'Stellarator' is a SUCCESS: Strange twisted design that could finally make fusion power a reality is switched on for the first time

Wendelstein 7-X design that could make fusion power a reality is switched on

Dubbed Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X), the reactor in Germany successfully produced a helium plasma which reached a temperature of one million°C. However, it was only able to do so for a tenth of a second. Scientists hope that, if it can work for longer, the technology could eventually lead to limitless supplies of clean and cheap energy. The next task will be to extend the duration of the plasma discharges and to investigate the best method of producing and heating helium plasmas using microwaves.

Elon Musk and Peter Thiel back billion dollar AI research firm to 'safeguard the world' and make us 'superhuman'

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveils SpaceX's new seven-seat Dragon V2 spacecraft, in Hawthorne, California, America. 
The private spaceflight companys new manned space capsule will ferry NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BeckROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research company, is backed by other prominent names and will 'advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity'.

How coffee REWIRES your brain: Researcher gives himself an MRI scan two days a week for 18 months - and it shows the incredible effect of caffeine

Russell Poldrack scanned his brain to create the most detailed map of brain connectivity ever. In the process, he and his colleagues revealed strong correlations between brain function and gene expression, and how the brain reorganizes itself when running low on caffeine.

Everybody has their own morning routine; for one researcher, this included hopping in to an MRI to scan his brain.The images reveal how skipping breakfast or coffee will alter the brain's behaviour.

Bling your car at the touch of a button: Glass that tints instantly using 'smart particles' revealed

Continental has developed a system that can tint car windows at the push of a button. 'Intelligent Glass Control' offers privacy, comfort, safety and emissions benefits.

Could we create WATER FARMS on Mars? Esa reveals radical plan to grab moisture from the red planet in 2018 

A device called Habit will be joining Esa's ExoMars exploration mission in 2018. It was created by Javier Martin-Torres of Luleå University of Technology in Kiruna, Sweden.

Caesar decimated the Dutch: Archaeologists pinpoint site of battle that destroyed two tribes and left 150,000 dead

Television programmes: Rome 
HBO DVD Ciaran Hinds as Gaius Julius Caesar

Archaeologists claim to have proved that Julius Caesar set foot on what is now Dutch soil, destroying two Germanic tribes in a battle that left 150,000 people dead.

Curiosity goes off roading! Mars rover reaches first sand dunes ever studied outside Earth

Mars Curiosity rover reaches first sand dunes ever studied outside Earth

Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover has captured photos of the first Martian sand dune ever studied. The rover encountered these dunes on an excursion up a layered mountain. The Martian sand dunes are a part of 'Bagnold Dunes,' which run along the northwestern side of Mount Sharp inside Gale Crater.Curiosity has plans to sample sand from the dunes, filtering it for examination in an onboard lab.
By observing the dune field from orbit, astronauts have been able to determine that the edges of the dunes move up to three feet per Earth year.

How do you catch a drone? With an even BIGGER drone and a giant net: Tokyo police reveal bizarre 'UAV catcher'

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Tokyo has put together a drone squad with net-carrying drones that will locate and capture malicious drones seen flying near public officials.

A wee-ly good idea? 'Socks' containing URINE powered fuel cells generate electricity when a wearer walks

Scientists at the Bristol BioEnergy Centre at the University of the West of England (UWE) fitted the socks (pictured) with miniaturised microbial fuel cells (MFCs).

Do you want to build a real life lightsaber? Ditch the lasers and opt for super-heated plasma, says physicist

Building real life Star Wars laser swords would need a move away from lasers and go for super-heated ionised gas instead, says physicist Gianluca Sarri, from Queen's University Belfast.

Painting stolen by the Mafia is resurrected: A lost Caravaggio masterpiece taken in an heist 50 years ago has been reconstructed

The Nativity with St. Francis and St Lawrence was cut from its frame in Palermo in 1969 but now researchers claim to have created an exact replica using photographs and advanced scans.

Will Nintendo's next console have a wraparound 3D TOUCHSCREEN controller? Patent hints the gaming giant's NX system could use radical new gamepad

A patent filed by Nintendo employees reveals a controller entirely made up of a touchscreen. It triggered speculation it might be part of the Japanese company's new NX platform.

Streaming services switch young music fans back on to the joys of vinyl as sales soar by 50 per cent in a year

Streaming services are encouraging young music fans to go out and buy vinyl LPs, as they discover the joy of owning a physical copy of their favourite artist.

Monster from the deep: Extremely rare giant salamander measuring a whopping 4ft 7in discovered in remote cave in China

Giant salamander measuring 4ft 7in discovered in remote cave in China

The 4ft 7in amphibious beast, weighing in at about 104 lbs and thought to be around 200-years old, was stumbled upon going about its business recently in a cave in Chongqing. Its species is known to eat large crabs, prawns and fish and is critically endangered at present, with so many having been slaughtered by poachers in the past to be made into food and traditional medicines.


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Get ready for the night sky event of the year: Geminid meteor shower to scatter skies with shooting stars next week

Geminid meteor shower to scatter skies with shooting stars next week

The annual display of shooting stars is one of the most spectacular events in the night sky each year and can be seen across the world - provided the skies are clear. The meteor shower (previous examples shown top and bottom right) is the result of particles smaller than one centimetre entering the Earth's atmosphere at high speed, burning up and heating the air around them. They appear as a streak of light against the dark sky. A diagram showing how the meteors will appear to emanate from a radiant in the constellation of Gemini on the nights of maximum activity is shown.

Are you a SLACKTIVIST? Changing your profile picture and other 'armchair' activities actually DO make a difference, study finds

Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement take part in a protest march through the financial district of New York October 12, 2011. 

Hundreds of activists gathered a month ago in the Manhattan park two blocks from Wall Street to vent their anger at what they see as the excesses of New York financiers, whom they blame for the economic crisis that has struck countless ordinary Americans and reverberated across the global economy. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST)

Quit picking on slacktivists.
A recent study has found that these people, who take to social media to express a political stand, actually play a critical role in modern social movements.

To the Moon and beyond! Nasa releases plans for the Orion space capsule's first mission as it prepares to head to Mars

A new video released by Nasa has revealed the space agency's plans for its first big test of its Orion spacecraft by sending it 43,000 miles beyond the Moon.

GoPro is FINALLY releasing its own drone: Teaser video shows 'Karma' in action - but the design remains a secret

The company's cameras have been paired with drones to capture stunning aerial footage. But GoPro has announced that its own camera drone, called Karma, will arrive in 2016.

Report shows there have been at least 241 near mid-air collisions between drones and airplanes 

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2014 file photo, a drone is demonstrated in Brigham City, Utah. Researchers say there have been at least 241 reports of close encounters between drones and manned aircraft that meet the government¿s definition of a near midair collision, including 28 in which pilots maneuvered to get out of the way. A report released Friday by Bard College¿s Center for the Study of the Drone in New York says 90 of the close encounters involved drones and commercial jets, the majority of which had the capacity to carry 50 people or more. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Ninety of the close encounters involved drones and commercial jets, the majority of which had the capacity to carry 50 people or more.

Will climate change push Ikea's meatballs off the menu? Meatballs of the future could be made from insects or algae

The Swedish flatpack furniture giant is considering scrapping its legendary meatballs in an attempt to reduce consumption of meat, which is blamed for fuelling climate change.

Climate talks to overrun: Deal on combating global warming delayed by squabbles at UN summit in Paris

Protesters poured yellow paint around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris (pictured) as world leaders have been struggling to reach an agreement on a global deal on climate change.

Has Apple got the hump? Tim Cook defends $99 iPhone 6s bulging battery case, saying it is for hiking trips and not everyday use

Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, said at at coding event in New York that the company's official Smart Battery Case is not intended for everyday use, but for camping trips, for example.

Whole grains DO cause flatulence and more toilet trips - but this is a sign of good intestinal health, experts claim

Those eating processed wheat rather than whole grains said they felt more bloated and tired as a result, according to a study by the University of Copenhagen.

Will you have a White Christmas? Map reveals which US states are likely to see snow on December 25th - although forecasters warn El Niño could scupper it

Map shows which US states are likely to see snow on Christmas Day

If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, this map could be the answer to your wishes.The NOAA graphic shows which states are most likely to experience a white Christmas based on historical records. However, some parts of the United States, from the western and central states to the East Coast have so far experienced warmer than average temperatures due in large part to El Niño.

Why you shouldn't buy flight tickets on a Friday: Research reveals it's best to wait until Sunday... where you could save as much as 13%


The study was undertaken by Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), who also urged people looking for cheap flights in Europe to look to book 140 days in advance.

Chile to build a hydropower plant in the world's driest DESERT: Pumping seawater to mountain reservoirs could power three provinces

Chile plans to take advantage of the Atacama Desert's unique geography (pictured) to solve a key problems of renewable energies like solar and wind power - inconsistency.

