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World's most mysterious text cracked

Doctor Gerard Cheshire, inset, from Bristol University, claims he cracked one of the world's most mysterious texts, the Voynich manuscript, a medieval text which has eluded scholars for years. The text was compiled by Dominican nuns as a source of reference for Maria of Castile, Queen of Aragon, the great aunt to Catherine of Aragon. The manuscript was written in an extinct and until this point unrecorded language, top right a symbol used in the text, as well as using an unknown writing system and with no punctuation marks. The translations reveal that the manuscript is a collection of information on herbal remedies, therapeutic bathing and astrological readings, left and below right.

Flying jet-powered taxi that carries five passengers at 186mph performs successful take-off in Germany 

A German has conducted its first successful flight of its electric five-seater air taxi. Lilium, based in Munich, lew an unmanned test flight of its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) system in early May. The jet has 36 engines which allow it to take off vertically, and has a maximum top speed of 80mph (300 kmph) and a range of 80 miles. According to the tech firm, its flying taxi would allow users to travel from London to Manchester in less than an hour.

NEW An investigation by Georgetown Law claims the NYPD is misusing facial recognition by running photos of celebrities and digitally-doctored images to comb for criminals.

Researchers from Curtin University in Perth have found that the canary yellow glass famously used to make a scarab that is part of King Tut's Pectoral was created by a meteorite impact.

Scientists analyzing 800 million measurements collected by an array of satellites since 1992 have found the Pine Island and Thwaite’s Glaciers are now losing ice at a rate five times faster than in past.

17th-century English doctor prescribed patients with Pigeon slippers and deer dung

Simon Forman (inset, top right) and his protégé Richard Napier (inset, bottom right) paraded through Elizabethan England professing to be able to heal people of anything from witchcraft to 'bloody flux'. Consultation of the stars and a plethora of absurd treatments, including pigeon slippers, deer dung and boiled crab, were prescribed to patients. The pair left behind notes on every one of their 80,000 cases, but it was written in almost illegible writing (main) and has long remained a mystery. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have now deciphered the texts and placed some of the bizarre records online.

Scientists including those from Sheffield has compared the DNA of dozens of bedbug species and concluded that bedbugs evolved 100 million years ago when the dinosaurs roamed

Archaeologists in Cambodia claim to have found the remnants of nearly 100 previously undiscovered ancient temples buried in the jungle in the Samphu Borak area.

Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, announced the firm's detection of the influence campaign during a press conference on May 16, 2019.

Less than a month after the postponement of the Galaxy Fold, the company says it has resolved two issues with the device, one of them leading reviewers to destroy the phones disaply.

Brand new Doctor Who virtual reality adventure launching on Vive, Oculus and BBC's VR app will let fans step inside the Tardis

Written by Victoria Asare-Archer and directed by Mathias Chelebourg, Doctor Who: The Runaway allow fans of the long-running science fiction show to become the Doctor's latest travelling companion by donning a VR headset.

Nissan said on Thursday it would, for now, stick to self-driving technology which uses radar sensors and cameras, avoiding lidar or light-based sensors because of their high cost and limited capabilities.

Launch of the mission, aimed at placing the initial stage of Musk's space-based global internet network into low-Earth orbit, was rescheduled for 10:30 p.m. on Thursday from the Cape Canaveral.

Computer scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have taught an artificial intelligence agent how to do something that usually only humans can do by taking quick glimpses around a room.

The lumps of 10,000-year-old chewing gum were unearthed from an archaeological site called Huseby-Klev, located on the west coast of Sweden.

Remains of the Queen Emma the wife of King Canute have been discovered

Remains found in 1,000-year-old chests in Winchester Cathedral (top left, top right) are thought to be those of Queen Emma (bottom), wife of two Anglo-Saxon kings, including Canute (inset, left). Her importance was such that she was the first queen whose portrait was painted by artists (inset, right) and immortalised in court records. She was betrothed to King Ethelred The Unready and upon his death, married his successor, King Canute, author of one of the country's most lasting legends. Canute is popularly known by the story that he tried to teach his advisors the limits of his power by instructing them to carry him to the beach. The King then ordered the tide to stay out. The bones will go on display as part of an exhibition of the Cathedral's history, Kings and Scribes, which will open later this month, of which Queene Emma (artist's recreation, top middle) features prominently.


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Treasure trove found in Russia includes the remains of a 2,000-year-old nomadic 'royal'

A farmer found the haul when digging on his land in the south of Russia near the Caspian Sea. It is a burial mound dating back up to 2,000 years and contains the remains of a high-ranking  nomadic'royal'. The chieftain (left) was buried with his head raised as if on a pillow and wearing a cape adorned with gold plagues. Other discoveries include along the skull of a 'laughing' man with an artificially deformed egg-shaped cranium (bottom right) and pieces of jewellery (top right).

