Stunning animation reveals 'shocking' similarity between this year's looming El Niño and monster weather system of 1997

Similarities between this year's El Niño and monster weather system of 1997

The video uses the latest data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to put the 2015 El Nino next to this year's. The current El Nino weather phenomenon is expected to peak between October and January and could turn into one of the strongest on record, experts from the World Meteorological Organization have warned.

Why you want to grow older in Switzerland...but not South Africa: Report ranks world governments according to how they're coping with ageing populations

To track how countries manage ageing populations, charity Age International has released its third annual Global AgeWatch Index which ranks countries in terms of quality of life and health.

Nasa to send Orion capsule around dark side of the moon on biggest rocket in history in key test for Mars mission

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Nasa has begun building the latest version of its Orion spaceship that will one day take man to Mars - and says it plans to blast it around the moon to test it out.

The 'missing link' was more ape than man: Shoulders shed new light on human evolution and our common ancestor

Chimpanzee at Dublin Zoo.  According to research from Stirling University, male chimpanzees lay on a jungle feast to help attract female mates.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.  Issue date: Tuesday September 11, 2007.   The study of wild chimps in West Africa found that males steal desirable fruits from local farms and orchards to try and entice members of the opposite sex.  See PA story: SCIENCE Chimps.  Photo credit should read: Cathal McNaughton/PA Archive

A new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco shows that important clues lie in the shoulder - and reveal our common ancestor looked a lot like a chimp or gorilla,.

Get ready for 5G: Verizon to begin trials next year of tech that could boost mobile downloads by TEN times

Pedestrians walk past a Verizon Wireless shop in a Washington file photo from Feb. 14, 2005. The AT&T-BellSouth deal, which would give AT&T Inc. complete control of Cingular Wireless, ups the pressure on Verizon Communications Inc., whose executives have indicated they would love to take complete control of their wireless joint venture.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

The announcement aims to accelerate the deployment of the new wireless system that could unleash innovation and new services such as driverless cars and remote surgery.

What it's like to be eaten by a VULTURE: Researchers reveal footage from inside a wilderbeast carcass left on the Serengeti 

Researchers reveal video from inside a wilderbeast carcass left on the Serengeti

National Geographic magazine placed a camera inside a wildebeest carcass on the Serengeti. Within seconds, nature took its course and vultures descended to rip apart the corpse. It comes amid increasing concern for the vulture. In some parts of the world, vulture populations have declined by up to 95 percent, mostly from habitat loss and poisoning by humans.

How you doing? Researchers find sperm whales speak to each other in local dialects

Researchers examined two clans of sperm whales, observed in the Pacific since the '80s. Despite living in the same neighbourhood, each clan of whales developed their own 'dialects', it was found.

Formula for the perfect pair of TIGHTS: Equation helps women choose what denier stockings to wear according to the weather

Dr James Hind of Nottingham Trent University came up with the equation to determine the most suitable fabric thickness depending on the weather conditions.

Hitching a ride through DEEP SPACE: Nasa's Comet Hitchhiker could tour the Kuiper Belt by 'jumping' from one asteroid to another

The concept (artist's impression pictured) was developed by Masahiro Ono at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena. A tether would replace the fuel used in current spacecrafts.

Forget the alarm clock, soon your BED will wake you up: Bedjet puts air conditioning inside a mattress to help you rise

The Bedjet is an ultra rapid cooling, heating and climate control system made for your bed. Its describes its alarm function as 'a natural bio-hack wake up time'.

Toyota's 'aerocar' will have WINGS hidden in the roof: Patent reveals plans for a flying vehicle resembling a multiplane

Toyota's 'aerocar' patent reveals will have WINGS hidden in the roof

The patent was filed by Kentucky-based car maker Toyota in March 2014. Called 'Stackable wing for an aerocar', the illustrations (pictured left) resemble a 19th century multiplane (pictured right) with four wings built into the roof. Each of these wings can be deployed individually and rotate to form a traditional wing shape. Other details in the filing are vague and the files don't reveal how the car would lift off, for example.

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Giving a mummy a face: Forensic techniques are used to reconstruct the bandaged head of ancient Egyptian priest

Forensic techniques are used to reconstruct the bandaged head of ancient Egyptian priest

The mummy, known as Kent is the oldest at the Egyptian Museum of Florence. Called Kent, he lived during the XVIII Dynasty and may have witnessed the reigns of Tutankhamen or Nefertiti. A CT scan of the mummy revealed that the man was around aged around 50 years when he died. Dr Matteo Borrini, forensic anthropologist and lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, applied forensic techniques on the remains to reconstruct the features of the mummy. Scanning allowed scientists to create an exact copy of the skull without disturbing the fragile bandages that hold the remains together.

Is man's long lifespan down to GRANNY? Grandmothers looking after youngsters enabled fertile women to give birth to more children

University of Utah anthropologist Professor Kristen Hawkes' new hypothesis suggests grandmothering was crucial to the development of pair bonds in humans.

Android porn app secretly takes your picture then demands a $500 RANSOM to unlock your phone

More Adult Themed Android Ransomware
During the course of our daily malware hunt, we came across a new mobile ransomware variant that leverages pornography to lure victims into downloading and installing it. We'd previously blogged about similar Android malware.

App Name: Adult Player
URL: hxxp://accanalasti247[.]topliberatone[.]pw/video_player.php?s=Zomhj9PlVZc=&name=Mp4TubePlayer_v5.562.apk&type=1&tpl=1&l=EN
MD5: 6ed2451d1300ff75e793744bb3563638
Package Name: content.mercenary.chiffon

Overview:
This ransomware acts as a porn app named "Adult Player" and lures victims who assume it is a pornographic video player. When the victim starts using it, the app silently takes a photo of the victim, which is then displayed on the ransomware screen, along with the ransom message. The app demands a ransom of 500 USD.

The Adult Player app lures users by offering free pornographic videos, but secretly takes pictures of users with the phone's front-facing camera then demands $500 to unlock their phone.

