Is this evidence of a parallel universe? Sightings of a 'floating city' in China are simply an optical illusion, say scientists

Sightings of a 'floating city' in China are simply an optical illusion say scientists

Residents of Jiangxi and Foshan were stunned when they saw what they thought to be towering sky scrapers appearing from the clouds. The event was down to an optical illusion known as a Fata Morgana. A Fata Morgana is a type of mirage that distort distance objects, and can be can be seen on land or sea. It's caused by how our brains process light when it is bent through different densities of air.

Triassic park! Researchers find dozens of weird dinosaurs in Utah including giant fanged pterosaur that would 'freak you out of your mind'

This illustration provided by Brigham Young University on Oct. 16, 2015 depicts a pterosaur, which would have been the largest flying reptile of the time 210 million years ago, based on fossils found in 2009 at a site in Dinosaur National Monument near the town of Jensen in northeastern Utah. Its wingspan is about 1.3 meters (4.3 feet). The sphenosuchian depicted in its jaws is about 25 centimeters (10 inches) Paleontologists have discovered a cliff brimming with fossils that offers a rare glimpse of desert life in western North America early in the age of dinosaurs. (Josh Cotton/Brigham Young University via AP)

Paleontologists have discovered a cliff-side in Utah brimming with Triassic era fossils that offers a rare glimpse of desert life in western North America early in the age of dinosaurs.

Six degrees of FRANCIS BACON: Interactive relationship maps shows 'friends of friends' for historical figures

The site, created by Carnegie Melon University, currently identifies more than 13,000 people and highlights around 200,000 relationships from between 1500 and 1700.

Are YOU smart enough to join Mensa? Take the quiz to see if your IQ measures up against 250 child geniuses

Mensa has revealed the head-scratching questions it uses to select new members to Take the quiz to see if you can beat the 250 children under 12 who are already members of the society.

The REAL science of zombies vs plants: Researchers uncover the process of turning flowers into 'living dead'

A citizen takes part in the Zombiewalk, an annual parade of Zombie movie enthusiasts, in Warsaw, Poland.  

(Photo credit should read WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Zombie vs plants may have become a hit game, but now researchers say they have uncovered the process which allows real flowering plants to be turned into 'zombies'.

How much is YOUR personal data worth? Netflix details start at $1 while hackers will pay up to $1,200 for your banking password

The figures have been taken from California-based Intel Security's The Hidden Data Economy report. On the dark web, stolen cards (stock image) are worth $5 in the US, or $45 in the EU.

Do YOU notice anything unusual about Saya, the Japanese girl taking the internet by storm?

Saya by Teruyuki in Tokyo is the Japanese girl taking the internet by storm

The incredible images of Saya are actually computer generated - and the Japanese team who created her are set to bring her to life in a movie. The two Tokyo freelance artists posted the images online, and have since seen them reposted thousands of times as people trying to answer the question of whether they are photographs of a real person or not.

Lab-grown burgers 'will be on the menu by 2020': Scientists set up company to make stem cell meat an affordable reality 

Peter Verstrate, head of a new firm working with Maastricht University, said he was confident that the burgers would be available to buy within five years.

Can't afford an iPhone 6s? App gives your old handset the latest 3D Touch features for free (but only if you jailbreak it first)

By downloading the free 'Forcy' app, iPhone users with iOS 9 can get some of the same features as the new iPhone 6s without paying out for the new model.

Artificial intelligence breakthrough as intuition algorithm beats humans in data test

Film: 2001, A Space Odyssey (1968).

MIT's system was able to out-perform humans in a series of tasks designed to look for patterns in data - beating human intuition.

Is Alzheimer's caused by FUNGUS? Traces found in the brains of sufferers suggest the disease 'could caused by an infectious microbe'

There is no conclusive evidence, but if the answer does turn out to be yes, it means Alzheimer's may be targeted with antifungal treatment, say Spanish scientists writing in the journal Scientific Reports.

Drones have met their match: Portable 'gun' uses radio pulses to halt aircraft mid-air

The rifle-like anti-drone system, developed by Battelle Innovations in Columbus, Ohio, uses radio pulses to interrupt the communication system of the drone, tricking it into thinking it is out of range.

The dinosaur that whipped its tail like Indiana Jones: Scale model confirms sauropod created SONIC BOOMS

The computer simulations and model (pictured) were tested and built by computer scientist Nathan Myhrvold and University of Alberta palaeontologist Philip Currie.

Get ready for 'The Monster': Forecasters reveal El Niño will bring a cold and wet winter but say it WON'T be enough to ease California's drought

El Niño will bring a cold and wet winter but WON'T ease California's drought

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration issued its winter forecast, saying El Nino will leave a big wet but not necessarily snowy footprint on much of the United States. This year's is one of the strongest El Ninos on record. NOAA expects a cooler and wetter winter for the South. For California, more precipitation than usual is expected during the critical time that its reservoirs usually fill, but there's no guarantee.


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The sun's sprung a leak! Enormous coronal hole that is 50-EARTHS-wide spotted on star (but don't worry, it's harmless)

Coronal hole that is 50 EARTHS-wide spotted on star by NASA

Captured by Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory, the region occurs where a magnetic field fails to loop back down to the sun's surface and instead sends out coronal material. The high-speed solar wind originating from this coronal hole created a geomagnetic storm near Earth that resulted in several nights of auroras. The material that constantly flows from the sun is called the solar wind, which typically 'blows' at around 250 miles (400 km) per second. When a coronal hole is present, however, the wind speed can double to nearly 500 miles (800 km) per second.

