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Call that a dead planet? Stunning animations reveal gigantic dust storms, clouds and high winds rolling across the Martian surface

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.

Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, researchers have picked up on low-energy X-rays coming from Pluto on four separate occasions, despite earlier beliefs that this was not possible.

Just as you can on a desktop, the Gmail app will give the option to ‘Undo’ an email in the seconds after it’s been sent, allowing users to go back in and fix any errors before they can be seen.

Taken by Cassini last week,the image shows the mysterious structure of the rings. Astronomers are still unsure whether they have always appeared this way, or if their appearance has evolved over time.

A science commentator has claimed that a recent experiment using the Large Hadron Collider could have been responsible for a recent string of earthquakes in Italy since August.

A student being punished with lines has created a novel approach to getting around the task more easily. The pupil used one single vertical line down the page to write many letters.

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.

Scientists at the University of Bristol have found a gene that is key to conducting our 'circadian rhythms' - physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle (stock image used).

FILE - This undated file photo shows Tesla Motors charging stations neat Truckee, Calif.  Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it will end free use of its worldwide charging station network. The company says cars ordered after Jan. 1, 2017 will get roughly 1,000 miles worth of credits at the supercharging stations. After credits are used, owners will have to pay fees. Cars ordered or sold on or before Jan. 1 would still get free charging.  (Margaret Moran/Sierra Sun via AP, File)

The company says cars ordered after Jan. 1, 2017 will get roughly 1,000 miles worth of credits each year at the supercharging stations - but hasn't said how much they will then be charged.

Bath researchers found that a small number of people may have extraordinary face recognition skills, outperforming typical people on a range of face recognition tasks.

At $800,000 or more per round for each gun in the USS Zumwalt's Advanved Gun System, the Navy says the cost is just too high, and is now moving to cancel these projectiles, according to a new report

Researchers spoke with 993 motorists, aged between 18 and 25 in France. The findings suggest that parental influence weighs far more heavily than the influence of an instructor (stock image).

In the latest study, an international team of researchers, including the National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool looked at models of warming beyond this threshold.

Scientists, led by Dr Martin Hurst from the University of Glasgow, say this is a huge increase from the 0.8 inches (2 cm) a year the cliffs were losing up until a few hundred years ago.

US officials say hypersonic planes will revolutionise travel (and war)

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.


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'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’.

The mosasaur, a huge marine lizard with fearsome jaws and paddle-like limbs, lived 66 million years ago when Antarctica was much warmer than it is today.

SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said his space launch company is aiming to return its rockets to flight in mid-December following a launch pad accident two months ago

Researchers at the University of Kyoto found that older apes use the same trick as humans to overcome the limitations of their ageing eyes, with a 'strikingly similar pattern' seen in people.

Researchers from the University of Exeter say it is possible bats ‘switch off’ their sonar when flying near wind turbines – and fail to detect them or are drawn by insects.

The researchers, from the Chinese Academy of Science, estimated the size based on a fossilised skull, which is roughly 8.3 million years old, found in China's Longjiagou Basin.

China's new cybersecurity law requires companies to verify a user's identity, effectively making it illegal to go online anonymously ©Wang Zhao (AFP/File)

The law, approved by the National People's Congress Standing Committee, bans users from publishing a variety of information, including anything that damages 'national honour' (stock image).

The final CGI images have been unveiled for an imposing £4million footbridge English Heritage plans to build at the historic fortification Tintagel Castle in Cornwall.

Uncovering the secrets of Dublin's 'haunted' Hellfire Club: 5,000-year-old symbols carved

A team of archaeologists from Abarta Heritage have been digging at the site near Dublin since early October, but discovered the artwork completely by chance.

Scientists from the US and Denmark are seeking to map out the plumbing system hidden inside the earth's crust that's responsible for the famous Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park.

The device in Cornwall is called 'Ceto 6', named after a sea goddess in Greek mythology. If it proves successful, fourteen more devices by Carnegie Wave Energy are expected to follow in 2020.

South Korea-based Samsung plans to integrate an AI platform, called Viv, into the Galaxy phones and expand voice-assistant services to home appliances and wearable technology devices.