China's Chang'e-4 mission to the moon has taken samples from the moon's oldest crater and found material from deep in the interior brought up to the surface billions of years ago in a powerful collision

A team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts have found that ancient construction workers repaired roads in the city before the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

Stone Age families crawled on hand and foot through dark caves for FUN carrying wooden torches 14,000 years ago, new study suggests

A series of tracks created roughly 14,000 years ago has revealed stunning new insight into the ways ancient humans explored dark, potentially treacherous cave systems during the Stone Age. Researchers say at least 180 hand and footprints line the clay-rich floor of Italy’s cave of Bàsura in the famous Toirano caves, indicating ancient humans crawled barelegged through low tunnels as they searched for food and even explored for fun. The group that left behind these tracks thousands of years ago included a total of five individuals, from adults to children as young as three years old, who navigated the dark pathways using wooden sticks as torches.

Users will have to pay a little extra to take advantage of the new tool, called 'Quiet Mode,' is only available for Uber Black and Uber Black SUV premium rides, which are more expensive.

Scientists have now calculated where they expect each of these craft to end up throughout the course of their respective journeys, starting with our nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri.

A misconfiguration in the key's Bluetooth pairing protocols made it possible for a hacker who is within 30 feet of the user to either communicate with the security key or the device it's paired with.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has put out a call for more information on developing an algorithm that can be trained to identify targets by visually analyzing security camera footage.

In a demonstration from researchers at Northeastern University in Boston, a software defined radio successfully tricks a simulated plane into thinking that the aircraft is traveling off-course.

Lenovo unveils the 'world's first' foldable laptop with a 13-inch bendable screen that folds in half to become the size of a book

The Chinese tech giant is bringing bendy screen technology to a totally new gadget, releasing what it's calling the 'world's first foldable PC.' Users can fold it in half to read their favorite book in bed, unfold it and stand it up using the built-in kickstand to watch their favorite videos hands-free, or use it as a full-screen tablet to take notes during a meeting at the office.

English speaking countries led the way for how often their citizens get drunk, with the US, Canada and Australia closely following the UK at the top of the global rankings.

Researchers at Bowling Green State University in Ohio conducted three studies including more than 1,000 university undergraduates and 724 people from a variety of age groups.

The animal, which has been named Alcmonavis poeschli , was unearthed in Schaudiberg quarry, near Mörnsheim, in southern Germany's Altmühl Valley.

Users will now be directed to a 'credible public health resource' when they conduct a search using specific keywords associated with vaccines, Twitter said on Tuesday.

A new proposal from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai could allow carriers like AT&T; and Verizon to roll out call-blocking tools by default for consumers. The FCC will vote on the proposal at a meeting on June 6th.

Archaeologists studied fish bones from ancient ponds in the Amazon basin and found the main species to be those adapted to stagnant and shallow waters common during long droughts in the region

Archaeologists found the 2,600 year old castle in the North Sinai province. It was a mud brick structure with 16 towers and could have formed a main gate to Egypt's eastern border.

Miraculous 'bio-glue' that sets under UV light and can heal fatal wounds to organs in seconds is developed by scientists 

Scientists from Zhejiang University in China have developed a gel-like 'glue' that can be activated by shining ultraviolet light on it (left). The substance formed a waterproof seal around a 6mm opening in 20 seconds when tested on pig livers (inset) causing bleeding to be stopped. Its creators say it is strong enough to withstand pressure in the heart and could close fatal wounds without the need for staples or stitches. It could hold promise in humans and be used war-torn regions or during surgery to stop fatal bleeding

Virgin Mobile said disruption was due to a technical issue (Nick Ansell/PA)

The company said the technical issue has now been resolved and the customers in the UK will be compensated but details of how they will be refunded have not been released.

A study measured tiny nanoparticles of pollution within house in four British towns and cities and compared them to outside to find that indoor spaces were more than three times more polluted.

The UK Environmental Agency, which began exploring the potential of the technique seven years ago, will be rolling out DNA-based monitoring programmes in 2020.

The Future of Food Report portrays long-term analyses of food and agricultural systems all over the world and predicts what we might be consuming in the decades to come.

Jeff Bezos' futuristic vision of self-sustaining habitat that could house a TRILLION

Building off of a concept introduced decades ago by physicist Gerard O'Neill – who Bezos himself studied under during his time at Princeton, according to Fast Company – the Blue Origin founder outlined self-sustaining habitats that could hold entire cities, agricultural areas, and even national parks in space. While such a future may still be a ways off, Bezos says it will be an ‘easy choice’ when faced with dwindling resources on Earth. The habitats, reminiscent of the film Interstellar, could be built close enough to Earth to allow people to travel back and forth, and house ‘a million people or more each.’ And, according to Bezos, they’d have the ‘ideal climate’ at all times, ‘like Maui on its best day, all year long.’

Match announced today that it is beginning to roll out a new service called AskMatch which allows its paid users to chat on the phone with one of the company's dating 'experts.'

Google said on Tuesday it will also start placing ads with image galleries in search results and show ads in new spots on Google Maps, increasing opportunities for advertisers.

The FTC opened an investigation into Facebook's data dealings after it was revealed last Match that some 87 million users' data had been harvested and shared with Cambridge Analytica.

The NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center issued a storm watch earlier this week for Wednesday into Thursday and has since extended the forecast into Friday.

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2018, file photo, demonstrators hold images of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos near their faces during a Halloween-themed protest at Amazon headquarters over the company's facial recognition system, "Rekognition," in Seattle. San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies as the technology creeps increasingly into daily life. Studies have shown error rates in facial-analysis systems built by Amazon, IBM and Microsoft were far higher for darker-skinned women than lighter-skinned men. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Departments will need to get board approval to continue using or acquiring technology. The legislation bans municipal use but not personal, business or federal government use of face ID technology.

Researchers looked at millions of rides in San Francisco that took place between 2010 and 2016 -- pre and post Uber and Lyft -- looking at factors like the number of vehicle miles traveled and delays.

FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo a box of merchandise is unloaded from a truck and sent along a conveyor belt at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Walmart is rolling out free next-day delivery on its most popular items, increasing the stakes in the retail shipping wars with Amazon. The nation's largest retailer said Tuesday it's been building a network of more efficient e-commerce distribution centers to make that happen. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The next-day service will cover 220,000 popular items from diapers and non-perishable food items to toys and electronics. It will require a minimum order of $35 and expects to come to 75% of the US.

Explorer finds a plastic bag and candy wrappers at the bottom of the ocean nearly 7 MILES beneath the surface during deepest-ever submarine dive into the Mariana Trench

In a series of five separate trips into the Mariana Trench, Victor Vescovo, a private equity investor, former naval officer, and now, the record-holder for deepest manned submarine dive, joined a narrow list of explorers to visit the vast underwater chasm. While Victor Vescovo's journey recorded a number of phenomena, including three new species of marine life, he also turned unwelcome visitors: a plastic bag and a candy wrapper.

Experts from Macquarie University in Australia took fragments of a thin plastic carrier bag and PVC matting, which were left in artificial seawater for five days.

A scientific paper explains how retired geologist and marine ecologist Mario Wannier found the so-called Hiroshimaites littering the beaches 3.7 miles from the razed city.

Users of the mobile network voiced their frustrations over the fault for which began around 11:30 am this morning and appears to have hit users across the UK.

The reason behind the issue remains unknown but it started around 15:37 BST. Affected areas included Europe, Australia, South America and the mainland US.

Elon Musk shares photo of rocket stacked with 60 satellites as SpaceX launches

The SpaceX's CEO (bottom right) has tweeted a picture of a rocket packed full with 60 satellites (left) due to be launched this week as part of his Starlink project that aims to provide high-speed internet to the world, in particular, underserved regions such as parts of Africa. Many more satellite-filled launches are needed for even low coverage. The project could potentially launch 12,000 satellites into orbit

With a few steps, Alexa Guard turns Amazon's voice-activated speakers into smart home security devices that can listen for things like broken glass and carbon monoxide or smoke alarms.

Survey of Britons found 67 per cent of female owners say that their device fails to respond to a voice command at least 'sometimes', compared to 54 per cent of male owners.

Experts from Washington State University miked up 17 toddlers and gathered day-long audio recordings of conversations with their parents to see who initiates communication with who.

The NASA-funded project is being led by aerospace engineer Phillip Ansell, electrical engineer Kiruba Haran and colleagues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the US.

Security researchers have discovered a new set of flaws in Intel processors that could leave users exposed to cyber-attacks akin to those caused by the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

Bandai America say it can now be married to other Tamagotchis and even have children. The gadget has other updates to help it compete with other toys as it is smartphone compatible.

Just 10 brands account for half of litter which ends up on beaches and riverbanks, according to a report of a huge UK-wide clean-up involving 45,000 volunteers of who collected the waste.

First ever fossil of an ammonite trapped in amber is found in northern Myanmar

The fossil, found in northern Myanmar, is the first ever known example of an ammonite (left) to be trapped in amber. Amber normally traps and immortalises forest-dwelling creatures as it starts life as tree sap which captures them, renders them unable to escape and then hardens. The 33 mm long, 9.5 mm wide, 29 mm high chunk of amber hosts a range of different organisms from the marine world during the Cenomanian age. The researchers used X-ray micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) (right) to obtain high-resolution three-dimensional images of the organisms.

Twitter has apologised after a bug resulted in the sharing of location data (Lauren Hurley/PA)

In a statement, Twitter confirmed the information was not retained, adding it 'only existed in their systems for a short time, and was then deleted as part of their normal process.'

While children are known to pick up speech patterns learned from their family, a new study from Ohio State University and Purdue University has found that they learn best from other kids.

An Elon Musk -backed startup looking to connect human brains to computers has raised most of its $51 million funding target. According to a report Neuralink has raised $39 million.

