The optical illusion that fools monkeys: Study finds primates see visual tricks just like humans

The optical illusion that fools monkeys: Study finds primates see visual tricks just like

Researchers at Georgia State University made the discovery after presenting capuchin and rhesus monkeys with a version of the Delbouef illusion - a trick that causes dots to appear different sizes. Capuchin monkeys and rhesus monkeys, like humans, classified dots presented inside large rings as small more often than the same-sized dots presented inside small rings. The research suggests that monkeys and humans see the world in a very similar way.

Is this why men are more likely to get promoted? Study claims males are seen as MORE creative than women

Researchers at Duke University in North Carolina found most people associate the ability to think creatively with 'masculine qualities' such as risk-taking and self-reliance.

Facebook goes down AGAIN: Social network crashes for the third time in a month leaving users in a panic

The site crashed for between 35-40 minutes at 3pm ET (7PM GMT) - although some users are reporting that it's now back online.

Intelligent people's brains are wired differently: Researchers say 'smart minds' are more likely to be happy, well educated and earn more

Scientists found some had patterns linked to classically positive aspects of life, such as having a good memory and vocabulary, feeling satisfied, and being well educated.

Apple smashes sales records with its iPhone 6s: Tech firm sold more than 13 million handsets in the opening weekend

The next-generation models went on sale on Friday in 12 launch countries, including the UK, US, Australia and China. This record beats the 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold in 2014.

The $2,000 closet that can dry clean your clothes: LG unveils hi-tech home steamers

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LG says its new Styler system can wrinkles and removes odours without detergents or other harsh chemicals - and without having to send them to a cleaner.

Can YOU spot a love cheat from their face? Scientists say you can - now see if you can identify which six of these 12 people have been unfaithful 

UWA scientists say you can spot a love cheat from their face

Researchers in Australia say that people can tell a love cheat from just their face 59 per cent of the time - so look at these twelve people and see whether you think they are faithful or not. Among these faces are a self-confessed philanderer and lovers who were bored, drunk or just reckless. Some of them ruined their relationships for ever - while others were forgiven and are still with their partners today.

What ancient animals REALLY looked like: Fossilized fur reveals colour of 49-million-year-old bats

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Scientists have disclosed for the first time the fur colour of extinct mammals: two of the earliest-known bats - and found they were brown.

Can this electric helmet boost your brain power? BRIAN VINER puts 'brain-hacking' to the test - with some surprising results

Brain-hacking. It sounds sinister and illegal, like a cerebral version of computer-hacking. But I've been brain-hacked. It happened on Thursday morning in Swansea, writes BRIAN VINER.

Did early man have better hearing than us? 2 million-year-old fossils reveal how our ancestors heard the world around them

Anthropologists at Binghamton University in New York used CT scans of early human fossils to reconstruct their inner ears and estimate their hearing ability.

The ultimate spyphone: $799 Blackphone 2 can encrypt everything from your selfies to voice calls - and is impossible to track


The Blackphone 2 is fully encrypted by default and comes with a suite of secure features that let you make calls and send texts that are impossible to eavesdrop on or track.

What is Apple's mysterious new 'eye' emoji? Suggestions range from an icon for iMessages to a sign of the Illuminati

The bizarre addition (pictured) was spotted by London-based Jeremy Burge. He posted an image of the emoji on his Tumblr blog and asked readers to suggest what they think it could relate to.

From a pregnant pygmy seahorse to a dragon shrimp: Amateur photographer captures incredible kaleidoscope colours of deep sea creatures 

Amateur photographer Lynn Wu, 34, a bank teller from Taiwan, took a series of pictures, including this one of a bright green mantis shrimp (pictured), while diving in the Pacific with her partner, Jim Chen.

The anti-ogling shirt: 3D printed outfit changes shape when men stare at it

Behnaz Farahi's 3D printed outfit changes shape when men stare at it

The smart shirt uses cameras to detect when it is being stared at - and smart fibres in it move to stare back. It can even detect the age and gender of onlookers. Beneath the garb's spotted spikes lie a hidden camera and microcontroller, along with motors (inset) to allow the fibres to move in the direction of the person staring.


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Blood moon paints the sky red: Stargazers around the world look to the heavens to witness lunar spectacle for first time in 33 years

Blood red supermoon to paint the sky red as people witness lunar eclipse

The eerie light created from a lunar eclipse with the moon near to its closest point to the Earth will delight astronomers while filling others with dread. Some religious groups and believers in astrology are convinced the spectacle is a sign that the End of Days is approaching. It began at 1.10am in the UK (8.10pm in the eastern US), with the 'total' phase - when the moon is completely in shadow - starting at 3.11am (10.11pm). It is due to finish at 4.24am in the UK (11.11pm). It will end when the moon leaves the Earth's shadow at 6.24am (1.24am). When the moon is at perigee, its shortest distance from the Earth, it is 226,000 miles away. Pictured: The supermoon rises into the sky over St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside (main image), and near Strong City in Kansas (inset).

So THAT'S how Rosetta's comet got its bizarre duck shape: 67P's 'lobes' were forced together following a collision 

Italian and Swedish researchers have used data from the ESA's Rosetta spacecraft to determine that the head and body of the comet formed separately.

Was Einstein WRONG? Astronomers spend 11 years hunting for gravitational waves...but find nothing

Astronomers from Australia-based CSRIO spent 11 years studying pulsars for gravitational waves, created when black holes collide (illustrated) using the Parkes telescope.

The mystery of the moonquakes deepens: Analysis of Apollo data reveals over 200 new tremors on the lunar surface

A view of the Earth appears over the Lunar horizon as the Apollo 11 Command Module comes into view of the Moon before Astronatus Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin Jr. leave in the Lunar Module, Eagle, to become the first men to walk on the Moon's surface. The 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon mission is celebrated July 20, 1999. (Photo by NASA/Newsmakers)
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The algorithm-based program uncovered 210 previously unknown tremors and scientists at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research say additional new discoveries will follow.