Could prosthetic limbs soon come with a sense of TOUCH? Smart skin could detect heat, pressure and moisture

Scientists from Stanford University used flexible organic circuits and specialised pressure sensors to create their 'skin' that can sense the force of static objects.

What makes superglue so sticky? Infographic reveals the complex chemistry of the finger-fusing adhesive

Teacher Andy Brunning, based in Cambridge, explains how the glue's secret lies in cyanoacrylate, a substance once thought completely useless as it was so sticky.

Judge rules Uber IS legal in London in court battle between the app and traditional cab drivers 

Transport for London (TfL) had sought clarification as to whether the smartphone app breaks the law by operating in the same way as meters used by more strictly regulated black cabs to calculate fares.

Now you can Skype with ANYONE using a browser: Feature lets you take calls without installing apps or creating accounts

Skype links can be generated from Skype for Windows, for Mac and for Web. These changes are being rolled out to in the US and UK from today and the rest of the world 'over the next couple of weeks.'

Will YOUR city survive the next century? Interactive map reveals 414 'doomed' cities that will be obliterated by rising sea levels

Researchers have revealed over 400 US cities set to be obliterated by rising sea levels - and have created an interactive map to reveal the full extent of the crisis.

Welcome to Fakebook: More than 75% of people admit to making their lives seem more exciting on social media 

More than three quarters people asked said they judged their peers based on what they saw on their Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook profiles, according to the British survey by HTC.

Woolly mammoths WERE wiped out by hunters: Tusks suggest that calves were forced to wean earlier because of human predators

Researchers from University of Michigan found chemical clues about weaning age - when a calf stops nursing - embedded in the tusks of juvenile Siberian woolly mammoths.

Ancient tombs in Cyprus reveal stunning treasures: Luxury items shed light on trade routes in Europe 2,400 years ago

Ancient tombs in Cyprus reveal items shed on trade routes in Europe 2,.4k years ago

Three underground tombs have been discovered near the city of Soli in Cyprus, along with luxury drinking vessels (right), a gold wreath (bottom left), a figurine (inset) weapons and jewelry. The top left image shows a close up of one of the metal vessels. Researchers say some of the vessels found in Soli are similar to items typically created in Athens. This backs up written sources that show the city was supplying Athens with timber and copper in return for luxurious metal vessels.

Researchers reveal neural switch that turns DREAMS on and off in seconds

Woman sleeping in bed.

The team were able to activate the neurons in a mouse brain using lasers, sending the animal into REM sleep within seconds.

Enjoy listening to Sam Smith? You're more likely to be agreeable and open: Sad songs trigger feelings of compassion

Researchers from New Zealand analysed the personalities a group of volunteers while studying their musical tastes. People who said they enjoyed sad songs scored higher for empathy.

The $50 hypercam that could give your phone 'X-ray vision' to see inside objects - and could even tell you if fruit is ripe

Affordable camera reveals hidden details invisible to the naked eye

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Compared to an image taken with a normal camera (left), HyperCam images (right) reveal detailed vein and skin texture patterns that are unique to each individual.
Compared to an image taken with a normal camera (left), HyperCam images (right) reveal detailed vein and skin texture patterns that are unique to each individual.University of Washington

Peering into a grocery store bin, it?s hard to tell if a peach or tomato or avocado is starting to go bad underneath its skin.

But an affordable camera technology being developed by the University of Washington and Microsoft Research might enable consumers of the future to tell which piece of fruit is perfectly ripe or what?s rotting in the fridge.

The team of computer science and electrical engineers developed HyperCam, a lower-cost hyperspectral camera that uses both visible and invisible near-infrared light

The HyperCam uses visible and invisible near-infrared light to see beneath the surfaces of objects and catch more details than the average camera that relies on visual light alone.

Could a simple eye test diagnose autism? Pupils of children with the condition 'take markedly longer to narrow after penlight test'

Scientists at Washington State University found in a pilot study that in 70 per cent of youngsters aged 10 to 17 with high-functioning autism their pupils took markedly longer to constrict.

Bees are CAFFEINE addicts: Insects enjoy stimulant - and even perform dances to direct their hive mates to a source

In tests by the University of Sussex, researchers gave bees a sugar solution laced with caffeine. After a first taste of the stimulant, the bees kept returning to where they had found it before

First stop, the MOON! Mission to Mars would benefit from a lunar detour for refuelling

An MIT study has found that a Martian mission may lighten its launch load by almost 70% if it refuelled on the moon (Earth-rise from the moon pictured).

The gadget that scans for CALORIES: $249 Scio uses beams of light to analyse the amount of fat, carbs and proteins in a food

Scio uses beams of light to analyse the amount of fat, carbs and proteins in food

The device (pictured), designed by Consumer Physics, an Israeli company, works by uses beams of light to analyse the molecular 'signature' of whatever it is scanning. To accurately assess the number of calories, the user would have to identify the portion size of the piece of food that is being scanned. The device may also prove useful to emergency services personnel for identifying pills using the same method.

Hackers could take control of Siri and Google Now without uttering a word: Radio waves can be used to trigger commands

The research, by France's information security agency, ANSSI in Paris, suggests criminals could take control of handsets and eavesdrop on conversations using Siri and Google Now.

Life on Europa may have been sparked by COMETS: Rocks carrying biological material could have penetrated the moon's thick crust to reach the oceans beneath

Students at Williams College in Massachusetts used computer modelling to simulate the impact caused by comets and asteroids of different sizes striking the icy surface of Jupiter's moon (illustrated).

