A special Boeing 747 test aircraft flew from Victorville, California, with the new GE9X engine mounted under its left wing, dwarfing the plane's three other engines (left). The engine has the largest front fan in the world, GE says, at 134 inches (11 feet) in diameter (top right). Boeing asked General Electric to develop an engine strong enough to power its 777X aircraft family, a new version of the 777 'mini-jumbo' with up to 406 seats (artist's impression, bottom left). The engine is expected to first fly under its own power in the first quarter of next year, ahead of its planned maiden commercial flight in 2020.

First St. Paddy's parade took place in Florida a century before NY's

It's been thought St. Patrick’s Day observance began to spring up in the US in the early 1700s, with feasts, religious services, and charitable events in New York and Boston that largely mirrored traditional practices seen in Ireland. While New York has long been credited as having the first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade, when Irish soldiers in the British Army organized in 1766, a recent discovery suggests the first actually occurred more than 150 years earlier, in a city 1,000 miles away. Historical documents from the Florida city of St. Augustine now stand as evidence of the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the US, according to a researcher from the University of South Florida.

In a study of 2,300 women, researchers found ladies were 32 percent more likely to orgasm when romping with the same sex, despite the fact that heterosexual couples had sex more frequently.

Scientists say driverless cars, if designed in a way that’s too reliant on GPS, may suffer complications during powerful space weather events, making it difficult to carry out their functions as intended.

Experts from Colorado State University's Advanced Beam Laboratory used a compact but powerful laser they built from scratch to heat tiny, invisible wires, known as nanowires.

Experts baffled by boa constrictor with two heads AND two hearts that appears to be twin snakes 'in one outer skin'

A two-headed boa in Florida has two hearts, veterinarians have discovered. The scientists said they have not seen a two-headed snake of this species. Two-headed snakes typically don't live long, but some have made it to adulthood. The snake was born with two different digestive systems, heads and hearts.

The finding was made by a team of researchers led by Ari Silburt at Penn State University and Mohamad Ali-Dib at the University of Toronto, who fed 90,000 images of the moon's surface into the AI.

Google Maps has revealed a new feature to help wheelchair-using commuters as well as people who rely on crutches, other mobility aids, or frequently push strollers.

Uber is discussing the possibility of installing its self-driving system in Toyota vehicles as the U.S. ride-hailing firm seeks to sell its autonomous driving technology to outside companies.

Many major U.S. cities have pre-empted problems with rules that sharply limit how many dockless-bike companies can operate and how many bikes they can offer to avoid blocking sidewalks.

Dino dog! World’s biggest puppy bred to recreate an extinct 7,000-year-old monster dog is 6ft tall and already weighs more than the average human at just 9 months old

A nine-month-old dog that weighs 12 stone (180lb) and stands six-foot-tall is the world's biggest puppy, according to its owner. Enormous Euphrates was bred to replicate a prehistoric canine species and eats an impressive eight cups of dog food a day. She is a member of a new breed called the American Molossus, selectively bred to be the closest genetic descendent of the Mesopotamian Molossus, a massive dog species that died out 7,000 years ago. The only remnants of the ancient canines left are in museums, with some account suggesting they were used in battle by ancient Mesopotamian tribes. After calling hundreds of breeders and Guinness World Records, owner Jared Howser (inset), 41, of Salt Lake City, Utah, believes he own's the largest puppy in the world.

Samples taken from up to 33 metres (108ft) below the surface in Ruislip have revealed a strange black clay that suggests the area once had densely wooded marshes on the edge of a sub-tropical sea.

EXCLUSIVE: The microscopic exosomes - 1,000 times thinner than hair - transport a damaging enzyme that leads to fibrosis of the kidney, Nottingham Trent University experts found.

Facebook, based in Menlo Park in San Francisco, experienced a significant malfunction last night as it provided violent and sexually explicit suggestions when users searched 'videos of'.

Researchers at Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, show that Jupiter's 'Great Red Spot' is shrivelling at a rate of 140 miles (230km) per year.