Generation mobile zombie: 1 in 10 look at their phone as soon as they wake up - and almost 50% check it at least 50 times a day

The figures come from the Deloitte Mobile Consumer report which surveyed 4,000 people in the UK. They show almost half of 18 to 24-year-olds check their smartphones within five minutes of waking.

Apple wants to make a REALLY smart phone: iPhone maker hires dozens of artificial intelligence experts in bid to take on Google

By Julia Love Sept 7 (Reuters) - Apple has ramped up its hiring of artificial intelligence experts, recruiting from PhD programs, posting dozens of job listi...

Apple's iPhone 7 could be its thinnest yet: Handset is expected to be just 6mm thick 

The claims were made by Thailand-based KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who predicts next year's iPhone model will be as thin as the 6.1mm iPod touch. The 6.9mm iPhone 6 is shown.

Woolly rhinoceros baby is three times older than thought: Autopsy reveals 18-month-old calf roamed Siberia 34,000 years ago

Woolly rhinoceros baby is three times older than thought: Autopsy reveals 18-month-old

Called Sasha, the well-preserved calf was discovered last year preserved in permafrost in the far north of Siberia in 2014. The key task of analysing the animal's DNA will be undertaken by specialists at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Albert Protopopov, Head of the Mammoth Fauna Department, of the Sakha Republic Academy of Science, said at the time of the rhino's discovery: 'The find is absolutely unique. 'We can count a number of adult woolly rhinos found around the world on fingers of one hand. A baby rhino was never found before. 'There was only one case in the 21st century when we found a frozen carcass of a grown up woolly rhino in Yakutia. It was in 2007 in Kolyma. 'In the 20th century there were carcasses of woolly mammoths found in Verkhoyansky and Vilyuisky districts, but they were mummified and therefore not usable for studies.'

Drunk man kicks 'humanoid' robot designed to read emotions in fit of rage in Japan

Humanoid robot 'Pepper', equipped with an emotion engine, 'speaks' during a press conference by Japan's mobile carrier SoftBank in Urayasu, suburban Tokyo, Japan. 
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Kiichi Ishikawa, 60, visited a tech store in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Sunday morning and lost his temper with a member of staff, but instead attacked a Pepper robot.

World's oldest fossilised turtle discovered: Enormous specimen is at least 25 million years older than previous record holder  

The almost completely preserved skeleton found in Columbia measures more than six and a half feet (two metres) long and is thought to be 120 million years old.

Think you're a good driver? Take this psychological test to find out if you're a 'punisher', an 'escapee' or a know-it-all

Psychologists at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and tyre manufacturer Goodyear created an interactive quiz to detail seven types of driving personality.

Surburban ponds are spawning more female frogs due to the chemicals washed into surrounding soil, scientists discover 

Researchers at Yale University in the US said female sex hormones from the contraceptive pill and HRT which wash up in the soil may be partly to blame for playing havoc with the creatures' hormones.

Did Stone Age man enjoy PORRIDGE? Oat traces on pestle grinder suggests grains were pulverised to make dish

Experts at Florence University said such a treatment may have been necessary during the Middle-Upper Paleolithic when the climate was colder.

WhatsApp hits 900 million users: Messaging app DOUBLES its downloads since being bought by Facebook last year

The milestone was announced by WhatsApp's co-founder Jan Koum on Facebook. The app has added an extra 100 million users since April this year.

Do YOU have a doppelgänger? Expert claims chances are high as 'there is only so much genetic diversity to go around'

Cornell University expert claims YOU may well have a doppelgänger

The claims were made by Michael Sheehan, assistant professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University. Speaking to LiveScience , he said: 'There is only so much genetic diversity to go around. If you shuffle that deck of cards so many times, at some point, you get the same hand dealt to you twice.'

Have scientists found a cure for seasickness? Gadget that applies mild electric current to the scalp 'could eradicate nausea'

Imperial College London scientists are developing a device that will plug into a mobile phone and deliver a short shock to the head via a set of electrodes. They hope it will be on sale within five years.

Need a battery boost? Asus and Samsung are the fastest charging handsets... while Apple's iPhone lags behind

In each test, Brooklyn-based Ms Cranz from tech site Tom's Guide ran down the power of seven handsets until the phones turned off automatically. Asus' Zenfone 2 (pictured) took the top spot.

How Prince George will look aged 60! App allows parents to predict their children's faces in later life... but would YOU want to know?

The software - which could become an app available to the public - can reveal what children will look like when they're older. It was developed by professor Hassan Ugail from Bradford University.

The first energy drinks in the US? American Indians drank 'frothy' chocolate drinks as stimulants in ceremonial rituals 1,250 years ago

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 Early Americans Indians enjoyed frothy chocolate drinks over 1,250 years ago, say scientists.
 
 Villagers in a swath of land stretching from southern Colorado to northern Chihuahua, Mexico, drank the chocolate beverage as early as 750 AD, a study shows.
 
 Six years since archaeologists discovered cacao residues in clay pots from Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, researchers have questioned when and where it began being exchanged between populations in the south west of the US and central America.
 
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 The drinks were then used in ceremonial rituals.

Villagers in a swath of land stretching from southern Colorado to northern Chihuahua, Mexico, drank the chocolate beverage as early as 750 AD, a new study shows.

The million-year-old monkey: Scientists date mysterious cat-sized fossil found in an underwater cave

The University of Melbourne worked with institutions around the world to date remains of a shin bone belonging to the Hispaniola monkey found in the Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic.

It tastes out of this world! Whisky which was fired into space has returned with improved flavour, say researchers 

The vial of unmatured malt was sent to the International Space Station in October 2011 and returned to Earth last year, with a remarkably different taste.

To save your marriage, UNFRIEND your partner on Facebook: Therapist warns that social media can be toxic to a relationship

New York-based therapist, Ian Kerner, claims that unfriending your significant other on social media can put the mystery and spark back into your relationship.