The Birmingham University team think the maths will help them create a mobile phone app that rates a man’s fertility in seconds, by analysing magnified images of sperm samples.

The contract, which is being launched in the UK, means customers will not be charged for data used by the specific apps. The firm also said it was introducing 'data rollover' to its 4G mobile plans.

Scientists have found that reaching for the bottle is part of the body’s natural response to stress and increased stress levels alter the brain’s chemical make-up.

The update by California-based WhatsApp also includes a new GIF editor, which lets users add stickers, drawings and captions to their animations.

Telomeres - protective segments of DNA on the end of chromosomes - become shorter every time a cell divides, researchers from Pittsburgh University found.

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).

An expert at Lancaster University said choosing such simple phrases as ‘qwerty’, 'password' and ‘abc123’ makes it a breeze for hackers to get into our accounts.

Periscope is taking cues from Facebook and Snapchat with animated masks. The firm is testing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump filters to raise awareness around the election.

The corporation has proposed 25 job losses at the Natural History Unit in Bristol as part of plans to find 300 voluntary redundancies across the factual, music and events departments.

It has been revealed that the long-awaited series Planet Earth 2 does not feature any penguin deaths because they look too much like humans, so it would upset viewers.

A seven-question test created by NHS Choices reveals how much stress you are under at work. Questions range from about how well you manage time to how well you get on with your boss.

Machines equipped with artificial intelligence are creeping into the workforce, and for humans, this could soon mean job displacement and a ‘universal basic income,’ Elon Musk says.

The 15.7inch creature found in Widnes, Cheshire, is three times longer than an average British earthworm and tips the scales at 26g – nearly the weight of three pound coins.

Religious pilgrims used to flock to St Anne's Well, located near Liverpool, in order to reap the benefits of its supposed abilities to free people of their sins and cure ailments.

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.

Experts from NASA and FEMA prepared for a fictitious asteroid 300-800 feet wide approaching far too quickly to be redirected, necessitating a mass evacuation of the Los Angeles area.

Hundreds took to social media to complain of 'donglegate' which required them to buy expensive adapters to use their existing addons with the machine. Now the firm has slashed prices on cables.

A study from the University of Pennsylvania has revealed fMRI is far more effective than polygraph, as it picks up on the activation of decision-making areas in the brain when a person lies.

Astronomers have revealed that on Saturn, things are a lot more complicated than on Earth - and they admit they have no idea how long a day there is.

A group of Finnish researcher are using drones to design radio links. Drones take aerial shots of the environment and a special software transforms them into highly detailed 3D models.

Last month, Kobi Sadler, from Moreton, Merseyside, was given a blue and white custom-made 3D printed arm - believed to be one of the smallest ever made.

Canadian Navy will investigate 'lost nuclear bomb' spotted during diving trip

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.

Joseph Mazur is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Marlboro College in Vermont has published a new book aims to demystify everyday coincidences through simple probability.

A new foodie brainteaser is leaving thousands infuriated on Facebook. The riddle asks you to work out what some symbols of beers and burgers add up to. So what's the answer?

An expert from the University of Salford says a condition known as 'narcissistic decompensation' may be the reason Anders Behring Breivik (pictured) went on a killing spree in 2011.

An expert at Lancaster University reveals the mystery behind the phenomena 'airglow' (green). Nathan Chase explains the three different types and the unique ways each one forms.

The study by KidZania – an amusement centre for children in London – involved more than 400,000 children aged four to 14, who were able to choose from a range of occupations (stock image)

If successful, the 'proof of concept' study at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden could lead to similar work aimed at boosting photosynthesis in other staple crops such as rice and maize.

The EU commission accuses Google of giving its own online shopping services top priority in search results to the detriment of other price comparison services ©Justin Sullivan (Getty/AFP/File)

The Mountain View firm has rejected fresh accusations that it abuses its market dominance in order to crush competition. The stakes are huge, with Google potentially facing a fine of billions.

From the golden tortoise beetle found in the Americas to the Australian lyre bird that can imitate virtually any sound, an infographic reveals where tourists can discover these rare species.

3,800-year-old Egyptian 'tableau' may depict funerary boats that carried Pharaoh Senusret

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.

