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Stunning map made for King Philip II to show off 'The Spanish Empire' in 1562

For Europeans of the 16th century, the lands that lay across the Atlantic harboured wonders both dangerous and unknown – a ‘New World’ guarded by sea monsters, cannibals, and giants. A map crafted in 1562 by esteemed chartmaker Diego Gutiérrez and Dutch engraver Hieronymous Cock highlights the extraordinary views of the time, revealing a description of the Americas that combines fact with folklore and propaganda. Pictured top left, one of the map's many sea monsters can be seen. It also features mermaids (top center) and giants in Patagonia (top right).

The service from the BBC and ITV will be available on web, mobile – both iOS and Android – Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast at the time of its US launch in the first quarter of next year.

Facebook is launching a portal aimed at improving online safety for children. Called Parents Portal, adults will find videos, tips and advice on how to approach children about staying safe on the site.

This Dec. 2, 2016 image taken by NASA's Curiosity rover shows rocky ground on the lower flank of Mount Sharp, a mountain on Mars. Curiosity landed on the red planet in 2012 and uncovered geologic evidence of an ancient environment that could have supported primitive life early in the red planet's history. (NASA via AP)

Engineers are troubleshooting a snag on NASA's Curiosity that's preventing the rover from moving its robotic arm and driving to another spot on Mars, the space agency said Tuesday.

The rover is climbing a layered Martian mountain, and has found the ingredients for a 'stew of life', researchers said at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

This photo provided by NASA TV shows a Japanese cargo ship before it arrives with Christmas gifts to the International Space Station on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. The capsule ¿ called Kounotori, or white stork ¿ contains nearly 5 tons of food, water, batteries and other supplies. NASA said there also are Christmas presents for the two Americans, three Russians and one Frenchman on board. (NASA TV via AP)

Christmas gifts arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday, courtesy of Japan, just two weeks after a Russian supply ship was destroyed shortly after liftoff.

Stunning new 3D simulation of carbon moving through the planet's atmosphere

A hypnotic new 3D visualization reveals the swirling patterns of carbon dioxide as it travels around the world. The simulation revealed today by NASA shows how concentrations of the greenhouse gas fluctuated between September 2014 and September 2015. The data could help scientists to answer critical questions on where these emissions are absorbed by the land and ocean, and how these areas will continue to carry out this role as CO2 rises.

Warming at the top of the world has gone into overdrive, happening twice as fast as the rest of the globe, and extending unnatural heating into fall and winter, according to a new federal report.

Wind circulation and atmospheric pressure in the Atlantic Ocean can cause intense extratropical storms, according to the WMO ©HO (Noaa-Nasa Goes Project/AFP)

The UN's weather agency on Tuesday announced the highest wave on record - a behemoth that towered 19 metres (62.3 feet) above the North Atlantic.

The discovery was made by a joint Greek-British-Swedish group including researchers from the University of Bournemouth and the University of Gothenburg,

A study from the University of Arizona has found that humans' efficient stride boils down to the pivot point it creates below the ground, creating a ‘virtual leg’ that’s longer than expected.

A new study has shed light on the evolutionary purposes of orgams, revealing how these feelings act as positive reinforcement between partners and can, in turn, motivate our behaviour.

The Cupertino-based firm first unveiled the wireless earphones in September alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but their release date was delayed due to 'technical issues'.

An expert from the Naval Postgraduate School explains the two main principals of cyber deterrents, denial and punishment, and how they are key to stopping would-be attackers.

The incredible moment that a man solves a Rubik’s cube in less than FIVE SECONDS to set a new world record (as the previous champion sits next to him and grins through gritted teeth) 

The footage, shot in Sydney, Australia on Sunday, shows Feliks Zemdegs (pictured), 20, solving the famous 1980s Rubiks cube toy in just 4.73 seconds. The previous world record was set by Mats Valk (right), 20, who is sat next to Mr Zemdegs as he breaks his record. Mr Zemdegs, a commerce student at the University of Melbourne, gets just ten seconds to inspect the Rubiks cube before he has to solve it.


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The end of absurd packaging? The robopacker that can create the perfect sized box for ANY gift

A Belgium firm has designed a robot that prints out perfectly sized boxes to ship your gifts. Called Slimbox, users measure their product, select the type of box and enter the dimensions using the accompanied app. The machine uses laser cutters to create a template (top inset) for a foldable box (bottom inset) on a piece of cardboard, which it prints out in moments.

