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Meet the Puffers: NASA reveals palm-sized popup planetary rovers that could explore lava tubes on Mars and look for alien life on Europa

NASA researchers are developing origami-inspired robots that could soon be used to explore extreme alien environments. The Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robots, or Puffers, have a collapsible design and are small enough to hitch a ride on another craft, such as a Mars rover or Europa lander. According to the space agency, these adorable robots will be able to reach areas that the larger vehicles cannot, allowing them to investigate caves and lava tubes on Mars, or the icy ‘chaos terrains’ of Europa.

Samsung has unveiled a television that doubles as a decorative piece in the home. Called The Frame, the unit looks like a picture frame hanging on the wall when in 'Art Mode' - instead of fading to black.

A flaw was discovered in Google's Allo that lets it share your recent search with friends mid-conversation without you asking it to. The issue has since been fixed, but could have privacy implications.

The UK voting for Brexit and the US electing Donald Trump as president were unthinkable 18 months ago, according to Michael Frazer, of the University of East Angila.

Scientists from the University of Basel and Lund University in Sweden quantified spiders’ global impact, revealing the startling magnitude of their role as ‘natural enemies of insects.’

Teenagers' drug and alcohol use is declining significantly in the US and the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse believes teens are using technology instead of getting high (stock image).

A new survey has revealed that 82% of kids living in a 'Netflix-only' home have no idea what commercials are - compared to the 32% that watch traditional television.

Enceladus alien life ocean closer to surface than thought

Researchers have revealed the global underground ocean on Saturn's moon may be closer to its surface than thought - and close enough for a radar to spot it. It's thought that Enceladus may hold the right conditions for life, with watery jets, hydrothermal activity, and a global ocean buried beneath its icy crust.

Researchers led by a biologist at the University of Washington suspect that adult Galapagos penguins are more likely to give in to their grown offspring’s begging when food is bountiful.

The exo-skeleton device, developed by researchers at the University of the West of England, Bristol, will fit comfortably over the surgeons' hands to perform minimally invasive keyhole operations.

A new facial recognition app created by a British entrepreneur Jack Kenyon can identify anyone - provided they have a Facebook profile. It is 70% accurate, Kenyon claims.

Samsung has secretly been showing off a radical 'Foldable Valley' phone and could unveil it later this year in a bid to deflect attention from Apple's iPhone 8.

The US Air Force is getting a weapon to take down small devious drones. The agency is testing 600 Skynet shotgun shells that release nets to trap the drone's propellers causing it to fall from the sky.

Researchers from the Swedish Museum of Natural History have found fossils bearing the oldest evidence of plant life in the world. The two fossils of red algae were found in Chitrakoot, India.

An expert from Pennsylvania State University shares how the National Weather Service uses a snowboard to measure snowfall, as it is able to stay close to the ambient air temperature,

Researchers at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poland have recreated the famous 1961 Milgram experiments to show that people follow orders even if they harm others.

Watch the birth of a deadly tornado: Terrifying simulation reveals the catastrophic conditions of the supercell storm that created 'El Reno'

New supercomputer simulations have revealed a glimpse at the catastrophic conditions inside a tornado-producing supercell thunderstorm. Researchers recreated the supercell that birthed the deadly ‘El Reno’ tornado in 2011 – a monster storm which clocked in at the strongest tornado category and stayed on the ground for nearly two hours. The simulation shows how several ‘mini tornados’ formed as the main funnel emerged, along with structures of rain-cooled air that flowed up and around the system.


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Archaeologists discover 'mini pyramid of China'

Archaeologists have unearthed a pyramid-shaped tomb under a construction site in central China (pictured). Chinese media have dubbed the tomb the 'pyramid of Zhengzhou', though the structure is much small in size compared to the real pyramids in Egypt. Further analysis is expected to reveal how old the tomb is and who the owner was.

Extreme and painful adventure challenges help office workers deal with the impact of a sedentary lifestyle, according to new research from Cardiff University.

Federal courts in Illinois have ordered the firm behind the We-Vibe smart dildo to payout up to $3 million (£2.4 million) in totals, after it was revealed they were recording intimate details.

Scientists from Harvard University say that bacteria and other forms of life might be able to hitch-hike between Trappist-1 worlds in a process called panspermia.

Despite being high in saturated fat, consuming large amounts of cheese is safe and may help to reduce bad cholesterol levels, researchers from University College Dublin found.

Researchers from Oxford University and Kings College London discovered the bones and tools on the margins of the dried up Chotts megalake in Tunisia.

Researchers from a Natural Sciences Museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were surprised to find that the dull-coloured frog gleamed with fluorescent light under their UV torches.

Authorities in Dubai have purchased a network of robotic pods to shuttle people between a man-made island and the mainland, once construction of the island is completed in the next year.

Is THIS what Robert the Bruce looked like?

The lifesize forensic facial reconstruction was made by royal sculptor Christian Corbet, using a cast of the skull of Bruce from his resting place in Dunfermline Abbey. Robert the Bruce was long believed to have suffered from the leprosy disfiguring contagious disease, but Dr Nelson, together with a team of specialists who examined a cast of his skull, concluded it was not 'representative of an individual with leprosy'.