Smartphone firms are developing 'safe screens' which emit less of the blue light it is feared prevents people sleeping 

Scientists say the blue light emitted by electronic devices could lead to interrupted sleep or even harm our eyes.The screens were exhibited at a consumer electronics show in Berlin this week.

The world's strongest ORIGAMI: Super-stiff paper tubes make could help make collapsible buildings and robots

ORIGAMI paper tubes make could help make collapsible buildings and robots

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo have developed a new 'zippered tube' configuration (pictured in different formations) that makes paper structures that are stiff enough to hold weight yet can fold flat for easy shipping and storage. Their method could be applied to other thin materials, such as plastic or metal, to transform structures from furniture to buildings to robots.

'Swiss Army Knife' travel jacket raises £6 million on Kickstarter: Coat becomes most funded clothing project ever

Chicago-based Hiral Sanghavi, 29, used Kickstarter to fund his BauBax travel jacket after it got a lot of publicity. It has quickly become the site's most funded clothing project.

Get rid of those photobombers! Software removes distracting faces, litter and even passing cars from pictures

Computer scientists at Princeton University and Adobe have created software that can identify unwanted clutter in photographs and automatically remove them.

Ford to add ANTI-SPIDER technology to its cars: New screen will stop fuel-sniffing creepy crawlies nesting in vehicles

The firm's 'spider screen' is being rolled out in Ford vehicles in North America and will be included in the global launch of the 2016 Ford Focus RS (pictured).

Apple phones could soon last WEEKS on a single charge: Patent details a fuel cell system that would replace current batteries

The patent was filed to the US Patent Office in March this year and has already been awarded. It details a 'fuel cell system' (illustrated) for a battery that could last 'weeks'.

Incredible dashcam footage captures the moment a huge fireball plummets to earth and explodes in Bangkok

The incredibly rare event was captured on a dashcam and showed the fireball, which is believed to be a meteorite, descending at speed at about 8:45am local time in Bangkok.

Stonehenge II is found! Radar search reveals giant line of standing stones from 4,500 years ago - buried three feet down, just one mile from famous Wiltshire site

'Stonehenge II' found just one mile from famous Wiltshire site

Experts have discovered an 'extraordinary' line of giant stones that dates back more than 4,500 years, buried 3ft underground. Using sophisticated radar technology, they detected the stones just one mile from the famous landmark in Wiltshire (bottom right) outside the Durrington Walls earthworks. Unlike its famous neighbour, the newly discovered monolith stones are believed to be organised in one straight line (bottom, centre). measuring 15ft in height, experts believe they may have been intended as part of the original formation but deliberately taken out. The extraordinary discovery was unveiled at the British Science Festival at the University of Bradford.

There IS a vet in the house: New pet collars monitor your furry friends for signs of distress and sickness

Two companies, PetPace and Voyce, offer pet collars that can check for a fever, monitor pulse and respiration, and even indicate if your pet is in pain.

Huddling rats act like 'super-organisms': Study reveals how rodents keep warm by shape-shifting into one terrifying mass

This behaviour causes the rats to act like a terrifying, self-organising 'super-organism.' Each rat must sacrifice has some of its own heat to make sure the group has a balanced temperature

Scientists at Sheffield University found that rats that huddle, also rotate so that the rats on the outer edge are brought into the warmth of the centre before being moved back out again.

Samsung teases super-sized Galaxy View tablet to take on iPad Pro Apple could reveal next WEEK

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Apple is rumoured to be revealing a supersized iPad next week. Now it seems Samsung has tried to steal its thunder by teasing an extra large tablet at its Gear S2 launch event at IFA, Berlin.

Should a sexy woman be seen and not heard? A man can laugh a woman into bed, but funny females aren't attractive, study claims

The attractiveness of men using humour can even be measured mathematically - the more jokes he tells and the more she laughs at them, the more likely it is they will end up together, said researchers.

The science of SUPERMODELS: Researchers create algorithm that scours Instagram to find the best new talent

Researchers at Indiana University say they have created an algorithm that can predict the popularity of new faces to the world of modelling with over 80 per cent accuracy.

Face it, your cat doesn't care about you: Felines are more independent than dogs and don't miss you when you're gone, study reveals

Researchers from the University of Lincoln have found that cats don't see their owners as a source of security in the same way dogs do, making them much more independent and less reliant.

From paddles to Pippin: Apple's attempts to take over the living room revealed as it prepares to unveil TV box that doubles as a games console - and can even switch on your lights

Apple's historic hits and misses to try and take over the living room

However, Apple expert Jonathan Zufi has reveals this isn't the firm's firm attempt at gaming - and has given dailymail.com exclusive pictures of some of Apple's prototypes and previous products. It even launched a dedicated console called Pippin with tech giant Bandai in 2005 (pictured) - but it failed to take off.

Earth has EIGHT times more trees than first thought: Scientists discover there are 422 for every person on the planet

There are more than three trillion trees worldwide - around eight times more than some previous estimates - according to the study led by researchers at Yale University in the US.

Why your phone might SURVIVE being left on a car roof: Physicist reveals the science of how his handset emerged unscathed

Chad Orzel, a science author from New York, describes how static friction helped keep his phone intact after he accidentally left it on his car roof on the drive home.

A storm's brewing! Stunning time-lapse taken every 10 minutes by weather satellite shows power of swirling super-typhoons

The Japanese weather satellite Himawari-8 was launched in July and is now sending back images of the Earth every ten minutes from 22,000 miles above the planet's surface.

Motorola debuts revamped Watch: £299 Moto 360 2 comes in 'his' and 'hers' versions and there's a sports model too

The male version is available in both 42mm and 46mm sizes. The female version, and the sport model are only available in 42mm. All three were unveiled at IFA in Berlin.

Football fans really DO help win a game: Teams are more likely to win at home because of crowd support

Texas A&M; International University and Western Illinois University researchers found that the enthusiasm of a large crowd boost a team's success.