The new firm will join Google under the umbrella of parent Alphabet, and is expected to develop a self driving ridesharing service to take on Uber and other auto firms.

Snapchat is rolling out Groups that lets users chat with up to 16 friends at once. Chats disappear in 24 hours and Snaps sent within a Group can only be opened and replayed once by each participant.

The female youngster, was born at Chester Zoo to parents Rita and Ramos. She is expected to add valuable new bloodlines to conservation breeding programmes in the country.

FILE - In this July 20, 2015 file photo, a pedestrian crosses in front of a vehicle as part of a demonstration at Mcity on its opening day on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. Cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road, creating the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self-driving cars and someday maybe even help solve traffic jams, automakers and government officials say. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

All new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure in a proposal from the Transportation Department.

Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences suggest a new geoengineering method using calcite - a constituent of limestone.

A team of researches explore 'bromosexual' friendships and found a trustworthy confidant to help with romantic pursuits is one of the major reasons straight and gay men forge friendships.

If you're sceptical about the paranormal, you may want to read on as thousands of people have taken to Reddit to share their spooky stories - and they'll make your hairs stand on end.

KFC's Colonel's Club loyalty scheme currently has 1.2 million users in the UK, who were sent an email advising them to change their passwords, although only a 'small number' had been hacked.

Divers rediscover the Schiedam in the same spot as the wreck from TV drama Poldark

Divers have rediscovered a 17th century shipwreck off Cornwall, at exactly the same spot where the shipwreck scene was filmed in 2014 for the TV series Poldark. First seen by a local diver in 1971 and designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973, the wreck of the Schiedam had been buried for many years under the shifting sands of Gunwalloe Church Cove. The Schiedam has one of the richest backstories of any wreck ever discovered in British waters. Pictured clockwise from top left are the divers with one of the ship's canons, cargo from the ship, a grenade buried in the shifting sands and a scene from TV drama Poldark.

Tonight's supermoon, can be seen around the world and will appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal. It will reach peak fullness at 00:05 GMT (19:05pm ET).

Dr Frans Folkvord of Radboud University in the Netherlands says that every week two-thirds of primary school children play online games that ply sweets and other unhealthy snacks.

Stone tools and mammoth bones unearthed La Cotte de St Brelade in Jersey suggest it may have been repeatedly visited by Neanderthals. Researchers suspect they arrived from France over coastal plains.

The software update from Cupertino-based Apple brings long-awaited features such as emojis, along with a number of bug fixes for iPhones and iPads.

Charles University in Prague says people suit perfumes that complement their natural body odour. As siblings have a similar body other to each other they can choose better fragrances. (stock image).

The free update, which is now available to Tinder users worldwide, includes a new, swipeable remote control and a large-screen version of the app in HD.

Google has released its 'Gboard' keyboard for Android users, who can now have access to Google right in the app. Users can find and share information, GIFs and emojis based on their text.

The object appeared as the Miami Observatory in Florida streamed a live feed of the moon's surface earlier this month. Conspiracy theorists claim the rough edges show it is a UFO.

The dramatic moment that a giant flaming METEORITE lights up the sky and then hammers into the earth so hard that terrified witnesses in the Costa del Sol felt ‘the ground move’ 

The fireball crashed down in southern Spain at about 10.25pm on Sunday and the huge streak of light in the sky was witnessed by tourists and residents in the Costa Del Sol. Witnesses described feeling 'the earth moving' and compared the impact to a small earthquake or explosion. Footage shows the space matter hit the earths atmosphere and burn up, causing a bright light to illuminate the night sky.

Bose has revealed a set of wireless earbuds that help wearers hear in noisy environments. Called Hearphones, users can pick what they hear by selecting which directions to listen to or cancel out.

According to officials at CERT and Netgear, the vulnerability affects R7000, R6400, and R8000 routers, and more may be at risk. It could allow hackers to gain control of the device.

US Instagram users can now share live videos with their followers. The firm released the new feature that allows up to an hour of broadcasting per clip. However, videos can not be saved or viewed later.

An expert from the University of Cambridge reveals the long history humans have with the colour red and how it is closely associated with power and the dangers associated with it.

Apple hopes a new system to report junk senders will slash the number of fake appointments users were seeing. The problem peaked around black friday

According to the international team of researchers, it takes just 45 minutes to give three-year-olds a battery of tests, on their language abilities, motor skills, frustration and impulsivity.

