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The Strings app, created by Seattle-based Be Labs, claims that all content is deleted from every users' phone, and from Strings servers, 'immediately and permanently.'
2015 has arrived and for movie buffs everywhere, there is but one pressing question - how many predictions did Back To The Future II get right about this year?
Security researchers in Germany have created an app that claims to detect International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers that are used to track and eavesdrop on phone calls.
Elon Musk said his California-based Tesla company is working on automatic chargers (current chargers shown). These would autonomously charge Tesla's electric cars.
At 3:05am local time, several security cameras throughout the city of Bucharest captured the incredible sight of the space rock lighting up the urban area for several seconds.
Scientists at the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil say an undiscovered type of matter known as 'strange matter' might be present inside neutron stars (illustration shown).
A female orang-utan called Tilda (pictured) at Cologne Zoo in Germany has been found to produce unusual clicks and grunts in a way similar to how humans make the sound of consonants and vowels.
Marine archaeologists found 39 ingots of a metal they believe is orichalcum, the red metal that Plato claimed was found on the lost island of Atlantis, on the seabed 1,000 feet from the town of Gela, Sicily.
Engineers from Nasa and Nissan will adapt the popular Leaf electric car so that it can drive without human help and the technology could be used to build better, faster rovers for use on Mars.
Nottingham researchers found extroversion was linked to increased expression of pro-inflammatory genes while conscientiousness was linked to reduced levels.
A Romanian computer security firm has shown how messages sent to a watch running Google's Android Wear software can be intercepted and read.
Iowa is to allow residents to display their driver's license on their phone (shown). Beginning next year all their details will be available in a free app, kept secure using pin verification.
Apple's planned Commute Assistant will provide up to the minute information about public transport, allowing commuters to plan and adapt their route, even if travelling by helicopter.
University of Surrey scientists showed that respondents who closed their eyes correctly remembered information 71 per cent of the time, more than 20 points higher than those who did not.
Astronomers at the University of Toronto claim many exoplanets rotate around their stars, and spin at such a speed that they exhibit a day-night cycle similar to Earth.
According to the MyLifeElsewhere map, the US is 40 times bigger than the UK, meaning the majority of Britain would fit inside Wyoming and Colorado.
Sky 1's Ascension TV series is based on a U.S. defence project, codenamed Orion, that planned to propel a rocket by exploding thousands of small atomic bombs.
The headset (stock image) will let wearers experience some of the tasks carried out by reservists, and is being used for the first time at recruitment events in London and Manchester today.
Geologists at McGill University in Canada studied rocks around Hudson Bay in Quebec and found the air when the rocks formed contained 20% of today's oxygen levels.
Experts at Bangor University have long been puzzled how bar-head geese (pictured) fly to 24,000 feet (7,300m) or more as they cross the Himalayas.
Climate change and high rates of extinctions s are pushing the Earth into a 'danger zone' for humanity, a scientific report card about mankind's impact on nature has concluded.
The German-designed device (pictured, main) can be used on any fabric, including cotton, silk, lace and even cashmere, and uses 80 times less energy than a standard washing machine.
Psychologists from the University of Bedfordshire found adults could be convinced in three hours, that they had assaulted someone (stock image) when they were younger.
The patent was filed by the Californian tech giant in July 2013 and awarded yesterday. The files (pictured) detail a system that would let users store their fingerprints on iCloud.
A working group led by a University of Leicester scientist has proposed that July 16, 1945 should mark the start of the Anthropocene epoch.
The image, taken on January 4th, shows the Cupola’s large bay windows which allow the Expedition 42 crew to see outside, providing them with a full panoramic view of Earth.
The outermost planet orbits in the 'Goldilocks' zone - a region where surface temperatures could be moderate for water and life to exist, according to University of Arizona astronomers.
Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland gave fruit flies an extra gene called 'azot' and found it caused them to grow more slowly and kept them healthier.
text 2014 WAS the hottest year on record
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:10:06 GMT
Nasa scientists in New York claim their analysis of surface temperature measurements suggests a long-term warming of the planet, illustrated with a stock image.
text Be My Eyes app helps blind people 'see'
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:10:46 GMT
The Be My Eyes app (pictured) was developed by Hans Jørgen Wiberg from Denmark. It uses the iPhone's VoiceOver feature, which lets blind people use the device using synthetic speech.
The grey-brown creature, called Ichthyophis cardamomensis, was found in Cambodia's southwest Cardamom Mountains, an area under threat from habitat loss.
text Will the iPhone 7 have a pop out joystick?
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:06:13 GMT
A newly unearthered patent application granted to Apple reveals the Cupertino firm's plans for a spring loaded home button that pops up to become a joystick when needed.
The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in Hamburg this month, are in a system called SS7 that allows the world’s cellular carriers to route calls, texts and other services to each other.
Researchers from the University of Reims in France findings suggest that those celebrating this festive season might do well to give their bottles of bubbly a shake a few minutes before opening.
Research led by Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia tested the intelligence of crows. It was found they could solve a task that involved picking similar - but not matching - shapes (shown).
Scientists at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco say they may have spotted waves on Titan (illustration shown). Radar data from Cassini suggests there are tiny ripples on the moon.
text The Milky Way has a hidden SKELETON
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:49:31 GMT
Researchers at the University of Virginia claim to have found six strong candidates for galactic bones. Evidence of one of the bones is pictured inside the green box.
The breakthrough is a step toward better management of genetically engineered organisms, such as crops, say scientists from Harvard University in Massachusetts Yale University in New Haven.
The study, by Massachusetts-based advertising group Chitika, found states with more college graduates - such as Alaska and Vermont - tend to have higher iPhone sales.
With its addictive blend of wacky gadgets, earnest boffins and often hilarious cock-ups, Tomorrow's World was a classic product of the optimistic, technology-obsessed Sixties Britain.
Dr Richard Lindzen told a Massachusetts-based radio station that people who believe in global warming are becoming more hysterical in their arguments, the more they realise they are wrong.