Lions roar, hyenas laugh and giraffes HUM: Graceful giant of the African grasslands spend evenings humming to each other 

Biologists at the University of Vienna analysed 1,000 hours of recordings at three zoos and discovered a weird low frequency humming noise was produced by the animals at night.

Whale hello there! Incredible drone footage captures the moment two huge whales approach a paddle boarder

Stunning drone footage has captured the moment a pair of Humpback Whales got up close to a paddle boarder near a Western Australia beach, putting the size of the mammals into perspective.

If our eyes could see gravitational waves: Stunning animation shows what the merger of two black holes would look like

This is what a collision between two black holes would look like if we could see gravitational waves. These elusive waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time which could reveal how the universe was created nearly 14 billion years ago. The Esa animation was created from a computer model of what how the fabric of our universe would change as a result of a titanic collision between black holes. It predicts what kind of 'flash' might be seen by telescopes when astronomers ultimately find gravitational signals from such an event.

Hipster top-knots are making men BALD: 'Man buns' place extreme tension on hair roots, triggering permanent hair loss

Scraping hair into a top-knot like Jared Leto (shown) can cause a condition called traction alopecia, where bald patches appear - usually around the forehead and temples, experts warn.

What happens when you go on autopilot: Researchers reveal the region of the brain that controls our daily routine

Brown University has found an area known as the rostrolateral prefrontal cortex is responsible for prompting us to remember - without actively remembering - what we should be doing each day.

Just why do we wake up with a twitch in the middle of the night? Experts reveal the reason behind the bizarre but all-too-familiar sleep disruption

While people do get worried about the contractions - officially called hypnic myoclonia - experts have said it is perfectly normal and can be avoided by a regular sleep pattern.

The 'Goldilocks' black hole that could redefine how the cosmic voids are classified

Astronomers at the University of Maryland have found evidence for an intermediate-mass black hole 5,000 times the mass of the sun called NGC 1313 X-1 (pictured).

The slider is back! Blackberry reveals its new 'Priv' Android phone has a hidden keyboard and will focus on privacy

As the firm today reported weaker-than-expected quarterly results but forecast higher revenue, it confirmed the plan to launch its first Android phone.

Facebook users claim 'the world is over' after site goes down for just 12 minutes

During the difficult few minutes, millions of people all over the world were unable to log on - and many took to Twitter to express their distress.

Thunderbirds are go! Boeing designs cargo plane that looks remarkably like the TV show's famous green heavy-lifting aircraft

Boeing patents cargo plane that looks like Thunderbird 2

Chicago-based engineers at aerospace company Boeing have published a patent for a new generation of cargo aircraft that can pick up shipping containers in its bottomless fuselage (pictured bottom right). Extendable landing gear would allow the aircraft to drive over a line of cargo containers, lower onto them and pick them up. The design (pictured left) has drawn comparisons with the famous green Thunderbirds 2 aircraft (pictured top right) used by the Tracy family in the long-running television series.

Confirmed UFO sighting or just a drone? Researchers still unable to identify mysterious flying object that was filmed over New York in April

Researchers are still struggling to explain a flying object filmed off the coast of Long Island last April with some claiming it could possibly be a drone but not entirely certain.

What has happened to the hurricanes? Forecasters say NO severe storms have hit western Atlantic this year for the first time since 1914

The Atlantic tropical cyclone basin has seen several named tropical storms thus far in 2015. But when it comes to hurricanes, this season hasn't packed much of a punch, particularly in the western Atlantic.
Eric Blake, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center (NHC), commented on the lack of hurricanes west of 55 degrees longitude in the Atlantic basin so far this season. Blake said this marks the first time there have been no western Atlantic hurricanes through Sept. 22 since 1914, when there weren't any.

The 1914 season was the last time no hurricanes formed anywhere in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

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A graphic showing precipitable water, or a measure of moisture in a column of the atmosphere, anomalies this Atlantic tropical season. There has been a notable lack of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico into the Caribbean. 
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With a rising El Niño, forecasters say that hurricanes are showing unusual patterns.
It is the first time there have been no western Atlantic hurricanes through Sept. 22 since 1914.

Do YOU believe in aliens? Poll shows Germans are the strongest supporters, the UK is most skeptical and right-wingers think governments are hiding the truth

The poll was carried out by YouGov. It also revealed that men across the UK and US are more likely to believe in extra-terrestrial life, and only in Germany do a majority of women (51 per cent) believe.

How Britons who leave bread for birds are changing their migration patterns: Species increasingly travel to the UK rather than Spain because of amount of food available

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Blackcaps, which breed in southern Germany and Austria, are increasingly migrating towards Britain rather than their traditional wintering grounds in Spain due to food being left out in UK gardens.

California's Giant Sequoias under threat from drought: Researchers say 3,000 year old trees showing signs of stress

Boy standing next to a Giant Sequoia

Patches of brown, dead foliage are appearing more than in past years, say researchers studying the iconic trees, which only grow naturally in the Sierra Nevada.

The science of the BIBLE: From time being slower when the world was created to Moses being on drugs, researchers reveal how miracles may really have happened

Gerald Schroeder explains how the Bible's miracles may really have happened

The bible says the universe was created in six days. Scientists say it was created in 13.8 billion years. Gerald Schroeder has famously attempted to reconcile this difference using Albert Einstein's theory that time is relative. The physicist, who teaches at the College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, claims 'time is different [for humans] than it is from the perspective of the Creator.' Other theories suggest Noah's flood could have been caused by global warming (bottom left) and that the Red Sea may have been parted in winds blew at 63mph (top left).

Looking to buy an iPhone 6s? The 128GB silver model is your best bet: Pre-orders reveal it is the least popular option meaning there should be more in stock

The data has been gathered by experts at using sales information from network operators selling the devices in the UK. The silver iPhone 6s is pictured.

Massive meteorite shower pummeled Earth for 100 MILLION years and it changed the planet's chemistry forever, claims study

Scientists at France's National Centre for Scientific Research say this could account for differences in Earth's chemistry compared with its primordial material.

