Do you know where YOUR surname comes from and what it means? Interactive site shows how many people you share it with

Forebears website explains origin of your surname and how many have it around the world

If you're curious about where your surname sprung from or what's the world's most common last name, a website that collates genealogical data can help you find out. can show how common your surname is, how many people bear the same title and whether it originated from an occupation, a male ancestor or a topographical feature.The most common surname in the US, Britain and Australia is Smith, according to the website.

Test can reveal if you're at risk of Alzheimer's YEARS before it develops: Key proteins seen in brain scans are an early indicator of the disease

Researchers from the University of California Berkeley used imaging techniques to identify 'clumps' of protein called tau that accumulate in the brains of older people leading to memory loss.

Monster volcanoes gave Mars an ancient makeover: Eruptions three billion years ago caused its entire surface to TILT

A group of researchers at the Université Paris-Sud, has discovered that the formation of Mars' giant volcanoes and its great tilt happened almost a billion years later than first thought.

The immortal jellyfish: Researchers find creature can age backwards, form hordes of clones, and regenerate lost body parts 

The accidental discovery was made by Jinru He, a graduate student in marine biology at China's Xiamen University when a polyp appeared on the corpse of a dead adult jellyfish.

Climate change 'will kill half a million people' by 2050: Global warming will ruin crops leading to disease and malnutrition

Dr Springmann from Oxford University claimed climate change could cut food availability by 2050, leading to around 3.2 per cent less food being available for the average person.

Now you need never look away from your phone: 'Urban Periscope' case lets you text, walk and see what's coming your way

Urban Periscope was created by the person who made NoPhone. This new device slides over your phone case and has a lens on top that redirects your vision 90 degrees while you walk.

The laser weapon that could save Earth from asteroids: System could vapourise space rocks from 2 million miles away

The laser weapon that could save Earth from asteroids revealed

A system known as DE-STAR - or Directed Energy System for Targeting of Asteroids and exploRation - will use laser beams to intercept and deflect space rocks. The concept has been around for several years, but a new paper is now presenting it as a viable solution to ward off dangerous 'Near Earth Objects' (NEOs). The system is the brainchild of UC Santa Barbara physicist Philip Lubin and Gary Hughes, a researcher and professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The inset concept diagram shows an orbiting DE-STAR engaged in multiple tasks including asteroid diversion, composition analysis, and long-range spacecraft power and propulsion.

Watch the secretive B-2 bomber in action: Northrop Grumman releases rare video of stealth craft after its replacement is revealed

Northrop Grumman has released rare aerial footage of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber in action. The B-2 is the world's only long range stealth bomber, and can fly 6,000 nautical miles without refueling.

Dogs really ARE man's best friend: Scans reveal the area of the brain that 'lights up' when canines recognise human faces

Researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico used an fMRI scanner to examine the brains of dogs looking at images of humans and everyday objects (pictured).

It's getting EVEN hotter: February smashes temperature records, and scientists claim El Niño and manmade global warming is to blame

Our planet's temperature rose to yet another record high last month, reaching 1.5°C above average, according to an unofficial data set by the University of Alabama at Huntsville.

Is this a UFO using 'camouflage technology?' Witness films saucer-shaped object hiding in clouds... but internet has a more down to earth explanation

Is this a UFO using 'camouflage technology?'

A UFO watcher claims to have filmed an alien spacecraft (circled) hiding itself in storm clouds using highly advanced 'camouflage technology'. Footage of the incident, filmed from inside a parked car which the witness later uploaded to YouTube, shows a cylindrical object nestled among grey storm clouds in San Antonio, Texas. However, many of those who watched the video were quick to establish it looked more like a drop of water on the vehicle's windscreen than a UFO.


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The headset that could make your office virtual: $949 Meta AR system can replace screens and TVs

Meta AR system can replace screens and TVs and make your office virtual

A new augmented reality headset aims to turn the world into your personal desktop. The $949 Meta 2 headset is an immersive experience, allowing for a wide field of view and direct interactions with holograms. Its developers say this technology has potential to do away with computing as we know it, creating an 'intuitive interface,' where holograms can be grabbed and moved like physical objects.

How joy can break your heart as well as sadness: 'Storm' of adrenaline at a happy event can cause organ to become overwhelmed and fail 

Young woman holding a broken heart

'Broken heart syndrome' - a condition thought to affect 6,000 people in Britain each year - occurs when extreme emotional stress causes the heart to shut down, but can also be the result of happy events.

Could SNAKE VENOM help prevent dementia? Toxic substance 'breaks down the proteins that cause Alzheimer's disease'

Scientists from Monash University in Melboune discovered a molecule in the venom of a pit viper that activates enzymes in the brain that help break down amyloid plaques - a hallmark of Alzheimer's.

SSL bug puts web browsers at risk: Vulnerability allows hackers to 'listen in' on software to steal important information

OpenSSL is one of the most common security software packages in the world, and researchers led by the University of Adelaide have just discovered it is vulnerable to a side-channel attack.

Turn your phone into an X-Ray machine: Augmented reality app can reveal internal organs

Curiscope has designed Virtuali-tee, a smart T-shirt that when viewed through the firm's app on a mobile device that allows users to take a 3D animated journey through the human body.

Want to make your ruby brighter? Blasting precious stones with microwaves can make the gems clearer and more valuable

Gemstones can be changed from reddish black to light pink with fewer defects by treating them in a microwave furnace, India's Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology discovered.

Who knew toothpaste could mend a cracked screen? The ultimate hacks for fixing smartphone problems

With tourists jetting off to Spain and beyond, MailOnline Travel has compiled a list of handy hacks for common phone problems such as cracked screens that may be encountered overseas.

Fighting superbugs with GRAPHENE: Wonder material is being adapted to reduce infections and speed up recovery 

Researchers at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome believe graphene oxide (graphene illustrated) could hold the key to fighting infection from hospital superbugs.

Emotional abuse in childhood can lead to migraines later in life: HALF of sufferers studied were treated badly as children

The study, by researchers from the University of Toledo in Ohio, included data from 14,484 people age 24 to 32. About 14 per cent reported they had been diagnosed with migraines. Stock image.

Birds use alligators as 'BODYGUARDS' to protect their nests - and this protection helps keep the reptiles healthier 

ca. 1986-1997, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA --- An American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, eats a raccoon in the Everglades of Florida. --- Image by © George McCarthy/CORBIS

Scientists from the University of Florida found alligators (pictured) living near colonies of nesting birds were in better shape when compared to those that weren't.

How ageing starts in the WOMB: Mothers-to-be who are overweight or smoke 'may cause babies to become old before their time' in later life

The Cambrige University researchers found giving mothers anti-oxidants, (health-boosting nutrients found in high levels in fruit and vegetables) may have an anti-ageing effect in their children.

'The cold air was amazing': Scott Kelly reveals bittersweet emotions on leaving the ISS after record breaking year in orbit

NASA's Scott Kelly reveals he had bittersweet emotions when leaving the ISS

Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth yesterday after a historic 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station. They landed in Kazakhstan at 11:26 p.m. EST. In an interview before heading home to Houston, Kelly said it was 'amazing' to feel the cold air when the hatch of his Soyuz capsule popped open after touchdown. 'I don't mean to say it's not fresh on the space station,' he said, 'but there's nothing like new cold air coming into the capsule.' He added that the burning smell of the capsule (pictured right) as it was coming down surprised him. 'The actual burning smell of the capsule is odd,' he said. 'It smells a little bit like a fragrance. I thought it was vegetation initially.'

Now THAT's a long-distance relationship! Tiny dragonfly travels a staggering 4,400 miles across continents in search of a mate

Genetic analysis from Rutgers University found dragonfly, officially known as Pantala flavescens (pictured), covers more distance than any other insect, as well as many migrating birds.

One charger to rule them all: £10 '2-in-1' LMCable powers BOTH iPhone and Android devices without the need for an adapter

LMCable is a startup based in Perth, Australia, that has made the world's first cable containing a 2-in-1 connector that can work on both micro USB and Lightning ports.

What could possibly go wrong... U.S. military invites experts to 'Hack the Pentagon'

An aerial view of the Pentagon building in Washington. US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld defended the Guantanamo prison against critics who want it closed by saying US taxpayers have a big financial stake in it and no other facility could replace it.

The Pentagon will invite vetted outside hackers to test the cybersecurity of some public U.S. Defense Department websites as
part of a pilot project next month.

Shame isn't necessarily a bad thing! Emotion evolved as a 'survival mechanism' to protect us from damaging friendships

16 Jan 2015 --- Mixed race woman with curly hair covering her face --- Image by © Jamie Grill/Blend Images/Corbis

Research from scientists at the University of California suggests that the emotion may have evolved to defend us against social isolation and emotional pain.

Virtually lovin' it: McDonald's is giving away Happy Meal boxes that transform into virtual reality headsets for children

To celebrate the Happy Meal being 30 years old in Sweden, McDonald's restaurants in the country will be giving away boxes that will transform into virtual reality headsets.

The key to success? Just be NICE: The way people treat each other in a team has more of an impact than their experience and skills

The Californian search giant said teams (stock image) work best when their members feel like they can take risks, can count on each other, have clear goals and believe their work matters.

Human Y chromosomes have more in common with gorillas than chimpanzees, researchers find

Researchers have developed a new method for sequencing the Y chromosome in gorillas, and it's revealed some surprising similarities between these animals and humans.