87% of Android phones are vulnerable to hackers because they aren't running the latest software, researchers warn

A sign for Google is displayed behind the Google android robot, at the National Retail Federation, in New York.

Google Inc., releases quarterly financial results Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, after the market close. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Researchers found that on average 87.7% of Android devices are exposed to at least one of 11 known critical vulnerabilities - and say manufacturers, not Google, are to blame.

Yahoo Mail kills off the password: App introduces Account Key feature that lets people sign in with the press of a button

When a user opens the app they will be sent a push notification. Simply clicking this notification verifies who they are. Account Key (pictured) is available globally on iOS and Android.

Microbial masterpieces! Scientists 'paint' detailed works of art by growing bacteria from human skin and even faeces in petri dishes

The Agar Art Challenge was the first competition of its kind hosted by the Washington-based American Society for Microbiology (ASM). The winning 'Neurons' image is pictured.

Our ancestors left Africa for CHINA and not Europe: Fossil teeth place humans in Asia '20,000 years earlier' than first thought

Scientists excavating a cave in Daoxian, southern China, say they have found fossils belonging to modern humans that date to at least 80,000 years ago.

Biology in ACTION: Impalas locking horns wins photography award, beating a 'scared' ant and mating toads on a lotus leaf

Impalas locking horns wins Royal Society of Biology's photography award

A striking image of male impala locking curly horns on the plains of Etosha National Park in Namibia (pictured left) has taken first place in the Royal Society of Biology's Photographer of the Year competition. Barbara Stanley captured the power struggle between two males during rutting season. A striking image of a 'lonely' flower 18,208 feet (5,550 metres) above sea level at Pensi La Pass mountain pass in Ladakh, India (top left) was the winning entry in the under-18's category. Other highly commended entries included photographs of Sri Lankan stilt fishermen, mating toads and a 'scared' ant (bottom right).

Could your views on God and immigration be changed by using MAGNETS? Brain stimulation can alter beliefs, study claims

Using what's known as transcranial magnetic stimulation, researchers from the University of York were able to shut down the part of the brain in participants associated with detecting threats.

Want to get on with the mother-in-law? Make sure you stand up to her: Taking an assertive approach will persuade them you make an intended spouse happy 

If your future mother-in-law thinks you're not suitable for her darling son or daughter, don't shower her with gifts and compliments - stand up to her instead, scientists have found.

New Jersey professor discovers first draft of King James Bible in a 400-year-old notebook languishing in a college archive

The King James Bible is the most widely read work in English literature, a masterpiece of translation whose stately cadences and transcendent phrases have long been seen, even by secular readers, as having emerged from a kind of collective divine inspiration.

But now, in an unassuming notebook held in an archive at the University of Cambridge, an American scholar has found what he says is an important new clue to the earthly processes behind that masterpiece: the earliest known draft, and the only one definitively written in the hand of one of the roughly four dozen translators who worked on it.

The notebook, which dates from 1604 to 1608, was discovered by Jeffrey Alan Miller, an assistant professor of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey, who announced his research on Wednesday in an article in The Times Literary Supplement.

Jeffrey Miller, assistant professor of English at Montclair State University, made the stunning discovery last fall while doing research at the University of Cambridge in the UK.

How thousands of dolphins die for your cheap tuna sarnie: 98% of canned fish sold by John West are caught by methods which indiscriminately kill other marine life

John West, one of Britain's best known purveyors, claimed its entire output would be sustainably caught by 2016 but a report has found that species including dolphins are dying torturous deaths.

Twitter's search for a chairman ends at Google: Jack Dorsey hires chief business officer a day after firing almost 10% of staff

US Internet giant Google senior vice president Omid Kordestani announces Google and Japanese mobile communication giant NTT DoCoMo partnership which include providing Google's search and other services on the NTT DoCoMo's i-mode mobile Internet service in Tokyo 24 Janaury 2008.  AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

Twitter has appointed former Google executive Omid Kordestani as its executive chairman, the latest step in the company's turnaround efforts under Jack Dorsey.

Jack of all trades: Twitter boss Dorsey's payment firm Square files for $275m public offering

Early this month, Square CEO Jack Dorsey made his job as interim chief at Twitter permanent, giving him the task of steering two major companies in the online sector ©Justin Tallis (AFP/File)

Digital payments startup Square, founded by Twitter chief Jack Dorsey, announced Wednesday that it has filed for a stock market offering to raise $275 million.

Creepy software puts YOUR expression onto another person's face to make them smile or frown

Creepy software puts YOUR expression onto another person's face to make them smile or

Researchers from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics, and Stanford University created the technology, which could one day be used for dubbing films. A video demonstration shows a 'source actor' (pictured top left) who pulls various faces and speaks, while the 'target actor' (bottom left) keeps a straight face and remains mute. It then shows the target actor's face on the screen, making the same faces as the gurning source, only retaining their own facial features (pictured right).

What Americans fears the most: Survey reveals government corruption, data privacy and cyber terrorism top the terror list

This is according to a survey of 1,541 adults who were asked to rate how much they were scared of 88 different topics by Chapman University in California.

Prepare for an earlier spring: Winter in the US will end THREE WEEKS sooner over the next century, say scientists

The shift, caused by climate change, will be particularly obvious in the Pacific Northwest and Mountainous regions of the western US, according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The mysterious mushroom that triggers spontaneous orgasms in women: Phallic fungus releases 'hormone-like compounds' to excite with a single sniff

Two mycologists from Hawaii discovered the 'fetid odour' of an unknown species of mushroom (related fungus shown) in the genus Dictyophora can trigger female orgasms.

