The prosthetic arm built with LEGO: Designer creates artificial limb that allows kids to make their own attachments 

The prosthetic arm built with LEGO: Designer creates artificial limb that allows kids to

Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar, of Umeå University in Sweden, has designed a prosthetic arm that is compatible with Lego to help improve the confidence of children living with artificial limbs. The idea is that children can change the gripping attachment with their own custom-built Lego designs. By making children view their prosthetic as one of their toys, it could help them overcome uncomfortable feelings when interacting with other children, Carlos said.

The science behind stinky feet: Video reveals the processes that cause a nasty stench, and how to stop it 

The video, by the American Chemical Society, explains how the bacteria that live on your skin and in your shoes eats your sweat, producing an acid by-product that reeks.

The exoplanets that hint at life billions of years older than Earth: Five new planets raises possibility of super-advanced civilisations

Five Earth-sized planets so ancient they were born not long after the dawn of time have raised the possibility we could find life on planets far older than we expected.

FTC is 'looking into' Apple's treatment of rival music streaming services as regulators mull official investigation


U.S. government antitrust regulators are looking into claims about whether Apple's treatment of rival streaming music apps is illegal under antitrust law, according to three industry sources.

The megapad is coming: Apple's iPad Pro with 12.9inch pressure sensitive screen set to launch in November

Craig Federighi, Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering speaks during an event introducing new iPads at Apple's headquarters on October 16, 2014 in Cupertino, California.  

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The iPad Pro is expected to launch in November, according to new claims from Digitimes - although it says Apple has placed a 'relatively low' order for the device with suppliers.

Not such a dwarf after all: New Horizons probe finds Pluto is bigger than predicted


Pluto, once considered the ninth and outermost planet of the solar system, is bigger than thought, with a diameter of about 1,473 miles (2,370 km), some 50 miles (80 km) wider than previous predictions.

The nine hidden objects headed for Pluto: Astronomer's ashes among mementoes onboard craft nearing icy world he discovered

FILE - In this 1931 file photo, Clyde Tombaugh poses with the telescope through which he discovered the Pluto at the Lowell Observatory on Observatory Hill in Flagstaff, Ariz. On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, carrying a small canister with his ashes, is scheduled to pass within 7,800 miles of Pluto which he discovered 85 years ago. (AP Photo)

Clyde Tombaugh is set to pass within 7,800 miles of Pluto which he discovered 85 years ago. The astronomer (pictured, with the telescope he used in) has an ounce of his ashes onboard New Horizons.

Pluto's craggy face reveals more secrets: New Horizons lays the distant world's cliffs and craters bare as it prepares for flyby

NASA's New Horizons reveals Pluto's cliffs and craters as it prepares for flyby

The Nasa spacecraft is sending back its last batch of data and images before its close encounter with Pluto. During the fly past the probe will fall silent for 22 hours, leaving scientists with a tense wait. Already features on the surface that look like cliffs and craters are becoming clearer (as shown in the image above), but scientists hope they will get an even clearer view when New Horizons makes its fly past at a distance of 7,750 miles in the early hours of Tuesday morning. They are also hoping to look at craters and chasms that have started to emerge on Pluto's largest moon Charon.

How MINECRAFT is teaching robots to do the laundry: Complex 'thought' processes needed for game help machines learn skills

The algorithm was developed at Brown University. It is designed to help robots better plan their actions in complex environments online and use these skills in the real world.

Global warming forcing planes to spend up to 11 minutes longer in the air battling strong winds

Researchers in Massachusetts found changes in wind speeds as a result of global warming can cause aircraft to burn more fuel, which in turn accelerates climate change.

Baby's first POOP can reveal if mother's drank alcohol during pregnancy - and if their child will suffer intelligence problems in later life because of it

Mother and baby indoors.


High levels of fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEE) found in the meconium (a newborn's first stool) from a mother's alcohol use during pregnancy can alert doctors that a child is at risk for problems.

Forget about 4k and even 8k TVs, Samsung is developing an 11k 'super-resolution' display... But will it be pixel overload?

The electronics giant is partnering with the South Korean government to produce the displays, which will boast 2250 pixels per inch, and will go on sale in 2018 according to reports.

