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Are you visually intellectual?

Makers of the test, created by Playbuzz , claim that if you can spot the square in the centre in most of the pictures, top row and bottom row, you have an incredible ability to analyse and calculate what you see. There are ten slides on the quiz and each round gets harder and harder. The first question asks you to spot a yellow square in the middle of a picture and by question 10, bottom row, the centre square is surrounded by seven others, making it much tougher.

Samsung Galaxy S8 users have reported feeling sharp pains and dizziness after using the new iris scanner – and it is so profound that some have reverted back to the fingerprint scanner.

Meerkats produce a bacteria-containing paste in a pouch beneath their tails that they smear on plants, rocks and even on other meerkats to mark their territory, research by Duke University found.

Over the next week, five of the largest U.S. banks will light up their segments of a new payments network called Zelle, executives said in interviews.

According to astronomer Chris Impey, scientists are likely on the verge of detecting microbes on another planet, with candidates such as Europa thought to contain some of the ingredients.

Snapchat may have just released its Spectacles worldwide, but sources have revealed that a second version is in the making that will have augmented reality capabilities.

The top three hotspots with the highest numbers of established alien species were the Hawaiian islands, New Zealand's North Island and the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia.

In a new study, researchers examined two types of ghost sharks, also known as chimaera, found off the coast of New Zealand. This has revealed new insight on their bizarre sex habits.

250-million-year-old crater linked to The Great Dying

Around 250 million years ago, a huge mass extinction known as the 'Great Dying' killed 96 per cent of life on Earth. Scientists still aren't sure what caused the event, although one leading theory is that Earth was hit by a massive asteroid. Now researchers say they have found signs of one under ocean sediment near the Falkland islands. In a paper set to be published in August, researchers will suggest that a 250-kilometre-wide (155-mile-wide) hole was left behind when an asteroid larger than the one that killed the dinosaurs struck Earth. New York University and Nasa's Goddard Space Institute, used maps of Earth's gravitational field to spot a 'gravity anomaly' under ocean sediment near the Falkland islands. The potential impact crater is shown in red and the Falklands can be seen on the right.

University of Pennsylvania expert Dr Centola found the strongest social-learning effect in groups where everyone has equal influence, rather than in groups with a key leader.

Rearchers from Lubeck University in Germany found that those who had eaten higher carbs had higher levels of dopamine, a brain chemical, which makes us feel more ‘rewarded’ and happier.

Researchers from the Blue Brain Institute in Switzerland used complex computer modelling to find multi-dimensional shapes capable of performing intricate functions within the mind.

New renders give a detailed picture of how Apple's iOS 11 will look on the iPhone 8. Sources have also revealed that the firm has began 'mass producing components' for the smartphone.

It could be the end of typing in Wi-Fi passwords. Apple ’s iOS 11 is equip with a QR code reader, which allows users to simple scan the QR code on the router and instantly connect to the network.

Researchers from the University of Leeds analyzed plume chemistry from the 2014-2015 lava field eruption at Holuhraun, in Iceland. They discovered a type of plume that returns later.

Researchers from the National University of Singapore believe neurobiological changes in the brains of older adults could be the cause of people becoming more altruistic as they age.

Researchers from Stanford University, California, found using indulgent phrases usually reserved for fast food, such as 'glazed' and 'crispy', could trick you into eating more vegetables.

NOAA reveals 'cloudiness' map for historic 2017 Eclipse

On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will pass from coast-to-coast through the continental United States for the first time in nearly a century. The event will be visible to millions of people as it crosses through 14 states, with the path of totality stretching from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. However, forecasters say there may be a problem that scuppers the plans of millions - cloud. In the map, The darker the dot, the greater the chance for cloudiness at the hour of peak viewing during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

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The 'spiderdrone' that can climb walls and fly anywhere: Bizarre tilting rotor design can fly in any direction

The Voliro drone, developed by a team of 11 students at ETH Zurich and Zurich University of the Arts, has six propellers that can tilt 360 degrees, allowing it to fly in any orientation. Normally, multicopter drones can only fly parallel to the ground, but the new hexacopter drone can fly sideways, upside down, diagonally and in other orientations.Because the drone can stay stable while flying in any configuration, it's able to fly parallel to walls. The team is interested in further developing this feature as it could be useful for applications such as building inspections. Pictured is the hexacopter drone during a test flight in Zurich, Switzerland.

FILE - This Wednesday, May 31, 2017, file photo, Ron Lenfield watches the fast-flowing Weber River along his property, in Oakley, Utah. Rivers in Utah are expected to remain dangerously swollen with icy mountain runoff for several more weeks. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Massive waterfalls in Yosemite National Park and rivers raging in mountains throughout the western United States are thundering with greater force than they have for years.

An expert from New York University investigated the internet to understand if there is segregated traffic between racial and nonracial websites, and found there are more clicks for nonracial sites.

Two cyber security companies said they have uncovered a malicious software capable of causing power outages by ordering industrial computers to shut down electricity transmission.

The recently discovered white-spotted pufferfish builds underwater ‘crop circles’ to lure a female mate. The structure, which is 20 times the fish's size, is also used to protect the fertilized eggs.