Dinosaur nest discovered inside 'Dragon's Tomb': Remains of tiny 'duck-billed babies' found near fossilised shell fragments

Scientists believe the creatures belonged to a group of Saurolophus angustirostris - a type of giant hadrosaur - and that they are all likely to be from the same nest. A specimen is pictured.

Save our hedgehogs! Numbers have plummeted from 36.5 million to less than 1 million in just 65 years

A campaign called Hedgehog Street has created a map that lets people across the UK and parts of Europe plot sightings of the animals (stock image) - both dead and alive.

Is the biggest storm in the solar system blowing itself out? Nasa reveals Jupiter's red spot storm is SHRINKING

FILE PHOTO OF THE PLANET JUPITER...WAS07:SCIENCE-JUPITER:WASHINGTON,9FEB00 - FILE PHOTO 26JUN96 - Jupiter has storms similar to Earth's but fuels them from inside itself, not from the Sun, scientists said February 9. This image of the Great Red Spot of Jupiter, an intense storm system thousands of miles wide, was taken by the Galileo imaging system on June 26, 1996.    ssf/Photo by NASA     REUTERS...I...SCI

Nasa revealed the find alongside stunning new maps of the planet  which are the first in an annual series of 'weather maps' designed to spot changes.

Pluto is an active world of 'spectacular' colour: Nasa reveals first scientific results from New Horizons' historic flyby of dwarf planet

Nasa reveals first results from New Horizons' historic flyby of Pluto

Pluto is a world of 'spectacular' colours, dramatic surface features and dynamic geology, the first published results from the historic fly-by of the dwarf planet have shown. The surface of Pluto is marked by plains, troughs and peaks that appear to have been carved out by geological processes that have been active for a very long period. The study has also found that its moons Nix (inset left) and Hydra (inset right), both have reflective surfaces, suggesting relatively clean water ice.

Stonehenge's builders feasted on yoghurt, cheese and hog roasts: Pottery analysis reveals diet of stone circle's makers 5,000 years ago

The discoveries came to light at Durrington Walls, around 1.7 miles (2.7km) away from Stonehenge, and home to the villages where the stone circle's builders are believed to have lived in 2500 BC.

Pregnant chimp adopts orphaned baby: 'Unprecedented' behaviour observed at Australian zoo

The tiny chimp at Monarto Zoo, Adelaide, is 'strong' and 'healthy' thanks to a pregnant chimp named Zombi now caring for Boon despite being expected to give birth in a matter of weeks.

Black people have to wait 32% LONGER than white people to cross the road: Study reveals extent of racism among drivers

Researchers at the University of Arizona also found that black pedestrians were twice as likely as white pedestrians to be passed by multiple vehicles.

Why do YOU believe in God? Religion is just a way of satisfying 16 basic human desires, scientist claims

A psychologist at Ohio State University has unveiled a new theory about the psychology underlying belief in God, claiming it is an attempt to satisfy basic human desires.

Ancient tools suggest people lived in Scotland 3,000 years EARLIER than first thought and inhabited the region during the Ice Age

Archaeologists from the University of Reading made the discovery (tools pictured) with the help of a herd of pigs on the coastline of the island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides.

Apple loses phone chip patent lawsuit: Tech firm faces damages of up to $860 million for infringing university design

The jury was asked to consider whether Apple's A7 (pictured), as well as its A8 and A8X processors violate a patent awarded to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Warf) in 1998.

Mystery of Martian pebbles is solved: Their shape and smoothness prove they were carried up to 30 MILES along a river bed

The pebbles were initially found near Bradbury Rise, the landing site of Curiosity rover in the Gale Crater in 2013. The researchers compared the pebbles to the movement of rocks in Puerto Rico.

Dawn of the GHOST BOATS: Remote-controlled drones that can reach a top speed of 44mph could help the Royal Navy carry out covert operations

The technology, will be used by the Royal Navy and is designed to be fitted to Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs). Itwill have a complex array of sensors, including a navigation radar.

A decapitated women, sacrificial dogs and a wooden 'sex toy': Danish Iron Age remains reveal mysterious macabre practices

Iron Age skeleton of a human, dogs and a sex object found near Aarhus in Denmark

Archaeologists discovered the young woman's remains (pictured left) at Skødstrup near the city of Aarhus in Denmark, where they believe she was sacrificed around 2,000 years ago. Her bones were found in a heap, indicating she had been thrown into the bog along with two stakes, one with a sharp point. They found her skeleton near the remains of dogs (pictured bottom right) that were also sacrificed and thrown into bogs as an offering to the gods. The site once housed an Iron Age village (pictured top right).

'This winter will not be normal': Forecasters say El Niño is set to outgrow 1997 event as they warn phenomenon is now too big to fail

The latest analyses from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and from NASA confirm that El Niño is strengthening and it looks a lot like the strong event that occurred in 1997?98. Observations of sea surface heights and temperatures, as well as wind patterns, show surface waters cooling off in the Western Pacific and warming significantly in the tropical Eastern Pacific.
?Whether El Niño gets slightly stronger or a little weaker is not statistically significant now. This baby is too big to fail,? said Bill Patzert, a climatologist at NASA?s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. October sea level height anomalies show that 2015 is as big or bigger in heat content than 1997. ?Over North America, this winter will definitely not be normal. However, the climatic events of the past decade make ?normal? difficult to define.?
The maps above show a comparison of sea surface heights in the Pacific Ocean as observed at the beginning of October in 1997 and 2015. The measurements come from al

Forecasters say the south of North America, particularly southern California, is likely to see cooler and wetter than normal winter, while the northern tier could be warmer and drier.

