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Is another Chinese space station about to crash into Earth?

Experts from the US Strategic Command's Joint Space Operations Center, located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, monitored the drop in altitude for ten days from June 13. Tiangong-2 (artist's impression, top) was launched into orbit aboard a Long March 2F rocket (bottom left) on 15 September 2016 and is conducting a number of space based experiments. Experts believe its latest movements suggest China is preparing to decommission the station in a more controlled manner than its predecessor, Tiangong-1, which came plummeting to Earth in April (radar image, bottom right).

Volkswagen electric car powered by sweeteners smashes hill climbing record at Pikes Peak

Former Le Mans winner Romain Dumas took the I.D. R Pikes Peak prototype up in a time of seven minutes 57.148 seconds on the 19.9 km mountain road on Sunday. That was 16 seconds quicker than the 2013 record set by fellow-Frenchman Sebastien Loeb in a 3.2 litre V6 engined Peugeot 208.

Researchers at Queen's College Belfast have found that having a certain level of narcissism can help people do well in school. Take our test to find out if you have any narcissistic tendencies.

A Washington-based company is putting their spin on a classic bicycle from the 1800s. Called the Bicymple 'Nuvo,' it re-imagines the 19th century 'penny farthing' bicycle, but with a minimalist design.

Julius Caesar had 'crazy bulge' on his head reveals 3D reconstruction

The National Museum of Antiquities in the Netherlands has revealed the new bust based on a recent 3D reconstruction of his face and head (left). The reconstruction was made using data from a 3D scan of a marble portrait in the museum's collection (right), and it is believed the strange bump was caused during childbirth.

A team of researchers, led by the Beijing Normal University, looked at how young musicians reacted to different sounds and found playing piano aids in developing some regions of the brain (stock).

Apple is expected to release a new version of its wireless AirPods, a revamped HomePod and possibly a pair of high-quality, over-the-ear headphones, Bloomberg reported.

The new study found that members of super-fan groups are not particularly dysfunctional outside of football, and that football-related violence is 'tribal' as they protect their friends.

Billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk has teased a new 'Mad Max' mode set to arrive on Tesla's all-electric Semi, which would let the truck aggressively switch between lanes while in Autopilot mode.

The US Military 'X-vehicle' with transformer wheels that can convert from tires to tank tracks at the flick of a switch

The secretive DARPA X-Vehicle project is designed to protect troops, and allow them to go almost anywhere. It features radical wheels that can convert from tires to tank tracks at the push of a button, and an 'extreme suspension' system to take on any terrain.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University found that out of 50 sponges, more than half contain so-called 'good bacteria' that fight off life-threatening infections such as C.difficile.

Researchers at Durham University found men of the same ethnicity have significantly different levels of testosterone depending on where they grew up because the body uses energy differently.

Facebook has been widely recognized for the lengths it takes to collect data on its users. Recent patents show just how widespread those efforts are, such as predicting when you might die.

Michigan researchers say the radical 'omniphobic' coating could save millions in fuel costs. The chemical coating is clear, durable, can be applied to almost any surface.

The incredible moment a blazing ‘fireball’ asteroid explodes above Russia while travelling at 32,200mph (and Nasa didn't even see it coming)

The blazing fireball (main image) was travelling at more than 32,000 miles per hour (52,000kph) when it fizzed over Earth, triggering a blinding flash across the early morning sky. Nasa has admitted it did not see the four-metre-wide (13ft) object coming until it was too late as it struck our planet with a force of three kilotons, making it the most powerful asteroid to hit Earth this year. The flash caused by the explosion on June 21 was so bright it could be seen in daylight over several cities – including Lipetsk, which is southeast of Moscow. Nasa warned last week of a vulnerability in its detection equipment that stops the space agency from picking out potentially deadly objects approaching from Earth's 'day side' until it's too late. The inset image shows a map of all Earth fireballs reported by Nasa between April 1988 and June 2018.

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The stunning swirling 'oil painting' storms of Jupiter: Juno probe reveals raging storms

Taken by NASA's Juno probe, it shows the huge range of storms within Jupiter’s northern hemisphere. The region seen here is somewhat chaotic and turbulent, given the various swirling cloud formations, NASA explained. NASA’s Juno spacecraft took this color-enhanced image at 10:23 p.m. PDT on May 23, 2018 (1:23 a.m. EDT on May 24), as the spacecraft performed its 13th close flyby of Jupiter. At the time, Juno was about 9,600 miles (15,500 kilometers) from the planet's cloud tops, above a northern latitude of 56 degrees. The region seen here is somewhat chaotic and turbulent, given the various swirling cloud formations, NASA said.