The SpaceX founder took to Twitter to reveal the aggressive timeline for its new megarocket, which will combine three rockets to form the 'Dragon Heavy'.

A technology blogger has uncovered a series of apps that are exploiting a new advertising service in the App Store to trick Apple users globally into paying for expensive subscription services.

Parental protection software firm Bark, based in Georgia, has created a guide to assist parents in decoding common online slang. Phrases that parents should be aware of include 'WTTP' and '1174'.

Little-noticed aircraft safety fixtures explained

You may not have noticed some of these discreet aircraft fittings, until now. So what function do they serve? From the tiny black triangle marking found on cabin walls to the yellow hooks located on a plane's wings, MailOnline Travel reveals the workings behind eight minor but potentially life-saving fixtures.

Makers of the test, created by Playbuzz , claim that if you can spot the square in the centre in most of the pictures, you have an incredible ability to analyse and calculate what you see.

Uber and Lyft, both based in San Francisco, are racing to develop self-driving technology, which in the years to come will dramatically cut taxi costs.

The DeLorean DMC 12 car is being sold on Schpok alongside several pieces of Back to the Future merchandise, by a man based in Garforth, Yorkshire, known simply as Darren S.

As this new infographic reveals, we often mistake a country's capital for its most famed city. Marakesh may be Morocco's most popular holiday destination, but do you know its capital?

The Victorians are to blame for most of the annoyances of modern life, from hipster beards to the advertising industry, Photoshop and the consumerism of Christmas.

Researchers from the University of Padova in Italy asked 40 participants to provide personal details during a computerised quiz and kept track of their mouse movements.

Microsoft unveils the most powerful (and expensive) console in the world: £450 Xbox One X will take on Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro

The compact but powerful Xbox One X (pictured top) will cost $499, ( around £450) and will be available across the world from November 7 of this year, Microsoft revealed at E3 in Los Angeles. Code-named Project Scorpio, the much anticipated Xbox One X will be released alongside the latest installments of classic games including Minecraft (preview pictured bottom right) and Assassin's Creed (bottom left).

The stress of urban life is having a dramatic effect on birds. Scientists have found that they have developed their own 'urban music', while falcons (pictured) can now hunt at night.

Researchers at the University of Southern California studied 99 young people aged between 17 and 19, asking them to write down their worries – including exam stress and concerns about their looks.

The research, published in the European Journal Of Psychology, involved several experiments to assess the affects of heat on human social behaviour.

The human body is unable to consume all of the caffeine and experts in San Diego have found the leftovers are expelled in urine and have made their way into rural streams - harming wildlife.

Moments of happiness could even be provided by watching BBC’s Match of the Day without knowing the results, the poll of 2,000 Britons by Müller Milk revealed.

Older people who find themselves losing things more frequently probably did not pay enough attention when they put them down or left them, experts have said.

The company behind the crumb-free space bread aims to provide fresh bread to astronauts to improve their well being on long-duration missions such as on a moon base or on Mars.

Astronomers reveal the most extreme planets ever found

At a temperature of just 50 degrees above absolute zero – -223°C – OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb (pictured) is the coldest planet, and Venus, with its hurricane speed winds and cyclones, has the worst weather. The hottest planet, KELT-9b, which is much closer to its host star than Mercury is to the sun, has a surface temperature of 4,300°C. PSR B1620-26 b, at 12.7 billion years, is the oldest known planet. A gas giant 2.5 times the mass of Jupiter it has been seemingly around forever. Our universe at 13.8 billion years is only a billion years older.

From spying to hacking and knowing your weaknesses - an expert at the University of New South Wales explains the dangers of owning devices that are connect to the internet.

High-altitude clouds trap heat in the atmosphere, but if there are fewer of these clouds in the future, the tropical atmosphere will cool, and cooling water vapor condenses it, turning it into rain.

Researchers from the University of Amsterdam say the Trappist-1 system may have formed from the migration of pebbles. The process repeated over and over, until 7 plantes formed.

Researchers at Tufts University sent flatworms aboard the International Space Station for five weeks to study how an absence of normal gravity can affect behavior, anatomy and growth.

In a flurry of tweets this morning, the Tesla CEO revealed the decision to create the electric vehicle company came on the heels of General Motors’ recall of its electric cars in 2003.

Apple's iOS 11 is set to include two new camera formats that will will save users at least 50 percent of storage space on devices, without having to sacrifice image quality - HEVC and HEIF.

Three separate physics teams from Japan, the US and the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland yielded a result with 99.95 percent certainty that a fundamental part of the standard model is wrong.

Sneezing when going from a dark room to bright light, a condition called photic sneezing, affects about one in four people and has been traced to a single letter change in one spot in our DNA.

Church in Kent is decorated with the human skulls

The morbid crypt at St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent, is the largest and best-preserved collections of ancient human bones and skulls in Britain.Although it is impossible to estimate the number of bones in the collection, recent work has guessed that the total of individuals represented in the stack is approximately 2,000. A number of the skulls indicate breakages and injury, whilst others have evidence of disease from deficiencies and infection.