Researchers from Columbia and Harvard universities believe the findings could have a significant public health benefit in heavily polluted cities across the world.

Researchers from Buffalo and Michigan universities highlighted several shortfalls in previous studies that appear to show a link between e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco products.

Nasa is planing to put humans on Mars by 2030, but a cognitive scientist from Rzeszow, Poland, believes that current preparations are too tame and underestimate the challenges they will face.

Researchers at Imperial College London found that electrocuting the brain gave a performance boost to memory processes used when remembering names at a party or telephone numbers.

Researchers from Oxford University found almost one in four teenagers with internet restrictions at home have had a bad experience nonetheless (stock image).

Horrifying! Robot maker turns Amazon's Alexa into terrifying talking SKULL

A robot enthusiast called Mike McGurrin from Virginia has transformed his Amazon Echo personal assistant, Alexa, into a terrifying talking skull using an old Christmas present from his wife. Not only does this scary skull appear to talk but it can also nod and tilt its head and even move its eyeballs at the same time.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI said Samsung's phone lacks 'sufficiently attractive selling points' and thus the OLED iPhone could be a 'bigger draw for consumers'.

Researchers from Harvard University suggests years of eruptions were to blame for the snowball effect, dumping massive amounts of aerosols into the atmosphere and rapidly cooling the planet.

More than 2.4 billion years ago, Earth’s atmosphere was filled with a thick, methane-rich haze much like Saturn’s moon Titan, a new study has concluded.

Researchers from the University of Barcelona unearthed the remains of a Hominin cranium bone from an ancient cave in the Almonda karst system near Torres Novas in Portugal.

FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. In a post on Monday, March 13, 2017, Facebook says it is prohibiting developers from using the massive amount of data it collects on users for surveillance. This includes using such data to monitor activists and protesters. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Facebook is prohibiting developers from using the massive amount of data it collects on users for surveillance, including using such data to monitor activists and protesters.

However, The AAA study also found 59% of drivers were keen to have some form of self driving assistance in their next vehicle - if they still had ultimate control.

In 2016, carbon dioxide measured at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Mauna Loa Baseline Atmospheric Observatory rose by 3ppm to hit an alarming 405.1 ppm.

A team at the University of Dundee devised the technique - coined the 'kiss of death' for cancer - which forces molecules to bind to notoriously stubborn tumor-spreading proteins Ras and Myc.

Working Apple 1 to be auctioned off for £260,000

The rare machine was built by hand in 1976 by Apple founder Steve Wozniak in Palo Alto, California. The computer is one of only eight working Apple 1 machines in the world. It comes with a TV screen display (top left), its original documents (bottom left) a single motherboard (centre), an attachable keyboard (front), and a cassette player (right). The retro personal computer - priced $666.66 (£420) in 1976 - will be auctioned off in Cologne, Germany, on March 20. Allowing for inflation, its original price would have been $2,565 (£2,110).

Part of the decline in ice cover is due to ‘random’ and ‘chaotic’ natural changes in air currents, researchers said. The rest has been driven by man-made global warming, scientists said.

Metal fastenings for a prosthetic leg from the 17th century were unearthed in the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral in the city centre of Gloucester in southwest England.

Pandora hopes its personalised service based on what listeners have liked already will give it an edge in the streaming music war with Spotify, Apple, Amazon and others.

According to scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Colorado ocean warming has increased significantly over the past 60 years.

A new study analyzed people’s actions in an ‘end times’ scenario, using a closed beta test of the game ArcheAge as a proxy. It revealed that pro-social behaviour becomes more common.

The phenomenon has spurred speculation across the internet as to what they might be, with many confused users drawing connections to time travel and even Stranger Things.

Despite claims the launch of the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models, had been rescheduled for 'May or June', it now appears they may go on sale next week - and may not have a launch event.

Jerry Stone, head of London-based British Interplanetary Society said space colonies housing several thousands of people could be finished in just two decades from now.

UFO hunters claim to have footage of aliens on the moon

Ohio-based conspiracy channel SecureTeam10 claims to have images that prove there is a alien-built structure on the surface of the moon (left). The team has spotted the UFO in different positions (top right), including in the sky above the moon's surface. They also claim to have found an unnatural crater the shape of a perfect triangle (bottom right) that could have been shaped by aliens. Photos were taken by the Nasa Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting the moon for the last seven years.

The Commuter Trucker Jacket made by Levi's and Google is the first commercial product to use ATAPs Project Jacquard technology to connect fabric to electronic devices. It will be available globally.

Scientists at Virginia Tech have created an AI brain scanning system which can predict whether volunteers knowingly carried drugs during a simulated border smuggling operation.

Tim Berners-Lee wrote the blueprint for what would become the World Wide Web, and said he is alarmed at what has happened to it in the last year, and says he wants to save it.

The test challenges users to pick out the correct form of 14 of the most 'impossible' words in the English language. While some might seem easy at first glance, they are in fact deceptively difficult.

FILE - This Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, file photo, shows a Mobileye camera system that can be installed in your car to monitor speed limits and warn drivers of potential collisions, mounted behind the rearview mirror during a demonstration of the system, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Intel is buying Mobileye in a deal announced Monday, March 13, 2017, and valued at about $14.09 billion, the latest push by a major tech company into autonomous vehicles that could change the way traffic moves globally. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Intel will buy Israel's Mobileye in a deal valued at about $15 billion, instantly propelling the computer chip and technology giant to the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology.

