Category archives: Science & Technology

Why is cancer so common?

Hundreds of thousands of people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. It is not one disease; there are over 200 different types, each with its own symptoms, methods of diagnosis and treatment. What is cancer? Cancer starts when cells in our bodies start to reproduce out of control, forming new, abnormal cells. These abnormal cells form lumps, known as tumours. If the cells from tumours cannot spread, […]

Earliest creature yet discovered on the evolutionary line to birds has been unearthed in China.

Features seen in the bones of Aurornis tell scientists they are looking at the beginning of the bird line   What may be the earliest creature yet discovered on the evolutionary line to birds has been unearthed in China. The fossil animal, which retains impressions of feathers, is dated to be about 160 million years old. Scientists have given it the name Aurornis, which means “dawn bird”. The significance of […]

Chinese hackers acces major U.S. weapon system designs

According toreport published by for the Defense Department and government and defense industry officials,Chinese hackers have gained access to the designs of many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems. The compromised U.S. designs included those for combat aircraft and ships, as well as missile defenses vital for Europe, Asia and the Gulf, including the advanced Patriot missile system, the Navy’s Aegis ballistic missile defense systems, the F/A-18 fighter […]

Teen's invention could charge your phone in 20 seconds

Waiting hours for a cellphone to charge may become a thing of the past, thanks to an 18-year-old high-school student’s invention. She won a $50,000 prize Friday at an international science fair for creating an energy storage device that can be fully juiced in 20 to 30 seconds. The fast-charging device is a so-called supercapacitor, a gizmo that can pack a lot of energy into a tiny space, charges quickly […]

Yahoo buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion, vows not to screw it up

The deal, announced on Monday, is a bold bet by Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer to revitalize the company by co-opting a Web property with strong visitor traffic but little revenue. The combination of Yahoo and Tumblr creates an online powerhouse with roughly one billion users, which will draw in more advertisers and help Yahoo keep visitors on its properties for longer periods of time, Mayer told Reuters in an […]

Atari Breakout turns 37; play the iconic game in Google Image Search

Commemorating the 37th anniversary of the popular video game “Breakout”, Google has come up with an easter egg that lets you play the old “Breakout” game – developed by Atari in 1976 – right inside the Google Image Search. To play the game, go to Google Image Search and enter “atari breakout” into the search bar. On hitting enter, you won’t be given images to browse through, instead a playable […]

How hackers allegedly stole “unlimited” amounts of cash from banks in just hours

Federal authorities have accused eight men of participating in 21st-Century Bank heists that netted a whopping $45 million by hacking into payment systems and eliminating withdrawal limits placed on prepaid debit cards. The eight men formed the New York-based cell of an international crime ring that organized and executed the hacks and then used fraudulent payment cards in dozens of countries to withdraw the loot from automated teller machines, federal […]

Hackers attack Russian media outlets

Several media outlets in Russia’s St. Petersburg city, and a popular online news broadcaster, Dozhd (Rain), came under hacker attack Thursday. “There has been a DDoS attack going since (Thursday) morning. Our IT service is doing everything possible to get the site back up and running. This is a very serious attack,” said the editor-in-chief of the St. Petersburg-based online newspaper Fontaka.ru. Other sites affected include Novaya Gazeta and Ekho […]