Rise of the machines: Hulking 165-pound humanoid robot delicately 'walks a tightrope' of tiny blocks in eerily similar fashion to a human walking along a treacherous path

Researchers from the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition in Florida have created a robot that uses a planning algorithm to balance its way across an uneven path of cinder blocks. The video shows the robot, called Atlas, carefully moving across a balance beam using body control, much like a human would. It was created using LIDAR, a system that uses a pulsed laser to measure the distance between objects, in order to step correctly on the narrow terrain.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave the go-ahead for a lawsuit by consumers accusing Apple of monopolizing the market for iPhone software applications and forcing them to overpay.

A new concept design shared by a Netflix engineer re-imagines what receipts look like and how they serve consumers by presenting data in a much more intelligent way.

Facebook Inc said on Monday it was raising its minimum wage for all U.S. contract workers, reacting to rising costs of living as it faces intense scrutiny over the treatment of ordinary employees and their pay.

Google's official merger with Nest has caught the eye of some users and experts who say it gives them little control over the future of their Nest data and, as a result, their privacy.

According to measurements from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, atmospheric CO2 has hit 415 parts per million, eclipsing highs recorded in Arctic Ice that date back 800,000 years.

NASA has awarded $500,000 dollars to the winner of its Mars Habitat competition. A New York architectural firm won with its large pod-like cylinder constructed entirely using 3D printing

Blue Origin is 'going to the MOON': Jeff Bezos unveils giant concept lunar lander

Blue Origin is now in the running to put Americans back on the moon by 2024. During an event on Thursday, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos started off by sharing elaborate concept images of self-sustaining habitats reminiscent of the film Interstellar, with lush greenery and futuristic homes within its walls. But, the real star of the talk turned out to be something much closer to home – the moon. On stage, Bezos took the wraps off a massive model of what will be the firm’s first lunar lander, dubbed Blue Moon.

Amazon has considered installing two machines at dozens more warehouses, removing at least 24 roles at each one, sources said. These facilities typically employ more than 2,000 people.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi center, shakes hands with a trader after his company's initial public offering begins trading at the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, May 10, 2019. He is flanked by Uber's Chief Legal Officer Tony West, left, and board member Ryan Graves, right. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Uber shares opened 12 percent lower on Monday with stock trading trading below $40 as the company experienced yet another steep decline since it hotly anticipated market debut last week.

Unlike their modern and much smaller descendants, the 220-pound (100 kilograms) beasts did not eat wood, and instead chowed down on aquatic plants, researchers say.

Harvard University scientists have created a microchip that mimics the gut and its bacteria to help them study how certain drugs will interact with the complex flora inside the intestines.

The AI system, developed by the company Scaled Insights, is already being used in partnership with hospitals in Leeds to help communicate with patients in the treatment of obesity and other issues.

World’s fastest bullet train with a 72ft nose is unveiled in Japan

The world's fastest train has been unveiled in Japan, ahead of its 2030 launch. Dubbed the Alfa-X, it is capable of reaching speeds of up to 224 mph.

Two NASA interns at the Langely laboratory in Virginia have created a plastic 'robot' with 3D printing technology using a mould and liquid silicon that has 'air bladders' that can be controlled.

British physicist and Nobel prize winner aged just 25, Sir William Lawrence Bragg, was recruited to work on the project which allowed the British and US troops to detect the German artillery.

Lancaster University researchers found demand for online video will double, or maybe even treble, by 2030. They also say Britain's internet usage would need six dedicated nuclear power stations.

A remote-controlled cargo ship carried British oysters to Belgium in a world first

Mersea Island molluscs were on-board the 40-foot (12 m) long Sea-Kit vessel heading to Orstend in Belgium and there was not a single human being on-board. Instead, a myriad of technological gadgets and innovations fed data back to a control room in Maldon, Essex where two workers completed the 22-hour trip. Sea-Kit is capable of speeds of up to four knots (4.6mph), has a capacity of up to 2.5 tonnes and is powered by a hybrid electric-diesel engine.

Chinese researchers have developed a new camera technology they can render human sized-subjects as far as 28 miles away. It can also cut through smog and other pollution thanks to a combination of tech.

Google is so serious about enticing iPhone users to switch to its new Pixel that it's offering to give would-be defectors $100 in store credits. The competitive trade-in program offers trade-in values up to $610.

Not content to let Bezos have his glory, Elon Musk sent out a late night tweet including an altered image of the lander with the word 'Moon' crossed out and replaced with the word 'Balls.'

Virgin Galactic will be shifting operations to Spaceport America near the New Mexico town of Truth or Consequences as it prepares to begin for commercial service later this year.

While many fear the possibility of robots taking their job, a growing number of companies are putting AI-equipped machines to work in roles humans never wanted in the first place.

Researchers at Rutgers' Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine in New Jersey have identified a 'daywake' gene in fruit flies that suppresses the insect's urge to have a nap.

The search giant has launched 53 gender fluid emojis as part of its push to be 'more inclusive.' The gender fluid emoji have longer hair to make them appear neither male or female.

