictured) after growing tired of having wet feet when he went out running.

How much of a caveman are YOU? Interactive tool reveals the amount of hunter-gatherer DNA in your family tree

The data comes from an ongoing study by the University of Adelaide that has found most European are a mix of three ancient populations; hunter-gatherers, Neolithic farmers and pastoralists.

Expert warns banks AREN'T prepared for cyber attacks just hours before the New York Stock Exchange halts trading (although it blames a software glitch)

Andreas Dombret from the German central bank today said cyber security is is not being taken seriously. Hours later, NYSE had to suspend trading due to a possible cyber attack.

Nasa selects four astronauts to fly first commercial space missions: Boeing and Space X test flights scheduled for 2017 could bring landing on Mars closer to reality

Nasa selects 4 astronauts to fly 1st commercial space missions

SpaceX and Boeing are aiming for test flights to the space station by 2017. It will be the first launch of astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida, since the space shuttles retired in 2011. The commercial crew astronauts are:
Sunita Williams, a two-time resident of the International Space Station (pictured top right) and right to left, bottom row: Eric Boe, part of shuttle Discovery's last crew, Air Force Col. Robert Behnken, until recently head of the astronaut office and Retired Marine Col. Douglas Hurley.

Beat that Tatooine! Solar system with FIVE stars discovered orbiting each other 250 light years from Earth

Astronomers at the Open University in Milton Keynes said the quintuple star system, shown in the artists impression pictured, is one of the most exotic ever found and may even have planets.

Chameleons use their bulbous eyes to switch from stereo to mono vision and catch prey with pinpoint precision

Researchers from the University of Haifa in Israel investigated the chameleon's unusual eyesight by baiting colour-changing lizards with computerised prey projected onto a wall.

Why are more people seeing UFOs? Report finds alien craft sightings DOUBLED in June

The Mutual UFO Network (Mufon) recorded sightings of 1,179 mysterious unexplained crafts in June - an increase from around 600 in the same period last year.

Bonobos give a glimpse back in time to Stone Age man: Apes seen making wooden spears, daggers and stone shovels like our human ancestors

Scientists at the Haifa University in Israel say bonobos skills to make and use tools resemble the technology used by early humans in the Oldowan stone tool culture.

The graphic that shows why BMI is useless: Scientists reveal how radically different body shapes can have the SAME readings

The graphic, by New York-based Body Labs, shows full-body scans of six people with the same BMI but different body shapes to highlight how BMI fails to take into account muscle and bone density.

'Wendiceratops' dinosaur reveals clues about how the triceratops got its horn: Fossils show the bizarre beast had a 'beak'

Discovered at a site in southern Alberta, Canada, Wendiceratops (illustrated) is one of the oldest known members of the large-bodied horned dinosaurs called Ceratopsidae.

'Don't take selfies with a gun or while standing in front of a lion': Russia issues guidelines for people after dozens die taking self-portraits this year alone 

Around 10 people have been killed and 100 injured in Russia this year while snapping dangerous selfies, from posing with a loaded gun or a hand grenade to climbing on to a railway bridge.

Brain scans can reveal if teens are likely to develop drink problems and have risky sex

Researchers say the test could help predict how people will act in response to stress - and could even lead to new ways to detect depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Watch Microsoft HoloLens 'unwrap' the human body: Video reveals how the augmented reality headset lets doctors get under a patient's skin

The video was released by Microsoft in partnership with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland. Medical students are using the augmented reality headset to learn more about human anatomy from looking at specific types of fractures to examining the intricacies of the heart and seeing the muscular and vascular systems in 3D (pictured).

Could vegetarianism save the world? A move away from meat would cut greenhouse emissions and boost biodiversity, study claims

Our insatiable appetite for everything from burgers to barbecued chicken (pictured) is having a serious effect on the environment, researchers from the UK and Germany claim.

Make love not war! Fighting speeds up aging... if you're a BADGER

Researchers from the University of Exeter who tracked the animals over 35 years found that male badgers who live near a lot of other male competitors led shorter lives.