A crash resistant drone has been developed by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology In Lausanne who were inspired by the dual-stiffness properties of insect wings.

The Watford-based pub chain has launched a virtual service for ordering food and drink without having to go to the bar in its pubs across the UK. The app is available now for free.

The garment was used by the explorer in 1770, when he travelled to Australia. It is embroidered with flowers that the group discovered on their exploration. It was altered for a woman to wear it.

‘Boaty McBoatface’ is making its maiden voyage, on a research expedition in waters below Antarctica. The submersible was christened after Sir David Attenborough despite a public vote on the name.

This could explain why black men, such as Philando Castile (pictured), are more likely to be shot by police, according to researchers from Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University and London South Bank University found that if alcohol is consumed after witnessing a crime it can protect memory from misleading information.

Can YOU see the hidden animals?

The latest puzzle to sweep the web asks you to try and find the fox, bat, antelope and flamingo concealed in the picture - and the makers say that only the overly analytical will be able to. Other users took to Playbuzz to claim that there are in fact five animals and that there is a dog somewhere in the picture. How many did you manage to find?

Goldsmiths University in London revealed that people think they are more agreeable than they are - 98% of the British population consider themselves in the nicest 50% (stock image)

A study from the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste has found that altruistic people have an enlarged area, known as the right anterior insula (shown in red).

The countryside is being overrun with invasive species like hogweed (pictured) because nitrogen, caused by pollution, is killing off more delicate species of wild flowers.

A study in Glasgow and St Andrew's shows women are more attracted to men with beards than those who are clean-shaven because facial hair accentuates jaw size and thus widens the face.

Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving spinoff from Google, has asked a judge to block Uber from operating its self driving vehicles in the latest round of a row over sensor technology.

The study from the University of California, Los Angeles examined the structure and function of dendrites, revealing that that the brain is 10 times more active than previously thought.

The smart mortar can contain ammunition, fist aid supplies and other items needed on the front line. It can be fired from an existing weapon, and parachute to troops to deliver its payload.

University of Oxford scientists have found that listening to fast-paced, energetic music can increase the perceived spiciness of food by up to ten per cent.

Humpback whales are mysteriously gathering in large groups

The large gatherings have been spotted in the midst of mass feeding frenzies off the coast of South Africa - thousands of miles further north than their normal feeding grounds around the Antarctic. The whales are not normally social creatures, preferring to travel and hunt alone, in pairs, or as small groups that quickly disband. Pictured is a 'super-group' of humpback whales encountered close to the west coast of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa.

In an unusual trial, close to 100 percent of people described her expression as unequivocally 'happy'. Known as La Gioconda in Italian, the Mona Lisa is often held up as a symbol of emotional enigma.

Google is tapping into machine learning and advanced risk analysis to spot potential bots without you even knowing it. This means users mostly won't have to take the standard CAPTCHA tests.

Scientists sponsored by the US space agency will meet with the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Space Research Institute (IKI) next week to discuss plans for the exploration of Venus, NASA revealed.

The University of Southern California has found that up to 15 percent of Twitter accounts are bots and with 319 million active users on the site, it is estimate that 48 million of them are computer programs.

Cars with no steering wheel, no pedals and nobody at all inside could be driving themselves on California roads by the end of the year, under proposed new rules.

A study by scientists from the University of British Columbia found that organic farming requires more land to produce the same amount of food which is bad for the environment.

Capital One Financial Corp has launched a virtual assistant, named Eno, that helps bank customers manager their money. When asked if it is a boy or a girl, the AI will respond that it is 'binary'.

A University of Kent researcher discusses how our 'brainpirints' could one day be used as passwords. The readings are unique to individuals, as each person's brain is wired to think differently.

NASA system could take man to Mars on 1 tank of fuel

NASA engineers are testing the high-power solar electric propulsion systems that could soon push exploration missions further into deep space. A stunning new image from the agency’s Glenn Research Center shows a Hall thruster ahead of ground testing in a vacuum chamber. The device is said to have three times greater power than existing systems, and the experiments in the vacuum chamber will put it to the test of a simulated space environment, allowing engineers to see how it performs.

The US Army has built and fired a 3D printed grenade launcher. Called RAMBO, the printed M203 grenade launcher consists of 50 components - all of which were printed excluding the springs and fasteners.

Researchers from the University of Bonn studied 24 variables in our DNA and found one, responsible for transporting 'happiness hormone' serotonin, that could also be behind social anxiety disorder.

On Wednesday, NASA engineers successfully simulated the Orion spacecraft’s descent from 25,000 feet in the second of eight tests that will ready its parachutes for human spaceflight.

Researchers from Columbia University in New York and Kyushu University Museum in Japan found that rove beetles imitate army ants and then prey on their young.

A team of astronomers led by University College London has provided a rare glimpse into the early universe, uncovering evidence of supernova activity when the universe was 600 million years old.

Researchers from Missouri University conducted a survey on people who suffer from epilepsy and found that there is a strong correlation between feeling spiritual and the condition.