Neuroscientists from the University of Glasgow discovered that when making a preference-based decision, brain activity is localised to the posterior medial frontal cortex.

The amphibious armoured vehicle, which can reach speeds of 31 miles/hour on calm waters, is being developed by the North China Institute of Vehicle Research in Beijing.

Tokyo-based Mitsui OSK Lines is one of a number of shipping firms behind plans to build smart cargo vessels that would utilise AI software to plot the safest, shortest and cheapest routes at sea.

Once infected with the fungus, the Goldenrod soldier beetle, which is found in open fields across the US and Canada, is forced into a mating position to attract other healthy beetles.

The radical concept has been unveiled by NASA at the at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and could be the inspiration for future rovers for the first manned missions to the red planet.

Images leaked by Slashleaks ahead of the global release of the iPhone 8 suggest the Home Button has moved to the screen itself and the display might stretch right to the edge of the device.

Players in the English top flight have 'substantially better' vision than the general public, according to the first study of its kind by researchers at Liverpool John Moores University.

Researchers simulate formation of our entire universe

University of Zurich researchers generated a catalog of about 25 billion virtual galaxies, and it's set to help calibrate the Euclid satellite which will investigate the 'dark universe' in 2020. About 5 per cent of the Universe consists of known material such as atoms and subatomic particles, while the other 95 per cent of our Universe is 'dark'. 23 per cent of it consists of dark matter, which cannot be seen directly with telescopes, and the other 72 per cent of the dark universe consists of 'dark energy'. Dark energy is an unknown form of energy that is though to permeate all of space, tending to the expansion of the Universe. Pictured is a section of the virtual universe simulated by the researchers. It's a billion light years across, showing how dark matter is distributed in space, with dark matter halos - the yellow clumps - interconnected by dark filaments. The cosmic void, shown as the white areas, are the Universe's lowest density area.

Researchers from the National Taiwan University found the protein slows the rate of clot formation in mice and does not cause excessive bleeding, unlike existing blood-thinning medications.

In light of the recent wave of terror attacks in Manchester and London, the spirit of the Blitz serves as a timely reminder of how Britain has always reacted in the face of such atrocities.

Sudan is very old and weak. And while his close relatives the southern white rhinos are thriving in the wild, he is the last male of his kind. When he dies there’ll be no more like him, in the wild or in captivity.

Researchers from the University of Florida found 37 percent of those who get drunk before the age of 15 suffer from an alcohol abuse disorder in later life, compared to 11 percent who stayed sober.

The biosensing ink, developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, tells diabetics when their blood sugar is either too low or high.

EXCLUSIVE: Giving cancer cells an antibiotic followed by vitamin C effectively starves them of their 'fuel', resulting in their death in the lab, according to researchers from the University of Salford.

Men dissatisfied with their partners are more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction, Californian researchers have found. Those who prefer masturbation over sex had more difficulty keeping erections.

The AI machine scored 105 out of 150 in 22 minutes, then 100 in 10 minutes.

An AI system developed in 2014 by Chengdu-based company Zhunxingyunxue Technology finished the annual Chinese university maths exam in a record setting ten minutes.

International Space Station crosses the sun's surface

Glimpses of the International Space Station, which orbits the Earth at five miles per second, were captured at Csakanyhaza in Slovakia, close to the Hungarian border. Pictured is a composite image made up of 11 snaps taken at split-second intervals which shows the path of the ISS as it crosses over Earth's star.

Out of 147 videos viewed by researchers on the global Live.ly app (pictured), 30 contained explicit sexual questions and 25 contained references to body parts, found a Channel 4 report.

North Korea has successfully tested a new 'ground-to-sea cruise rocket' according to a state media announcement on Friday, It marks the fifth test in a month.

Virtual images of nude children are being used to treat pedophilia. Patients wear a device that measures blood flow to the penis and experts use the data to measure if they were or were not aroused.

500 people shared a clip of the victim when she was 17 and underage. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice David Cohen gave Tumblr five days to agree so the victim, now 27, can sue the individuals.

An expert at Bournemouth University describes a commute through a smart city and how the current technology is already bringing these connected towns one-step closer to a reality.

A small biotech firm in Utah has successfully regenerated skin and stimulated hair growth in pigs with burns and abrasions. The firm expects to begin a human trial later this year.

A new generation of terrifying robots could be on the way after Japanese firm Softbank buys robotics firms Boston Dynamics and Schaft from Google's Alphabet

Tokyo-based firm SoftBank has agreed to buy the company behind a series of 'nightmare-inducing' robots (main image) in a deal that could lead to the development of even more bizarre AI devices. Military robot 'Big Dog' (bottom right) previously hit the headlines for its fearsome appearance and unusual balancing act. Their humanoid robot Atlas walks on two legs and has arms that can open doors and lift items (top right).

The tool developed by researchers with Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute aims make the process of building robots more user-friendly, even to those who don’t already have the expertise.

Researchers from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna investigated the behaviour of dogs and wolves by training them to press a buzzer to receive a treat.

By the end of the century, Antarctica's emperor penguin populations could decline between 40 and 99, research by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has found.

Capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica used a mixture of learning by observation and individual experience to open fruit from Panama trees - which are lined on the inside with stinging hairs.

Honda previously said it will have self-driving cars ready for the highway by 2020. But, the firm has recently announced it will have a working model that can drive on city streets five years later.

The Ocean Cleanup Project has estimated that there is up to 5 trillion pounds of plastic in the sea, and two-thirds of it comes from the 20 most contaminated rivers - 67 percent of the global total.

BAE reveals overhaul of its Hawk jet to train pilots

BAE Systems has introduced its latest aircraft that still boasts the nostalgic look as the 1976 Hawk, but with a modern twist. Called Advanced Hawk (main), single-engine jet boasts a redesigned wing and defensive aids. The firm has also equip the aircraft with LiteHUD (inset), and a new, large area display (inset) that introduces a new pilot training experience. The concept has also taken to the skies over Warton, Lancashire for its maiden flight.

The hackers hide instructions to malware in comments. Security researchers who discovered the scam have blamed Russian hackers linked to Moscow's cyber intelligence unit.

A new Chicago's Field museum study comparing two similar octopus species, both pink and deep-ocean dwellers, found that the number of warts on their bodies can help tell them apart.

Boeing's vice president of product development Mike Sinnett said he plans to test the technology in a cockpit simulator this summer at a briefing ahead of the Paris Airshow (stock image).

Amazon's senior vice president of devices at David Limp has said that future versions of the firm's Echo smart speaker could support rival software like Apple's Siri to enable users to mix and match.

Researchers at Heidelberg University in Germany have created an array of glowing dyes that react with different trace flavours and chemicals in whisky to produce a unique fluorescent signature.

Boeing's vice president of product development Mike Sinnett said he plans to test the technology in a cockpit simulator this summer at a briefing ahead of the Paris Airshow (stock image).

InMotion is the world's first driverless living room

The InMotion vehicle was revealed by National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) at the CES technology show in Shanghai this week for the first time. InMotion would be a shared vehicle, with users calling the car through an app. The car features a flexible interior that could be adapted according to the needs of the passengers, whether it's having a business meeting, socialising with friends or going to work. Users can decide how they want the interior to look through the app, controlling seat movements, lighting ambience and layout.

Professor Barbara Sahakian from the University of Cambridge believes that the key to mending a broken heart is to exercise the part of the brain which stops impulsive behaviours.

The humanoid robot, created by Hanson robotics, is the main attraction at a UN-hosted conference in Geneva this week on how artificial intelligence can be used to benefit humanity.

Young teenagers are increasingly being befriended by strangers online, convinced into sending explicit pictures of themselves and then blackmailed for money (file image).

The list, which also included armour and sewers, was released by English Heritage, which surveyed 2,000 people and asked them to name the most innovative products from history.

Google has released the top searched terms and questions on the UK election from the past seven days, revealing that Brits are most concerned with the NHS, Brexit and tax.

Researchers from the University of Washington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered magnetism in a single atomic layer of chromium triiodide (pictured).

Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley recommend that intelligent robots of the future be designed with less self-assurance to stop them breaking away from human control.

Human remains are found inside H.L. Hunley

The submarine (pictured), which fought for the confederacy in the US civil war, was sunk near North Charleston, South Carolina, in 1864. It was fatally damaged by its own torpedo as it attacked a Union blockade ship. Scientists have spent 17 years restoring it. While most of the remains were removed and ceremonially buried at Magnolia Cemetery in 2004, the researchers found a tooth stuck in a concrete-like mass of sand, mud and other debris at crank handle position Number 3. It is believed that this is the position where crew member Frank Collins sat, a Confederate Navy Seaman who was just 24 years old when he sank with the Hunley.

Samsung is set to unpack its Galaxy Note 8 in late August in a bid to beat Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone 8 to market. The Android handset is said to have a design that mirrors the Galaxy S8.

Friendships play a key role in health and happiness – especially as we get older, revealed dual studies from the University of Michigan. Researchers say they can even outweigh family.

Researchers at the University of Warwick have found five previously unseen teeth and evidence of previous restoration efforts to the fossilised jawbone of the world's first named dinosaur.

The mushroom, discovered in a limestone layer in Brazil, fell into a river and began its journey in becoming a fossil when Earth's supercontinent Gondwana was breaking apart.

Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden and the European Synchrotron Radiation facility analyzed samples of fossilized poo found in Poland, dating back to the Triassic Age.

It seems people are still going crazy for zombies, as Neilsen's Social Content Ratings had found there were 2 million interactions on Facebook and Twitter before and after each episode.

DARPA has unveiled a system that transforms its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into warfare machines capable of conducting different missions without human intervention.

Square mile maps reveal how different world's cities are

A PhD student at the University of California has recreated visualizations of hand-drawn city maps. Each map shows one square mile of a city's road networks to compare their spatial arrangement.The PhD candidate used the Python programming language to develop the urban street maps that were originally drawn by Allan Jacobs for his urban design book Great Streets.