WhatsApp is testing Snapchat-like Stories called 'Status', which is displayed as a new tab between Chats and Calls. Beta testers can send images with doodles, text captions and emojios.

New research from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in New England has revealed a previously unknown element of whale songs that could help them to communicate with other whales.

The Met Office said the conditions mean there is a 30 per cent likelihood the mercury will plunge at the beginning of this winter - the highest risk of a cold start since the bitterly cold season of 2010/11.

The international study, led by researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, showed that both sexes feel strong negative emotions after sex.

Many who upgrade to the latest iPhone fail to even consider the benefits of keeping their older model, according to new research from the University of Florida and Washington University.

Two groups presenting at the ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium in Tokyo last month, revealed how technology could enhance the virtual dining experience.

Can YOU solve this baffling card test? Nine out of 10 people will get this 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.

Engaging in kinky sex may send you into an altered state of consciousness and even unlock your inner creativity, according to a new study from researchers at Northern Illinois University.

Vinfusion lets wine lovers craft vino as unique as their palate. Users can customize a glass of wine by selecting options in an accompanied app that is linked to a sleek blending machine.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institutit and Oxford University found that providing reformed prisoners with psychotropic medications could cut reoffending rates by more than half.

Scientists at the University of Mississippi, reviewing existing studies, suggest larger muscles do not reflect how much someone can lift.

MIT and NASA have created a 'morphing wing' system that is assembled by a team of small robots and covered in a 'skin' that looks like fish scales. This design has the potential to make flying more efficient.

Astronomers made the bizarre discovery using the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array, and say the encounter occurred millions of years ago.

On November 14th, the Moon will be the closest to Earth it's been since January 1948. During the event, it will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an average full moon.

Amazon has developed an app both parents and kids will like. Called Rapids, it presents interactive stories and colorful illustrations in a way that looks like the characters are texting each other.

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.

Scientists from the Argonne National Laboratory at the University of Chicago have found a loophole that allows them to break the second law of thermodynamics.

Researchers from Goldsmiths University of London have found songs that repeat in our minds - known as earworms - share many key features with children's nursery rhymes.

Russia's cold permafrost has preserved the bodies of two small lion cubs for more than 30,000 years, according to a new study. The cubs were dug from their icy grave last year.

LinkedIn can now show its more than 460 million users how their income stacks up against the competition. It is based on anonymized data submitted by members.

New images show the limestone burial shelf and a marble slab with a cross carved into its surface, both discovered at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

A team at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot in Israel tested the vulnerabilities of connected devices, focusing on a Philips Hue smart lamp ( pictured).

New images from the Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal the 'white spots' believed to be parts of the doomed lander, along with its parachute moving in the wind.

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 close call last night was an asteroid called 2016 VA, that was discovered by the Mt. Lemmon Sky Survey in Arizona. It swept past at a distance of 46,600 miles.

The book has been digitally enhanced by researchers at the University of Aberdeen, and published online for the first time in high definition, revealing key details previously unseen.

Seattle-based software firm Atlas Informatics - headed by co-founder of music-sharing platform Napster - says Recall runs in the background, keeping track of the activity on your machine.

What looks like an innocent drawing could be disguising a very dirty secret. An image that could appear as two things as once - one of them rather naughty - has been sweeping the web.

The GRAPES-3 muon telescope, at TIFR's Cosmic Ray Laboratory in Ooty, in India, recorded a burst of galactic cosmic rays of about 20 GeV, on 22 June 2015, lasting for two hours.

The company behind the outlet, which is due to be up and running in Geneva by the end of the year, said they are considering using sex robots that cost up to £2,500 rather than real life prostitutes.

The 250,000th child born in the UK through the form of fertility treatment was delivered in February last year, statistics from the UK's independent regulator show.

Experts say the Polar Vortex that hit in 2014 is set to make a comeback, but it won't be as severe. Climatologists say the polar vortex is weakening early and could hit in January.

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.

Researchers at the University of Arizona found that introducing the concept of death led the participants to strive to boost their 'protective self-esteem, resulting in better performance.

Uber unveiled its biggest redesign since 2012 that is packed with new features in Uber feed to keep riders engaged with the app, including Yelp reviews, Pandora stations and even special Snapchat filters.

