Are these mystery signals messages from ALIENS? Strange radio waves could be coming from a distant planet, say scientists

Are these mystery radio wave messages from ALIENS?

Five mysterious signals coming from outside the Milky Way may have been sent by an alien civilisation. At least that's one of the theories astronomers are using to explain the appearance of a new series of 'fast radio bursts'. So far, only 11 of these strange radio pulses have been recorded before around the world. The latest signals, which was picked up by the Parkes radio telescope in Australia, included a new double blast accompanied by four 'singles'. Emily Petroff from Swinburne University tweeted: 'We have no idea what's going on, but we know it's definitely something cool.'

Can YOU spot a liar? Take the test that reveals how good you are at separating fact from fiction

Why is it so difficult to determine if a person is lying? Researchers in Montreal created a test on facial cues, and suggest that the problem may in part be the result of a social 'truth bias.'

Meet Walk-Man, the robot HERO: Engineers create droid that could replace firefighters, soldiers and bomb disposal experts

The Italian Institute of Technology and University of Pisa have developed Walk-Man, a robot that can move like a human and is designed to replace them in dangerous environments.

Blue skies spotted 100 light years away: Astronomers discover Neptune-sized world that looks similar to Earth

A network of observatory sites in Hawaii, Texas, Chile, Australia and South Africa have discovered a planet with a blue hue. While it has blue skies, astronomers say it's unlikely to host life.

Why you should never sit next to your boss: Having distance from your manager makes you a better worker

Researchers in the Netherlands found that physical distance is a key factor in whether or not the bad behaviour of bosses spreads to their employees.

Is this the moment a UFO was spotted in Texas? Father and son capture 'lights falling out of the sky'

There may be believers and skeptics alike but there's no denying something peculiar was spotted 'falling out of the sky' in Texas.

Could you find your soul mate using DNA? Genetic testing and virtual reality will transform how we date by 2040, says study

A study by Imperial College London says technologies are set to take the pain out of dating by saving single people time and effort, while giving them better matches.

The bizarre moment three cars 'LEVITATE' in the road at a busy junction - but can you work out what caused it?

Video shows cars 'LEVITATE' in the road at a busy junction in China

The strange clip emerged on LiveLeak and shows three vehicles being pulled into the air as one approaches a junction in the city of Xingtai, central China. They each crash back down onto the road with a bang, while the first, which was lifted the most aggressively, lands on its side. The video has been viewed more than 20,000 times since appearing online and a number of people have attempted to offer an explanation as to what may have happened.

How the snake lost its legs: Scans of 90 million-year-old skull reveal serpent evolved to live and hunt in burrows NOT the sea

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh used CT scans to reveal the tiny hidden structures of the inner ear inside the skull (pictured in pink). They compared these scans to modern reptiles.

How a botched satellite launch could help prove Einstein's theory of relativity: GPS sensors knocked into a strange orbit are now being used to study time in space

The Galileo 5 and 6 ended up on an elliptical orbit that causes them to fall and rise by around 5,300 miles (8,530km) every day after their launch from French Guyana last year.

What is the carbon footprint of an email? Report reveals the real cost of everything from making tea to opening spam

According to McAfee, hitting 'send' on 65 mails is equal to driving an average-sized car a 0.6 miles (1km). Scientists estimate that an email adds about 4g of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

Pass your driving test first time? You're a bad driver: Report finds motorists who took three attempts are safest on the road 

That is because they be more 'rash' in their behaviour and take more risks compared to more cautious drivers who may fail at their first attempt, it says.

Killer heatwaves are on the rise: Extreme temperatures are expected to soar over the next 20 years

Scientists at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy warn that authorities should take steps to help people adapt to the extreme weather.

Massive black hole is caught devouring a star WHOLE before 'burping' a super-fast jet of plasma into space

Black hole is caught devouring a star WHOLE before 'burping' plasma

Astronomers in Hawaii, Baltimore and Oxford witnessed the black hole in the centre of galaxy PGC 43234, 300 million light-years away from Earth trapping a nearby star before 'burping' a faster-than-light jet of matter (pictured inset) into space. The thermal energy of these billows (artist's illustration pictured main) is thought to be equal to the energy our sun would produce over ten million years.


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Mystery of the sitting 'mummies': 1,000-year-old skeletons from a pre-Incan civilisation were buried looking out to sea

SITTING 'mummies' from pre-Incan civilisation were buried looking out to sea

Archaeologists working at the ancient Huaca Pucllana complex in Lima, Perus, discovered the remains of four members of the Ichma civilisation who lived between 1,000AD and 1,450AD (pictured main). The man and three women, all adults, were found in tombs alongside ceramic pots and weaving tools (inset picture). They had been wrapped in textiles and buried in a seated position looking out to sea, according to archaeologists.

The rifle-wielding robots that can launch grenades: China reveals deadly 'attack machines' to combat terrorism

The robots, which were unveiled at this week's 2015 World Robot Conference in Beijing, 'can coordinate with each other on the battlefield.'

Bringing people back from the DEAD using artificial intelligence: Humai plans to wire brains of the deceased to 'personality' chips

The details of how the Los Angeles-based firm plan to resurrect humans is scarce but its founder has said it would involve 'cryonics technology to freeze brains' and insert them into artificial bodies.

Forget Fitbit, track your fitness using a TATTOO: Flexible circuits worn on the skin monitor heart rate, stress levels and more

The 'Tech Tat', from Texas-based Chaotic Moon, is fitted with biometric sensors that keep tabs of vital signs such as body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate or stress levels.

Call in the fuzz! Why men with beards are more likely to hold sexist views than those who live clean shaven

Researchers in Australia found that men who sported facial hair hold more hostile views towards women. One theory is that beards give them an air of masculinity, power, and dominance.

Invasion of the MONSTER sprouts: Vegetables bigger than golf balls are heading for dinner plates this winter

'Monster sprouts' larger than golf balls will go on sale across the UK at Morrisons supermarkets this week and are said to be the biggest for a decade.

The spiky 'mud dragon' that lived half a BILLION years ago: Fossils of strange species may reveal how worms evolved

The creature, dubbed Eokinorhynchus raru, had an armored body, rows of spines and a mouth ringed with sharp teeth. The discovery was made by researchers in China's Nanjiang County.

Uh oh! Robots are learning to DISOBEY humans: Humanoid machine says no to instructions if it thinks it might be hurt

Engineers at Tufts University in Massachusetts used artificial intelligence to teach robots to assess whether it is safe to perform a task and refuse to do it if it is dangerous.

Why are whales flocking to underwater mountains? Experts are mystified about why humpbacks spend so long visiting seamounts during migrations

Marine biologists based in New Caledonia in the South Pacific believe the whales may use underwater mountains as meeting points, rest stops or navigational waypoints.