There are 72 new emoji included in the update, which were approved by the Unicode Consortium back in June 2016, as part of the Unicode 9.0 update.

London firm Today Translations is looking for an emoji translator

The London-based firm describes emoji translation as an 'emerging field' and says that it requires a human touch as current software is inadequate. In return for a 'competitive salary', the lucky candidate will put together reports on emoji trends and developments as well as areas of confusion and cultural differences. A quiz featured on the job ad page involves translating emoji phrases into English and vice versa.

A new study of North Sea waters finds that climate change is driving cold-water species such as cod out. These species are then bring replaced by warm-water species such as squid.

An expert at the University College London says Earth is due for another ice age, but with increased greenhouse gases caused by humans, our planet may not experience one for a very long time.

Panasonic's a smart basket system for convenience stores that detects items in the basket, calculates the bill and bags merchandise when the basket is placed on a self-registration machine.

The research comes from Northeastern University in Boston, and suggests that people can achieve success at any point in their careers - and achieve it repeatedly - as long as they keep trying.

Research from the University of Versailles Saint Quentin shows that the unexpected - and largely unexplained - increase on methane was especially sharp in 2014 and 2015.

Astronomers have spotted gases in three dark rings around a distant star for the first time (pictured). The rings mark spaces where planets are thought to have formed.

Astrobiologists at the Blue Marble Institute of Space Science in Seattle believe that despite Proxima b being in the right place for life, the planet's magnetic shield could scupper any chance of finding it.

Cy-bare warfare! Russia holds competition to find Putin's next hacker where boffins are distracted by STIPPERS to test their nerve

Russia is searching for its next generation of computer programmers with the help of some very distracting strippers. Boffins in Moscow are being tested on their ability to great a 'prototype programme under very difficult conditions'. As they beaver away on their laptops, scantily-clad women approach and attempt to put them off their work.

Rumors that Samsung is releasing a Galaxy S7 Edge in a new colour have been confirmed. However, it is not the jet black most believed it to be - its black pearl. The new hue will be available Dec 9.

Researchers say meltwater may have lubricated the ice, speeding up its flow down the mountain in western Tibet, where collapses are unprecedented. The event dumped 70m tons of ice.

The skeleton of an allosauraus called Kan, that dates back to around 153 million-years-ago, fetched £1 million (€1.1 million or $1.2 million) at the Aguttes auction house in Lyon.

Breakthrough Energy Ventures to invest in green energy over 20 years across the world. The fund will invest in transportation and storage of energy, as well as production.

A giant alien-like object covered in barnacles that washed up on Muriwai Beach near Auckland, New Zealand, has locals baffled with suggestions including a shipwreck or Rastafarian whale.

New findings from Nasa researchers were announced at the International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco last week and suggest self-healing chips could combat radiation.

At its peak, 120 meteors can be seen per hour under perfect conditions. This year, the peak coincides with a full moon and that could make all but the brightest meteors invisible to the naked eye.

Biohacker Amal Graafstra has implanted wireless chips under skin

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT Amal Graafstra (pictured left) has chips implanted in his hands (pictured in x-ray) that allow him to open doors and activate his smart gun with a wave of his hand. He runs biohacking company Dangerous Things from his basement in Seattle, Washington. The implantation procedure (pictured right) is usually done by a body piercing artist.

Imgur user mwangibabu recently shared a list of some of the most hilarious lies that have been caught out online on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Researchers from Princeton University and the University of Vienna, looked at the vocal tracts of monkeys, finding that brain power rather than anatomy holds them back from talking.

The malware is not known to be limited any one region and tricks victims into downloading it by posing as the setup wizard for a piece of software with the same name.

The call will still be up to providers, meaning Apple and Google, as to which country flags are offered, but they could make an appearance worldwide in the first half of next year.

A team of psychologists, including researchers from the University of Warwick, say their findings reinforce the importance of teaching people just how changeable their memory really is (stock image)

Using sensors around the door, the car will be able to measure how close the driver is to other vehicles, lamp posts and walls. The technology was revealed in a patent filed by UK car giant Jaguar Land Rover.

An expert from Pennsylvania State University reveals the first Mannequin Challenge was a popular form of entertainment in Victorian England during the 1800s- called 'living pictures'.