The strange sight, known as a parhelion, was captured on camera in Mongolia. The celestial event (pictured) occurs when sunlight passes though snow crystals in the air.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln ice drillers made the discovery after drilling a small hole through the Ross Ice Shelf, which covers an area the size of France.
The glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom created by something called Noctiluca scintillans, nicknamed Sea Sparkle.
The symbolic clock (shown) is intended to show how close we are to disaster. Today the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) moved the minute hand forward by two minutes.
The disappearing lakes were discovered by a team of researchers from Ohio State University who are building the highest-resolution map of the Greenland Ice Sheet.
Tokyo-based software engineer Cameron Beccario has created a weather map (shown) that looks like the infamous Star Wars character Jabba the Hutt, due to its visualisation of wind.
A researcher from Rochester University explained in The Conversation that the same effect can be observed in eucalyptus, where menthol fools the TRPM8 receptor.
Nasa scientists in California have revealed images showing 'recent' flowing water on the surface of Vesta (shown). Gulleys were seen down the walls of a crater on the large asteroid.
Nasa scientists in California have revealed images showing 'recent' flowing water on the surface of Vesta (shown). Gulleys were seen down the walls of a crater on the large asteroid.
Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands studied the effectiveness of chewing gum (stock image shown). They found in 10 minutes it removed 100 million bacteria.
Geologist at Imperial College London made the discovery after studying rocks in Italy's Vigo Meano. The rocks contained vanillin, which could only have existed in the presence of acid.
Buffalo-born veteran, Mark Cornell (pictured), who served in the US Air Force for 18 years before he lost his sight, said the experience of wearing an eSight headset was ‘eye opening’.
Researchers from the Washington-based National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration made the animation that shows how fast the Arctic is changing with global warming.
Games like Angry Birds (pictured) and the mobile version of Facebook earned the developers behind them more than the efforts of the film industry, even with hits like The Hunger Games.
text Rosetta's comet in amazing detail
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:47:55 GMT
US and European scientists have revealed amazing new images of comet 67P Churyumov/Gerasimenko (shown), taken by the Rosetta spacecraft over the last few months.
The free app was created by British designers and lets anxious homeowners know exactly what's going on in their house.
text Did ancient warriors suffer PTSD too?
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:58:52 GMT
UK researchers have found signs of PTSD up to 3,000 years ago. They say soldiers experiencing horrors of the battlefield (stock image shown) is not just a phenomenon of modern warfare.
University of Glasgow scientists found a way to slow the speed of light. In an experiment one photon was beaten in a race (illustration shown), suggest light is even more complex than we thought.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are hoping to make bitcoin mainstream by creating the first regulated Bitcoin exchange in the United States.
The Cupertino firm's watch will use a chip called the S1 specially developed by Apple. It will be far more powerful than the Apple A4 chip on the original iPad, launched back in early April 2010 by Steve Jobs.
Portland-based Leatherman Tool Group is about to launch wrist wear that hides 25 different tools. Dubbed 'Tread', the bracelet is made of 17-4 steel links which each have two or three items.
text Could deflategate kill players careers?
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:39:16 GMT
People will excuse an athlete's immoral behaviour - if their dishonestly took place off the field, Michigan researchers found.
From gadgets that let you hold hands (pictured) with loved ones miles away to California-based Apple's watch that shares your heartbeat, the future of relationships is about to get more high-tech.
The £30,000 full-body lie detector suit, which has a success rate of more than 70 per cent, has been created by researchers in Britain and the Netherlands.
Stunning images of Comet Lovejoy have been taken from all over the world in recent weeks. The comet is currently shooting north as it passes Earth and views are expected to be best a week from now.
Darek Siusta captured images of a plane approaching the sound barrier (shown). The photos were taken at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana Air Show, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The remains of Herod's palace in the west of Jerusalem’s Old City have been examined and a place between a gate and uneven stone pavement has been identified as the site of the trial.
California giant Google plans to partner with hifi firms to create speakers for the service, and today revealed it will already work with speakers connected to a TV
The thin ribbon delivers electrical impulses and drugs, and moves like real tissue. Researchers say it could even be attached to the brain.
This monster lived 170 million years ago, not in Loch Ness, but in a warm shallow sea around what is now the Isle of Skye and has been identified as a new species of 'ichthyosaur'.
Upon studying videos of dogs playing, scientists at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta and the University of South Africa, Pretoria found that none of the rollovers were submissive.
text Forensic 'holodeck' recreates crimes in 3D
Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:50:24 GMT
The low-cost setup was devised by forensic experts from the University of Zurich and uses an Oculus Rift headset, OptiTrack optical tracker and Autodesk 3DS Max software.
text Mystery of Siberia's throat singing solved
Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:31:55 GMT
Scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg, have found that people living in the Altai mountains in southern Siberia have uniquely shaped vocal cords.
Researchers from the University of Oxford and Imperial College London have suggested that modern sharks shed their bony skeletons early in their evolutionary history.
The letter, published by the Boston-based Future of Life Institute, warns that scientists should seek to head off risks in artificial intelligence that could wipe out humanity.
Northwestern researchers developed a special technique to capture the moment of fertilisation, and found billions of zinc atoms are released.
The claims were made by researchers from the University of Pittsburg, who added that women with large quantities of such fats in target areas were shown to produce more intelligent children.
Human observers may feel the cold bite into the marrow of their bones as temperatures plummet this week, but for these swans it’s like landing on the beach in Barbados.
The claims were made by Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities to Apple Insider. He believes a basic model of the stylus (patent image pictured) will launch by the second quarter of this year.
Experts studied the anatomical measurements of 4,000 US armed services personnel, and compared eight facial and eight body measurements to see if the body could be used for identification.
Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, has been granted a patent (pictured) for its 'inconspicuous mode' for smartphones, which would use a calendar to detect when to mute a device.