The 'world's sexiest robot' revealed: Eerily life-like female android turns heads in China

The 'world's sexiest robot' Geminoid F turns heads in China

Named Geminoid F, the robot has amassed a legion of fans, with some even describing her as 'sexy' at the World Robot Exhibition in Beijing this week. The five-foot six-inch android is capable of eye movements, response to eye-to-eye contact and can recognise body language. She is designed act like a human with rubber 'skin' and a woman's face - but can't walk and has to be wheeled around. The robot was created by Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory at Osaka University who plan on creating a more intelligent model in the future.

Is internet security putting us at risk? Technology firms defend encryption of data in the wake of Paris attacks

Any 'back door' allowing authorities to gain access to encrypted data could also be exploited by a hacker, technology groups say. They also say it will impact privacy and civil liberties.

Spider webs act like CRIME SCENES: Silk contains traces of the arachnid's DNA and even reveals what it had for its last meal

A researcher at the University of Notre Dame, examined black widow spiders (pictured) kept at Potawatomi Zoo in Indiana to extract DNA from their fine webs.

Never miss a flight again thanks to Spencer the robot: 'Calm' android can guide passengers to their gates at busy airports

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is to run a short trial next month using a robotic guide called Spencer (pictured) to help passengers find their way to gates in the terminal buildings.

'Space emoji' shows the universe smiling back at us: Light phenomenon makes distant galaxy look like a grinning emoticon

Light from the distant group of galaxies is bent by a phenomenon called gravitational lensing. Astronomers at the University of Alabama believe they will collide in a billion years.

Now that is hen pecked! Birds BICKER over their parental responsibilities if the male does not appear to be doing his share

Biologists at the University of Lyon Saint-Etienne in France delayed male zebra finches for an hour so they were late back to their nest, resulting in a 'verbal negotiation' between the birds.

The hottest star ever found: Super-bright white dwarf on the edge of the Milky Way is 42 TIMES hotter than our sun

The star, studied Astronomers from the Universities of Tübingen and Potsdam in Germany, is called RX J0439.8-6809 and is around five times as massive as our sun.

Happy Thanksgiving from SPACE: Nasa reveals what its astronauts are doing to celebrate

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Thanksgiving in space is a lot like it is on Earth-that is, if Thanksgiving on Earth involved slow-motion backflips and dinner that floats away. A new video from NASA shows how astronauts do this holiday.

Horrific video shows why YOUR mattress is the perfect breeding ground for millions of dust mites that feed off your skin

The video, by the Ohio State University Acarology Lab, in Columbus, shows millions of mites squirming under a microscope. A hygiene expert warns an average bed contains 10 million of the bugs.

The wheelchair controlled using EYE movements: Inventor with motor neurone disease creates tracking device to help disabled people move around

The device, created by Somerset-based Patrick Joyce, uses eye-tracking technology to allow him to issue commands to a computer and a 'hand' that fits over the joystick of an electric wheelchair.

Watch glaciers PULSE as they surge and rise: Time-lapses filmed from SPACE show 25 years of changing ice in just one second

Time-lapses filmed from SPACE show 25 years of changing ice in just one second

The four GIFs were created by Dr Frank Paul at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. He compiled the clips using 25 years' worth of images captured by the Landsat satellites. These images were combined and compressed to create the one-second looping GIF images and they reveal that many glaciers in the region are actually increasing in size, despite rising global temperatures. The Baltoro glacier is pictured bottom left, the Shaksgam is top left and the K2 peak in the Karajoram mountain range is pictured right.

PlayStation 4 is Sony's most popular PS console EVER: Official sales figures reveal 30 MILLION have been sold worldwide

Japanese entertaining giant Sony has sold more than 30.2 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) consoles worldwide, according to official figures disclosed by the company.

How to 'cook' a Thanksgiving dinner in space: Nasa astronauts show how they prepare for a culinary feast... of dried turkey and pasta

Nasa astronauts show how they prepare for a culinary feast... of dried turkey and pasta

Using Space Food Systems Laboratory on the International Space Station, it will only take the crew about 15 to 20 minutes to rehydrate their freeze-dried food.

Smiles through the ages: Algorithm reveals the evolution of the grin over a century of yearbook photos

Researchers at the University of California used a new data mining tool to find patterns in 150,000 yearbook photos from the 1900s through to 2010.

'Hoverboard' health warning: Police warn must have gadget is often sold with unsafe plugs, unclear instructions and can EXPLODE

British officials are warning consumers that cheap models of hoverboards can explode. The alert comes after a few boards, made with shifty plugs and came with unclear instructions, caught on fire.

So THAT'S why phone screens always smash: Formula reveals height and spin rate cause a dropped phone to land face down up to 60% of the time

Professor Robert Matthews, a physicist at Aston University, has claimed mobile phones suffer from the same forces that cause toast to land butter side up when they are dropped.

Li-Fi is the new Wi-Fi: First real tests of technology find it is 100 TIMES faster than current systems

Lifi is the new wifi

Step aside, Wi-Fi. Scientists have just taken to the streets of Tallinn, Estonia with a new wireless technology called Li-Fi, and it's 100 times faster than current speeds.

It's not just colds that can make you sneeze - SEX can too. The explanations behind the most explosive of winter habits

As winter approaches, the season of the sneeze descends upon us. David Derbyshire investigates the common phenomenon - The average person spends 24 hours of their life sneezing, after all.

Are you ready to bag some Black Friday bargains? reveals the best hi-tech holiday deals and discounts

Are you ready to bag some Black Friday 2015 bargains?

Following on from last year's sell-out sales, FEMAIL has created a guide to some of the best Black Friday deals, from tech and toys to cosmetics and vacuums. Some of the best tech deals include Beats Solo 2 headphones, which are being sold for $96.99, a discount of $103 (top right), the Beats Pill (bottom right) and Apple's Watch (main image)

'It's not what you said, it's the WAY you said it': Study finds the tone of your voice reveals how successful your relationship will be

Researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have created a computer algorithm that predicts whether a couple will have a successful relationship based on how they speak to each other.

Forget the turkey: Researchers claim Spanish sailors celebrated the first Thanksgiving in Florida 50 years before the Pilgrims in 1621 - with salted pork and red wine

Researchers claim the pilgrims weren't the first to host a banquet in America. More than 50 years earlier, Spanish settlers landed in St. Augustine, Florida where they gave thanks and dined with natives.

How the moon got its tilt: Ancient debris knocked our satellite into its strange orbit and explains why solar eclipses are so rare

Scientists at the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur in Nice say close encounters with debris left over from the creation of the inner planets may have nudged the Moon off its original orbit.

Tiny 'water bears' STEAL DNA from other species: Almost a fifth of their genome comes from bacteria and plants

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Microscopic image of a tardigrade / waterbear.

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Researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill believe the patchwork of genes helps the tiny animals (pictured) survive in the harshest of environments for years.

Is this bizarre 'winged object' flying past the sun a UFO? Mysterious shape is spotted in images released by NASA


According to outer space conspiracy theorists, the object is flying too close to the sun to be human technology, and they have therefore concluded that it is an alien spaceship.