How to build a DEATH STAR: Nasa engineer reveals the Empire could have simply repurposed an asteroid to create the ultimate weapon


A Nasa engineer has proposed a method to efficiently build a Death Star, and it's not the way the Empire would have done it. Asteroids could be used to provide all of the essential building blocks.

The perfect accessory for the Christmas party? 'Face shocker' administers electric currents until the wearer SMILES

McKinney ad agency developed a device to spread joy this holiday season. JöLLY Tracker is a wearable device that measures how much you smile and shocks your face if you don't.

The picture keyboard ANYONE can use: Swiftkey unveils system that allows special needs children to message

SwiftKey launched an app that aims to help children and their families communicate with each other better. It 's a symbol-based assistive app for non-verbal individuals with special needs.

The 'skyscraper chip' that could boost the power of computers by a THOUSAND

A team of engineers in the U.S. is revolutionizing the computer chip. A stacked design uproots the typical 'suburban-style' layout of processors and memory chips, which can be prone to electronic traffic jams.

Can YOU tell what's real in this picture? Incredible video shows off an optical illusion that makes flat objects look 3D

Video shows off an optical illusion that makes flat objects look 3D

Glancing at the table in this video, you would be forgiven for thinking the items on it are all real. But what you're seeing is in fact a simple 'anamorphic' illusion. By using skewed photographs of objects, a visual artist has created a mind-bending example of just how easily our brains can be tricked into seeing something that's not there. He has made the image available online so that anyone can download them and try to recreate the illusion for themselves.

The city swans with 'daredevil' genes: DNA reveals birds that live in urban areas take greater risks and are less scared of people

Researchers from Victoria University found that adventurous behaviours typical of swans living in cities are determined by a gene, rather than learnt through more frequent contact with people.

And the Nobel Prize for OPULENCE goes to... Swedish royals dust off dazzling jewels for magnificent banquet to honour the ten winners for science, literature and medicine 

Stockholm's City Hall hosted the glittering event where the Swedish royal family including Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Sofia and Princess Madeleine joined the world's brightest minds.

The machine that learns like a CHILD: Algorithm recognises and scribbles symbols that look identical to those produced by humans

Learning software, created by researchers at MIT and New York University, was able to copy symbols so they were almost indistinguishable from those copied by humans.

Cheating IS genetic (among prairie voles at least): Male rodents have an inherited trait that causes them to roam widely for mates

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University in New York, found faithful male prairie voles (stock image) are better able to recall locations of rivals.

How to cure YOUR phobia in just 2 minutes: Single dose of a beta blocker taken while holding a tarantula 'instantly reduces fear in terrified volunteers'

Scientists from University of Amsterdam gave participants the beta-blocker propranolol when a memory of spiders was activated - which made them forget their learned fear of spiders.

Dinosaur VEINS found inside a fossil: Soft tissue from 80-million-year-old hadrosaur is spotted in remains found in Montana

Scientists from North Carolina Univeristy have confirmed that vein-like structures found in an 80-million-year-old fossil are real dinosaur veins and not the result of contamination.

Mystery of the Earth's mantle solved: Ocean crusts float at its 'boundary' because molten rock thickens 600 miles below the surface

The University of Maryland has conducted two separate studies to explain why at around one megameter (1,000 km, or 621 miles) below ground, the planet's mantle behaves differently.

The MOBY DICK fossil: Museum curators find out that 'walrus' skull actually belonged to 15-million-year-old fanged white whale 

A pod of Albicetus, meaning "white whale," travel together through the Miocene Pacific Ocean, surfacing occasionally to breathe in this artist's rendering released to Reuters on December 8, 2015. REUTERS/A. Boersma for the Smithsonian/Handout via ReutersATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. IT IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

Scientists have revealed that fossils unearthed in 1909 in Santa Barbara, California, had been wrongly categorized for
decades as belonging to a group of extinct walruses.

Four in a row! Mother who couldn't sleep snaps rare image of three planets and the moon in a perfect line

Tickenham mother who couldn't sleep snaps three planets and the moon

Julie Redman, 51, from Tickenham, North Somerset, spotted the moon on the far left before realising she could also see Jupiter on the right hand side of the frame. After capturing the two orbs, she recognised two other planets were also visible in the image - and they formed a line (final annotated image pictured).

How to REALLY spot a liar: Scowling, eye contact and exaggerated hand movements are all signs someone is hiding the truth

The software, developed at the University of Michigan, considers both words and gestures, and unlike a polygraph, doesn't need to touch the subject. Oscar Pistorius is pictured.

Think you're popular? It's all in the mind: Brain scans reveal your social standing could be based on how your brain is wired

Popularity may not just be down to good looks or witty jokes. Scientists at Columbia University suggest that popular people's brains are better at picking up subtle social cues.

Wal-Mart snubs Apple Pay and Samsung to launch its own mobile payment system

FILE - In this May 9, 2013 file photo, a worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Wal-Mart store in La Habra, Calif. The world's largest retailer, said it's testing its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its app at the cash register. It will start testing the new payment system Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 at its stores in the Bentonville, Ark. area, where the retailer is based. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is launching its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card.

No internet? No problem! Facebook tests changes to its News Feed that let users with poor connections make comments offline

19 Apr 2013 --- Facebook website logos --- Image by © Duncan Andison/Corbis

The social media has announced updates to the way the News Feed delivers by caching content. Any changes made offline will update once users reconnect.

See Prometheus in all its glory: Close-up image reveals the bizarre pockmarked surface of Saturn's 'potato moon'

Nasa's image-processing centre in Colorado has released one of the highest resolution views of Prometheus, Saturn's potato-shaped moon. The shot was acquired by the Cassini space probe.

Adidas shoes could soon be made by ROBOTS: Firm is working on a prototype stitching machine for its Berlin stores

Adidas hopes to be able to produce a custom-made running shoe from scratch in a store in Berlin by next year, using a stitching machine and a foamer to make the sole. Stock image pictured.

Rows delay climate talks: Ministers negotiate through the night as time starts to run out to reach a deal on global warming

A new draft deal on global warming is due to be published after overnight rows at the UN climate change summit in Paris. Many nations objected to a slimmed down draft published yesterday.

The race is on! Baidu unveils plans for self-driving buses as Samsung announces it wants to make parts for autonomous cars

South Korea-based Samsung plans to develop a car components business focusing on autonomous driving tech, going head-to-head with Apple. Baidu's self-driving car is shown.

The 'Badlands' of Pluto's heart in COLOUR: New Horizons images reveal strange 'pits' and ice blocks on dwarf planet's surface

New Horizons images reveal strange surface of Pluto in unprecedented detail

Mission scientists believe these mysterious indentations may form through a combination of ice fracturing and evaporation. The scarcity of overlying impact craters in this area also leads scientists to conclude that these pits - typically hundreds of yards across and tens of yards deep - formed relatively recently.

Google goes quantum: Search giant's new computer works '100 million times faster' than ordinary PCs

The breakthrough was made by Google and Nasa who have been working together for two years on something known as the D-Wave X2 computing system.

Mysterious star ISN'T surrounded by a 'Dyson sphere': Astronomers rule out possibility of an alien megastructure

Researchers came to the conclusion after making observations of KIC 8462852 six nights between October 29th and November 28th at the Boquete Optical Seti Observatory in Panama.

Size doesn't matter, it's all about STAMINA: Cockroach females prefer smaller males with more energy to larger, slower insects 

Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University analysed the courtship rituals of Cuban burrowing cockroach (pictured), a species in which the males attract females by raising their wings.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Game of Thrones and Donald Trump top this year's most popular topics on Facebook

The results come from Facebook's 2015 Year in Review. Anticipation for the Star Wars film made The Force Awakens the most talked-about movie, while Game of Thrones topped the TV chart.

The secret of giving good directions: Scientists find order of words is critical - and say you should always start with a landmark and end with the destination

Child wearing sunglasses reads a map.

The University of Aberdeen found how you order your words may be the secret to giving good directions. The best way is to begin with a landmark and end it with the destination.

How to choose the best urinal using MATHS: Scientists calculate which spot to take to ensure privacy in the men's room

Mathematicians at Carleton University in Ottawa say occupying the furthest urinal from the door gives a man the maximum time before a man stands next to them.

One fifth of Americans are online 'almost constantly': Study reveals just how much young people are addicted to the internet

A young woman looking at Facebook website on laptop computer. Image shot 2008.

Seventy three per cent of Americans indicated that they go online on a daily basis, and many go on multiple times per day, according to a nationwide study by the Pew Research Center.

We wish you a WHAT? Spy chiefs' insanely difficult Christmas card brainteaser leaves the nation scratching their heads... but are YOU clever enough to solve it? 