US Army unveils anti drone cannon: Smart missiles can change course to shoot down drones 

The Enhanced Area Protection and Survivability system was originally intended to shoot down missiles, but in its latest test was able to bring down drones from over a kilometre away.

'Minority report' algorithm can spot violent crimes among soldiers before they happen

Soldiers of the U.S. Army 23rd chemical battalion, wearing anti-chemical suits, check mock chemical pollutants on one another during a demonstration of their equipment at a ceremony to recognize the battalion's official return to the 2nd Infantry Division based in South Korea at Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, Thursday, April 4, 2013. The 23rd chemical battalion left South Korea in 2004 and returned with some 350 soldiers in Jan. 2013. The battalion will provide nuclear, biological and chemical detection, equipment decontamination and consequence management assistance to support the U.S. and South Korean military forces. North Korea warned Thursday that its military has been cleared to attack the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified" nuclear weapons, while the U.S. said it will strengthen regional protection by deploying a missile defense system to Guam. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Using the military records of 975,057 soldiers, researchers have developed an algorithm to predict which soldiers would subsequently commit a 'severe physical violent crime'.

Pepsi confirms it IS launching a mobile phone: Net has been fizzing with rumours of a budget 5.5-inch Android handset with a 13MP camera

A PepsiCo Spokesman told MailOnline: '...Pepsi is working with a licensing partner to bring a line of mobile phones and accessories to market in China in the next few months.'

Fishing for compliments is GOOD for you: Praise boosts performance in stressful situations such as job interviews

Researchers at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, put 123 volunteers through a mock job interview to see the effect of compliments (illustrated with a file image) at work.

Tesla's Model S autopilot can steer, park and change lanes by ITSELF - and Elon Musk said it will be 'better than a person'

Tesla's Model S autopilot can steer, park and change lanes by ITSELF

Over the next week, 60,000 people who own Tesla's latest Model S car (pictured inset right) will be given the option to download the software wirelessly in North America, Europe and Asia. Tesla boss Mr Musk said the system is unique because it will constantly collect data from drivers and improve itself. Taking control of the wheel disables autopilot but drivers need to rest their hands near it at all times because if they don't (pictured main) the autopilot system will chime to remind them. The dashboard view of the update, called Tesla Version 7.0 with Autopilot, is pictured inset left.

How clean are your hands? The answer, revealed in this unique experiment, may shock you - and change how you wash! 

What constitutes proper hand washing, and are you doing enough to protect yourself? To find out Jennie Agg used a special UV camera to test different hand-washing techniques.

The 'vampire' drone that disappears in sunlight: Pentagon calls for design that drops payloads at night, before vanishing without a trace

Darpa, based in Arlington, Virginia, is funding a new project to develop aircraft (stock image shown) that can 'fully vanish within four hours of payload delivery or within 30 minutes of morning civil twilight'.

Ouch! Elon Musk calls Apple a 'Tesla graveyard' full of his ex employees and laughs off claims the firm is competition

Tesla's chief executive (pictured) also took a swipe at Apple's smartwatch when asked whether he is taking the Cupertino firm's ambitions seriously.

Forget likes, Facebook begins testing EMOJI: 'Reactions' feature includes sadness, anger, surprise and love

Users in Ireland and Spain will begin seeing the reaction emoji below their friends' statuses, videos and photos. They include 'Like', 'Love', 'Haha', 'Yay', 'Wow', 'Sad' and 'Angry'.

The ultimate camera: $1,700 Light device has 16 lenses that work together to create 52 megapixel images

The L16 camera from Light features 16 different lenses that shoot at different focal lengths ranging from 35mm wide-angle to 150mm telephoto to capture every detail in a photo.

The grim reality of life in ancient Egypt: Scarred skeletons reveal workers were brutally lashed with SPEARS if they were found stealing or slacking off at work

Archaeologists have discovered injuries they believe are consistent with the Ancient Egyptian punishment of '100 lashes and five wounds' on five skeletons unearthed in Amarna, Egypt.

Smart 'ring' transforms your wall into a giant screen: $149 Bird lets wearers control gadgets using finger flicks and swipes

The Bird 'ring' (picutred) has been developed by Israel-based MUV Interactive and its algorithms analyse data from several built-in sensors in real time.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 set to have a 3D touchscreen (just like the iPhone 6s)

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The screen, believed to be being manufactured by Synaptics, would give the Galaxy a similar interface to Apple's hit iPhone 6s, allowing users to press harder to access menus.

Panoramas of the MOON: Photographer stitches Apollo mission snaps together to reveal the vast emptiness of the lunar surface

Panoramas of the MOON: Photographer stitches Apollo mission snaps together to reveal the

Maciej Winiarczyk, who lives in Wick, Caithness, used scenes from the US space agency's archive and Photoshop to edit them and join them together. Stitched images made from Apollo 17 photographs are shown top and bottom left, while the one on the bottom right is a patchwork of Apollo 11 pictures. Two weeks ago 10,000 photographs taken by the astronauts on the lunar missions in the 1960s and 70s were uploaded to Flickr by Apollo archivist Kipp Teague.