Blackberry buys rival software firm in $425m bid to reinvent itself as simple way for firms to manage smartphones

BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen introduces the Passport smartphone during an official launch event in Toronto on September 24, 2014. 
BlackBerry launched an unconventional new smartphone dubbed the Passport on Wednesday, as it embarked on potentially the most critical phase of its long turnaround push.  




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The Good Technology deal could help BlackBerry win new customers for its services business, a priority as it shifts focus to device management software for enterprise customers.

Apple's new TV box will cost $149 and let you search for movies and TV shows ANYWHERE online

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The much anticipated new TV box will cost $149 and will be able to search multiple online services, it has been claimed by Buzzfeed.

That really IS a galaxy far, far away: Astronomers confirm star system 13.2 billion light-years away is the most distant known in the universe

Caltech astronomers confirm most distant galaxy known in the universe

Researchers say a galaxy called EGS8p7 that is more than 13.2 billion years old, while the universe itself is about 13.8 billion years old. Astronomers say the discovery provides them with a rare opportunity to see how galaxies began to take shape when the universe was still extremely young.

Get around like Marty McFly (well, sort of...): $4,000 'Hoverboard' is part Segway, part skateboard and reaches speeds of 16mph

The Hoverboard (pictured), from California-based Hoverboard Technologies, is expected to cost $4,000 (£2,620) when the board launches on Kickstarter on 17 September.

Marty McFly-style hoverboard tech to be used by Nasa for 'tractor beam' that can move satellites

Arx Pax engineer Garrett Foshay stands over a Hendo Hoverboard in Los Gatos, California. 
Skateboarding is going airborne this fall with the launch of the first real commercially marketed hoverboard which uses magnetics to float about an inch off the ground.





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The firms hope to use Arx Pax's MFA hover engine, called Magnetic Field Architecture, to create micro-satellite capture devices that can manipulate and couple satellites from a distance.

Are hackers watching your BABY sleep? Security warning over camera monitors

Withings' smart baby monitor.
Includes streaming, environment sensors, a talk function, plus soothing sound and light patterns. £239.95, withings.com/uk.

Popular baby monitors lack basic security features, making them vulnerable to even the most basic hacking attempts, according to a new report from a cybersecurity firm.

Sony launches the first 4K smartphone: Xperia Z5 Premium boasts 23MP camera with autofocus that's faster than the blink of an EYE

Sony has unveiled three new handsets - the Xperia Z5, Z5 compact and 4K Xperia Z5 Premium - at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) consumer technology fair in Berlin.

Kim and Kanye have the right idea: Experts say giving your child a unique name can make them more creative

A number of experts claim that a unique name can impact a child's personality, causing them to think of themselves as special, daring and unconventional.

Saturn's outer ring is an oddball: Part of debris disk is younger than the rest and may be the remains of a pulverised moon

Scientist's at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California used data from the Cassini space probe and found Saturn's outer A ring (pictured) behaves different from the others.

Will hackers make self-driving cars CRASH? Vehicles are tricked into seeing 'ghost' obstacles using just a laser pointer

Self-driving cars tricked into seeing 'ghost' obstacles using a laser pointer

Security expert Jonathan Petit developed the proof-of-concept attack at the University of Cork. He was able to trick the remote sensing technology of self-driving cars into seeing 'echoes' of other cars or pedestrians using a simple laser pointer and the attack could be deployed from a distance of 330ft (100 metres). His findings are due to be presented at November's Black Hat conference in Amsterdam. This image shows what the cameras and sensors on self-driving cars 'see' as they navigate. The main image shows This image shows what the cameras and sensors on the cars 'see' as they navigate. Google's car is pictured inset.

Will Siberia be home to the first cloned woolly mammoth? Russian scientists set up new laboratory to resurrect extinct giants 

The North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, Siberia, has set up a laboratory to study the DNA from the remains of ancient animals with the ultimate aim of cloning them.

Google gets a makeover: Firm unveils new animated logo with 'child-like simplicity'

Google says its new, rounded logo is designed to combine 'the mathematical purity of geometric forms with the child-like simplicity of schoolbook letter printing.'

Never forget a face? Humans still outdo computers in facial recognition tests

In tests carried out by the University of New South Wales, forensic facial examiners were able to correctly identify faces more accurately facial recognition algorithm used in a previous study.

Huawei launches mobile that doubles up as a WEIGHING SCALE: Mate S handset features Force Touch pressure pads on its display

The announcement was made at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. There will be three models of the Mate S (pictured) available - the standard, the premium and the Force Touch version.

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it's a SUPER DRONE! 54-propeller Swarm flying machine launches man into the skies

Video footage of the drone (pictured) shows a man hovering in the craft at around 15 feet (seven metres) off the ground in an unidentified field in the UK.

Forget killer robots, we should be worrying about robotic SPIES: US military's top AI expert says protecting privacy is our biggest concern

Gill Pratt, the program manager for the Darpa Robotics Challenge, claims that banning autonomous weapons is wrong. Instead, he says, our focus should be on protecting intelligence.

Unearthed after 2,800 years: Turkish archaeologists find Kingdom of Uratu pithos tombs during painstaking excavation

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Historians believe they have uncovered a series of burial chambers in Turkey dating back to the Kingdom of Uratu, which ruled the country from the mid-ninth century until its defeat by the Medes. Archaeologist are now carrying out the painstaking task of unearthing the pithos chambers, which are like large ceramic jars (above main). They have been discovered in the town of Vans (inset), which was the capital of the ancient kingdom.

The hairbrush you can clean in seconds: Scientists reveal 'everlasting' design you'll never need to replace

Eco-friendly design flexes to dislodge trapped hair from bristles

COLUMBUS, Ohio?Whether you think of cleaning your hairbrush as a matter of style or hygiene, it is probably not something you like to do.

Maybe you meticulously extract every bit of hair, oil, skin cells and styling product that gets lodged in the bristles. Or maybe, as researchers at The Ohio State University have learned, you just toss your dirty hairbrush in the trash and buy a new one.

And that makes cleaning your hairbrush a sustainability issue.

