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New to nature No 106: Pinguicula habilii

Butterworts first show up in a herbal in the 15th century. The genus name <i>Pinguicula</i> is derived from the Latin word <i>pinguis</i>, meaning fat or oily, an …

Visions of the universe: 20 historic images - Telegraph

10 Mind-Bending Discoveries In Physics

The study of physics is the study of the universe—and more specifically, just how the hell the universe works. It is without a doubt the most …

In pictures: Sea angels and other amazing undersea creatures

For centuries we've looked to the stars, dreaming of the weird and alien worlds that exist beyond the confines of Earth. But beneath the sea live …

Picture of the Day: Little House on the Water

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE WATER<p>Photograph by UROS PETROVIC<p>In this morning photograph we see a tiny house on the Drina River, near Bajina Basta, a small …

Labour could break ranks on Hague's Syria mission

There were strong signs that Labour was preparing to try and stop coalition efforts to send arms to Syrian rebel groups today, after Ed Miliband …

What is a Dyson sphere?

Are some advanced civilizations in our galaxy now collecting all of the energy emitted by their stars? If so, we would call their energy-collecting …

Universe

Viewpoint: Mars - what we've learnt in five years

Read Dr Tom Pike's Phoenix mission blog<p><b>On 25 May, it will be five years since Nasa's robotic spacecraft Phoenix touched down in the Martian "arctic". Here, Dr Tom Pike, one of the mission scientists on Phoenix, explains what we've learnt about the Red Planet in that time.</b><p>I'm tightly sandwiched …

60 insane cloud formations from around the world [PICs]

STANDING IN A CORNFIELD IN INDIANA, I once saw a fat roll cloud (like #4 below) float directly over my head. It’s a 12-year-old memory that remains …

Weather

Was the 2013 World Press Photo Of The Year A Fake?

Forensic image analysis relaunches the controversy.<p>In February, the winner of the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year award came under fire after allegations surfaced that it had been significantly altered. The organization has stood by the photo, but a forensic image analyst, Neal Krawetz, …

How Will We Keep Track Of Our Robot Minions?

In the future, when machines run our lives, we'll need a way to keep tabs on all those helper bots. Two researchers have come up with a solution.<p>The trickiest part of a future filled with helpful robots (think Roombas, but for everything) is keeping track of them all. Researchers at Wayne State …

Google Should Include A Self-Destruct Button On Every Android Phone

Today at Google's I/O conference, stock Android seemed like a pricey luxury. Why?<p>Today at the 2013 Google I/O conference in California, Google announced that the company would begin selling the Samsung Galaxy S4, the newest in the most successful Android phone line on the planet, themselves. When …

Laser Scanner Can Detect Someone Watching You A Kilometer Away

A new device protects soldiers by detecting and locating optical glass.<p>U.S. defense contractors spend a lot of resources developing robots that help the Pentagon's various services keep an eye on their enemies, but San Diego-based Torrey Pines Logic is developing a small robotic sidekick that helps …

Google And NASA Team Up In Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab

Why not use a crazy sci-fi technology (quantum computing) to solve a classic crazy sci-fi problem (artificial intelligence)?<p>Google announced today a partnership with NASA and D-Wave to launch a lab to solve artificial intelligence problems with the aid of quantum computing.<p>Quantum computing is in …

Syria crisis: UN peacekeepers are released

<b>Four Filipino UN peacekeepers abducted by armed men while patrolling in the demilitarised area between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have been released, officials have said.</b><p>The UN and the Philippine army both say that the four are in good health.<p>They are now with the Philippine …

BP withdraws some Libya staff over security concerns

<b>Oil giant BP has withdrawn some non-essential staff from operations in Libya following UK government advice about uncertainty in the country.</b><p>BP described the withdrawal as a "precautionary measure", adding that it would monitor the security situation.<p>The Foreign Office withdrew British embassy …

Syria denies Turkey Reyhanli car bombs role

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/977000/977656_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524650577_4ea74fb711d7a97767558ab239e05307<p><b>Syria has denied being responsible for two car bombs which killed 46 people in a Turkish border town.</b><p>Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi told a news …

Enhanced Reality: Exploring the Boundaries of Photo Editing

Even top news photographers have their work digitally enhanced these days. Mounting competition in the market for news images is forcing …