World's most powerful telescope takes shape: James Webb 'time machine' receives its first mirror ahead of 2018 launch

When it launches, the James Webb telescope will be able to see back to 200 million years after the Big Bang, making it 100 times more powerful than Hubble.

Armband translates sign language into text: Sensors monitor muscle movements and send the translation to a phone 

The device (pictured), developed at Texas A&M; University, uses a system of sensors that record the motion of hand gestures, as well as signals produced by muscles in the wrist when signing.

China begins testing world's largest radio telescope as construction of the £124 MILLION project enters final stage

Measuring 500 metres in diameter, the world's largest radio telescope in Guizhou Province, south-west China, is in the final stages of completion. Testing was carried out on Saturday by engineers.

Maybe that's where Shakespeare cooked up his plays! Bard's kitchen is found in the ruins of New Place complete with hearth and cold storage pit 'fridge'

William Shakespeare's kitchen is discovered complete with hearth

The Bard (illustrated bottom right) was an established playwright when he bought the house - now demolished - in Stratford-upon-Avon 1597 and lived there for the last 19 years of his life. An illustration of what it would have looked like is shown top right. He wrote 26 of his plays, including The Tempest, while living at the property with his wife Anne Hathaway and their three children. Archaeologists from Staffordshire University found evidence of an oven and cold storage pit (shown in the main image) as well as fragments of cookware in the 'highly significant' discovery.

The lock-breaking LIGHTSABER: Air Force unveils hi-tech tool to let soldiers cut through metal bars and doors

The US Air Force and Energetic Materials & Products have developed a hand-held torch that can cut through a half-inch steel bar in less than a second.

Global warming is NOT taking a hiatus: New study finds that there is 'no evidence' to support a pause in global warming

No substantive evidence for 'pause' in global warming, study finds

Maps of the 2014 global temperature anomaly (top) and the 1950-2014 temperature trend (bottom.) (Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Earth Observatory, NASA/GISS)

Researchers in the UK have teamed up to uncover the mystery of the global warming 'hiatus.' The term has been used in scientific circles for years, but researchers are now saying it doesn't exist.

Could woolly mammoths help combat oil spills? Bacteria growing on the carcasses of Ice Age beasts breaks down fossil fuels

Scientists at the Institute of Oil and Gas Problems in Yakutsk, Russia, have found a 'bacterial bonanza' on the bodies of several extinct Ice Age cave lions, woolly rhinos and mammoths (pictured).

Pigeons pick their leader based on SPEED: The front-runner in a flock is chosen based on how fast they flew on previous journeys

University of Oxford scientists studied flock dynamics of homing pigeons (pictured), to find that a bird's leadership could be predicted by its speed on previous flights.

Hit me with your rhythm stick! Bonobos can keep the beat in drum 'duets' with humans in the same way small children do 

Researchers from the University of Connecticut and Western University have observed an untrained bonobo drumming spontaneously and synchronising with a human.

The physics of a CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN: Curtains of melted goo pull inwards because of surface tension

A maths student from University College London (UCL) said chocolate fountains (stock image) demonstrate important principles of fluid dynamics.

The beasts lurking in YOUR home: From a spider's hairy mandibles to an earwig's pincers, scary details of bugs captured in close up

London-based photographer Mikael Buck took the incredible photos using a Sony A7R II camera with a 90mm macro lens and macro filter.

Why diet mixers get you drunk FASTER: Artificial sweeteners increase how quickly alcohol gets into the blood stream

Sugary drinks are thought to slow the passage of alcohol into the bloodstream, unlike the artificial sweeteners in diet drinks, according to researchers at Northern Kentucky University.

Large Hadron Collider smashes energy record: Breakthrough means engineers can recreate the first moments of the universe

Large Hadron Collider could see engineers recreate first moments of the universe

The LHC in Geneva recently smashed together lead-ions at 1045 trillion electron-volts - two times higher than any previous experiment of this kind. The experiment reached a temperature of several trillion degrees. CERN accelerator specialists in Geneva worked intensely to re-configure the LHC leading up to this breakthrough.

China plans world's biggest animal cloning factory' to produce pet dogs, racing horses and beef cattle

The cutting-edge factory, located in Tianjin, north-east China, is billed the world's largest of its kind. The 200 million Yuan project is set to include an assembly line, a cloning centre and a gene bank.

Could blocking out the SUN stop global warming? Expert reveals the plan could 'buy us time' while we curb our emissions

The proposal was made by Hugh Hunt at the University of Cambridge, who previously worked on the Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering project (Spice).

Are you a SPORT SHOPPER? Researchers find new breed of consumers will buy for the 'thrill of the bargain' - even if they can afford full price

Professors from San Francisco State University found that sport shoppers have similar behaviors of elite athletes. They love bargain shopping, not because they have to but because they get a thrill.

Do YOU hate going to the loo in public? Expert explores why shared bathrooms make us so anxious - and why poo is so taboo...

For various reasons, public bathrooms are designed to make the experience very uncomfortable, says Harvey Molotch
Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, New York University.

Stunning slo-mo sneezes shows disease carrying droplets are far more infectious than thought

Library filer of a man sneezing. More than six out of 10 Britons are taking to their beds for a week or more each year suffering from a cold, research showed Thursday October 27, 2005. The survey by The Sleep Council found that 62% of working people became bed-ridden as they nursed their cold. See PA Story HEALTH Colds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: PA

Sneezes can travel far further than we thought - and 'sneeze clouds' continue to break up and form even as they travel across a room, MIT researchers have found.

Is this the end of hacking? Scientists use quantum dots to send impenetrable encrypted files over long distances

Scientists at the University of Glasgow sent information down standard fibre optic cables using a phenomenon called quantum entanglement, which makes information impossible to copy.

Apple buys Faceshift: Facial recognition firm could make iPhones more secure and help develop virtual reality devices

Apple has confirmed the acquisition of Faceshift, a Swiss studio specialised in creating digital avatars that mimic a person's facial expressions in real-time.

Is YOUR toddler 'anti-fat'? Mothers who are prejudice towards obese people are more likely to pass their attitudes onto children

Researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand found that while babies aged 11 months preferred to look at obese figures, by 32 months they preferred average-sized figures instead.

Hoard of Roman coins dating back to Mark Antony are discovered in Welsh field: 91 pieces of 2,000-year-old silver could be worth 'tens of thousands of pounds'

Hoard of Roman coins dating back to Mark Antony are discovered in Welsh field: 91 pieces

The hoard of 91 coins was found in a clay pot (shown top right) by two walkers in Wick, South Wales and includes coins issued by Mark Antony in 31BC (pictured bottom right). Later coins in the hoard were struck during the reigns of Emperor Nero between 54 and 68AD and Marcus Aurelius (coin pictured left), who headed the Roman Empire from 161AD to 180AD. While the coins have officially been declared treasure, they have yet to be officially valued but could be worth thousands of pounds.