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Scott Shim, associate professor of design at Ohio State, is working to make everyday objects easier to maintain so they last longer and don?t end up in a landfill.

His first such creation is an easy-to-clean hairbrush.

?We don?t want people to have to throw away a perfectly good hairbrush just because it needs to be cleaned,? Shim said.

His research revealed that the average lifetime of a hairbrush is six months to a year??lifetime? me

Researchers say the new 'maze brush' could end the normal consumer behaviour of simply discarding their brush and buying a new one when it becomes clogged.

Could this video game make you VEGETARIAN? Players control a cow that runs an abattoir which slaughters humans

The game (pictured) was created by Alexey Botkov from New Zealand for Ludum Dare, a 'games jam' that challenged developers to create a game with the brief: 'You are the monster.'

Will your next iPhone double up as a SMOKE DETECTOR? Apple wants to add a sensor to the handset that would alert emergency services when there's a fire

The design would give the iPhone, iPad, Macbooks and even the Apple Watch a built-in smoke detector that could alert authorities of a fire. The system was detailed in a patent accepted yesterday.

Never forget to take photos again! Clip 2 camera captures memories for you and saves them on your phone automatically

Swedish start-up Narrative has launched Clip2 (pictured), which it claims is the 'most wearable' full HD camera that's capable of capturing videos, photos and sounds.

Rise of the bizarre 'cannabis vomiting syndrome': Heavy users suffer from severe nausea and pain that can only be relieved by bathing in hot water several times a day

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome triggers severe stomach pain, nausea and vomiting - and is 'increasing acutely' worldwide, says Professor Sauid Ishaq at the University of Birmingham.

Man versus HYENA: Giant prehistoric scavenger species may have prevented the spread of early humans into Europe

Palaeontologists at the Autonomous University of Barcelona say a ferocious scavenger called Pachycrocouta brevirostris would have dominated western Europe 1.4-1.2 million years ago.

Men who pay for prostitutes are more likely to commit rape: Sex workers seen as disposable by many who use them

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles interviewed 200 men and they found parallels between those who used them and those who commit sex offences.

Are these the most luxurious headphones in the world? £800 buds promise crystal-clear sound and have a BULLETPROOF cord

Astell&Kern’s AK Ti8e headphones have a BULLETPROOF cord

The AK Ti8e headphones (pictured left and top right)from Amstel&Kern; launched at IFA in Berlin and will go on sale next months for £800 ($999 or €990). The luxurious accessory has a cord made of Kevlar - the same ultra-durable material used in bulletproof vests - and features cutting-edge technology for clearer sounds. An exploded view of the earphones' internals is shown bottom right.

Mystery of what killed 200,000 antelope in one MONTH solved? Normally harmless bacteria appear to have turned on the endangered animals

Biologists were shocked by the scale of the deaths of saiga antelope in Kazakhstan this year, which saw 134,000 die in a couple of weeks, but are now finding clues pointing to the cause.

Google's self-driving cars WON'T have windscreen wipers: Automated vehicles will leave passengers unable to see out the window when it rains

Google confirmed its cars (pictured) are not designed with windscreen wipers at a question and answer session at Thinkery - a children's museum in Austin, Texas.

Riddle of the lost city under a lake: Was one of Jesus' disciples laid to rest in ancient metropolis in Kyrgyzstan?

The inscriptions on an ancient ceramic pot (pictured) found in Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan, could prove the existence of a monastery where Matthew the Apostle is thought to be buried.

Does this look like a Star Destroyer? Alien hunters claim to have found Star Wars craft on MARS in latest ridiculous claim

UFO Sightings contributor, Scott Waring, who found the image, said the 'craft' is only about 2.5 to 3 metres across, 'so it probably only held a few passengers.'

The 'floating spoon' on Mars: Nasa's Curiosity rover spots strange geological feature on the red planet

The 'floating spoon' was discovered by member offers an insight to the strangely calm Martian environment, which can create delicate geological features.

Why men find thinner women attractive: Scientists say 'evolutionary fitness' makes slimmer females more appealing

Men find thinner women attractive because they associate their body shape with youth, fertility and a lower risk of disease, according to a study by the University of Aberdeen.

World's oldest wooden statue is TWICE as old as the pyramids: New analysis reveals Shigir Idol is more ancient than first thought

Experts at the Berlin Archaeological Institute have found the famous Shigir Idol, discovered in Siberia in 1890, is 1,500 years older than previously thought.

Forget the 'floating spoon' on Mars, now there's a whole cutlery set! Nasa's Curiosity images reveal more strange shaped rocks on the red planet

NASA's Curiosity images reveal 'cutlery set' on Mars

Earlier this week, one group claimed they had seen a 'floating spoon' on Mars captured by Curiosity's Mastcam on sol 1089 of the mission. Now, a new wider version of the image reveals more 'spoons' nearby and even something resembling a chopstick (inset) on the same rock outcrop. Exerts estimate the spoons are around 10cm long. they are caused by the windy conditions on Mars breaking down the rock.

Creepy crawlies as you've never seen them before: Tiny microscope that could revolutionise the way objects are magnified is put to the test in the Amazon rainforest

Foldscope was tested out by US field biologist Aaron Pomerantz, who spent a month in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest where he used the device to capture these striking images.

Could a test reveal whether your newborn will grow up to be a PSYCHOPATH? Scientists claim that unemotional traits in babies can hint at future personality

Psychiatrists at Kings College London say babies that prefer looking at a ball to a human face are more likely to develop callous-unemotional characteristics.

Ancient Egyptians were the first falconers: Mummified kestrel reveals birds of prey bred and preserved in huge numbers as offering to the gods

The ancient Egyptians bred birds of prey to mummify as offerings to the gods in large numbers, researchers have found.

Turn your phone into a BODYGUARD: Companion app virtually accompanies you on journeys and warns friends and family if you're in trouble

Companion, developed in Michigan, is free on iOS and Android. Users must enter their number to sign up to the service. Although the app was designed in the US, it works with international numbers.