The supercomputer that can help you sleep: IBM's Watson to use Apple Watch to monitor people's rest in research trial

IBM and American Sleep Apnea Association have teamed up in developing the SleepHealth app, uses Apple Watch sensors to measure movements and monitor hear rate while you're fast asleep.

Terrifying simulator reveals how YOU could cause the end of the world: 'Collapse' makes you 'patient zero' to plot how rapidly a pandemic would spread from your home

'Collapse' simulator reveals how YOU could cause the end of the world

Players of the simulator type in their postcode to become 'patient zero' and spread smallpox (stock image of patient pictured centre) through their neighbourhood. They then make choices about which hospital they would choose to use and the simulator charts the spread of infections and riots (top right) military defections (bottom right) and the collapse of civilisation within a month (screenshot left).

Why do stars and planets come in different sizes? Expert claims our universe follows a 'law of hierarchy' that stops it tearing apart

Researchers at Duke University in North Carolina believe the variety of sizes of cosmic bodies such as planets (pictured) is down to the 'constructal law' he discovered

Just nine more minutes! The reason why your phone's alarm doesn't let you snooze for 10 minutes is explained

Ever wondered why your smartphone only lets you snooze for nine minutes? One curious user took to the web to ask why, and the answer may be a remnant from the pre-digital age.

Ouch! Video reveals why stepping on Lego is so painful: Feet have 200,000 receptors that are triggered when they stand on bricks

The American Chemical Society has calculated that a 165lb (75kg) person stepping on a Lego brick generates three million pascals of pressure which triggers pain receptors in the sole of a food.

How to find alien life: Researchers reveal the 'biosignature' that could help us spot extraterrestrials

The University of Washington has discovered using 'biosignatures' to determine the difference between life and the illusion of life on other planets.

The mystery of the Japanese island that appeared out of the sea: Study finds Nishinoshima formed from TWO volcanic eruptions

Two eruptions that happened forty years a part resulted in the formation of one large island, says researchers. The first was bursts of lava and the other was fountains of lava.

Will your next car run on POOP? UCLA reveals 'high protein' fuel system that uses human waste

The University of California have revealed a system that engineers bacteria to breakdown proteins in human waste and transform the material into a biofuel.

That's just smashing! Japan's particle accelerator makes its 'first turns' in its step towards 'opening a new door to the universe'

The new atom smasher (pictured) located at the KEK laboratory in Tsukuba, Japan, is designed to explore 'new physics' that goes beyond what scientists call the Standard Model.

The fossilised fungus that 'kickstarted' life on Earth: 440-million-year-old mushroom is oldest organism to have lived on dry land

A researcher at the University of Durham studied fragments of 440 million-year-old fossils to conclude Tortotubus (pictured) was key to kick starting life on Earth.

Hangover cures, plays about Moses and a doctor's report on a drowned slave girl: Long lost papyrus scraps reveal life in Egypt 2,000 years ago

Ancient Egyptian document including a play about Moses found on rubbish pile

More than 500,000 documents were found when the Victorian archaeologists Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt (bottom right) discovered the ancient city Oxyrhynchus, about 120 miles (193km) south of modern Cairo, in 1897 (bottom left). But until 2012, only 5,000 were ever translated. Now, volunteers are helping to decipher the texts (top), including a long-lost rendition of the Book of Exodus, written in the style of a Greek tragedy by an author called Ezekiel.

The prehistoric 'otter' with a formidable bite: Kolponomos was as large as a bear with jaws like a sabre-toothed cat

Kolponomos was thought to have eaten much like modern sea otters, but a study by the American Museum of Natural History in New York shows they had jaws like formidable ice age big cats.

El Niño is spreading killer BACTERIA: Researchers find Cholera-like disease 'piggybacking' on weather phenomenon

New research just published has highlighted how El Niño could be transporting and spreading waterborne diseases like cholera thousands of miles, across oceans, with significant impacts for public health.

The study, published in the prestigious journal Nature Microbiology from a team of international researchers in the UK and US, explores how the arrival of new and devastating Vibrio diseases in Latin America has concurred in both time and space with significant El Niño events.

El Niño describes the unusual warming of surface waters along the tropical west coast of South America. These events tend to occur every 3 - 7 years; something many suggest have become more regular and extreme in recent years, as a result of climate change.

Through the new study, the result of a long-term collaboration with the National Institute of Health (INS) in Peru, the authors observe that reported illnesses caused by waterborne bacteria reported in Latin America seem to be moving in tandem with when an

The record El Niño could be transporting and spreading waterborne diseases like cholera thousands of miles, across oceans, with significant impacts for public health, researchers have warned.

Watch Stanford's self-driving vehicle hit 120mph: Autonomous Audi proves to be just as good as a race car driver

Researchers at Stanford University have put several years of work into developing the autonomous car named Shelley in aims to tap into the functionality of race car driving.

Are you master of the 'eggplant' or obsessed with 'hugging face'? Twitter tool reveals which emoji you use the most 

Jeff Needles, a business intelligence analyst in San Francisco, created the tool to tell users whether they are 'emoji newb', simply literate, or if they're a master of using the icons.

Russian 'Beacon' satellite set to light up the night sky: 'Artificial star' would reflect sunlight to illuminate parts of Earth

Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering is running a project to launch a satellite that will become the brightest object in the night sky when it is launched later this year.

Did Neanderthals use CHEMICALS to light fires? Extinct early humans may have ground rocks into a powder to make wood more flammable

Scientists at Leiden University and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands say manganese dioxide rocks found at a Neanderthal site in France may have been used help light fires.

What makes swearing so satisfying? Researcher reveals how rude words help relieve anger while breaking taboos 

According to a philosophy lecturer at the University of London., swear words may hold a special role in expression due to the taboo nature of such language, and its unique ability to convey emotion.

Incredible moment sailors witness the birth of an island: Underwater volcanic eruption creates new landmass around stunned yachtsmen 

Underwater volcanic eruption creates new landmass around yachtsmen 

The crew of the yacht Maiken (inset) were sailing through the south Pacific near the Vava'u Islands in Tonga when they noticed that the water in the distance was a strange colour (top left). Then, as they approached, the sea mysteriously turned to stone (top right). The crew documented the phenomenon in a series of remarkable pictures as they sailed into formation (bottom left) to investigate it. What they didn't yet know was that, just a few miles away, a volcano was erupting under the surface (bottom right), spewing out new land that formed an island right before their eyes.

Europe's space boss reveals plans for 'moon village' that would see humans and robots live alongside each other - and even allow tourists

Jan Woerner said 'the future of space travel needs a new vision,' and claims his moon village would allow mining, tourism and research - as well as acting as a stopoff for Mars missions.

What Ancient Rome REALLY looked like: Amazing 3D reconstruction of the city puts you in the shoes of a visitor in 320 AD

The virtual reality tour takes the visitor through the city in first person, visiting all the famous sites including the Pantheon and the Colosseum (pictured), as they would have looked in 320 AD.

What happens when you get SHOT: Video shows a bullet ripping through flesh, tearing vessels and destroying muscles


With the help of a joint of pork, and ballistics gel, a team of scientists from London reveals how a bullet fired from a handgun (stock image) can easily pass straight through flesh if unhindered.

HTC reveals it sold 15,000 Vive VR headsets in the first 10 MINUTES of going on sale

London-based HTC developer, Shen Ye, who works in HTC's VR team tweeted: 'Woah, more than 15k units in less than 10 min' with a surprised face emoji.

Getting to the root of grey hair: Scientists discover why we lose our youthful locks and say they could one day prevent it

The study, from University College London analysed more than 6,000 people with varied ancestry to identify new genes linked to colour, greying (George Clooney pictured), density and curls.

Will humans always need to have sex? Researchers reveal why some animals have become asexual

Researchers explain the benefits of asexual animals, in that it is easier to grow a population quickly. But there are still more advantages to being sexual, as it helps animals adapt to change.

Would you trust a robot to save your life? People will blindly follow instructions from a machine even if it leads them the wrong way

Engineers at Georgia Tech in Atlanta created a mock fire and were surprised when volunteers blindly followed an 'emergency guide robot' (pictured) heading in the wrong direction.

US Army will have laser weapons by 2023 as research bosses say killer technology is 'very close'

The Sodium Guidestar at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Starfire Optical Range resides on a 6,240 foot hilltop at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. The Army and Navy is developing its own laser weapons systems.

Mary J. Miller told the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities 'I believe we're very close' to laser weapons.

Is there a CRUCIFIX on Mars? UFO hunters have spotted a cross on the red planet near the ruins of a 'beautifully carved' structure in latest bizarre claim

Mars UFO hunters spot a cross near the ruins of a ‘beautifully carved’ structure

UFO hunters claim to have made a new discovery on the red planet, and they say it has significant religious implications. The alien enthusiasts have spotted what they say is a cross on a rocky Martian hill, and it stands just a stone's throw away from an alleged 'caved in roof' of a nearby structure. This bizarre claim was first spurred by a UFO hunter in France, who noticed the unusual shapes in a photo taken by Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover.

Bill Gates remains richest man in world in 2016 list of billionaires - and Mark Zuckerberg rises ten spots to number six

With a net worth of $75billion, Microsoft head Bill Gates hit the top spot on Forbes' 2016 World Billionaires list for the third year in a row, after overcoming telecom's Carlos Slim Helu in 2014.