Catching crimes the moment they happen: Small company capable of filming cities 24/7 could be the Big Brother future of American surveillance

A persistent surveillance system launches from Forward Operating Base Khilegay, Afghanistan, on Dec. 30, 2010.  The persistent surveillance system consists of an aerostat, also called a blimp, and mounted camera equipment capable of high-resolution imagery and high-quality video that provides instant situational awareness throughout the region.  DoD photo by Chief Petty Officer Matthew J. Thomas, U.S. Navy.  (Released)

Kestrel Persistent Surveillance Systems (PSS), A small private firm in the US, has developed a surveillance system that could potentially capture every crime the moment it happens.

Plankton are eating PLASTIC: Feasting on ocean litter could devastate marine ecosystems, scientists warn

Biologists at Plymouth Marine Laboratory have captured copepods ingesting flourescent plastic debris (pictured) on video and say it appears to interfere with the rate they feed on algae.

Tinder goes hands-free: Watch app uses heart monitor to reveal who sends your pulse racing

When a user looks at a Tinder profile using the Austin-built app, the watch's built-in monitor starts recording heart rate. If it increases, the profile is liked (pictured), or rejected if the rate drops.

Apple Watch is a FLOP: Sales of the gadget have fallen by 90% since April, report claims

Apple is now selling less than 20,000 watches a day in the U.S. since the Watch's opening week, according to a report by California-based Slice Intelligence.

The 'sin-free' social network: Facegloria monitored by morality police is launched by Brazilian Evangelical Christians

The social network for Brazilian Evangelicals has attracted 100,000 users in its first month and was set up as a morally superior alternative to Facebook.

Facebook gets feminist: Social network puts women at the forefront in its new Friends and Groups icons - but did YOU notice?

It is not known when the icon was updated, but the thought process behind the changes has been explained by Facebook's San Francisco-based design manager Caitlin Winner on Medium.

What do YOU see? Black and white video can fool your brain into viewing COLOR

Black and white video can fool your brain into viewing COLOUR

WARNING: Do not watch if you suffer from photosensitive epilepsy or are sensitive to flashing lights. The illusion is designed to show how colour is a construct of the mind. Dubbed 'Zebra Rainbow', it was created by California-based, Kenneth Morehouse. The visual artist combines the Fechner colour effect with common objects associated with one colour, such as a banana being recognised as yellow. To see if the illusion works for you, click on the article to view the video. Place the screen's luminosity to full brightness and make sure you watch the video in a dark room.

The air conditioner for your PHONE: Chevy adds 'cooling pocket' to its cars to help boost the battery life of handsets

The feature is called 'Active Phone Cooling' and it directs air from the car's air conditioning unit to a wireless charging vent. It will feature on Detroit-based car manufacturer's 2016 Impala and Malibu.

Experts warn Apple and Google's in car technology raises 'serious public safety questions'

Apple?s CarPlay.


Car firms and phone companies want bigger, more interactive dashboards - but experts say they could be too distracting for drivers.

Are electric cars damaging YOUR region? Maps reveal how EVs can be WORSE for the environment than gas-guzzling vehicles

U the east of the US, the impact of charging EVs does more harm to the environment than gas cars, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Are SHRUBS causing global warming? Arctic plant growth is changing how heat from the sun is reflected back into space

A team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Edinburgh found shrubs in the Arctic tundra, like the willow pictured, are spreading, disrupting how snow reflects heat from the sun.

Why we get crow's feet: Scientists reveal how wrinkles look deeper around the eyes

Researchers in Japan have found that differences in the number of oil-secreting glands in the skin explain why wrinkles are shallower in the forehead than in the outer eye area.

Have YOU got old before your time? Study finds dramatic differences in the way we age

A Happy senior old elderly lady receives a cup of tea from carer companion

Duke researchers analysed medical data from almost a thousand 38 year olds. While some appeared medically in their late 20s, some seemed almost 60.

Shark-CANO! Sharks are filmed swimming inside the crater of an active volcano 150ft underwater

Sharks filmed swimming inside active Kavachi volcano crater near Solomon Islands

The video was recorded by ocean engineer Brennan Phillips and a team of researchers in and around the active underwater volcano Kavachi (seen erupting in 2000), near the Solomon Islands. The team wanted to study hydrothermal activity in particular and learn more about the geology of such underwater craters. At depths of 147ft (45 metres), an underwater camera spotted a sixgill stingray (pictured top left), as well as two species of shark including the silky shark (pictured bottom left) and the scalloped hammerhead.