What Facebook REALLY knows about you: Take the test that can work out your personality based on nothing but your 'likes'

Scientists at Cambridge University, who created the app, say the test can predict your personality more accurately than your friends, colleagues and your parents.

Ancient Mayan impact on the environment is still seen today: 2,000-year-old activity continues to shape tropical forests

University of Texas researchers have revealed the full extent of the 'Mayacene' as a microcosm of the Anthropocene - a period when humans began affecting the environment.

Is Dyson working on an electric CAR? Firm's vehicle could run for twice as long as its rivals using breakthrough batteries

Dyson (founder Sir James Dyson pictured) made the statements during an earnings announcement in which it revealed the Wiltshire-based firm's revenues were up 10 per cent in 2014.

Gaydar ISN'T real: Scientists slam the phrase as 'stereotyping' and say its use could lead to aggression

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say that previous research on stating the validity of gaydar was based on poor evidence.

King Arthur? No, the legendary leader was just a Scottish general who lived most of his life in Strathclyde

Dr Andrew Breeze, from the University of Navarre in Spain, claims Arthur was a general rather than a monarch, who fought most of his battles in southern Scotland and northern England.

Do you know your LOL from you PAL? Government is launching a social media dictionary to help parents understand their children's online code 

The language guide will decode terms that are often used by youngsters online when using anonymous chat rooms to disclose personal details or sending intimate pictures.

Your very own Star Wars droid! BB-8 robot is controlled by a mobile phone and even creates 'holographic' videos

Sphero have created a pocket-sized version of BB-8 from the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. The toy is described as a 'sharp witted, agile little droid'.

Street View for CATS: Map lets you explore Hiroshima and its temples through the eyes of a local feline

There are two routes you can take through the region from the shopping district, to the area of Senkoji Park, with Buddhist temples, shrines and its so-called Cat Pathway.

All aboard the TANK BOAT! Amphibious Iguana 29 has caterpillar tracks to travel over land and sea at the press of a button

The state-of-the-art speedboat (pictured), from Caen-based Iguana Yachts, can travel at 40 knots before being transformed into a 'tank' in three seconds, at the touch of a button.

Can you control ANTS with your iPhone? Video shows insects appearing to form 'death spiral' around ringing Apple handset

A video on YouTube shows ants forming a circle around a ringing iPhone, triggering claims the vibrating handset causes the ants to alter their normal behaviour.

Did critters cause Earth's first mass extinction? Fossils suggest animals and not a meteorite wiped out planet's first microbes

A study of fossils over 500 million-years-old in southern Namibia has revealed how hungry, complex critters caused the Earth's first extinction, by eating all the Ediacarans.

Seal pups recognise their mothers' voices: Infants can differentiate between hundreds of other adult females in Antarctic colonies

Scientists from University of Paris-Sud have found the seal pups listen out and identify their mother's vocal pitch from a distance and then use other components of the vocal signature at closer range.

Not such a modern disease: Mummified head and lungs of ancient Egyptian 'Chief of Stables' reveal oldest victim of heart failure

Scans of the mummified remains of Nebiri, an ancient Egyptian who lived 3,500 years ago, revealed he died of acute cardiac failure, according to scientists from the University of Turin.

Scientists develop BOMB-PROOF plants: Mutant TNT-resistant blooms could help clean up warzones

Experts at the University of York ave taken an important step in making it possible to clean millions of hectares of land contaminated by explosives.

When will fall arrive in YOUR area? Interactive map predicts peak foliage times across the US 

This year, the map shows that peak viewing times for most parts of the United States is between the 10th and 17th of October. Red reveals peak season, while brown suggests the peak is over.

The glow-in-the-dark CHICKS: Birds injected with luminous protein fluoresce under ultraviolet light - and they could help curb the spread of bird flu

Scientists from The Roslin Institute in Edinburgh injected the chicks (pictured) with a fluorescent protein to help identify them from normal birds during tests.

Feeling blue makes you SEE GREY: Sadness 'impairs basic visual processes', psychologists find

University of Rochester in New York researchers found that people who felt sad were less accurate in identifying colours on the 'blue-yellow axis'.

Soyuz has lift-off! Spacecraft carrying three astronauts embarks on historic journey to the International Space Station

The trio blasted off in the Soyuz rocket on schedule at 0437 GMT (1237 EDT). The take-off marked the 500th launch from the Gagarin launchpad in Kazakhstan, named after the Soviet space pioneer.

How Hawaii and Iceland were born: Stunning 'CT scans' of the Earth's interior reveal vast plumes under the ocean feeding volcanic hotspots

CT scan of Earth links deep mantle plumes with volcanic hotspots

University of California, Berkeley, seismologists have produced for the first time a sharp, three-dimensional scan of Earth?s interior that conclusively connects plumes of hot rock rising through the mantle with surface hotspots that generate volcanic island chains like Hawaii, Samoa and Iceland.

Essentially a computed tomography, or CT scan, of Earth?s interior, the picture emerged from a supercomputer simulation at the Department of Energy?s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

While medical CTs employ X-rays to probe the body, the scientists mapped mantle plumes by analyzing the paths of seismic waves bouncing around Earth?s interior after 273 strong earthquakes that shook the globe over the past 20 years.

Previous attempts to image mantle plumes have detected pockets of hot rock rising in areas where plumes have been proposed, but it was unclea

Seismologists have produced the first sharp, three-dimensional scan of Earth's interior that show exactly how volcanic island chains like Hawaii, Samoa and Iceland were created.

Ride shotgun with New Horizons! Stunning Nasa animation lets you travel with the probe as it makes historic flyby of Pluto

The animation, made with real images taken by New Horizons in July, includes a pass showing the atmospheric glow of Pluto lit by the sun and a look at Charon, Pluto's largest moon.

What REALLY lies beneath: First 'nuclear' map of our planet sheds light on Earth's interior and reveals man-made radiation activity

The map, produced by the University of Hawaii and University of Maryland, will reveal how heat moves in the Earth's interior and monitor sources of man-made radiation.