A history of Christmas reveals how it has been under siege for almost as long as it has been celebrated, with claims of making children greedy and leading to debauchery dogging it for 1,800 years.

Susie Hodge's new book reveals secrets of The Scream and history's greatest paintings

Paintings such as The Scream (top-right) and The Laughing Cavalier (top-center) have graced art books and walls for so long now that they almost seem commonplace. But within those paintings - and many more - lie rarely known details (circled in red) that bring them to life all over again. Those details form the basis for Susie Hodge's new book Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces, CNN reported. These paintings - which also include (counter-clockwise from top left) Joseph the Carpenter, Entry of the Crusaders in Constantinople, are some of the most fascinating and illuminating.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania looked at a number of studies, finding one reason for gifts going wrong is a mismatch between expectations of gift giver and receiver.

Samsung has confirmed that it will permanently disable the troubled Note 7 in the US. In Europe, an update due on 15 December will stop the battery from charging to over 30 per cent

Researchers from Fudan University say 'familiar strangers' play a role in information sharing and even disease spreading. They are the people we encounter regularly, but do not really know.

A class of meteorites known as ‘CB chondrites’ suggests Jupiter sat somewhere near the asteroid belt at its current size about 5 million years after the first solid objects formed in the solar system.

BodyLogicMD surveyed 2,000 people in the US. They found people would be willing to do just about anything for lifelong youth – like jump out of a plane, eat 100 cockroaches, and even chop off a finger.

US intelligence officials have detected preparations for a test launch of the Dong Neng-3 which is due to take place at a military facility in central China.

It is not clear whether the problem is limited to any one region, but reports of the issue have emerged in both the US and UK. Facebook is yet to comment on the issue.

Scheduling leisure time activities too strictly can turn them into chores, a study has found. Researchers from Ohio State University found that people enjoy 'roughly planned' events more (stock image).

The mystery of the 'brightest supernova ever seen': Astronomers reveal explosion a trillion times brighter than the sun was actually a supermassive black hole shredding a distant star

Last year, astronomers at the Dark Cosmology Centre in Denmark spotted an explosion a trillion times brighter than the sun that they dubbed the 'brightest supernova ever seen.' But that massive explosion of light, which outshone the whole Milky Way, wasn't a supernova at all, but a supermassive black hole. According to a new study, the black hole was in the process of shredding a distant star that wandered to close, creating an incredible amount of light.

Choosing not to go for an early morning jog increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by 13 per cent, according to studies collated by two Australian researchers.

Compared to our galaxy, which forms one sun-sized star each year, researchers from the University of Florida found there are 4,500 solar masses worth of stars being produced in this stellar production line.

Apple has been awarded a patent that describes a technique for self-driving cars (pictured is a concept drawing) to safely navigate through unfamiliar areas by calculating distances and objects in its area.

Apple has been granted another patent for a folding phone, fueling rumours it could be preparing a radical new type of device.

Companies can now test self-driving cars on Michigan public roads without a driver or steering wheel under new laws that could push the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle development.

FoodMarble has designed a breathalyzer that identifies how your stomach reacts to certain foods. Called Aire, it analyzes gases in your gut and rates the discomfort your system experiences.

Microsoft reveals 'what if' face mashup system called Murphy

There are often those moments in life that cause us to wonder, ‘what if’ – but, Microsoft’s new chatbot might make you wish you never had. The new bot called ‘Murphy’ generates mashup images for any hypothetical face combination, with hilarious, and often terrifying, results. Pictured on the top row are the MurphyBot’s take on ‘what if I were a superhero,’ ‘what if Tim Cook were Siri,’ and ‘what if Yoda were BB-8?’ The bottom row shows, ‘what if Chewbacca were Yoda,’ ‘what if Trump were Cersei Lannister,’ and ‘what if Voldemort were in Kiss?’

Tannins, sugar and histamines are the cause of wine headaches, say experts. We share some tips on how best to prevent them, including drinking two cups of coffee before you start on wine.

The crystal was identified by researchers at the University of Florence, Caltech and Princeton. The material came from a meteorite found in the Khatyrka region.

The incredible virtual console was created by Seattle-based YouTuber and video game expert Seth Bling using around 2,000 Minecraft blocks.

The US election sits in the number one spot on Facebook's global Top 10 list, with Pokémon Go, Black Lives Matter, and David Bowie also among this year’s most talked about topics.