The California company now censors whole profiles with a whitewash warning that greys out the profile's tweets, bio and profile picture. It gives users the option to view the profile if they wish.

Army reveals 'mad scientist' vision for conflict in 2025

Swarms of robots scouring enemy terrain ahead of ground troops in 'Iron Man' exoskeletons with built in weapons may sound like it is straight from the pages of a sci-fi novel, but Army experts believe this is actually a glimpse of war in 2025. The US Army has revealed a 30 page vision of the future of battle, described as a 'mad scientist' concept. It says that while robots will play a vital role, humans will still be at the heart of battle - albeit heavily augmented by technology. 

A new species of cockroach discovered in an underground lava-tube cave in Vietnam has a helmet that bares a strong resemblance to a halo.

Three bird-eating tarantula species new to science have been discovered in South America by researchers at the Instituto Butantan in Brazil, with the biggest being 6.4inches long.

Cases of rickets, made famous by Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, have increased by 39 per cent since 2009/10, Public Health England figures show.

Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany found the statue of Pharaoh Ramses II in the Mattarya district in Cairo which used to be the site of the ancient capital of Heliopolis.

The latest edition of Pornhub Insights focused on how women watch porn compared to their male counterparts. The site found that 80% of their female traffic uses devices - compared to 69% of men.

People who identify as conservatives are less likely to apologize than liberals, and it might be because conservatives engage in more hierarchical thinking, research by the University of Queensland has found.

An international team of scientists, including researchers from Imperial College London, successfully created five synthetic chromosomes with DNA made from chemicals in the laboratory.

Researchers from Washington University found the brain is hardwired to copy others when they scratch or yawn. Itching is controlled in a brain area called the suprachiasmatic nucleus.

Artificial North Sea island to power Europe

The island, which could be built on Dogger Bank 62 miles (100km) off the east coast of England, would supply energy to Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Belgium. The 'North Sea Wind Power Hub' would serve a vast network of solar panels and wind turbines. This image shows an artist's impression of the island and its features. Energinet, the Danish state-owned energy operator, said it hoped that the offshore power plant would be completed by 2050 if the green light is given. The plans are expected to be agreed in Brussels on March 23.

Reducing levels of a brain chemical helps to regrow the affected area of the eye, new research shows, according to a new study by researchers at the Vanderbilt University, Tennessee.

In a Twitter conversation on Friday with fellow billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, Musk wagered that if the installation of a SA 100MWh battery farm is not up and running within 100 days, it comes free.

Gateshead-based science presenter Steve Mould created the the test to see if they can hear the difference between hot and cold water. The two sound distinct because of their different viscosities.

Researchers from the University of Zurich in Switzerland discovered that can be sneaky and manipulative when they want to maximise the number of tasty treats they get.

Those living in the US may have to wait a little longer for the revamped Nokia 3310. It has been revealed that the phone's frequency is not supported by US carriers - but HDM is working to fix the issue.

Researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine now say that taking them is a bigger risk factor for the condition than diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking.

The controversial new study from the University of Bath concluded that pessimism among women could cause them to have little inclination to seek higher wages or a better paid position.

Researchers from Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego found that they could accurately predict the snap decisions of mice simply by measuring dopamine levels in the brain.

Humanity's first look at TRAPPIST-1: First images revealed as NASA sets its sights on seven alien worlds that could contain life

Since NASA first announced the discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a dwarf star just 39 light-years away, imaginations have run wild as to what these mysterious worlds might look like. Now, the space agency has revealed the much-awaited first glimpse at the Trappist-1 system – but, it might not be the alien landscape you’re hoping for. Raw data from the Kepler space telescope released this week show a pixelated first look at our ‘ultra-cool neighbour,’ with tiny blips in brightness indicating the presence of transiting planets.

Researchers led by a professor of psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia found that teenagers' risk-taking brain is far more powerful than brain's rational control (stock image)

Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, made the comments- at the annual Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco.

Scientists are already researching how to enhance the capabilities of soldiers, but one concern revolves around a soldier's capacity to give informed consent to undergo enhancement.

Larry Page's company 'Zee Aero', based in Hollister, California, registered two new vehicles powered by rotary blades like a helicopter with the US Federal Aviation Administration in January.

Nano technology experts working at IBM's research facility in San Jose have created a single atom magnetic hard drive, which has has the potential to revolutionise data storage and shrink device sizes.

The court order allows English Premier League bosses to blanket block internet servers that are powering the illegal streams, shutting them down permanently from the source.

In two separate studies, from the University of Maryland and Harvard University, physicists created a new form of matter in which atoms follow a repeating pattern not in space, but in time.

With the broad release of Google Assistant last week, the voice-assistant wars are in full swing, with Apple Inc, Inc, Microsoft Corp and now Alphabet Inc's Google all offering AI assistants.

Bell unveils helicopter with radical shape changing blades

Bell Helicopter unveiled its FCX-001 rotorcraft at Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas this week. The aircraft is made of sustainable materials and has a piloting system that can be controlled through augmented reality with an artificial intelligence computer assistant. The aircraft (pictured) has morphing rotor blades (picture bottom right) that can change shape, allowing the aircraft to optimize performance in different flight conditions. The passenger cabin has individualized augmented reality entertainment systems, allowing passengers to watch TV, hold video conference calls and share documents with other passengers.