Oldest known case of LEUKAEMIA unearthed: 7,000-year-old skeleton belonging to a 40-year-old woman bears the scars of blood cancer

Evidence of blood cancer was found in the 7,000-year-old skeleton (pictured), which was discovered in the Neolithic graveyard of Stuttgart-Mühlhausen in Germany.

Is this Tumat Dog's brother? Another 12,400-year-old puppy carcass is unearthed in the Russian permafrost

Experts believe the animals could be from the same litter and probably died in a landslide or burrow collapse in the Ust-Yansky district of northern Russia's Sakha Republic.

First ever recorded image of a dodo to fetch £12,000 at auction: Extinct bird is described as 'disgusting' in 17th century illustration

Valued between £8,000 ($12,300) and £12,000 ($18,500), the book and its illustrations will be sold at Lyon and Turnbull auction house in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

There could be aliens beneath Pluto's crust: Dwarf planet's subsurface oceans have the potential to hold life, claims Brian Cox

The physicist's comments come after the historic flyby of the dwarf planet by the New Horizons spacecraft, which uncovered huge glaciers and mountains made of water ice.

King of clubs: Researchers reveal how the 'tank' dinosaur got its killer tail weapon (and it was actually a vegetarian)

Gobisaurus (top) compared with Ziapelta, an ankylosaur with a fully developed tail club, as seen in an undated illustration courtesy of Victoria Arbour. One of the most impressive weapons to appear during the Cretaceous Period dinosaur arms race was the big bony tail club wielded by some members of a group of tank-like plant-eaters.  A new study provides a revealing, step-by-step account of the evolution of the distinctive tail club possessed by the heavily armored dinosaur Ankylosaurus and its cousins, a bludgeon that likely gave even the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex reason to fret.  REUTERS/Victoria Arbour/Handout  NO SALES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

The researchers studied fossils of the group called
ankylosaurs including early, primitive species with no tail club and later ones with a fully developed one.

The 5ft-long scorpion that terrorised the seas 460 million years ago: Fossils of giant predator with 'paddles' found in Iowa

More than 150 fossil fragments of the new eurypterid species (illustrated) were excavated from the upper layer of the Winneshiek Shale in northeastern Iowa.

The Polaroid is back! Digital camera can print snaphots instantly using inkless paper

Called the Polaroid Snap, the $99 instance camera was revealed at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany. It can create a 2x3 inch photo in just under a minute using specially developed paper.

Chimpanzees who attacked drone with a STICK took 'unique and deliberate action' say researchers

An Arnhem TV station has lost one of its expensive drones after a chimpanzee managed to knock it out of the sky with a stick as it was filming.

Hulu kills off the ads in streaming TV war (if you're willing to pay an extra $4 a month)

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Facing increasing competition from Amazon, Netflix and Apple, the firm has revealed a new $11.99 per month ad free option.

How to train yourself to have SUPER-VISION: Researchers reveals trick they claim can eradicate our blind spot over time

Envy - Woman with a green eye

Researchers say the blind spot every human has can be effectively 'shrunk' with training, despite the fact that the hole in our visual field cannot be.

The Starliner is set for blast off! Boeing opens massive facility to build spacecraft that will see US return to manned spaceflight

The Starliner is being built at the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility, or C3PF, at Nasa's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is due to launch in 2017.

The experiment that could let us find ripples in space-time: Scientists find a way to see and manipulate 'quantum motion'

Scientists at Caltech claim they have created an experiment that could help improve the detectors used to find the primordial 'echo' of the Big Bang that occurred nearly 14 billion years ago.

What kind of person would take a ONE-WAY trip to the red planet? Exclusive interview with Mars One hopeful reveals the mission is already affecting her relationships

EXCLUSIVE: Sue Ann Pien (pictured) from Los Angeles, told MailOnline that being a candidate has is already affecting her relationships and she's working her way through a bucket list.

What do you get if you cross a bike with a car? $6,900 Ginzvelo pod makes cycling safer - and pedalling charges a motor that lets you cruise along at speeds of 30mph

Ginzvelo was designed by peter Ginzburg from Virginia. The sit-down bike can be pedalled but it also boasts a 500-watt battery-powered motor to push you along for 100 miles on a single charge.

'There is no group that would be happier to see such a thing': Nasa hits out at UFO hunters who say they have found strange creatures on Mars

Ashwin Vasavada, a Nasa scientist who works on the Mars rover project, blames the sightings on a trick of the mind, known pareidolia - the psychological response to seeing familiar objects in random places.

Was this the first 'lost property' office? 2,000-year-old stone podium that may have been Jerusalem's Stone of Claims is unearthed

Archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority found the 'unique' stone pyramid on the main street through ancient Biblical City of David, which was used by pilgrims passing through the city.

Hidden portrait under Rembrandt masterpiece revealed: Mysterious figure may be a painting of the Dutch artist himself

Scientists working at the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles used advanced scanning techniques to reveal hidden details and colours of a portrait beneath Rembrandt's Old Man in Military Costume.

Could a RING improve your sleep? £150 Oura monitors heart rate, temperature and movement to suggest lifestyle changes

The ceramic polymer ring, created by inventors in San Francisco, California, links to an app to give wearers personalised suggestions and goals to help them sleep better.

Forget chiselled cheekbones and a strong jaw, females go wild for chubby cheeks... if you're an ORANG-UTAN

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany studied the different fortunes between chubby-cheeked males and those less well-endowed.

Watch scientists fire up laser weapon that could blast asteroids away from Earth and make interstellar travel a reality

The laser is focused on the basalt to manipulate its movement. 

Asteroid Deflection: Science Fiction or Reality?

An astrophysics research group experimentally confirms its theories about the manipulation of asteroids and photon propulsion

It?s the ultimate science fiction: The immense power of the sun is harnessed and converted into a massive phased array of laser beams that have the potential to intercept and deflect asteroids before they smash into Earth.

