The 'high-tech utopia' of Songdo on South Korea's northeast coast was built from scratch and designed around technology, with computers built into its streets (top left) and condos to control traffic and let neighbours hold video chats. Residents were promised a city of the future, with remote-controlled front doors as well as rubbish chutes that pneumatically 'sucked' garbage from your home to later be recycled to generate electricity. But eerie photos (pictured) show that, just over a decade on, the deserted city is still less than half-built, with one citizen saying it's like 'living in a deserted prison'. The brainchild of property developers and the South Korean government, the vision was to construct a new way of thinking for over 300,000 residents, spread out over 600 hectares of reclaimed land from the Yellow Sea. It was to be more intelligent in the way it deals with technology, environment, business and education. Built within 25 miles of Seoul, it was billed as the antithesis of the suffocating, over-populated capital city. But the £28 billion ($40 billion) project has struggled to bring in residents and big companies, halting completion of its developers' wide-eyed dream.
'Facebook will NEVER sell your information without consent': Mark Zuckerberg's claim in a 2009 interview is revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
NSA whistleblower Snowden, now believed to be in exile in Moscow, shared the footage in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal which saw data from 50 million Facebook sold on.This information was used to target voters in the US, based on psychological profiling, with political adverts spreading disinformation. In response to questions over whether his firm would sell data, Zuckerberg said in the clip 'No, of course not'. Facebook is also facing criticism for collecting years of data on call and text histories from Android users.
13,000-year-old human footprints discovered on Canadian island are the earliest ever found in North America - and prove people were living there at the end of last Ice Age
The footprints, which are the only ones found from this time around Canada's Pacific coast, belong to at least three different individuals. They were found on the shoreline of Calvert Island (pictured right, top and bottom). Here, the sea level is two to three meters higher than it was at the end of the last ice age. Researchers uncovered 29 human footprints of at least three different sizes in these sediments, which radiocarbon dating estimated to be around 13,000 years old. Pictured (left) is a photograph of a track beside a digitally-enhanced image of the same feature. Pictured (inset) are Alaskan Natives filmed as part of the 1949 documentary Eskimo Hunters in Alaska - The Traditional Inuit Way of Life.
Inside the painstakingly restored Cold War bunker where civilian volunteers would have assessed the devastating scale of nuclear Armageddon after a Soviet attack
The Caledonian Headquarters, in Dundee, was capable of keeping 100 Royal Observer Corps (ROC) staff alive for at least a month in the event of all-out nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Those sealed underground were tasked with collecting data from smaller monitoring stations scattered across Scotland. The massive 30ft (9.1m) deep headquarters was abandoned in 1991 - when the Soviet Union collapsed - and fell into disrepair over the next 14 years.
Body of fearsome Chinese warlord Cao Cao is finally found in a 1,800-year-old Han Dynasty tomb despite ancient efforts to hide the site
Archaeologists from the Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology say they are now sure that the remains of a man aged between 60 and 70 are those of the famous warlord. Historians say Cao Cao's outstanding military and political talents enabled him to build the strongest and most prosperous state in northern China. The huge mausoleum site (pictured, left, main chamber, right) was hard to find as most of its structure above ground had been demolished. A tomb thought to be his was found in 2009 but a controversy has raged since then over whether it was really Cao Cao (inset) in the main chamber. But archaeologists from the Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology say they are now sure that the remains of a man aged between 60 and 70 are those of the famous warlord.
A lost world in the heart of the Amazon rainforest was actually home to one MILLION people living in ancient fortified villages as early as 1250 AD
Archaeologists from the University of Exeter have uncovered evidence there were hundreds of villages away from major rivers in unexplored parts of the Amazon. People had assumed ancient communities (right, artist's impression) had preferred to live near these waterways, but the new evidence shows this was not the case. By analysing charcoal remains and excavated pottery, researchers found a 1,100-mile (1,800km) stretch of southern Amazonia that was continuously occupied from 1250 until 1500. Pictured (left and inset) are the remains of fortified villages and mysterious earthworks called geoglyphs in the current Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.
The genes that rewrite the history of mankind: DNA from Morocco shows human populations had links which stretched across continents as far back as 25,000 years ago
The finding was made by an international team of researchers, led by Johannes Krause and Choongwon Jeong from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany. They sequenced DNA (left) from people who lived in Morocco (bottom right) approximately 15,000 years ago - the oldest nuclear DNA from Africa ever successfully analysed. It revealed Near Eastern ancestry, which suggests connections between North Africa and the Near East began much earlier than many previously thought. The Iberomaurusians, who lived in the area around 20,000 years to 10,000 years ago, are believed to be the first in the area to produce finer stone tools, known as microliths (top right).