Experiments to grow potatoes in the harsh soil of the southern Peruvian desert have revealed new promise for their ability to thrive on Mars. Martian conditions were simulated inside a CubeSat.

An analysis of taxi and accident data by the National University of Singapore revealed that yellow taxis were 9 per cent less likely to be involved in accidents than blue ones.

Consumer nostalgia and social media hype have contributed to record levels of pre-release interest in the Nokia 3310, according to London=based mobile specialist Carphone Warehouse.

The incoming head of America's Environmental Protection Agency, climate skeptic Scott Pruitt, said Thursday he believes that carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming.

The average temperature last month was 41.2 degrees, 7.3 degrees warmer than normal but three-tenths of a degree behind the record, the NOAA said.

Planet Earth II boosted our emotions of awe, contentedness, joy and amusement and reduces anxiety, fear and tiredness, the BBC study found.

Researchers at the Hannover Medical School in Germany found that long-term gamers' empathetic neural responses were unchanged by long hours of violent games.

Statue of Egyptian Pharaoh lifted from Cairo ditch

Experts descended on the Souq al-Khamis district of the Egyptian capital Cairo and used a crane to raise the statue, which is believed to depict revered Pharaoh Ramses II. The discovery, hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important ever, was made near the ruins of Ramses II's temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis. Researchers from Egypt and Germany say the 26ft statue probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.

An international group of researchers, funded by New York-based advocacy group Autism Speaks, looked at the analysis of 5,205 whole genetic sequences from families affected by autism.

A secret group of Tinder users have been invited to join a members-only club by the West Hollywood firm behind the dating app. Individuals selected so far have been 'attractive' with relatively high profiles.

Alphabet's Nest is expanding into the security business with a security solution that shows home owners who is at their door using facial recognition and lets them grant access via their smartphone.

The study, from Aarhus University, Denmark, found such effects are gender-specific and depend on whether the eating occasion includes same-sex or opposite-sex individuals.

Researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics say an artificial origin is 'worth contemplating' as they argue mysterious signals could be evidence of alien space explorers.

China announced plans to launch a space probe to bring back samples from the moon before the end of the year, in what state media cast as competition to U.S. President Donald Trump's ambitions.

The physicist, who has spoken out about the dangers of artificial intelligence in the past says  our 'logic and reason' could be the only way to defeat the growing threat of nuclear or biological war.

The Université Laval in Quebec has discovered that there are three types of porn viewers: recreational, distressed and compulsive - but only one of the groups was found to be 'healthy'.

Scientists reveal plan to restore Siberia to the Ice Age

At a 50-square mile nature reserve tucked deep in Arctic Siberia, scientists are working on a radical plan to fight climate change by reviving the ancient grasslands of the last Ice Age – and the beasts that once roamed them. Researchers at Pleistocene Park are attempting to reintroduce wild herbivores and even resurrect woolly mammoths to revert Beringia to a grassy landscape that absorbs less heat than the forests there today, in efforts to stop the thawing of Siberia’s permafrost.

Researchers from Bordeaux Montaigne University in the south of France studied a skeleton of a man discovered in Avignon and found he was wearing a jacket decorated with 158 shells.

Researchers from the Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that memory training alters brain functions and can double memory capacity (stock image).

Researchers at the Australian National University have designed a handheld device that can analyze chemicals in objects. It was inspired by the tricorder from Star Trek which analyzes living things.

Researchers from Washington University in St Louis used mathematical modelling to recreate the movements of pastoral farmers. They used their simulation to create 'herd flow' maps.

It was improved vision and not limbs that first led our fish ancestors to move from water to land, researchers from Northwestern University and Claremont McKenna, Scripps and Pitzer colleges suggest.

A new study from the USGS found that the ‘Big Bend’ section of the fault near Tejon Pass has experienced a major event roughly every 100 years – and, it’s been 160 years since the last one.

Douglas Preston talks on 'The Lost City of the Monkey God'

For hundreds of years, local rumours among tribes people and Spanish explorers have spoken of a city full of treasure lost somewhere in the Mosquita jungle of Honduras. Last year, a team of explorers found this city. The images were captured by author Douglas Preston, from Massachusetts, who was part of a group of explorers who found the remains of a lost civilisation in the Mosquitia rainforest (left) in Honduras. The team found a cache of ancient sculptures sticking out of the rainforest floor (right). The explorers found the Lost City after trekking through dense jungle inhabited by dangerous venomous pit vipers (inset).

British intelligence worked with the CIA to bug Samsung televisions to spy on targets while appearing to have been switched off, according to secret US government files published by WikiLeaks.

Image-based dietary assessment allows those seeking to shed some pounds to record their recent consumption, according to researchers from Oregon State University.

The WellPoint Kiosk by Belgian company BeWell Innovations measures patients’ vitals without the need for a nurse or doctor, freeing up time for health care providers to provide more critical care.

Study from the University of Washington and Simon Fraser University developed a way to spot these population crashes, revealing how parasites, severe winters, and predators all play a role.

Subsidence is a serious and challenging concern for California's water managers, putting state and federal aqueducts, levees, bridges and roads at risk of damage, researchers warned.