The handset will feature an 'all screen' design with a wraparound display, the latest rumours claim. Samsung is believed to be delaying release to allow for more testing in the wake of the Note fiasco.

Facebook is testing custom location-based camera filters that overlay pictures and videos- similar to Snapchat's geo-filters. The new feature is only being tested in certain parts of the world.

Space-weather forecasters have issued a G1 Watch through Friday – the lowest classification on the geomagnetic storm scale. For people in high latitudes, this could be a chance to spot auroras.

Festive brainteaser features a dolly hidden among the children's Christmas toys

The latest brainteaser wants you to try and spot the children's toy hidden among the teddies, dinosaurs, trains, cars and spaceships. In this eye-popping puzzle there is a solitary doll that is waiting to be found. So how long did it take you to spot her?

Mercedes-Benz has revealed 'Digital Light', a smart headlight system that adjust in real-time depending on the surrounding area. It also projects visual aids onto the road.

The ferocious giant beast that roamed Earth 255 million years ago would have had terrible toothache - thank to a cancerous tumour in its jaws, according to new research.

Bookmakers have reported a surge in bets on a record December 25 temperature after the recent mild weather, with the current record of 15.6C set in Edinburgh in 1896 and Devon in 1920.

Michigan researchers have revealed  a major breakthrough in harvesting energy from human motion. They say it could lead to smartphones powered by the motion of a swipe being harvested. 

An expert from the University of South Florida has determined the power lightning by the size of rocks it forms. Although it can power billions of homes, it can only do so for millionths of a second.

A company in Iruma, north of Tokyo, has developed tiny nail stickers, each of which carries a unique identity number, to help concerned families find missing loved ones with dementia.

Experts warn that societal stereotypes driving the gendered gift lists could be turning young girls away from careers in technology and engineering. Women account for just 9 per cent of engineers in the UK.

From a 360-degree swing to a fart machine: Eccentric inventor reveals his wackiest creations – and those that went wrong

Colin Furze from Stamford, Lincolnshire, has been posting videos of his creations on YouTube since 2006, and has racked up an impressive following of over four million subscribers. Among his wackiest creations, are a 360-degree swing (pictured left), a giant fart machine (pictured bottom right), and a replica AT-AT walker machine (pictured top right).

Mercedes-Benz has revealed 'Digital Light', a smart headlight system that adjust in real-time depending on the surrounding area. It also projects visual aids onto the road.

The ferocious giant beast that roamed Earth 255 million years ago would have had terrible toothache - thank to a cancerous tumour in its jaws, according to new research.

Tech gadgets are replacing traditional stocking stuffers this Christmas. Presents such as GoPros and Apple products are just as likely to appear alongside chocolate coins.

For the first time, research has found the existence of so-called 'harmless' germs - non-Lactobacillus, according to a study by scientists at the University of Valencia, Spain.

Children at a primary school in England were shown a range of phones, dating from the earliest landlines to the classics of the mid-2000s, and their hilarious reactions show how far tech has come.

This Dec. 1, 2016 video image provided by Fort Huachuca shows a photo of a wild jaguar in southern Arizona. Authorities say a camera belonging to Fort Huachuca Army installation has captured what is likely the second wild jaguar to be spotted in the U.S. in recent years. The Arizona Game and Fish Department says a preliminary analysis suggests the cat is new to the area and not ¿El Jefe,¿ a jaguar that was captured on video in a nearby mountain range last year.  (Fort Huachuca via AP)

The second known jaguar might have been caught on camera in southern Arizona. The first jaguar spotted in recent years was seen in a nearby mountain range last year.

Scientists are calling for the 14-day limit to experiment on human embryos to be doubled. Lengthening the period may bring major insights into health conditions.

A young visitor looks at a 3D image of a CT scan of an Egyptian mummy, during a preview for a joint British-Australian exhibition in Sydney ©WILLIAM WEST (AFP)

Egyptian mummies up to 3,000 years old have been virtually unwrapped at the at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, by British Museum anthropologists.

Paradoxal jet could travel from London to New York in two hours via SPACE

A new hypersonic jet could ferry passengers from London to New York in just two hours, its designers claim. On its flight, the Paradoxal aircraft would also include a short suborbital trip to space, enabling passengers to gaze down at the Earth and stars. The experimental aircraft, which has a blended wing body similar to Nasa concept designs, is still very much at concept phase. The designs were published on Canadian site Imaginactive , a hub for vehicle designers. They are the work of Juan Garcia Mansilla, an industrial designer based in Buenos Aires, while the concept was originally thought up by the site's founder Charles Bombadier.