Inside the brain of a SERIAL KILLER: Scientists study mass murderers to understand what lies behind their crimes

Dr Helen Morrison, a forensic psychiatrist based in Chicago, has studied and interviewed 135 serial killers, according to an infographic compiled by the website Best Counseling Degrees .

Can an iPhone's fingerprint sensor be hacked using PLAY-DOH? Researchers claim toy can (sometimes) bypass Apple's security

At Mobile World Congress, Vkansee president Jason Chaikin demonstrated just how easily fingerprint sensors can be bypassed by lifting another person's fingerprint with common moulding materials.

World's largest aircraft is almost ready! Giant fin is attached to the 'Flying Bum' airship ahead of its first flight next month

The first giant fin has now been attached to the 300ft-long ship, officially called the 'Airlander'. The two fins at the hanger in Cardington, Bedfordshire could cover the playing area of a tennis court.

Is this the voice of an ALIEN? UFO hunters ridiculed online after claiming to have found 'genuine recording of an alien reply discovered by NASA in 2012'

A video released by The Sheivae Project claims to contain the genuine recording of an alien named Sheivae, who has reached out in response to the 1977 message of a Nasa Voyager.

Back off! Red markings on black widow spiders have evolved to deter predatory birds without alerting their prey

Researchers at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina found eyes are less well adapted than birds to spot the distinctive red hourglass marks on the spiders' abdomens (shown).

The oldest fossilised nervous system ever found: 520 million-year-old remains are so detailed they feature individual NERVES

The fossilised nervous system was discovered in China from the animal Chengjiangocaris kunmingensi. The rare find will help us understand how the nervous system evolved.

Ultra-low power Wi-Fi could save your phone's battery: New 'passive' internet connection uses 10,000 TIMES less power

A team at Washington University say their 'Passive Wi-Fi' system offers transfer speeds of up to 11 megabits per second and has been shown to work at distances of 100 feet.

Why the 'Johnny Depp Effect' doesn't always work: Assigning gender to faces can cause people to see them as LESS attractive

Classifying people's appearances based on 'rigid gender boxes' can cause a person to perceive others as less attractive, a new study led by University of California, San Diego.

Roman 'leisure complex' unearthed in Jerusalem: Bathhouse, rural estate and wine press were used by invading soldiers 1,600 years ago

Roman 'leisure complex' found in Jerusalem beneath the Schneller Orphanage

Archaeologists have uncovered a large ancient wine press (pictured left) and Roman bathhouse (pipes shown top right) beneath the site of a famous orphanage in Jerusalem. The buildings and pottery (bottom right) found at the site are some 1,600-years-old and have been dated to the Roman or Byzantine period. Some bricks are stamped with the name of the Tenth Roman Legion suggesting soldiers were garrisoned there having played a role in the conquest of Jewish Jerusalem in 70AD.

Don't speak the local lingo? Don't worry! People who only know one language make better judgements than bilinguals

The school where learning a language is child's play.
Sheringdale primary school pupils taking French lesson.
Pic shows: teacher Neil Jones

Researchers from the Universities of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin, who carried out the study, say the findings provide new insight into the differences between monolinguals and bilinguals.

'Fluffy' meat-eating dinosaur as long as a BUS is identified after its fossil was put in a draw and forgotten about for years

Alessandro Chiarenza from Imperial College London stumbled across the fossilised femur bone during his visit to the Museum of Geology and Palaeontology in Palermo Italy. Dinosaur illustrated.

Nasa reveals what's REALLY in interstellar space: Study sheds new light on mysterious magnetic forces outside our solar system

artist concept of boundary region of our solar system
(Artist concept) Far beyond the orbit of Neptune, the solar wind and the interstellar medium interact to create a region known as the inner heliosheath, bounded on the inside by the termination shock, and on the outside by the heliopause.

The new Nasa study precisely determines the strength and direction of the magnetic field outside the heliosphere, revealing the forces that dominate the galaxy beyond ours.

SpaceX delays satellite launch AGAIN: Elon Musk pulls the plug at the very last second after an alarm was triggered on board

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sits on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida ©HO (SPACEX/AFP/File)

In the very last second before lift off from Cape Canaeral in Florida on Sunday, SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to send a communications satellite into orbit.

Stretchy artificial skin that QUADRUPLES in length: Circuits 'as flexible as rubber' can be twisted and pulled without snapping

Researchers at EPFL's Laboratory for soft bioelectronic interfaces (LSBI) in Lausanne, Switzerland developed the conductive tracks or circuits (pictured) that are as flexible as rubber.

The solar panel as light as a SOAP BUBBLE: Super thin cells could be added to clothes, gadgets and even sheets of paper 

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In a proof of concept experiment, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) produced super thin, flexible solar cells that they claim are 'as efficient' as glass versions.

Blinded by beauty: Good looking people are seen as more intelligent because their 'attractiveness halo' skews our views

Researchers from the University of St Andrews found we rate attractive people (example pictured ) as being more intelligent, and this impacts how we judge their suitability for tasks, for example.

Want to live longer? Think positively! People who believe they are healthy tend to outlive those who worry about how they feel

Researchers from Oxford University said that faced with an ageing population, simply asking people how they feel could prove to be an effective way of separating out those in need of help.

The beauty in your BELLY BUTTON: Artist uses fluff and bacteria from navels to create works of art that are 'unique as fingerprints'

Artist Joana Ricou uses belly button fluff and bacteria from navels to create art

Brooklyn-based artist Joana Ricou teamed up with biologists to photograph samples of bacteria found in people's belly buttons, four samples taken from people called 'Clive', 'Derwent', 'Esther' and 'Darren' are pictured top left to right. In total, the artist has created more than 400 portraits from the samples. She said she is inviting people to think about the other parts of their bodies, that aren't human, including the bacteria living inside their belly buttons.

The crying game: Beautiful microscopic images of TEARS reveal how sadness, chopping onions and eating spicy food makes each drop unique

Photographer Maurice Mikkers from the Netherlands created the shots in a bid to see if different triggers created different looking designs. A psychic tear, triggered by emotion, is pictured.

Kordofan giraffes on the brink of extinction after hunting causes the population to drop to just 38

Africa's Garamba Park was once home to 500 rhinos, 20,000 elephants and 350 giraffes. Today, rhinos have been wiped out, less than 1,500 elephants and just 38 Kordofan giraffes (pictured).

Supplies of chocolate and coffee are at risk as pollinating bees and butterflies are being driven to extinction, warns UN report

FILE - In this July 8, 2015 file photo a bumblebee gathers nectar on a wildflower in Appleton, Maine.  A United Nations sponsored scientific mega-report warns that too many species of pollinators are nearing extinction. These are bees, butterflies, even some birds and 20,000 other species that are crucial to the world¿s food supply.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

The United Nations report was approved by a congress of 124 nations meeting in Kuala Lumpur. They have suggested a number of solutions in an attempt to solve the problem.

The simple trick that can reveal if you're a conservative or liberal: Study discovers which words give away political beliefs

A group or researchers at the University of Kent studied speeches of politicians in three countries and found conservatives prefer using nouns in their speeches compared liberals.

Apple's mini mania: New 4inch iPhone will be called the SE and new 9.7inch tablet will be a smaller 'iPad Pro'

iPhone 5se drawings leaked: Images reveal Apple?s new phone is almost identical to 5s with a new power key and curved edges

The new handset will be called the iPhone SE, standing for special edition, and will launch next months alongside a smaller iPad Pro with a 9.7inch screen, according to 9to5Mac .

The fossil find of the century: World's 'biggest and most diverse' collection of Jurassic remains is uncovered in Argentina

Geologists at the Regional Center for Scientific Research and Technology Transfer discovered a site in Patagonia home to the biggest and most varied collection of Jurassic fossils (example shown)

Is there anybody out there? Camera first developed in the 1970s has been adapted to hunt for Earth-like planets and alien life

A group at the Florida Institute of Technology has found that CID devices could be used for imaging earth-like planets that appear extremely faint next to their host stars.

No more smelly shoes! $30 gadget uses LIGHT to kill odour-causing bacteria in minutes

The UV Pro Shoe Sanitizer eliminates up to 99.9 per cent of germs that thrive in dark, damp environments such as shoes, according to its creator, based in Seattle, Washington.

Test pilot reveals F-35 stealth jet can perform Top Gun 'fly right by' impossible manoeuvre as it 'slows down quicker than you can emergency brake your car'

F-35 stealth jet CAN perform Top Gun ‘fly right by’ manoeuvre test pilot reveals

Norwegian fighter pilot Morten 'Dolby' Hanche, pictured, has spent the past four months training on the F-35 stealth jet at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona having spent 2,200 hours on the F-16. Hanche claims the jet can perform a stunt seen during the 1986 movie Top Gun because of the aircraft's extreme manoeuvrability and its ability to 'stick like glue' to an opponent.

Why we love bad boys: Women who prefer 'formidable and dominant' men tend to feel more at risk of becoming a victim of crime

Researchers at the University of Leicester found women who are attracted to dominant men generally feel more at risk of victimisation - even when their risk of victimisation is low.