Google launches its own 'Uber': RideWith uses its Waze app to let commuters carpool with others


The new application, called RideWith, uses Waze's
navigation system to learn the routes drivers most frequently take to work and match them up with people looking for a ride in
the same direction.

Apple predicts the company's future in 1987: Video correctly forecasts Siri, but is over-optimistic about smart glasses

The company's top executives, including co-founder Steve Wozniak, made a humorous video in 1987 predicting meteoric growth rate and 'AppleVista' smart glasses (illustrated).

Ants can be spongers too! 'Lazy' insects found in colonies that spend half their time inactive while others work around them

Scientists at the University of Arizona found some workers are consistently idle, doing about half as much work as others in a colony. They marked ants with coloured spots (pictured) to track them.

Vikings? It was the CELTS that wore horned helmets: Exhibition reveals the history and stunning beauty of ancient Celtic culture

Celts: Art and Identity exhibition reveals history of ancient Celtic culture

The exhibition, called Celts: Art and Identity, will open at the British Museum in London in September and continue in Edinburgh in March 2016. It will be the first major British exhibition in 40 years to tell the story of the Celts through the stunning objects they made including a distinctive horned helmet (pictured left), beautiful brooches and mirrors (top middle and right) and an intricate bowl (bottom right).

Is 'GG1' the next version of Google Glass? Files show the firm is testing a device with the mystery moniker

Filed by Google last month, the papers reveal the it has successfully tested a mystery device, and rumours suggest its 'GG1' label stands for Google Glass (original headset pictured.)

Microsoft slams the phone down: Cuts 7,800 jobs in handset manufacturing and writes off $7.6bn in Nokia cull

A man is silhouetted against a video screen with as he poses with a Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, September 3, 2013. Two years after hitching its fate to Microsoft's Windows Phone software, a withered Nokia collapsed into the arms of the U.S. software giant, agreeing to sell its main handset business for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion). Nokia, which will continue as a maker of networking equipment and holder of patents, was once the world's dominant handset manufacturer but was long since overtaken by Apple and Samsung in the highly competitive market for more powerful smartphones. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Microsoft is cutting 7,800 jobs, or nearly 7 percent of its workforce, and write down about $7.6 billion related to its Nokia phone business to focus on being a software firm.

Is web security putting us in DANGER? Criminals and terrorists will communicate with impunity if encryption becomes too sophisticated, FBI warns

Director of the FBI James Comey (pictured) said anti-surveillance measures being deployed by Apple and Google will 'inexorably affect my ability to do that job' if they continue to expand.

Mystery of the colour-shifting seaweed solved: Irish moss changes hue because of plate-like structures - and the finding could lead to waterproof sunblock

Researchers at the Natural History Museum in London and the University of Cambridge have unraveled what causes the strange blue colours on the tips of the seaweed Irish moss (pictured).

Which Facebook friend has DELETED you? App reveals times and dates people removed you from their profile

The app was created by Exeter-based developer Anthony Kuske. It reveals which Facebook friends have deleted you, since the app was installed, as well as accounts that have been deactivated.

Could pigs, chickens and fish save thousands of lives? 'Psychic' animals are recruited to help Chinese scientists predict deadly earthquakes

Researchers in Nanjing city in east China have built seven new observation sites to examine animal behaviour, in the hope that any unusual activity will help them predict quakes.

Toddlers cared for by their families have stronger language skills...but those left in crèches are better with their hands

Researchers at Maynooth University showed language skills are the only area in which children who are cared for by their own extended family outperformed others by the age of three.

Elon Musk takes on killer robots: Entrepreneur spends $10 million on new projects to control artificial intelligence

The Tesla-founder has revealed he is funding 37 research projects to make sure humans can control future robotic systems. He has previously claimed AI could spell the end of humanity.

Anxiety is HEREDITARY: Brain scans reveal anxious parents are more likely to have nervous and depressed children

The study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison reveals how a brain circuit linked with anxiety, involving three specific brain areas, is inherited by studying 600 young rhesus monkeys.