Ancient brain of fossilised sea monster is found in Greenland

The brains, found by Bristol University, belong to a type of marine predator known as Kerygmachela kierkegaardi  which existed around 521 and 514 million years ago. in Sirius Passet, North Greenland (bottom right). These sea monsters are believed to have had two long appendages on their head, 11 swimming flaps and a skinny tail to help them hunt their prey. Pictured inset is a diagram of the simple creature. The top left image shows one of the fossils. Unlike the human brain, which has three segments, the fossilised brains of these predators only had a single segment. Researchers hope these simple brains could help shed light on how ancient brains evolved.


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The grizzly moment great white sharks reduce a 28ft humpback whale carcass to just two flippers and shreds of blubber

Grizzly footage shows the moment a 28ft-long dead humpback whale gets reduced to shreds by a group of hungry great white sharks. Video clips and photos captured by biologists from Georgia in the U.S. show the large carcass floating in the ocean and attracting a swarm of ravenous predators. Great whites - and tiger sharks - steadily tuck into the whale, until the deceased beast is diminished to just two flippers and a lump of white blubber.

A bug has been found in the Mac version of the Google Chrome Remote Desktop app by San Carlos-based Checkpoint Security. It allows hackers to access an admin account on Macs.

This AI, presented at the European Association of Urology congress in Copenhagen, has shown similar levels of accuracy to a human pathologist (stock image).

Twitter user Katyagar Moonagon uploaded a picture of a Waitrose card inserted into the power slot of her Dublin hotel room and Twitter went into a state of frenzied excitement.

One in four mammals are currently threatened with extinction and a global appraisal of the damage, and what can be done to reverse it, will be conducted in Medellin in the coming days (stock).

Scientists from Nasa and the National Nuclear Security Administration found that it might be impossible to stop the space rock from careering into Earth next century (stock image).

Defense Department’s research branch has launched a new initiative to study time crystals and their potential applications, in a program called Driven and Nonequilibrium Quantum Systems.

From having cereal with water each morning to not being able to wear any make up, Phoebe Weston found that living a plastic-free life is much tougher than it seems.

Great White shark dwarfs cage divers in stunning pictures

The giant predator, which weighs more than two tonnes, can be seen circling the cage time and time again. The photos, captured off the Guadalupe Islands in Mexico, were taken for a shark identification project by water safety specialist John Maher. The 35-year-old, from La Jolla in California, traveled more than 24 hours on the research vessel and spent three days documenting the different great whites. John said: 'The ride on the ship took a day to get to the waters near Guadalupe Island. Once we were near, the boat anchored and the shark cages were dropped to a depth of 40 feet.' He added: 'I was about 40 feet away from the other cage. To the best of my knowledge, the shark I saw was one of the largest female great whites anyone had seen all season.'

MIT scientists have built a device that may revolutionize the way we conduct drug testing. The paperback-sized device, called a 'body-on-a-chip,' can hold up to 10 artificial 'human' organs.

Researchers from Tufts University have uncovered the earliest evidence of the brain's role in the patterning behind tissue growth. It suggests signals from the early brain help prevent defects.

Researchers discovered that rattlesnake venom could replace some antibiotics. A growing number of bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics.

More than one-fourth of Americans are 'almost constantly' online. Pew Research Center says this number has risen four percent since 2015.

Ancient Easter Island could be ruined by rising sea levels

Rising sea levels are rapidly eroding the coast of the island (left), threatening dozens of moai statues (right and inset) and their platforms, built between 1100 and 1680. These statues could represent the island's ancestors and with sea levels set to rise as much as six feet by 2100 they are under threat like never before. Nobody really knows how the colossal stone statues that guard Easter Island were moved into position. We also don't know why during the decades following the island's discovery by Dutch explorers in 1722, each statue was systematically toppled, or how the population of Rapa Nui islanders was decimated. However, the landscape is quickly changing and soon these statues could be gone forever, taking with them any clues about what happened to this civilisation.

Siri's troubled seven-year history is likely a result of poor management, decision making and an inconsistent vision at the company, according to a new report from the Information.

NASA announced on Wednesday that the space craft only has a few months left before it 'dies.' Kepler doesn't have a gas gauge, but estimates show it's reaching dangerously low levels of fuel.

Internet enabled devices in the UK's hospitals are vulnerable to being hacked and could put people’s lives at risk, a report from the Royal Academy of Engineering warns.

Walmart Inc's patent filings hint that it may see a future where farmers use its drones to not only spot crop problems but selectively apply chemicals or even disperse pollen.

