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A 15 mile long formation on the San Andreas fault could be responsible for the next 'big

Researchers from the Geological Society of America used detailed geologic and structural mapping of the southern 20 miles (30km) of the San Andreas fault zone in southern California. They found the Durmid ladder structure (left), a highly faulted area of rock that is 0.6 to 2.5 miles (one to four km) wide, found in the upper 1.8 to 3.1 miles (three to five km) of the ground and named for the Durmid Hill region it is located in. Experts say this could be ground zero for the next major earthquake to hit the fault (aerial view, top right), colloquially known as 'Big One'. Researchers have been warning since early last year that the state is overdue for a highly destructive earthquake (bottom right, destruction after Northridge earthquake hit Los Angeles in 1994)

Mystery of the bizarre 'UFO' formation on Mars is solved: Scientists claim it was created by massive volcanic eruptions 3 billion years ago

The Medusae Fossae Formation, an unusual deposit of soft rock near Mars's equator, could be the product of volcanic eruptions, say researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. Since its discovery in the 1960s, researchers have been trying to work out exactly what causes the undulating hills and sharp ridges of the Medusae Fossae formation (left, bottom right). In the absence of any scientific explanation, conspiracy theorists have said that at least some of the exotic shapes found in the area belong to a 'crashed UFO' (top right). But a new study claims the rocks in this area of Mars are in fact the remains of volcanic eruptions that would have changed the climate of the red planet 3 billion years ago.

NEW The new vehicles will replace the aging fleet of expensive-to-maintain flat-bottomed amphibious assault vehicles in service since 1972. It is designed to protect Marines in transit from sea to shore.

NEW Fortnite, which is available to play on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Mac, and Nintendo Switch, has taken the world by storm and developer Epic Games is profiting handsomely.

NEW The World Cup in Russia is the first to use video replays to help referees make important decisions, and one expert believes the use of VAR could be just the tip of football's technological iceberg.

Critics and campaigners say the new legislation, which the European Parliament approved earlier today, will prove to be an excessive restriction on free speech.

The remarkable mind-reading robot servant that humans can control using nothing but their THOUGHTS and hand gestures

A robot servant that can be controlled using the power of thought has been developed by MIT engineers.  The machine, named Baxter, reads human brainwaves in real-time so that it knows when a human is unhappy with its actions.  If a human think a mistake has been made, Baxter takes notice - and corrects himself. The team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say the system improves Baxter's decision making from 70 per cent to 97 per cent.

The all-new Podcast app is now available to download free for users worldwide. Google has pledged to use AI to improve the software over time.

Instagram will purportedly announce the new video hub, branded IGTV, during a media event in San Francisco today. IGTV will allow users to post hour-long clips for the first time.

WhatsApp has confirmed plans to drop support for iOS 7 and Android Gingerbread users worldwide, leaving phone owners unable to send or receive texts via the popular messaging app.

Facebook has added quizzes and polls to its videos as part of its global drive to make the platform healthier by stopping users from watching clips passively.

The tropical cyclone that created LAKES across the world's biggest sand desert: Incredible satellite images reveal the aftermath of killer Cyclone Mekunu

Tropical Cyclone Mekunu passed over the Rub’ al-Khali, the world’s largest contiguous sand desert, and one of the driest places on Earth. It created a vast series of in the lowlands between dunes - revealed for the first time in these incredible images. The Empty Quarter has distinctive dune formations and covers 250,000 square miles (650,000 square kilometres) including regions of Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. The first image was acquired on May 13 and represents the typically dry appearance of the interdune sand flats. The second image was acquired on May 29, three days after the center of Mekunu had moved ashore over Oman.

Cifas, set up to combat fraud, and Forensic Pathways, which provides software for criminal investigations, say fraudsters are now regularly posting stolen information on forums.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh found that for every 10 percent increase in negative social media experiences, people's risk of depression rises by 20 percent.