What opponents of same-sex marriage REALLY think: Researchers find they believe homosexuals are more promiscuous and could threaten their marriage

An employee holds cards supporting same-sex marriage in a shop in Soho in London, Britain on 20 May 2013. 
The British governments same-sex marriage legislation will be debated by MPs in the Commons on 20 May, with the issue reportedly causing a deep split within Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party.


Researchers found that many people believe gay men and women are more sexually promiscuous than heterosexuals - and could threaten their own marriages and their way of life.

How teleportation could affect the BRAIN: Tests reveal the mind changes its 'rhythm' when virtually transported to a new location

Neuroscientists at the University of California, Davis studied the brains of epilepsy patients to gain an understanding into neural activity during 'teleportation' (Star Trek image pictured).

Rap music DOES 'encourage underage sex': Explicit lyrics are linked to an increase in sexual activity and drinking in teens

Students at a school in Houston who listened to rap music three hours each day in the seventh grade were 2.6 times more likely to have had sex by the ninth grade. Stock image.

Track your friends' SLEEPING habits with Facebook Messenger: Creepy 'mini hack' reveals when people get up and go to bed

San Francisco-based software engineer, Søren Louv-Jansen, discovered a way to determine the sleeping habits of his friends using 'time stamps' taken from Facebook's own Messenger service.

Far from lunar-cy! Lockheed Martin reveals plans for a human outpost orbiting the moon to help launch man to Mars

The plan is the brainchild of Lockheed Martin's space systems division, headquartered in Maryland, which is looking at ways to use Nasa's Orion capsule as a cislunar base.

Mark Zuckerberg defends 'zombie' VR headset picture: Facebook boss says tech will 'help us understand each other socially' 

A was photo taken last week of Mark Zuckerberg walking past a sea of people hooked up to a VR headset and people said it looked 'isolating'. But Zuckerberg says it is the complete opposite.

Could your love handles help you live LONGER? Cells that contain more fat outlive those that are leaner

Scientists at Michigan State University found that yeast cells whose ability to break down fat molecules was suppressed, and so had more fat, tended to live longer than those who had lower levels of fat.

Do you have a British name? Site claims to guess where your family originates - and it reveals how common your name is

Named web app claims to guess where your surname originates from

A new web app, designed by geographers at University College London, uses data from the Consumer Data Research Centre to return where the surname is most concentrated in the UK (pictured top), in comparison to the general population of the area. The heat maps show the highest likelihood in red, with the lowest in pale yellow. It claims that it can even predict where a couple likely met, based on both of their surnames (pictured bottom).

The supernova that just won't 'die': Light from a nearby stellar explosion is still shining brightly THREE years later

The work, by the American Museum of Natural History, could help researchers pinpoint the parents of type Ia supernovae and reveal what happens during these explosions.

Scans reveal what happens in the brain of prejudiced people: It takes longer to think positively about things we don't like 

Researchers from the University of Bern have shown that an additional process is not responsible for the time lag, as previously thought. Red indicates positive values, and blue is negative.

To-do lists are a 'waste of time': Expert claims people who write down tasks rarely finish them and this causes added stress

Kevin Kruse, who lives in Philadelphia, said that to-do lists (stock image) are 'where important tasks go to die' and that they can make people more stressed out.

Dodo's WEREN'T daft: Researchers reveals birds had similar brain size to a pigeon and a superb sense of smell

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Researchers say the Dodo wasn't so daft - and actually had a supersense. The bird had the same size brain as a  pigeon - and a highly developed sense of smell.

Smarter than your average bird: Turtle doves that migrate for long distances have more neurons in the brain 

Researchers from the University of Oxford, focused on the role played by neurons in two species, turtle doves (pictured) and reed warblers, making their way from Africa to Europe.

Mysterious Fast Radio Burst pinpointed in distant galaxy - and it may solve the riddle of the universe's 'missing mass'

Scientists from West Virginia University detected the source of an FRB in 2015. Although its cause is still a mystery, by locating where the burst came from they can learn more about the universe.

Could a 'living' bioship take man to Mars? Radical plan calls for craft to be grown in orbit using organic and man-made materials

Researchers have proposed using living cells to grow components of spacecraft while in orbit. This technology will also be used to feed our astronauts and team us to grow in harsh conditions.

Tiny handprints in Stone Age shelter were NOT human: 8,000-year-old 'baby' stencils in Cave of Beasts were created by lizards

Tiny handprints in Stone Age Egyptian shelter were NOT human

Amateur explorers stumbled across the cave in 2002, in the vast, empty desert near Egypt's southwest border with Libya and Sudan. The cave, which is also known as Wadi Sura II, includes 5,000 images that were painted or engraved into stone around 8,000 years earlier. Among the images are what was believed to be stencilled hands and feet of children. But now, the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research claims the prints in the Egyptian cave have hands that are too small, and the fingers to long, to belong to a human.

Does YOUR dog have OCD? Repetitive behaviours such as blanket sucking and tail chasing may be genetic

Experts at Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School have identified genetic pathways that increase the severity of canine compulsive disorder (CCD).

Google knows where you took your photos using individual PIXELS: AI tool locates landmarks with 'superhuman accuracy'

Researchers at Google and RWTH Aachen University, Germany developed PlaNet, which they say has 'superhuman levels of accuracy' when guessing the location of a photograph.

The 'mint-sauce' worm that acts like a PLANT: 'Solar-powered' animal uses form of photosynthesis to get energy from the sun

Known as the 'mint-sauce worm' (pictured) due to its bright-green colour, S. roscoffensis is found in shallow water on sheltered sand beaches at certain sites on the Atlantic Coast.

Now that's a dental filling! Method of measuring ancient teeth may help plug the gaps of human evolution and early diets

Anthropologists at Monash University in Victoria, Australia, analysed the teeth of modern and fossils from early human species and found they can predict the size of other teeth from just a single sample.

Fifty shades of PREY: Male nursery web spiders tie their partners up during sex to prevent themselves being eaten

Scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln found male nursery web spiders that tie their partner up during sex (pictured) are less likely to become a post coital snack than those that skip bondage.

Who let the dogs out? Playing tapes of canines barking is enough to scare pesky raccoons and reduce how much they eat

Researchers from the University of Victoria, Canada, spent a month off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, playing the sounds of dogs barking to scare raccoons.

You really SHOULD keep calm and carry on: Researchers reveal the six things they say can keep you happy and successful

Emma Seppala suggests that you don't have to choose between being happy or being successful -- you can have both. She has identified 6 ways to have the best of both worlds.

Canine vs K-9! Video shows feisty terrier barking and chasing Boston Dynamics' robotic 'dog' Spot

Video shows terrier barking and chasing Boston Dynamics' robotic dog' Spot

Boston Dynamics' 'Spot' robot, built in Waltham, Massachusetts, received a less than friendly welcome from a terrier named Alex belonging to Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android. Alex can be seen barking at (pictured left and bottom right) and chasing (top right) Spot in a dog versus robot stand-off captured in a video by venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson who shared the footage on YouTube.

No more Wi-Fi dead spots in the home: $199 Eero signal boosters go on sale

The eero system (box pictured), from San Francisco-based engineers, has been designed to banish Wi-Fi 'dead zones' by boosting a router's signal inside, and outside, a house.

Iofit smart shoes reveal how you measure up to top athletes: Sensors compare your golf swing or running style to champions

IoFit Smart Balance can improve your golf-swing by measuring the force at different points along your foot and determining your left-right and front-back balance.

Army reveals self destructing short range BULLET than could be fired in cities without harming bystanders


The US Army has patented a radical self destructing bullet is says could make using live ammunition in urban areas far safer and reduce 'collateral damage'.

Can IBM's supercomputer help you score a date? Watson AI app can write the perfect icebreaker based on your personality

The app called Connectidy is a 'cognitive dating platform' powered by IBM Watson, and artificial intelligence will make sure you never have an awkward exchange again.

Can YOU stop yourself from reading this sentence? If not, you've been brainwashed, claims psychologist 

Leicester University graduate psychologist Lidia Stanton claims that reading is a form of brainwashing. Literate people feel compelled to read words, even if they don't want to.

Get ready for the 'supertext': Google teams up with cellphone firms to take on WhatsApp (but they'll only work on Android phones)

A stock photo of a woman using a smart phone outdoors and reading a text message.

Google is leading the charge with operators around the world to implement  Rich Communications Services, which will allow photo and file sharing, group chats and video calls.

Global sea levels rose faster in the 20th century than at any time in the past 3,000 years - and 'climate change is to blame'

The pattern was revealed by a new statistical analysis technique, developed at Rutgers University, which extracts global data from local records. Stock image.

Is that why it kept getting beaten up? Fossil of 'most injured theropod ever found' was constantly 'giving the finger' due to bone deformity

The Dilophosaurus wetherilli, found in Arizona, lived around 193 million years ago and shows evidence of having suffered from up to eight painful maladies during its life.

Nasa set to bring back supersonic passenger travel: Space agency reveals 'son of Concorde' concept it hopes could fly in 2020

Nasa reveals 'son of Concorde' concept it hopes to fly in 2020

The space agency has reborn its 'X-plane' project with a new supersonic jet design it hopes could one day replace passenger jets. The project is the first in a series of 'X-planes' in NASA's New Aviation Horizons initiative, introduced in the agency's Fiscal Year 2017 budget, Nasa Administrator Charles Bolden revealed. The Quiet Supersonic Technology (pictured) could takeoff in 2020 if funding is approved, and will have a supersonic 'heartbeat' rather than one large boom used by Concorde (inset), it is hoped.