Walmart has unveiled its latest attempt to surpass Amazon in the battle of the retail giants. The firm is testing an automated kiosk in Oklahoma City where shoppers can pick up online grocery orders.

The pathogen - for which there is no cure - arrived in Europe in 2013 and was first spotted in Puglia, Italy. It requires the uprooting of infected trees to prevent the disease from spreading.

After unusually high precipitation over the Great Lakes, Lake Erie rose seven inches by the end of last month, and Lake Ontario climbed by a staggering 12, experts say.

IBM,has revealed that its computer can examine medical images, comparing them to thousands of past cases and medical journals to come to a conclusion.

A magistrate judge has ruled that Uber must hand over a key document that could shed light on what its executives knew about alleged theft of trade secrets from Waymo.

Facebook has unveiled a set of three new features intended to boost civic engagement among users in the United States on its platform by connecting them more easily with their elected representatives.

Babies learn to see human faces while still in the WOMB

Professor Vincent Reid, a psychologist at Lancaster University who led the research, said the findings provide new insights into how babies’ visual systems develop in the womb. Scientists have discovered that unborn infants react to light when it is projected through the wall of their mother's uterus if it looks like a face, but not if it is another shape. Using high-quality four dimensional ultrasound scans, they saw the fetuses turn their heads to look towards the light (pictured) if it was in the shape of a human face.

Astronomers at the University of Wisconsin have found that the filament and hole structure of the universe could help to resolve discrepancies in measurements of how fast the universe is expanding.

Galactic cosmic ray exposure can 'devastate' a cell's nucleus and cause mutations that can result in cancers, researchers warn. They say the risk is double

Apple’s just-released developer iOS 11 has been found to include a feature that lets Snapchatters record other people’s Snaps without them knowing - and it saves to their camera roll.

A new poll found that Trump's tweets, which have come fast and loose practically every morning since the president returned from abroad, are increasingly a problem with American voters.

Researchers from Stanford University Medical Centre have started conducting detailed physiologic and genetic studies on hundreds of mouse lemurs in the rainforests of Madagascar (stock image).

An international research team led by Kailash Sahu from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore has finally proved that Einstein was right.

Phoenix, one of the most popular sources of content – both legal, and illegal – for Houston-based Kodi has shut down 'in light of current events.'

Stunning colorized pictures show the brutal Pacific War

The fascinating images show men being stretchered away to hospital, captured Japanese prisoners of war crammed onto a boat and men fighting at Okinawa. The images were brought to life by 54-year-old electrician Royston Leonard from Cardiff, Wales. One picture shows a group of soldiers on the shores of Tarawa, whilst another shows the deceased being taken away covered by the American flag.

Autonomous vehicles with no human backup will be put to the test on publicly traveled roads as early as next year in what may be the first attempt at unassisted autonomous piloting.

Archaeologists clearing the way for a road near Lincoln have discovered the imprint of four feline toes on a tile which dates back to the construction of a complex of buildings around 100 AD.

Researchers at the US Department of Energy and Virginia Tech have designed a 'supramolecule' which harvests light energy and converts it into hydrogen fuel.

China is making 'preliminary' preparations to send a man to the moon, state media cited a senior space official as saying, the latest goal in China's ambitious lunar exploration programme.

NASA reveals its latest astronaut class

After receiving more than 18,000 applications, NASA has finally announced its new class of astronauts – some of whom could move on to deep-space missions aboard the Orion spacecraft. The space agency introduced the new candidates today on stage at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, during an event that was attended by Vice President Mike Pence. The chosen few will undergo two years of training, after which they will be assigned to various missions, including research on the International Space Station, launches aboard commercial spacecraft, and even deep-space exploration.

Researchers led by the University of New England tracked down museum samples of skin from T. rex (pictured) and compiled a database of fossilised hide impressions.

Catherine Bance and her partner Bruce were walking on Aylesbeare Common in Devon when they made the terrifying discovery (pictured) on a muddy day on the moor.

The two-seat GyroDrive, created by Czech pilot Pavel Brezina, has a maximum driving speed of just 25mph (40km/h) and can take its crew of two on short drives to a petrol station or a hotel.

Reactions YouTube channels has taken science out of the lab and brought it into the kitchen. The team has shared three chemistry-fueled food hacks to help make your life easier.

SpaceX will fly its first mission for the U.S. Air Force in August when it launches the military´s X-37B miniature spaceplane, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said on Tuesday.

Mysterious 'Wow! signal' in 1977 was caused by comet

In 1977 an astronomer looking for alien life in the nigh sky above Ohio spotted a powerful radio signal so strong that he excitedly wrote 'Wow!' next to the data (main image). The 72-second blast, spotted by Dr Jerry Ehman through a radio telescope, came from Sagittarius but matched no known celestial object. Conspiracy theorists have since claimed that the 'Wow! signal', which was 30 times stronger than background radiation, was a message intelligent extraterrestrials. But one researcher has now found that the signal, which has perplexed scientists for 40 years, was in fact just the trace of two comets (stock image bottom left) as they shot past Earth. He used radio telescopes (Very Large Array pictured top left) onto the part of the sky where the signal was detected as the comets came past Earth again this year and found they produced similar signals.