The moment you got hooked on House of Cards: Netflix reveals the episodes that led viewers to binge on its top shows 

Spolier alert: Netflix found that, overall, 70 per cent of viewers who watched the hooked episode went on to complete season one or more of the show.

Facebook goes virtual: Social network launches 360 degree video system with interactive Star Wars clip

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The social network today launched 360 videos that allow people to 'look around' using their mouse.
It is expected the system will eventually work with Facebook's Oculus Rift VR headset.

Fly over Pluto's icy mountains: Striking animation reveals intricate details of the dwarf planet's 'Arctic' terrain

The animation, created using images released by New Horizons last week, flies north over Pluto's Sputnik Planum and Cthulhu Regio regions and then moves east.

Unlocking the origins of global warming: Scientists pinpoint signs of climate change as early as 1940...and it began in Africa

Scientists at Australia's Arc Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science and the University of Reading analysed changes in average temperature to collect global warming evidence.

It's a dirty job...Astronaut Tim Peake reveals he'll spend 'a large chunk' of his upcoming six-month ISS mission fixing the TOILET

Major Peake (pictured) discussed the problem as he was questioned by children from a London primary school in a live link to Nasa's Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas.

The rollup TV is coming: LG set to unveil superflexible screen in January so light it can be hung on the wall with magnets

A television that's less than 1mm thick and can be peeled off the wall like a sheet of paper.The invention by South Korean firm LG is dubbed the Wallpaper TV, the 55in prototype weighs 1.9kg, sits on a magnetic mat attached to the wall and can be removed by simply peeling it off. It was made possible by the development of 'organic light-emittingdiode' screens, which are super-slim and flexible. These OLED panels are made from organic materials that give off light when an electric current is applied to them.
LG has also unveiled a roll-up OLED TV that is transparent when not in use. The Ultra HD screen uses a special film backing instead of plastic to allow it to be rolled into a tube for carrying around.

The Korean giant recently revealed a new $900m flexible screen plant designed to keep up with exploding demand for new screens. Now the first products from it are expected to arrive.

Return to Antikythera: Shipwreck divers unearth more than 50 new treasures from board game pieces to part of a THRONE

Return to Antikythera: Shipwreck divers unearth more than 50 new treasures

During the latest expedition, professional divers were joined by archaeologists (top left) who spent a total of 40 hours at depths of 180ft (55-metre) off the coast of the Aegean island Antikythera. The ten-man dive team also recovered items including an intact amphora, a large lead salvage ring, two lead anchor stocks (bottom left) - possibly indicating the ship's bow - and fragments of a lead hull sheathing (bottom right).

The computer that can sit an SAT: AI system solves geometry questions as well as the average eleven year old

The computer that can perform as well as an 11 year old Maths tests: Researchers hail AI breakthrough

The system uses a combination of computer vision, natural language processing and a geometric solver to achieve 49 percent accuracy on official SAT test questions.

Mystery of Saturn's bizarre hexagonal vortex is solved: Jet stream circling planet's north pole is jostled into shape by winds

Planetary scientists at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology have used computer simulations to work out what causes the 20,000 mile wide vortex to form a six-sided geometric shape.

The smart car seat that tackles ROAD RAGE: Chair gives drivers a relaxing massage or a blast of air to focus their attention

French car seat manufacturer, Faurecia has shown off a smart car seat at IAA in Frankfurt, which has hidden sensors and massage technology to keep drivers calm yet alert.

Scientists play Twenty Questions by reading each other's MINDS: Answers were sent more than a mile using brain signals

Player one from the University of Washington thought of an object while their brain activity was recorded. They then sent answers to online questions using brain signals.

Google's next Nexus leaks: Packaging and pictures reveal 5x and 6p handsets set to be launched next week

Images leaked to Android Police show the packaging for the new 5x and 6p

Android Police obtained these images showing the final packaging for the X and P handsets, which are set to be unveiled at a Google event in San Francisco next week.

Are we a step closer to Star Trek-like travel? Physicists achieve distance record for quantum teleportation

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology say they have managed to teleport packets of light over 60 miles (100km) of optical fiber.

The fruity stench of human death: Distinct 'chemical cocktail' released by dead bodies smells like berries and apples

Forensic scientists at the University of Leuven in Belgium found five compounds, with smells like ripe apples, cherries, or blackberries, are given off by human bodies as they decompose.

No more bulky camping gear! All-in-one tent inspired by spacesuits combines an insulated shelter with sleeping bag and mat

Polarmond tent combines insulated shelter with a sleeping bag and mat

Swiss materials scientists have helped to develop a new type of shelter (illustrated top right) that they say can keep campers warm at temperatures as low as -22°F, and help reduce uncomfortable nights in the great outdoors. It features insulated walls (pictured left) that use a material similar to on astronauts' spacesuits and has a mat built into the bottom of the tent (pictured bottom right).

Radar to search for Queen Nefertiti: Egypt gives go ahead to look behind King Tutankhamun's tomb to try and find grave of woman who may have been his mother

The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry has granted preliminary approval for the use of a non-invasive radar to find 'ghost' tomb doors hidden behind King Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old tomb.

Apple releases watchOS 2 (and Rickrolls its fans): Firm hides Easter egg in the support files for its next-generation software 

WatchOS 2 was unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June. It includes new faces, a Time Travel feature and Time Lapse homescreens (pictured).

Atomic bonds revealed: Pioneering probe allows scientists to see the electron cloud that holds molecules together

Researchers at the Czech Academy of Science used a fine tipped probe to measure the minute electric forces that surround atoms to unpick what bonds in molecules look like.

Instagram is now bigger than Twitter: Photo sharing app has 400 millions users who share 80 million images every day

Instagram said that among the last 100 million to join, more than half live in Europe and Asia. The countries that added the most Instagrammers include Brazil, Japan and Indonesia.