The suit that makes you feel like you're on DRUGS: MailOnline tests the goggles, gloves and headphones that simulate the effects illegal substances have on the body

Scientists at the Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Germany developed the suit for Ford's Driving Skills for Life programme so motorists can understand the risks of driving under the influence.

These boots were made for EARNING: Bitwalking app tracks your steps and rewards you for getting fit

The London-based start-up believes that a digital currency generated by human movement could help impoverished workers in developing countries raise extra income.

What Republicans look for in a president: Conservative voters like politicians with a deep voice and square jaw, claims study

A study by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has revealed found that conservative voters like stronger features, such as the facial structure of Donald Trump.

Primates in peril: HALF of our closest living relatives are on the brink of extinction around the world

Scientists have released a report on the world's most endangered primates, including the Hainan gibbon (pictured) from China and the Northern sportive lemur in Madagascar.

Endangered rhino dies at California zoo: Death of 41-year-old Nola takes the total number of animals left in the species to just THREE worldwide

Nola (pictured) was the only northern white rhino left in captivity in the Western Hemisphere. With her death, just three others remain, all at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

'Tinder for the elderly' has arrived: App lets over-50s swipe left or right to find love

Stitch is like Tinder, but connects older adults for meaningful relationships, not random hook-ups. The dating app was developed for adults 50 and older and match them with romantic and platonic relationships.

Snapchat takes on Twitter's 'Moments': App launches 'Story Explorer' tool that lets you watch events from multiple angles

The feature allows users in New York and Los Angeles to search for 'Stories' shared by other members and see dozens of related snaps from different perspectives.

Elon Musk hits out at Jeff Bezos' 'historic' rocket claims in battle of the space billionaires 

Elon Musk hits out at Jeff Bezos’ ‘historic’ rocket claims in battle of the space

A war of words has erupted on Twitter between billionaire Jeff Bezos (right) and Elon Musk (left). Both entrepreneurs are hoping to be the first to commercialise space travel by developing reusable rockets that can land back on Earth. Yesterday, Jeff Bezos came closer to that goal after his company, Blue Origin, successfully launched a rocket at a launch site in Texas. Bezos proudly tweeted: 'The rarest of beasts - a used rocket. Controlled landing not easy, but done right, can look easy.' But Musk immediately hit back at the achievement, with: 'Not quite 'rarest'. SpaceX Grasshopper rocket did 6 suborbital flights three years ago and is still around.'

It's 720,000th time lucky! Photographer takes perfect picture of diving kingfisher in honour of his grandfather - but it took him six years and 4,200 hours to get the shot

Alan McFadyen, 46, finally managed to capture a flawless kingfisher dive at Kirkcudbright in Scotland, where he used to watch the birds as a boy with his late grandfather Robert Murray.

Why we always overdo Thanksgiving dinner: Scientists reveal what happens to our bodies when we overeat

When the hormone peptide tyrosine starts working, we get the sensation of being full. However, this takes 30 minutes to take effect, according to a dietician at the University of Texas.

Want to improve your memory? Sleep on it! Recalling new names and faces is 'significantly easier after 8 hours of sleep'

Scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found people could recall the names and faces of people in photos better after they had eight hours sleep, compared with no sleep at all.

Google Doodle celebrates 'Lucy': Animation marks the anniversary of when the Australopithecus skeleton was unearthed

Google's Doodle shows the Australopithecus afarensis, found in Ethiopia, walking between a chimpanzee and a human to illustrate the transition between the two species.

The hidden PLASTIC lurking in your food: Hundreds of tiny micro beads have been found in sea salt - and we swallow 1,000 every year

Scientists from East China Normal University have found between 550 and 681 microscopic plastic particles in every kilogram of salt manufactured in China.

How a volcanic eruption in the 1980s triggered a 'spurt' of global warming: Event caused a shift in Earth's climate that may have killed off several species of animal

A team of climate scientists led by a group at Plymouth University said there was a series of rapid changes that occurred in ecosystems around the world between 1984 and 1988.

Earth could be surrounded by 'hairy' dark matter: Nasa discovery could finally help astronomers detect the elusive substance 

The focus, or 'root', of one such hair would be about a million kilometres above Earth, just beyond the moon, according to recent computer simulations on dark matter done by Nasa.

Air Force forced to write off brand new $115million gunship after pilot accidentally flew it UPSIDE DOWN during a test mission

The AC-130J Ghostrider will provide close air support, special operations armed airborne reconnaissance, and ordnance delivery to precise targets in support of ground forces.

How can you destroy a $115 million airplane without crashing it?

Fly it upside down.

That's exactly what happened to one of the Air Force's newest gunships, the AC-130J Ghostrider, this year, according to a report from Air Force Materiel Command released this month.

The Air Force was testing a new AC-130J Hercules gunship above the Gulf of Mexico in April this year when the pilot lost control during a maneuver, causing it to turn upside down, a new report says.

Robot pets and Star Wars droids: The must have hi-tech toys for the 2015 holiday shopping season revealed

Star Wars toys and robots are Christmas 2015's most-wanted gifts

2015's holiday toys have gone on sale - and experts say anything 'Star Wars,' life-like robotic pets and remote controlled toys should drive sales. As the holiday shopping season kickoff starts over Thanksgiving weekend, toy sales will heat up. The front runners include (left to right) the $149 BB-8 droid, $99 Smart Toy Bear, $40 Bright Beats Dance & Move and the $199 Black Series Kylo Ren Force FX Lightsaber by Hasbro.

Getting under the skin of medieval Bibles: Ultra-thin pages were made using a variety of hides and NOT just newborn animal skin

A team of researchers led by the University of York used a simple eraser (pictured) to reveal that the parchment was not made from abortive or newborn animals as thought.

Forget Sharknado, now there's FIRENADO! Strangely beautiful swirling column of flame and ash is captured in slow motion

Texas-based filmmakers The Slow Mo Guys used high-speed cameras and a ring of 12 fans to capture stunning footage of a fire tornado rising up to 10ft (3 metres) into the sky (pictured).

The phone you only have to charge once a WEEK: British scientists create material for the screen that uses no power

British scientists at Oxford University have created a material that replaces the screen glass for phones, tablets and smartwatches, but uses no power - meaning they could be charged weekly.

Europeans owe their height to ASIAN nomads and blue eyes to hunter gatherers: Ancient DNA plots centuries of genetic changes that have shaped modern man

Research led by a team at Harvard Medical school has for the first time tracked the genetic changes and migrations that moulded modern Europeans using DNA from prehistoric humans.

The Force Awakens in Google: #ChooseYourSide game adds Star Wars themes to Gmail, Chrome, Maps and more

Users can select either the Light side or the Dark side at Google Star Wars and once a side has been selected (pictured), Easter eggs are added to Google apps.

DisneyLife goes live: App lets you stream films, TV shows and listen to soundtracks on all your devices for £9.99 a month

The app (pictured) was unveiled last month and is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. It is launching in the UK today and is expected to launch in other regions soon.