What a Tesla in Autopilot mode ‘sees’ in real-time: Fascinating footage reveals exactly what the driverless vehicle spots on the road

New footage shows exactly what Tesla's vehicles track on the road while driving under the guise of the California-based firm's advanced AI. YouTube user greentheonly created the clips by overlaying key data used by Tesla's Autopilot feature onto dashcam footage. Circles in the illustrative video, which shows just a fraction of the computations made by Tesla's autopilot at any one moment, indicate tracked objects. These include other vehicles on the road, as well as street lamps, bollards, road signs, curbs, letter boxes and other potential hazards. The colour of each circles shows the movement of the object: Green items (right images) are moving, while yellow (left image) are mobile hazards that have stopped. Orange circles highlight a stationary object while red illustrates an unknown entity picked up by the Autopilot. The size of each circle indicates the distance from that object to the car, helping the AI determine which hazards pose an immediate danger. The larger the circle, the closer the hazard.


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1,500-year-old dismembered remains of three men are found at a Roman site in

Researchers led by Kasia Gdaniec, the senior archaeologist with Cambridge county council, are excavating the site (inset) near Highways England's A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon. Two of the legless corpses (pictured) were placed at right angles to one another with their heads turned away, while the third was found in a Roman well nearby. It is believed these unfortunate people may have lived between 42 to 410 AD, potentially during the period when emperor Claudius invaded Roman Britain. Further tests on their teeth and bones will reveal more exact dates and could also reveal details of their brutal deaths.

The Clovis culture is said to be the first widespread prehistoric culture in the Americas after arriving 13,000 years ago. In 1968, construction workers in Montana uncovered an ancient burial.

Amazon announced on Tuesday that it's finally making its 'Hub' package delivery service available in cities across the country - almost one year after they first announced the service.

Apple claimed that it bricked - or used software updates to disable - iPhones and iPads to protect users from possibly malicious Touch ID sensors, but the court didn't buy it.

A patent filed nearly three years ago by Amazon titled 'Collaborative Unmanned Aerial Vehicle For an Inventory System' was released publicly today.

Daily Mail Online spoke to two sex therapists who say that cannabis can relieve pressure, decrease pain and bring about a feeling of relaxation, all of which, in turn, could help boost your libido.

Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have transferred data signals at a rate of eight gigabits per second for the first time between an aircraft and a ground station.

Who do YOU think wins? IBM's 'unsettling' AI supercomputer argues convincingly against humans in landmark debates between man and machine

IBM's new AI supercomputer has been shown to argue, rebut and debate humans with incredible skill.  Named Project Debater, the 'unsettling' AI competed in what the company describes as 'computational argumentation'. This is when debates know a subject, present a position and defending it against opposition.  Neither the machine or nor the human debaters were given prior knowledge of the subject of the on-stage debate, which took place in San Francisco.

Microsoft is the latest tech giant to face criticism over a controversial government contract. Many are calling on the firm to end its agreement with ICE to assist with facial recognition services.

More than 500 strange carved balls from the Stone Age have been found in northeast Scotland, the Orkney Islands, England, Ireland and one in Norway.

A team of Facebook engineers utilized a novel technology called 'in-painting', where a program fills in a space with what it thinks should be there. The results are strikingly realistic.

Researchers in the US found in a series of studies that people enjoy their favourite foods and drinks for longer if they mix up the ways they consume them, which can make them seem new for longer.

Demonic possession - depicted in countless works of art and films such as The Exorcist (main) - is real, insists New York psychiatrist Dr Richard Gallagher (inset), who says he's seen it firsthand

Starting next month, if you remember crossing paths with someone that took your fancy, you will be able to retrace your steps to try and find them again. The feature is expected to be released globally.

Scientists at University of British Columbia in Canada say physically attractive women can change mens' expectations about what they are about to experience, changing their perception of food.

London exhibit to celebrate Assyrian ruler Ashurbanipal

The story of the 'greatest king you've never heard' is set to be showcased in a new exhibition at the British Museum in London. The exhibit looks at the life and legacy of King Ashurbanipal - the last great ruler of the Assyrian Empire - during his reign in seventh century BC Iraq, when the monarch became the most powerful person on earth. More than 200 artefacts will go on show including intricate wooden carvings (top left image), massive stone sculptures (bottom right), bronze furniture fittings (main image) and carved golden ornaments including helmets (centre image). Ashurbanipal's vast empire, which stretched from Egypt to modern-day Turkey, was based Nineveh, in Mosul, modern-day Iraq. Experts said they hope the exhibit helps to shed light on the importance of areas like Nineveh, whose artefacts were largely destroyed or plundered by Islamic State militants in 2014.