Psychologists from The City University of New York found that the Indian spice also removed pre-existing fear memories in the brains of rats.
Scientists at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts found that by moving the excess baggage, the spider becomes lighter on his feet and better able to keep rivals away from his freshly impregnated mate.
Until now, very few details about the Florida-based technology had been revealed. The patent has revealed how the headset could potentially look (pictured) and work, including example uses.
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a research fellow at University College London, has predicted that care for the elderly and even children are among the jobs soon to be replaced.
Amateur astronomer Steve Sidentop,took 100 images of Comet Lovejoy over a two hour period as it passed over his home in Grayson, Georgia, in the United States.
Bones of an unidentified woman, a newborn baby and two men (bone with cut mark pictured), as well as fragments of a cremated person, were unearthed in a vault on the site in Serres, Greece.
The Georgia firm behind it hopes users will create and share their own code - and can even plug other devices into to to control.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh say the finding explains why some studies claim people with autism have more brain connections, while others say they have less.
Northwestern researchers were able to predict better than humans which movies made it into the Library of Congress's National Film Registry for 'significant' films by analsying IMDB data.
The geographic cone snail (conus geographus) uses the chemical to cause a plunge in blood sugar, leaving the fish sluggish and unable to swim to safety, Utah researchers found.
Dubbed 'Scape', the technology can help unlock the secrets of brain activity by monitoring neurons as they fire in real-time (pictured), according to the Columbia University Medical Center.
The Californian firm’s Messenger app lets people send voice clips. From today, Facebook is adding a tool that automatically transcribes these clips and posts a typed version, below the audio.
Data storage firm, Seagate, based in Cupertino, California, said we are facing a a data capacity deficit of more than six zettabytes - nearly twice all the data produced in 2013.
University of Illinois at Chicago professor Jennifer Wiley recently concluded that the average man produces his most creative thinking with an alcohol level of 0.075%.
Conspiracy theorists have claimed the images appear to show a human-like figure looming over the Mars Curiosity Rover and repairing the probe, which is scanning the Red Planet.
Netherlands-based Picatoo sells 12 temporary tattoos, created from a dozen Instagram photos for $14.99 or £9.99.
Experts from the European Academy of Bozen, Italy used multispectral imaging to map the mummy’s tattoos (pictured). They discovered a group of unseen tattoos on Ötzi’s lower right rib cage.
The reconstruction (pictured) took a Lego builder 470 hours to complete and consists of more than 190,000 blocks. It is on display at Sydney University's Nicholson Museum.
text Darpa plans would see drones hunt in PACKS
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:53:33 GMT
Darpa will host a number of meetings in Virginia, in March, to discuss how drones could work together to find, identify and engage targets (illustrated) with fewer humans controlling them.
The Stanford University start-up in California says that, unlike sleeping pills, Sprayable Sleep will prevent the user from feeling groggy the next day.
Traffic app Waze, owned by Google, warns drivers when police are nearby, and now National Sheriffs Association says the app's police tracking function is puts lives of officers at risk.
The free game (pictured), from Argentinian developer Etermax, is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. As a player answers questions, they are rewarded with characters.
text Rosetta reveals colourful views of comet 67P
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:43:00 GMT
Data from US and European scientists using the Rosetta spacecraft has revealed 67P in amazing new detail, including maps of the comet's gravity (shown) that indicate it is weaker in the 'neck'.
text Is this the 12-inch Apple MacBook Air?
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:57:28 GMT
The leaked photos (pictured next to an iPad) were published on Chinese Apple fan site iFanr and they claim to show the rear casing and logo on a 12-inch MacBook Air.
The grisly photographs (one pictured) show a hippo eating a corpse of another floating in a river in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
Humanity's best hope is to create spinning habitats that would become home to millions of people in space, rather than finding another world, according to scientists at the University of Texas.
The AirBoard (pictured), from London-based firm AirWheel, costs £499 ($755) and travels at 12mph (19km/h). Its battery has a range of between seven and nine miles (11 and 14km).
Scientists from the University of Missouri are studying the genetic make-up of cats after it was revealed their DNA may contain crucial information about what causes certain diseases.
While both these images are the same, the optical illusion causes one to appear as though its George Bush and the other to look like Bill Clinton. The illusion was created by the University of Leicester.
text Nasa HELICOPTERS are headed to Mars
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:18:55 GMT
Nasa scientists in California are testing a concept Mars helicopter (shown). The small device would be launched to the red planet with another rover and would scout locations ahead.
The state-owned Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Embrapa, along with University of Brasilia said the discovery has 'biotechnological potential' for the health foods industry.
A hacker known as Starbug told attendees of the Chaos Computer Club’s (CCC) 31st annual congress in Hamburg, Germany, that the copied print could be used for 'biometric authentication'.
The top word of 2014 was not actually a word at all, but instead an emoji in the shape of a heart which means love. The list has been compiled by the Global Language Monitor in Austin, Texas.
The US Army has launched the first of two controversial 'all seeing' blimps designed to detect and destroy cruise missiles or rogue aircraft incursions targeting America's East Coast cities.
A herpetologist from the University of California, Berkeley, uncovered the unusual behaviour of Limnonectes larvaepartus (pictured) during an expedition on Indonesia's island of Sulawesi.
The Dash headphones are wireless, and even contain their own MP3 player and fitness trackers, and won a best in show award at CES in Las Vegas.
Harvard researchers researchers analysed the genomes of more than 160,000 African Americans, Latinos, and European Americans as part of the study.
Using ice-penetrating radar data collected by Nasa's Operation IceBridge, the project allows scientists to determine the age of large swaths of the second largest mass of ice on Earth.
The images, taken against star fields, will help scientists gauge the remaining distance and keep the grand piano-sized robot on track for a July flyby. according to Houston-based Nasa.
AeroDrums, created by a London-based team, use reflective panels and real-time motion-tracking technology to make the musician sound as if they are playing the real thing.