Watch the incredible psychedelic animation that reveals how water flows under the Antarctic - and how climate change is altering it 

Big data reveals glorious animation of Antarctic bottom water

A remarkably detailed animation of the movement of the densest and coldest water in the world around Antarctica has been produced using data generated on Australia?s most powerful supercomputer, Raijin.

Chief Investigator Dr Andy Hogg from the ANU hub of ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science worked with the National Computational Infrastructure?s Vizlab team, using a high-resolution ocean model, to produce the animation.

So much data was used, that it took seven hours to process just one second of the animation.

The visualization has revealed underwater ocean storms generated by eddies, waterfalls of cold dense water that plummet two kilometres off the Antarctic Continental Shelf into the abyss and underwater waves hundreds of metres high.

?Scientists who have seen the visualization have been astonished at the level of detail,? said Associate Prof Dr Andy Hogg.

An Australian supercomputer has created a detailed animation to map the movement of Antarctic water, showing how the densities can drive worldwide ocean currents.

A day in the life of a dwarf planet: Stunning new images reveal what 6.4 Earth days look like on Pluto and its moon Charon

The New Horizons spacecraft took the pictures as it zoomed past Pluto in an unprecedented flyby in July. Pluto was between 400,000 and 5 million miles from the camera for these photos.

Houston, you may have a problem: Nasa under pressure after Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' reusable rocket makes historic flawless vertical landing

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin beats Elon Musk to land reusable rocket in Texas

Blue Origin, the Amazon founder's private space firm has successfully flown its New Shepard ship to space, before landing it at the launch site in Texas. The capsule separated as expected and the team including Jeff Bezos celebrated. Elon Musk has so far tried and failed to land his Falcon rocket on a specially-built barge, with craft tipping over or crashing on impact. Pictured is the landing sequence.

Move over Willy Wonka! Chocolate with flavours to 'rival fine wines' developed by altering yeasts used to ferment cocoa beans

Scientists from Belgium have found they can select specific yeasts to ferment cocoa beans shortly after they have been harvested to produce a range of different aromas and flavours.

The real Winnie the Pooh had tooth decay because Christopher Robin gave her too much HONEY

The author was influenced by a Canadian black bear called Winnipeg, who was loved and fed honey by his son, the real-life Christopher Robin, at London Zoo.

Apple's Jimmy Iovine apologizes over sexist comments that women find it difficult to choose music 'when they have their hearts broken by boys'

The 62-year-old (right), who was discussing Apple Music's latest advert, said he 'always knew' women found it difficult at times and added that they might need help making music playlists.

Never mind the Big Bang! Life on Earth began with a BIG BREATH as oxygen sprang from microscopic plants 2.5 billion years ago

Scientists from a group of US and Canadian universities, including the University of Alberta tracked atmospheric changes through time using rock samples from Australia.

Tesla is recalling ALL 90,000 Model S sedans over seat belt safety fears

The recall was made today after a customer in Europe reported that her seat belt disconnected when she turned to talk to rear passengers. The company says the problem is due to a manufacturing error.

Is this the world's first BLING? 24 carat gold jewellery made 6,600 years ago unearthed at prehistoric settlement in Bulgaria

The delicate two-gram pendant was discovered by archaeologists at the site of Solnitsata in Bulgaria, the site of the oldest prehistoric town in Europe.

Choose the queue on the left, decorate your suitcase and NEVER put all of your clothes in your checked bag: Infographic reveals the ultimate travel hacks to breeze through the airport

Airports are a never-ending source of anxiety or frustration for tourists, but this infographic reveals how travellers can eliminate the stress and make the experience as enjoyable as possible.

Columbus did NOT bring syphilis to Europe: Disease is found in the remains of a child who died 170 years before the voyage to America

Researchers from MedUni Vienna studied a skeleton (pictured) found during excavations at the cathedral square of St Pölten, Austria to find signs of the disease as early as 1320 AD.

Airplane passenger 'takes picture of UFO that was giving off bright lights and orbs' on ground near top-secret Area 51 military base

Airplane passenger takes pictures of 'UFO' close to Area 51 in Nevada

The witness was on an American Airlines flight from San Jose, California to Houston, Texas, when he took a series of pictures of a giant metallic disc in the Nevada desert. He said the plane was flying near Luning and Gabbs on October 30 when he noticed 'blinding bright light' in the desert below. The unnamed man reported his sighting to the Mutual UFO Network which investigates UFO sightings in the US

Will astronauts use this jet-pack to explore an ASTEROID? Gyroscopic gas thrusters tested for future spacewalks

Massachusetts-based space company Draper has trialled a gyroscopic jet-packthat could help give astronauts new freedom when working in orbit or exploring asteroids in the future.

Final countdown: British astronaut Tim Peake takes his last test before blasting off to the International Space Station

Tim Peake is today taking part in the final exam training session at the Gagarin Cosmonauts' Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow before his mission to the ISS on December 15.

Revealed... the 10 diseases that could kill you in just ONE day 

From Ebola, which has killed 11,314 people since an epidemic swept West Africa last year, to meningitis and MRSA, here we reveal 10 of the most potent diseases in the world.

Is the search for happiness over? Experts discover the part of the brain that determines how cheerful we are

Psychologists at Kyoto University found people who are more content, satisfied and happy have more grey matter in their precuneus - a part of the brain normally associated with consciousness.

Can't believe it's almost Christmas? Technology is SPEEDING UP our perception of time, claims study

Technology has trained our brains to process more information, which is tricking us into thinking time is passing faster than it really is, according to a James Cook University researcher.

'It's a car to some degree': Fresh details emerge of mysterious firm set to take on Tesla and backed by one of China's richest men


Faraday Future has revealed it will build a billion dollar factory in the US - but little else. Now, the firm has revealed its product is a car 'to some degree.'

Banish your ex from Facebook: Site reveals new tool that gets rid of former flames

From today, when you change your relationship status to 'single,' Facebook will ask if you want to 'take a break' from seeing pictures and posts of your ex.

The island that came out of nowhere: Incredible images reveals how volcanic island of Nishinoshima has become TWELVE times bigger since if first erupted from the Earth just two years ago

Volcanic island that first appeared two years ago has become TWELVE times bigger

Two years ago, a volcanic eruption took place in the Pacific Ocean, which gave birth to a small island off the coast of Japan. The tiny islet surfaced in November 2013 (left image), next to the island Nishinoshima, and kept growing until the two merged into one. Today, the Japanese Coast Guard reports the volcanic island has grown 12 times its initial size.

Which office ANIMAL are you? Take this personality test to reveal if you're a timid gazelle, dominant gorilla or playful monkey

Dr Sandi Mann, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at University of Central Lancashire came up with the test (screenshot) by analysing decisions we subconsciously make at work.

Do YOU suffer FoMO? Students with a greater fear of missing out are 'more likely to suffer harm linked to alcohol' 

Psychology students at the University of Otago, New Zealand, found students with greater fear of missing out, were more likely to report embarrassing and impulsive actions they later regret while drinking.