The peculiar pattern found all over the universe: Nasa shots reveal striking 'surfer waves' surrounding Earth and Saturn

Nasa shots reveal Kelvin-Helmholtz 'surfer waves' surrounding Earth and Saturn

Nasa data has revealed these shapely patterns, called Kelvin-Helmholtz waves, are more common at the boundary of near-Earth space than previously thought . The pattern is created when a fast fluid, such as wind, moves past a slower one, such as water. In Earth's magnetic field (left), they are present around 20 per cent of the time. They can also be found on Saturn (top right) and in the clouds on Earth (bottom right).

Scientists publish first genetic map of the woolly mammoth and admit it is 'inevitable' one will be brought back to life

A group of woolly mammoths, the huge Ice Age mammals that lived and roamed the frigid tundra steppes of northern Asia, Europe and North America, are seen in this undated illustration provided courtesy of Giant Screen Films.   An exhaustive genetic analysis of these bygone Ice Age giants and their living cousins, Asian and African elephants, has revealed a series of genetic adaptations that enabled woolly mammoths to thrive for eons in such adverse circumstances. To match story SCIENCE-MAMMOTHS/     REUTERS/Courtesy of Giant Screen Films, copyright 2012 D3D Ice Age, LLC/Handout via Reuters

Differences with skin, hair, fat, insulin and temperature tolerance found in the first genetic comparison between mammoths and modern elephants.

Have you heard of the exclamation comma? The story of punctuation's forgotten mark

World, meet the exclamation comma -- the punctuation mark you didn?t know existed, but that you almost certainly need in your life.

The exclamation comma is, as its name suggests, a symbol that looks like an exclamation point, only with a comma instead of a period at its base. As the Grammarly blog noted this week, it?s used just like an exclamation mark ?to denote excitement, add flourish, and generally lend a statement a certain degree of emotion and emphasis,? but it?s to be placed within sentences rather than at the end of them.

The combination of an exclamation point and a comma was created in 1992, but never caught on and its American inventors let its patent lapse three years later.

The bizarre optical illusion which paints a brunette woman on a blank canvas simply by staring at someone's nose - but not everyone can see it

An optical illusion has surfaced online in which readers are instructed to stare at the white dot at the centre of a negative of a woman's face. After 15 seconds, look at the white space on the right.

Samsung sued over 'bloatware': Consumer watchdog calls for the firm to advertise how much storage is wasted with unwanted apps

Samsung, as well as fellow manufacturer Oppo, are being sued in China for loading apps onto phones that can't be uninstalled, dubbed 'bloatware'. The Galaxy Note 3 is pictured.

Watch a movie projected onto CLOUDS: Lasers fitted to a plane beam a galloping horse into the sky

Inspired by Eadweard Muybridge's Zoopraxiscope, designers used lasers to beam images onto a cloud (pictured). The research was presented at Leeds Museum at the weekend.

Why throwing a hissy fit can get you places: Crying during negotiations will more likely get the other person to cave in to your demands, study claims

Woman hugging man and crying --- Image by   Bernd Vogel/Corbis
Beauty, Couples, Dating, Greed, Jealousy, Suits, Women

Researchers from the Insead Business School found that acting sad was better than getting angry in order to get what you want, but they also admitted the tactic might wear a little thin if used too often.

Did volcanoes cause the rise of Islam? Huge eruptions brought famine and disease to Roman empire allowing Muslim civilisation to spread

Scientists at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno have reconstructed the timing and climate forcing of 300 individual volcanic eruptions extending as far back as the early Roman period.

Will the GG2 be bulkier than Google Glass? Enterprise Edition will have a larger prism, sources reveal

The Enterprise Edition (EE) will have a larger prism than the original Google Glass (pictured) and an Intel Atom processor, according to rumours.

Thought economy class couldn't get any worse? The horrifying hexagonal seating that means you FACE other passengers

Zoadiac Seats' hexagonal seating for planes means you FACE other passengers

Economy class may be cramped, but at least passengers can lose themselves in a book or a film if they're not feeling sociable. But those days may be numbered if a bizarre new seating design is adopted. A patent has just been filed by Zodiac Seats for a new 'Economy Class Cabin Hexagon' which consists of alternating forward and backward facing seats.A patent has just been filed by Zodiac Seats for a new 'Economy Class Cabin Hexagon' which consists of alternating forward and backward facing seats.