From the Jersey Devil to the Mothman, the map reveals the imaginary beasts that are feared the most in each state. The infographic was created by artist Mark Adams in Philadelphia.
Scientists at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, California have revealed remarkable footage of giant Humboldt squid (still image from video shown).
The photo, taken off Malapascua Island in the Philippines, reveals the body of a baby thresher shark emerging from its mother. Researchers hope it could shed light on how these creatures give birth.
A London-based nuclear expert probed the issue after a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by small unmanned vehicles over more than a dozen power stations in France.
Tech blog 9to5mac says the tech giant is still working on the software in a bid to improve battery life before its expected ship date in March.
The aptly named Volcano of Fire in the western state of Colima erupted this week, sending volcanic matter 29,000ft into the air and the entire episode was caught on webcam.
The European Space Observatory in Chile captured the image, which shows stars obscured by a huge dark dust cloud.
The Japan Meteorological Association says 2014 is the hottest year on record (data shown) - 0.27°C above the average from 1981 to 2010, and 0.63°C above the 20th Century average.
The findings made by researchers from the Institute of Geochemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences could mean that China's culture is around 6,000 years old.
Scientists from the US Department of Agriculture's National Wildlife Research Centre in Ohio, Indiana State University and Purdue University used virtual reality to investigate how birds avoid vehicles.
Palaeontologists at Indiana University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln examined regional differences in the shapes of individual vertebral bones in snakes, lizards, alligators and mice.
A new study by archaeologists at University College London and the University of California has lent support to theories that human hunters killed off the giant ice age mammals.
Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences trained the monkeys to recognise their own reflection by sitting them in front of a mirror (pictured) and shining laser light on their faces.
The interactive watch (pictured), designed by India-based app Pipes, is modelled on official images released by Apple, and lets people see how their messages, emails and homescreen will look.
Tokyo-based Toshiba unveiled its entertaining but chillingly realistic ChihiraAico robot (pictured) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Facebook at Work is available on the web, Android and iOS (pictured) and the Californian tech giant described it as 'a separate experience that gives employees the ability to connect.'
A study by the University of California, Berkely examined personality traits of pet owners. They found that cat people were more creative, adventurous and anxious.
An experiment by University of California, Berkeley, psychologists found that powerful people often claimed left over treats at the expensive of others, and ate them with their mouths open.
text Human muscle tissue that FLEXES grown in lab
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:05:13 GMT
The study was led by Nenad Bursac, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University. The muscle (pictured) could be used to study diseases, and in place of human drug trials.
Students from the University of Surrey imprinted their phones into Petri dishes. After three days, they studied the bacteria (pictured) that had grown in the dishes.
Scientists at Wageningen University in the Netherlands demonstrated that pigs (stock image) empathise with others they share a pen so that the stress and happiness of the animals is contagious.
Researchers at the University of Exeter found that ancient Greek doctors, such as Galen (pictured), wrote about the importance of flavour in food as a way of improving its health-giving potency.
Scientists at Purdue University in Louisiana have presented a new asteroid theory. They say asteroids may have formed during the collision of protoplanets (illustration shown), not before.
Over 100 people around the world are now working on plans to make the 'supertubes' a reality.
Billionaire inventor Elon Musk plans to build the track to allow firms to try out 'pod' designs to shoot passengers along a tube at around the speed of sound.
Google has halted sales of its controversial Glass wearable computer - but promises new versions are coming.
The Mi Note (pictured) from Chinese firm Xiaomi has a 5.7-inch display, is 6.95mm thick and weighs 161g. This makes it 0.2-inches larger, 0.15mm thinner and 11 lighter than Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.
The $280 glasses, developed by a Berkeley firm, were discovered by accident, and allow sufferers to see colours which were previously muddled and muted.
Astronomers at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Cambridge say these planets are changing the position of objects well beyond Neptune.
The remains of a new species, dubbed Eramoscorpius brucensis, were discovered by quarry workers in the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada.
Researchers from Ontario's Lakehead University scored 126 students on both the Cognitive Test Anxiety Scale and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale.
A study led by New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science says two-thirds of our mammalian rivals went extinct with the dinosaurs (asteroid impact illustrated), ultimately allowing us to thrive.
text Is Minecraft ruining children's imagination?
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:14:05 GMT
A New York-based study says kids need more unstructured entertainment. Giving them access to games like Minecraft (shown) can inhibit their development of social skills, it claims.
Dinner plate-sized ice (pictured) was seen forming on a quiet stretch of the River Dee, close to Aboyne in Aberdeenshire following heavy frosts that are thought to have frozen foam on the river.
The London site allows families and close friends to easily and securely share photos, videos and messages.
In a video, titled 'Destination: Moon', Paris-based Esa outlines its plans for humans to live on the rim of the South Pole-Aitken basin, which stretches across nearly a quarter of the moon.
The software was shown off in Seattle, and will also run on everything from mobile phones to the firm's Xbox One games console,
text What REALLY happens when you see a ghost
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:59:33 GMT
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego say sleep paralysis occurs when there is a mix-up in an area of the brain, dubbed the parietal lobes, that hold a map of the 'self'.
The firm will not use Qualcomm processors for the next version of the South Korean technology giant's flagship Galaxy S smartphone.
The new machinery, which was installed during the bridge's closure last weekend, means the traffic set up the 1.7-mile San Francisco structure can be completed in a matter of minutes.
Scientists have found that birds regrew a bone known as the 'pisiform' when they evolved from dinosaurs (illustrated), suggesting the effects of evolution are not necessarily irreversible.
Called Turnipschool, the device was demonstrated at a hacking convention in Washington. It was inspired by a covert stick called Cottonmouth-I recently leaked in NSA documents.
On two separate occasions this month, alien hunters claim to have spotted mysterious objects appearing on their screens before the live feed from Houston-based Nasa disappears
text The science of SHOPPING
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:12:41 GMT
Researchers in Singapore found people are more likely to make emotion-led purchases if prices are rounded, while another study said the smell of cinnamon encourages shoppers to spend.