Ancient royal burial site of the Anglo-Saxon King Saebert is discovered

A royal burial site found beneath a roadside verge in Essex has been hailed as the 'British equivalent of Tutankhamun's tomb'. Discovered between a pub and an Aldi supermarket in Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, in 2003 the relatively humble site clearly lacks the opulence of the famous pharaoh’s treasures. But it is thought to be the burial chamber of the brother of Anglo-Saxon King Saebert - a powerful prince who was among the first Anglo-Saxons to reject paganism in favour of Christianity. Archaeologists now believe it to be the earliest Christian royal tomb ever unearthed in the UK and a highly significant find. Pictured (clockwise from top right to bottom left): An artist's impression of the inside of the chamber; an archaeologist at the dig site; Conservator Claire Reed, inspecting the remains of a wooden drinking vessel; the mound under which the burial site was found.

Using giant lasers to flash freeze water, scientists say they have been able to observe the microscopic structure of the hybrid substance which acts like both a solid and a liquid.

Researchers led by Chinese Academy of Sciences geochemist Ning Wang used traces of carbon from nuclear bombs to study tiny marine crustaceans in the deepest parts of the ocean.

Researchers analyzed the genomes of 101 fish species and found that three lineages of deep-sea fish, living up to about a mile (1,500 meters) below the surface, boast a specialized visual system.

Amazon has admitted it doesn't really give Alexa users the ability to truly delete what they say to Echo devices as the data is saved in the cloud, according to reports.

Spectacular photos taken by the Rosetta space probe

Newly-released images from the Rosetta space probe shows stunning views of the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is millions of miles away from Earth. The high-resolution images were captured by the Rosetta space probe which orbited the comet for more than two years, between 2014 and 2016. Pictured left, the comet. Top right, a close-up of the surface of the comet and bottom right, the planet Mars.

Two metal detectorists may have found the largest trove of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain. The copper alloy coins were found inside a ceramic pot in a rural field in Lincolnshire.

Research led by the Zoological Society of London reports that the expected increase in temperatures over the next 50 years means the virus will spread to virtually all of the UK.

Air pollution is as toxic to health as the chemicals in cigarettes, an expert said, as doctors have stated the public's health is in a state of emergency. The UK Government is being urged to act immediately.

The tool, called Ideas in Word, uses machine learning and Microsoft's Graph developer platform to make suggestions when it senses users might want to 'refine their writing.' It's slated to launch this fall.

In honour of Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019, which is on Thursday, May 16 here are 11 innovations that are helping increase digital inclusion for people with disabilities

As a result of the probe, the internet giant has agreed to block the sale of these dangerous items, provided over $200,000 worth of refunds and has paid the Attorney General's office $700,000.

A new gadget called Bonocle by makers from Qatar lets blind people read digital content from a laptop, iPad or iPhone using a reader displaying Braille codes

Ford is using a 'Wall-E' lookalike self-driving robot that can avoid obstacles to ferry parts around its factory in Spain

The robot 'Survival' has been designed by Ford engineers and is being trialled in Spain. It can sense its environment and dodge obstacles with LiDAR technology and is made of a shelf that has 17 slots for different weights and size. Ford says around 40-employee hours a day are saved on mundane tasks because of Survival.

Instagram has struggled to beat back content promoting vaccination conspiracy theories, so it's taking new steps to prevent misinformation around this topic from spreading further.

A report from the Wall Street Journal has revealed the US is using a new dive-bombing 'missile' that kills targets without exploding. The weapon crushes targets with the help of large blades.

A map comparison by one Reddit user shows an unexpected connection between how Alabama voted in 2016 and what the state looked like millions of years ago.

Researchers at King's College London injected pigs with a gene which restarted the growth of specialised heart cells called cardiomyocytes, the majority of which are developed before birth.

The transition has long baffled scientists but now researchers at Northwestern University have discovered the exact enzyme and mechanism behind the reaction.

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship launched from Cape Canaveral earlier this week and brought the algal experiment to the ISS where it will be put through its paces.

According to a report, Ever, which started in 2013 as a cloud-based app for storing and sharing photos, leveraged personal photos to develop and sell facial recognition software without consent.

The average American video gamer is 33 years old, prefers to play on their smartphone and is spending big on content -- 20 percent more than a year ago and 85 percent more than in 2015.

Ancestor species of modern humans and Neanderthals often dabbled in CANNIBALISM

Researchers from Spain's National Research Center on Human Evolution (CENIEH) found remains with clear evidence human tooth marks, cuts and and fractures expose the marrow all found. Then they calculated the cost and the benefit of consuming other humans when compared with data for other prey. They found other animals had more calories per meal and per bite, but the ease and lack of effort needed to catch humans made it more energy efficient in the long run.

Scientific photographer and MIT Massachusetts expert Felice Frankel writes in a piece for the Conversation that images need to be interesting to engage a viewer in a scientific subject.

The researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam found that the animals' droppings partly evaporate as ammonia which is then carried by the wind inland to create rich areas of biodiversity

Experts had known that modern-day Uralic language speakers typically share a common Siberian ancestry. However, when Siberian migrants arrived in the Baltic had been unclear.

A tour of the tunnels underneath the Italian city of Naples with various experts saying underground areas should be better utilised to help feed the world's growing population.