Seasonal affective disorder IS genetic: Scientists find a mutation that makes people more likely to suffer 'winter depression'

Scientists from the University of California identified a mutation in the gene PER3 in people who experienced seasonal affective disorder and Familial Advanced Sleep Phase.

Do YOU smell worse to strangers? People we don't know 'disgust us more' than those we consider to be more like us (and it also explains why parents can change a nappy)

Scientists gave students at St Andrews and Sussex Universities smelly T-shirts bearing a rival university's logo and found they were more disgusted by these than used shirts from their own university.

'Here there be robots': Artist draws stunning medieval map of Mars showing off its huge craters and vast canyons

The hand drawn map was created by Eleanor Lutz, a Seattle-based science illustrato. It uses data from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter, which is on Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft.

Is this where Anglo-Saxon rule was finally crushed? Site of the bloody 'rematch' to the Battle of Hastings has been found in Devon

A historian claims to have found the site of a battle that saw the forces of William the Conqueror crush an army raised by the sons of King Harold II on the outskirts of Appledore in Devon (pictured).

Are eBay buyers SEXIST? Women receive less money and get fewer bids for same products compared to men

Tamar Kricheli-Katz and a team from Tel Aviv University looked at data from over a million transactions from 2009-2012 involving the most popular products auctioned on eBay.

Stunning 'Black Earth' animation shows what our planet looks like from 22,000 miles away in 'geocolour'

True-color image of Earth from the Himawari-8 satellite in geostationary orbit.

Snow cover is shown in white, moonlit nighttime terrain in purple, city lights from major metropolitan areas in yellow, and daytime land and shallow-water features in true color.'

Losing money really DOES hurt: Poor people buy more painkillers than those with extra income

Research from the University of Virginia showed that households with unemployed adults spent 20% more on over-the-counter painkillers compared to those in which one adult worked.

Plants can be forgetful too! Long-term 'memories' passed to seedlings can be deleted to help them cope in the future

Biologists at the Australian National University in Canberra have found evidence that suggests plants have evolved to forget stressful situations that may hinder the growth of their offspring.

The 'sea-gypsy' children who see like DOLPHINS: Scientists say incredible ability of Moken people can be taught to any child

Moken people's ability to see like DOLPHINS can be taught to any child

The Moken children, who live a semi-nomadic lifestyle on the west coast of Thailand, have underwater vision that's twice as good as European children of the same age. Like dolphins, they appear to be able to spot small items, such as clams, beneath the waves without much difficulty. In 1999, Anna Gislen at the University of Lund, in Sweden decided to test whether the unique characteristics of the Moken tribe was genetic. According to an in-depth report in the BBC , she recently went back to the same tribe and found that the young children she studied, now in their late teens, still have the ability to see underwater.

'Pulling' water out of thin air: Material inspired by desert plants gathers and transports liquid from the atmosphere

Researchers from Harvard University have invented a material (pictured) to collect and transport water droplets, based on the processes used by a desert beetle, a cactus and a pitcher plant.

Mystery of the missing galaxy gas is solved: Star cluster is moving so fast it is creating a gassy tail 300,000 light years across

Researchers at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille studied the galaxy, named NGC 4569, and found it is moving so fast that gas is being stripped from the galaxy

Is that really necessary? Apple fans use MACBOOK selfie sticks to snap pictures on the go - and the worst part is the people around them don't bat an eyelid

The Macbook Selfie Stick functions just like a smartphone selfie stick - except that it can fit a full-size Macbook computer in its grips. It was created as an art project by Art404, John Yuyi, and Tom Galle.

Mesmerising video captures the ebb and flow of 70,000 starlings as they gracefully blanket the sky

The video of starlings was captured on a smartphone by Michael Mason in the UK, who shared it with the BBC. Little is known about why these murmurations occur, but it might be to confuse predators.

Bizarre snail that swims like a flying insect: High-speed cameras reveal how 'sea butterflies' propel themselves through water

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology constructed a special tank to film the bizarre sea creatures and found they propel themselves with 'wings' they move like butterflies.

The Samsung gadget that makes ANY car a smart car: Dongle plugs into dashboards to add a 4G network - and it checks for faults

The Samsung Connected Auto dongle (pictured) was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It plugs into any car's on-board diagnostics to provide a web connection and monitor driving.

Earth really IS special: None of the 700 million trillion planets in our known universe are similar to our own, study finds

Astronomer Erik Zackrisson from Uppsala University in Sweden has been using computer simulations to model all of the terrestrial planets likely to exist in the universe.

Phew! Nasa says asteroid 203 TX68 will pass three MILLION miles from Earth on March 8th (but admits there's a one in 250 million chance it could hit us in 2017)

Nasa says March 8th asteroid TX68 will pass three MILLION miles from Earth

Nasa's latest prediction shows asteroid 203 TX68 it will fly by 3m miles (5m km) from our planet on March 8th - and 'poses no threat to Earth'. Nasa's initial estimate showed the whale-sized space rock may skim past Earth at just 11,000 miles (17,000 km), which is around 21 times closer to Earth than the moon - but Nasa admitted this estimate may be widely inaccurate, and the asteroid may also pass Earth as far out as 9 million miles (14 million km).

Forget Wi-Fi, get ready for Li-Fi: Ultrafast new technology uses your LIGHTS and is 100 times faster than current systems

Lifi is the new wifi

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, French start-up Oledcomm demonstrated the capabilities of Li-Fi, using just an office lamp to start playing a smartphone video.

Is there a pistol on the red planet? Conspiracy theorists claim to have spotted hand gun on Martian surface

Alien hunters claim they see a 'handgun' on Mars in a Nasa photo. Martian searchers suggest it was thrown on the planet's surface when an alien made a crash landing, as it there is also UFO debris.

Fat penguins fall over more because they're less stable when walking...but it makes them easy pickings for predators

EXCLUSIVE: Biologists at Roehampton University in London studied the gait of overweight king penguins returning to the land after feeding and those who lost weight after fasting while caring for chicks.

150,000 'dead' penguins thought to have been stranded on an iceberg may simply have walked somewhere else, experts say 

Adelie Penguins in Antarctica.
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A massive iceberg cut a colony of Adélie penguins off from its food source in Antarctica, leading many to report that 150,000 have died. But some experts say they may have just relocated to find food.

Can YOU spot the real animal? Watch the robot lookalikes wildlife cops are using to lure illegal hunters

American wildlife law enforcement officers are turning to robotic decoys, using a remote-controlled task force of deer, foxes, and other animals to trap poachers before any harm is done.

LG's modular G5 is 'a theme park in your pocket': Phone lets you swap batteries and comes with TWO cameras on the back

LG made the announcement at a press conference ahead of the Mobile World Congress technology show in Barcelona. The phone is pictured right and the module is shown in yellow.

The smartphone that's SUPPOSED to bend: Researchers reveal prototype handset that can control apps by being bent

Queen?s University?s Human Media Lab to unveil world?s first wireless flexible smartphone; simulates feeling of navigating pages via haptic bend input

KINGSTON - Researchers at Queen?s University?s Human Media Lab have developed the world?s first full-colour, high-resolution and wireless flexible smartphone to combine multitouch with bend input. The phone, which they have named ReFlex, allows users to experience physical tactile feedback when interacting with their apps through bend gestures.

?This represents a completely new way of physical interaction with flexible smartphones? says Roel Vertegaal (School of Computing), director of the Human Media Lab at Queen?s University.

?When this smartphone is bent down on the right, pages flip through the fingers from right to left, just like they would in a book. More extreme bends speed up the page flips. Users can feel the sensation of the page moving through their fingertips via a detailed vibration of the phone. This allows eyes-free n

A new flexible smartphone design could change the way users interact with their devices. ReFlex, developed by researchers at Queen's University, uses 'bend sensors' to control app interactions.

Print your own toys: Mattel unveils $300 3D printers for kids and reveals a HOVERBOARD and internet connected house for Barbie

Mattel is give Barbie a high-tech makeover with a voice controlled home and her own hoverboad, The firm will also be launched a 3D printer that will allow kids to create and build their own unique toys.

Forget three days, now physicist behind radical laser propulsion system explains how we could get to Mars in 30 MINUTES 

How we could get to Mars in 30 MINUTES with radical laser propulsion system

A small probe could get to Mars in less time than it takes to watch 'Interstellar'. That's according to physicist, Phillip Lubin, who recently outlined how a probe could reach the red planet in just three days. Now, Lubin says that time could be reduced to just 30 minutes by using extremely powerful lasers to propel a wafer-thin probe. He claims that by firing a laser at a spacecraft, it would have the ability to achieve frictionless acceleration in space. That would allow it to reach a more than a quarter speed of light in just minutes. This means that the craft would be travelling at roughly 174.3 million miles per hour.

Find the letter 'T' (it won't be red): Take the test that shows how good we are at ignoring things

Find the 'T' in the image above. (Hint: it won't be red). If you want to find something fast, knowing what not to look for can help speed things up, say researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

LightSail gets an upgrade! Video provides first look at latest radical spacecraft that moves through space using light particles

LightSail-2, the successor to the LightSail cubesat that launched last year, is being developed by engineers in California. The mission is designed to test how effective solar sails are in space.