GCHQ director Robert Hannigan's Christmas card features a brainteaser

This year the director of GCHQ (pictured), Robert Hannigan, is including a brain-teasing puzzle in his Christmas card (inset), which aims to exercise the grey matter of participants over the holiday season. Participants have to fill in a grid-shading puzzle to unveil a picture, which is the first in a series of increasingly complex challenges. The competition will also raise funds for the NSPCC, with the winner to be announced after January 31 2016.

Are our phones TOO smart? Owners use only a third of the apps and features on their super-advanced handsets, study finds

The average consumer uses just a third of the 40-odd features available on their smartphone. Almost two-thirds of people say they do not know all the features of their handsets.

Isn't SPACE the final frontier? US Navy reveals the man in charge of America's new $4.3bn super destroyer is Captain James Kirk

Navy bosses today revealed that the helm of the Zumwalt, the largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy has been taken by Captain James Kirk (pictured).

Around the world in Christmas calories: Americans and Brits gorge on a 3,500 kcal festive feast while a traditional Japanese meal of KFC is 'healthiest' - map reveals how YOUR holiday spread compares...

Dr Wayne Osborne, of treated.com, compared the typical Christmas day meal in 28 countries nations. He warned the typical American and Brit would have to work out for two weeks to burn off their festive feast.

Teens flock to anonymous messaging app: 'After School' lets students secretly post thoughts, but is it increasing bullying?

While the majority of comments on the message boards are said to be 'benign' by US students, cyberbullying has appeared in its comments since its launch last year.

Virgin Galactic to fling rockets into space from a JUMBO JET: Boeing 747 'Cosmic Girl' will be the mothership for LauncherOne

An artist's impression of a 747 jumbo jet which will be adapted for use as a launchpad for a Virgin Galactic spaceship (Virgin Galactic/PA)

The plane (artist's illustration) from the London-based company will be used to carry the firm's LauncherOne satellite rocket to high altitude before the craft blasts into space.

SPONGES could save the lives of gunshot victims: FDA approves military gadget to plug wounds in 15 seconds for use in civilians

The device, called XStat Rapid Homeostasis System, was developed by RevMedx. Sponges are injected into the wound to stop the bleeding, and can later be removed safely once the victim has arrived at the hospital

Ambulances in the United States may soon be equipped with life-saving sponges to prevent gunshot victims from bleeding out. The military device was just cleared for use in civilian settings.

Why cats love to knock things over: Researchers say even LIONS show behavior - and its all about attention seeking

Cat's aren't destroying your stuff because they are evil, they just want your attention. Unlike dogs, cats are self-domesticated and don't need humans to survive.

Have Adele, Taylor and Coldplay forced Spotify to change its service? Streaming pioneer considering banning some albums from its free tier

Adele - 25.

Music-streaming giant Spotify is toying with the idea of allowing musicians to reserve new releases for paying subscribers, it has been claimed.

Icebergs are creating waves in the SKY: Nasa images reveal floating blocks disrupt airflow to create stripy cloud patterns

NASA images show icebergs are creating waves in the sky by disrupting air flow

Satellite images of floating sea ice near South Georgia Islands, around 1,000 miles off the coast of Argentina shows icebergs cause unusual cloud waves as they disrupt the flow of air around them. Nasa scientists say that the giant oceanic ice cubes are disrupting the air as it flows over and around them, redirecting it and resulting in striped, 'waves' of clouds.

Santa has arrived in SPACE! Desperately needed supply ship docks with space station - and Nasa confirms it has even packed presents for astronauts

In this frame grab from video shown on NASA TV, the Cygnus supply ship approaches the International Space Station, in preparation for capture, early Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, delivering Christmas presents and much-needed groceries for the resident astronauts. (NASA TV via AP)

Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, carrying more than 7,000 pounds (3,000 kilograms) of water, food and supplies.

Playing 3D video games can improve your memory: Tests show they can improve your recall by 12 per cent in TWO WEEKS

Researchers at University of California Irvine found that playing three-dimensional video games such as SuperMario 3D World helps people perform better in memory tests.

Are we on the verge of a deal on climate change? Slimmed down draft agreement aims to bind nations to tackle global warming

A new draft text has been published at the UN climate change talks in Paris as US Secretary of State John Kerry warned the world was facing 'unthinkable harm' from, global warming.

Lions made famous by Big Cat Diary are poisoned: Two men charged after female Bibi is found 'foaming, spitting and panting' after eating laced cow carcass

Two lions from the Marsh Pride (pictured) have died, including lioness Bibi, who was found lying on her side 'foaming at the mouth, spitting and panting' before her death.

The Triceratops the size of a SPANIEL: Miniature relative of horned dinosaurs scampered around on its hind legs 160 million years ago

Palaeontologists have discovered a new species of dinosaur related to but much older than Triceratops called Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis in Xinjiang Province in China.

Time for an upgrade? Apple Watch 2 will be revealed in March alongside 'mini' 4inch iPhone 6c 

Models of the new iPhone 5s (front) and iPhone 5c (back) are on display at the Apple Store in Berlin, Germany on 10 September 2013. 

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Tech blog 9to5Mac claims the new products will be announced at a special event in March, over a year after the Apple Watch was first introduced by Tim Cook.

Have you been 'PWNED'? Site reveals if your email address was among the millions leaked in recent hacks such as VTech, Adobe and Ashley Madison

Have I been PWNED? Site reveals if your email address was leaked

In total, the site includes details from 66 'pwned' websites, or websites that have suffered some form of security breach. Millions of personal details have been stolen, leaked or sold in recent attacks. These include VTech, Adobe, Ashley Madison, Adult Friend Finder, Sony, Tesco, Minecraft Pocket Edition and more.

How many gadgets do YOU own? Research claims we will all use four every day by 2018

22 Mar 2015 --- Man surrounding by work --- Image by © Wavebreak Media LTD/Wavebreak Media Ltd./Corbis

In less than three years, the average consumer will be using three to four gadgets every day. This includes smartphones, tablets, two-in-one devices, and notebooks, as well as wearables.

Cockroaches communicate through poo: Gut bacteria may hold 'aggregation pheromones'

Cockroaches communicate through their poo

german cockroaches

New research has found that cockroaches are attracted to their buddies' poop, specifically the gut bacteria that lurks within it. Cockroaches have long been known as social creatures.

#YouTubeRewind takes you through the most watched clips of the year from Liam Neeson getting angry at this phone to Justin Bieber's 'Carpool Karaoke'

The most popular video in the UK was a Britain's Got Talent audition, but globally a dance routine notched up the most views excluding music videos at 115 million views.

Revealed, the elusive creator of Bitcoin: Founder of digital currency is named as an Australian academic after police raid his Sydney home

Known until now by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, the report claims to expose 44-year-old Eastern Australia academic Dr Craig Steven Steven Wright as the person behind the alias.

From Adele's 25 to Game of Thrones: 2015's bestsellers on the App Store revealed - and Periscope is the iPhone app of the year

Apple has revealed the most popular music, apps, TV shows, films, books and podcasts across its iTunes, App and iBooks stores in both the UK and the US. Adele (pictured) had the bestselling album.

Beware the vampire stars! Weird-looking blue straggler stars stay young by feeding off their stellar neighbours

Researchers have uncovered how a strange type of star retains its deceptively youthful looks.
Blue stragglers, which are largely found in binary systems, cannibalise their partners.

Peering into a planet nursery: Astronomers capture two Jupiter-sized worlds being BORN in distant solar system

Astronomers using the Gemini Planet Imager in Chile have spotted what they believe may be two Jupiter-like planets forming around a star, called HD100546, 335 light years from Earth.

America really DOES love to Netflix and chill: Site now accounts for 37% of all US broadband traffic and video takes 70% overall

09 Apr 2015, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA --- Hispanic couple using digital tablet on blanket in park --- Image by © JGI/Daniel Grill/Blend Images/Corbis

'Netflix and chill' memes took the internet by storm this year, and the site seems to be doing the same. A new report by Sandvine reveals Netflix to be the leader in peak traffic in North America.

Has the mystery of the 'alien' marks on Ceres been solved? Bright spots on the dwarf planet's surface may be WATER ICE

Bright 'alien' marks on Ceres' surface may be WATER ICE

Experts from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany think the 130 bright spots (pictured left in a false colour image and top right) detected on Ceres, may be water ice, which can even create hazy clouds.They used data obtained from the Framing Camera on board the Dawn spacecraft to make detailed observations of the surface of dwarf planet in the asteroid belt. Another study published today says Ceres may have formed in the outer Solar System (illustrated bottom right).

Hungry hippos! Giant aquatic mammals are not vegetarians and regularly feast on MEAT

Based on observations in eastern and southern Africa, including South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, researchers claim hippos regularly eat meat.