The Wyss Institute has brought dreams of high performance running to a reality with a tethered soft exosuit that can reduce the metabolic cost of running on a treadmill by 5.4 percent.

This incredible image shows a rare stellar relationship known as a symbiotic star. It shows a red giant and a white dwarf that co-exist and interact with each other in a unique way.

Russia's remarkable Glass Beach on its Pacific coastline was formed after years of dumping old vodka, wine and beer bottles, along with jars and ceramics during the Soviet era.

Five hundred years after Luther published the 95 Theses in the town of Wittenberg, in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, an evangelical church unveiled an automatic blessing robot.

Professor Vladimir Khavinson, head of the St. Petersburg Institute of Bioregulation and Gerontology, found certain drugs interact with our DNA to maintain our body's function.

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a peculiar object in the Hare constellation that’s made up of two individual galaxies, speeding past each other at more than 1 million miles per hour.

AlphaGo defeated 19-year-old world number one Ke Jie (pictured) in the Chinese city of Wuzhen. DeepMind Technologies, a London-based AI firm, is behind the system.

Designer Benjamin Geskin, based in Riga, Latvia, has revealed that the iPhone 8, which is due to be released in September, will measure 143.59 x 70.94 x 7.57 mm.

NASA released a stunning image of Alaska’s Bogoslof Island erupting from space. The satellite, on Landsat 8, captured the blue-green hue of plumes over the Bering Sea.

Engineers in Japan have successfully tested a prototype for a flying car. The 'SkyDrive' (pictured), sponsored by Toyota, aims to be the world's smallest electric vehicle.

Observations collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover over 3.5 years have revealed that oxygen levels in an ancient Martian lake differed between shallow and deep water.

If the Canadian research proves true in further scientific trials, it could lead to the herb being used in similar vain to methadone for heroin addicts.

Designer Benjamin Geskin, based in Riga, Latvia, uploaded a ten second preview video as well as schematics which show some of the expected features of the final iPhone 8 design.

Located on a 3,000 meter-high mountain in the middle of the Atacama desert, the European Extremely Large Telescope is due to begin operating in 2024.

An original sequence showed Inkling Girl, a character on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, flexing her muscles and touching her bicep. But this has been changed after it emerged that the action is offensive in Italy.

A research team led by the University of Essex says that modern architecture featuring vertical, straight and unbending lines forces our brains to work harder.

A realistic robot with a sassy sense of humour pitted her wits against one of America's top TV personalities but audiences may be divided in their feelings about her appearance.

A remarkable new map has revealed the placement of dozens of 19th century ships under San Francisco, abandoned and even sunk intentionally before they were built upon.

Norway-based Yara has revealed its plans for the world’s first all-electric and autonomous container ship that will set sail in 2018. And it is predicted to remove 747 tons of CO2 from the air.

Astronauts should receive training on how to perform emergency medical procedures in micro-gravity, according to experts speaking at a Geneva medical congress this week.

Male gum-leaf skeletoniser moths with larger antennae are better at detecting smaller amounts of sex pheromones from females, Australian researchers have found.

Moscow-based technology firm Yandex has released footage of its first trial of Toyota Prius that has been modified to take on self-driving vehicles created by its international rivals.

The audio device, created by researchers at Michigan State University. could lead to a range of consumer products including a folding loudspeaker and a voice-activated security patch.

A temple to the Aztec wind god Ehecatl lays unearthed within the property of a hotel in Mexico City, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Plans to expand the hotel have been put on hold after archaeologists unearthed a 1400's temple to the Aztec wind god Ehecatl and a ceremonial ball court under the property. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

The rare finds, including the semi-circular temple of Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl and nearby ball court were revealed yesterday under a hotel in the heart of Mexico City.

A study led by researchers at University College London suggests that areas of the brain are organised by functions rather than individual body parts.

An article (pictured) which ran in the Rodney and Otamatea Times in New Zealand on the 14 August 1912 suggests people understood the effects of burning coal earlier than thought.

Designer Benjamin Geskin, based in Riga, Latvia, has released computer-assisted design drawings of the new iPhone 8. There appears to be no Home Button in the latest designs.

The Japanese text details a number of martial-arts moves that women can use for self defence, including throws, an abdomen strangulation technique and a way to break an attacker's arm.

The epitome of personalised luxury, the bespoke coupe was commissioned by an unnamed super-wealthy customer.

A bizarre feature spotted on Mars, which resembles the home of a fictional Star Wars beast, may have been created from an impact with a rogue space rock – or, it could be the result of a collapse.

Mark Zuckerberg shared the video on Facebook on Thursday. In it, he appeared excitedly telling his father flatly that he'd been accepted in to the Harvard Class of 2006.

Secrets behind the combat testing of several RAF planes at bases in Lincolnshire have been revealed in a new book written by former test pilots.

Tourist Hayley Johnson, from Manchester, noticed a strange and dark shape at dusk in Urquhart Bay, near Inverness, Scotland, and it has been recorded as the first Nessie sighting in eight months.