Blooming marvellous: Transformation of a kidney bean into a fully-grown plant is captured in a mesmerising timelapse
Shot through a soil cross section by Lithuanian YouTuber Mindaugas Kriksciukas, the footage shows how the bean first bursts and sprouts roots, before a stem and plant shoots out above the surface. Capturing such a unique video was a painstaking process, Mr Kriksciukas, of the YouTube channel GPhase, said, and it took a grand total of four attempts. The footage was shot over 25 days, with Mr Kriksciukas, 27, setting his camera to shoot an image of the bean's progress every nine minutes and 36 seconds. The result was a jittery but engrossing clip, showing just how much plants can move during their earliest stages of growth.
Archaeologists discover a 2,500-year-old mummy in what they thought was an EMPTY Egyptian coffin sitting in storage at a university for 150 years
A 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy has been discovered in a coffin that was in storage at the Sydney University for 150 years and archaeologists are now studying the remains. The researchers are using modern technology for the study and hope to shed new light on the ancient civilisation. The coffin, along with three others owned by the Nicholson Museum, will be exhibited in a new museum on the university grounds.
The haunting remains of a medieval woman who had a hole drilled into her skull at 38 weeks pregnant and 'gave birth' AFTER she was buried
Researchers from the Universities of Ferrara and Bologna say the remains of a medieval woman found in Imola, Italy are a rare example of both 'coffin birth' and an ancient form of brain surgery. Archaeologists found the well-preserved remains of an adult laid to rest with the bones of a fetus positioned between its legs (shown center). By the time of burial, both the mother and child were already dead – but, it wasn’t until after that the stillborn baby was pushed from her body Markings on her skull indicate she underwent medieval brain surgery at least a week prior, with a hole drilled neatly into her skull.
The ultimate houseboat? Engineer designs luxury £150,000 electric 'hydro boat' with aquatic parking for PLANES and its own pier
The £150,000 'HydroHouse', which can serve as a pier for boats and yachts, has two electric engines powered by a huge bank of solar panels on its roof. Designed by Russian naval architect Maxim Zhivov, the craft (pictured main) could be used as a permanent residence or a holiday home. Mr Zhivov, who worked with experts at the Russian Baikal Yacht Group for the project, told MailOnline his team is currently looking for an investor to make the design a reality. The HydroHouse has a kitchen, living room, master bedroom, two guest bedrooms, bathroom and its own aquatic 'garage' that can fit small boats or a hydroplane. Its second floor features storage room for equipment as well as space to sunbathe on the upper decks.
Latvian startup unveils giant drone that can fight fires, clean wind turbines, and carry PEOPLE to safety from disaster sites
The quadcopter is designed to handle these kinds of tasks, since it's outfitted with 28 motors and 16 batteries that enable it to lift up to 400lbs for 20 minutes on a single charge. But in most cases, the drone can fly for several hours, given that it's tethered to the ground by a few cables that provide power and water.
Was Tutankhamun a child warrior? Pharaoh was a battle-hardened soldier and not merely a sickly boy-king, suggest scars on his armour
A University of Northampton scholar looked at the armour (left) buried alongside King Tut (inset) in his tomb and found that he was likely not the feeble and weak ruler he is believed to be. The tunic was housed in the new Grand Egyptian Museum, Cairo, and has now been subject to new analysis using cutting-edge imagery techniques (right) to see the condition of the ancient leather garment. This revelation shows that the Egypt's most famous leader of all time was not the weak, sick and poorly child we believe him to be in the 21st Century. Potentially an experienced warrior, his battle-hardened armour could turn the perception of ancient Egypt on its head.
Rare 3,500-year-old sculpture of female pharaoh Hatshepsut who was 'both king and queen' in Egypt is found after languishing in storage for nearly half a century
The sculpture had been gathering dust at Swansea University's Egypt Centre when it was found during a session where students can handle objects in the archives. Consisting of two irregularly shaped limestone fragments (right), the object was requested for the handling session based on one black and white photograph. Many monuments of Hatshepsut, who was considered 'both king and queen,' were destroyed, so images of her represented as a woman are extremely rare. Dr Kenneth Griffin is shown examining the sculpture inset. An artist's depiction of the pharaoh is pictured left.