Unlike traditional dyes, a new graphene formula created by scientists at Northwestern University in Illinois works by coating the cells, meaning it doesn't leave you with a brittle barnet.

Binoic woman Angel Giuffria turned away from socket at SXSW

Angel Giuffria was born missing her left arm below the elbow. An advocate for prosethic technology, she wears a battery-powered bionic hand that uses surface electrodes and can be programmed wirelessly. While attending SXSW, she was using it more than usual for demonstrations and the battery began to die. A person charging a phone turned her away from a socket — but she insisted she found the situation funny. The 28-year-old is also an actress who appeared in The Hunger Games.

Researchers from the Universities of Sheffield and Exeter found people felt more engaged with their work because they enjoyed more freedom to innovate and influence their environments.

The fish-eating mammals that spend time in Puget Sound have struggled for years with a lack of food, pollution, noise and disturbances from boat traffic.

Microphones recorded eruptions of Bogoslof volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands for a period of eight months between December 2016 and August 2017.

The trend was kick-started by Oregon Zoo, using the hashtag #rateaspecies. Now dozens of parks have joined in, with tongue-in-cheek write-ups of vultures, lions, otters, owls and many more.

Such diseases, termed zoonoses, are usually very mild, but the rarer ones can be more severe, explains Alan Radford, a professor of veterinary health informatics at Liverpool University.

Elizabeth Holmes, founder of blood testing group Theranos, was yesterday banned by the US Securities and Exchange Commission from public companies for ten years.

Netflix, based in Scotts Valley, California, reversed its plans after coming under fire for encouraging children to watch too much TV, through gamification of the service with collectable patches.

Modern humans interbred with Denisovans twice

A new DNA study by the University of Washington has found that our forefathers interbred with another mysterious group of hominins, the Denisovans, on at least two occasions (left).The finding happened by chance while US researchers were developing a new method of comparing whole genomes between modern human and Denisovan populations using genetic information extracted from fossils (inset). Researchers found two distinct modern human genomes - one from Oceania and another from East Asia - both with Denisovan ancestry. Remains of these mysterious early humans have only been discovered at one site - the Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains in Siberia (right).

Researchers in Germany have found a possible explanation for why elderly people are prone to losing their sense of direction by locating instability in the brain's navigation system.

The Marine Conservation Society has updated its Good Fish Guide, suggesting the best fish to eat both in terms of sustainability and boosting the UK fishing industry.

A damning new US study has revealed leading brands of water bottles are contaminated with tiny plastic particles.

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, said the ease with which criminals or paedophiles can take control of devices in the home is 'truly frightening'. (Stock image)

Citing current and former Tesla employees, a report from CNBC claims roughly 40 percent of the parts made or received at Tesla's Fremont factory must be ‘reworked.’

Future of sport? Toyota unveils a 6ft 3in robot basketball player that uses AI to shoot hoops better than the pros

A 6ft 3in(1.9m) humanoid robot that shoots hoops better than professional basketball players has been unveiled by Toyota. Named Cue, the android can shoot with nearly 100 per cent accuracy at short distances, according to the Japanese engineers behind the project. It has learned to score hoops using artificial intelligence having thrown some 200,000 practice shots. In a shootout, the robot scored more free-throws than players at Arvalq Tokyo, a team in Japan's top professional league.

The US Transportation Command controls the movement of troops. It will now begin uploading sensitive information to Amazon's secret cloud.

 A year ago, I asked Stephen Hawking how he would like to spend his last day alive. ‘Being with my family,’ he replied, ‘listening to Wagner, while sipping Champagne in the summer sun.’

Campaigners fear the growing reliance on gas imports leaves the UK vulnerable at a time of heightened political tension with Russia in wake of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

Twitter may be preparing to take on Snapchat with a new 'camera-first' photo and video feature. The tool would combine location-based photos and videos with Moments during newsworthy events.

Professor Stephen Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge this morning after a long battle with motor neurone disease, his family has revealed.

New research from the University of Bradford details the differences between male and female smiles. The research gave way to AI that can predict a person's sex based on their smile.

Biometric software company Daon has developed a way for users to send money to friends using Alexa. The feature could arrive on Amazon's Alexa in the next nine to 18 months.