Researchers at the University of Bordeaux analysed 21 ancient tools (pictured) taken from Porc Epic, an important cave site near the city of Dire Dawa in Ethiopia.

A father and son team at Westcombe Dairy in Somerset has adopted the robotic helper to meticulously tend to thousands of huge wheels of cheddar stacked 12 shelves high.

The maps use data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 and focus on three of Earth's highest-emitting regions: the eastern United States, central Europe, and East Asia.

Apple's Phil Schiller told The Independent he was been shocked by the response when it was revealed the firm had killed off a host of technologies from USB ports to the SD Card slot.

The remarks come after Greenpeace issued a statement earlier this week demanding the world's top smartphone maker find a way to reuse rare materials such as cobalt, gold, palladium and tungsten.

The team, based at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre in Germany, estimates that the particles of dark matter making up the universe are in the range of 50 to 1,500 micro-electron volts.

Alaska's Kotzebue town turns to hydroponics 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.

Researchers from East China Normal University in Shanghai confirmed evolutionary trade-offs at work when it came to bats' other senses such as vision and hearing.


Called 'Sense with Voice', it uses a voice recognition system the firm developed itself, and can even measure air quality in your bedroom and tell when you are using your phone at night by the light it emits.

Each passenger taking a return flight from New York to Europe, or driving a gasoline car 4,000 kms, would emit about a tonne of carbon dioxide, German researchers estimated.

Scientists at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina have found a special healing protein that helps to bridge the gap in severed spinal cord tissue.

The PragerU series, which was censored, is the brain child of radio host, Dennis Prager, who is based in Maryland. The series aims to give students an alternative take on American history.

Admiral wants to analyse the Facebook accounts of first-time car buyers to better understand their personality. But Facebook says this goes against its privacy guidelines.

Chinese aerospace manufacturer, ChinaRocket, said it hoped to fly tourists to an altitude between 120 and 140 kilometres (75 and 87 miles) with a large space plane from 2025.

Researchers at UCL and the University of Oxford believe the findings provide a unique window on how the brain process such information and how we learn prejudice.

China unveils its most powerful drone bomber CH-5 which can fly for two days

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.

Developed by a team of engineers based in Bristol, the machine is able to gain the energy it needs to keep it 'alive' by filtering and consuming biomatter from its watery surroundings.

Researchers at Basel University and Gothernburg Hospital in Sweden studied how stressed a group of employees felt at work.

The model, created by researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, in time for Halloween, shows it would only take 60 days for 2 million people in Chicago to turn into zombies.

The study, by UK-based online vehicle purchasing firm, SellCar, found vehicles are 55 per cent dirtier than computer keyboards in our offices and at home.

Researchers from the University of Cologne staged two types of littering offences at train stations - a small violation, and a larger violation - and showed both had the same response.

Foxconn Technology Group in New Taipei City, Taiwan is making wireless charging modules to go with Apple's next iPhone, due for release in 2017, according to a source close to the matter.

Mystery of the TWO-HEADED shark

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.

After much anticipation, California-based Apple today released the first Beta version of its iOS 10.2 software update, to registered developers, including 72 new emoji.

The research, an association study that cannot identify causation, was led by University of California San Diego researchers collaborating with colleagues at Facebook and Yale.

Using its ChemCam Remote Micro-Imager, a long-distance, laser-guided camera aboard the rover, Curiosity captured several detailed close-ups of the strange object.

London-based Kaspersky Lab tested connected household devices to see how vulnerable they were to attack, and found baby monitors, webcams, printers and CCTV cameras were at risk.

Instagram will soon let users shop online without leaving the app. The firm is set to test 'shoppable photos' with 20 retailers that show prices, descriptions and a 'Shop Now' button to buy online.

The Scottsdale head-quartered website registration company GoDaddy has released a search engine to help customers find and register emoji-based domain names.

Vine may be over, but its creators haven't given up on social apps just yet. The team announced they are working on HYPE, a live broadcasting app that lets users add music and animations to their videos.

Conspiracy theorists claim The Asgardia 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.