A senior official told the state-run China Daily newspaper, that the air-launched spacecraft will be more precise and speedier to prepare without scheduling issues or weather-related delays.

People over the age of 62 are just as able to detect a 'bad song' as people under the age of 33, researchers at Goldsmith's, University of London have found.

Researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority found the ancient Roman road near the village of Mata after the area was dug up to make way for a water pipeline to Jerusalem.

Archaeologists discover 66 statues of Sekhmet in Luxor

Dozens of statues depicting a lion-headed warrior goddess have been unearthed at the temple of Amenhotep III, where they were arranged thousands of years ago to protect the ruler from evil. Researchers with a German archaeological mission in Egypt discovered 66 well-preserved statues of Sekhmet near Luxor, the site of the ancient city Thebes. The statues show the goddess in both the sitting and standing position, holding a sceptre of the papyrus flower and the symbol of life.

Engineers at at Stennis Space Centre in Mississippi have captured unique footage of the moment engines which will power the largest rocket ever made explode into life.

Viber is giving its users even more privacy. The messaging app is rolling out self-destructing messages, letting users set time limits for how long a photo or video stays visible in a conversation.

This image provided by Google shows a demonstration of the company's new product called "Jamboard." Google has designed the giant touch-screen canvas for companies trying to make it easier for their employees to brainstorm as they work on team projects and other assignments. Google is releasing the device to a small group of companies Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, before making it widely available in early 2017. (Google via AP)

The 'Jamboard,' boasts a 55-inch, ultrahigh-definition screen capable of recognizing the difference between when someone is writing on it with a stylus or touching it with a finger, Google says.

A team of researchers from the Planck Institute in Germany found that people would prefer not to know the future because they enjoy the feeling of suspense and wish to avoid regret (stock image).

Google Home, which is available in the US but not in the UK, read out fake news that four former US presidents were members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Arpeggio is designed to roll up to any piano and align itself with the right keys and foot pedals. Software enables the machine to reproduce human performances just as they were recorded.

Researchers from New York Genome Centre and Columbia University created a method called DNA Fountain which is the highest-density data-storage device ever created.

In 2016 the amount of coal used in the UK fell by 52 per cent. And the fossil fuel’s share of the market dropped to 9 per cent last year, from 23 per cent two years ago.

The outflow of the Milky Way's last big meal still billows both above and below the galaxy’s center, containing ‘cool’ gas that races through the bubbles at 2 million miles per hour, according to NASA.

A machine-learning device that can detect the emotional state of listeners and make new songs that provoke new feelings has been developed by researchers at Osaka University.

Researchers from Laboratoire d’Écologie Alpine in France have found that there are clear boundaries that separate groups of animals into different regions in the world.

A PhD student at Eindhoven's University of Technology in the Netherlands has created models of babies with functional organs using 3D printing to help improve medical training.

Psychologists have found that those who express moral outrage at wrong-doings are not selfless, but rather self-serving, or doing it to reinforce their own status as a 'good person'.

The Swedish streaming firm today revealed it has hit 50 million subscribers worldwide - more that double the number arch rival Apple Music has.

Google has apologized for a glitch that wiped reset numerous Google Wi-Fi and OnHub devices back to their factory settings - forcing many frustrated users to re-enter their network information.

Frogs and toads are able to see color in dark conditions, even when it's so dark that human aren't able to see anything at all, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have found.

Researchers from the University of Stuttgart in Germany say the technique works up to 30 seconds after you've stop tapping on the screen.

British supercar-maker McLaren revealed its 212mph 720S model today, but it has a rival in the similarly-priced Lamborghini Huracán Performante.

Researchers from George Mason University found antimicrobial protein fragments in the blood of Komodo dragons that protects them against infections. This could help fight superbugs.

It's bad news for those living in Guangzhou, China, as the study found they are most likely to lose their hearing from living in a loud city. While Zurich, Switzerland, has the lowest risk.

Researchers from London School of Economics and the University of Massachusetts were interested in understanding whether beautiful people earn more (stock image).

Google rolled out a new video conferencing app called Meet. Only a desktop version is available that lets users input a code to enter a meeting and an area that displays future meetings.

The once-dusty foothills of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park have been carpeted with colorful blossoms thanks to a 'superbloom' brought by California's wet winter, as these pictures show.

Archaeologists were assessing the damage caused by ISIS militants to the tomb of the prophet of Jonah, a sacred shrine in eastern Mosul, Iraq, blown up by the terrorist group in 2014.

Last week, it was reported that former policewoman Nicki Donnelly, paralysed from the waist down, could walk again on robotic legs. We reveal six other bionic limbs recently introduced to medicine.

The AI has been trained to spot status updates and comments that could indicate someone was at risk. The algorithm would then send a report to a real reviewer, who could then contact the user.

Researchers planned to exhume a grave in Leytonstone, east London, thought to contain the remains of Mary Jane Kelly but concluded the project would take too long and cost too much.

Researchers from the University of Chile discovered that people living in Quebrada Camarones region of the Atacama Desert in Chile have evolved the ability to digest arsenic.

Baylor University medical Center in Dallas, Texas, has offered more than 70 people the virtually unheard-of opportunity to see their ailing body part, and to hold it, before it is stored for further study.