Did our ancestors have ears like DOGS? Defunct muscles on the sides of our head suggest they once moved in response to sound

A neuroscientist at the University of Missouri claims defunct muscles behind our ears show that ancient neural circuits responsible for moving the ears may still respond to sounds.

Has the Biblical city of Sodom been found? 'Monstrous' site in Jordan matches the descriptions of the area destroyed by God in the Old Testament

ow having completed the tenth season of excavations, an archaeological team headed by Steven Collins of Trinity Southwest University, New Mexico, has unearthed a goldmine of ancient monumental structures and artifacts that are revealing a massive Bronze Age city-state that dominated the region of Jordan?s southern Jordan Valley, even during a time when many other great cities of the ?Holy Land? region were either abandoned or in serious decline.
Known as Tall el-Hammam, Collins has been leading excavations at the imposing mound, or tel, since 2005.
"Very, very little was known about the Bronze Age in the Middle Ghor (southern Jordan Valley) before we began our excavations in 2005," says Collins. "Even most of the archaeological maps of the area were blank, or mostly so. What we?ve got on our hands is a major city-state that was, for all practical purposes, unknown to scholars before we started our Project."
Indeed, according to Collins, when comparing it with the remains of other near

Archaeologists involved in the project, led by Steven Collins from Trinity Southwestern University in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have found thick walls and ramparts connected by roads.

The end of heavy metal: Boeing shows off material that is 99.99% AIR and could lead to new generation of planes and spaceships

Boeing?s ?lightest metal ever? is 99.9% air, will be used for airplanes and vehicles

Boeing says an egg wrapped in the new material would survive a 25 story drop. They expect to use it to reduce the weight of planes, and is so light that is can sit on top of a a dandelion.

Now that's an eagle-eye view! Bird of prey carries video camera to capture stunning panoramic shots of London's skyline

Sidney the bald eagle caught a unique view of London's skyline, pictured, by carrying a bespoke camera above the capital for three days in a project that took months of planning.

Follow in the footsteps of Mark Watney: Interactive map of Mars reveals the real route taken in the blockbuster film 'The Martian'

The map, dubbed Mars Trek 2.0, provides an explanation for key points in the Mark Watney's 2,000 mile (3,200km) journey towards the Schiaparelli crater.

The glass ceiling IS real: Study confirms women get smaller bonuses even if they perform as well as men

Researchers at Penn State University found that the gender gap in pay and performance review grew alongside the number of men in the profession and the complexity of the job.

Can YOU solve the maths problem Scottish schoolkids couldn't? Exam question slammed as being far too difficult

Crocodile maths question 'was challenging'

A bamboozling question about a crocodile stalking its prey was one reason the pass mark for Higher maths had to be lowered, a report has found.
The pass mark for the new-look Higher maths was cut to just 34% because the exam was harder than expected.
A report for the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) said the main problem was the overall difficulty of the exam - not individual questions.

A complex question about a crocodile stalking its prey that baffled Scottish schoolchildren was far too challenging, examiners have admitted.

Mystery of the moon's Mafic Mound: Researchers say 'unique' 800m tall and 75km wide lump may have been caused by massive impact and volcanic eruptions

A topographic view of the South Pole-Aitken Basin. Reds are high; blues are low. Mafic Mound, (the reddish area in the center) stands 800 meters above the surrounding surface.

The strange formation, known as Mafic Mound, stands about 800 meters tall and 75 kilometers across, and is in the middle of a giant impact crater known as the South Pole-Aitken Basin.

Could these bubbles be a climate bomb? Mysterious plumes may be releasing toxic methane near Washington, claims study

Research by the University of Washington shows that, out of 168 bubble plumes observed within the past decade, a large number may have been releasing methane - a potent greenhouse gas.

Can YOU see the baby? Scientists use black and white image to understand how our brain functions - and why we hallucinate

Experts at the Universities of Cardiff and Cambridge have used black and white images to show hallucinations may be caused by a natural process used by the brain to make sense of things.

Hairy animals have been around longer than thought: 125-million-year-old 'Cretaceous furball' fossil pushes back origins by 60 million years

The specimen, named Spinolestes xenarthrosus, was discovered in Las Hoyas Quarry in Spain. It was found with intact guard hairs, underfur, tiny spines and evidence of a fungal infection.

Will astronauts eat sweet potatoes and strawberries on Mars? Scientists use hydroponics system to grow fruit and vegetables in red planet conditions

Scientists at the University of Arizona have developed a greenhouse (pictured) with a hydroponics system to grow sweet potatoes and strawberries.

Woolly mammoth skin could finally help bring the beast back to life: Scientists attempt to extract living cells from 10,000-year-old frozen tissue

Scientists discovered fragments of woolly mammoth skin along with other remains from six of the ice age giants on the Lyakhovsky Islands, off the coast of Siberia in the Arctic Ocean.

See the world through the eyes of a CHAMELEON: Dizzying headset lets wearers look in two directions at once

The PolyEyes 2.0 headset (pictured) was created by researchers at the Interactive Architecture Lab at University College London (UCL).

How hackers can steal your private details every time you post an envy-inducing snap of your boarding pass on social media

Australian travellers should think twice before posting pictures of their boarding passes on social media, as it is revealed hackers could use the barcodes to access personal information.

Frozen world of Enceladus revealed: Cassini captures the fractured and pockmarked surface of Saturn's moon in unprecedented detail

The images were captured by Nasa's Cassini spacecraft during its 14 October flyby of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. Cassini passed 1,142 miles (1,839km) above the surface.