Pages from a confidential whistleblower's report obtained by The Associated Press are photographed Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Washington. Facebook likes to give the impression that it's stopping the vast majority of extremist posts before users ever see them., but the confidential whistleblower's complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission alleges the social media company has exaggerated its success. Even worse, it shows that the company is making use of propaganda by militant groups to auto-generate videos and pages that could be used for networking by extremists. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

The video, auto-generated by the Mountain View-based firm, begins with a photo of the black jihadi flags and then flashes other unsettling images previously posted by the user over a year.

Stunning decorations of a sphinx, centaur and panther revealed on the walls of the Domus

Archaeologists accessed the room of the Domus Aurea in Rome and found its walls adorned with panthers, centaurs and a mythical sphinx. Small figures are bordered in red and yellow on the walls, with a white background. One scene shows the god Pan, another a man armed with a sword, quiver of arrows and a shield fighting a panther while the sphinx image shows it on a pedestal. There are also aquatic creatures, both real and imagined, architectural motifs of the time, vegetal garlands and branches of trees with delicate green, yellow and red leaves.

NASA is investigating how best to respond to the possibility of an asteroid or a comet colliding with Earth in fictional situations.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket successfully took its second flight ever on Thursday afternoon, when it lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center carrying Lockheed Martin's Arabsat 6A satellite.

The Beresheet spacecraft began experiencing problems shortly after it began its descent, despite a promising start in which it sent back a selfie at just 22 kilometers from the surface.

A drill that will spearhead the search for life on Mars was put through its paces using a vehicle resembling a soapbox derby contraption.

The ancient workshop is thought to date back to the 18th Dynasty, during the reign of Amenhotep III – King Tut’s grandfather. The sphinx and hundreds of hieroglyphic fragments were found at the site.

The battery-powered devices about the size of a small cooler and can deliver packages autonomously, but for now, they'll be accompanied with a human while they're being tested out.

On Dec. 21, during winter solstice, four of Juno's cameras captured images of the Jovian moon Io, the most volcanic body in our solar system, on the mission's 17th flyby of the gas giant.

The research from the consumer watchdog Which? comes as the UK prepares for the London Marathon this weekend and found the Garmin's Vivosmart 4 was named the least reliable.

A study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison wrapped the e-bandage around the chests of rats who had a cut on their backs. This caused the wound to heal in just three days versus 12 in others.

First found in China, it has caused significant problems in other areas it has invaded. It can form dense mats of up to 1,500 mussels per square metre – which can suffocate scallops and oysters.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have studied thousands of species of animals and birds to work out where reservoirs of contagious, mosquito-borne viruses could be.

The startup, called Humu, uses machine learning to parse through employee data and then 'nudges' workers to help them improve in areas that might make their work lives better.

Ford created a futuristic-looking dog kennel that uses noise-cancellation panels and the carmarker's active noise control technology to create an insulated environment for pets.

It was the ultimate speed battle between man and nature as Felipe Massa took on a peregrine falcon, the fastest animal on planet Earth. The falcon is capable of speeds of up to 217mph.

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 5, 2015 file photo, rush hour traffic fills the 6 October bridge over the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt. Uber is launching a new minibus service on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in traffic-mad Cairo, Egypt's capital and the ride-sharing U.S. giant's fastest-growing market. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Uber launched a new minibus service on Tuesday in traffic-mad Cairo, Egypt's capital and one of the U.S. ride-sharing giant's fastest-growing markets.

Footage of the colour-changing octopus was captured by a free-diver as he swam in the crystal clear waters in the French Riviera.

Australian scientists found sharks incubated in tanks that simulate temperatures in 2100 became 'right handed', preferring to swim to the  right, a process known as lateralization.

Most visitors think of New York's Parks as the only place to find trees. However, a new study found New York City has  over 5 million 'forested natural areas' along with 666,000 street trees.

The underwater skeletons of 185 wooden ships, referred to as ghost vessels, were deliberately sunk or have been left to decompose for hundreds of years in the Potomac River, Maryland, US.

McLaren have given Formula One fans their take on what the future of the sport looks like as they presented the 2050: the MCLExtreme, a futuristic race car built and designed for the future.

A researcher from Princeton University in New Jersey has found that testosterone levels and masculine features are directly related to the perception of a man's talent.

A new pair of hovershoes unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, called Motokicks, could soon replace your scooter, bike and skateboard - just don't try to take them for a spin in the rain.

An accidental discovery by Harvard academics has now found that a slightly different version of RNA may have been the key ingredient allowing for life on Earth to blossom.

Dr Dombard and his colleagues presented a possible solution to this problem at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington, DC, this week.

Ed Dentel, 46, of Richmond, Virginia, was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat - known as atrial fibrillation - after his Apple Watch alerted him that something was wrong on Thursday.

Passengers could receive their Amazon deliveries on HS2 trains, a manufacturer has claimed (HS2/PA)

Ilford-based company Bombardier Transportation is developing technology which would enable click-and-collect services on board.