Apple announces updates for its new operating system... including a tiny change to the keyboard that everyone has been waiting for

The update which is crucial for texting and emailing was revealed as part of the new iOS 9 operating system for iPads and iPhones, which will be available for users in the fall.

Could binge-eating FISH shed light on human obesity? Greedy animal shares gene mutation with fat people

Researchers from Harvard Medical School say the Mexican cave fish (pictured) is genetically wired to have a big appetite in the same way as obese humans.

The United States of Beer: Map reveals the most likely brew to be served in each state 

United States of Beer map reveals most likely brew to be served in each state

The state you live in could determine whether you like to sip on a Bud light or prefer a bottle of craft beer. This is according to a new map of America, which has revealed how certain local and national beers are much more likely to be served in some states than others. In New York, for instance, bars will most likely have Stella Artois on tap, whereas in Baltimore, Miller Lite appears to be the brew of choice.


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Radioactive WWII wreckage discovered off Californian coast: Aircraft carrier and its nuclear cargo are 'amazingly intact'

Radioactive WWII wreckage discovered off Californian coast

USS Independence was used in atomic weapon tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946 and it was scuttled in 1951, loaded with 55-gallon drums of radioactive waste. Researchers first spotted the wreckage and its cargo (shown) in April but now now a nuclear physicist has revealed how radioactive it still is, and how much a threat it poses.

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.

So that's why we get 'ear worms'! The shape and size of your brain could be why tunes get stuck in your head

For the study, led by Nicolas Farrugia from Goldsmiths University, 44 participants aged between 25 and 70 were asked to fill in an online survey.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Giant Llamas and flames found among 24 new images among Peru's Nazca Lines

24 new geoglyphs including giant Llamas and flames at Peru's Nazca Lines

Japanese archaeologists have discovered 24 new geoglyphs on the Nazca Plateau in Peru that were created two centuries earlier that the giant images that the region is famous for. The shapes are mostly geometrical, including a figure resembling a flame and other less recognizable representations, along with what appears to be a llama.

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.

What it's like to live with Pepper the 'emotional' robot: Humanoid gives compliments, offers advice and 'prattles on'

According to initial reviews in Japan, Pepper (pictured) is charming and considerate. The four-foot (1.2 metre) tall humanoid offers advice but will also 'prattle on and on' making small talk.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ancient MONSTER graveyard unearthed: Celts created hideous beasts using dead animal parts as offerings to the gods

Celts buried animal hybrids beneath their homes as offerings to the gods

Archaeologists have unearthed numerous hybrid animals dating back 2,000 years from the site dubbed Duropolis near Winterborne Kingston in Dorset, which were carefully created by the ancient people and buried in store pits beneath their houses. The 'monsters' include sheep with cows' heads (remains pictured left and mock-up on top right) and a cow with a horse's legs (pictured bottom right), which were probably made to placate the gods.

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 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.

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.

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.

Watch the Mona Lisa come to life: Interactive version of masterpiece sees her frown, turn her head, and even breathe

Mona Lisa comes to life in interactive version of Da Vinci masterpiece

A digital version of the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci can change facial expressions, alter her mouth shape and even cause her chest to rise and fall like she is breathing. The team of artists and computer scientists behind the Living Mona Lisa project say they have even given the painting her own personality. Motion sensors can detect if someone in the room is looking at the painting, allowing it to react by turning the Mona Lisa's head (shown in the image above), frowning or smiling at them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mystery of Siberia's 200ft-deep craters solved: Enormous holes were formed by methane eruptions triggered by melting permafrost

Gas eruptions behind Siberia's mysterious 200ft deep craters

Russian scientists have spent months studying the huge holes that have appeared, almost overnight in some cases, on the Yamal Peninsula in Russian Siberia. The researchers (shown on the edge of one of the largest craters on the left) have spent months studying the craters in an attempt to understand what is causing them. They found that years of warming have caused ice beneath the surface to melt, causing natural gas to accumulate in the underground pocket left by the ice. As temperatures have warmed, this has increased the pressure until the gas has burst from the ground to leave holes up to 60 metres deep, like the images on the right.

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.

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.