Is Han Solo a multi-millionaire? Engineers estimate the Millennium Falcon ship would cost £2 million a year to run

Derby-based engineering firm SGS said with a reputation for being unreliable, the Millennium Falcon (pictured) would require more than £350,000 in mechanical man hours alone.

Why being handsome is bad for a man's career: Good-looking gents seen as a threat by bosses meaning they are less likely to get top jobs

Researchers in London and Maryland found when men were hiring other men to work with them, their decision was affected by the attractiveness of the candidate and the type of job.

Nasa wants to 'move out' of the International Space Station: Bosses say the focus is now on the moon and Mars

Among other things, the space agency says it wants to focus on its goal of taking humans to moon's orbit -  which is also known as cislunar space - ahead of going to Mars.

Why your man can't watch TV and chat at the same time: Focusing on visual tasks leaves people deaf to sounds around them

Scientists at University College London used brain scans to study how the brain copes with visual tasks and found it tends to induce a condition called inattention deafness.

Stonehenge may have been first built in Wales: Archaeologists discover recess in rocky outcrop that contains bluestones that are similar to the prehistoric monument's

Researchers have discovered two prehistoric quarries in Pembrokeshire, 140 miles from Stonehenge, which appear to be the origin of the bluestones used to build the monument.

Exceptional hoard of Viking silver goes on display: Treasure trove containing 186 coins, ingots and jewellery was buried following Alfred the Great's 9th century defeat of the invaders

Viking coins, ingots and jewellery unearthed near Watlington, Oxfordshire

The precious artefacts (pictured left and coins, bottom right) were unearthed by a metal detectorist in Watlington, Oxfordshire, in October last year and are said to be 'nationally significant'. James Mather is pictured top right, along with two pieces of jewellery. The treasure is thought to have been buried at the end of the 870s, in the period following Alfred the Great of Wessex' defeat of the Vikings at Edington, Wiltshire.

Coffee kick that will last all day: Nestle claim to have developed technique that makes it possible to slow release caffeine 

Scientists have developed a technique that could put coffee with slow release caffeine on the shelves. The technique could also potentially be used to release nutrients in a controlled fashion.

Caitlyn Jenner, #JeSuisParis, Harry Styles and THAT black and blue dress top the 2015 Year on Twitter 

The hashtag #JeSuisParis, used to show solidarity with the French capital in the wake of its second terrorist attack, marked the most talked about moment of the year on Twitter.

Spotify's Year in Music reveals which songs YOU have streamed in 2015: Tool shows your favourite tracks and artists and how many days you spent listening to them

The Spotify Year In Music (pictured) site collects information about your streaming habits and reveals which song you started the year listening to, and your favourite artists.

'There will be no electronic warfare Pearl Harbor': Military bosses hit out at claims US has fallen behind in electromagnetic 'doomsday weapon' development

The Army's Electronic Warfare chief at the Pentagon has pledged 'we are committed to this,' following a report that claimed the US is falling behind in the area of electromagnetic weapons.

The vest that lets dogs TALK: 'Backpack' allows pets to deliver messages, make calls and even send their GPS co-ordinates

Dubbed Fido, the smart backpack by Georgia Tech University is designed to expand what service dogs are able to do in areas such as bomb-sniffing, search and rescue and medical care.

Early dinosaurs are 10 MILLION years younger than first thought: Fossils reveal the creatures lived during the Late Triassic

Researchers from the University of Utah have dated geologic samples from a fossil-rich formation in Argentina to discover that fossils in the region are five to ten million years younger than thought.

Solving the mystery of the Chaco Canyon houses: Ancient people carried wood 50 miles to build their impressive settlement

The great houses, some of which are partially standing today, are located in the high desert landscape of New Mexico, where ancestors of Puebloan people called home centuries ago.

How evil are YOU? Test reveals whether you're wicked, have Machiavellian traits or show signs of psychopathy

How evil are YOU test reveals whether you have Machiavellian traits

The quiz (screenshots shown left and bottom right) created by Manchester-based BBC Future was inspired by questionnaires developed by psychologists Delroy Paulhus and Daniel Jones. It measures the personality traits described as the 'dark triad' - Machiavellian, narcissistic and psychopathic characteristics. Machiavellianism is characterised by manipulation and exploitation of others, a cynical disregard for morality, and a focus on self-interest and deception. Fictional character Frank Underwood (top right played by Kevin Spacey), in House of Cards is a good example of a Machiavellian person, for example.

From mind control races to robo-bikes: The world's first Olympics for bionic athletes is unveiled

Two months following the Summer Olympics, individuals who use prosthetics and other aids are invited to compete at Cybathlon . This event will take place in Switzerland on October 8, 2016.

Are half of the exoplanets found by Kepler GHOSTS? Probe's data may be far less accurate than thought, say scientists

Half of the objects in Kepler's 'candidate of planets' are likely eclipsing stars or brown dwarfs, rather than larger gas giants, according to researchers in Portugal.

Now that's a warm hug! Emperor penguins get so hot in their huddles they EAT fresh snow to cool down 

Scientists at the University of Strasbourg in France have found the huddles (file image) regulate the penguins' temperatures in a more complicated way than previously thought.

Good news, we DON'T live in a hologram: Radical experiment dismisses bizarre theory that our world is an illusion

A Fermilab scientist works on the laser beams at the heart of the Holometer experiment. The Holometer will use twin laser interferometers to test whether the universe is a 2-D hologram. Credit: Fermilab.

The Holometer machine, based at the US Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois has ruled out the theory of a pixelated universe.

Why the FLAT face? Our delicate features are an 'oddity' caused by a loss of bone - and this explains why we don't have the big noses and thick skulls of Neanderthals

Scientists at the Natural History Museum in London and New York University analysed bone growth on several skulls including a five-year-old Neanderthal child and four 400,000-year-old hominins.

Being polite DOES pay off (half the time): Holding doors open and other small gestures can make people nicer in return

Scientists at the Brain and Creativity Institute of University of Southern California observed people's reaction to others holding the door open for them, and found 50% returned the favour.

Is the smartphone age OVER? Analysts say 2015 will be the first full year of single-digit worldwide growth

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IDC says worldwide shipments will grow just 9.8% in 2015 to 1.43 billion units, making 2015 the first full year of single-digit worldwide growth for the smartphone industry.

Shazam for EARTHQUAKES: Scientists use the 'beats and waves' created by tremors to identify areas at risk of bigger disasters

Seismologists at Stanford University have designed a new algorithm for detecting microquakes that normally go unnoticed using technology inspired by the music recognition app Shazam.

New design for 'Son of Concorde': Airbus patent reveals jet that could fly from New York to London in ONE HOUR

Airbus is designing a jet to go from London to New York in ONE HOUR

Airbus is getting serious about its plans to fly passengers from London to New York in just one hour. The aircraft manufacturer today filed a second patent for a supersonic plane that could take people between the two cities faster than it takes to drive across London. The patent outlines designs for a huge rocket engine that would allow it to travel at more than 3,425 mph - more than four times the speed of sound. Early illustrations for the supersonic jet were released in July, but now Airbus has revised its designs in a second patent, which include details of 'anti-drag' flaps (top right).

Would you want to know how old your body REALLY is? Blood test claims to be able to reveal our 'biological age'

A doctor having a blood sample of a man.

By analyzing the proteins in a blood sample, researchers have found that they can determine a person's biological age using a simple new blood test.

How DO surgeons perform a sex change? Eye-watering animation reveals every stage of how a man becomes a woman

Male to female sex change surgery involves removing the penis and testicles, attaching a working clitoris, and constructing a vagina, as surgeons from University of Tuebingen, Germany, demonstrate.

What computers think HUMANS look like: Neural network learns to create its own (bizarre) pictures of people 

Computers can now create images of human faces based on what they think we look like, using artificial neural networks - and they've imagined us to be pretty horrifying.

Why kitten pictures can make you VIOLENT: Psychologists reveal 'dimorphous expression of positive emotion' is to blame

Have you ever looked at something so cute that it sent you into squeals of joy, followed by a violent and seemingly inexplicable urge to squeeze its life out? It’s a common and disturbing reaction that takes place when people see something that is just too cute to handle, and psychologists are saying it’s a completely healthy response

Do you suffer from cute aggression? Researchers say it happens when cuteness prompts a violent and seemingly inexplicable urge to squeeze the stimulus.

Not so profound now! People who post inspirational quotes on Facebook and Twitter have lower levels of intelligence

Psychologists at the University of Waterloo, Ontario asked 800 volunteers to assess a series of statements for how profound (example shown) they found them.