The new communication system from MIT CSAIL can detect when a person notices a robot making a mistake, and classifies these brain waves almost instantly to provide feedback.

Eerie footage from Argentina shows the group playing until they suddenly spot what appears to be a mysterious small, dark figure at the side crawling towards them before they run in panic.

The system is a complex network of machinery, pipes, tanks and sensors that work together to provide astronauts with air and other essentials while in orbit.

Experts from The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, from Queensland, Australia, discovered that there has been shocking levels of bleaching in the central part of the coral habitat.

The green ice floating in Antarctica's Ross Sea is an entirely natural phenomenon. The green color in the ice is caused by phytoplankton at the water's surface, discoloring the sea ice.

Academic, Professor Armand Leroi, from Imperial College London, says the band did little to change music. He used computer algorithms to come to his controversial conclusions.

The bizarre clouds were discovered by researchers from the Nasa-supported programme, Automated Radiation Measurements for Aerospace Safety (ARMAS), based in Los Angeles.

Archaeologists have discovered a new tomb in Thebes, Egypt, belonging to a man described as a 'true renowned scribe', which was intricately decorated with carvings of baboons (pictured).

Researchers at Canada's Simon Fraser University have created interconnected gloves that respond to finger movements. When one partner moves their fingers it's felt in the other glove.

A strange horny fish found off the coast of Darwin has shocked fishermen who had no idea what the prawn-fish hybrid was until marine experts identified the slimy beast as a very rare species.

If Hollywood wanted to terrify moviegoers about what a global warming-induced apocalypse would look like, it may have succeeded with Geostorm.

Hasbro has unveiled a robotic dog to teach kids how to code. Called Proto Max, this $120 toy comes with an app that kids use to customize its personality and can play games like fetch.

These stunning pictures from Sao Paulo, Brazil show the moon coming between the Earth and the Sun, blocking most light of its light save for a 'ring of fire' around the moon.

Authorities this week started the huge clean-up process, with tons of rubble needing to be excavated from the bottom of the broken spillway from Oroville Dam, California.

A team led by New York University uncovered a trove of 16 engraved limestone blocks that reveal that Van Gogh's famed pointillist technique was actually invented by the Aurignacians.

Builder Terry Jobson found the skull and bones just a couple of feet underground in 2014. Now researchers in Croydon have revealed that the adult died young and had a tumour on their skull.

Stunned locals have flocked to the beach in Cagdainao, Dinagat Islands to gawp at the monster-like beast and take selfies with it.

The latest discovery from Curiosity has baffled researchers trying to work out how the Martian atmosphere warmed, allowing water to flow and pool on the planet's surface - and possibly sparking life.

NASA today revealed its Cassini probe has captured the first ever closeup pictures of Pan, Saturn's smallest moon - and is has a bizarre 'flying saucer' shape

The publication by WikiLeaks of documents it says are from the CIA's secret hacking program describe tools that can turn a world of increasingly networked,...

Russian archaeologists from the Arctic Research Centre discovered 11th century graves of four people in the far north of Siberia. They believe they were part of ritualistic sacrifices.

A large crack in the Antarctic ice shelf called the 'halloween crack' made the British Halley VI research station in Antarctica decide to close down temporarily.

The footage, shot in South Africa, shows a leopard cub reaching out for a snake with its paw before the python launches at him. The cub's mother then tries to dislodge the snake from a hole.

NASA has revealed a stunning animation showing massive dust storms the size of America engulfing huge swathes of northern Mars. The summer storms can engulf the entire planet.

Scientists from Illinois State University demonstrated how the ground can collapse during an earthquake using a tub of sand. The phenomenon of the ground collapsing in this way is called liquefaction.

An incredible image taken from space by Nasa shows a beautiful diamond-shaped chunk of ice just off the Volga Delta in the Caspian Sea.

Researchers from the University of Glasgow played a variety of songs to a group of pets at a rehoming centre in Dumbarton, Scotland.

Paleobiology Database encompasses all known dinosaur species, with more than 2,000 types represented across every continent on Earth. An interactive map reveals 8,000 discovery sites.

The vehicle (pictured) is being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show before going into service for a one year trial with the Austrian Red Cross at its training centre in Erzberg and in Vienna.

Researchers were stunned to find an image of the moon's giants plumes in the background on a 1980 Voyager 1 picture.

Researchers from the INAF-Osservatorio Astronomica di Roma in Italy said the neutron star is 50 million light-years away. It was spotted by a European Space Agency observatory rocket.

Federal scientists forecast that Oklahoma will continue to have the nation's biggest man-made earthquake problem this year but it probably won't be as shaky as recent years.

A photographer caught cool blue molten lava spewing out of Kilauea, on Hilo island in Hawaii, on Wednesday. The colour was created when light from the sunset refracted off of the lava's surface.

The new 'groundskimmer' is a huge craft capable of carrying 500 tonnes of cargo in a single trip. To do this, is uses an effect known as ground effect to trap a cushion of air underneath its giant wing.

The Mercedes-Maybach G-Class 650 combines luxury and off-roading for the ultimate SUV. The vehicle boasts a V12 engine,retractable roof and thermal cup holders - and is priced at $500,000.

