Although Mars is widely regarded as a 'dead' planet, one astronomer has used images from Nasa's Mars Express to create these incredible animations proving otherwise. They reveal clouds rolling across the red planet, dust storms kicking up and high wands screaming across the surface. At first glance, they even look uncannily similar to conditions on Earth.
How humans took over the world: Stunning animation reveals how the world's population has grown to 7.2 BILLION
The emergence of humans accounts for just a blink in the timeline of our planet – but in the short period that humans have lived on Earth, populations have risen to staggering numbers. A new animation from the American Museum of Natural History shows the exponential growth of our species, from less than a million people when modern humans began migrating out of Africa about 100,000 years ago to more than 7.2 billion alive today. The most dramatic increase has occurred only recently; while it took humans roughly 200,000 years to reach a population of 1 billion, it took just 200 years beyond that to get to where we are now.
Hypersonic planes are 'inevitable' and will revolutionise travel (and war), top aerospace and military bosses predict
At the Forum on American Aeronautics late last month, officials from top aeronautics agencies including NASA, the Air Force, and Lockheed Martin, said we are now ‘on the brink of a new era in air transportation.’ According to the experts, however, bringing this technology to practical over land will require significant reductions in the sonic booms caused by the craft, and numerous firms are now working to tackle this challenge. It’s said that hypersonic flight, which achieves at least five times the speed of sound, could go anywhere in the world in just four hours.
'A real life horror film': Terrified viewers watch from edge of their seats as SNAKES hunting as a pack chase down baby iguana in amazing footage for BBC's Planet Earth II that even shocked Sir David Attenborough
The astonishing TV which showed marine iguanas attempting to outrun a knot of racer snakes on Fernandina Island was labelled ‘the stuff of nightmares’ by viewers as they hid behind the sofa. Hatchlings could be seen emerging from the sand of the Galápagos island in the Pacific Ocean in June for what is the snakes’ best feeding opportunity of the year. The footage on BBC1 showed some iguanas outrun the snakes to safety by the sea while others were caught before the snakes wrapped themselves around them. When the crew saw the snakes for the first time, they were too shocked to film - and host Sir David Attenborough had never seen anything like it either, it was claimed. Among the millions of viewers captivated by the footage shown at 8pm last night was Olympic rower Will Satch, who described it as a ‘real life horror film’.
A new way to get to work: Electric 'monkey-bike' hits speeds of 20mph and fully charges in under an hour
The small and colourful Motochimp (pictured) is designed by Singapore's Vanda Electrics and will be launched at this week's Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair in China. Riders can charge the bike by plugging the adaptor into any conventional socket and within one hour, the bike will have a range of almost 40 miles (60 km).
She's a great aper! House-proud chimpanzee cleans the windows of her new enclosure every day after she decided to copy zoo keepers
House-proud chimpanzee Elya was filmed using a rag to wipe the windows of her enclosure clean at a zoo in the city of Rostov on Don, south-western Russia. She was also filmed trying to grab a keeper's brush to sweep the floor clean, but broke it trying to pull it into the enclosure. Keepers installed new windows as part of an upgrade of the chimpanzee's enclosure to improve the facility for animals and visitors.
Is lost Cold War bomb resting on the Arctic Ocean floor? Canadian Navy to investigate 'nuclear device' spotted during diving trip close to site of 1950 US bomber crash
Sean Smyrichinsky, left, found a mystery object off the coats of Northern Canada while diving and believes it may be the lost nuclear bomb, which went missing after a plane crash in February 1950. A Convair B-36 had been on course from Alaska to Texas when three of the six engines failed and the crew were forced to bail out over the Princess Royal Island before sending the plane to crash into the ocean.
Revealed: 3,800-year-old Egyptian 'tableau' may depict funerary boats that carried Pharaoh Senusret III to his tomb
Archaeologists in Egypt were shocked when they discovered more than 120 images of ancient Egyptian boats etched into the inside of a building in Abydos, Egypt (pictured left and top right). The etchings would have been based on a real wooden boat, but it is unclear who did them, or why. The leading theory is they are images of funerary boats created to carry the Pharaoh. Several pottery vessels were also found (pictured bottom right), although it is unclear how these link to the etchings.
Can YOU solve this baffling card test? Nine out of 10 people will get this 'deceptively easy' puzzle wrong
The Wason selection task was first devised in the 1960s by Bath-based psychologist Peter Wason. At face value, the task seems simple, and involves just four cards. Two of the cards display the numbers five and eight, while the remaining two are green and blue. A statement alongside the cards reads: 'If a card shows an even number on one face, then its opposite side is blue.' The user is tasked with proving the statement by turning over the fewest number of cards. Click on the article to try the interactive test.
The railroad to nowhere: Fascinating pictures reveal an abandoned Soviet JET TRAIN that was once capable of travelling at 160mph
These fascinating pictures show a Soviet ‘turbojet railcar’, which was built in the 1970s and proved capable of reaching an astonishing 160mph, thanks to the huge jet engines on its roof. What made this concept impractical was the extremely high fuel consumption. And so this power car was pushed into a siding and left to rot.
From the biggest supermoon in living memory to an array of shooting stars: A guide to the spectacular events that will fill the skies this month
This month will see two meteor showers and the chance to see planets, a supermoon and a nebula – all with the naked eye. Now with this exclusive guide from space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, you’ll always know when to look up. A supermoon pictured left, a Leonids meteor shower top right and the Orion nebula bottom right.
The rotary phone is back! Bizarre cellphone design can make calls and send texts (but don't expect to fit it in your pocket)
If you yearn for the days of rotary phones, help is at hand. A YouTuber and hardware maker known as Mr. Volt has combined the past and the present to make a fully functioning ‘rotary cell phone’. His prototype has the iconic dial on the front and offers six basic functions: it can make calls, store one phone number, text, tune into the radio, display system settings and go to sleep.
Who needs soil? Alaskan town turns to 'vertical farming' to grow green vegetables for the first time
Arctic Greens in Kotzebue, Alaska, is harvesting kale, various lettuces, basil and other greens weekly from the soil-free system and selling them at the supermarket in the community of nearly 3,300. The venture is first of its kind north of the Arctic Circle, according to the manufacturer of Kotzebue's pesticide-free system.
China unveils drone bomber that can fly 15,000 miles and stay in the air for two days to deliver smart bombs and radar jammers
The CH-5 unmanned aerial vehicle, China's largest combat drone, made its first flight last year but has now been made public for the first time at a military air show in the southern city of Zhuhai. It is capable of carrying smart bombs, missiles and high-tech radar jammers, it has been reported. The weapon was revealed during a major airshow in China which included the unveiling of the country's J-20 stealth fighter.
Mystery of the TWO-HEADED sharks: The mutant fish are appearing at alarming rates - and no one knows why
Two-headed sharks sound like something out of a B-list horror movie, but scientists are finding more and more of them worldwide. Some have suggested that the surge in mutants is due to genetic abnormalities triggered by over-fishing. The puzzling trend started in 2008, when fisherman Christian Johnson caught a two-headed blue shark embryo off the coast of Australia.
Is 'Asgardia' a plot by the ILLUMINATI? Conspiracy theorists claim the space nation will be used 'for mind control and evil purposes'
Asgardia was announced by a team from the Aerospace International Research Centre in Vienna, but conspiracy theorists believe it is really being run by the mysterious Illuminati society. They claim that the Eye of Horus symbol used by the group (shown in white on this artist's impression of the spacecraft), is linked to Freemasons and the Illuminati.