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, a new Amazon Echo is displayed during a program announcing several new Amazon products by the company, in Seattle. Amazon has launched a version of Alexa for hotels that lets guests order room service through the voice assistant, ask for more towels or get restaurant recommendations without having to pick up the phone and call the front desk. Marriott signed up for the service. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Amazon has launched a version of its voice assistant Alexa for hotels. Marriott tested Apple Siri and Alexa to select what was best suited for its hotels.

Users worldwide have reported a slew of different glitches that cause havoc with camera functionality within the operating system. Apple has not revealed exactly what is causing the problems,

A discovery by a team of scientists in Yunnan University, China, adds new evidence that could help solve the mystery of an obscure group of animals known as the chancelloriids.

Elon Musk took the wraps off of a massive tent, dubbed 'Factory 2.0', that's being used to roll out even more of the firm's Model 3 sedans. The tent is located on the same campus as Tesla's Fremont factory.

In the study researchers conducted the first measurements of the biomechanical properties of female peacocks’ crest – or the wispy feathers atop their heads.

A newly released study from Brunel University London found that the right music can play a role in how prepared elite soccer players feel for an upcoming match.

Trump says he is directing the Pentagon to create a 'Space Force'

President Donald Trump pledged to revive the US space program, pledging to revive the country's flagging efforts, return to the moon and eventually send a manned mission that would reach Mars. The president framed space as a national security issue, saying he does not want 'China and Russia and other countries leading us'. Trump had previously suggested the possibility of creating a space unit that would include portions equivalent to parts of the Air Force, Army and Navy. But his directive will task the Defense Department to begin the process of establishing the Space Force as the sixth branch of the US armed forces.

A study published in Environmental Politics found that people who don't believe in climate change are more likely to be of older age, white and Republican

Google removed the ability to book an Uber from its Maps app. It added the function in January 2017, but posted a statement that says 'You can no longer book Uber rides directly in Google Maps'.

Olympia, Washington, firm Agni Energy has designed a nuclear fusion reactor that borrows elements from existing designs and could lead it to be the first to crack the Holy Grail of energy production.

Puan -- Indonesian for "lady" -- died on Monday at Perth Zoo, where she had lived since being gifted by Malaysia in 1968

Puan - Indonesian for 'lady' - died at the zoo she called home for 50 years. Described as 'dignified' and the 'grand old lady' of Perth Zoo, she was euthanised due to age-related complications.

Shocking images reveal how tourists have transformed Mount Everest into a ‘disgusting’

As the number of climbers on Mount Everest has soared - at least 600 people have scaled the world's highest peak so far this year alone - the problem has worsened. Fluorescent tents, discarded climbing equipment, empty gas canisters and even human excrement litter the well-trodden route to the summit of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak (pictured). In 2017 climbers in Nepal brought down nearly 25 tonnes of trash and 15 tonnes of human waste - the equivalent of three double-decker buses - according to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC). This season even more was carried down but this is just a fraction of the rubbish dumped each year, with only half of climbers lugging down the required amounts, the SPCC says.

A new analysis on a trio of dog skeletons discovered in Illinois found that the remains are nearly 1,000 years older than previously thought. This makes them the earliest known domestic dogs in the US.

The Wyoming study has warned the ever increasing ability of urban creatures is leading to an 'arms race' with humans - and that more conflict between species in inevitable.

Researchers from KU Leuven University and the University of Madrid created a model that predicts how gravitational waves caused by wormholes could be detected.

Square, the payments company founded by Twitter Inc CEO Jack Dorsey, has obtained a license to offer New York state residents the ability to buy and sell bitcoin through its Cash App.

The new study was led by experts from the University of Vienna. It's known those who have an index finger that is shorter than their ring finger are exposed to greater amounts of testosterone in the womb.

Researchers from Massey University in New Zealand analysed 22 well-known games containing loot boxes, including FIFA 18, Madden NFL 18 and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Stunning 'oil painting' shot reveals raging storms across Jupiter

This incredible new image captures the intensity of the jets and vortices in Jupiter’s North North Temperate Belt. It reveals massive clouds made of ammonia-ice crystals, and mysterious dark patches where scientists think the clouds are deeper. NASA’s Juno spacecraft took this color-enhanced image at 10:31 p.m. PDT on May 23, 2018 (1:31 a.m. EDT on May 24), as Juno performed its 13th close flyby of Jupiter.