Martian moon mystery: New image showing Phobos in ultraviolet light for first time could help reveal how it formed

Comparing Maven's images of the surface of Phobos to similar data from asteroids and meteorites will help Nasa scientists understand the moon's origin.

AT&T; to take its TV service online: New DirecTV packages won't require customers to have a dish or box

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AT&T; confirmed DirecTV packages that run on apps and don't need a dish or TV set-top box are coming in the fourth quarter - but refused to reveal channel lineup or pricing for the new service.

The living supercomputer: Chemical that provides energy to the cells in our bodies could power next generation of machines

McGill University has designed biological computer that is able to process information quickly and accurately using parallel networks and the same substance that powers human cells.

Feeling stressed can make you forgetful: Long-term anxiety causes inflammation in the brain that leads to memory loss

Researchers from Ohio State University found long-term stress (stock image pictured) can cause memory loss and inflammation in the brain - and the immune system is to blame.

The mystery 'meteor' that turned night into day: Giant fireball lights up the horizon across Scotland and leaves onlookers terrified 

Thousands of social media users reported seeing a white, red or blue light that turned night into day at around 6.45pm from Inverness to Edinburgh.

The stuff Dreamliners are made of: Stunning timelapse video reveals how a brand new 787-9 is built from scratch

The video by Norwegian airline shows the work that goes into building a jet plane from an empty shell. The plane will be used to fly passengers from London to New York, LA and Florida.

The predator spreads its wings: Killer drone gets new long distance upgrade and can now fly for 40 hours non-stop


General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced the successful first flight of Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® Extended Range (ER) Long Wing, retrofitted with improved long-endurance wings with greater internal fuel capacity and additional hard points for carrying external stores. The flight occurred on February 18 at GA-ASI's Gray Butte Flight Test Facility in Palmdale, Calif., on a test aircraft.    

"Predator B ER's new 79-foot wing span not only boosts the RPA's endurance and range, but also serves as proof-of-concept for the next-generation Predator B aircraft that will be designed for Type-Certification and airspace integration," said Linden Blue, CEO. "The wing was designed to conform to STANAG 4671 [NATO Airworthiness Standard for RPA systems], and includes lightning and bird strike protection, non-destructive testing, and

The new larger version of the military drone with wings 79 feet long can fly for 40 hours at a time rather the 27 hours current models can manage.

Bromance is the secret to chimp battles: Researchers find primates prefer to fight with friends at their side

'Bromances' in male chimpanzees have been found to work as a buffer in social settings, making confrontations less stressful for a chimp who fights alongside a close partner.

A flight of fantasy: International Space Station flies through the 'eerie' green fog of the aurora 250 miles above the Earth

British astronaut Tim Peake captured the spectacular moment on camera (pictured) and described the 'thick green fog' of the aurora as 'eerie but very beautiful'.

Slovenian 'dragons' begin to stir: Ancient cave-dwelling olm salamander lays eggs for first time in years


The rare animals, which live in an aquarium at Postojnska caves in Slovenia, are the only cave-dwelling vertebrates in Europe and have evolved for their subterranean environment

Can't sleep? Blame your road's street lamps! Light pollution outside bedrooms is linked to sleepless nights

Researchers from Stanford University in California have found that people living in areas with the brightest lights at night are more likely to sleep less than six hours per night and waking up in the night.

Apple's mini iPhone SE won't have '3D Touch' screen, leaked images show

Internal photos appear to show the handset will not have a 3D touch screen like the flagship 6s series.

Can YOU find Waldo? Interactive 360-degree video challenges you to find the famous elusive character in real-life scenes

Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringe, based in Los Angeles, posted a 360-degree interactive 'Where's Waldo?' video letting viewers look for the character. A shot from the video is shown.

Is Google set to abandon the 'app drawer'? Twitter users outraged by video showing next version of Android that abandons feature

A one-minute video on Google Map's twitter has started a panic among Android users and are curious if this change will actually occur in the new Android N or will there be an option to disable it.

A marvel in the marshes: Anglo-Saxon trade citadel teeming with treasures is found in the Fens by an amateur with a metal detector

A 'significant' archaeological site has been discovered at Little Carlton, near Louth in Lincolnshire, with a host of ornate silver writing instruments, coins and brooches pulled up.

The HoloLens is here (if you have $3,000 to spare): Microsoft begins taking preorders from developers for augmented reality headset

Microsoft has opened up preorder sales for its HoloLens to developers who have been pre-approved. The set costs $3,000 and is set to ship March 30th with 7 new apps/games for users.

Do apes have a religion? Mysterious stone-throwing in chimps may be a 'sacred' ritual: Video shows bizarre behavior is not for mating or finding food

After discovering piles of stones next to trees at four research sites in West Africa, field teams placed camera traps to discover why and how the stones were used by chimps.

Is the universe like a flip book? Physicists say new theory of how seconds pass could help make time travel a reality

Research carried out at the University of Waterloo and University of Lethbridge, in Canada, claims time isn't constant, and we can someday pinpoint discrete units of time.

Here comes the super fly! Scientists create insects capable of turning and dodging faster in the air

Scientists at the Royal Veterinary College in London found by making the wings broader at the base and pointed at the end they became more agile in the air.

New snooping laws will hand sweeping powers to EVERY police force to hack into phones and check web browser histories

Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May arrives to attend a cabinet meeting at Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

A new draft of proposed laws was presented to Parliament this afternoon after three scathing inquiries blasted the original as rushed and flawed.

The FBI cannot force Apple to unlock an iPhone used in a Brooklyn drug case, New York judge rules  

The U.S. Justice Department cannot force Apple to provide the FBI with access to locked iPhone data in a routine Brooklyn drug case, a New York judge says.

Will the universe end in a BIG RIP? Expert suggests its rate of expansion could end up tearing everything we know apart

The theory has been explained by astrophysicist Thomas Kitching from the University of College London.

He's home! Scott Kelly's Soyuz spacecraft touches down in Kazakhstan after astronaut's record-breaking year in orbit

Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly has landed back on Earth after spending nearly a year on the International Space Station.

Android Pay coming to the UK this month: Mobile payment service will rival Apple Pay

Android Pay was rolled out in the US in September and it works with Near-Field Communication (NFC) chips built into handsets and contactless payment terminals.

How the cheetah got its SPEED: Genes mutated to boost muscle strength making the big cat the fastest land mammal

Researchers led by the Theodosius Dobzhansky Centre for Genome Bioinformatics at St Petersburg State University in Russia sequenced a cheetah's genome.

Why clever people make 'bad' decisions: Having too many options creates 'noise' in the brain that leads to irrational choices

An international team of behaviour scientists, led by the University of Oxford explained 'noise' experienced when making decisions can explain seemingly irrational choices.

Fukushima five years on: Haunting images show how region devastated by tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster is still slowly recovering 

Japan prepares to mark five years since a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the country's north-east coast causing a meltdown at Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Watching evolution in REAL TIME: Scientists observe sticklebacks breeding into separate species before their eyes

Researchers from Eawag and the University of Bern studied fish in Lake Constance, Switzerland. The fish have been there for the last 150 years, which is not a long time in evolutionary terms.

Turning bacteria into 'SWARMBOTS': Groups of microbes could be engineered to help combat harmful bugs in the gut

Scientists at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, have engineered E. coli cells so they can only survive when they are part of a swarm and die if their density falls (pictured)

Three British scientists win Brain Prize dubbed 'Nobel for neuroscience' for their work into how memories form

Professors Richard Morris, (left) Tim Bliss (right) and Graham Collingridge (not pictured) are the first UK scientists to share the Brain Prize, regarded as the 'Nobel' of neuroscience.

Self-driving Google SUV crashes into a bus during road test in first car accident of its kind

A man drives a Google Inc. self-driving car in front of the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Google is celebrating its 15th anniversary as the company reaches $290 billion market value. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The collision occurred on Valentine's Day in Mountain View, California, and Google reported it to California's Department of Motor Vehicles in an accident report that the agency posted Monday.

Changing leopard spots to stripes: Cells can be programmed to switch colours and form 'surprising new patterns'

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh used kidney tissue samples to re-programme the behaviour of cells so they spontaneously formed spots or stripes.

Getting to Mars? That's the easy part! Buzz Aldrin claims we'll land on the red planet by 2040 but colonising it will be much harder

Speaking at the Science Museum in London, Dr Aldrin (pictured) believes that through international collaboration and the input of big businesses a human colony could be established on Mars.

He's behind you! Google's new Atlas robot stands up on its own after getting knocked down

Boston Dynamic has revealed the new wireless version of its humanoid robot in a new video showing it walk, run, and even be pushed over and get up again on its own.

So much for rise of the machines: Mercedes replaces robots with PEOPLE on its assembly line after they struggle to make custom cars

A worker at a Mercedes-Benz factory in Stuttgart, Germany assembles E-Class cars in this undated file photo. Analysts reported that Mercedess parent company, Daimler Chrysler, the worlds third largest auto manufacturer, is unlikely to lower its current stock dividend January 28, 2002, a move many observers see as likely to boost the companys share price. (Photo by Daimler Chrysler/Getty Images) Car manufacturer Daimler announce today a loss of 2,6 billion in 2009.

Mercedes-Benz announced it is getting rid of the robots that assemble the customized luxury cars and replacing them with a human staff. The robots were unable to make the cars fast enough.

