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Category archives: Science & Technology

Juno: The spacecraft putting sling theory to the test

Why a probe passing our planet on its way to Jupiter might end a decades-old mystery, and reveal something completely new about gravity. You may not see it, but sometime today, a spacecraft whizzing 350 miles (560km) above Earth is going to use our planet to slingshot its way towards another one. In the process, a group of scientists are hoping the craft will help reveal a mystery that has […]

What is the Higgs boson and why is it important?

Scientists say they have proven the existence of the Higgs boson — a never-before-seen subatomic particle long thought to be a fundamental building block of the universe. Since 2012 researchers have made great strides in the hunt for the so-called “God particle” at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, where scientists at the CERN particle physics laboratory are looking for particles that slip into existence when subatomic particles crash […]

 
 
 

Face to face with great whites to solve '450-million-year mystery'

TORY HIGHLIGHTS Meet Ocearch, a gutsy team of scientists and sailors examining sharks close-up Researchers haul great whites on board ship as part of investigation into living habits Attach $10,000 worth of equipment to feared creatures, expected to last five years   Cape Cod, Massachusetts (CNN) — When coming face to face with the monstrous jaws of a great white shark, you’d probably want to be armed with more than […]

Satellites reveal new views of Pakistan's 'Earthquake Island'

In Pic :An image from the Pleiades satellite shows a small island of mud and rock created by the huge earthquake that hit southwest Pakistan. The island is about 60 to 70 feet (18 to 21 meters) high and more than 500 feet (150 meters) in diameter. It sits about 650 feet from the coast. Earth performed the ultimate magic trick last week, making an island appear out of nowhere. […]

 
 
 

Can your cell phone bring down a plane?

] STORY HIGHLIGHTS Almost one-third of air travelers say they left on a portable electronic device during flight An upcoming report may lead to looser rules on such devices on planes Not under consideration: airborne use of cell phones for voice communication You left your cell phone on during a flight, didn’t you? Maybe it was accidental, or maybe it was out of sheer contempt for a rule you believe […]

 
 
 

Revealed: How to use the new Apple iOS 7 features which users have slammed as too 'difficult and unfamiliar'

Apple’s iOS 7 has been slammed on social media for being difficult to use Users complained about Android-style menus and updated app problems Many of the iOS 7 features are completely new, with some hidden away After thousands of Apple users struggled to download the latest iOS 7 operating system yesterday, conversation on social media has turned to how difficult the software is to use once it is successfully installed. […]

 
 
 

EXCLUSIVE: Inside lab that tested Syria chemical weapon evidence

When U.N. weapons inspectors left their hotel to investigate claims of chemical weapons use in the suburbs of Damascus in late August, most of the experts travelling in the convoy of armoured SUVs were not United Nations staff at all. In fact, nine of the 12 were inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The OPCW is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), […]

 
 
 

Japan launches 'affordable' Epsilon space rocket

Japan has launched the first in a new generation of space rockets, hoping the design will make missions more affordable. The Epsilon rocket is about half the size of Japan’s previous generation of space vehicles, and uses artificial intelligence to perform safety checks. Japan’s space agency Jaxa says the Epsilon cost $37m (£23m) to develop, half the cost of its predecessor. Epsilon launched from south-western Japan in the early afternoon. […]

Global warming is just HALF what we said: World's top climate scientists admit computers got the effects of greenhouse gases wrong

Leaked report reveals the world is warming at half the rate claimed by IPCC in 2007 Scientists accept their computers ‘may have exaggerated’ A leaked copy of the world’s most authoritative climate study reveals scientific forecasts of imminent doom were drastically wrong. The Mail on Sunday has obtained the final draft of a report to be published later this month by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the […]

If 'E.T.' finds Voyager 1, will it phone Earth?

In 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan launched the expedition that completed the first circumnavigation of the globe. And so humanity learned the full extent of its world. This week, we learned from Science magazine that NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft — currently the man-made object farthest from Earth — crossed a boundary of the solar system and entered interstellar space sometime last summer. Like Magellan’s voyage, Voyager’s achievement is a major […]