A soldier's best friend? Marines put Google's robo-dog 'Spot' through its paces, tackling tough terrain and scouting buildings

Spot the 160lb (73kg) robo-dog (pictured) which is capable of running on rough terrain and following soldiers, is being tested by a Darpa team at Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia.

The CYBERDOGS of war: Canines could spy on the enemy using remote-controlled cameras mounted on their backs

The Cerberus Digital Canine Transmitter, developed by Dorset-based Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance, is a pop up camera that can be mounted to a dog harness.

Now THAT's an impulse buy! Cecil Chubb bought Stonehenge for £6,600 at auction as present for his wife 100 years ago

Salisbury resident and barrister Cecil Chubb brought the then-neglected ruin of Stonehenge 100 years ago today, for the sum of £6,600, only to gift it to the nation three years later.

Siberia could become pockmarked with giant craters: Global warming is releasing 'explosive and violent' levels of methane under the ground, warn experts

Scientists from the Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics in Novosibirsk have issued an alert that cities and towns in northern regions are particularly at risk.

The duck boat for the 21st century: Lockheed Martin reveals $7m eight wheel drive amphibious vehicle complete with grenade launchers to carry marines into battle

Lockheed Martin reveals $7m Amphibious Combat Vehicle with eight wheel drive

With eight wheel drive and fitted with grenade launchers, the Amphibious Combat Vehicle is designed to carry up to 13 marines into combat. The firm behind it says future versions will even be able to drive themselves at sea. The ACV 1.1 is fully armoured, weighs over 20 tons and is powered by a 700 bhp six-cylinder turbodiesel engine. It can carry over 16,000 lb (7,200 kg) of payload, boasting upgradable sensors and communications, and can carry weapons ranging up to a 30-mm autocannon. It was inspired by the DUKW vehicles used in WWII (inset).

Why it's safe to make love after having a heart attack: It's no riskier than climbing stairs or a brisk walk, say scientists 

Experts say that doing any physical activity - including making love - after a heart attack is safe and should be encouraged. German researchers tracked the health of more than 500 heart attack survivors.

Hate hoovering? There's an app for that! Robot vacuum cleaner can be controlled remotely by your PHONE

The Neato BotVac Connected is the first robotic vacuum linked to the internet, and uses the same technology as Google's driverless cars to map out a house and navigate around objects.

The parasitic wasps that are genetically modifying butterflies: Insects pass on a virus that alters the caterpillar's genome

Scientists at the University of Valencia in Spain were surprised to discover DNA from parasitic wasps (pictured) in the genomes of several species of butterfly.

So long Project Morpheus! Sony officially names its virtual reality headset PlayStation VR and confirms it will go on sale next year

The newly-named PlayStation VR (pictured), or PSVR, has been on display at this week's Tokyo Game Show, where Sony also confirmed the device will go on sale in the first half of 2016.

Brought to you by the letter I! Samsung's Serif TV is inspired by a font and 'blurs the lines between furniture and technology'

The Serif TV set is designed by Paris-based brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and is inspired by the letter 'I', coming in three sizes which turn the television into a piece of furniture.

Could YOU spot a cheater? Study finds men can tell which women are more likely to have affairs just by looking at their faces

Researchers from the University of Western Australia asked a group of men to look at photos of 34 women in pairs. One of the women had cheated, while the other had always been faithful.

It's no yolk: Australian scientist wins parody Nobel Prize for creating a way to unboil an egg

Professor Colin Raston (pictured) from Flinders University in Adelaide has been awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for building a machine which can unboil an egg.

The spectre in the snaps: Hikers capture rare optical illusion that causes a HALO to appear around their shadows in photographs

Radka and Chris Chapin were on the summit of Washington's Tamanos Mountain when they saw what looked like a supernatural figure. The illusion was created by the 'Brocken Spectre.'

Watch the terrifying babybot: Creepy robot helps reveal how infants time their smiles to make their mums smile in return

Watch the terrifying babybot: Creepy robot helps reveal how infants time their smiles to

Their UC San Diego study found that, much like comedians, babies wait for the moment when their mother is at her most responsive before smiling. While mothers try to increase the time both parties are smiling, babies try to increase the time their mother smiles, while reducing their own effort in smiling, the researchers said. To confirm their findings, the researchers built the terrifying robot and programmed it to make humans smile.

Create a playlist with your FACE: Spotify tool scans selfies to see how you're feeling and makes music mixes to suit this mood

Taiwanese mobile phone giant HTC has teamed up with Spotify to create a service that analyses selfies to select music based on the user's facial expression.

How good are YOU at paying attention? Take the test that reveals just how bad humans are at noticing obvious changes

The release Friday of Donald Trump's position paper on gun rights drew so many readers that his website server was temporarily knocked offline

Watch the clip and count how many basketball passes are made. The famous test highlights a phenomenon known as 'change blindness' that causes us to miss obvious changes to a scene.

Queen's Don't Stop Me Now is the top feel-good song of the past 50 years... and a scientific formula has proved it 

A cognitive neuroscientist from the University of Groningen in Holland studied pop songs from the past 50 years and created an equation to reveal what gives some songs a 'feel good' factor.

Fish oil is good for you... if you're an Inuit: Native Greenlanders possess genetic mutations that enable them to reap the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids

UC Berkeley scientists found that Inuits and their Siberian ancestors possess genetic mutations related to fat metabolism, which protect them from heart disease.

Stonehenge-style rocks spotted on MARS: Bizarre circular stone formation on the red planet resembles the iconic Pagan site

Stonehenge-style rocks spotted on MARS and dubbed Marshenge

Alien hunters claim to have spotted a stone circle in images (pictured left and top right) sent back by the HiRise camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which they claim resembles Stonehenge (bottom right) in Wiltshire, England. However, experts have warned that stone circles can also form naturally in permafrost that regularly thaws and defrosts. It is the latest in a long line of strange 'objects' spotted in images sent back from Mars.

