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Five brightest planets appear in straight line from horizon to the moon

Scientists say the reason for the unusual sight is that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be on the same side of the sun at the same time<p>For the next month, Earthlings will be treated to a spectacular sight, with all five planets visible to the naked eye lining up together, stretching …

Many women in Stem fields expect to quit within five years, survey finds

One third of women in science, technology, engineering and maths professions say lack of career opportunities mean they are considering leaving<p>Almost one third of women in Australia employed in science, technology, engineering and maths – known as Stem fields – expect to leave their job within the …

Climate change means days are getting longer, scientists find

Duration of day has lengthened by a millisecond over the past 100 years as water from shrinking glaciers slows Earth’s rotation and shifts position of poles<p>The impact of climate change may appear to be overwhelmingly negative but there is a bright spot for those who struggle to find enough time in …

Suleiman the Magnificent's tomb believed to have been found in Hungary

Historian says ‘in all certainty’ remains found near Szigetvar in southern Hungary point to resting place of 16th-century sultan of Ottoman Empire<p>Remains of the tomb of the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, who died in 1566 while his troops were besieging the fortress of Szigetvar in …

Thomas Jefferson and the fascinating history of Founding Fathers defending Muslim rights

<i>This post has been updated with President Obama's comments. The Fix originally wrote about Thomas Jefferson and Muslims in December.</i><p>Muslims are at the center of a roiling debate over religious freedom in the United States. But they've actually been a part of that heated conversation from the very …

Religion

Summit rules out ban on gene editing embryos destined to become people

Experts, however, say altering DNA of human embryos for clinical purposes is unacceptable given unknown risks today<p>A landmark meeting of scientists convened to debate the future of human gene editing has ruled out a ban on modifying human embryos that are destined to become people.<p>But the experts …

Genetics

High-power sound waves used to blast cancer cells

British doctors develop revolutionary new therapy that can precisely target tumours without surgery<p>British doctors are developing a revolutionary new therapy for cancer and associated conditions based on the use of high-powered beams of ultrasound.<p>The researchers – working at the Institute of …

Cancer

Stunning Nasa images capture hints of Saturn moon's underground ocean

Cassini spacecraft images as it flew by Enceladus capture the grooved and cratered surface of the moon, and the bright streaks of vapor plumes<p>A Nasa spacecraft that dived through a geyser plume on one of Saturn’s moons, closer to the surface than ever before, has delivered the first images and data …

Jupiter's great red spot turns orange as storm abates, Hubble images reveal

Most recent images from Hubble space telescope show giant red spot on planet’s atmosphere has continued to shrink and has become more circular<p>The raging storm that creates Jupiter’s great red spot has waned and turned the planet’s famous blemish to orange, according to the most recent images from …

Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade revisited: seven more of your questions answered

More than 75m PCs were upgraded to Windows 10 in the first month, and readers still have questions about installation disks, product keys, downgrading and more<p>Can I download the upgrade, store the files, and install it about a week later? <b>Ernst</b><p>Is there any reason to let a Microsoft store install the …

Nasa finds strange, shiny mountain on Ceres

A strange, four-mile tall limpet-like mountain on dwarf planet Ceres has been photographed in unprecedented detail by Nasa's Dawn spacecraft.<p>The …

Lost resting place of Egyptian queen Nefertiti may have been hidden by Tutankhamun's tomb, archaeologist says

An English archaeologist has suggested that the tomb of Tutankhamun, the most famous of Egypt's pharaohs, is hiding a secret that has eluded researchers since its discovery more than 90 years ago.<p>Dr. Nicholas Reeves of the University of Arizona told the Times of London that he believes he has …

Japanese Court Orders Google To Delete Critical Reviews From Google Maps

There’s troubling news in Japan today, after Google was told to delete two critical customer reviews from its Google Maps service.<p>The Chiba District Court today issued a preliminary injunction forcing the U.S. internet company to remove two anonymous reviews for an undisclosed medical clinic in the …

Maps

Monkeys Are Causing Internet Outages, As Our 404 Page Predicted

Om nom nom<p>You can harden fiber-optic internet cabling against heat, ice, flooding, mold, and even crushing pressures. But apparently not monkeys. The cable's freshly extruded plastic casing is too damn alluring to resist an exploratory chewing session.<p>The Indian government is learning this the hard …

Monkeys

Ericsson sues Apple to block iPhone and iPad sales in the US over patents

Swedish mobile pioneer lodges complaint with US international trade commission, saying Apple uses its technology ‘without a licence’<p>Swedish telecoms firm Ericsson has filed seven new lawsuits against Apple and a complaint with the US international trade commission (ITC) in an attempt to block the …

Ericsson