Are your goldfish sabotaging your wifi? Or is it your Christmas-tree lights? Follow these top tips to keep your internet up to speed

According to the regulator Ofcom, too many fairy lights can interfere with your wireless internet connection - making it hard to shop online, download music or watch films on the interne

Watch the US Navy's largest ever 'stealth' destroyer put through its paces in first sea trials - and radical design could be the first to be fitted with an ultrapowerful RAILGUN

Watch the US Navy's largest ever 'stealth' destroyer put through its paces in first sea

The largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy today began its sea trials in earnest. Future version of the radical design are expected to be used to test a futuristic 'Star Wars' railgun Inset) that uses electromagnetic energy to fire a shell weighing 10kg at up to 5,400mph over 100 miles - with such force and accuracy it penetrates three concrete walls or six half-inch thick steel plates.

A mark of power! Tiny 2,700-year-old royal seal of Judah's 'greatest king' Hezekiah found in ancient rubbish dump in Jerusalem

Archaeologists discovered the tiny oval piece of clay, which ears the symbol of a winged sun and hieroglyphs for 'life', during excavations in the Ophel close to Jerusalem's Old City.

The instant marijuana breathalyser: Firm claims portable device can detect cannabis use almost immediately

Hound Labs says its portable, breath-based device can detect THC levels with just one or two blows. It will be able to detect levels as small as 500 picograms - although can't spot edibles.

Now THAT is shock and awe! Huge pressure waves generated by solar flares may explain how they fire particles across space at almost the speed of light

Astronomers using the Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico found solar flares create a region of extreme heat and pressure called a 'termination shock' that accelerates electrons.

Caitlyn Jenner, Ronda Rousey and the Paris attacks: The most searched for internet terms of 2015 in the US revealed

Since coming out as a transgender female, Olympian and reality TV star Caitlyn - formerly Bruce - Jenner rose to the top of the Most Searched Celebrities list.

Now THAT'S a smart watch strap: Apple patent reveals band with built in display

Aptly titled "Woven display," Apple's application details a technique of weaving light pipe fibers into conventional fabrics, a clever amalgam of traditional textile production and modern materials. The resulting smart fabric would have a multitude of uses, one being an Apple Watch band that doubles as a simple secondary display.

The basic theory behind Apple invention is to lay down light transmissive fibers alongside opaque fibers to form a precise pattern. The document proposes filling the weave's lengthwise yarns, or warp, with light pipe fibers and the over-under yarn, called the weft, with traditional material. Alternatively, opaque fibers might constitute most of the warp, while light fibers are included in the weft. 

In one embodiment, Apple proposes weaving multiple fiber sources, including specialized fibers like glass, polymers and nylon, into a cohesive flexible band. Using modern tools like computer controlled three-dimensional knitting equipment, it's possible to accur

Apple's new patent application was published today that describes new technology that could be sewn into Watch bands, creating a second display for users to see messages and notifications.

Have scientists found the 'fountain of youth'? Researchers pinpoint gene they say could boost lifespan by 25 per cent

Scientists from ETH Zurich in Switzerland and the Jena University Hospital in Germany analyzed 40,000 genes from three different organisms: the nematode caenorhabditis elegans, zebra fish and mice.

Never lose your Uber again! New colour changing strips allows cars to 'flash' at their passengers

Uber unveils colour changing LED lights you can use to find your car

Uber is testing a colour coded device called SPOT in attempts to become less ambiguous, and make sure you never hop into the wrong car again. People have mistaken random cars for their Uber.

The Hyperloop is coming to Las Vegas: Elon Musk's radical transport system will be tested in Nevada next year

Elon Musk's Hyperloop transport system will be tested in Nevada next year

Hyperloop Technologies and the Nevada governor's office have selected a 50-acre facility at a fledgling North Las Vegas business park to test their system. Here, engineers will trial a linear electric motor (artist's impression pictured) at speeds of about 335 mph - about half the speed envisioned in a full-scale system. The concept, which was described in 2013 by Tesla and SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk, rips a page from science fiction and aims to make it reality. Pressurised capsules (inset) would zoom on a thin cushion of air through pneumatic-style tubes with little friction, powered by magnetic attraction and solar power. The billionaire says it could take passengers the 380 miles (610km) from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes - half the time it takes a plane.

Russia to conquer the moon in 2030: Nation says it's planning a permanent manned base on the lunar surface 

The nation is hoping to launch a lunar probe in 2024 to scout out colony locations, before landing humans on the moon in 15 years. Roscosmos has already begun work on the Luna 25 lander.

A drunk texting saviour: Yahoo redesigns its Messenger to let you take back messages


It is the first complete remake of Yahoo Messenger since it was introduced 17 years ago, and comes as rumours swirled that the Internet pioneer is considering selling its core business.

Your phone could soon be powered by 'PAPER': Flexible sheets store record-breaking levels of electricity and can be folded and bent to fit any shape

The material (pictured) is made of nanocellulose - cellulose fibres similar to those used in paper that have been broken down by high-pressure water to produce fibres just 20 nanometres thick.

The spy camera that peers around CORNERS: System can track people who are out of sight and spot cars at blind junctions

Researchers at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh have developed a camera system that uses infrared laser light reflected off the floor to track objects or people hidden around a corner.

Whales just can't catch a break! Marine mammals are now choking to death by FISH getting stuck in their blowholes

Dutch veterinary pathologists have discovered two long-finned whales washed ashore on beaches in Holland asphyxiated after common sole blocked their airways.

Tim Peake wants to run a marathon in SPACE: Astronaut plans to complete the distance strapped to a treadmill on the ISS

Tim Peake (pictured) will run his race in April at the same time as thousands of runners tackle the 26.2 mile (42.2 km) London Marathon, using a harness and treadmill on the ISS.

Cilla Black, Taylor Swift and the Rugby World Cup: The most searched for internet terms of 2015 in the UK revealed

TV veteran and native Liverpudlian Cilla Black, who died in August aged 72, was the second most searched celebrity, beaten only by Taylor Swift.

What life is REALLY like with autism: Fascinating 60-second video shows how everyday sounds such as a ticking clock can be unbearable

People with autism may suffer sensory sensitivity - where their sense are heightened or numbed. A video by the National Autistic Society shows what it is like to experience hypersensitive sound.

Is this haze hiding alien life? Stunning new image shows 'Earth's evil twin' Titan up close

Stunning new image shows 'Earth's evil twin' Titan up close

It is one our best ever glimpses of the haze of  'Earth's evil twin', and a tantalising view of Saturn's moon, which many believe could harbour alien life. It shows the parallel, dark, dune-filled regions named Fensal (to the north) and Aztlan (to the south), which form the shape of a sideways letter 'H.'

Back to Earth in the dark! Three astronauts land safely in first landing after sunset following five months on the ISS

Kjell Lindgren, Kimiya Yui and Oleg Kononenko landed in windy conditions on the snow covered Kazakhstan steppe. The trio spent 141 days living in orbit on the International Space Station.

New sightings of Loch Ness Monster at their highest in more than a decade with five unexplained eye witness accounts of the mythical beast in the last year

Gary Campbell, keeper of the official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, said it had been a vintage year for 'sightings' of the famous creature in Scotland.

Unravelling the bandages of the 'royal' Hatason mummy: Scans of mysterious 3,200-year-old Egyptian remains confirm she is a woman but was NOT a queen

Researchers at Stanford University used CT scans to study a mysterious mummy donated to San Francisco's de Young Museum and found her brain still inside the skull (pictured).

The economics of the Galactic Empire: Researchers reveal how the Star Wars baddies would be broke in real life (and say a Death Star would cost $419 quintillion)


What is the cost of a Death Star? An assistant professor in Missouri has calculated the Galactic economy, and as it turns out, destroying two Death Stars would result in catastrophic losses.

Take a look INSIDE a star: Stunning simulation shows the storms that take place inside stellar bodies as they spin

Developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, these models show a star that's around the same mass as our sun but spinning five times faster.

World's biggest tower gets the go ahead: Saudi developer secures funds to complete $2bn Jeddah City 3,280ft skyscraper

Jeddah Tower Kingdom Tower

Previously dubbed 'Kingdom Tower', the 170-storey building is to rise more than a kilometre (almost 3,300 feet), surpassing Dubai's Burj Khalifa as the world's highest building.

Is your stupid study sense tingling? Oxford researchers conclude Spider-Man could NOT have superpowers in reality following research on superhero

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Fritz Vollrath from the University of Oxford, analyzed the powers of Spider-Man and compared them to the capabilities of real spiders, to see if the super powers have a basis of science.

Falcon 9 makes a comeback: Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket will launch on the 19th, and this time it will try to land on solid ground

This will be the first time the SpaceX rocket has flown from Florida in the past six months, following an explosion in June when carrying supplies to the ISS.