The taxi-hailing app was punished due to its failure to report crimes carried out by its drivers - although it has continued to work in London after they appealed the decision.

Tinder is piloting a new feature, dubbed ‘Picks’, in 10 countries worldwide, which ditches the need to constantly swipe to trawl through users’ profiles in favour of handpicked recommendations.

A picture released by China's top aircraft carrier builder might have revealed the design of the country's next warship by accident. The boardroom poster showed three instead of two warships.

Experts from the VU University Amsterdam led a study that looked at the genes of 449,484 people, discovering two types of neurotics with entirely different genetic profiles. (Stock image)

The security threat, found by University of Texas at Austin, was described in a new research paper, which is scheduled to be presented at security conference in Barcelona next month.

Global fans of Super Mario Odyssey may be in for a rude awakening, after hackers using software called DevMenu found a way to replace Nintendo's cartoon avatars with inappropriate images.

The system would allow advertisers to get a more accurate prediction of how many people have watched their promotions, according to papers filed to the US Patent Office in Washington, Virginia.

London's Royal Observatory closed its roof to astronomers more than half a century ago after light pollution and high smog levels made observing the night sky almost impossible.

Apple has confessed that MacBooks are faulty and is offering to replace the malfunctioning keyboards, free of charge. The Cupertino-based company is currently fighting three class-action lawsuits.

Psychologists from the University of Minnesota looked at results from the original Marshmallow Test, first conducted almost 60 years ago, as well as repeats in the 1980s and 2000s.

The stunning winners of a prestigious nature photo contest are revealed

A stunning shot of an enormous piercing blue chunk of ice in Iceland and an image of flames erupting from a volcano in Mexico are among the winning images of a prestigious photography contest run by The Nature Conservancy. This year the non-profit said its photo contest received a record number of entries, with 57,489 shots sent in from applicants dotted across 135 countries. Pictured, from top left clockwise: A polar bear in the high Arctic, a volcano erupting in Mexico, a chunk of glacier in Iceland and an extremely narrow slot canyon in southern Utah.

Researchers from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias at the University of La Laguna, Spain, used images from the Hubble Space Telescope to make the finding.

The UK charts will include online video views and music streaming data in addition to downloads and traditional CD and vinyl sales, according to the London-based Official Charts Company.

Since the start of last year, 5.1 million callers to tax hotlines have been forced to utter the phrase ‘My voice is my password’, according to figures obtained by the campaign group Big Brother Watch.

China is building drones that look, and fly, like real-life birds. They come fitted with a high-definition camera, GPS antenna, flight control system and satellite data link and can fly at 25mph.

Professor Robin Murray said that smoking cannabis is linked to psychosis. He said 50,000 people have the condition due to smoking cannabis as teenagers.

Apple created shockwaves when it killed the headphone jack. But it could have shocked users more had it decided to kill the lightning cable - a decision it considered with the iPhone X, reports say.

Rosetta's kamikaze crash into a comet revealed: Final images from the probe reveals its last moments

The European Space Agency has pieced together the final moments of the Rosetta probe just before its mission ended in a slow-motion crash a year ago. ESA guided Rosetta to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Sept. 30 last year, ending its 12-year mission. Rosetta had previously sent a separate lander to the surface and collected vast amounts of data, all of which has now been sent back to Earth, it was confirmed today.

Experts believe that tile may be the earliest known work of Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci, as scientific analysis revealed the words 'da Vinci Leonardi' and the year 1471.

University of Alberta paleontologists discovered a new species of marine lizard. It lived 70 to 75 million years ago in shallow waters and was found in Puglia, Italy.

The University of Michigan created a computer that is just 0.3 mm long. The 'microdevice' will lose all programming and data once it loses power. It is too small to receive data from a radio antenna.

California-based startup Creator has built a machine that can cook patties, toast buns, squirt the sauce and assemble your burger in just five minutes. It's set to debut to the public in September.

YouTube is expanding a feature called Channel Memberships, where users pay a monthly subscription fee of $5 to get access to unique badges, livestreams and custom emoji.

Scientists decoded the first historic genomes from the bacterium Treponema pallidum, which causes syphilis and yaws. A research team examined five skeletons from colonial Mexico.

While much of the US grapples with a resurgence of anti-science rhetoric, students in the ExploraVision competition have been busy chipping away at projects to solve everyday problems.

Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by the US court's four liberals, wrote that 'an individual maintains a legitimate expectation of privacy in the record of his physical movements'.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin reveals it will start selling tickets to tourists next year

The battle of the billionaires between Jeff Bezos (left), Richard Branson (middle) and Elon Musk (left) looks set to finally blast its first people into space next year. Speaking at the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit, Blue Origin Senior Vice President Rob Meyerson said 'we plan to start flying our first test passengers soon.' He added 'we expect to start selling tickets in 2019,' although the firm is yet to say how much flights will cost.

A rat tries to escape as Health Department workers place dry ice into rat burrows in New York's Sara D. Roosevelt Park on June 7, 2018

The new technique spells certain death for the rat, its backers claim, and it is being trialled by New York City Health Department pest control team in Manhattan's Lower east Side.

Cash incentives makes people more likely to overestimate the probability of being correct, meaning they are less open to feedback, according to the University of Amsterdam.

As part of the deal, Elon Musk's aerospace company will launch a classified military satellite atop the world's most powerful operational rocket, the Falcon Heavy, in 2020.

Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast said the flash was so luminous they initially thought it was in our own galaxy, with one researcher claiming 'there hasn’t really been another object like this.' (Stock)

Red countdown timers have been appearing on television screens for global players of the Nintendo Switch, with PC and console gamers also reporting a picture of a skull in its place.

Steve Harrison, 37, from Stoke-On-Trent, discovered that his son, had managed to spend the eye-watering amount in just three days after leaving his card details saved in his Xbox.

Mummified remains of a 2,000-year-old 'sleeping beauty' buried in lavish clothes and carrying gifts for the afterlife emerge from a Russian reservoir

The woman's body (right image) - including the partial remains of her silk skirt (left and centre images) and a pouch of pine nuts on her chest - was uncovered on the shoreline of the River Yenisei in southern Russia when a nearby reservoir experienced a significant drop in water level. She was accidentally mummified as her impervious stone tomb naturally preserved her body. Scientists believe several high-value items found in the grave, including a gemstone buckle on a beaded belt and a Chinese-style mirror found in the woman's make-up box, were placed there to accompany her to the afterlife. Archaeologists speculate she was a young 'Hun woman' and hope to understand more about her life as they continue to analyse the well-preserved remains.

San Francisco-based firm Smyte was created by a team of ex-Google and Instagram engineers, and counted a number of high-profile online services among its clients, including TaskRabbit.

The findings by Technical University of Denmark and Ohio State University are based on information from GPS sensors placed on bedrock around the Amundsen Sea Embayment in Antarctica.

Astrophysicists from the University of Portsmouth studied a galaxy named ESO 325-G004, around 450 million light years away, to put Einstein's theories to the test.

After an initial question, Google Home owners based in the US can now ask a follow-up voice command without the need to use the wake phrase ‘OK, Google’ or ‘Hey Google’ again.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard researchers conducted the largest ever investigation into genetic links between 25 brain disorders. They delved into the genomes of one million patients.

According to a Defra report, Britain's butterflies are in decline and it has prompted a call for new farming laws as the UK prepares to leave the EU following Brexit.

Archaeologists in Uppakra, Sweden, dug up carbonised germinated grains (pictured) dating back to between 400 and 600AD - around the time the Roman Empire collapsed.

Scientists have found an unprecedented pit of bones containing limbs amputated by Civil War combat surgeons to save soldiers who were shot in the second battle of Bull Run in Virginia.

Dripping tap keeping you up? Scientists discover how to stop the maddening sound in seconds... and all you need is washing up liquid

Using ultra-high-speed cameras and modern audio capture techniques, researchers from the University of Cambridge showed the 'plink, plink' is not caused by the droplet hitting the water (stock). Instead it's the waves, or oscillation, of a small bubble of air trapped beneath the surface. When the droplet hits the surface, it causes the formation of a cavity, or empty space, which quickly recoils due to the surface tension of the liquid. This is what causes a column of liquid to spurt up. Since the cavity recoils so fast after the droplet's impact, it causes a small air bubble to get trapped underwater. The bubble beneath forces the water surface itself to vibrate, acting like a piston to drive the airborne sound. This is what causes the noise.

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 led by Kasia Gdaniec, the senior archaeologist with Cambridge county council, are excavating the site near Highways England's A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon.

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 Ultra HD trial coverage on BBC iPlayer includes every match from the Wimbledon Centre Court throughout the tournament. Pictured is last year's winner, Spain's Garbine Muguruza

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.

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.

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.

Feeling pain is vital to a fully-functioning limb as the sensation helps us to remove our bodies from danger, according to the researchers at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. Maryland.

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.

The exhibit in London 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.

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.

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.

A striking image shared by NASA shows the dramatic atmospheric changes caused by the ‘planet circling’ event in the last few weeks, with sites that were once clearly visible now obscured by dust.

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.

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