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This is what the first bikini looked like - a short history of the two-piece

History was made 72 years ago today when an outfit, ‘smaller than the world’s smallest swimsuit’ made an appearance at a poolside fashion show in …

Film Festivals

Biodegradable plastic made from 'tree glue' could be on shelves within five years

Biodegradable plastic that can be tossed out with food scraps could be on the shelves within five years after scientists found an ingenious way to turn ‘tree glue’ into packaging.<p>Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that a natural glue called lignin, which holds cellulose fibres …

Pollution

Cold Cases Heat Up as Law Enforcement Uses Genetics to Solve Past Crimes

Since the Golden State killer was caught, the same family ancestry database has led to more arrests

Genealogy

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: 4 Quotes That Predict the Future of Computing

He desperately wanted data storage.<p>“The present is big with the future,” Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz once said, and he would know. The 17th-century …

Mathematics

Finally, a Problem Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve

Early on in the study of quantum computers, computer scientists posed a question whose answer, they knew, would reveal something deep about the power …

Quantum Computing

Top 10 castles

Wars, ghosts, royal skullduggery - the castles we look after have seen them all. Hunt for bats in the battlements and meet an unkindness of psychic …

Ireland

Maquia review – impressive anime spectacle

Lush, heart-swellingly lovely animation is the main selling point for this fantasy anime, which feels a bit like a neutered and sentimentalised version of <i>Game</i> <i>of Thrones</i>. Maquia is a member of the Iorph, a tribe of perennial teenagers who live for hundreds of years. But after a rival kingdom …

Anime

Please Wait

From London to Tokyo: new cultural center offers taste of Japan in UK

LONDON (Reuters) - From bonsai trees to freshly made sushi, a cultural center in London hopes to offer a taste of all things Japanese.<p>Japan House, which opens to the public on Friday, brings together food, art, design and technology from Japan, with items such as 100 pound ($135) handcrafted nail …

Japan

The 'Baby' that ushered in modern computer age

<b>Seventy years ago was arguably the start of the modern computer age.</b><p>A machine that took up an entire room at a laboratory in Manchester University ran its first programme at 11am on 21 June 1948.<p>The prototype completed the task in 52 minutes, having run through 3.5 million calculations.<p>The …

Wales

How scientists are fighting ‘Deepfake’ celebrity porn videos with AI

Deepfake videos are getting better and better, and it’s terrifying – there’s an intense community trading fake celebrity porn, and manipulated political speeches are furthering the serious fake news epidemic. ‘Deepfakes’ are AI-edited videos, where a person’s face is superimposed onto another – …

The Viking Raid on the Abbey of Lindisfarne

The Ruins of Lindisfarne Priory, by Thomas Girtin, 1798.<p>On 8 June, 793 AD, Vikings destroyed the <b>abbey on Lindisfarne</b>, a centre of learning that was …

If You Have This Type Of Personality, Then You Might Need More Sleep & Here’s Why

At the risk of sounding like an 87-year-old granny, I’ll be honest with you, friends: Socializing tires me TF out. Maybe it’s because I spend the …

How Ada Lovelace's notes on the Analytical Engine created the first computer program

She may be one of the most famous women in science history, but what is it that Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace achieved to gain such eminence?<p>…

Step Into Scotland With Immersive AR App

To generate a portal to another “world,” users of a new augmented reality app must first scan the floor with their device. After positioning the …

A New Theory Linking Sleep and Creativity

The two main phases of sleep might work together to boost creative problem-solving.<p>In 1920, the night before Easter Sunday, Otto Loewi woke up, seemingly possessed of an important idea. He wrote it down on a piece of paper and promptly returned to sleep. When he reawakened, he found that his …

The Brain

New views of Jupiter

At a meeting of experts in London last week, citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran wowed the audience with this new composite, plus a …

Gold’s place in a portfolio is limited - it's a financial teddy bear

Warren Buffett is not retiring — and other big takeaways from the Berkshire shareholder weekend

Warren Buffett chaired Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting over the weekend, and 40,000-plus faithful shareholders gathered in Omaha to hear the Oracle’s pronouncements.<p>Buffett, 87, and his vice chair and sidekick of six decades, Charlie Munger, 94, followed up Saturday’s day-long meeting with an …

Investing

NASA Tests New Nuclear Reactor For Future Space Travelers

NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy say they have successfully tested a new type of nuclear reactor that could one day provide juice to colonies on other worlds. The reactor can power several homes and appears able to operate in harsh environments.<p>Getting electricity in space is always a …

Energy

A bondholder finds a sneaky way to trigger insurance against default

IN 2013 Codere, a Spanish gaming firm, owed money it could not repay. Its bonds were trading at just over half face value. Blackstone, a …

The Most Pressing Challenge Modern Manufacturers Face? Cybersecurity

The IIoT is a source of both promise and danger for modern manufacturers. (Image courtesy of IIoT-world.com)<p>The digital age has ushered in a paradigm …

Nobody knows how far off useful quantum computers are: Here's why

When will the world see a useful quantum computer system? That’s arguably the most interesting question in technology. A rash of recent breakthroughs has many experts convinced the quantum computer is imminent, while others remain skeptical they’ll ever arrive.<p>The truth is, nobody knows because …

Here's How the EU Will Punch Back Against Trump Trade Tariffs

President Donald Trump will decide by midnight Monday if the U.S. will slap permanent aluminum and steel tariffs on the European Union, inflaming …

This is the world’s first collapsible, reusable straw – and it fits on your keyring

There’s a lot of chat right now about reducing our plastic use by banning straws.<p>However, sometimes it’s necessary to use a straw if you’re disabled, …

What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots?

Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, but far from being a dull cinder of a world, it has instead turned out to be a real eye opener for …

RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic On Your Smartphone Is A Requirement For Everyone

Game of Phones: First released in 1999 it's still one of the best games ever made.<p>Atari<p><b>Game of Phones: Every week I’ll pick a new game for iOS or</b> …

SpaceX will build Mars rockets on an island full of history

Elon Musk's SpaceX has received a key thumbs-up to build the so-called BFR -- for Big Falcon Rocket or Big F****ing Rocket -- on an island steeped in history, both dark and inspirational.<p>The LA Board of Harbor Commissioners gave its unanimous approval on Thursday to permit the company to build the …

Panama Canal

'It's about expanding Earth': could we build cities in space?

Everyone on the planet sits on the shoreline of space. It’s this big ocean we should be exploring<p>We are creating the technology of Star Trek, building the replicator and transporter all in one with 3D printers<p>Our vision and imagination for what we can do in space has always far outstripped what …

Space Exploration

23andMe Wants You to Share Even More Health Data

Almost exactly a year ago, 23andMe earned the right to tell people what diseases might be lurking in their DNA. Since then, the consumer genetic …