William McKinnon, professor of Earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis believes that the subsurface ocean may contain ammonia.

A controversial project to give a group of pioneers a one way ticket to Mars has admitted it will be delayed by several years, the Dutch company behind the plan has revealed.

LEAF has designed a refrigerator that grows marijuana. Users just plant the seeds and the system does everything from monitoring temperature to feeding plants with nutrients from cartridges.

During the September-November period, the contiguous US was an average 4.1°F above the 20th century average, making it the second consecutive year to shatter the temperature records.

Scientists at Zhejiang University in China have found magnesium in leafy greens, nuts, whole grains, meats and fish help reduce the risk of preventable diseases.

Researchers from the University of Southern California demonstrated it by creating the eerie face models for a number of people, including a young Muhammad Ali, Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton.

Gender-bending chemicals called phthalates can cause changes to a growing foetus within the blastocyst stage, researchers from the University of Massachusetts found.

Mind-bending test that reveals our brain 'make up' part of our peripheral vision

The world around you might not be exactly as it seems. In a new study, researchers have found that some of what we see in the periphery – the areas just outside our eye’s direct focus – could be a visual illusion. A series of ‘uniformity illusions’ reveals this phenomenon at work, as our brain ‘fills in’ part of the scene to make up for our less accurate peripheral vision.

Engineers at Palo Alto-based technology company Instrumental were not satisfied with Samsung's explanation for the flaming phones, so decided to find one and take it apart to examine it.

The bacteria, found in New Mexico, developed the resistance through chemical warfare with other bacteria. Ohio University says the superbug may lead to new methods for fighting resistance.

The New Hope Fertility Center Mexico, based in Mexico City, has said it is working with a number of other couples looking to avoid passing on genetic health conditions to their children.

The average weight of adult reindeer on Svalbard, a chain of islands north of Norway, has fallen to 48 kg (106 lb) from 55 kg (121 lb) in the 1990s as temperatures rise.

A fake email purporting to be from the Seattle-based retail giant has been sent to thousands of users around the world. The email claims that there has been a problem with a recent order.

Andrew Lane, 61, contracted an infection after surgery to remove his prostate gland at Southend Hospital, Essex. It damaged his genitals so badly and he is now no longer able to have sex.

Environmental groups called for a comprehensive ban speaking at an event on Greenpeace's ship Esperanza, which is moored near Tower Bridge in London.

The Government rejected an appeal by Gladman Developments to build 119 homes in Goostrey, Cheshire, over its potential harm to the scientific work of nearby observatory Jodrell Bank.

Facebook is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, the firm has revealed.

High intensity HIIT workouts are increasingly popular among woman in their 20s, but an expert has warned they subject the pelvic floor to 'abnormal forces' that could result in leakages.

Engineers at Cornell University in New York have looked to a different approach for robotic sensation, incorporating stretchable sensors which use light to carry signals.

Russian construction firm Dahir Insaat produces houses that appear just like the average home but are capable of neatly folding up into a truck that can be driven away.

File - In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, file photo, a black-footed ferret looks out of a crate used to take it to a site to be let loose during a release of 30 of the animals by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colo. Dozens of slinky, ferocious and rare ferrets are settling in and making babies at a wildlife refuge outside Denver one year after they were released there.
 (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Dozens of slinky, ferocious and rare ferrets are settling in and making babies at their new home in Colorado, one year after they were released at a wildlife refuge outside Denver.

University of Sydney has discovered 1500 viruses in common insects, spiders, worms. New technology can also answer questions about the controversial Lyme disease. Surprising results released Thursday.

An international team of researchers analyzed the behaviour of more than 140 children in the United States aged 2-and-a-half using a methodology known as the 'false belief task.'

The polar cap is made from carbon dioxide, which does not occur naturally on Earth. The circular pits are holes in this dry ice layer that expand by a few meters each Martian year.

Scientists of the American Chemical Society have released a video showing how you can taste garlic with your feet. Garlic contains a compound, allicin, that can penetrate human skin.

After lighting up the sky above the Republic of Khakassia, Russia, the night plunged back into darkness and 30 seconds later witnesses reported a loud bang which triggered car alarms.

