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Apple iOS 10.1.1 Has Two Nasty Surprises

iOS 10.1.1 was fast fix to a serious problem with Apple Health that I exclusively reported last month. But here’s the problem with fast fixes: they often create new problems…<p><i>‘Great Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating operating system updates for the best features /</i> …

IPhone 7

What’s So Great About American World Leadership?

The U.S. voters who rejected decades of bipartisan foreign-policy consensus might be on to something.<p>How has America come to elect a president who so starkly repudiated decades’ worth of the largely bipartisan vision of U.S. global leadership? And if that vision won’t be the basis of American …

There may be water far deeper in our planet than previously thought

Researchers are surprised to learn that there may be water deeper within the Earth than previously thought. Two scientists from The University of …

We know more about the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, and this new info is INTENSE

Sixty-six million years after their extinction, the world remains fascinated with dinosaurs. Thanks to a recent study, we know more about the …

BBC

Here's How to Open a Can Using Just a Spoon

This is genius.<p>Certain life skills that are game changers: knowing how to unclog your drains and defrost your car in a jiffy, for example. And now there's another handy shortcut to add to the must-know list.<p>It's possible to access the contents of canned food without a can opener thanks to a clever …

Scott and Shackleton logbooks prove Antarctic sea ice is not shrinking 100 years after expeditions

Antarctic sea ice had barely changed from where it was 100 years ago, scientists have discovered, after poring over the logbooks of great polar explorers such as Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton.<p>Experts were concerned that ice at the South Pole had declined significantly since the 1950s, …

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Elite cyber defence college to open at World War Two code-breaking site Bletchley Park

The next generation of Britain's elite cyber defence force will be trained at the site where Alan Turing cracked the Enigma code, helping the Allies win the Second World War.<p>In a UK first, a training academy dedicated to cyber security is due to open next year at Bletchley Park, where the …

DNA Makes Up Only Half Of Every Human Chromosome, Study Reveals

A human being has an estimated 25,000 genes, encoded in molecules of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). These molecules, which form a double helix, are …

Eight foods that can help you stay healthy this cold and flu season

If you’re unlucky, you’re already fighting a cold. If you’re lucky, you’ll make it through the rest of the season without catching one. More likely, though, you’ll get one, especially if you have young kids in school.<p>You can’t prevent cold and flu viruses from making their fall appearance, but you …

Nutrition

New Ukrainian Rocket Launcher Appears to Use Raspberry Pi

This takes homebrewed PCs to an entirely new level.<p>A mockup weapon seen at a Ukrainian trade show appears to use a Raspberry Pi micro PC as the basis of a guidance system—probably not at all what the inventors of the hobby computer had in mind when they introduced their affordable wonder to the …

Human Landscapes of the American Southwest

Humans have lived in what we now call the American Southwest for centuries, making a wide impact on the land, much of it visible from aerial and satellite photography. Nuclear detonations, housing subdivisions, oil exploration, hydroelectric facilities, solar power facilities, roads, mines, farms, …

New Mexico

Paralysed people could walk again instantly after scientists prove brain implant works in primates

Paralysed people could walk again instantly after scientists developed a brain implant which turns thought into electrical signals in the spine so that lost feeling can be restored after injury.<p>Currently people who break their backs or suffer a spinal trauma are unable to stand or move even though …

The 7 Best Motivational Books of 2016

While 2016 was a difficult year politically, it was a great year for motivational books.<p>During this month and next, I'm revealing my picks for the best business books of the year, first by category and finally (on December 16) the very best of the best.<p>This post contains the top seven books of the …

This device turns your phone into a desktop computer

The Spontaneous Pop-up Display (SPUD) is a 24-inch portable projector screen that connects to any mobile device.

The Ultimate Guide to DIY DNA Testing Kits

Workout not working out? Digestion just so-so? April Long subjects her genes, microbes, and bloodstream to the latest raft of DIY testing kits, which dive deeper than ever into what makes us tick.<p>Over the last few months, I've been doing some serious navel gazing. Well, more like …

Microsoft 'Ends' Windows 7 And Windows 8

For Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 this is the end. The final curtain. The fat lady is singing.<p>Fulfilling the long term promise on its Windows lifecycle page, Microsoft has confirmed ‘End of sales’ for both the most popular operating system ever made and perhaps the most disliked (however unfairly) …

Windows 10

11 of the Most Breathtaking Travel Photos of the Year

Prepare to get a serious case of wanderlust.<p>The Siena International Photo Awards recently announced the winners of their annual international photography contest and the results are stunning. With submissions from over 100 countries from Turkey to Myanmar, professional and amateur photographers …

Scientists discover vegetable oil that 'helps reduce stomach fat'

According to a new study including canola oil in your diet could help to trim that spare tire in as little as four weeks.<p>Sourced from the seeds of …

Apple loses three members of PR team to Ford and Tesla

Just as Cupertino is scaling back its automotive ambitions, key members of the Apple PR team have left the company for car manufacturers.<p>Three of Apple’s communications staff have left the iPhone-maker, according to <i>The Verge</i>, which reports that Ford and Tesla lured them away.<p>The most prominent …

Business Development

After 150 Years, the Weight of a Kilogram May Be Changing

Little Weight, Little Change<p>From being used in science experiments to weighing everyday objects, the kilogram has been a useful unit of measurement …

Uber gets smarter and Samsung recalls tons of devices

In this week's wrap-up, the newest Uber app syncs up with your personal information to be more helpful. Meanwhile, Samsung recalls 2.8 million top-loading washing machines.

Ancient 400-pound salmon fought with dagger-like teeth

Giant, spike-toothed salmon that weighed almost 400 lbs. once made their home in the ancient coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean, according to new research.<p>The now-extinct salmon species spawned in California rivers approximately 11 million to 5 million years ago, the scientists said. The fish …

Instantly transform your iPhone or Android into an awesome HUD for your car

One of the coolest new features in premium cars these days is the head-up display feature, or HUD. This feature projects a small display onto your …

Luxury Lifestyle

Quiz: Test yourself of the world's lost airlines

Ah yes, the shiny world of aviation. It’s all big jet engines, first-class cabins and chic people soaring off to sleek, cool corners of the planet for holidays in designer sunglasses.<p>All right, it isn’t. And for every ultra-modern airline flying state-of-the-art A380 planes through the stratosphere …

The £69bn 'bombproof' funds that flopped

Many of the funds that promise to deliver positive returns in all market conditions have failed to perform this year.<p>“Absolute return” funds aim to deliver a positive total return in all conditions, and with fewer rollercoaster ups and downs than the market as a whole. Investors have flocked to …

Where to see hedgehogs in the UK

The third episode in our Wild Britain series focuses on hedgehogs, exploring where best to see them in the UK, their dates of hibernation and how to increase your chances of seeing them locally.<p>One of the best times to see hedgehogs is on a summer night, as they are nocturnal animals and tend to …

A Naked Black Hole Is Streaking Across the Universe

Black holes are mysterious cosmic monsters, shrouded in a thick veil of gas and dust. They lurk in the heart of galaxies, waiting to gobble up stars …

The placebo effect: is there something in it after all?

A study of the sometimes positive effects of taking drug-free pills suggests a biological factor at work<p>The placebo effect remains one of the most baffling mysteries in medicine. The idea that a useless sugar pill or harmless saline injection could result in a measurable improvement in a patient’s …