Due to the low weight and ease of assembly, Oxfordshire-based company Charge says a production plant of 10 men working two shifts a day could churn out 10,000 of the vehicles a year.

NASA has added a new map-based feature to its Spot the Station tool to help stargazers find the ISS, providing the best sighting opportunities for each pinned location on the map.

China's newest warplane, the J-20 stealth fighter, made its first public flight at an airshow in the southern city of Zhuhai. Military analysts have said it is too early to say if the jet matches the F-22 Raptor.

Researchers at Kobe University, Japan, presented a new model for the origin of Saturn's rings based on results of computer simulations.

The US Navy's USS Montgomery was traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean on October 29 when it crashed into one of the walls of the canal's locks and was damaged.

Astronomers from Ohio State University used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to discover the tsunami of stars and gas that is crashing through the disk of a spiral galaxy.

A chilling snapshot has surfaced of a mammoth huntsman spider crawling over a broom on an animal rescue farm in Queensland’s Brisbane Valley.

The towering rocket that blasted off on Thursday night from the Wenchang launch centre will be used to launch components for the Tiangong 2 space station and other massive payloads.

Researchers have developed a way to turn sewage into biocrude oil, using a process known as hydrothermal liquefaction to produce a material similar to the petroleum pumped from the ground.

European Union data protection authorities expressed serious concerns about WhatsApp's recent change in privacy policy and Yahoo's 2014 data breach.

New calculations suggest the volcano-covered area in the central Andes sits atop the largest active magma body on Earth, causing uplifting to occur as the crust thickens.

The face, which resembles the famous ghost from the 2002 horror film The Ring, seemed to appear in the middle of the mysterious picture which was taken at the Newsham Park Hospital in Liverpool.

Figures show the contraceptive kit, dubbed The Stork, which uses a cap to hold sperm close to the cervix, has helped 150 British couples become parents since its launch.

Researchers at Newcastle University say that while more work is needed, monitoring the brain for changes in folding could help to spot premature ageing of the cortex and even brain disease.

A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed self-healing batteries and electrochemical sensors using the new state-of-the-art ink.

In a new study, NYU Langone researchers found nerve cells dedicated to hearing also rely on surrounding context to properly interpret and react to familiar sounds.

AT&T; says a streaming service with more than 100 popular TV channels that's coming out next month will cost $35 a month.

Researchers first discovered a massive brine pool under the Gulf on Mexico in 2015 using a robosub. Now, they have revealed more about the conditions inside.

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2016, file photo, one of Otto's self-driving, big-rig trucks leaves the garage for a test drive during a demonstration at the Otto headquarters in San Francisco. Anheuser-Busch announced on Oct. 25, 2016, that it teamed up with Otto for a 120-plus mile beer delivery that marked the world's first by a self-driving truck. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

The truck made the 120-mile journey through Colorado, powered by technology from an Uber-owned startup, delivering its precious cargo - thousands of cases of Budweiser.

Mark Robert Anderson, Professor in Computing and Information Systems at Edge Hill University, explores the benefits and concerns of using robot babies to encourage parenthood in Japan.

Scientists at the University of Adelaide studied ancient DNA extracted from bones and teeth found in caves across Europe, to trace the origins of animals depicted in cave paintings.

The procedure, which was carried out in Mooloolaba, Australia, was funded by Sea Life's marine animal welfare centre in Weymouth, Dorset.

The Cupertino-based firm has launched a promised update for the iPhone 7 Plus, which adds a 'depth-of-field' affect usually associated with high-end cameras.

Researchers from the Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience at Georgia State University found that neurotransmitters in the brain act in opposite ways in males and females. (stock image)

The alternative location for the £1.1bn Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), on La Palma (pictured), was chosen after native protests at the primary site at the Mauna Kea volcano on Hawaii.

Samsung has recalled 2.8 million washing machines for excessive vibration and detaching lids.

GCHQ, the Government's listening post, based in Cheltenham, is releasing its first puzzle collection, as well as a Sudoku and picture board conundrum for its competition.

A bus driver has filmed mysterious lights hovering above a hotel in North Carolina that has sent UFO enthusiasts into a frenzy.