Scientists at Stanford University have found that the transition of driving control from an autonomous vehicle back to a human is risky, compromising driving performance (stock image).

Developed by a team at Washington University in St Louis, the artificial red blood cells carry oxygen to tissues and have already been shown to be effective in animal transfusions.

Professor Earl Miller, a neuroscientist at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, advises that attention is limited resource, and the brain has a limited capacity for multitasking.

London-based nutritionist Cassandra Barns says that you should ditch coffee a healthier alternative, such as matcha tea. Making the transition will provide you with a much needed energy boost.

HiMirror analyzes your skin and provides product recommendations based on your data to help reverse some signs of ageing - and all you have to do is take a make-up free selfie everyday.

The study was carried out by the Centre de Recherche de la Tour du Valat in Arles, France, a research centre for the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands.

The £145,000 vessel is available in a range of different options depending on the owner, whether they plan to sleep on board, use it as the ultimate party boat or deploy it in military action.

The ground-breaking solar plane, dubbed SolarStratos, was officially unveiled at a hangar in Payerne, Switzerland and is set to fly to the stratosphere.

Stunning images of the nasty parasites that could be lurking around your home have been revealed by a British scientist who collected samples from his home and garden in Milton Keynes.

Zo runs through Kik, a global messaging app, similar to Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. The chatbot can answer questions and respond to prompts, while using teenage slang, and emoji.

A software engine has constructed the smallest engine in the world – and it’s made entirely out of paper. This contraption is about the size of a thumbnail and runs on air from an attached balloon.

Kepler 11145123, 5000 light years away from Earth, is more than twice the size of the Sun, yet the difference in radius between its equator and poles is only 3 km, making it almost perfectly round.

The founders of Hyperloop One, which uses magnets to levitate pods inside huge airless tubes at speeds up to 750 mph (1,100 kmh) plan to run the first full scale test of the system in Nevada next year.

Giraffes and African Grey parrots are being pushed to extinction, a shocking wildlife report has revealed, along with one in 10 species of birds around the globe.

The revelations come courtesy of Dr James Canton of the Institute for Global Futures in San Francisco, who produced an eye-opening report on the hotels of the future.

While details of the vehicle itself are a closely-guarded secret, pictures show it sporting the grille and headlight design from the new Cadillac models.

A Brooklyn-based firm unveiled a modern take on the analog digital sign. Breakfast's display has thousands of plastic discs that flip between two colored sides to make images and videos.

The beautiful creature, officially called a crinoid, was filmed by Dutch diver Els van den Eijnden off the coast of Bali. Crinoids are not uncommon in areas where coral grows but rarely swim.

BEAUFORT, SC - MARCH 08:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) The F-35B Lightning II fifth generation multi role combat aircraft showing the vertical lift fan, at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on March 8, 2016 in Beaufort, South Carolina. UK personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF are embedded with the US Marine Corps on the F-35 operational training programme, based in Beaufort, South Carolina. This includes pilots and engineers, with numbers of UK personnel starting to grow in the build to the reforming of 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) in summer 2018. The Dambusters will reform at Beaufort before returning to the UK, to be based at RAF Marham.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The move fuels speculation that the Air Force will give up trying to retire the A-10 for the foreseeable future, a move several top service officials have recently alluded to.

London-based firm Blippar has added the Augmented Reality Face Profile feature to its app enabling users to scan - or 'blipp' a face, either in person, or from an image or TV to find out more about them.

The SpaceX CEO tweeted a 10-second video of a rocket nozzle being manufactured, showing the cone-shaped component spinning under the fire of numerous torches.

The new theory claims the 17th century Salem witch trials were sparked by tainted rye, which caused seizures, pain and hallucinations in locals - which were put down to witchcraft.

Carbon dating revealed that the remains discovered at medieval Beckery Chapel, near Glastonbury, Somerset were from the 5th or early 6th Century AD. Around 50 to 60 male skeletons were uncovered.

Researchers from the University Museum of Zoology Cambridge discovered five new species of four-legged vertebrates in the Scottish Borders.

Alien hunters reported seeing a golden cigar-shaped UFO near the International Space Station in live NASA web feed. Some say the aliens inside are investigating the astronauts' thoughts.

Researchers at Stanford University crafted tiny goggles using lenses from human laser safety goggles, 3D-printed sockets and veterinary tape.