In space, cells grow in 3D, but microgravity can make it difficult to keep them in place, so researchers are growing lung cancer cells with gold to control them using magnets, which will then be sent to the ISS.

A new report has found that the US has slow mobile internet speeds. Data has shown that the nation ranked 28th in the world with 10.7 Mbps, which is 15.3Mbps behind the fastest - the UK.

The £67 ($87) Mokase is a heat-proof phone case made by Naples-based Smart K, which holds a drink inside and allows users to make a coffee via an app.

The study in the US found belief in the right to shoot and kill in self-defense, as well as adherence to 2nd Amendment rights, is often tied to the idea that society ‘is at the brink of collapse.’

Using data from NASA’s STEREO and SOHO missions, the simulation reveals how processes in the sun’s magnetic fields cause tension to build, creating a twisted ‘bubble’ that eventually snaps off.

The white-spotted giant was caught by fisherman Shawn Steward, from Oxnard, California, in the Channel Islands. Moonfish are the first fish known to by fully warm-blooded.

The new $349 smart 'HomePod' home speaker will go on sale later this year, and use Siri to aplay music and answer questions. Apple also unveiled iOS 11 and new iPads at the event.

Perry Watkins imported the 1958 Volkswagen truck from Oklahoma and has spent five years working on the crazy creation, which now features a fighter jet engine.

The CubeSats were developed by citizen inventors for the space agency’s Cube Quest Challenge – and, after launch, they’ll take part in the first-ever deep space competition.

Researchers from the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Science have discovered a new debris field in an annual meteor shower that could be hiding dangerous space rocks.

Saint-Petersburg-based face-scanning app FaceApp reveals what celebrities might look like if they were a different age or gender.

Franky Zapata, a 37-year-old former professional jet ski driver, was seen flying his Flyboard Air hoverboard over Lake Havasu, Arizona, earlier this month.

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer tweeted the photograph from the International Space Station, tweeting 'Never had a corner office with a view, but I must admit, I like it… a lot!

Cincinnati-based firm Workhorse has created a concept design for a drone-inspired eight armed helicopter that could carry two passengers on journeys up to 70 miles.

In April an incredible 'fire rainbow' floated in the air above Santa Cruz in California's Channel Islands, thankfully lingering long enough to be photographed.

The 'BMW Motorrad Concept Link' has a touchscreen dashboard, and can be connected to the rider's online calendar so it always knows where they want to go.

A 'mad scientist' designed a giant mouse trap consisting of plywood and coils from a car suspension system in order to catch a pesky raccoon - and it travels 42 mph (67 km/h) on impact.

Fallout from a Soviet nuclear weapons test at Semipalatinsk in August 1956 resulted in more than 600 people ending up in hospital with radiation sickness, four times the amount from Chernobyl.

A gold locket engraved with 'VC' tells a story of love and loss aboard the Titanic. It belonged to Virginia Estelle McDowell Clark who survived, but was forced to leave her husband behind.

The startling 'X-ray' map shows the many ‘hot spots’ of human influence, where fishing, shipping, and the effects of climate change have combined to become a detrimental force.

The dancing bot, designed by researchers at Tohoku University in Japan, adjusts its teaching based on the user's number of previous practice sessions and performance history.

Two skeletons dating from the 5th century were found under the walls of the Wolseong, or Moon Castle, in Gyeongju in South Korea, the capital of the former Silla kingdom

Evidence of human sacrifice to try to ensure the success of ancient construction projects has been found for the first time under the walls of Moon Castle, in Gyeongju, South Korea.

Jeff Bezos, who owns space firm, Blue Origin, was speaking during a Q&A; with children at Seattle's Museum of Flight.

Researchers from the University of St Andrews filmed a chimpanzee in Zambia called Noel cleaning the teeth of her dead son. The footage may shed light on how humans evolved mortuary practices.

A Los Angeles-based tattoo artist has created the 'Skin Motion' app that will allow you to create designs from audio clips of noises, spoken words and music which can then be played back on a smartphone.

The ice has not been seen in Antarctica since 2007, said Dr Guy Williams, a researcher at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania who spotted the ice in the Ross Sea.

Digital imaging by Brazilian graphic designer, Cicero Moraes, shows the features of a 40 to 50-year-old prehistoric man whose face resembles Australian Aborigines.

Visualization scientist Robert Hurt of Caltech’s IPAC center, and multimedia producer Tim Pyle have created some of NASA’s most memorable images with data from the Spitzer Space Telescope.

The incredible find shows the head, neck, wing, tail and feet of a now extinct bird in unprecedented detail.It was just a few days old when it fell into a pool of sap oozing from a conifer tree in Myanmar.

Ori Systems' unit can transition between three modes: Bed mode, lounge mode and wardrobe mode. It's controlled by using either the interface on the unit, a companion app or via Amazon Alexa. It was designed for life in highly populated cities around the world, where living spaces are becoming smaller and increasingly expensive. The system is available for pre-order by property developers and is set to be installed in properties across US cities within the next year, including Boston, Miami, New York and San Francisco. Pictured center is the unit in bed more, and pictured top right is the unit's desk being used as a work space, with the bed hidden away in the frame to create extra space.