Tim Cook slams 'opportunistic' Steve Jobs films: Apple CEO discusses founder's legacy and coming out as gay on the Late Show

US talk show host Stephen Colbert also attempted to tease out details about Apple's reported driverless car plans, which Tim Cook was unable to deny or confirm.

'Living fossil' fish has a LUNG in its abdomen: Organ has no purpose and is a leftover from the bizarre creature's evolution

Researchers at Rio de Janeiro State University identified the defunct lung and said it provides information about how the coelacanth's ancient relatives may have lived 410 million years ago.

Amazon takes aim at Apple: Firm revamps its Fire TV and launches $50 high-spec 7-inch Fire tablet

The 7-inch (18-cm) Fire tablet is part of new family of tablets being launched by the online giant, along with an upgraded streaming media device and a game controller box.

Revealed, why coffee keeps us awake: High levels of caffeine 'produce the same effect as jet lag' - making the body think it's a whole time zone behind

The British and US research doesn't just reinforce the advice to avoid caffeine in the evening - it also suggests that the stimulant could be used to treat jet lag.

The spiders are coming! Warm summer means an 'influx' of large arachnids is heading for your home

The University of Gloucestershire has released an app to help identify spider species. Called Spider in da House, it reveals which critters are in your home, and their sexes.

How your tweets can betray your politics: Liberals use swear words on Twitter while those on the right discuss religion

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London studied tweets by supporters of the US Republican and Democrat Parties. The findings may help to predict how people will vote in elections.

Android fans attack! Apple haters flood Google Play with abusive one-star reviews for the tech giant's Move to iOS app

Comments posted alongside thousands of one-star ratings include: 'Ever wish you could go back in time? Well now you can! Experience all the features you have had for years all over again.'

Are you a sexy nymph or a graceful muse? 'Erotic' quiz uses Greek mythology and pop culture to reveal what kind of lover you are - and who your perfect partner might be

A new erotic quiz reveals what kind of lover you are with eight questions ranging from Greek goddesses to cult movies. The profiling system then determines your ideal match.

The SNAKE on Pluto: High-resolution colour images from New Horizons reveal strange 'animal skin' terrain on the dwarf planet

Pluto images from New Horizons reveals strange 'snake skin' terrain

Scientists aren't sure what causes the pattern, but theories include the impact of plate tectonics rippling the surface, or frozen gasses that are released when surface temperatures increase. The 'snakeskin' image of Pluto's surface (left) is just one tantalising piece of data New Horizons sent back in recent days. The spacecraft also captured the highest-resolution colour view yet of Pluto (top right), as well as detailed spectral maps. They reveal features that resemble dunes, the older shoreline of a shrinking glacial ice lake, and fractured, angular water ice mountains (bottom right) with sheer cliffs.

Why a dog's sense of smell is overrated: Canines use their MEMORY to find buried bones rather than following their nose 

Researchers at Duke University in North Carolina analysed the results of tests that were a version of the cup and ball game played with 500 pet dogs who had to find a hidden treat.

Is this the saddest polar bear on the planet? Photo showing plight of emaciated animal as she drags her injured leg across the ice shared 41,000 times 

Nature photographer Kerstin Langenberger, who is based in Germany, posted the image of the 'horribly thin' injured bear on Facebook last month. It was taken in Norway's Svalbard region.

Firm behind Apple's Spaceship HQ reveals plans for Nasa-backed 3D printed Mars habitat built by robots

Foster + Partners New York?s design for a modular habitat on Mars has been shortlisted amongst 30 finalists for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge organised by America Makes and NASA. The design outlines plans for a settlement on Mars constructed by an array of pre-programmed, semi-autonomous robots prior to the eventual arrival of the astronauts. The design of the habitat ? carried out in collaboration with industrial and academic partners ? envisions a robust 3D-printed dwelling for up to four astronauts constructed using regolith ? the loose soil and rocks found on the surface of Mars.

The proposal considers multiple aspects of the project from delivery and deployment to construction and operations. The habitat will be delivered in two stages prior to the arrival of the astronauts. First, the semi-autonomous robots select the site and dig a 1.5 metre deep crater, followed by a second delivery of the inflatable modules which sit within the crater to form the core of the settlement. G

Foster + Partners New York's design for a modular habitat on Mars will be built by three different kinds of robots parachuted to the surface.

Move over Tesla: Apple is working on an electric car for launch in 2019, claims report

The company is tripling the number of engineers on the project, code-named Titan, and has set a 'ship date' for within four years, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Watch the raw power of a TASER in slow motion: Video reveals rippling skin as volunteer spasms and howls in pain

YouTubers the Slo Mo Guys visited Taser International in Scotsdale, Arizona, to film a Taser being fired at a volunteer at a rate of 28,500 frames per second.

Inside the cave that was home to Denisovans, Neanderthals AND Homo sapiens: Different species of early man used the same shelter for thousands of years

Geneticists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Munich, Germany, studied DNA from teeth and a pinky bone found in the Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains (pictured).

Seeing supersonic: Nasa captures stunning images of shock waves created by jet fighters as they break the sound barrier

Nasa scientists at the Armstrong Flight Research Centre in Edwards, California, have developed a new way of capturing images of the shock waves produced by supersonic aircraft.

Haunting solar eclipses, speeding comets and distant worlds: Stunning winners of Astronomy Photographer of the Year revealed

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners revealed

A haunting view of the total solar eclipse in March this year taken from the icy valleys of Svalbard, Norway (pictured bottom right), was named overall winner of the annual competition. Others that were picked out by the judges included a detailed close up of the moon's surface (left), a shot of Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques travelling in front of the Heart Nebula 7,500 light years away (middle) and the mass of stars, nebulae and clouds of gas of our galaxy the Milky Way stretching above the peaks of the Hautes-Pyrenees in France (top right).

'Johnny Five' will keep soldiers alive: US Army hopes to use Short Circuit-style robots to rescue casualties from battlefields

The chief of the US Army Medical Corps Major General Steve Jones said he wants to reduce the risk to medics and other soldiers by using robots to carry injured soldiers from the battlefield.