US YouTuber DoctorGTA claimed his video was removed by the US arm of Samsung after posting a video with the Note 7 mod (pictured) and received a three month strike from YouTube.

A Japanese architect has created what may be the most accurate map of the world. Hajime Narukawa used a new map making method called AuthaGraph that divides the globe into 96 triangles.

Engineering entrepreneur Sir James (pictured) says the university will be based at Dyson’s development campus in Wiltshire and will accept its first group of 25 students in September.

A small probe hoped to make history by becoming the first European spacecraft to survive a landing on Mars, controlled from the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

Researchers from Imperial College Business School analysed more than 100 years of data, to predict that by 2026, information from smart gadgets could be used to match people with prospective partners.

The US Geological Survey has released satellite images showing the scale of California's increasingly arid conditions and the impact on local water resources.

A chilling snapshot has surfaced of a mammoth huntsman spider crawling over a broom on an animal rescue farm in Queensland’s Brisbane Valley.

In this Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 photo a 19th century bronze statue of Puritan John Winthrop, by sculptor Richard Saltonstall Greenough, stands outside the First Church in Boston, in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. The famously straight-laced 17th-century sectarians who helped settle America weren't nearly as priggish as you might think, says leading Puritan scholar Francis Bremer, who points to a love letter that Winthrop wrote in 1618 to his wife Margaret as an example of Puritan passion. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Francis Bremer, a professor emeritus of history at Pennsylvania's Millersville University, is presenting his latest research next week at Boston's Old South Meeting House.

The Shenzhou-11 spacecraft blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi desert in the early hours of this morning, on a mission to its orbiting laboratory.

Researchers have calculated that its winds blow up to 5,400 mph (2 km/s) at seven times the speed of sound - instantly whipping all would-be travellers into a sickening spiral around the planet.

Henrik Fisker, the Danish designer who brought us the Fisker Karma in 2011 is back, and this is the car he envisages battling with Tesla, called the EMotion.

Ray Taylor, from Alcester, had dug the bowl up in his garden when planting rhubarb, and used it to create a DIY bird bath. But a museum has now revealed it is a 2,000-year-old Roman bowl.

Using digital manipulation, four classic paintings were transformed to reveal what the subjects would have looked like if they were taken as a photograph in real life.

The Avatar XPrize aims to develop 'limitless travel' avatars that can be rented and controlled remotely by a human operator, who will be able to hear, see, and feel what the robot is experiencing.

Researchers from Imperial College, London have created the plans for a 3D-printed cosmic microwave background - a glow that maps the oldest light in the universe.

Researchers from Harvard University m Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute, and the University of California, set out to test whether teens' sensitivity to reward could also make them better at learning.

Warming in the Arctic is thought to be influencing the jet stream, a high-altitude corridor of fast-moving air, leading to severe cold snaps

An indirect effect of climate change may be causing intensely cold winters in the UK and US, a study suggests. Warming in the Arctic is thought to be influen...

Witnesses reported seeing a bright flash in the sky in Buryatia region, in the south of the country. Footage, captured on a dashcam, shows the glowing object shooting down from the sky.

Scientists from Jinan University in China say they have created a new fibre suitable for sewing into tailorable textiles that can capture and release solar power.

By analysing the findings from a large number of studies carried out on work ethic, researchers from Radford University in Virginia found no difference in work ethic across the generations (stock image).

A new brainteaser is sweeping the web, with thousands of people trying, and failing, to work out the correct answer of which box a car is in.

Researchers from King's College London reviewed medical literature from 20 studies, which showed that bedtime phone use led to shorter sleeps, poor sleep quality and daytime sleepiness. (stock image)

Apple just killed the function keys on its MackBooks and now it has another victim - the startup chime. The sounds has been removed because the laptops boot up when the lid opens.

The update to the California-based social network's Messenger app appears to be limited to a small number of users at present. It's not known in which regions the feature has been rolled out.

Researchers at MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, broke the record for plasma pressure in fusion reactors by 15 per cent.

The incredible new image was captured using the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI), located at the ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile.

Dr Rodrigo Salazar from Paulista University in Sao Paulo, Brazil, performed the procedure on Carlito Conceiçao, after a tumour ravaged a hole in his cheek.