The new device, which can also be used as a touchscreen tablet, will cost £799 ($799) and go on sale on 15 June, the technology giant confirmed at an event in Shanghai.

The system, developed by researchers at the University of Melbourne, projects different layers of the human body on a volunteer, providing a visual of how the body’s systems work in real-time.

The 15m carcass was discovered by Asrul Tuanakota, a local resident, on the northern shore of Seram Island in the Maluku province.

Researcher and slingshot enthusiast Jörg Sprave discovered the surprising power of slingshot bullets found at Burnswark Hill just west of Dumfries by analysing the kinetic energy they could impart.

The student-controlled EarthKAM camera aboard NASA's ISS captured an image of the Grand Canyon from low Earth orbit, which shows the details of its ridged edges that stretch for miles.

In the UK, three routes have been picked, that see lines built from London to Edinburgh, Glasgow to Cardiff and a third route connecting cities in the North to Scotland.

UFO experts claimed to have deciphered a memo, seen in a 1947 photograph (pictured), which states that a 'disc-shaped craft and victims' were recovered from Roswell, New Mexico.

DailyMail.com spoke to a body language expert to find out what Donald Trump was really thinking during his NATO misadventures on Thursday - and her insights are shocking.

The new observations come as part of ESA’s Near-Earth Object Lunar Impacts and Optical Transients project, which launched this past March. It will monitor the dark side of the moon.

Students from a research university in Beijing have begun an experiment to test the conditions likely to face Chinese astronauts, who will attempt a mission to the surface of the moon by 2036.

A key figurehead of the UAE's ambitious plans announced at the Humans to Mars summit in Washington DC yesterday that young Arab people will lead the mission.

Researchers from Northumbria University found there was 'clear evidence' for similarities between the brothers and partners of heterosexual women.

MSC Cruises announced plans for its new World Class ships at a ceremony in France's Saint-Nazaire last week. And a CGI-rendering reveals just how stunning they will look.

The site, in Newbold-on-Stour, dates between 4,000 and 3,000BC, and its purpose is unknown. Five skeletons, though to date to the late Bronze Age, were also found nearby.

The test on May 23 was conducted on the A-1 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, and lasted for more than eight minutes. Engineers tested the 'brain' of the engines.

Mr Andrew Davies, a coracleman from Carmarthen, dredged up the sword while casting his net in the River Towy.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has sent back the most detailed look yet at a sprinkling of ‘propeller belts’ in Saturn’s A ring. These features are bright ‘disturbances’ produced by unseen moonlets.

Experts have revealed evidence-based speculations for the scenarios and events that could occur on Earth over the next one billion years - and they included humans evolving on other planets.

An engineer explains how falling back in your chair is not a clumsy mishap, but is a result of your center of gravity passing over the point of rotation that creates a system of unbalanced forces.

The man, nicknamed 'Mikhail', was aged around 30 when he died between the seventh and ninth century AD. He was found buried at the Ust-Ivanovka burial site in the Primorsky region of Siberia.

The new exhibit at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg, Canada, includes a touring collection of twenty dinosaur skeletons and robots, up to more than 60 feet (18 meters) in length.

The DJI camera drone, called Spark, can be operated by a remote controller, a mobile device, or via hand gestures. It can fly on a preset path and maintain focus on a moving subject.

Researchers in Australia have likened the telescope to the dark overlord Sauron, the ‘all-seeing eye’ of the Lord of the Rings series, and they say it could soon spot new FRBs every few days.

It is a stunning scene – the sun setting over what Steve Jobs had called ‘the best office building in the world’. The latest flyover video of Apple Park shows how massive the spaceship has become.

Using observations from the JunoCam, a mathematician in Germany created a stunning time-lapse video – and, set to a dramatic sci-fi music, the footage reveals its alien beauty.

16 Psyche is one of the most mysterious objects in our solar system, ans NASA now hopes to blast off to it in 2022, and arrive four years earlier than planned in 2026.

From buying a Christmas tree farm in Nevada to purchasing so many local trees it caused a shortage for other construction projects, the incredible lengths Apple went to have been revealed.

Kitchen tips passed down the generations are in danger of being debunked by know-all scientists who have examined the chemistry behind them for New Scientist magazine.

Tesla has finally teased a look at its highly-anticipated Model Y crossover. While the photo doesn’t disclose much, it does suggest the Model Y could forgo side-view mirrors.

A stunning animation released by Nasa shows all of the comets and asteroids near Earth being tracked by the Washington-based agency's Neowise spacecraft.

Nasa's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, has released images captured from inside Jupiter's looking outward, with Betelgeuse and the Orion constellation clearly visible in the frame.

The plans, first announced last year, were hatched by an international group of scientists and are backed by a Russian billionaire. The group hopes to one day build an independent space community.

An Apple memo told staff they can't take any holiday between 17 September and 4 November - which some claim means we will the handsets unveiled on the 17th.

Deputy Sheriff Charles Fogus revealed how he saw he saw a crashed flying saucer and aliens who 'looked like the ones we see on television' at Roswell, a newly-released interview reveals.

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.