Category archives: Science & Technology

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 […]

PanchaKarma Therapy in Ayurveda

Ayurveda emphasizes preventative and healing therapies along with various methods of purification and rejuvenation. Ayurveda is more than a mere healing system, it is a science and art of appropriate living which helps to achieve longevity. It can also guide every individual in the prevention of disease and long term maintenance of health. To achieve this balanced state of body, mind and consciousness,Ayurveda prescribes Panchakarma Therapy for the cleansing of body […]

China hackers 'target EU foreign ministries'

Chinese hackers spied on the computers of five European foreign ministries over the summer, according to research from US security company FireEye. The hackers sent emails with malware-ridden attachments purporting to detail a possible US intervention in Syria. The company has not revealed which ministries were targeted but said the malware samples were meant for individuals involved in the G20 talks. In total nine computers had been compromised, the company […]

SpaceX launches SES commercial TV satellite for Asia

The US SpaceX company has announced its intention to take a big slice of the market for launching the world’s TV and telecoms satellites. The California outfit has just launched a new platform for satellite operator SES to serve its growing customer base in India and South East Asia. It is the first time SpaceX has put a satellite in a geostationary transfer orbit, far above the Earth. The launch […]

Why are we more scared of raw egg than reheated rice?

Twenty-five years ago minister Edwina Currie sparked a scare over salmonella in eggs and had to resign amid outrage from farmers and plummeting sales. The panic has shaped the way we think about food safety. There are foods that people instinctively associate with the risk of poisoning – raw chicken, raw egg, shellfish. At the time of Edwina Currie’s remarks – which were perceived to have dramatically exaggerated the prevalence […]

Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors

Memories may be passed down through generations in DNA in a process that may be the underlying cause of phobias Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors, according to new research that may explain how phobias can develop. Scientists have long assumed that memories and learned experiences built up during a lifetime must be passed on […]

Leonardo da Vinci’s groundbreaking anatomical sketches

Alastair Sooke looks through the ultimate Renaissance man’s anatomical sketchbooks – scientific masterpieces full of lucid insights into the functioning of the human body. We tend to think of Leonardo da Vinci as a painter, even though he probably produced no more than 20 pictures before his death in 1519. Yet for long periods of his career, which lasted for nearly half a century, he was engrossed in all sorts […]


Satellite continues fall to Earth -- but where will it land?

STORY HIGHLIGHTS A European satellite fell Saturday an estimated 8 miles, space agency says Scientist: It will have its final entry into the atmosphere in “less than 2 days” Nobody knows exactly where its fragments will hit Earth, though it’s being tracked It was powered by solar panels and a lithium-ion battery Earthlings, you’re safe for another day or two. After that, you might want to watch your head. The […]

Predatory 'king of gore' dinosaur discovered

A new super-predator dinosaur that roamed the Earth 80 million years ago has been discovered in southern Utah. It was closely related to its slightly larger relative, Tyrannosaurus rex, but lived earlier, making it the largest living land predator of its time. Growing to about 30ft (9m) long, the predator has been named Lythronax argestes which means “king of gore”. The research, published in the journal Plos One, highlights once […]