Narrowing our search in the hunt for aliens: Studying planets in Earth's transit zone could increase our chances of finding ET

Dr Rene Heller and Professor Ralph Pudritz from McMaster University in Canada discuss ways to ensure we will not miss a call from ET in a paper published in the journal Astrobiology.

Time for an upgrade? WhatsApp is dropping support for BlackBerry and Nokia phones

The two logos of Facebook (L) and Whatsapp pictured on the screen of a smartphone in Sieversdorf, Germany, 19 February 2014. 
Facebook announced on 19 February that it acquired the globally popular messaging system WhatsApp for 19 billion US dollar. Facebook paid 12 billion US dollar in shares and four billion US dollar in cash. The deal includes an additional three billion US dollar in Facebook stock for WhatsApp founders and employees. The deal should close later in 2014 and is still subject to regulatory approval, according to Facebook founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who said in the conference call that he did not expect any issues. Additionally, WhatsApp co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jan Koum will join the Facebook Board of Directors.  


WhatsApp has announced it will no longer support a range of older operating platforms, phasing out support for Blackberry, Nokia and older Windows and Android models by 2017.

Creature from the deep: Giant bobbit worm emerges from rock after hiding in man's fish tank and eating all its coral for TWO YEARS without being caught 

The ghastly creature is captured slithering its way between rocks and up the side of the tank in the clip, filmed in the U.S, after the man spotted it while he was cleaning the aquarium's filthy glass.

'Alien hunting' in the Chilean desert: Nasa drills holes in the 'driest place on Earth' to learn how life could survive on Mars

Nasa scientists (pictured) spent a month drilling in the Atacama desert, Chile, testing drilling and life-detection technologies that might be sent to Mars in future.

Just 'Kiddle' it: Child-friendly search engine uses humans to weed out adult content - but not all racy images are blocked

Results are filtered to be child-friendly, but users testing Kiddle (screenshot shown) have found some dubious results, including one about a dead rabbit, racy pictures and blocking the word 'gay'.

Could we soon UPLOAD skills into our brains? Matrix-style 'scalp-cap' uses brainwaves from experts to train novices

Scientists at HRL Laboratories in Malibu, California - owned by Boeing and General Motors - improved the skills of novice pilots by 33 per cent using the new technique.

Would YOU take painkillers made from spider venom? Toxins in a tarantula's bite could lead to a new type of drug

Within the venomous cocktail of toxins in the bite of the Thrixopelma pruriens are peptides which target nerve receptors, explained the researchers from the University of Queensland.

45 mile wide frozen canyons and giant two mile deep pits of Pluto's mysterious 'yellow' north pole revealed in stunning new image

This ethereal scene captured by NASA?s New Horizons spacecraft tells yet another story of Pluto?s diversity of geological and compositional features?this time in an enhanced color image of the north polar area.Long canyons run vertically across the polar area?part of the informally named Lowell Regio, named for Percival Lowell, who founded Lowell Observatory and initiated the search that led to Pluto?s discovery. The widest of the canyons (yellow in the image below) ? is about 45 miles (75 kilometers) wide and runs close to the north pole. Roughly parallel subsidiary canyons to the east and west (in green) are approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) wide. The degraded walls of these canyons appear to be much older than the more sharply defined canyon systems elsewhere on Pluto, perhaps because the polar canyons are older and made of weaker material. These canyons also appear to represent evidence for an ancient period of tectonics. 

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The enhanced colour image of the north polar area shows long canyons run vertically. The widest of the canyons - is about 45 miles (75 kilometers) wide. The yellow hue is caused by solar radiation.

Raspberry Pi becomes UK's best-selling computer: More than 8 MILLION boards have been sold in just four years

Cambridge-based computer company Raspberry Pi announced the milestone as it unveiled the latest version of its simple computer, the Raspberry Pi 3 (pictured).

Why in-flight wifi isn't as safe as you think: Passenger's emails hacked by fellow traveller while using exposed connection

Steven Petrow, who writes for USA Today and the Washington Post, was astonished when the hacker told him he had read his emails on the flight from Dallas to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Does YOUR partner look like your parent? Researchers say humans could be hardwired to be attracted to familiar faces

Researchers say we tend to choose partners that look similar to our parents. It isn't just faces either, people will choose mates with the same height, hair and eye colour and even amount of body hair.

So that's how penguins stay ice free: Tiny ridges on their feathers shed frozen water to stop them becoming walking snowballs

Scientists at Beihang University in Beijing found Humboldt penguins (pictured) have nanoscale ridges and hooks on their feathers that repel water and ice from forming.

Scientists reveal new particle - and say 'tetraquark' could help explain how matter sticks together

A new particle has been discovered at Fermilab and researchers say it's exhibiting unusual properties, containing four 'flavours' of quarks and antiquarks, as a possible tetraquark.

When females develop a 'penis': Experts reveal the unique ways some hyenas, birds and insects are evolving

Researchers explain that among animals, parental duties are the females responsibility and males compete with each other. But due to physiological changes these roles can be reversed.

Now that's self service! 24-hour unmanned shop in Sweden lets shoppers unlock the doors, scan items and pay using just an app

The unmanned shop, in the southern Sweden village of Viken, uses a smartphone app (pictured) to allow customers to scan their own shopping, meaning no staff are required.

'Magic' Mesolithic pendant is oldest art ever found in Britain: 11,000-year-old jewellery may have been worn by shaman to ward off evil spirits

The pendant (pictured) was discovered by archaeologists from the Universities of York, Manchester and Chester during excavations at the Star Carr site and is unique in the UK.

Never run out of battery again! Kyocera phone uses 'solar panels' in the screen to charge the handset using sunlight

Japanese electronics firm Kyocera showcased its prototype phone with a 'WYSIPS' screen at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

How to tell when felines aren't feeling fine: Researchers reveal the 25 signs that could mean your cat is in pain

Tilly the Cat

A new study has collected insight from international experts to reach a consensus on the tell-tale signs of a cat in pain. The team narrowed it down to 25 signs sufficient for signalling pain.

Do YOU see blue and white, or green and gold? One year after 'The Dress' left the internet baffled, furious debate breaks out over the true color of this jacket

The colors of an Adidas track jacket are being debated online exactly one year after the social media dispute about whether 'The Dress' is black and blue or white and gold.

Is a rogue comet on a collision course with Earth? 'Surprise meteor shower' sparks hunt for unknown ice ball orbiting in space

Astronomers at the SETI Institute in California and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, say the meteor shower appeared over New Zealand on New Year's Eve.

Being a 'perfect parent' can do MORE harm than good: Putting on a brave face lowers your self esteem and affects family bonding

A group from the University of Toronto Mississauga did two studies and found that when parents suppressed negative emotions it had an impact on the parent's bond with the child.

California's massive methane leak was the biggest in US history, researchers reveal

This infrared image released by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) shows methane gas leaking from the Aliso Canyon facility near the Porter Ranch suburb of Los Angeles

A natural gas well in California that spewed more than 100,000 tons of the harmful greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere was the largest methane leak in...

What kind of narcissist are YOU? Take the test that reveals if you're a sufferer as experts reveal there are three forms of the disorder

A new TEDEd video breaks down the different types of narcissism, from the obvious to the not-so obvious, and explains how these traits almost always take a turn for the dark side.

Rise of the hybrid 'cocktail' apes: Orangutans interbreeding in Indonesia are threatening the already endangered species

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology studied the genetics of orangutans that were the offspring of two different subspecies, at the Tanjung Puting National Park.

The jobs that get you right swiped on Tinder: Women are looking for pilots and firefighters, while men want physical therapists and interior designers

Tinder released the top 15 jobs that receive the most right-swipes. Men are more attracted to female therapists, interior designers and founders. And women desire a male pilot, founder or firefighter.

Milk teeth reveal medieval children in Canterbury lived on bread, broth and lumps of flour mixed with milk and egg yolks

Scientists at the University of Kent used pioneering 3D imaging to analyse teeth from medieval children which were found in a cemetery in Canterbury, England to reveal what they ate.

The 200 year-old Hungarian mummy that could show modern lifestyles are NOT to blame for some types of cancer

In this picture taken June 27, 2012 shows one of the 265 mummies which is resting in cardboard box in the Hungarian Natural History Museum in Budapest, Hungary. The naturally-preserved mummies were forgotten for hundreds of years and were discovered in 1994 during a church¿s renovation in the northern Hungarian town of Vac and are helping scientists find new ways to treat tuberculosis. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

If confirmed, the study by Tel Aviv University would shed new light on the debate over how important processed food, physical inactivity and other modern lifestyle factors are on the disease.

Shocking video shows male polar bear chasing and EATING a cub - and scientists say climate change may be to blame

Gruesome footage captured during a National Geographic expedition shows the moment a male polar bear chases down its own cub and eats it, leaving traumatized mother to run for her life.

The ultimate hipster gadget: $500 'distraction free' typewriter will ONLY let you write

Freewriter is a Wi-Fi connected portable 'smart typewriter' that only has an E-link screen and keys. Writers can save their work on the onboard story, cloud or online apps, but cannot surf the web.

The fair way to split the check? App claims to be able to split the bill according to race and gender

The Equipay app concept uses Bureau of Labor Statistics and math to calculate how much each person owes towards a dinner bill. The final amount reflects how affected you are by income inequalities.