A Product Manager at Twitter, California, announced the new recap feature (pictured), which has been spotted by some users in their news feeds since December.
Researchers at Kyoto University and Kyushu University in Japan carried out the first modern study in to the strange 'misty' phenomenon that was first identified by scientists in the 1920s.
Scientists at Cambridge University say the readings provide a tantalising glimpse into how Earth's magnetic core will behave over billions of years as it continues to freeze.
The ethical hacking demo was carried out by Betsy Davies (pictured) from Dulwich, south London, and virtual private network provider HMA to highlight just how vulnerable public Wi-Fi networks are.
Kent University made the discovery after analysing the trabecular bone pattern in humans and Australopithecus africanus fossils (pictured) which were found in Eastern Africa.
Government researchers in California used a series of laser-driven compression experiments to reproduced the conditions deep inside exotic super-Earths and giant planet cores.
Microsoft engineers and scientists at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have jointly developed software called OnSight to work with the prototype HoloLens headset.
Imagine a world where mosquito-sized robots fly around stealing samples of your DNA. Or where a department store knows from your buying habits that you're pr...
A London-based furniture store has produced an infographic to details some of tomorrow's technologies such as floating beds, some of which are already on sale.
Designed by one of the team behind the original iPod in California, the Stir M1 has a built in touchscreen and can even 'breathe' to alert users they've been stationary too long.
Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and revealed his vision for the future of the internet.
Artist Pyanek has captured the delicate details in everyday items such as cornflakes (pictured). Pyanek, who has chosen not to reveal his identity or location, used a Canon T3i to take the images.
The African golden cat was spotted hunting during daylight in Kibale National Park, Uganda. It attacks a group of red colobus monkey gathered around a tree stump.
The metal and plastic prototype belt (pictured) was created by French firm Emiota and is on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The sweeping view, which reveals one third of our galactic neighbour, suggests it may have been battered by a collision two billion years ago, according to the University of Washington.
They include the 'hardest bat in the world' (pictured) from Morocco which has a taste for killing scorpions and eating them head-first and a unique turtle from Texas that urinates through its mouth.
The Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore has been trying to find out how they formed by studying UV light from a quasar - a galaxy with a bright nucleus - that lies behind one of the bubbles.
Scientists at the University of Kent found 'higher levels of structural integrity' in the brain were in areas responsible for language learning and semantic processing for those who knew a second language.
Dr Myron Shekell from Washington University believes Yoda in Star Wars was based on the tiny tarsier due to its huge eyes, tiny frame and the fact that it speaks a secret language.
The GE scanners, used by doctors in Florida, are currently involved in their first clinical trial aimed at making the process of medical scanning cheaper, easier and more accurate.
Research from Lund University indicates that, over the course of evolution, retroviruses took an increasingly firm hold on cellular control. During which time, they made brain cells more active.
text Meet Sepios, the CYBER CUTTLEFISh
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:30:29 GMT
Engineering students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich who were inspired by nature, believe their silent, undulating robot (pictured) will be ideal for underwater photography.
Apple is putting the finishing touches to its Watch ahead of an expected launch in March - and the Cupertino firm has released a test version of the software that will link it to an iPhone.
Zoologists at Wisconsin University studied the calls of white-handed gibbons using a computer program that detected subtle changes in frequency and found the apes make 26 basic sounds.
London-based company The Eco Experts has revealed the countries best-equipped to cope with climate change on a map (shown), with places like Norway and the UK scoring highly.
The study, led by the University of California, Berkeley, suggests communication among our earliest ancestors in the African savannah may have been more complex than previously thought.
Created by the Maryland-based Working Group on Adaptive Systems, the drawings imagine a future in which manatees and chickens have recreated their own ecosystems inside of spaceships.
By looking at the variety and ages of these fossils the University of Bucharest found that dinosaurs remained diverse in European ecosystems very late into the Cretaceous.
text The secret behind Amazon's low prices
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:18:38 GMT
Researchers have found that the Seattle-based company fools users into thinking they are getting a good deal by tweaking their prices a number of time each hour.
A new study of 65-million-year-old ankle bones found in northeastern Montana found that Purgatorius was a tree dweller.
Chicago researchers found 20 percent of American youths eat pizza on any given day, and called for healthier versions to be created.
Jaguar has embraced the traditional ‘ring ring’ of the bicycle bell to warn drivers of unseen cyclists at risk of injury or death in a collision.
Scientists at Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, New York have described a ‘circuit’ that controls fearful memories and behaviour in the brains of mice, offering insight into how anxiety disorders may develop.
An Apple engineer who lives in Half Moon Bay and makes mechanical models in his spare time, has created an 18th century-style writing machine that uses chains to programme different letters.
News photographer Mikael Buck, who lives in London, used a lens attachment, tripod and his smartphone to capture the beauty of insects and frosty leaves.
Geologists at Yale University in New Haven claim that a combination of thick crusts and weakened mineral grains could explain a range of relatively 'speedy' moves among tectonic plates.
A linguist at Columbia University has warned the advent of technologically-advanced translating tools will not be enough to save the diversity of Earth’s languages and some cultures will likely die out.
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, believe the technology (pictured) could one day be used to deploy drugs into certain locations in the human body.
A study carried out by Ohio State University also found that giving a boss a taste of their own medicine didn’t damage a person’s career prospects.
Designed by a team from Florida, the SONICable (pictured) acts like a standard USB cable, to charge and sync, when plugged in and switched off. When switched on, it concentrates on charging.
The flash, located 5.5 billion light-years from Earth and lasting a thousandth of a second, was spotted for the first time by astronomers at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.
Dr Tony Perry, a geneticist at the University of Bath, said that society needed to be prepared for the day parents can choose certain traits in their children, such as eye colour.
Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge say how galaxies evolve is mathematically equivalent to the way settlements grow, with both being governed by 'Zipf's law'.
QualityTime, from California-based ZeroDesktop, works in the background to monitor phone and app usage. It tracks how many times a screen is unlocked and the most popular apps.
A new era of sophisticated virtual pets, from lifelike jumping pug dogs to the most talkative of parrots (£60 Keet is pictured), has been launched by Britain’s toy industry.
The Mouse-Box concept (pictured) was created by Poland-based Przemysław Strzelczyk. Inside the mouse is a 1.4GHZ quad-core processor, Wi-Fi and 128GB of storage.
The scroll (X-ray image showing the location of text) is among hundreds retrieved from Herculaneum, a town destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD.
Dubbed Kuratas, the five-ton, four-legged device was the brainchild of inventor Kogora Kurata from Japan's Kanto region. It can be operated using an iPhone or by stepping inside the suit.
Later this year, seven of the robots will compete in a 'robo Olympics' in California against 20 teams in events designed to recreate natural disasters the robots could one day be sent into.
Google has been confirmed as being part of a new billion dollar investment in SpaceX,
An image taken by a Japanese satellite launch on 7 October 2014 has snapped the true colour of planet Earth (shown). The image from the Himawari-8 weather satellite shows Earth's natural colour.
A Phoenix-based inventor designed the new shovel to have a handle that rotates 360 degrees after finding he was getting sore while digging for his parents.
Scientist Regine Gries from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia let bedbugs bite her 180,000 times as her colleagues hunted for a cocktail of pheromones to trap the insects.
The two-minute, full-duration static test in Utah will fire a full-scale version of the booster for NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System.
Astronomers at the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, and the University of Rochester in New York say this is the first ring system of its kind found outside the solar system,
Experts at Washington University have raised concerns about a thriving Twitter cannabis culture. Most of those sending and receiving 'pot tweets' were under the age of 25, said the study authors.
The concept being developed by the University of Colorado Boulder uses an opaque disk up to a half mile across to bend light and converge it in a central point.
London-based iClarified placed decibel meters by the speakers of each of Apple's iPhones, including 10 handsets from the original 2G to last year's iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 (pictured) topped the list.
Chemists from the University of California Irvine and the University of Western Australia have proved that unboiling an egg is possible by adding urea to break down proteins.
An Italian astronaut on the ISS captured images of a cyclone on Earth. Tropical cyclone Bansi was spotted in the Indian Ocean by Samantha Cristoforetti with lightning illuminating its eye (shown).
The California-based site now has a Life section, letting users ask strangers for money towards weddings, funerals, operations or other personal bills.
Scientists at Aarhus University, Denmark, have found that a certain type of pollutant called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) is associated with a less dense penile bone in polar bears (stock image).
The Snooperscope device, designed by a start-up company in London, is intended to be used as a tool for wildlife watchers, fishermen and hunters, who want to better see targets in the dark.
Experts from the Department of Antiquities of Egypt and the Near East at the Vatican said resin dates to the 19th century, while a scan revealed male and female bones in the same mummy.
A Russian company that designs life-saving systems for high-altitude flights has unveiled a unique ejector seat that uses a pole to fling pilots free of a plane.
South African-born Elon Musk has responded to comments by Lisa Simpson about why his rockets aren't 'green'. He appeared in the latest episode of The Simpsons on 25 January.
The pplkpr app (pictured) was created by Brooklyn-based Kyle McDonald and Lauren McCarthy. It syncs with a heart rate monitor to track emotions and warns users about people who cause them stress.
Hackers from the online group Lizard Squad have claimed responsibility for the attack, which took the two social media sites down at around 6am GMT.
A San Francisco-based company has revealed their Prynt device. It attaches to certain smartphones and lets users print physical photos (shown).
It is five years, to the day, since Apple's former boss Steve Jobs (pictured) unveiled the original iPad at an event in California. There have since been six 9.7-inch iPads, and three 7.9-inch iPad minis.
More than 50,000 people have have signed a petition demanding the U.S. web giant re-programmes its translate system, which is used by 500million people every month.
San Francisco firm Twitter has launched its much anticipated video service, allowing users to edit and upload clips up to 30 seconds long from its app.
A team of German engineers have brought us a step closer to building a teleporter, dubbed 'Scotty', to send objects over distances in an instant - just like Star Trek's transporter.
Virgin Galactic has said it is to construct and test its new SpaceShipTwo rocket itself, without aerospace firm Scaled Composites, ending a ten year partnership between the companies.
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Fossils from the UK, US and Portugal have revealed four ancient snakes (illustration of one shown). They date back up to 167 million years and are twice as old as any others found before.
Archaeologists have discovered a syringe, blood porringer used for bloodletting, enema pumps and bottles used to hold drugs and medical gin among the wreck of the Blackbeard's flagship.
Scientists from the University of Porto reported four adult Atlantic spotted dolphins (stock image) ‘displaying nurturant behaviour’ by supporting a dead calf in the waters off Madeira.
Scientists from the University of Birmingham's School of Physics and Astronomy made the discovery after trawling through four years' worth of data collected by Nasa’s Kepler space telescope.
Secure chat service Wickr, based in California, has launched a tool that allows private images to appear as cat pictures to Facebook friends you'd rather keep in the dark.
The breakthrough was achieved by researchers at Sanford-Burnham in Orlando after they coaxed human stem cells to become dermal papilla cells – a type of cell which is vital to follicle formation.
The tool is being created by the California-based Mutual UFO Network which receives thousands of 'alien' reports. Sources allegedly include military personnel and former intelligence officers.
Georgia Tech researcher Mason Bretan has created a  backing band complete with xylophone player. They have been programmed to improvise their own jazz songs, and play along with Bretan.
Couples guess their baby's sex using theories including the nub theory, the skull theory, analysing the shape of the bump or looking at cravings, a poll by parenting site Netmums found.