'The first person to live to 135 has already been born': Scientists say the only reason humans don't live longer is because they don't believe they can

Rudi Westendorp, from the University of Copenagen, claims our mindset is preventing us from truly adapting to increases in life expectancy which could soon exceed 100 years.

Mars' South Pole captured on camera: Stunning image reveals rarely seen ice cap of frozen water and carbon dioxide

The incredible sweeping image was taken by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express spacecraft from the furthest point of its orbit, around 6,151 miles (9,900km) from Mars.

Why women shouldn't get angry in the office: Research finds female workers lose influence over peers if they get annoyed - but the opposite is true of men 

A mock jury-deliberation task found that while angry men continued to influence their peers, irritated women were deemed overly emotional and were consequently dismissed.

The ultimate commuter bike: Electric Gi FlyBike folds in half in seconds, locks itself and even charges your phone as you pedal

The bike (pictured) was created by three designers in New York who describe it as an 'all-in-one bicycle' with built-in lights, phone dock and an automatic lock.

Unleash Hellhound! Northrop Grumman boasts new military buggy has laser weapons 'we would once only see in Star Trek'

new Hellhound truck revealed

The ultimate off roader- HELLHOUND

AUSA: ?There?s never been that much power on a vehicle this small,? said Jeff Wood, showing off Northrop Grumman?s new Hellhound scout car. In fact, he told reporters, standing amidst the buzzing chaos of the exhibit space at Washington?s biggest defense conference, ?I can power this entire hall with this vehicle.? In a disaster scenario, he said, the Hellhound could power a blacked-out hospital; in a war zone, it could power a command post. Or, Wood said, you could power a laser beam.

Developed for the Army?s Light Reconnaissance Vehicle competition, the Hellhound is a mid-sized off-road truck that can generate more electrical power for radios, sensors, defensive jammers, and other gear than much larger vehicles using older technology. The 30-ton M2 Bradley generates less than 20 kW, leading some variants to get brown-outs when fully kitted for Iraq; the 6.5-ton Hellhound, however, generates a whopping 100 kilowatts (

Northrop Grumman revealed the six seater Hellhound at the Association of the US Army's annual conference in Washington DC and says it is 'laser ready'.

The prehistoric hoover: 23 million-year-old fossils reveal how giant hippo-like creature used its snout to suck up food

Fossils of the species, discovered on the island of Unalaska in the North Pacific, have revealed a tooth and jaw structure unlike anything seen before.

The DNA test 'that reveals if you're gay': Genetic code clue is 70% accurate, claim scientists

Scientists at the University of California Los Angeles say they have found distinct patterns of molecular markers in the genomes of gay men.

Earth's solid iron core formed a BILLION years ago and is still growing: Inner-most part of our planet was created when it 'froze'

An international team of scientists led by the University of Liverpool's School of Environmental Sciences analysed magnetic records from ancient igneous rocks to arrive at the date.

World's coral reefs face mass bleaching event next year: Disaster due to El Niño 'could be worst ever recorded'

Fish swim through coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef ©William West (AFP/File)

It would be only the third recorded global bleaching event in history, with areas such as Australia's Great Barrier Reef set to be hard hit, scientists at the University of Queensland said.

Watch the mesmerizing moment astronauts create a floating mass of bubbles in space by dissolving Alka-Seltzer in water

The astronauts created the spectacle to test out a new camera at the International Space Station that is capable of capturing resolutions up to 4K - four times the resolution of normal HD cameras.

That's one way to hold their attention! Dutch biology teacher strips off in classroom to reveal spandex suit that maps out the human body in amazing detail 

Debby Heerkens, a biology teacher at Groene Hart Rijnwoude school, in Hazerswoude Dorp, Netherlands, stripped off in front of her students to reveal an anatomically-correct spandex suit.

How YOU can live till you're 150: JANE FRYER meets the eccentric scientist who thinks he's found the secret. Just one problem: you'll have to give up sex! 

Professor Alex Zhavoronkov works tirelessly to extend life expectancy and to evangelise about his discoveries, writes JANE FRYER.

What are these strange lights floating above a Mexican volcano? UFO hunters say they could be aliens monitoring the Earth

A strange series of lights above the Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico have got alien hunters excited. Scientists, however, say they are probably an atmospheric phenomenon caused by the volcano.

Watch waves of molten LAVA crash into a volcanic 'shore': Stunning footage of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano tearing itself apart caught on camera

Chicago-based Mick Kalber from Tropical Visions Video captured the 'short-lived breakout' (pictured) while flying over the northeast of Kilauea's Pu'u 'O'o vent.

Why our love 'food porn' makes us fat: Trend of showing off food fuels obesity crisis as it makes it harder to resist eating 

The study added that the rise of cookery shows had led to food being glamorised 'without telling a balanced story when it comes to the societal and health consequences of excess consumption'.

Trendy hoverboards are ILLEGAL: CPS says the devices favoured by celebrities are too dangerous for pavements and not suitable for roads

The £400 vehicles, which feature a platform with a wheel on each side, can only be used on private property because they are too dangerous to ride in public, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Dental hygiene is monkey business! Baboon is spotted FLOSSING its teeth using bristles from a broom

Georgia the hamadryas baboon was spotted engaging in the unusual behaviour at Paignton Zoo in Devon. Similar behaviour has been observed in Sulawesi crested macaques.

Dinosaurs sunned themselves for bursts of energy and were both warm AND cold blooded, researchers say

Artist's rendering of oviraptorid theropods

The findings indicate that at least half of all dinosaurs had the ability to increase their body temperature, and were more active than alligators and crocodiles.