Michelle Vall, 53, of Blackpool found the artefact under six inches of mud while holidaying at Loch Lomond. The signet ring is in perfect condition and is believed to be worth up to £10,000.

Archaeologists believe they have found the final resting place of Antony and Cleopatra in the ancient city of Taposiris Magna, around eighteen miles from Alexandria in Egypt.

Fifteen Gallic amphoras were found half submerged in the sand and were first spotted by two scuba divers outside the city of Portofino in late November last year.

The jacket alerts the rider to dangers around them and the helmet projects vital information, such as their speed, revs and a rear view camera on the visor to make you feel like Iron Man on a bike.

Military chiefs planned to use the explosives, codenamed Blue Peacock (pictured), to devastate Soviet forces if they forced the western Allies into retreat during an invasion of Europe.

US sportswear giant Nike has teased its first self-lacing basketball trainers, which the company has suggested will be controllable from a smartphone.

A Russian historian claims the French Emperor ordered decoys to be sent to a fictional burial site 40 miles from the actual location during his retreat from Moscow in 1812.

NASA says the incredible image is 'the largest panoramic view of the fire and fury of star birth in the distant universe.' The images uses ultraviolet light to create a never-before seen image.

A team of University of Bristol researchers used scanning electron microscopy to quantify melanosome extracts from the feathers of 97 species of modern birds with iridescent plumage.

Hess was captured by 1941 in Scotland after parachuting into the UK and tried at Nuremberg and later imprisoned at Berlin's Spandau prison.

Price beats the previous world record for a British coin by more than £200,000. Only 20 of the 'Vigo' five guinea pieces were minted, to celebrate the theft of American gold form the Spanish fleet.

The enormous predator, known as 'Deep Blue', was first seen by diver and photographer Mark Mohler and Kimberly Jeffries on Sunday last week nine miles from the coast off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

The spacecraft completed its 16th close flyby of the giant planet this past October, revealing some of our best glimpses yet at its fascinating atmospheric processes.

The findings, by researchers at the University of Oxford, could help predict a sportsman's performance - and the rate of his decline - over his career.

San Francisco based Earth imaging company Planet Lab has launched a record number of satellites into space which combined can photograph the entire landmass of the world.

Gadgets on show this week at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas include the Y-brush, which cleans your teeth in just ten seconds.

The FlexPai is billed as the world's first foldable smartphone by its developer Royole and has a super flexible screen which can be bent from the middle.

French startup Neural Up demonstrated its incredible relaxation technology in Las Vegas this week at CES. The patented acoustic technology aims to 'enhance your emotional balance.'

Experts say the stellar ‘tantrum’ could provide a window into the birth of potentially habitable exoplanets, revealing how huge events shake up the material orbiting distant stars.

Researchers from the University of Washington say lessons from the Great Dying have major implications for the fate of today's warming world.

China's Chang'e 4 spacecraft has brought vegetable seeds and silkworm eggs in a small tin to the moon. Researchers hope the seeds will grow to blossom on the moon in 100 days.

UberAir will make its debut in the American cities of Los Angeles and Dallas in 2023, and is hoping the taxis may fly in British skies in the next decade.

A trial is starting in August which will see customers leave their car in a drop-off zone before summoning a robot through a designated app. It will be at Gatwick's South Terminal long-stay car park.

The study has revealed new insight on the potential abundance of Jupiter-sized young planets in other corners of the Milky Way, and suggests our solar system may not be unique.

Dozens of winners of the Nobel Prize have written to UK Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker setting out their concerns.

Archaeologists at University College London discovered that the bones in the feet of Neolithic cattle demonstrated distinctive wear patterns, indicative of exploitation as 'animal engines'.

Researchers at the Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder in Key Largo, Florida, played videos on a TV screen through underwater windows.

A new investigation into the genome of Asian populations has spotted the footprint of a long-ago hominid that appears to have been cross-bred from two different species of human ancestor.

The striking artefacts were found at the mysterious site in Abermagwr, Wales, which has fascinated archaeologists for years. Romans were previously thought to have had little interaction with locals.

Former Israeli Air Force pilot Alon Getz helped design the new cutting-edge technology as part of his start-up company RideOn. It is being trialed in Austria.

Byton kicked off CES 2019 by revealing the souped up interior of its M-Byte vehicle, complete with additional displays – including a touchscreen in the middle of the steering wheel.

Anjou unveiled a tabletop device that can print any picture on your nails in 30 seconds. The firm demo'ed at CES, showing how users can choose from 500 designs or upload their own images.

Unlimited Tomorrow's new lower-cost method for creating high-tech prosthetics aims to make the devices much more accessible to amputees around the world – especially children.

Researchers at the University of Manchester spent more than 10 years constructing the supercomputer, which they have dubbed SpiNNaker.

Formed between July and September 2018, the huge impact smashed through the ice at the planet's southern ice cap, sending debris into a unique pattern.

The ancient funeral practice took place when people feared the person would rise from the dead and infect people, experts revealed.