Goggle-eyed swimming dinosaur unearthed: 72 million-year-old reptile used owl-like night vision to catch glowing fish

The fossil of an aquatic dinosaur with owl-like eyes has been unearthed in Japan. The 72-million-year-old fossil of a mosasaur is the first of its kind to be found in this region

BMW's batmobile is coming soon: Convertible version of i8 Spyder could be unveiled in January at CES

The i8 Spyder convertible is expected to preview some of the changes that will appearing in the mid-cycle update of the i8. It may be unveiled at CES in Las Vegas in January.

Could your weekend lie in KILL you? Social jet lag 'increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease'

University of Pittsburgh researchers surveyed 450 middle-aged adults and discovered that 'social jet lag' - waking up earlier on work days and sleeping in on days off - was worse for health than actual jet lag.

What HAS New Horizons spotted in the 'twilight zone'? Nasa reveals image of mysterious 'JR1' object captured passing through the Kuiper Belt 3.3 BILLION miles from the sun


Nasa's New Horizon's probe recently took the closest images ever of a distant Kuiper Belt object, capturing a mysterious object passing 3.3 billion miles from the Sun.

Want a good night's sleep? Let your PET share your bed: Researchers find animals can keep us 'safe and secure' at night

Researchers from the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona released a new study showed 41% of participants said they sleep better with pets.

Google chairman wants to censor the internet for hate speech: 'Spell check' for terrorism is needed, says Eric Schmidt 

Eric Schmidt claims a widespread system capable of doing this would 'de-escalate tensions on social media' and 'remove videos before they spread'.

Battle of the ice bears! Arctic grizzlies are taking on hungry polar bears feeding on whale carcasses in Alaska... and winning

Each autumn, both species are attracted to Kaktovik in Alaska, to dine on whale carcasses, which are discarded from local hunts but it is increasingly leading to confrontations between the animals.

Canines have a conscience too! Sniff tests proves dogs can be added to the list of self aware animals

Researcher from Tomsk State University designed a sniff test of self-recognition to determine a dog's self-awareness. Canines sniffed urine samples and showed no interest in their own scent.

Porsche gives its Tesla killer the green light: Mission E can be charged simply by driving over a special tile and has a holographic dashboard controlled just by LOOKING at it

Porsche is introducing the first all-electrically powered four-seat sports car in the brand's history. The concept car combines the unmistakable emotional design of a Porsche with excellent performance and the forward-thinking practicality of the first 800-volt drive system. Key specification data of this fascinating sports car: four doors and four single seats, over 600 hp (440 kW) system power and over 500 km driving range. All-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, zero to 100 km/h acceleration in under 3.5 seconds and a charging time of around 15 minutes to reach an 80 per cent charge of electrical energy. Instruments are intuitively operated by eye-tracking and gesture control, some even via holograms ? highly oriented toward the driver by automatically adjusting the displays to the driver's position.

Drive system: over 600 hp with technologies from endurance racing

The drive system of the Mission E is entirely new, yet it is typical Porsche, i.e. proven in motor racing. Two perma

The car never needs to be plugged in - and can instead be charged using special conductive tile. 'The first 100% electrically powered Porsche is on its way,' the firm said.

The end of therapy on the couch? New counselling app means patients can be treated for conditions like stress, depression or anorexia in their own homes

EXCLUSIVE: The new Babylon Therapy app offers UK patients 50-minute consultations with qualified therapists by phone or video call for £49, removing the need to travel to a clinic.

Vast blocks of ice, dramatic craters and strange patterns on the surface: Stunning new images reveal Pluto's 'badlands' in unprecedented detail

At around 80 metres per pixel, incredible details can be picked out, such as huge ice blocks, dramatic craters and crumpled ridges - all less than half the size of a city block on Pluto's diverse surface.

Your own personal watch owl: Cute security camera protects your home from thieves by streaming live footage to your phone

French designer, Vivien Muller, invented a surveillance system that communicates through eye expressions. Ulo is has two LCD screens that not only watches activity but sends out alerts.

Women's brains sharper than men's in old age: Elderly now spend less time with memory problems even though life expectancy has increased

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Even though female life expectancy has increased over the past 20 years, elderly women spend less time with memory problems than they did, a study shows.

Could we soon drink the same wine as Jesus? DNA from ancient seeds is being used to resurrect 2,000-year-old drinks

Israeli scientists are comparing the DNA obtained from ancient seeds found at archaeological sites to 120 unique grape varieties found growing in Israel.

BBC experimenting with smart shows that adapt to your personality and even whether you're male or female

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Movies are getting a lot more personal, and it could mean that you never sit through a bad film again. BBC researchers are developing a program that can tailor a film to suit its viewers' personalities.

What emoji REALLY mean: Researchers rank the sentiment of everything from the happy face to the chicken in bid to make symbols easier to use

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Emoji rankings

Researchers have created the first 'sentiment index' for emoji, which could help confused users decide exactly which one to use.

Scientists add 'kill switch' to genetically modified microbes: Technology could stop GM organisms from going rogue

Researchers from MIT and Harvard are working together to develop kill switches that will force the escaped genomes to self-destruct. Not only will it be destroyed, if it leaves the lab, its DNA will be erased.

Cheetahs are from NORTH AMERICA: Iconic African hunter actually migrated to the continent during the last Ice Age

Researchers sequenced the DNA of seven cheetahs from Tanzania and Namibia. They found the animals became isolated after leaving North America 100,000 years ago.

From a submarine dragged by a WHALE to a hyperloop under New York in 1870: The historic ideas for the future of commuting

From human potato canons to sea creature submarines

From ideas of tying a passenger car to a whale, to a bicycle railroad, the history of mass transit reveals that trial-and-error is not a smooth process.

Want your texts to appear sincere? DON'T use punctuation: Researchers say full stops make messages appear less trustworthy

Binghamton University's Harpur College conducted a study that suggests people perceive text messages ending in a period are less sincere than those that have no punctuation.

How fast can YOU type? Take the test to reveal how many characters and words you can manage within one minute

The test, created by Juerd Waalboer from the Netherlands, records the number of characters, including errors and space, as well as words you can type in a minute.

Watch out Siri! Microsoft launches Cortana virtual assistant for iOS to take on Apple, Google and Facebook in AI battle

Microsoft has selected 2,000 iPhone users to participate in the beta testing of Cortana, a virtual assistant with combined features from Siri and Google Now into one package.

Could a DOG fly a plane? Absurd? Believe it or not, a team of respected British documentary makers are trying to prove just that

In an extraordinary - and frankly barking - experiment, animal behaviour experts are attempting to teach dogs from rescue homes how to master the controls of a light aircraft.

Just when you thought they couldn't get any more seats on board: Aerospace company designs lower-deck cabin with vending machines and display screens instead of windows

The radical designs from French firm Zodiac Aerospace include staircases, stacked storage bins for hand luggage and display screens that beam video from exterior cameras.

Alcohol can make you more attractive: Social drinkers found to be more appealing than teetotallers... but heavy drinking is ugly

Researchers at the University of Houston found social drinkers are seen as being more attractive than non drinkers but heavy drinkers were considered to be the least appealing.

Twitter gets a picture boost: Firm adds bigger uncropped photos to web site in bid to take on Instagram

Twitter adds bigger pictures

Twitter is uncropping photos to create a more 'immersive' experience for its users. The platform announced that larger displays of single and multiple-photo spreads will now be a part of the feed.

Shocking moment man's hoverboard EXPLODED under his feet - while another is blamed for burning down a family's home

An Alabama man's hoverboard exploded beneath his feet and caught fire, while another family is blaming the highly sought-after device for burning down their Louisiana home.

Scientists create stunning map of what's under the Antarctic - and reveal mysterious volcanic 'hot zones' are recently active

A line of seismometers across in Antarctica have shown Researchers from from Washington University the first look below the mantle, revealing hot rock, which could affect ice formation.

Meet the world's first IVF puppies: Beagles are born using the technique for first time in a breakthrough step that could lead to healthier breeds

Researchers at Cornell University in New York and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia managed to make IVF puppies 40 years after the first attempts began.

The flexible sheet THOUSANDS of times thinner than paper: Ultralight material could revolutionise gadgets and even planes

Researchers Make Thinnest Plates That Can Be Picked Up by Hand
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Scientists and engineers are engaged in a global race to make new materials that are as thin, light and strong as possible. These properties can be achieved by designing materials at the atomic level, but they are only useful if they can leave the carefully controlled conditions of a lab.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have now created the thinnest plates that can be picked up and manipulated by hand.

Despite being thousands of times thinner than a sheet of paper and hundreds of times thinner than household cling wrap or aluminum foil, their corrugated plates of aluminum oxide spring back to their original shape after being bent and twisted.  