Calvin Harris, Britney Spears and BOB MARLEY are the 'most dangerous' artists to listen to while driving, finds study

Research from London-based More Than found one in ten young drivers has crashed or had a near-miss while listening to songs from such artists.

The secret of space images: New book reveals how astronomers create stunning color photos of our cosmos

Featuring over three hundred pictures, 'Coloring the Universe', is an insider's guide to what happens at the observatories when they release colour images of space.

Willy Wonka-style elevator uses magnets to go up, down and SIDEWAYS: Firm reveals working scale model of bizarre design

A 1:3 scale model of a rope-less Willy Wonka-style elevator has been unveiled in Spain. The scale model has two 10 metre shafts and four cabs that move using magnetic levitation technology.

ISIS website on the dark web is hacked and replaced with an advert for Viagra and prozac and a message telling its supporters to 'calm down' 

The site for the terror group appeared on the Tor browser of the dark web last week in a bid to get extremists to join up but was later hacked by Ghost Security Group, a counter-terrorism network.

The gold that's as light as AIR: New foam could lead to revolution in jewellery

Scientists have created a new form gold made of material that is 98% air. It's made of protein fibers from milk, and even though it looks like pure gold, it's light enough to float on top of a cappuccino.

Get a computer for the same price as a BEER: £4 byte-sized Raspberry Pi Zero is smaller and 40% faster than the original 

Cambridge-based computer company Raspberry Pi created the Zero, which has Broadcom BCM2835 application processor, 512MB of RAM, a micro-SD card slot and 1GHz ARM11 core.

Now THAT'S cattle class: Airbus patents 'modular cabins' so you could get on a plane before it even arrives

Toulouse-based Airbus has recently filed a patent detailing 'removable cabin modules' that it says will help cut down boarding times for passengers.

Put a plant in every room, meditate for 12 minutes a day and eat mountains of spinach: The 20 easy ways to boost your brain power...

Here, Dr Mike Dow, author of The Brain Fog Fix - and and an LA-based psychiatrist - suggests simple ways we can improve our brain health and be more alert each day...

Salsa for SCIENCE: Student wins 'dance your PhD' contest with interpretive performance explaining water protection policy

'Dance your Ph.D.' challenges Ph.D. students to present research through interpretive dance. First place was given to a routine on the policies around water protection and conservation.

Stiff upper lip gone too far? 60% of us stay in bad relationships and put up with poor customer service to save face 

The survey was commissioned by money-transfer service TransferWise and carried out by YouGov on a sample of 2,031 British adults.

Ageing star's weight loss secret revealed: Giant VY Canis Majoris is shedding super-sized dust particles as it prepares to die

Astronomers in Chile have discovered how star VYCanis Majoris can shed large chunks of its mass.
They have found that the dust surrounding Canis is made up of exceptionally large grains,

Phew! Earth's magnetic field WON'T flip within a human lifetime: Study claims changing field is just 'normalising'


The new study says the weakening intensity observed in the last few hundred years is actually simply a recovery from an abnormal high.

World's first 3D printed self-loading revolver revealed: Washbear can fire eight .22 bullets and be made on ANY home 3D printer

Mechanical engineering student has designed a 3D-printed revolver, and he claims it's the first in the world of its kind. The PM522 Washbear can fire up to 8 bullets between reloads.

Are glaciers destroying MOUNTAINS? Ice blocks pull sediment from rocky ranges faster than tectonic plates build them up

An international team of geologists have studied how climate change since the mid-Pleistocene has removed more material from St Elias Mountain in Alaska (pictured) than it has gained.

Want to feel healthier? Live in a scenic area - either in the countryside OR the town 

Warwick researchers used ratings from a website called Scenic-Or-Not where users rate how pretty more than 212,000 pictures of Britain are. It covers 95 per cent of grid squares of the UK.

Danish man claims he could smell his flesh burning after his Apple watch started glowing with heat and burned his wrist 

Jorgen Mouritzen from Denmark had been wearing the smart watch when claims he suddenly felt a searing pain in his arm and he looked down to find the strap smouldering.

What a bunch of cheats! Betrayal and lying helped to drive the rapid spread of humans around the world

An archaeologist at the University of York has suggested that humans may have rapidly colonised the world because people spread to new areas to flee those they had betrayed.

How Einstein changed the world with his theory of general relativity...and why you would literally be lost without it

Today marks a century since German-born Albert Einstein first revealed his Theory of General Relativity. The impact of is still being felt today as it is a crucial element in technologies like GPS.

The astonishing regeneration experiment that allowed worms to regrow the head and brain of ANOTHER SPECIES

Biologists at Tufts University have succeeded in inducing one species of flatworm to grow heads and brains characteristic of another species of flatworm without altering genomic sequence. The work reveals physiological circuits as a new kind of epigenetics - information existing outside of genomic sequence - that determines large-scale anatomy.

If you cut a flatworm in half, you'll end up with two worms. The head half grows a tail, and the tail half grows a head. Researchers now say the worms grow heads and brains of different species.

2015 is on track to be the hottest year on record...and 2016 could be even hotter due to El Niño, warn meteorologists

Experts from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) in Switzerland have warned global average surface temperatures in 2015 are likely to reach the highest since records began.

Have you heard the one about the scientist and the punchline? Researchers reveal what it takes for a joke to really makes us laugh

Oxford University investigated the brain mechanism that causes laughter and humor to understand why we found some jokes hilarious.

Starlings are mysteriously DROWNING across the UK: Experts left baffled after dead birds are found in pools, ponds and even buckets

Experts from the Zoological Society London believe the birds may have flocked to the pool or bird bath together where waterlogged feathers and steep sides prevented their escape.

Rare 'Little Al' skeleton of a baby Allosaurus FAILS to sell at auction: Remains of the ferocious predator didn't hit the reserve

The skeleton (pictured), dubbed 'Little Al', is 155 million years old and is being offered by Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex.

OnePlus 2 'iPhone killer' available WITHOUT an invite for Black Friday: £239 device will go on general sale for four days only

For four days starting from Friday 27 November, the Chinese firm is putting its OnePlus 2 (pictured) and OnePlus X devices on general sale.

Black hole 'batteries' could be key to finding gravitational waves: Stellar 'circuits' create mysterious radio bursts as stars collide

Black holes and neutron stars could be acting like batteries to produce sparks of radio signals. Researchers from Caltech said that as the two objects become closer, they form a sort of 'circuit.'

Facebook's Most Used Words app is a 'privacy nightmare': Tool is used to highlight how easy users give away their personal details

An app made by South Korean start-up Vonvon has been described as a 'privacy nightmare' because it asks for so many personal details and permissions from users.

Could genetically modified trees save Florida's orange crop? Scientists provide new hope for tackling tree-killing disease

The University of Florida has used a gene isolated from a plant that is a member of the mustard family to create the new trees with enhanced resistance to 'citrus greening'.

