Volcanic eruption beneath Iceland's Dyngjujökull glacier sparks red alert
2014-08-24 18:07:53 UTC
A small volcanic eruption has occurred under Iceland's Dyngjujökull glacier, prompting authorities to raise the warning code for aviation to red, the highest level, Iceland's meteorological office has said.
The region of the Bárðarbunga volcano...
Urban areas are hives for wild bees
2014-08-23 09:18:43 UTC
A study has found a "considerable richness" of wild bee species in most types of urban habitats.
French researchers recorded almost a third of the nation's 900 species of wild bees living in towns and cities.
Writing in Plos One, they added ...
Galileo satellites go into wrong, lower orbit
2014-08-23 09:11:11 UTC
The European Space Agency (Esa) says the latest two satellites for Europe's version of the American GPS satellite navigation system have not gone into the correct orbit.
However, it says the fifth and sixth satellites launched from French Guian...
The Woman Who Surprised Science
2014-08-23 23:51:55 UTC
Kim Goodsell is unlucky enough to have two very rare diseases. Her doctors blamed coincidence, but was it? She taught herself genetics to find out, and as she tells Ed Yong, no-one expected what she would discover.
Kim Goodsell was running alon...
SeaWorld shares tumble 33% following Blackfish documentary
2014-08-16 17:42:56 UTC
Shares in the amusement park SeaWorld fell 33% after a 6-7% decline in the company’s revenues was forecast – with falling attendances driven in part by the negative publicity surrounding the documentary film Blackfish.
The film follows Tilikum,...
First female winner for Fields maths medal
2014-08-13 18:55:14 UTC
Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian maths professor at Stanford University in California, who went to school and university in Iran, has been awarded the highest honour a mathematician can attain.
It will go down in history as the moment one of the l...
How animals deal with infection
2014-08-08 01:44:07 UTC
<strong>Other species evolved clever ways to protect themselves from catching illness long before we developed treatments. What do they do?</strong>
Humans are constantly at war with disease. We lob antibiotic missiles at bacteria and toss vacc...
Neanderthals toasted pigeons on open fires
2014-08-07 19:10:38 UTC
Neanderthals snacked on pigeons that they had toasted on open fires, according to researchers, adding to the menu of foods known to be eaten by our closest ancient relatives.
Leftovers of Neanderthal feasts were discovered in sediments that bui...
Russian Gang Amasses Over a Billion Internet Passwords
2014-08-06 07:12:45 UTC
A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.
The records, discovered...
New evidence: Asteroid's 'bad timing' killed off dinosaurs
2014-07-28 05:24:16 UTC
Dinosaurs might have survived the catastrophic impact that ended their reign had the devastating asteroid that slammed into the Earth arrived at a "more convenient time", a scientist has claimed. As a result humans would probably not exist.
Google faces data watchdogs over 'right to be forgotten'
2014-07-24 20:49:44 UTC
Google has met data regulators from across the European Union to discuss the implications of the recent "right to be forgotten" ruling.
An EU court ruled in May that links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased from searches on requ...
iPhone 6 screen could be sapphire-glass blend, says expert
2014-07-22 06:19:01 UTC
Apple has patents for a sapphire-glass blend screen that could explain why sandpaper can scratch a supposed leaked iPhone 6 screen, the Guardian has established.
A new video that apparently shows a 4.7in sapphire screen from an iPhone 6 being s...
Silicon Valley's High-Paid High School Interns
2014-07-11 19:04:32 UTC
After Facebook (FB) recruited Michael Sayman last November, it didn’t mess around—it flew him out from Miami to meet Mark Zuckerberg. The chief executive talked to Sayman about 4 Snaps, the mobile game he built using Facebook’s development tools t...
Sexism in Silicon Valley
2014-07-03 07:57:00 UTC
Managers in Silicon Valley call it the “Dave rule”: to assure proper gender balance you must have at least as many women on your team as guys named Dave.
It is an insider joke delivered, depending on who says it, with a smile or wince, because ...
Facebook Tinkers With Users’ Emotions in News Feed Experiment, Stirring Outcry
2014-06-30 04:42:01 UTC
To Facebook, we are all lab rats.
Facebook routinely adjusts its users’ news feeds — testing out the number of ads they see or the size of photos that appear — often without their knowledge. It is all for the purpose, the company says, of creat...
Evolution: Violence shaped male faces
2014-06-09 08:15:48 UTC
A new theory suggests that our male ancestors evolved beefy facial features as a defence against fist fights.
The bones most commonly broken in human punch-ups also gained the most strength in early "hominin" evolution.
They are also the bon...
Google is building 180 satellites to bring Internet worldwide
2014-06-02 16:32:05 UTC
Google's plans for satellite-based internet access just got a little more concrete. The Wall Street Journal hears that the search firm is preparing to build 180 "small, high capacity" satellites (not pictured here) that will go into low orbit and ...
Paralysed woman walks with robotic skeleton - video
2014-06-01 17:32:28 UTC
Sophie Morgan, who was paralysed from the chest down when she was 18, tries out a robotic skeleton which has allowed her to walk for the first time in 11 years.
The machine, called Rex, is being made available in the UK after being used for pa...
Mars: Space agency to test new device over Hawaii
2014-06-02 15:48:33 UTC
The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as Nasa prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet.
For decades, robotic landers and rovers have hit...
Google builds self-driving cars without standard controls
2014-05-28 12:55:38 UTC
Google is to start building its own self-driving cars, rather than modifying vehicles built by other manufacturers.
The car will have a stop-go button but no controls, steering wheel or pedals.
Pictures of the Google vehicle show it looks li...
Unusual finding: 95 million year-old largest dinosaurs ever
2014-05-17 21:44:05 UTC
Scientists in Argentina have found fossilized remains of one of the largest dinosaurs ever to roam the earth. It is believed to be a new species of Titanosaur.
A team led by researchers from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio found the ...
German Economy Minister: Google breakup may be an option
2014-05-16 20:49:53 UTC
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned that US Internet giant Google could eventually achieve such a strong market position that breaking up the company may become an option. Google was not amused.
While failing to explain how exactl...
Brain Injury Releases Astonishing Mathematical Powers
2014-05-13 07:42:11 UTC
When two thugs bashed Jason Padgett outside a bar they weren't trying to release skills he never knew he had, less still conduct one of the most groundbreaking neuroscience experiments of the century. But as it turned out, that's what they did. Ho...
Call To Action: 'Arrogance' of ignoring need for sleep
2014-05-16 20:26:48 UTC
Scientists from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities warn cutting sleep is leading to "serious health problems".
They say people and governments need to take the problem seriously.
Cancer, heart disease, type-2 diab...
Stephen Hawking-The implications of artificial intelligence
2014-05-05 18:43:31 UTC
Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'
With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clash...