A team of scientists carried out two-scale synthetic aperture radar interferometry (InSAR) and used high-resolution satellite images to track monument collapse at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Boston man Jonathan Davis uploaded the bizarre video to Twitter on Friday which has quickly gone viral receiving nearly 37,000 likes and over 23,000 retweets.

The planets, each more massive than Jupiter, are circling a bright young star that lies in the constellation Pegasus, 129 light years away. It was created with seven years of observations.

The scary prediction comes from Dr Jason Barnes, a planetary scientist at the University of Idaho. If the moon and Earth collide, the energy released in the merging would melt the Earth into a magma ocean.

Psychologists from Washington and Stanford University studied coping mechanisms used by couples, and suggest emotional suppression could damage relationships.

The company has got city approval for the project, which begins construction next month and will take about two years to complete. It boasts petal-like canopy structure on the roof.

Los Angeles-based start-up Hyperloop One has unveiled new photographs of its first full-scale prototype which was built at a testing site in the Nevada Desert, north Las Vegas.

Researchers from North Carolina State University found that they could make coloured ink contract using different colours of UV light to cause a 2D sheet to bend and shape into a 3D object.

Instruments aboard NASA's Terra satellite spotted the shadow as the moon blocked sunlight over the Atlantic Ocean, creating what appears like a large ink-blotch just off of South America.

Amazon boss Jess Bezos has written a white paper outlining his plans to deliver equipment to the moon for human settlement using his private space company Blue Origin by 2020.

Archaeologists have unearthed a tomb cluster containing nearly 200 rare boat-shaped coffins in China. More than 1,000 ancient burial items have been discovered in the tombs.

A San Francisco startup has unveiled a 400-square-foot house outside of Moscow, Russia that was completed in just 24 hours. Apis Cor used a mobile 3D printer for the project that cost $10,134.

Doctors in a Canadian intensive care unit found a patient who continued to release delta wave bursts for ten minutes after they were declared clinically dead.

Global brands including FedEx, Carrefour and F1, have hidden symbols within their logos, in a bid to make their brands as memorable as possible.

By looking at the ancient layers exposed in the process, scientists can create a picture of what the Siberian landscape once looked like, helping them to predict the changes yet to come.

The caves, in Shropshire, are believed to have been carved by followers of the Knights Templar to offer safe haven at a time when they were being persecuted by the bitter French King Philip IV.

Volkswagen has unveiled its first fully self-driving car ahead the Geneva auto show. The self-driving concept car can find parking spaces, collect shopping or pick up children all by itself.

Researchers from Northumbria University found that women who move their hips a lot and shift their arms and thighs asymmetrically when dancing have the highest rated moves.

Researchers based at the Roemer-Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim in Germany made the findings in an ancient mortar pit at an archaeological site near the Nile Delta.

NASA and the NOAA have revealed the first images from the ground-breaking Geostationary Lightning Mapper. The instrument is the first lightning detector in geostationary orbit, roughly 23,000 miles high.

The signal detected by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is similar to gamma-rays observed at the center of the Milky Way, and could be coming from several sources that have yet to be determined.

Stunning images from Curiosity have captured the clouds rolling across the red planet, dust storms kicking up and high winds screaming across the surface.

Metrosha, a robot who can wink, share a joke and remember people, will welcome travellers on Moscow's transport network. It is based on the promobot which hit headlines after escaping.

Michigan fifth grader Bria asked Musk to run a competition to find the best homemade commercial for Tesla's electric cars.

Researchers from Berkeley Lab and the University of Nevada believe shock experiments involving a mineral called whitelockite could show the red planet had a water-rich past.

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that people are better than random chance at matching the faces of strangers with a name.

Psychedelic views of natural spectacles from around the world were snapped by specialist observation satellites sent up to orbit by Nasa and the United States Geological Survey.

Thousands of miles below the North Pacific Ocean lies what an alien hunter believes is a 2.81m long ‘crawling circle’ that is under artificial control and parked outside of what could be an alien base.

True's beaked whales, which spend 92 per cent of its time underwater, were captured on film for the first time in in the coastal waters of the Azores.

Jim Green, NASA’s Planetary Science Division Director, revealed the idea today at the Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop in Washington DC. It would protect Mars from solar wind.

The question, which asked 11-year-olds to work out a series of equations involving fractions, baffled the mother of a girl who attends a school in Springfield, Queensland.

The i-Con Smart Condom, developed by British Condoms, a Nottingham-based company, is billed as the newest form of wearable technology in the ever-growing market.

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied the microbes living in soil and found they travel by attaching themselves to water droplets that land on the ground.

A video uploaded to YouTube by conspiracy theorist Streetcap1 allegedly shows an alien 'megaship' by the International Space Station.

The discovery of two skulls have challenged the common belief that all modern humans are descended from Africa. The cranial fossil remains were found in 2007 and 2014 in Xuchang, China.

Amazon's Alexa is being questioned about its ties to the CIA. A video surfaced showing a woman asking Alexa if it is connected to the CIA and instead of responding, the AI shutdown.

Leaked images reveal how Apple ships its iPhone prototypes without it being seen by the public. It is packed in a 'stealth' black case that covers everything but a small portion of the display.

For the first time ever, researchers at the University of Leicester have vibration-mapped London's famous bell Big Ben to find out why it produces its distinct tone.

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.