Now THAT'S an air guitar! £150 Kurv uses sensors and a touchpad to play music in the style of acoustic, electric and bass guitars

A British start-up company has designed a digital, stringless guitar that promises to make the dreams of aspiring rock gods come true by producing music as they strum the air.

The beast of Gongga mountain! Eerie pictures snapped by a hiker depict shadow of a 'giant wolf' on the side of Chinese glaciers

Over the weekend a group of climbers were shocked to discover the huge shadow of a wolf spread high across Mount Gongga, the highest mountain in southwest China's Sichuan province.

1,700 year old Roman gold ring engraved with nude portrait of Cupid found in British back garden

An amateur metal detectorist in the UK has made an extraordinary find -a gold-carved ring depicting a nude portrait of Cupid, mythological homewrecker and god of erotic love.

Tracking natural disasters from space: Scanning camera on the ISS will capture fires, floods and droughts on Earth

The space station will be fitted with a 'space camera' able to monitor natural phenomena such as fires, floods and droughts on Earth. It has been developed at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Hot property! Concept table turns the heat generated from cups of tea into ELECTRICITY to charge your phone

The table design (pictured), dubbed Heat Harvest, is the brainchild of two students who attended a two week workshop at a 'future-living lab' in Copenhagen called Space 10.

The iPhone 'lifejacket': Apple patent reveals case with built-in flotation device to prevent water damage

Apple invention integrates floaties into retractable iPhone bumper
By Mikey Campbell 
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 01:56 am PT (04:56 am ET) 

As a result of continued research into device protection technologies, Apple has developed an automated bumper system that doubles as a floatation device, protecting iPhones from drops and large bodies of water.

Researchers at Apple are working on an automated bumper system which doubles as a flotation device, absorbing shock from falls while also protecting the phone from water damage.

Seagulls are eating baby whales ALIVE: Birds attack southern right calves when they come to the surface to breathe

Southern right whales off the coast of Argentina are increasingly being attacked by kelp gulls, which gouge skin and blubber from the mammals backs as they swim at the surface.

Genetically modified mosquitoes could eradicate malaria 'by passing genes that stop the spread of the killer disease on to their offspring'

The new strain of mosquito, developed by scientists at the University of California Irvine, pass on the anti-malaria genes to their offspring, therefore helping to stop the insects transmitting malaria to humans.

Christmas crackdown on drones: Remote control toys would be forced to register under tough new FAA recommendations

A small, remote-controlled drone hovers in the sky during a meet-up of the DC Area Drone User Group in Middletown, Maryland on February 1, 2014 ©Robert MacPherson (AFP/File)

Owners of drones weighing 250 grams or more should provide authorities with their name and address and put an ID number on the aircraft, experts hired by the FAA have recommended.

'Godzilla' El Nino is getting BIGGER: Weather system could be the most powerful of its kind on record, warn scientists

Based on weekly data by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the current El Niño is now stronger than the huge events in 1982-83 and 1997-98, and likely 1877-78.

Google can remotely bypass Android devices: Phones running older versions of the operating system and locked with a pattern can be reset by the tech giant

This is according to a document prepared by the New York District Attorney's Office which reveals just how easily investigators could see the contents of a device.

Scientists explain why elderly couples often die within hours of each other - and say it is down to 'broken heart syndrome'

An elderly couple kissing while dancing.

It's long been said that a person can die from a broken heart, but now, a nine-year study of elderly couples in the U.S. suggests that there may be truth behind the expression.

The science of hotel sex: Researchers reveal why we prefer someone else's bedroom 

Having sex in a hotel room, instead of your own bedroom, can causes a rush of the 'happy' neurotransmitter dopamine, experts say.

Google reveals it has developed a Star Trek communicator badge that means you never need to take your phone out of your pocket

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Google's search boss, Amit Singhal, revealed the working prototype in an interview with Time magazine.

Volcanoes did NOT wipe out the dinosaurs: Simulations reveal the eruptions wouldn't have been powerful enough to affect plants and animals

University of Leeds researchers calculated the impact on of years of sulphur dioxide emissions from continental flood basalts, on the Earth's climate, vegetation and oceans.

Pesticides are now blamed for the decline of butterflies: Banned chemicals are linked to the demise of 15 species across the UK

The study, based on data gathered by volunteers at more than 1,000 sites across the UK, associated declines in 15 of 17 butterfly species (small tortoiseshell pictured) with neonicotinoid use.

MH370 will be found in next eight weeks, claims British expert as search for wreckage switches to area of Indian Ocean where he believes plane made 'controlled ditching' 

FILE - In this March 22, 2014, file photo, Flight Lt. Jason Nichols on board a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, takes notes as they search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in southern Indian Ocean, Australia. The deep sea hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner has shifted to a remote part of the Indian Ocean where a British pilot has calculated that the Boeing 777 made a controlled ditching last year with 239 people aboard, officials said Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool)

The deep sea hunt for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane has now shifted to a remote area of the Indian Ocean, where Simon Hardy believes it crashed in a 'controlled ditching' into the sea.

Loneliness is twice as bad as obesity for killing us early: Being isolated suppresses your immune system and knocks years off your life 

Research by the University of Chicago shows that those who feel the most isolated in later life are almost 15 per cent more likely to die early than those who feel the most wanted and needed.

Mine's a double! The incredible moment a boa constrictor is caught killing TWO marmosets at once

Scientists came upon a boa constrictor using its muscular body to take down two baby marmosets from a tree.The snake wrapped itself around one and clung to the other by its legs.

Revolutionary 'flat' camera could make your next phone as thin as a credit card

FlatCam Rice University

Researchers in Texas have developed a camera small enough to fit inside of a credit card, and doesn't require a lens. The camera called FlatCam could have use in security and disaster-relief.

How online porn is fuelling sex addiction: Easy access to sexual images blamed for the rise of people with compulsive sexual behaviour, study claims

The ready supply of sexual images makes it difficult for young people with sex addictions to resist the urge to find porn, a University of Cambridge study found. One in 25 are thought to be sex addicts.

Nazis in space? Star Wars fans react with astonishment after new trailer for The Force Awakens shows massed army of stormtroopers giving Nazi-looking salute 

New scenes released in the latest TV ad show the evil army known as The First Order giving something similar to a Nazi salute, standing next to officers in black uniform similar to that of the Gestapo.

The $99 ROBOPET for the elderly: Hasbro unveil bizarre catbot that purrs, meows and moves like a real feline

Joy for all Companion Pets

JOY FOR ALL Companion Pet cats look, feel and sound like real cats. But they're so much more than soft fur, soothing purrs and pleasant meows. Companion Pets respond to petting, hugging and motion much like the cats you know and love. This two-way give-and-take helps create a personally rich experience that can bring fun, joy and friendship to you and your loved ones ages 5 to 105.