World's first robot FARM to open in 2017: Firm plans to replace humans with machines in its lettuce factories

Japanese firm Spread plans to automate every stage of its lettuce growing process (pictured) and believes the machines will boost production while cutting labour costs in half.

Astronaut trials gravity-mimicking SkinSuit on ISS: Next-generation clothing inspired by Olympics could prevent backache in space

The clothing was worn by European Space Agency Denmark's first astronaut Andreas Mogensen on the International Space Station (ISS),  who spent 10 days in the laboratory last month.

New species of rat with 'curiously long pubic hair' discovered: Hog-nosed shrew's fur may act like whiskers to map terrain 

The creature (pictured) was found on Mount Dako in the region of Tolitoli, Indonesia. It has been officially classified as Hyorhinomys stuempkei. Hyorhinomys is Greek for hog nose rat.

Climate change could cause the Antarctic ice shelf to collapse by 2100, study claims

Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts predict a a doubling of surface melting of the ice shelves by 2050.

Warning to Internet banking users after hackers snatch £20m from UK accounts using 'particularly virulent' virus to infect thousands of computers 

Thousands of computers across Britain are thought to have been infected by the virus, which harvests online banking details so that fraudsters can gain access to accounts. So far £20m has been stolen.

Could The Day After Tomorrow happen? Collapse of ocean currents would cool Earth so much that global warming would reverse for 20 years... but the planet WOULDN'T freeze over

Scientists at the University of Southampton have studied what impact the scenario shown in the disaster movie Day After Tomorrow would have on global temperatures.

Delete your ex (or a photobomber) with a single click: Adobe shows off software to remove people and even cars from snaps

Called Monument Mode, the one-click system can also remove other distracting objects that often spoil or clutter up images, such as litter, signs or passing cars.

Now alien hunters think they've seen 'Buddha' on Mars: Latest ridiculous claim is being used to prove existence of ET

UFO Sightings Daily is using the 'discovery' to suggest that intelligent life once existed on the planet, and may have even had a religion. It claims that Nasa is hiding it knowledge of their existence.

Red screen at night, sleeper's delight: Apps claim to improve rest by placing a crimson filter over your phone's blue light

Most of colour-changing apps, such as Twilight and CF.lumen, work the same way by placing a red overlay on the screen to transform its colour temperature and reduce eye strain.

Dawn of Human 2.0? Nanobot implants could soon connect our brains to the internet and give us 'God-like' super-intelligence, scientist claims

Computer scientist Ray Kurzweil, founder of the California-based Singularity University, claims that by 2030s humans could be using nanobots to connect our brains to the cloud.

Women 'more upset by emotional betrayal than sexual infidelity'... but for men it is the exact opposite 

Women are more upset by emotional betrayal by their partners than sexual infidelity, while for men, it is the exact opposite, according to a study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

The mystery of 'crow funerals' solved: Researchers say birds are trying to learn about potential dangers to their own lives - and remember threats for years

Cambridge University undated handout photo of a rook. Rooks are a lot brighter than they appear in the wild and have an uncanny ability to use tools, a study has shown. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 26, 2009. The large black birds, members of the crow family, astounded scientists by proving to be as good with their beaks as chimpanzees are with their hands. See PA story SCIENCE Rooks. Photo credit should read: Chris Bird/Cambridge University/PA Wire

Researchers found the birds can even remember an animal or person seen with a dead crow and were able to easily distinguish between people or hawks carrying dead crows and other birds.

Wrestlers, a gorilla and salad among the new emoji coming to phones next year - but the hunting rifle is stirring controversy

The Unicode Consortium in California has released the latest list of new emoji, based on popular requests. Foods include a baguette, while the 'sports' category' includes a boxing glove and a goal.

Mysterious creature which appears to be a hybrid between a crocodile and a buffalo terrifies villagers in Thailand

Footage of the odd creature, discovered in a remote village in Thailand, shows it laid out on a table while a crowd gathers - prodding its scaly skin and head while lighting candles and incense.

Building a digital BRAIN: Scientists create a 'slice' of neocortex tissue with 31,000 neurons and 40 MILLION firing synapses

The first draft of the brain reconstruction (pictured), created at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, contains 31,000 neurons, 55 layers of cells and 207 different neuron subtypes.

Most humans use that same part of the brain as a dog looking for a bone when retrieving computer files

EXCLUSIVE: Psychologists from the University of Sheffield used brain scanners to see what goes on in our brains when we use inefficient ways to dig out our data

Genes from 4,500-year-old skeleton reveal how ancient Asians and Europeans migrated back into East Africa

The skeleton, unearthed from the Mota Cave in the Ethiopian Highlands, supports the theory that a wave of Eurasian farmers migrated back into Africa some 3,000 years ago.

Forget black holes! Women are the biggest mystery in the universe, claims Stephen Hawking

The eminent theoretical physicist, who works at the University of Cambridge, also warned that artificial intelligence poses a risk due to 'competence rather than malice'.

'The Martian' vs Mars: Nasa reveals the real landing site and picture-postcard terrain that feature in the Blockbuster film

Nasa has released images showing the landscape of Mars, which look remarkably similar to the film. However, the landing site is more rugged than the film portrays, according to the space agency.

Tutankhamun's tomb could contain two hidden rooms: Secret doors may lead to his mother's burial chamber, claims study

Mamdouh Eldamaty, Egypt's antiquities minister, said scratching on the northern and western walls are similar to those found by Howard Carter on the entrance of King Tut's tomb.