Facebook overhauls news feed so you can only see updates from your REAL friends (or ignore them more easily)

By Jacob Frantz, Product Manager

News Feed is a personalized stream of stories that you build from the people and Pages you?ve connected to on Facebook. The goal of News Feed is to show you the stories that matter most to you. To do this, we use ranking to order stories based on how interesting we believe they are to you: specifically, whom you tend to interact with, and what kinds of content you tend to like and comment on.

We?re always working to improve and personalize your News Feed experience. We know that ultimately you?re the only one who truly knows what is most meaningful to you and that is why we want to give you more ways to control what you see. Last year we announced some new ways to control what you see in News Feed. Today we are announcing even better tools for you to actively shape and improve the experience. We?ve redesigned and expanded Facebook?s News Feed Preferences to give you more control.


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The new feature allows users to choose the friends and pages they want to see at the top of the news feed first each time you log on.

Pluto's icy moon comes into focus: New Horizons reveals half of Charon may be frozen water and its surface is studded with impact craters 

Scientists at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, say white spots on Charon's grey surface (pictured) may reveal water ice makes up much of the moons interior.

Frenchman becomes the first person to cross the Channel in an electric-powered plane - just HOURS before aeronautics giant Airbus made its own much-heralded attempt 

French pilot Hugues Duval, pictured in front of his white plane, flew from the French port of Calais to the English shoreline and back last night in a flight heralded as a giant leap in aviation history.

Does watching this video of a barista make an iced latte give YOU a 'braingasm'? Latest 'supersensory'  hit video revealed


Known as Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, some claim the video's soundtrack, which is full or rustles and crunches, gives them pleasure.

Quantum of silence: New material could produce super-sound proofing that allows noise to pass in only one direction

Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich say their material (pictured) could be used to produce new super-silent rooms for testing materials or even focus sound like a lens.

Is your medication affecting your MORALS? Antidepressants make people behave selflessly, while Parkinson's drugs make you selfish, study claims

Researchers at University College London found that citalopram-takers were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to others than those given placebo drugs in an experiment.

That really IS a buzzkill: Global warming shrinks range of pollinating bumblebees

Global warming is shrinking the terrain where bumblebees live in North America and Europe, researchers have found.

The ultimate family car designed around a BABY SEAT: Volvo concept includes a luxurious child chair that swivels and tilts

Called the Excellence Child Seat, the Sweden firm's concept replaces the passenger seat (pictured) with an adjustable baby seat that rises, falls, swivels and tilts at the touch of a button.

Apple feeling the burn: Watch wearers take to Twitter to share photos of rashes 'caused by the device'

A handful of Twitter users have shared pictures of rashes and 'burns' they say are caused by Apple's Watch.

Childhood stress can make women FAT: Impact of divorce and deaths can fuel weight gain years later, claims study

Childhood may be a critical period for creating patterns that have a long-term impact on women's weight over time, according to a study by Michigan State University.

Do these images look like alien ships? Bizarre theory claims US Navy photos taken in the 1970s show ET hunting for oil

The black and white images are believed to have been taken from the USS Trepang SSN 674 submarine as it travelled between Iceland and Norway's Jan Mayen Island.

NASA's breathtaking new picture of the sun makes it look like a giant marble

epa04837534 A NASA handout made available on 08 July 2015 shows flaring, active regions of the sun highlighted in this new image combining observations from several telescopes. High-energy X-rays from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) are shown in blue; low-energy X-rays from Japan's Hinode spacecraft are green; and extreme ultraviolet light from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is yellow and red. All three telescopes captured their solar images around the same time on 29 April 2015. The NuSTAR image is a mosaic made from combining smaller images.  EPA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC/JAXA HANDOUT   EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

This image, presented today at the Royal Astronomical Society's National astronomy meeting in Llandudno, Wales, was taken by NASA's NuSTAR telescope.