- Built-in sensors respond to motion and touch
- Realistic, soft fur looks and feels like a real cat
- Cat-like movements and sounds
- VibraPurr sounds and feels like real purring
- Batteries Included: 4 x 1.5V C Alkaline Batteries

Hasbro's new Joy For All Companion Pet is a robotic cat that responds to motion and touch. The $99.99 cat purrs, nuzzles, and meows, but won't claw your skin off when you try to rub its belly.

Now that really IS a tail light: Firm unveils clip on LED light for horses to improve rider safety

Tail Lights Rider System aims to save horses and riders from being injured in collisions. The system has LED lights, on the front and tail units to warn motorists that there is a rider on the road.

The phone you can SMOKE: $299 Vaporcade Jupiter comes with a built-in e-cigarette to let you 'vape' and dial

The Los Angeles-based company behind the Vaporcade Jupiter (illustrated) claims it is 'the world's first and only cellular vaporiser'.

Is this why finding Nemo is so difficult? Scientists discover 'Houdini' trick used by fish to disappear underwater and say it could help camouflage divers 

Simulated view of how the lookdown fish would appear in polarized light with mirrored skin (left) versus skin that reflects polarized light (right).
Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery about how some fish seem to disappear from predators in the open waters of the ocean, a discovery that could help materials scientists and military technologists create more effective methods of ocean camouflage.

In a paper published this week in Science, a team led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin reports that certain fish use microscopic structures called platelets in their skin cells to reflect polarized light, which allows the fish to seemingly disappear from their predators.

Polarized light is made up of light waves all traveling in the same plane, such as the bright glare you sometimes see when sunlight reflects off the surface of water.

Under the surface of the water, light tends to be polarized. Many fish?and sophisticated modern satellites?have the ability to det

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin shows some fish have microscopic structures in their skin cells that is used to reflect polarized light, which allows them to disappear.

See the pockmarked poles of Ceres in unprecedented detail: Nasa's Dawn probe releases its first images of the polar regions

Nasa researchers in California mapped the regions by combining images captured by the Dawn probe between August and October this year.

Mars is destroying its 'suicidal moon' Phobos and the remains of the doomed satellite will cause a Saturn-style ring to orbit the planet

Astronomers from University of California, Berkeley said the satellite's remains will encircle Mars, causing it to become the first non-gaseous planet in our solar system to sport rings.

2,000-year-old page of New Testament manuscript is discovered for sale on eBay for just $99

The ancient Greek papyrus fragment of the Gospel of John, which reportedly dates back between A.D. 250 and A.D. 350, was spotted for sale on eBay in January for $99.

The midlife crisis is REAL: Scientists finds happiness DOES go downhill in our early 40s

According to a study of 50,000 people, adults between 40 and 42 are at their most miserable as they care for children, elderly parents and work long hours but happiness improves for the over-60s.

The sensor that can sniff out a suicide bomber from 100 metres away: Scanner could be built into public places

Hooded police officers walk in a street of  Saint-Denis, near Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015.  A woman wearing an explosive suicide vest blew herself up Wednesday as heavily armed police tried to storm a suburban Paris apartment where the suspected mastermind of last week's attacks was believed to be holed up, police said. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

The U.S. military is working on improving a device that could be used to detect concealed bombs and suicide vests such as those used in the Paris attacks from more than a football field away.

Morocco's MEGA PLANT will power a million homes using sunlight: Advanced solar tech provides energy even after dark

The solar plant in Ouarzazate will use 500,000 mirrors to power a city during day and night using Concentrated Solar Power which harnesses sunlight to melt salt and power a steam turbine.

The hidden killer in your home: Odourless gas linked to lung 'cancer causes thousands of deaths a year'

In some homes, the highest recorded concentration of Radon was 50 times over the recommended level, according to Keith Hardy, of Nottingham Trent University.

How not to look stupid: Psychologists reveal the three types of foolish behaviour

Scientists at the University of Budapest found that by far the worst type of stupidity is 'confident arrogance.' This is when what someone overestimates their natural abilities.

Look out parents! Babies are capable of reasoning and problem solving when they are just 10 MONTHS old, researchers find

Emory University found babies are capable of working out social hierarchies as early as 10 months, in a study that used puppets playing out different scenarios.

LG kills off $499 Urbane 2 Android smartwatch after just SIX DAYS on sale due to mysterious 'hardware issues'


The firm blames a  'hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device' - but won't reveal the exact problem.

This scanner knows what your pants are made of: 3D X-rays to search for bombs and drugs in luggage at airports

HALO uses 3D-imaging to understand the exact material an object is made of . The UK-made scanner can detect the presence of bombs by looking at their typical 'material signature'

There's something fishy about this: Bizarre footage appears to show a dying carp being brought back to life (so how did they do it?) 

A video showing a half-dead fish being brought back to life has set the Chinese internet abuzz, with online users launching a heated discussion on how it is done.

Future high flier? Boy, 8, pens design for how crashed planes could be found at sea and receives a reply from Delta Airlines

Benjamin wrote to Delta Airlines in Atlanta, Georgia, including a drawing of a plane with neon orange balloons attached to it.

How PENGUINS can prevent plane crashes: Oil on their feathers is a natural 'de-icer' that could be used to keep aircraft wings clear

Researchers from he University of California, Los Angeles studied penguins' feathers in detail to reveal their de-icing trick that means their feathers are never clogged with ice.

The iFuse 'hybrid' cigarette combines e-cig technology with tobacco to improve the flavour of the vapour

London-based British American Tobacco is to trial a new type of cigarette called iFuse that combines e-cigarette technology (stock image pictured) and tobacco.

A giant leap for Elon Musk: Nasa give SpaceX its first contract to send astronauts to the International Space Station 

This June 28, 2015 grab from NASA TV shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the unmanned Dragon cargo capsule on board shortly after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida

Elon Musk's rocket manufacturing company was given the green light to send astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in the coming years.

Get ready for the rise of the CYBERPLANTS: Researchers reveal roses with circuits inside their leaves that can change colour at the touch of a button 

Researchers in Sweden have developed fully functional cyberplants engineered to host analog and digital electronic circuits, and the leaves can change colours.

Is WOOD the ultimate diet food? Firm reveals no fat noodles made from trees

Omikenshi Co., based in Osaka, Japan, is turning indigestible cellulose from trees and mixing it with konjac to produce a fiber-rich flour, which the company calls 'cell-eat'.

Bad news for Brazil nuts and Mahogony: Shrinking Amazon forests may lose thousands of trees species

FILE - In this April 23, 2002 file photo, specimens from the Brazil nut, Lecythidacene family, are displayed inside the Herbarium at The New York Botanical Garden, in the Bronx borough of New York. A first-of-its-kind examination of thousands of types of trees in the Amazon found that as much as half of the species may be threatened with extinction or heading that way because of massive deforestation. It¿s not just strange tropical trees, but the plants that provide people with tasty Brazil nuts and elegant mahogany are among the more than 5,500 tree species in deep trouble in the Amazon, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey, File)

An international team of 158 scientists found between 36 and 57 percent of the 16,000 tree species in the tropical rainforest are under threat.