Jeannie Lit from New Jersey designed a glove to prevent smudging. Called SmudgeGuard (shown) it stops perspiration adhering to ink on paper so 'lefties' can write without ruining a page with smudges.
A UK-wide survey has also revealed that one in 14 drivers have had a near miss and have swerved or braked suddenly to avoid a hazard because they were distracted by a sat-nav (stock image).
Norway's Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings and architecture firm Snøhetta designed the prototype house with a roof angled to the southeast to capture as much sunlight as possible.
If a drone falls out of the sky, it could feel like 5lb (2.2kg) brick dropping off a tall building, according to Boston-based Lux Research, who is among the experts concerned over drone safety.
A geobiologist from Old Dominion University in Virginia has revealed pictures that show structures on Mars (shown) similar to ones on Earth that were formed by microbes.
Astronauts on the ISS have captured a 'squashed' moon from space (shown). A video from Nasa's Terry Virts from Maryland shows the effect in action.
text Teachers suffer sexism from their STUDENTS
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A study by sociologists at North Carolina State University showed that students felt male teachers were more professional, fairer, more enthusiastic and gave more praise than female teachers.
Researchers in South Korea say their skin is extremely similar to human skin. It is stretchy, like real skin, and even has a built-in heater so it feels like living tissue.
Scientists from the University of California compared the stripes of zebras (stock image) from 16 different sites with their living conditions.
The Florida firm behind the network hopes it will allow couples to stay in touch when they are apart, and hopes to adapt game controllers (pictured).
Users can now talk to the app and get a written translation of what they're saying, in real time, on the screen. The update will begin rolling out to both iOS and Android users from today.
The Wellcome Collection in London currently has a number of ceremonial sculptures (6th century BC artefact pictured) as part of its Institute of Sexology exhibition.
A scientist from Michigan Tech University studied faster than light effects. Dr Robert Nemiroff said a laser swept across the moon (telescope laser shown) will appear to break light-speed.
Biologists at the University of York studied chimps in the Budongo Forest in Uganda and discovered that males had unique drumming styles that they tended to use when moving around the forest.
A London-based designer has revealed a seclusion pod for workers. Called Orrb (shown) it lets people take a 10, 20 or 30 minute break. The small space has a door that can be closed for privacy.
Danish archaeologists claim early hunters in Greenland broke iron from fragments of a giant meteorite that fell onto the ice sheet 10,000 years ago, helping to kick start their iron age.
Stunning satellite images reveal the Holuhraun lava field has spread across more than 32 square miles (84 square km). Lava has gushed from fissures just north of Vatnajökull since August.
EXCLUSIVE: The graphics were created by detox site Withdrawal.net. It used Google Trends to track the popularity of drug searches since 2004, including meth, cocaine, Xanax, Adderall and heroin.
A German firm has revealed a pocket charger which contains its own fuel cell. It runs on gas usually used in lighters, converted into electricity by the internal fuel cell.
The study, by Kind Saud University in Saudi Arabia, found that ambergris, found in the vomit of sperm whales, caused the male rats to crave sex more often.
The device, known as KeySweeper (pictured), was created by Poland-based security researcher Samy Kamkar. All of these strokes are decrypted, logged and sent to a hacker over the web.
The update is being rolled out to iOS and will be coming to Android users of the California-based app soon. It was previously optional, but enhancements are now made automatically.
Psychologists from Princeton University created a scale of faces, ranging from unattractive to attractive. Those around the half-way point (pictured centre) were considered more trustworthy.
Experts at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam have now halved the light levels in their galleries to help preserve the Dutch impressionist's masterpieces.
The study, by the University of California, Berkeley, used beams of x-rays to uncover a crystalline material in Roman concrete that prevents tiny cracks from spreading.
Michigan State University scientists have claimed that domestic violence can affect children in early life, even if the abuse is suffered while they're still in their mother's womb (stock image shown).
The Voyager 1 spacecraft is still riding a massive 'tsunami wave' that first began in February, Iowa researchers have revealed.
Original founders Michael and Xochi Birch have relaunched the site as a messaging app for phones.
Australian researchers say analysing it could help to determine the amount of heavy elements created by the massive explosions.
New York photographer, Stephen Mallon, has been able to capture the process of transforming the city's subway cars into artificial coral reefs along the coast from Delaware to South Carolina.
The Emerald Island, for example, off the coast of New Zealand was first sighted in 1821, yet expeditions in 1840 and 1909 failed to find any trace of it.
Swiss researchers found women rate emotional images as more emotionally stimulating than men do, and are more likely to remember them.
A group of fishermen got quite a shock when they pulled a frilled shark (pictured), dating back 80 million years, from the water near Lakes Entrance in Victoria's east.
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One of the most famous is the Lubbock Lights incident, which was reported on August 30, 1951 in Texas. The 'alien lights' (pictured) turned out to be plover birds.
Since 1998, the Californian tech giant has spent $24.5 billion (£16.2 billion) on 10 companies, including YouTube, Motorola, NestLabs and SkyBox Imaging.
Two entrepreneurs in St Louis, Missouri, created the app - with both a Girlfriend and Boyfriend version - that sends convincing texts from a virtual partner.
A Californian password management company has revealed the 25 most popular and insecure passwords of 2014, including ‘easily guessable’ passwords such as ‘football’.
According to Meera Inglis, a researcher at the University of Sheffield, Ebola is the greatest threat to primates. A third of the world’s gorillas and chimpanzees have died from Ebola since 1990.
The paper was led by Professor David Legates from University of Delaware. This chart shows the study's observations (green) compared to IPCC predictions (red).
The hack was reported by Heise Online, and many of the verified accounts are believed to belong to German gamers. It is not known how the hackers obtained the Minecraft (pictured) credentials.
The skeleton of Nundasuchus took more than 1,000 hours to reconstruct, despite most of the skull being missing and may help experts to fill in gaps in the ancient reptile family tree.