The drone gets its sea legs: £120 hydrofoil-quadcopter seamlessly films from the air and on water - but it only reaches a top speed of 11mph

The Hydrofoil minidrones (Orak pictured), from French firm Parrot, sail at 10km/h (6mph or 5.4 knots) on water before taking off and flying at 11mph (18km/h).

Rise of the SUPER SOLDIER: Liquid armour, indestructible exoskeletons and weapons that never miss revealed as the future of warfare

Super Soldiers: How Tech Is Transforming The Future Of Warfare is in the latest issue of How It Works Magazine on sale now. A stock image of a soldier is pictured.

Could Martian GEMS contain fossilised aliens? Scientists say opal may hold the key to proving life existed on the red planet

A University of Glasgow team has identified traces of the gem known on Earth as 'fire opal' (pictured) within a Martian meteorite. The find could help future missions decide where to look for evidence of life.

Apple makes ANOTHER U-turn: Firm reveals it is working to have Home Sharing on iOS 9 after feature vanished during recent update

Home Sharing lets people share music over a Wi-Fi network, but it vanished during the iOS 8.4 update. Apple's Eddy Cue has now said the firm is working on solving the problem (pictured).

Nasa want to turn the moon into a lunar science lab: Fleet of robots could terraform the football pitch-sized Shackleton Crater 

Shackleton Crater on the moon's South Pole could be turned into 'an oasis of warm sunlight surrounded by a desert of freezing cold darkness' according to the Nasa.

Desperate to date a celebrity? Tinder launches verified profiles for users

Tinder introduces verified accounts

Lindsey Lohan, Katy Perry and Josh Groban have all admitted to using the service, and will now be able to have a blue tick next to their name.

Putting WOMAN on the moon: Russia to send six female scientists on mock-up voyage to the lunar surface to see how their minds and bodies react

A total of six women will be chosen to make the eight-day 'voyage' locked in a cramped fake spacecraft for the time it takes to fly to the moon, orbit once, and return.

Take a peek inside the iPhone 6S: Leaked image reveals clues about the inner workings of Apple's next-generation device

The leaked image was analysed by experts at fan site 9to5Mac and tech firm Chipworks. They claim the new NFC processor, used to make contactless Apple Pay payments, will add a secure element.

Teaching young criminals to recognise other people's emotions can cut serious crime, study claims

Cardiff University psychologists recorded a 44 per cent drop in the severity of crimes committed by persistent reoffenders after they took an emotional awareness course.

Quadriplegic former Indy Racing driver takes to the wheel again: Modified Corvette enables him to steer using his head and brake by 'sipping' on a straw

Sam Schmidt, who was paralysed from the neck in 2000, used the car to navigate the famous twists and turns of Long Beach Grand Prix road course track at 80 mph (129km/h).

Apple Pay set for UK launch on 14 July: Leaked memos suggest contactless payment service will go live next week

The leaked memos were spotted by fan site 9to5Mac. One is said to be an internal memo sent to Apple staff, while the other is taken from a handout produced by Berkshire-based retailer Waitrose.

Forget fields, farms could soon be UNDERWATER: Nemo's Garden project is growing strawberries, beans, lettuce and herbs in submarine pods

The farm, named Nemo's Garden, has been installed in the Bay of Noli, in Savona, Italy. The plants are kept hydrated by drips of water condensing on the inner walls of the biospheres.

Will cities of the future FLOAT? $167 million project using concrete platforms could be home to 300 people by 2020

A group of biologists, nautical engineers and biologists, backed by Paypal founder Peter Thiel plans on building a floating city, or 'seastead' by 2020, but the location has yet to be decided.

Hi-tech 'dog translator' harness lets owners communicate with canine companions

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a suite of technologies that can be used to enhance communication between dogs and humans, which has applications in everything from search and rescue to service dogs to training our pets.

?We?ve developed a platform for computer-mediated communication between humans and dogs that opens the door to new avenues for interpreting dogs? behavioral signals and sending them clear and unambiguous cues in return,? says Dr. David Roberts, an assistant professor of computer science at NC State and co-lead author of a paper on the work. ?We have a fully functional prototype, but we?ll be refining the design as we explore more and more applications for the platform.?