Tech billionaire pays $10K to die and have his brain uploaded online

A Silicone Valley tech-billionaire is paying $10,000 for an early death in exchange for a promise to live forever.  Entreprenuer Sam Altman is one of 25 people on a waiting list at Nectome, a startup company that alleges to upload a person's brain into a computer so they can live forever, according to the New York Post.  But in exchange for eternally preserving his mind, the 32-year-old will have to die first. Somewhat ironically, the company Altman founded - Y Combinator - funds startups like Nectome.

Ceres, which is being studied by Washington, DC-based Nasa's Dawn probe, is of particular interest to scientists because it may hold some of the ingredients for alien life.

Researchers at the University of São Paulo in Brazil found that smartphones are useful in performing minimally invasive brain surgeries.

YouTube is adopting a new strategy to counter the spread of conspiracy theories, fake news and other disinformation. The firm will display information from Wikipedia on certain videos.

A robot made by Wells Fargo predicted Boston will be the site of Amazon's HQ2. Amazon's second headquarters will cost $5 billion and come with 50,000 jobs.

Rumors began swirling earlier this week that the Facebook -owned app was testing a chronological feed among a select group of users. But now the firm has flat out denied that it's bringing back the feature.

If an alien sitting on a distant planet has sent a message it would take a minimum of 100,000 years to reach us, according to researchers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Delip Rao, CEO and co-founder of R7 Speech Sciences based in San Francisco, has revealed that digital AI assistants are better at understanding male voices over female speech.

The Oxford-based biologist and renowned atheist envisions human flesh becoming a form of 'clean meat' - a product created using stem cells that could help feed the world without slaughtering any creatures.

Michelangelo included hidden caricature of himself in his sketches

The findings were made by Dr Deivis DeCampos, a researcher in human anatomy at the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre in Brazil. In the portrait of Michelangelo’s friend (left), created by the artist in 1525, he found a small figure standing in the area immediately in front of her abdomen and between the lines that form part of her dress (highlighted left, in closeup right). The caricature may have been a way for Michelangelo (inset, right) to get round restrictions on artists signing their work.

Leaving a fortnight's gap between trims rather than mowing every week helps to grow pollinating plants that bees need to survive, researchers at the University of Massachusetts found.

An international team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge have looked at the lakes that form on the ice sheets of Greenland. As the temporary lakes drain away they melt the ice.

Professor Stephen Hawking, who passed away today at the age of 76 in his Cambridge home, believed that living your best life was more important than hoping for a heaven.

British physicist Stephen Hawking was one of the world's most acclaimed cosmologists, a medical miracle, and probably the galaxy's most unlikely superstar celebrity.

Oxford-born physicist Stephen Hawking probed the very limits of human understanding both in the vastness of space and in the bizarre sub-molecular world of quantum theory.

The spacecraft that explored Pluto is now headed toward a New Year's Day encounter with this mysterious object or two, 1 billion miles farther, on the fringes of our solar system.

The finding was made by experts at Rosatom, the Russian state's atomic corporation, and three physicists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Savvy developer uses Apple's ARKit to create augmented reality Street Fighter game that brings virtual brawls to life

Using Apple's augmented reality software, programmer Abhishek Singh was able to create a multiplayer version of the nostalgia-inducing combat game from the 1980's. Street Fighter II: Real World Warrior lets users play the game on a busy street, on top of tables and in parking lots. The game title is a play on words from the real Street Fighter II: The World Warrior.

Despite being confined to a wheelchair since his early 20s, that didn't hold back the esteemed theoretical physicist, who earned comparisons to Albert Einstein for his research on the cosmos.

A team of ESA-backed researchers recently ventured into the La Cueva de los Verdes lava tube in Spain to map the nearly 5 mile (8 kilometer) ‘lava tube’ in unprecedented detail.

Stephen Hawking's final warning to humanity

The renowned theoretical physicist feared asteroid stripes, AI, over-population, climate change, aliens and human aggression could all wipe out humanity. Professor Hawking made the warning in May and said future generations must forge a new existence in space. Hawking, who wanted to go into space on Virgin boss Richard Branson's Ride Virgin Atlantic spaceship, said: 'I want to encourage public interest in space, and I have been getting my training in early.'

Disney will offer a streaming service to compete with firms like Netflix and Hulu. The move comes as people are dropping pay television subscriptions.