The initial concept was created in the Netherlands. Now the Utrecht-based firm is distributing the bikes to several countries, including the US and Mexico.

KU Leuven Institute of Astronomy, Belgium, studied a star called L2 Puppis, which, 5 billion years ago, was an almost identical twin of our sun today. A planet around it is currently in its death throes.

High-resolution maps created with more than 3 million satellite images reveal how natural processes and human activity have dramatically altered the global water distribution in 32 years.

A fascinating new global map has pinpointed what different countries in the world are the best at. The results range from the macabre to the mind-boggling.

Researchers at Cornell University in New York studied an almost forgotten set of data, collected 10 years ago by Nasa's Cassini mission to find Saturn's C ring is much younger than thought.

Beijing-based French scientists have crafted a real-time map of the Earth's air pollution in an attempt to raise awareness of the effect contaminants are having on the globe.

If you can't visit New York City to see the holiday displays, then Google has an app for you. Called Window Wonderland, this app takes users on a virtual tour to 18 different storefronts in Manhattan.

San Diego engine firm Achates has revived an old car engine design. The design was originally inefficient and unclean, but a decade of development has ironed out the flaws.

A new film has shown the face of the U.S.S. Arizona to the world nearly 75 years after it was sunk when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

The 'Jericho skull' was found in Palestine by British archaeologists in 1953. The reconstructed head will be displayed in the British Museum in London.

Archive pictures and video from 1984 show a Boeing 720 being flown into the ground and erupting in flames in California in a crash designed to test a new fuel additive and safety features.

The first tube of a 'DevLoop' system, which could be set to become the first full Hyperloop system, has been installed in a desert in Las Vegas.

The secrets of Air Force One has been divulged, revealing some of the amazing features that make 'the Flying White House' the most high-tech - and most luxurious - aircraft in the world.

Based on images taken by ESA’s Mars Express, it shows a flight over Mawrth Vallis, a 600 km-long, 2 km-deep outflow channel at the boundary of the southern highlands and the northern lowlands of Mars.

A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found a marker in the blood that detects the building blocks of cancer, chronic heart disease and a range of other serious conditions.

The incredible scene was spotted over St Petersburg and is the result of a rare phenomenon known as 'snow dogs'. These bright halos are created by light refracting through ice crystals in the air.

One Alien hunter claims to have spotted a shrine for the King of Mars on the red planet. Found in an image from the Curiosity rover, the face appears to be of an old man with a beard and crown on his head.

In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 photo, Andrzej Stewart, the chief engineering officer on a year-long Mars simulation mission that ended in August, puts on a new space suit at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, R.I. RISD created the new space suit for scientists to wear on the next Mars simulation mission in 2017 in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Students at the Rhode Island School of Design have come up with a new, adjustable suit that closely resembles an actual space suit, and NASA plans to use it for its Hawaii simulation missions.

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

New psychedelic images of the many vitamins and drugs that fly around the human body have been revealed by photomicrographer, Dennis Kunkel from Hawaii.

The new design can be embedded into the aircraft's wings. It could boost fuel efficiency by up to 8%, and reduce drag and weight, NASA said.

A series of new images reveals the most detailed glimpse yet at Fyodor, the Russian spacebot bound for the International Space Station. The humanoid robot lift weights, and can drive a car.

NASA has finally joined the GIF craze, revealing a collection of more than 450 animations of experiments, simulations, and life in space. The space agency is now sharing images on GIPHY.

The photos were shared by French blog macgeneration, and show numerous interior views of the nearly-completed project, including a space that’s set to be the company’s cafeteria.

The Internet is known for its brainteasers and the latest is incredibly tough. The image shows pink and red starfish and green seaweed - but somewhere hidden inside is a plane waiting to be spotted.

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the University of New Mexico found that the levels of oestrogen and progesterone had differing effects on sex drive.

The new images include an up-close look at the moon Tethys, detailed views of Saturn’s atmosphere from high above the northern hemisphere and new pictures of the rings themselves.

Researchers at the University of Washington gave participants 21 mazes to navigate using direct brain stimulation. The subjects made the right moves in the mazes with 92 per cent accuracy.

A Royal Navy warship had to be towed back into port with 'technical issues' just two days after leaving. HMS Duncan was among a group of four NATO ships that visited Devonport at the weekend.

Researchers from the Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez in Mexico City looked at how the brain changes in children after they had been given musical training.

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.