A portal big enough to swallow a spaceship could have been created by dark matter, according to mathematical models by the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy.
Scientists at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, unglued a mummy mask made of recycled papyrus (like the one pictured) to make the find of the Gospel of Mark.
Experts say the Snapshot, which Progressive Insurance has used in more than two million vehicles since 2008, is simple to hack.
The wireless headset revealed in Seattle is called HoloLens, can project 3D images into the wearer's field of view - making it appear as if screens, games and even people are in front of them.
Rather than blasting to the red planet and using rockets to slow themselves down, future craft could simply use planetary gravity fields.
Scientists at Scentrics, working with University College London, say they have created an algorithm that can guarantee total privacy for everything from emails to text messages.
Scientists at Heriot Watt University in Scotland recorded two million laser pulses over a 10 minute period, as individual particles – known as photons – collided with the air.
Volunteers scanned tens of thousands of starry images from the Spitzer Space Telescope online - prompting Nasa to investigate.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer is spinning off the company's prized stake in China's Alibaba Group Holding in a move that will let Yahoo avoid paying billions in future taxes.
San Francisco scientists found people who carry the gene have larger volumes in a front part of the brain involved in planning and decision-making.
Five teams from Germany, the US, Japan and India have been awarded a combined $5.25 million for meeting mission milestones. They are each competing for the $30 million grand prize.
The fibres less than a width of a hair could lead to devices for treatment of conditions such as Parkinson's.
Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones during the three months that ended Dec. 31, beating analysts' expectations for the latest models of it iPhone.
The strong magnets, known as Buckyballs, are made using neodymium - a rare earth element. The Buckyballs were blended by Will it Blend? host Tom Dickson from Utah-based blender firm Blendtec.
The lower jawbone (pictured) of an ancient human ancestor that lived around 200,000 years ago in Asia was discovered in a fisherman's net 15 miles out to sea.
The Tesla P85D was unveiled in Los Angeles in October. The electric car offers two acceleration options, Sport and Insane, and in Insane mode, the car goes 0 to 60 in around three seconds.
The guidelines were announced by Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez (pictured) at the State of the Net conference in Washington.
The British Heart Foundation announced the winners of its annual ‘Reflections of Research’ image competition – reflecting the charity’s research into heart and circulatory diseases.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee found that spiders searched for prey taken from their webs, which they use as 'prey larders,' indicating they keep track of numbers.
Engineers at Surrey-based QuadH2O made the waterproof drone carrying a GoPro camera, which can be controlled so that a pilot can shoot films of life underwater.
Biologists at San Diego Zoo in California collected samples from the feet of 203 wild bears by rubbing cotton wool buds between the animals' toes and then tested how other bears reacted to the smell.
The four emoticons were published in the American satirical magazine Puck on 30 March 1881. They are described as ‘typographical art’. Scott Fahlman was the first documented person to use emoticons in 1982.
Traditional stories describe how the Great Barrier Reef, pictured, once formed part of the Queensland coastline while other islands around the continent were part of the mainland.
SpaceX have revealed how their Falcon Heavy rocket will work. A video shows it lifting off (shown) from a launch pad in Florida. Its maiden unmanned flight will take place in mid-2015.
The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000km) from the icy world, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit Ceres.
The Hemingwrite (pictured) is described by its Michigan inventors as a ‘minimalist digital typewriter for distraction-free writing’. It has an e-ink display and saves files to Dropbox.
Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have attempted to solve how long strands of RNA formed - and the answer could life in hydrothermal vents (image shown).
Esa has revealed an amazing video of 49 images stitched together showing lightning strikes over Eastern Romania (shown). The images were taken by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers.
According to financial figures from the Californian firm, during the first fiscal quarter of 2015 the firm sold 21.4 million iPads and iPad minis - down from 26 million iPads during the first quarter of 2014.
There are at least ten beavers (one is shown) thriving along a 12mile (19km) stretch of the River Otter near Exeter, where they will now stay, following a ruling.
California-based Google has added support for USB audio in Android Lollipop. This means the USB charging port, or Apple's Lightning connector (pictured) can be used to play music.
Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at the University of San Diego are among 40 marine scientists aboard ships in the Tasman Sea studying giant internal waves.
Scientists from the University of Leicester analysed Y chromosomes from 5,000 men from 127 populations across Asia and found 11 DNA sequences that date from 1300BC to 1100AD.
A forensic examination is underway on the 200-year-old human relic, which was found preserved in animal skin in the Songinokhairkhan province of Mongolia.
Researchers at the University of Virginia say that overestimating your partner's happiness can be a good indicator that you will get divorced in the future. They claim data backs up this analysis.
The Stockholm streaming startup service will replace Sony's music Unlimited service on smartphones and Playstation's, the two revealed today.
Six 3D-printed cups are scheduled to fly to the International Space Station in February after Portland researchers perfected the design.
text Raging fire ends mock Mars mission in Utah
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The devastating fire was caused by an unusual power surge in the Mars Research Society habitat, which is four miles the small town of Hanksville in Utah.
The partial skull was recently discovered in Manot Cave in West Galilee, Israel and challenges a previous theory that the two species potentially met 45,000 years ago in Europe.
Facebook has revealed it now has 1.39 billion users, with 890 million people using the site every day as it announced for the seventh quarter in a row it beat profit and revenue forecasts.
This is according to studies by Atlanta-based Calorie Control Council and Cornell University in New York. Overall, it is estimated the US eats one billion chicken wings over Superbowl weekend,
Astronomers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany have provided a new theory for a gas cloud spotted in orbit around the supermassive black hole (illustration shown) at the Milky Way's core.
Grand Master of Memory, Ed Cooke, who is based in Hackney, London, rude – and violent – thoughts are more memorable and can be linked with other information to help you recall it (stock image).
For centuries, animals have been preserved for sport, religion or tradition. Taxidermy grew in popularity in the UK during Victorian times, and it has seen a resurgence recently.