In a new study, researchers from Stanford University analyzed the mortality rates associated with both venomous and nonvenomous animals in the US from 2008-2015.

Researchers from the University of Aberdeen and UMass Amherst in Massachusetts found that increasing pine marten numbers in Scotland are killing grey squirrels and saving red squirrels.

Airbus shared new video of its Alpha One self-flying taxi taking off from an airport last month. Alpha One is part of Project Vahana, the aerospace giant's advanced projects division.

The partnership centers around Project Maven, which is the codename for a system that analyzes aerial surveillance video to look for patterns that can military intelligence analysts.

Neuroscientists at the University of Toronto Scarborough hooked up test subjects to EEG equipment and were shown images of faces, which were recreated by using machine learning.

An internal e-mail leaked by Cupertino-based company Apple reveals that the firm will stop taking new iTunes LP submissions as of this month.

As second officer on the ill-fated ship, David Blair, from Tayside, east Scotland, was in charge of looking after the keys which opened a cabinet containing the crow's nest binoculars.

Researchers from Monash University in Australia followed 575 Australian adolescents as they went from teenagers to adults. Those that went to university were more agreeable, and outgoing.

The clip, taken as part of a newsreel in 1955, is taken in a Bell Labs office in San Francisco, and features a woman sat down at a huge computer desk with a dial-up phone and two small screens.

A new study led by researchers at Chicago University found that the evolution of the human brain may have occurred far more gradually than previously believed.

A two-minute video captured a mysterious object streaking across the sky just about the Atlantic Ocean. The pilots who captured the footage were able to lock onto the object as it moved.

Security researchers at Google's Project Zero computer security analysis team in Mountain View, California, discovered the two flaws in conjunction with academic and industry experts.

Joe Nadeau, principal scientist at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute in Seattle, believes eggs are an active player in reproduction and have a control over their offspring.

The 'AI child' created by Mountain View-based researchers from Google is proof machine-made programmes are now more accurate than ones created by humans.

The SpaceX boss has poached several writers and editors from satirical news publication The Onion to work on a secret project he's funding, according to The Daily Beast.

Speaking at a conference, Jeff Ashby, is director of safety and mission assurance for Jeff Bezos's space firm Blue Origin, said the firm is 'a year out' from human flights.

The fossil was found in a famous palaeontological site named 'Las Hoyas' in central Spain, which dates back to the Early Cretaceous, about 127 million years ago.

The intersex Pacific spadenose shark was caught in a fishing trawl in the southern Taiwan Strait, and landed at Xiamen, China, earlier this year.

A hilarious video from Useless Duck Company has revealed the ‘Donald Trump Handshake Robot,’ which aims to mimic the unpredictable nature of the president’s notorious handshake.

Dogger Bank, 78 miles (125 km) off the East Yorkshire coast, has been identified as a potential shallow and windy building site for the £1.3 billion ($1.75 billion) project.

Chinese firm 90Fun has unveiled its Puppy 1 suitcase equipped with a custom auto-following chip and Segway’s self-balancing technology to prevent falling over. And, Segway unveiled Loomo.

Boeing has been testing flying taxi prototypes that could one day be capable of ferrying humans to and from places, via urban 'vertiports,' not unlike Uber. The firm says flying taxis could be used in a decade.

The laser weapon will be fitted to the ship later this year as a 'technology demonstrator' officials said. It paves the way for laser weapons to be integrated across the Navy fleet.

Virgin Galactic's latest glide test saw VSS Unity sent up from California's Mojave Air and Space Port attached to a twin-fuselage White Knight carrier airplane.

The study, from experts at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, showed that the ants may even opt to build bridges themselves when they find a gap on their route.

Austin-based startup Icon unveiled the its single-story 650-square-foot (60 sq m) house, which can be printed out of cement in just 12 to 24 hours, at the SXSW festival.

Conservationists from the WCS Congo Program have captured footage of a western lowland gorilla cuddling her baby, who was thought to be just a week old when the pair was spotted.

University of California Merced and California Academy of Sciences researchers used high-speed video cameras to show how flattie spiders whip around in one-eighth of a second to strike prey.

These incredible images from iFixit reveal several surprises inside the handset. Apple managed to cram in two batteries for instance, allowing them to arrange them in an L shape to optimise space.

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.