The announcement by the ScanPyramids team comes at the end of a year-long project to scan the Old Kingdom pyramids. Further tests are being conducted to find out more about the hidden rooms.

The concept is due to go on sale next month in China in limited numbers though the firm has not announced plans to sell it anywhere else yet.

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a system that is trying to find the scariest image out there and creating ghostly-looking pictures of famous landmarks.

This week, the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) tested a robot co-pilot in a single engine plane that took off from a small airport in Virginia.

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University developed glasses that allow the wearer to dodge facial recognition or impersonate another person - even Milla Jovovich.

IceBridge, a project Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland, is currently flying a set of 12-hour research flights over West Antarctica, including land and sea ice.

A California firm gives you eyes in the skies with a new security system that uses drones. Sunflower Labs' 'Flying Camera' patrols your home and sends owners live footage of a disturbance.

Uber has a plan to make flying cars a reality. Dubbed Uber Elevate, the program will design 'cars' to operate like a helicopter, travel 100 miles on a single charge and could be ready by 2021.

What may look like a small UFO, could be the next big thing in urban commuting. Carr-E is a electric rideable platform can carry 265 pounds, top speeds of 11 mph and travel for 14 miles on a single charge.

New images from the Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed the crash site of ESA's lost Schiaparelli lander is 8 foot wide and 20 inches deep.

The photo of the mysterious object was originally taken by Nasa, and has been picked up by UK-based YouTube channel, Paranormal Crucible.

Set both in 2033 and in the present day, it will feature experts such as Elon Musk explaining exactly what it will take to get to the red planet.

It is the last kitchen gadget you will ever need. Moley Robotics has built a fully-automated and integrated smart robotic chef that cooks over 100 meals from master chefs without human intervention.

These two natural colour images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the changing appearance of Saturn's north polar region between 2012 and 2016, showing a clear change from blue to gold.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly planning to replace the country's older SS-18 Satan weapons with the new missiles.

Troops launched an RS-18 ballistic missile on Tuesday which is believed to have been a test of the advanced hypersonic glider warhead, according to

The green orb was seen in Niigata, in the north of the country, in the early hours of Monday morning. Experts say the object was likely to be a fireball, the name given to a very bright meteor.

Among the robots on display at thge conference in Beijing was, Jia Jia , the brain child of researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Nasa has unveiled the stunning Ultra HD video of the space station which uses a fisheye lens to give an incredible impression of actually being in orbit aboard the ISS.

Experts say 150 years of man removing water from the basin, along with the unprecedented drought conditions, have left the future of the millions of birds and shrimp in it in jeopardy.

An ancient papyrus manuscript from the time of the First Temple during a press call in Jerusalem ©Menahem Khana (AFP)

Israeli archaeologists have unveiled a 7th century BC text they said contains the earliest mention in Hebrew of Jerusalem outside the Bible. The scroll was found in the Judean Desert, near the Dead Sea.

At the space agency's Robotic Operations Center in Maryland, the mock-up helps engineers understand the intricate operations required to collect a multi-ton boulder from an asteroid's surface.

The James Webb telescope stands, completed and almost ready to go to space, in an enormous clean room at Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

The lunar transit lasted one hour, between 3:56 PM and 4:56 PM EDT (7:59 PM and 8:56 PM GMT). Washington-based Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the act.

A documentary from the University of Cambridge tackles the issue, looking at the philosophical, ethical and social questions involved with artificially programming pain responses.

Millions watched in awe as a Facebook Live streamed a spacewalk from the International Space Station. Although many media outlets shared the footage, Nasa has denied its accuracy.

The original surface was exposed during the restoration work being done at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem,

Researchers used the MUSE instrument on the Very Large Telescope, at Cerro Paranal in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile to create the animation.

Videos at the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo shed light on the evolution of teaching, showing how chimps learn from their mothers to catch termites with 'fishing probes.'

A stunning new map from Imgur user Fejetlenfej shows the complex network of rivers and streams in the contiguous United States, highlighting the massive expanse of basins across the country.

Dr Deirdre Barrett, a clinical and evolutionary psychologist at Harvard Medical School, said dogs are likely to dream about what happened to them during the day - much like humans.