Riddle of the 2,000 gold spirals: Bronze Age 'springs' are unearthed in Denmark that may have been part of a priest king's costume

2,000 mysterious Bronze Age gold spirals are unearthed in Demark

Archaeologists from the National Museum of Denmark and Museum Vestsjælland uncovered the unusual gold spirals (pictured left) at Boeslunde in Denmark. The discovery has baffled archaeologists who have never seen anything like them before and are not sure what they would have been used for. They surmise that the fine gold spirals (shown top right and at the site, bottom right), date to the Bronze Age between 900 and 700BC. They may have been part of a priest king's costume.

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.

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.

Boing! Hopping robot can bounce SIX times its body height - and could one day help scout out disaster zones

A hopping robot (pictured) with a soft body that can bounce to safety has been developed by Harvard researchers. The prototype combines the speed of metal robots with the resilience of softer designs. Its body has been 3D printed with a gradient of rigidity, meaning it is hard on the inside but soft on the outside. The robot's jumping ability and soft body would come in handy in harsh and unpredictable environments or disaster situations, according to researchers, allowing it to survive large falls and other unexpected developments.

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.

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.

Solar Impulse 2 grounded in Hawaii: 'Irreversible' battery damage sustained during Pacific flight may mean the plane will miss the window for its Atlantic leg

Solar Impulse 2 grounded in Hawaii after suffering battery damage

The Solar Impulse 2 (pictured main) suffered 'irreversible' damage to its batteries during its five-day flight from Japan to Hawaii and parts now need to be repaired and replaced, which could take 'several weeks to work through.' It is the latest delay to the round-the-world trip and the hold-up may also cause the plane to miss its weather window for the next leg of its journey, throwing the mission's plans into disarray. The plane coming in to land in Hawaii at the start of July is pictured inset.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Is a mini ICE AGE on the way? Scientists warn the sun will 'go to sleep' in 2020 and could cause temperatures to plummet

Is a mini ICE AGE on the way? Scientists warn the sun will 'go to sleep' in 2020

The rare phenomenon will lead to a phenomenon known as the 'Maunder minimum' - which has previously been known as a mini ice age when it hit between 1646 and 1715, even causing London's River Thames to freeze over.

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.

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

Unlabeled version. Blazar 3C 279's historic gamma-ray flare can be seen in this image from the Large Area Telescope (LAT) on NASA's Fermi satellite. Gamma rays with energies from 100 million to 100 billion electron volts (eV) are shown; for comparison, visible light has energies between 2 and 3 eV. The image spans 150 degrees, is shown in a stereographic projection, and represents an exposure from June 11 at 00:28 UT to June 17 at 08:17 UT.
Credit: NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collaboration

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

Battle of the sexes in the workplace: Men feel threatened by female bosses and act more aggressively as a result, study claims

Even men who believe in gender equality feel their masculinity was under threat, the study by Bocconi University in Milan found.

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.

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.

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.

Apple's 'spaceship' readies for take off: Aerial footage reveals how the circular Campus 2 headquarters is taking shape

A Californian helicopter firm flew over the site of Apple's Campus 2 (pictured) last month and shot aerial views of the building and its 175-acre site as it prepares to open next year.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

The video (grab pictured) was recorded by ocean engineer Brennan Phillips and a team of researchers in and around the active underwater volcano Kavachi, near the Solomon Islands.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The exhibition, called Celts: Art and Identity, will begin in London in September and continue in Edinburgh in March 2016.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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, designer reveals ?floating villa? that can be moored anywhere with calm water
BMT Asia Pacific, the firm behind the Project Utopia floating island, has developed a new concept for a luxury floating villa envisioned for calm waters near the coast. Boasting an underwater bedroom that would literally let you sleep with the fishes, SeaScape can also be expanded with attachable pontoons to increase available floorspace.

The firm hopes millionaires and hotels will use the 'SeaScape' which even has an underwater bedroom built in.

The iPad really IS child's play: More than half of toddlers can use Apple's tablet when they are just ONE, researchers say

Father and son playing with digital tablet

Researchers found half of toddlers can use an iPad when they are just one, with 90 per cent mastering the gadget by their second birthday.

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).

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.