The platform itself is a harness that fits comfortably onto the dog, and which is equipped with a variety of technologies.

?There are two types of communication technologies,? says Dr. Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State

The sensor-packed harness can sense the animal's movement, and the sounds it makes, letting the owner know how they feel.

Capuchin monkeys use sticks to pick their NOSE: Primate captured on video using a tool to groom herself

Primatologists at the University of Oxford were surprised to see a wild female bearded capuchin monkey using sticks and grass to pick her nose until she sneezed and then put the stick in her mouth.

Would YOU share your home with Buddy? Housekeeper robot that even plays hide and seek with the kids to launch in 2016

A family companion robot named Buddy, which can structure you day, monitor your home security and even play hide and seek with your kids, could be all yours by 2016.

Abu Dhabi's new 245mph 'robocop car' costs $3.4m and has cameras that can recognise drivers faces during high speed chases

Law enforcement in the United Arab Emirates has been making headlines of late, assembling some of the fastest cars available for their police motor pools. But while Dubai may have garnered the lion's share of attention to date with its pursuit-vehicle acquisitions, the police in neighboring Abu Dhabi have made a notable acquisition of their own ? and a fitting one, we might add ? in the Lykan HyperSport.

Created by W Motors (which relocated from Lebanon to the Emirates shortly after launching), the Lykan HyperSport is touted as the first Middle Eastern supercar, and featured prominently in Fast & Furious 7. With a 3.7-liter twin-turbo flat-six delivering 740 horsepower, it's claimed to reach 62 miles per hour in a scant 2.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 245 mph. It also carries an astronomic price tag of $3.4 million that could only be afforded by the richest oil barons in the fiefdoms of the Persian Gulf ? and, apparently, by their public officials.

The Lykan Hypersport has been fitted with special cameras allowing it to read numberplates and even scan the faces of drivers at high speed.

'Bigger than Black Friday': Online retailer Amazon launches its new Prime Day next week offering thousands of shopping bargains... but only to its £59-a-year subscribers 

Thousands of goods will be offered at slashed prices on Prime Day on July 15, but only shoppers who have subscribed to the website's £59-a-year service will be offered the bargains.

'Giant Pac-Man' set to gobble up space junk: Kamikaze satellite will catch debris in a net and destroy it in the atmosphere

Scientists from France and Switzerland have decided to give the CleanSpace One satellite (illustrated) a cone-shaped net to increase its chances of catching a small defunct satellite called SwissCube.

Could playing TETRIS banish bad memories? Retro Nintendo game 'reduces the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder'

Researchers from the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge studied 52 traumatised people who had played Tetris, and those who hadn't.

Is this why grey squirrels are so common? Hidden hazelnut puzzle reveals intelligence and adaptability of crafty rodents

Five squirrels surprised University of Exeter researchers with the speed at which they solved a puzzle involving hidden hazelnuts.

Saab unveils superstealth 'ghost submarine' that is virtually invisible to enemies and even allows divers to silently enter and exit to defend against Russia

New Generation Submarine A26..Artist Impression

The A26 sub is 207 feet long, and features a 'ghost mode' to make it virtually undetectable when underwater. A special pod allows divers to enter and exit while it is underwater.

Did our ancestors start cooking to make carrion safe to eat? Early humans may have used fire to avoid food poisoning

Anthropologists at Harvard University in Massachusetts found roasting meat on hot coals as early humans were suspected to have done can kill off most dangerous bacteria.

Want to lose weight? Tuck into brains, tongue and kimchi: Researchers find adventurous eaters weigh less and are healthier

A woman eating hamburger in a cafe.

The U.S. research found those who had eaten the widest variety of uncommon foods - including seitan, beef tongue, Kimchi, rabbit, and polenta, weighed less and were healthier.

Is this James Bond's next car? Aston Martin reveals $2.3m hi-tech 'Vulcan' hypercar so powerful you'll need to go on a special driving course to learn how to control it

Peek Inside Aston Martin?s Totally Bonkers, $2.3M Hypercar

IF YOU?RE LOOKING to buy a limited-edition, track-only hypercar, it?s probably best if you really, really like looking at carbon fiber.