Drone owners will be forced to register devices on tracking database after four near misses with aircraft in the past month alone

Four aircraft flying close to British airports have been involved in near-misses with drones in the the last month, with the incidents taking place close to Heathrow, Birmingham and London City airports.

Apple's iPhone 6s hits the high street: First customers - including a ROBOT - get their hands on the next-generation device

Stores across Australia were the first to start selling the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, followed by London and the rest of Europe. The phone goes on sale at 8am in the respective time zones.

How 'unfriending' someone on Facebook is now workplace bullying: Fair Work Commission rules social media snub was 'unreasonable and emotionally immature'

The act of 'unfriending' a colleague on Facebook is now considered a workplace bullying after a tribunal found the matter in Tasmania left the victim depressed, anxious and unable to work.

Millions of mobile phone users face higher monthly bills after Ofcom TREBLES the fee for using 3G and 4G networks

A stock photo of a mobile phone showing Twitter app.

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Ofcom announced today that mobile phone operators will have to pay £199.6 million a year for accessing 2G, 3G and 4G networks used by millions of their customers.

The ultimate laser cannon: 'Gatling gun' can focus multiple beams to create super powerful weapons

HEL on wheels

Rheinmetall?s high-energy laser effectors get moving

The Rheinmetall Live Laser Demonstration 2013 set a new standard for operational deployment of the Group?s mobile and stationary high-energy laser (HEL) effectors.

In a European first, three different vehicle platforms were equipped with HEL effectors. The versatile tactical potential of this forward-looking technology was amply demonstrated in a wide variety of operational scenarios.

A high point of the demonstration came with the successful engagement of a swarm of jet-powered drones by a stationary Skyshield air defence system, whose effectiveness likewise relies on a HEL effector.

The Skyshield HEL effector enabled successful engagement of a series of incoming generic mortar rounds. The maximum effective range of this technology demonstrator is 3,000 metres, an increase of 1,000 metres compared to the previous year?s performance.

Rheinmetall?s innovative laser weapon technology draws equally on the compan

The four 20 kilowatt lasers fire simultaneously as a single powerful 80 kilowatt beam. The firm boasts units can even be combined for 'unlimited' power.

The terrifying cockroach robo-SPY that could soon perform reconnaissance missions for the Russian military

The 4-inch (10cm) bionic cockroaches (pictured) were designed by engineers Danil Borchevkin and Aleksey Belousov at Kaliningrad's Kant University.

Experts on television nature shows admit they often try to help stricken animals they are filming and once even saved a baby penguin from a melted ice hole

Experts working on Springwatch say they constantly agonise over whether to save animals from perilous situations - and often decide to do so if it does not interfere with nature.

Why you should NEVER stalk your ex on Facebook: Behaviour creates a vicious cycle where the site is used to help cope with a breakup but actually makes it worse

The findings were made by Dr Jesse Fox from the Ohio State University. They show that people who are more committed in relationships have higher levels of emotional distress after a breakup.

The ultimate party phone: Free AmpMe app lets users link handsets to play music together as one giant speaker

The app was created by Montreal start-up, AmpMe and allows iOS and Android devices to play the same music together across both platforms to ramp up the sound at parties.

Climate change is causing the tongues of bumblebees to SHRINK

The tongues of two Rocky Mountains species of bumblebees are about one-quarter shorter than they were 40 years ago,researchers found.

Elon Musk creates the world's most exclusive school: Entrepreneur reveals he bought a mansion to house 15 pupils (including his five kids) and three teachers 

The school, named Ad Astra, is in southern California and shrouded in secrecy. Musk started it after discovering the current education system wasn't 'doing the things I thought should be done.'

Giant killer lizards roamed Australia during the last Ice Age: Fossil is the first evidence these predators lived alongside Aborigines

Researchers from the University of Queensland found the 1cm bone inside a cave near Rockhampton. It is said to be the earliest record of a giant lizard on the entire continent and is 50,000 years old.

Have YOU ever tracked your partner online? Half of us believe it's acceptable to use phones to spy on loved ones

The study was conducted by Melbourne's VicHealth organisation, which surveyed 1,923 people aged between 16 and 24 about their attitudes towards relationships

Seasonal body clocks are controlled by 'calendar cells': Scientists identify which proteins determine when mammals mate 

By studying the genes of sheep (stock image), experts from the University of Manchester found cells in a structure called the 'pars tuberalis' respond according to how much daylight there is.

Monster supermassive black hole at centre of distant galaxy is 30 times bigger than it should be... and is outgrowing its host

Astronomers at Keele University were studying a galaxy called SAGE0536AGN and discovered it had a black hole at its heart that has a mass equivalent to 350 million of our suns.

How our brain remembers when and where events took place: Scans reveal the cells responsible for giving our memories context

By studying brain activity, neuroscientists from MIT identified the entorhinal cortext is responsible for processing location and time using 'ocean' and 'island' cells.

Why coughs and sneezes really DO spread disease: Scientists discover flu breeds in the roof of the mouth

The soft palate - which separates the back of the mouth and nasal cavity - plays a key role in viruses' ability to travel through the air, say experts from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Parched America: Satellite images reveal just how dry the ground has become across California, Oregon and Washington

The maps reveal how water in mid September 2015 compares with averages for Septembers between 1948 and 2012, with warmer colours showing drier-than-average conditions.

Seasonal body clocks are controlled by 'calendar cells': Scientists identify which proteins determine when mammals mate 

By studying the genes of sheep (stock image), experts from the University of Manchester found cells in a structure called the 'pars tuberalis' respond according to how much daylight there is.

Woman uses a DROID to hold her place in the queue for a new iPhone 6s at Sydney's Apple Store... so she can carry on working instead of lining up in the cold 

Lucy Kelly has set up a droid at the Sydney Apple store so she can be one of the first to purchase the iPhone 6s on Friday morning but doesn't have to leave work or stand waiting in the cold.