Like cling wrap, comparably thin materials immediately curl up on themselves and get stuck in deformed shapes if they are not stretched on a frame o

A team of scientists in Pennsylvania has created an aluminium oxide material that is thousands of times thinner than paper, and strong enough to maintain its shape even after being bent.

Is this a rival to the Tower of London? 'Huge' medieval castle discovered buried beneath a prison's BASKETBALL court

Archaeologists examining the site of HM Prison Gloucester in south west England discovered the ruins of enormous '12 feet wide' castle walls beneath the prison's old basketball court.

Football on ice and dog wrestling in the snow: A century on, newly-released pictures of Shackleton's Antarctic expedition show another side to one of the greatest ever feats of human survival

Newly-digitised images reveal previously unseen details of one of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival. Today, four more images can be revealed.

Army unveils hi-tech self-driving GOLF BUGGIES: Military says smart vehicles could drive into dangerous areas first 

Army unveils hi-tech self driving GOLF BUGGIES: Hopes smart vehicles could drive into dangerous areas first

Engineers in the US Army are developing an autonomous buggy that can drive itself into a mission, and complete tasks with little supervision from a commander.

Forget Wolverine and his claws, Vincent the cat has hi-tech titanium LEGS

Vincent can?t jump just yet, but it?s probably only a matter of time.

The 3-year-old domestic short-haired cat recently paced across the floor of an exam room at Iowa State University?s Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center with the legendary curiosity long associated with felines. He took in his surroundings and strolled over to the base of an exam table.

And that?s when you could see it ? just for a moment ? in the way Vincent tensed his body and set his gaze toward the ceiling. He wanted to jump. He wanted to scale the exam table and find out what the view was like from the top.

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Vincent is a three year old cat that was at a camp site, missing his back two legs. With the help of his adopted family and the Iowa State University, he just received a new pair of legs of titanium ones.

Do you point the finger when disaster strikes? Emotional part of your brain makes you blame others when things go wrong

Psychologists at Duke University in North Carolina found the amygdala, which is responsible for processing emotions, is more active in people who blame others when things go wrong.

Second time lucky! Japan's Akatsuki 'dawn' spacecraft successfully enters the orbit of Venus after failing its first mission in 2010 

Japan's space agency has confirmed its Akatsuki probe (illustrated) has entered into orbit around Venus, after failing to do so upon its launch in 2010, when it drifted to a heliocentric orbit.

Do the Three Peaks Challenge without the pain: Google Street View takes users up Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike 

Google has sent mountaineers up the three tallest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales with its Street View cameras so armchair walkers can enjoy the views from the comfort of their homes.

One for the boys! 170 sq ft 'man cave on wheels' with four beds, flat-screen TVs and its own plumbing designed for life in the wilderness goes on sale for $40,000

ESCAPE Sport - the ultimate man cave on wheels - has debuted, offering a rugged, industrial chic design that is great for the city, the wilderness, and everything in between.
The 170 square-foot tiny home RV can sleep up to 4 people, features a green, renewable design that incorporates a hand welded steel frame, maintenance free seamless aluminum siding, diamond plate cabinets, weather resistant wood, tough sport floor, and even offers an optional hand crafted metal shower.
From hunting and camping to concerts and NASCAR, ESCAPE Sportís lightweight portable design offers guys the chance to easily pull, park and unpack wherever they wish to relax and enjoy lifeís manly pursuits.
ìWe're veterans and sportsmen, we love the outdoors and we need the wilderness,î says Dan Dobrowolski, owner of ESCAPEHomes, a design leader of handcrafted travel-ready homes. ìESCAPE Sport is tough, durable, strong and designed to handle it all.î
Itís the newest design by the team that debuted the revolutionar

The wood-and-metal RV-style dwelling measures just 170sq ft but can sleep four people and is specifically designed to take on the wilderness.

No more bad backs or migraines! Scientists crack the secret of why some people can't feel pain - and the breakthrough could lead to 'super painkillers'

A rare genetic condition that makes some people unable to feel pain(sstock image) has been recreated in a lab by researchers from the University College London for the first time.

The internet is killing Santa: Search browser history causes 1 in 8 children to be suspicious of Father Christmas

According to a poll from Hide My Ass! , 1 in 8 American parents said the internet was responsible for telling their children the truth about Santa Claus. Google was the biggest offender in telling the truth.

Having a red logo makes firms seem less green: Study finds color influences the way we make ethical judgments

University of Oregon and University of Cincinnati studied how colors influence or biases the way consumers make ethical judgments, specifically if they view a company is eco-friendly.

The ultimate avatar: Spooky software can transform George Bush into Barack Obama, Piers Morgan and even Tom Hanks

A team at Washington University used algorithms to map 49 points on a person's face, then chart how those points change depending on various emotions.

Would you like some Taylor Swift with your spring rolls? Study identifies songs that make foods taste better... but Justin Bieber ruins it all

An experimental psychologist at Oxford University has found some music genres can make specific foods taste better. Taylor Swift (pictured) is ideal with Chinese food, Pavarotti with pasta.

Rudeness is CONTAGIOUS: Hostility spreads 'like a disease' through offices if workers witness their bosses being nasty

Psychologists at Lund University in Sweden questioned 6,000 workers and found unpleasant behaviour can quickly spread as they tended to imitate their colleagues and superiors.

Sign language can have an 'accent' too! Linguists discover a form of signing that is only seen in Philadelphia

Linguists at the University of Pennsylvania have documented what they're calling the first accent of American Sign Language (ASL). The word 'have' is shown being signed in 'Philadelphia accent.'

The church versus the Terminator: Catholic leaders warn killer robots will 'push us further from ethical society'

At a UN conference in Geneva, the general secretary of the Irish section of the International Catholic peace movement Pax Christi warned killer robots could destroy human bonds.

Reading the mind of a FRUIT FLY: Scientists 'eavesdrop' on signals and messages sent inside the insect's brain 

Scientists at Northwestern University in Illinois added fluorescent tags to the neurons in the brains of fruit flies to produce a long-lasting record of the insect's sensory experiences.

Mattel reveals toy car driven by INSECTS: $35 toy is controlled by the movement of a cricket trapped in its 'cockpit'

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Look out for creepy-crawlies under the Christmas tree this year! Mattel has released a new toy race car for children ages six and up, and it's piloted by crickets. Crickets are not included.

Have greenhouse gases peaked? As politicians battle to reach a deal at Paris climate talks, CO2 levels FELL last year

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Figures published by the University of East Anglia show that greenhouse gas emissions declined by three per cent last year, raising hopes of meeting targets to halve CO2 emissions by 2050.

Jurassic car park: Fossils of TWO 180 million-year-old dinosaurs unearthed beneath road in China

The two Jurassic dinosaurs - which would have measured up to 30 feet when alive - were found 1,600 feet apart in Lufeng County, Yunnan Province, China.

iPads leave young pupils too weak to grip pencils: Leading headteachers says lack of activity means four and five-year-olds are not strong enough 

Bob Drew, head of Gearies Infant School in Redbridge, East London, said four-year-olds are arriving at his primary school with poor upper body strength because of a lack of physical activity.

Is getting married REALLY worth it? Researchers say couples who simply live together are just as happy

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Research has found that moving in with a partner can provide couples with the same level of happiness as married living. About two-thirds of couples cohabitate before getting married.

Get ready for an interplanetary GOLD RUSH: Space mining laws set to spark explosion in extraterrestrial extractions

Illustration of a water-rich asteroid - a new US law legalizes the extraction of minerals and other materials, including water, from asteroids and the moon ©Mark A. Garlick (Warwick & Cambridge Universities/AFP/File)

President Barack Obama signed legislation at the end of November that allows commercial extraction of minerals and other materials, including water, from asteroids and the moon.

Just HALF a joint of cannabis 'causes psychosis-like effects in healthy people that's similar to schizophrenia', say experts

Yale scientists found cannabis's active ingredient delta-9-THC, increases random neural activity in the brain. They suggest this leads to psychosis-like effects, similar to symptoms of schizophrenia.

Can Facebook sink Periscope? Social network launches live video streaming service

Now you can bring the photos and videos you share on Facebook to life with live video and collages, to help friends and family feel like they?re in the moment with you.
Today we?re beginning to test the ability for people to share live video on Facebook, starting with a small percentage of people in the US on iPhones. Live lets you show the people you care about what you?re seeing in real time ? whether you?re visiting a new place, cooking your favorite recipe, or just want to share some thoughts. No matter where you are, Live lets you bring your friends and family right next to you to experience what?s happening together.

To share live video, tap on Update Status and then select the Live Video icon. You can write a quick description and choose the audience that you want to share with before going live. During your broadcast, you?ll see the number of live viewers, the names of friends who are tuning in, and a real-time stream of comments. When you end your broadcast, it will be saved

The world's largest social network is testing a new feature that will enable its 1.5 billion users to use their smartphones to shoot video so other people can see what they are doing in real time.