People are turning their backs on social networks, due to privacy concerns, according to a new study, which surveyed people from nine countries worldwide, including the US and the UK.

Alabama-based startup, Aevum, claims that its fully autonomous system will drive down the cost of launches and make them as frequent as commercial flights.

A master distiller and a crop scientist who specializes in corn breeding are trying to develop commercially viable strains of corn with identifiable flavors, in the same way as specific grapes define the taste of wine from California's Napa Valley or a Bordeaux produced in southwest France.

Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, found Planet Earth could improve viewers' confidence by helping them to have 'a more compassionate view of their body'.

Their lawsuit says that when a customer buys an app the price includes a 30 percent markup that goes to Apple. Apple argued that it acts as an intermediary used by the app developers.

This new Playbuzz quiz puts players' knowledge to the test by asking them to identify the word missing from a given sentence. The two possible answers sound the same but have very different meanings.

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

The iPhone's next operating system will deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the location of 911 calls to about 6,300 emergency response centers in the U.S.

Volvo says its self-docking YACHT will launch in 2020 as it shows off incredible craft that can pilot itself into the tightest spot

Volvo Pento gave a live demonstration of its new self-docking yacht at the Gothenburg, Sweden stopover of Volvo Ocean race on Sunday. The 68-foot vehicle parked itself into the tightest of spaces between two of the Volvo Ocean Race 65 racing yachts. The technology is in development trials and is targeted for launch in 2020.

Unlike Apple Music, YouTube Music has a free ad-supported option for subscribers. The new streaming service is rolling-out in Europe today after being released in the US in May.

The mysterious panda relative is believed to have separated from present-day pandas between 144,000 to 227,000 years ago. Its ancient skull was found by chance in a cave in Guangxi province.

Researchers at the University of Salford in Greater Manchester have found 'strong evidence' that dogs use gestures to communicate with people in one of the first studies of its kind.

The iOS version of the Gmail app now uses AI to figure out most important emails. There is also an option to turn off notifications for emails the technology deems unimportant.

Although a handful of older human remains have been found in Europe, none could be attributed to a specific species, making this new finding at a site in Atapuerca unique.

Mars is about to come closer to Earth than it has in the past 15 years

In July, Mars (right) and Earth will be only 35.8 million miles apart. Stargazers worldwide will be able to see the bright planet near the Sagittarius constellation (left). Perihelic opposition is rare and happens only when Mars and Earth line up directly in line with the sun and when Mars' orbit is at its closest point to the star (inset). The actual point of opposition will occur on July 27, but Mars will be noticeably larger for several weeks.

Apple Inc has signed a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create programming as part of the iPhone maker's push into original entertainment, the company said on Friday.

The Boring Company has shared a new video showing one of its high-speed tunnels. In the brief clip, a Model X SUV can be seen zooming through one of the firm's tunnels on 'electric skates.'

Sexbots Samantha's ability to say 'no' was shown to an audience of academics during a presentation at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle.

Using data from the Kepler space telescope, scientists identified 121 planets that orbit within the habitable zone of their star. And, they say each may be host to several potentially habitable moons.

Ten minutes before halftime PSV Eindhoven star Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the match - and Mexican supporters in the nation's capital went wild.

Apple will release three new models, two of which will have a higher price point, and another that will be more affordable, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar to the situation.

Putin on a show of strength? Russians launch giant Soyuz spacecraft over World Cup city... as some locals fear it's aliens

Locals who saw a UFO hovering above the Russian World Cup venue thought it was extraterrestrial. But the object was actually a satellite according to Russian officials.The eerie light show coincided with a Soyuz-2.1.B launch from Plesetsk cosmodrome in the country’s sub-Arctic Arkhangelsk region.The rocket with a Glonass-M satellite was at 12.45pm Moscow time on Sunday, June 17 which is Russia’s own global satellite navigation system.

Scientists believe the ancient amphibians lived in the rainforest in modern-day Myanmar during the late Cretaceous Period. Their remains were found trapped in tree sap.

Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, has given a rare interview on his plans to commercialise the firm's terrifying robots.