Ancient Earth was pummelled with meteors 790,000 years ago: Multiple impacts would have caused tsunamis and widespread fires

Geoscientists from Heidelberg University studied so-called tektites, or rock glasses, from various parts of the world including Asia, Australia and Canada.

Astronomers are 'getting closer' to locating mysterious ninth planet beyond Jupiter

This artist's concept illustration received January 20, 2016 courtesy of Caltech/Robert Hurt shows a distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun

US astronomers announced last month they may have found a ninth planet beyond Neptune, but conceded they had no idea where on an estimated 10,000-20,000-year...

Gorilla costumes, rugby balls and fake tuxedos: Astronauts spend $63,000 of funding sending novelty items to the ISS

Astronaut Scott Kelly wore a gorilla costume sent to the ISS by his twin brother Mark to celebrate his birthday and British astronaut Tim Peake wore a novelty tuxedo t-shirt for the Brits.

Never get caught in a shower again! MinuteCast tells you how much it will rain every MINUTE in your precise location

AccuWeather MinuteCast (New York map shown), claims to pinpoint when it's going to start raining in minute detail, over a two-hour time frame customised to exactly where you are.

Who's the daddy? Chimps share a common ancestor who lived one million years ago - making them five times older than humans

Researchers at the University of Leicester used DNA from a group of great apes to find most recent common ancestor that all animals alive today from each species have descended from.

Aboriginal Australians were isolated for 50,000 years: Researchers find people did NOT mix with Southeast Asians as thought

Aboriginal elder and young men hunting with spears in Arnhem Land. 

Spear advantage quiet. Image shot 1996. Exact date unknown.

The find challenges a previous theory that suggested an influx of people from India into Australia around 4-5,000 years ago.

Male sand martin birds are filmed trying to mate with a DEAD male - but the necrophilia may have been a case of mistaken identity

Male sand martins in Japan were filmed engaging in homosexual necrophilia by researchers from the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology. It is thought they mistook the dead bird for a female.

How 'Trumpisms' damage politics: Snappy one liners help get voters, but they damage people's faith in politics, claims study

While politically charged insults and 'Trumpisms' have succeeded in gaining the attention of voters and the media, experts caution that they may also cause Americans to lose faith in politics.

Bit of a dimwit? You can't blame your genes: That's the conclusion of a new book that claims to settle the Nature v Nurture debate 

Research has proved for the first time that no one is made dim or bright by their genes, or for that matter, mad or sane. Pictured, Harry Enfield as his character, Tim Nice But Dim.

Driverless cars will lead to MORE traffic: Self-driving technology will put more vehicles on the roads as people abandon public transport

Researchers at the universities of Leeds and Washington, said people may ditch public transport in favour of driverless cars, increasing the number of vehicles on roads in 20 years.

Fat and forgetful: Overweight adults have poorer memory than thin peers meaning they struggle to recall what they've eaten

Researchers from the University of Cambridge tested participants with BMIs from 18 to 51. They found a direct link between a high body mass index (BMI) and poor episodic memory.

Will the universe end in a BIG RIP? Expert suggests its rate of expansion could end up tearing everything we know apart

The theory has been explained by astrophysicist Thomas Kitching from the University of College London.

How to survive an apocalypse: Grab some Vaseline and head for the golf course - expert reveals the essentials you must know

A third of people in the UK keep a few essentials ready in case of an apocalyptic event, according to research by astrobiologist Dr Lewis Dartnell. Stock image used.

Thou shalt not end a relationship by text: Psychologist reveals the 17 golden rules of 'digital etiquette'

The study by BT Mobile and Oxford University took an in-depth look into the 'dos and don'ts' of tech etiquette and came up with a modern day guide, including not ending relationships by text.

Why germ-ridden bats don't get sick: Flying mammals that carry disease have a 'super immunity' that protects from the viruses

A study by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Australia, found bats' immune systems are permanently on rather than merely responding to infections.

Largest fireball since Chelyabinsk falls into Earth: Nasa reports huge explosion of seven meter space rock over the Atlantic

The event took place on February 6 at 14:00 UTC when a meteoroid exploded in the air 620 miles (1,000km) off the coast of Brazil. It released energy equivalent to 13,000 tons of TNT.

Scott Kelly prepares to return to Earth after record-breaking year in space - and says the experience was 'like camping in the woods'

Kelly held his final news conference from the International Space Station, telling reporters that space is a 'harsh environment,' and you never feel perfectly normal.'

Flowers entice bees through 'invisible' colour-changing patterns: Experts find first evidence of the plants using iridescence

Botanists from the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge found that some flowers use a limited form of iridescence to attract bees in order to spread their pollen.

Punishing others makes us seem more trustworthy: People scold others for selfish acts to avoid being tarred with same brush

The finding, from psychologists from Yale and Harvard universities in the USA, confirms the theory that 'third party punishment' (TTP) boosts the reputation of the punisher.

Samsung unveils the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: Water resistant phones have 'always-on' displays that save battery life

Samsung unveiled its two new handsets at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with 'always-on' displays as well as an innovative 360-degree camera .

Supermassive black holes banish matter to far-flung corners of the universe: Simulation reveals why a fifth appears to be 'missing'

The Illustris project, led by the Institute of Astro- and Particle Physics at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, simulated a cube of space within the universe, 350 million light years long on each side.

The science of the supermarket shop: Men should grab the trolley, women should fill it and both should avoid the elderly

Couple shopping in supermarket --- Image by © Daniel Koebe/Corbis

The secret of a speedy supermarket shop has been revealed by scientists.To waste as little time as possible, men should find the trolley and queue up while women do the actual shopping.

Seeing the Milky Way in a stunning new light: Spectacular 167-million pixel map of the galactic centre is revealed

The Apex telescope in Chile has mapped the full area of the Galactic Plane visible from the southern hemisphere for the first time at wavelengths between infrared light and radio waves.

Monkeying around! Children instinctively use tools when faced with difficult tasks just like chimpanzees 

Birmingham University researchers set 50 boys and girls 12 puzzles that mimicked foraging for food in the wild. The kids used sticks as rakes, skewers, hammers and levers.

Want a promotion? Hit the gym: Muscular men are more admired and seen as better leaders 

Researchers from the Oklahoma State University have found that men who appear stronger are considered to have more leadership potential and are granted a higher status from their peers.

Mysterious 'buzzing in the Pacific Ocean may be caused by deep sea creatures emitting gas that acts like 'a dinner bell'

Marine biologists from the University of California San Diego and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in La Jolla, California have found the cause of 'the buzz'.

Can YOU spot the real celebrity? Researchers warn virtual images are now so accurate jurors shouldn't believe everything they see

Study led by Dartmouth College argues untrained observers largely can't identify computer-generated images accurately, and this could pose challenges in forensic and legal settings.

How you can REALLY go back to the future: Experts reveals just what it takes to build a time machine

B3KPGR BACK TO THE FUTURE  1985 Universal/Steven Spielberg film with  Michael  Fox on bonnet and Christopher Lloyd

Experts reveal what's it takes to build a time machine. All you need is a 100km long cylinder that you can rotate so fast it disrupts the fabric of time and space -- that is if you can survive the pressure.

Do YOU want a 'dumbphone'? Experts say smartphone owners are increasingly buying second handsets with limited features - but batteries that last for weeks

Embraced by average mobile users and high-profile figures alike, including British actor Eddie Redmayne, the 'dumbphone' is making a comeback, and it only performs basic functions.

Mind-bending illusion that puts a 'HOLE' in your hand: Trick makes it appear as if you can see through your own body

The illusion works by holding a tube up to one eye and your hand up to the other. It takes advantage of what's known as binocular rivalry where one of your eyes becomes more dominant.

The end of the courier? Self-driving 'ground drones' are coming to London to make drop offs across the capital

After more than 3,000 hours of testing in London, Starship Technologies' delivery bots are scheduled to start local deliveries in Greenwich next month.

Listen to gorillas 'sing' for their supper: Male apes produce tuneful calls and 'hum' while they eat their favourite plants, flowers and seeds

Biologists have discovered two groups of wild western lowland gorillas in the Republic of Congo where the adult males sing and hum while they are eating. They tend to sing more depending on the food.

Ford patents self-driving car with a personality: Passengers will be able to choose everything from chauffeur to racecar modes

A patent application filed by Ford aims to give self-driving cars a real personality. The patent reveals different driving styles to suit preferences of owner, from 'chauffeur mode' to 'racecar mode.'

Being a victim of sexual violence changes how the female brain works

Rutgers University set out to learn how acts of violence and related experiences alter the female brain. They found victims are more prone to depression, PTSD and will neglect their young.

The ultimate Top Trumps car: Bugatti's Veyron replacement is the 261mph Chiron that can do 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds and costs £1.9m 

Officially launched on the eve of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, it's been dubbed the 'world's most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car' to be built.

Facebook rolls out Reactions: Buttons used to express happiness, anger and surprise are now available worldwide

After five months of testing, Facebook has begun rolling out the six new emotions on the social network to its 1.6 billion users worldwide. Selection pictured.

Are YOU at risk of being MOUSEJACKED? Experts warn wireless flaw could let hackers take over billions of machines and type on PC's remotely

Security firm Bastille says 'billions of PC's and millions of networks' are vulnerable to being hijacked. Once paired, the MouseJack operator can insert keystrokes or malicious code.