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Category archives: Science & Technology

The Rise of China's Innovation Machine

China has long been the factory floor that churns out popular gadgets for companies world-wide, but the country’s own technology products were rarely viewed as leading edge. Now, that is beginning to change. Increasingly, China’s own technology companies are challenging market leaders and setting trends in telecommunications, mobile devices and online services. Keeping better-known global competitors at bay in their massive home market, they are hiring Silicon Valley executives and […]

'Hand of God' Spotted by NASA Space Telescope

Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the “Hand of God.” The hand was produced when a star exploded and ejected an enormous cloud of material, which NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, glimpsed in high-energy X-rays, shown in blue in the photo. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory had imaged the green and red parts previously, using lower-energy […]

Wildlife 'thrived' in 2013 after hot summer

The hot summer in the UK provided a much-needed boost for wildlife with butterflies, moths and grasshoppers all thriving, the National Trust says. The warm weather also led to an explosion of berries, nuts and seeds. The trust’s Matthew Oates said 2013 was “one of the most remarkable wildlife years in living memory”. But it said a cold, late spring meant badgers and hedgehogs did not have their usual quantity […]

Technology Fuels New Police Cruiser

This High-Tech Squad Car Has Just as Much Brains as It Does Brawn To the untrained eye, it looks like almost any other New York Police Department cruiser combing the city’s streets—but this squad car has just as much brains as it does brawn. It is the department’s prototype “smart car,” outfitted with the latest gadgets in public safety. It has two infrared monitors mounted on the trunk that record […]

Baby's first breath: Breathtakingly intimate pictures capture the miracle of birth and the first seconds of life in all their raw glory

Suste Bonnen was given access to Copenhagen University Hospital Respected Danish photographer captures moment baby is given to mother Ms Bonnen followed 22 caesarean operations on the maternity ward ‘Bloody and gory’ images are ‘testimony to the magical wonder of life’  Warning: Graphic content A photographer has captured the wondrous, miraculous moment of birth – in all its raw and unglamourised glory. Taken before a mother has seen her baby […]

Things you wouldn't know about reindeer

Reindeer are featured on Christmas cards and in movies worldwide this time of year, galloping across the sky with Santa’s sleigh in tow. But on Europe’s northern fringe, the migratory mammals are part of everyday life all year round as they roam the fells of Lapland – the Arctic   homeland of the indigenous Sami people of Norway, Sweden, Finland and northwest Russia. Here are some interesting things you may […]

Mystery early human revealed by DNA data

DNA analysis of early human remains from a Siberian cave has revealed the existence of a mystery human species. A team of researchers speculates that this could have been Homo erectus, which lived in Europe and Asia a million years ago or more. Meanwhile, the researchers report that they have also obtained the most complete DNA sequence ever from a Neanderthal. Details of the work appear in Nature journal. Finds […]

Gaia space telescope's billion pixel camera to map Milky Way

STORY HIGHLIGHTS European Space Agency’s Gaia has been tasked with making a 3D map of the Milky Way Telescope so sensitive that makers say it could measure a human thumbnail from Moon One of Gaia’s objectives is to help in hunt for exoplanets Mission applauded for building up most accurate charts of the cosmos What do you need to map a billion stars? A billion-pixel camera certainly helps. Scientists hope […]

Doctors save hand by attaching it to man's calf

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Man cut off hand at work and searched for a surgeon for 7 hours The surgeon attached it to his calf where there was a good blood supply There have been about 20 such successful operations in all of China A worker operating a machine in a family workshop in China accidentally cut off his hand — which doctors were able to save by grafting it onto his […]