People in the UK reporting themselves as very lonely remains at around 10 per cent - and has done since the 1940s, according to a scientist at St George's Hospital in London. (Stock image)

Surviving samples of this pre-solar dust are most likely to be preserved in comets that formed in the outer solar nebula, according to researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Researchers say newborns face a huge host of issues, and warn that basic reproductive processes may simply not work in the Martian atmosphere.

Tesla's Model 3 sedan recorded more registrations in California than its class rivals BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class in the first quarter.

German researchers studied crab spiders to understand how the arachnids 'fly'. They make 'paragliders' from dozens of thin silk fibers to catch the wind.

On Tuesday the 48-foot hull of an 18th century shipwreck washed ashore on Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida. Researchers race the tide to collect enough data to recreate the wreck into a 3-D model.

The move would shrink a long-standing productivity gap with countries such as Germany, Italy and France, a report by Surrey-based think tank Greengauge 21 has suggested.

Billionaire tech mogul took to Twitter on Wednesday to reveal his next crazy idea -- a cyborg dragon. The SpaceX boss didn't elaborate on what he has planned, but it whipped Twitter into a frenzy.

As scientists remotely explore the area using unmanned aircraft, Kilauea shows no sign of letting up; just this morning, it launched a plume 6,000 feet above sea level in yet another explosive event.

Professor Mark Miodownik, of University College London, said Leeds City Council was working with a team of engineers and designers to pioneer the idea of 'self-repairing cities'.

Veteran spacewalkers Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel are checking on two external cooling boxes outside the International Space Station

A pair of American astronauts began a spacewalk outside the International Space Station to swap and check on two external cooling boxes, nicknamed 'Leaky' and 'Frosty.'

Research suggests the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that rocked California wine country in 2014 may have been caused by an expansion of Earth's crust because of seasonally receding groundwater under the Napa and Sonoma valleys.

Experts at Exeter University says the 'superconcrete'  is more than twice as strong and four times more water resistant than existing concretes.

Musk took 'big media companies' to task in a series of tweets on Wednesday. He then pledged to create a new site called 'Pravda' where people can rate journalists' credibility.

Redheads around the world finally get to see themselves represented as emoji in an update launched today. Other new characters include a kangaroo, bagel, mango and a firecracker.

The picture, one of the first images returned by Dawn in more than a year, shows a rough landscape with a relatively smooth surface.

A Portland woman was shocked to discover that her voice-activated Echo device recorded and sent audio of a private conversation to one of their contacts without their knowledge.

Researchers from Western University and University of Miami found brains are pre-wired to view people as more sincere if they have wrinkles around their eyes when they smile and frown.

A team of psychologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill created the imagined 'face of God' with the help of 511 American Christians.

A Chinese company developed $499 shoes with a hoverboard on each foot. InMotion Hovershoes X1 are essentially two self-balancing hoverboards.

The Britice map, created by Sheffield University, allows you to type in your postcode or city to look at how your area was affected by the ice age.

According to a new study from the University of Miami, more than 800 skulls found in the Andean highlands of Peru show signs of trepanation, having one or more holes surgically cut into them.

Researchers from Montpellier Medical University in France are using 3D scanners to create 'virtual cadavers' for medical students to learn on.

The skeleton was found around 37 miles (60km) from Venice in the Po valley and had 'particular lesions' on the right heel. It was analysed by Italian researchers led by the University of Ferrara.

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has vaporized the largest freshwater lake on Big Island. Lava from Fissure 8 poured into Green Lake on June 2, sending a white plume of steam in the sky.

The Boeing-sponsored GoFly contest has announced the first phase winners. Ten teams won $20,000 based on a written report submitted to the competition.

An Oregon lab is still working to identify the wolf-like creature that was killed on a ranch in Montana in May. Scientists said the animal belongs to the dog family, which includes dogs and foxes.

A rare and endangered green turtle died just two days after washing up in the eastern province of Chanthaburi, Thailand. The country is one of the world's largest consumers of plastic.

The revelations by New York-based Dr Ben Blum have sent scientists into uproar, with some calling for the experiment and its findings to be wiped from psychology textbooks worldwide.

Elon Musk delivered the first $500 flamethrowers to customers in Los Angeles a few days ago, and already owners have shared stories about how they are using the controversial gun.

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.