A new Boulder study claims Operation Pocket Money, a plan to deploy 11,000 sea mines off the coast of North Vietnam to cut off naval supply routes to the region, was scuppered by the storm.

The 'heartland hyperloop' would run along the I-70 corridor, the major highway traversing Missouri, and would connect Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis.

Archaeologists developed a programme to save endless hours in the restoration of historical items. Trials were conducted on Byzantine art from Cyprus.

Ovie, a Chicago-based start-up, claim to 'make it easy for you to track what's in your fridge and waste less'. The containers have coloured discs that tell you when food is going out of date.

This combination of images provided by NASA shows a series of photographs made by the New Horizons spacecraft as it approached the Kuiper belt object Ultima Thule on Jan. 1, 2019. (NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute via AP)

The movie was put together from photos taken New Year's Eve and New Year's Day as the spacecraft made its closest approach, but not sent back to Earth until recently.

This illustration provided by Carbon Engineering in October 2018 shows one of the designs of the company's air contactor assemblies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Carbon Engineering acting chief scientist David Keith, a Harvard University professor, said "in the long-term, carbon removal will make sense to reduce atmospheric carbon burden, but only once emissions have been brought near zero. The idea that humanity might continue huge fossil emissions while simultaneously balancing them with removal is nutty _ you plug the leaks before bailing the boat." (Carbon Engineering via AP)

The report from the National Academy of Sciences says technology to 'suck up' greenhouse gases has gotten better, and climate change is worsening.

The largest technology show in the world kicked off yesterday in Las Vegas with an amazing set of innovations on display including a smart cat bowl, an electric skateboard and a motorised suitcase.

New pictures released this week show construction underway on the test vehicle of the SpaceX ship that could one day bring humans tourists to Mars. Musk says he is aiming for test flights this spring.

The video reveals the 3500ft borehole into Mercer Subglacial Lake, a hydraulically active lake that lies more 1000m beneath the Whillans Ice Plain on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Engineers at the University of Washington have revealed the RoboFly had taken its first untethered flaps earlier this year, and now say it could fly itself within five years.

USC researchers believe the find is the result of a fearsome shark six feet long leaping into the air to try and take down the much larger pterosaur with a wingspan of 18 feet.

One of the most cataclysmic events in the universe has been detected by Australian astronomers despite barely making a ripple through earth.

Chang'e-4 took off from the Sichuan, south-west China at 6:30 GMT, with the launch declared a success. It will perform a 'soft-landing' and land on the moon after a 27 day journey through space.

Ancient human ancestors settled in Northern Africa 2.4 million years ago, new archaeological evidence reveals. Early hominins and their material culture have previously been traced to East Africa.

The European Space Agency revealed it has signed up rocket maker ArianeGroup to develop plans for a moon base that could be used to mine material from the lunar surface.

Everything from autonomous 'people-movers' to a VR experience that lets users battle Iron Man from the backseat of a car was on display at the world's largest tech trade show.

At CES, Intel demonstrated its tech in the Hoobox Robotics’ Wheelie 7 kit, which can be retrofitted to existing motorized chairs to give the rider control using only their facial expressions.

Souza, who was the Chief Official White House photographer for U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, used Apple's new iPhone XS to take these shots for

Gorillas at Bristol zoo have demonstrated the ability to knowingly cheat at a game in order to win. Scientists say they've seen 'seen a lot of cheating behaviour' from the animals.

Researchers say the next supercontinent will form in 200-250m years. The most likely is Novopangea, where the Americas collide with the Antarctica, and into the already collided Africa-Eurasia.

Called SB>1 Defiant, the radical craft is being built by Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky - and has been revealed for the first time. It will fly twice as fast as current helicopters.'

Astronomers are now picking a favourite telescope and the four different ideas are competing to be built in the 2030s.

Unlike other pet treadmills on the market, the pricey system, debuted at CES in Las Vegas, is equipped with LED lights to motivate your cat into exercise, and allows you to set fitness goals.

The huge tank is being stress tested at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

China has also revealed it is planning to go back to the moon later this year with the Chang'e-5 lander following the phenomenal success of the ongoing Chang'e-4 mission.

Experts from British Columbia University in Canada believe they are likely to be caused by the left overs of an exploding star - or supernova - or a a supermassive black hole.

Harley-Davison showed off its first ever electric motorcycle at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. Pre-orders for the $29, 799 vehicle are now open in the US, and it should begin shipping by fall 2019.

International eco-charity Greenpeace was one of the first environmental organisations to jump on the trending hashtag, sharing two photographs that highlight the effect of Amazon deforestation.

The moon rock was brought back to Earth for analysis but now 48 years on from the 1971 mission, experts have now claimed that the rock was a fragment from our planet.

Divers have been studying wreckage off the coast of Buka Island, 100ft below the ocean surface and say they have found a piece of glass that 'shares some consistencies' with landing lights from Earhart's plane.

Experts from Northwestern University studying a celestial object called AT2018cow have concluded it may be the first time the formation of a new black hole or neutron star has been captured.