Does your RACE impact mental health? Study finds white men suffer more depression despite reporting less stress

The study by Michigan University attributes the difference to the fact white men have less opportunity to develop coping mechanisms for stress compared to both black men and women.

Pebble reveals $249 'lightest and thinnest smartwatch in the world' in bid to take on Apple and Google


Pebble today revealed its latest product in the smartwatch wars. It boasts the new Pebble Time Round is 'is the perfect companion for those who like their wearable tech a bit more incognito.'

Like an IMAX but with REAL effects: This incredible $4million cinema has a 1,800sq-foot screen... and the audience will be hit by mist and wind

Brazil's 24-seater VIX virtual reality ride, launching next month in the town of Vila Velha, took two years to complete and a 90-man team to assemble.

Nirvana's Smells like Teen Spirit is the most iconic song EVER: Computer analysis reveals the track ticks all the boxes needed to be a hit

A computer scientist at Goldsmiths, University of London, analysed 50 of the greatest themes as picked out by music critics for features that seemed to make them stand out.

How to deal with loneliness: People who are lonely have brains that are wired differently, but four steps could help them overcome it 

In two separate studies, researchers at Chicago University found that people are chronically lonely shun interaction because their brains are more vigilant to threats from friends and family.

Forget putting on a brave face - crying does us good: Charity warns suppressing our emotions could be harming mental health 

One in four 18 to 34-year-olds admit they think showing emotions is a sign of weakness, compared with just one in ten over-55s, researchers found.

What's the catch? FreedomPop gives users FREE minutes, texts and data for life and lets you earn more by completing surveys

FreedomPop (logo pictured) has been operating in the US for three years, with almost one million customers, and 250,000 Britons have been using a beta service since May.

The glider that plans to hitch a ride to the edge of SPACE using nothing but polar air currents and 'stratospheric mountain waves'

Earlier this week, the glider made history by soaring to 5,000ft (1,525 metres) during its maiden flight over Roberts Field, the Redmond Municipal Airport in Oregon (pictured).

Rosetta's comet has its own water cycle: Ice formation on the surface of 67P may explain space rock's strange 'duck' shape

Scientists at the Institute for Space, Astrophysics and Planetology in Rome have used data from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission to figure out how ice accumulates on the comet's surface.

Paralysed man walks... using power of the mind: 'Modern miracle' sees brain waves harnessed to allow motorbike crash victim to move his legs

The man - who is being treated by spinal injury experts at the University of California - has his thoughts intercepted in a cap on his head and sent wirelessly to stimulate his leg muscles.

What makes the perfect partner? Study reveals the richer the man or woman, the more emphasis they place on attractiveness

Chapman University in California also found that gender was the biggest factor that influenced what people were looking for in a long-term partner.

Teenage football player's life is saved by his Apple Watch after it showed his heart rate was dangerously high 

Paul Houle, 17, had been to football practice in Massachusetts, when his Apple Watch showed his heart rate was unusually high and doctors then found his organs beginning to shut down.

What to do when your boyfriend blasts into space for a YEAR: Instagram snaps reveal how astronaut Scott Kelly keeps in touch with his girlfriend on Earth

The images provide an insight into the lives of Scott Kelly, who is spending a year on the ISS, and his girlfriend Amiko Kauderer, who is in Texas, working as a public relations officer at Nasa.

Take a tour of Star Trek's USS Enterprise: Video lets you walk through the ship's maze of corridors and explore its iconic bridge

The tour is a demo of the ongoing Enterprise 3D Construction Project, which will one day allow wearers of the California-designed Oculus Rift virtual reality headset wander unguided.

Your car is ALREADY better at parking than you: Self-parking features outperform humans, but drivers still don't trust them

A study by the American Automobile Association found cars parked themselves with 47 per cent fewer manoeuvres and were able to 37 per cent closer to the curb than human drivers.

Transplant breakthrough as researchers reveal working kidney grown in the lab from stem cells

3D illustration of the kidneys from a lateral oblique view.
Also shown are the inferior vena cava, abdominal aorta, adrenal glands, and ureters.


Scientists say they are a step closer to growing fully functioning replacement kidneys after a breakthrough in results in animals - but stressed human trials still several years off.

Hunting for stars at the heart of the Milky Way: 'Cosmic sonic booms' hidden by dust could be spotted using radio telescopes

Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics have come up with a new way to clear the fog and spot hidden stars at the Milky Way's galactic centre (pictured).

No sex please, we're robots! Buyers of hit new 'emotional robot' Pepper to sign contract vowing it won't be used indecently

Japan-based SoftBank included a clause in the ownership contract which said using Pepper the robot (pictured) for 'the purpose of sexual or indecent behavior' breaks this rental agreement.

The science of CUTE: From bobble heads to large eyes and chubby bodies, what makes kittens and puppies so adorable revealed

Bournemouth-based How It Works magazine has studied the science behind cute faces and revealed the allure is down to our evolutionary need to take care of and protect our own children.

The bridge built by DRONES: Scientists program flying robots that work together to construct a walkway that can support a human 

Swiss researchers have trained several aerial drones to design and build a suspension bridge made of rope across a 24 foot gap between two large scaffolding towers.

Do YOU trust driverless cars? Only 1 in 10 of us feel confident about getting in autonomous vehicles and women are the most skeptical

The report, from Ohio-based Goodyear, found that 37% of young drivers would be happy with some level of autonomy, while 42% would be happy with a medium level of autonomy.

Paralysed man walks... using power of the mind: Watch the incredible moment 'Modern miracle' sees brain waves harnessed to allow motorbike crash victim to move his legs

The man - who is being treated by spinal injury experts at the University of California - has his thoughts intercepted in a cap on his head and sent wirelessly to stimulate his leg muscles.

Can you really unlock a door with a GUN? Video reveals handguns won't unlock a padlock - but a shotgun can open it in two

A Demolition Ranch YouTube video shot in Texas shows that handguns are ineffective at forcibly opening padlocks but shotguns can get the job done in one or two shots.