But in this case, fiction may actually be closer to reality. DE-STAR, or Directed Energy System for Targeting of Asteroids and exploRation, the brainchild of UC Santa Barbara physicist Philip Lubin and Gary B. Hughes, a researcher and professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is designed to do exactly that.

And that?s not all. The DE-STAR system could be leveraged for many other uses, such as stopping the rotation of a spinning asteroid and achieving relativistic propulsion. Now, students in Lubin?

To simulate a laser's ability to deflect an asteroid, researchers directed a laser onto the target until it glowed white hot, producing a 'rocket engine' using the asteroid itself as the propellant.

The 'Son of Concorde' comes closer to reality: Drone that will use flexible wings could reduce sonic booms on future aircraft

The drone, nicknamed 'Buckeye', recently completed a flight test by Nasa in California. The knowledge gained about flutter will be used in designing the proposed supersonic X-54

Look out! Forecasters warn El Nino could be strongest ever recorded and urge disaster response teams to prepare

The current El Nino could turn into one of the strongest on record, experts from the World Meteorological Organization have warned.

Want to take someone on a date? Send them an email! Study finds online messages are MORE romantic than a phone call

When writing romantic emails, people add more positive content, perhaps to compensate for the medium's inability to convey vocal tone, according to a Indiana University study.

The mystery of the 'alien plughole' on Mars: Scientists discover strange terraced crater caused by gigantic slab of water ice 130ft thick and bigger than Texas and California combined

The terraced crater formed because shock waves from the impact that created it moved at different speeds through rock and ice, according to scientists at the University of Arizona.

The 'Birmingham Koran' fragment that could shake Islam after carbon-dating suggests it is OLDER than the Prophet Muhammad

The pages, which were discovered at the library of the University of Birmingham last month and are from around 568AD, could predate Muhammad, historians have claimed.

Making science CUTE: Biologists compete in Twitter #cuteoff to showcase the most adorable creatures in the animal kingdom

The tweets are designed to highlight the huge diversity of insects, mammals, reptiles and birds being studied by biologists in their various fields around the world.

'Blush' is the world's first sex toy controlled from your wrist: Vibrator syncs with the Apple Watch and works over long distances

The $89 (£60) Blush has been created by New York-based Lovense. The firm has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funding for the gadget and it has already tripled its $10,000 target.

The algorithm that can learn to copy ANY artist: Neural network can recreate your snaps in the style of Van Gogh or Picasso

"The Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh, 1889

Researchers fed their system a series of old masters - and it turned a modern day snap into perfect pictures in the style of some of the world's best known paintings.

Has a secretive California firm worked out how to harness fusion power? Tri Alpha Energy reveals a 'reactor breakthrough'

Tri Alpha Energy says it's developed a machine that can hold hot plasma steady at 10 million degrees Celsius (18 million degrees Fahrenheit) for five milliseconds.

Inside an 'ALIEN': Incredible 3D scans reveal a new species of millipede in stunning detail

Scientists took X-rays of the specimen from different angles, and then compiled them to create a 3D model of the millipede, named Ommatoiulus avatar.

A 'butterfly' in space: Stunning Hubble image captures the Twin Jet Nebula spewing out cosmic clouds at 620,000mph

Stretched out like iridescent butterfly wings, the image reveals the incredible complexity of the bipolar nebula's two shimmering lobes 5,560 light-years away.

The superyacht with masts taller than BIG BEN's tower and sails the size of a football field: Russian billionaire designs luxury vessel set to begin sea trials later this year

The £292 million ($451 million) Sailing Yacht A, which is being constructed in Nobiskrug, Germany, is 468ft (143 metres) long and has three masts that are taller than Big Ben's tower.

How babies are REALLY made: Researchers find sperm use a tiny 'harpoon' to attach themselves to eggs

Fertilization Discovery: Do Sperm Wield Tiny Harpoons?

The SLLP1 filament viewed along the side, with each neighboring monomer colored alternatively.

Virginia researchers found a protein within the head of the sperm forms spiky filaments (pictured), which they believe may lash together the sperm and its target.

Selfies are causing a rise in MUTANT head lice: Expert warns trend is to blame for increase in treatment-resistant nits

Wisconsin physician Sharon Rink has dubbed the phenomenon 'social media lice' and says it is being caused by group selfie snaps that cause friends to bump heads.

Quasar powered by TWO monster black holes spotted: Whirling binary system reveals clues about how galaxies merge

The discovery (illustrated) was made by astronomers from the University of Oklahoma studying Markarian 231 (Mrk 231), the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar.

How to spot a family killer: Experts discover 'distinct psychological' traits in men who murder their partners and children

A forensic psychologist at Northwestern University in Chicago believes the findings of his study could help to identify men who are at risk of killing family members and intervene early to prevent the crime.

Ice cream that doesn't melt: Scientists use protein found in Japanese food to keep treats solid 

The special protein naturally occurs in a Japanese breakfast food called 'natto' made from fermented soy beans and binds together the air, fat and water in ice cream, helping scoops stay intact for longer.

Why you should NEVER drive with under a quarter of tank of fuel

Fuel gauges are not precise instruments - even in the most modern cars, the technology is relatively basic: the level in the tank is measured by a float, like the ballcock in a lavatory cistern.

Nasa reveals bizarre 'hedgehog' robot that can roll and fall around alien planets

Nasa's hedgehog rover

Nasa has revealed a concept for a rover called the 'hedgehog' that can hop, fall and flip around alien worlds by spinning and braking internal flywheels.

Could this man made wormhole be used as an invisibility cloak? Scientists create 'portal' that conceals magnetic fields

Physicists at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain have built a device (pictured) that can make magnetic fields appear to tunnel through space by making them invisible.

Forget super yachts, try a super-SUB: Luxury $2.35 million submarine comes with leather seating and a Bluetooth stereo

Dutch submersible builder U-Boat Worx has designed the Super Yacht Sub 3 (pictured) to be carried on super yachts. It can carry three people to a depth of up to 984 feet (300 metres).