Decapitated children found in passage leading to mysterious sealed chambers: Ancient Mexican tunnel could be the gateway to secret tomb of Aztec royalty

A National Institute of Anthropology and History team, led by archaeologist Leonardo Lopez Lujan, discovered the 8.4-meter (27-foot) long tunnel at Mexico City's Templo Mayor ruin complex.

Is this the world's oldest 'picture of home'? 13,800-year-old drawing of a prehistoric campsite discovered carved into rock

Seven dome-shaped huts were found engraved on a 7-inch (18cm) wide slab of rock (pictured) found in the Molí del Salt rock shelter on the outskirts of the village of Vimbodi in Spain's Tarragona region.

What travel looked like 100 years ago: Map shows how many DAYS it took to travel to the furthest corners of Britain's Empire in 1914

This Map Shows Just How Long Travel Took 100 Years Ago

If holiday travel seems like a nightmare today, it was surely a horror 100 years ago. An 'isochronic' map shows what it was like to travel in 1914, and the travel time is not measured in hours, but in days.

Is the Moto X Force REALLY shatterproof? MailOnline puts the phone to the test (and it even survives being run over by a LORRY)

Illinois-based Motorola claims it spent three years making the phone's 5.4-inch display (pictured) shatterproof, so MailOnline put the claims to the test by throwing it down stairs and running it over.

Is the lost Queen Nefertiti hiding behind Tutankhamun's tomb? Experts 90% sure there is something behind the walls of boy-king's chamber after new hi-tech radar images point to hidden passages

Eygyptologists believe they may have found the final resting place of the lost Queen Nefertiti, the supposed stepmother of boy-king Tutankhaumun behind a false wall in King Tut's burial chamber.

Stunning image shows diver through the 'eyes' of a DOLPHIN and reveals animals send images through water to each other

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Scientists produced the blurred outlines of a submerged man after recording the sonar signals with an underwater microphone and converting them into pictures.

Who's a pretty boy then? Heavily armoured parrot beaked dinosaur with bones in its skin and the ears of a turtle revealed

Researchers from University of Queensland and University of Ohio have found evidence of a new species of dinosaur found in Australia. CT scanning and 3D imaging were used in discovery.

What a load of junk! Chinese engineers design rocket-propelled 'sweeper' that eats space garbage and turns it into fuel 

A rocket-powered space-sweeper that feasts on debris could clear Earth's orbits (illustrated) from junk. Engineers from Tsinghua University, Beijing designed the engine.

Drake was the most streamed artist on Spotify in 2015 across the world, figures reveal - but Ed Sheeran is the most streamed of all time

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2015, file photo, Drake performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. Spotify announced its end-of-the-year list Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015,  and said Drake was the most streamed artist of the year globally, earning 1.8 billion streams in 2015. Rihanna was the year¿s most streamed female performer with 1 billion streams, while Major Lazer¿s ubiquitous hit, ¿Lean On,¿ was the most streamed song of the year with 540 million streams. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)

The music streaming service announced its end-of-the-year list on Tuesday and said Drake earned 1.8 billion streams in 2015.

Google is now after your blood: Patent reveals the firm is planning a 'needle-free' way to collect samples using smartwatches

The design (illustrated), filed with the USPTO in Virginia, describes a machine that sends a pulse of gas into a barrel that contains a 'micro-particle' capable of puncturing the skin.

'Dinosaur disco' found in Scotland: Jumble of rare footprints reveal 49ft-long sauropods roamed Skye 170 million years ago

Scientists at Edinburgh University identified the sauropod tracks in layers of rock in an undisclosed location on the island. A sediment cast of a footprint at the site is shown.

Car Wars: Bugatti reveals new Chiron that could take the title for the world's fastest car 

While technical details are sparse, the French car manufacturer claims it will be the 'world's most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car.'

Could mini particle smashers help find a parallel universe? Scientists reveal plans to create a powerful 'shoebox-sized Cern'

A new design is looking to scale down particle accelerators. With laser light and an 'accelerator on a chip' design, the search for parallel universes could take place in a shoebox sized area.

Germophobes rejoice! Kyocera reveals £300 Digno Rafre phone you can wash with SOAP

The ¥57,420 (£310) device from Kyocera, is due for release next Friday in Japan. It has no speaker and is entirely sealed to keep water and bubbles (picutred) from reaching the internals

Narrowing down the source of mysterious alien 'fast radio bursts': Astronomers discover the signals can only originate from supernova, nebula or a galaxy core

Astronomers from the University of British Columbia have spotted a previously unknown Fast Radio Burst and they discovered what events could have caused it

Is money really the root of all evil? Study finds cash makes children selfish, even if they don't know it's value

The University of Minnesota's Carlson School and Management and University of Illinois at Chicago revealed money makes children work harder, but also give less to others.

Sunken Spanish galleon's plunder that's worth up to $1.5BILLION: First look at the wreck of wreck of the San Jose, 300 years after it sank

Experts sent down a deep-sea camera off the coast of Baru, Colombia, to examine the wreckage of the San Jose, which sunk more than 300 years ago, ahead of a planned salvage operation.

Amazon wants to turn your living room into a HOLODECK: Star Trek-style tech can project images onto walls

Amazon wants augmented reality to be headset-free

The system uses a ceiling mounted projector and sensors to turn walls and even furniture into virtual displays, while sensors could track a user's every movement.

Is there life hidden in the Earth's mantle? Mission to drill into our planet's crust will search for samples in the super-hot rock

The project, which is being co-led by researchers at Cardiff University, will aim to puncture the boundary between the crust and mantle at the Atlantis Bank (shown).

Want to charm someone? Think on your feet! Sharp-witted people who respond to questions quickly are the most charismatic

Experts from the University of Queensland, Australia found that people who are quicker at answering general knowledge questions are charming (charismatic actor George Clooney shown).

World's oldest peach pit reveals juicy secrets: 2.5 million-year-old fruit originated in China BEFORE the arrival of humans

Fossilized peach pits discovered in China dating back more than 2.5 million years are identical to pits found in modern varieties of the fruit. The discovery indicates peaches evolved through natural selection, long before humans arrived and domesticated the fruit.

Researchers in China have made a pretty sweet find - eight fossilized peach pits, nearly identical to the peaches that grow today. These fossils predate the existence of modern humans.

Why you should always follow your gut: Trusting your instincts can make you less likely to cheat, study finds

Researchers from the University of Missouri have shown that those who follow their gut intuition, may be less likely to cheat. 100 participants were studied to determine these results.

Think economy is a squeeze? Boeing patents cramped 12-across seating plan in business class

Is Boeing set to put the squeeze on high-paying passengers?
A US patent application filed by the aircraft manufacturer reveals a radical new design for business class seating which could stack as many as 12 travellers into a single row.
The 'high-density' arrangement would rely on aircraft being designed with three aisles rather than the two used in today's largest jets such as the Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner, resulting in a 3-3-3-3 layout.

Air travel could soon get an uncomfortable makeover. A patent filed by Boeing reveals a design that aims to pack 12 travelers into one row, relying on three aisles rather than two.

Is your face the key to your fortune? From a square head to a Roman nose, facial features of entrepreneurs have been morphed to reveal the 'look of success'

The study was commissioned by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and involved personologist and author Naomi Tickle, based in California.

Take your Kindle to bed: Amazon rolls out 'blue shade' tool for its tablets to allow people to read at night and still sleep

Blue Shade is rolling out today for the company's Fire HD 10, Fire HD 8 and Fire tablets as part of a free update. The feature, which suppresses blue light, can be turned on or off with one tap.

Breakthrough that can make DIAMONDS at room temperature: Researchers find new phase for carbon and say it could change the jewel making process

Scientists from North Carolina State University have discovered a new carbon phase that can be used to create these precious gems in a laboratory and at room temperature.

A rare glimpse of Sweden's mummified Bishop of Lund: Body of 17th century Peder Winstrup goes on display for the first time

The mummified remains of Peder Winstrup, the influential Bishop of Lund (pictured) who died in 1679, have been shown to the public before he is due to be reburied at Lund Cathedral on Friday.

Incredible images show how the Lyell Glacier has lost nearly 80% of its surface area since 1883

The Lyell Glacier, which was once Yosemite National Park's biggest glacier in California, has shrinking from about half a square mile (1.22 square km) to a tenth of a square mile (0.27 square km).

Revealed: The OTHER Mona Lisa. Second portrait of a woman is spotted under da Vinci's masterpiece

Pascal Cotte says he has discovered another portrait beneath the existing painting on display in The Louvre, in Paris (pictured) by using reflective light technology.