The world's largest sailing yacht revealed: Russian billionaire's £260m luxury liner is 300ft high and an underwater observation room

Built for Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, superyacht 'A' is taking its test voyage in Kiel, northern Germany.

Make ANY watch a smartwatch: $140 Unique strap adds notifications and contactless payments to everyday timepieces

The strap (pictured) was designed by Warsaw-based uBirds and is live on Kickstarter. It pairs with a free app for both iOS and Android devices and users can tailor alerts and notifications.

The bridge built by DRONES: Scientists program flying robots that work together to construct a walkway that can support a human 

Swiss researchers have trained several aerial drones to design and build a suspension bridge made of rope across a 24 foot gap between two large scaffolding towers.

Block emails and unsubscribe from spam with a single click: Gmail rolls out simple tools to help you take control of your inbox

The tools are available on the web version of the site from today, and will begin rolling out to the Android app 'over the next week.' Users can unblock the addresses in Settings.

Full power Top Gun combat laser is being built and Air Force bosses say it will be in service 'very soon'


An Air Force General has told experts laser weapons could be in use by 2020 - telling sceptics 'that day is a lot closer than I think a lot of people think it is.'

Man has been polluting Earth since the Middle Palaeolithic: Heavy metal contamination caused by Neanderthal fires dates back at least 450,000 years

The highest levels of heavy metals - copper, lead, nickel and zinc - were found in Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar, where well-preserved Neanderthal hearths have been found.

Giant 30 foot long duck billed dinosaur found in Alaska is a new species, researchers reveal (and don't worry, it was a vegetarian)

This original painting by James Havens of Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis, the new species of duck-billed dinosaur described in research published today in the international journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, illustrates a scene from ancient Alaska during the Cretaceous Period.

The animal was a variety of hadrosaur, a duck-billed dinosaur that roamed in herds, said Pat Druckenmiller, earth sciences curator at the University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks.

Want life cover? You may need to send a selfie to your insurer for clues about your health

Cara Delevingne selfie

Some of Britain's biggest firms are snapping up programs which can analyse a photo and tell whether someone is a smoker, has been ill or is likely to have a shorter than normal life.

Have they found the Mona Lisa's bones? Experts believe they have found skeleton of noblewoman who sat for Da Vinci's masterpiece 

Historians believe they've found Leonardo's model buried under the altar of a derelict Florence convent. The bones found date to the time of death of Italian noblewoman Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo.

The world's first scale model of the solar system is created in Nevada, and it covers 7 MILES of desert

Based on Earth being the size of a half-inch marble, the team calculated the scale sizes of each orbit and planet, which were represented by balls and lightbulbs.

Does needing a pee make you a better LIAR? Full bladders enhance our ability to dupe others, study claims 

People who lied to an interviewer while needing to urinate were better at evading detection, the psychologists from California State University said.

How polluted is YOUR city? Live interactive map shows exactly how much harmful smog is in the air where you live right now

Beijing based environmental monitoring project, the World Air Quality Index is publishing real time pollution maps across the world to reveal levels of harmful particulate matter.

Giving babies iPads is playing 'Russian roulette with their development', says leading psychologist

Dr Richard House, a former senior lecturer at Winchester University, warned that devices such as tablets are 'unnecessary, inappropriate and harmful' for young children.

What's YOUR 'microbial cloud' made of? Bacterial 'aura' surrounding our bodies is as unique as a fingerprint

University of Oregon researchers found that by sampling a person's microbial mist, it is possible to tell whether it has been emitted by a man or a woman - and even who it belongs to.

Cracked, the riddle of the missing toes: Bizarre experiment explains why we cannot feel middle three digits when they are poked 

Around half of us think we're missing a toe when we count them with our eyes closed, according to a bizarre Oxford University study. Researchers found the second toe is the most likely to be lost.

The radical 'sliding seat' that could make boarding flights far faster


US company Molon Labe Designs claims that its 'Sider Seat' will save airlines two hours of extra flying time each day and result in 'happy, loyal customers'.

Think twice before shaking hands with a man and keep your toothbrush two metres from the loo to avoid bugs, new book says

Two Businesspeople shaking hands, Close-up of hands

Bacteria plays a central role in our lives - good and bad. A study says only 61% of women and 37% of men wash hands after the loo, so buck the trend and scrub your hands for 15 seconds every time.

The grisly riddle of the 9,000-year-old decapitation: Skull found with amputated hands had its flesh removed during ancient ritual

Anthropologists discovered the decapitated skull with two hands placed over its face (pictured) in a shallow pit in a cave in Lagoa Santa in east-central Brazil.

Peering inside the 'human phantom': Woman's corpse is cut into 5,000 slices and digitally stitched together to create the world's most detailed image of the body

The unnamed 59-year-old housewife from Maryland died of a heart attack 20 years ago and her body was donated by her husband to a project to create the most detailed digital model of a human.

Does this bacteria hold the key to the 'fountain of youth'? 3.5-million-year-old Siberian specimen boosts longevity and the immune system

The bacteria, seen as a potential elixir of life, was found in 2009, embedded in ancient permafrost at a site known as Mammoth Mountain in Yakutia, the largest region in Siberia.

Super-intelligent aliens could be trying to contact Earth, but humans may not be able to pick up the signals yet, says Seti's top scientist

Exclusive: Dr Nathalie Cabrol, who is leading the hunt for alien life at the Seti Institute in California, says optical and radio technologies may not be able to pick up messages from ET.

The mother who cannot say goodbye to her dead child: Tragic gorilla cannot bear to be separated from her baby a week after it died... and still tries to wake her up

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Shira the gorilla lost her one-week-old daughter at Frankfurt Zoo, Berlin, and keepers have yet to retrieve the body as she refuses to realise the little gorilla baby is dead

'Hush' kills unused apps to boost your battery: Free tool tracks how you use your phone to save energy

Purdue University researchers in Indiana, said the Hush tool for Android phones can reduce the total daily energy drain by 16 per per cent by shutting down apps (stock image).