That?s because the ultra-light, stronger than steel material is currently the best way to build uberfast, uberexpensive vehicles. And, unlike more consumer-focused rides such as the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari (which are also made almost entirely of carbon fiber), track-dedicated cars like the new Aston Martin Vulcan don?t include needlessly heavy, coddling things like leather interiors and paint. And radios. And air conditioning.

Because for these cars, which aren?t street legal, automakers strip out everything not directly contributing to going fast. And then they charge you extra.

Earlier this year, Aston Martin announced its $2.3 million Vulcan. It?s a track-only car so bonkers that it recommends buyers get trained up on lesser Astons like the 565-horsepower V12 Vantage S. It?s a

Aston Martin showed off its track only 'hypercar' at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Just 24 of the 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcans will be made.

This IS a Chupacabra, says Texas man with a biology degree who claims his dogs killed the mythical beast

A Texas man named Philip Oliveira claims to have found a legendary chupacabra on May 31 but experts say it's merely just a coyote with mange.

Can YOU see the 'third property' of light? Scientists reveal human supersense that can be switched on with training

You can test your 'superpowers' if you look at a blank white portion of an LCD screen on a computer, tablet or phone, and tilt your head side to side, according to Bristol University.

Our cosmic junkyard: Stuff in Space tracks thousands of satellites, spent rockets and debris as they orbit the Earth in real time

Computer engineering student James Yoder, from the University of Texas in Austin, has created a web tool that allows users to track all the known pieces of space debris in orbit around our planet.

Does Rosetta's comet harbour ALIEN LIFE? Distinctive features on 67P may have been created by microscopic organisms

Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe and Dr Max Wallis, of Cardiff University, believe 67P (pictured) and similar comets could provide homes for living microbes similar to those on earth.

Early humans had a taste for ELEPHANTS: Palaeolithic hunters may have preferred the flavour of baby mammals

Archaeologists at Tel Aviv University studied the remains of elephants at early human sites around the world and found they tended to belong to juveniles, perhaps hunted for their 'sweet' meat.

Plasma loops, star trails and dusty comets: Judges reveal shortlist for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest

The winner of the contest will see their work showcased at London's Royal Observatory Greenwich and receive a top prize of £2,500 ($3,870).

Pentagon say reason most expensive fighter jet ever the F35 lost a dogfight with an F16 from 40 years ago was because it did not have a special coat of stealth paint

The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have leapt to the defence of the expensive F-35 stealth jet after it was embarrassingly outperformed by a 40-year-old F-16 jet in a dogfight.

Is the universe EMPTIER than we thought? Simulations suggest there could be 100 times fewer galaxies than predicted

The simulations were led by Michigan State University. They showed that the distant universe could have ten to 100 times less galaxies than thought (Hubble image shown).

Forget the 'man in the moon', Pluto has a WHALE: Map of dwarf planet reveals odd shape on surface and a mysterious 'donut'

Nasa scientists in Colorado have produced the best map yet of Pluto's surface from images sent back by the New Horizons space probe and have nicknamed one long dark patch as 'The Whale'.

Riddle of the medieval 'mummy' discovered in Siberia: Child from unknown Arctic civilisation found wrapped in birch bark

Archaeologists found the body of a child or teenager from the 12th or 13th Century AD at a medieval necropolis near Salekhard in Russia 18 miles from the Arctic Circle.

2,000-year-old bobcat was buried like a HUMAN: 'Collar' suggests kitten may have been a Native American pet

The cat was laid to rest wearing a necklace, or collar made from bear teeth and seashells (pictured) in a mound intended for people, suggesting it was a pet.

Researchers discover hermaphrodite worm that uses 'needle-like penis' to shoot sperm into its own HEAD if it can't find a mate


The microscopic, water-dwelling flatworm has evolved the unconventional method of self-impregnation in order to procreate 'under conditions of low mate availability,' researchers say.

Now that's WRAP music! Inventor creates a playable 'vinyl' record using a TORTILLA (but can it play salsa?)

The tortilla record (pictured) was created by Instructables user UpgradeTech. He used a laser cutter on loan from Fab Lab in San Diego to cut grooves from audio of The Mexican Hat Dance.