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The Night Sky in January 2015: Titan, future home of mankind

With water that could generate breathable oxygen, and nitrogen, methane and ammonia that can be used to fertilise growing food, Saturn's giant moon has often been cited as a possible colony in space<p><b>The chart shows the sky at the start of January 2015 - and the appearance of the sky at 10 pm on Jan</b> …

Astronomy

Greek presidential election exposes real threat to democracy

Owen Jones’s excellent article on the political situation in Greece was, sadly, too optimistic (Greece’s radical left could kill off austerity in the EU, 22 December). The prospect of the first “radical leftwing” government assuming power in the EU is, I fear, only a remote possibility, not because …

Quantum Teleportation Reaches Farthest Distance Yet

A new distance record has been set in the strange world of quantum teleportation.<p>In a recent experiment, the quantum state (the direction it was …

Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner 'died in Syria'

<b>The chief investigator pursuing Alois Brunner, one of the world's most wanted German Nazi war criminals, has told the BBC that he is "99% sure" that he died four years ago in Syria.</b><p>"We cannot prove it forensically, but we are certain that is the case," Nazi-hunter Efraim Zuroff said.<p>SS captain …

Middle East

Brown bears return to Chernobyl after a century away

These images are believed to be the first photographic evidence of a brown bear in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ)<p><b>Scientists have captured what is believed to be the first photographic evidence of brown bears within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ).</b><p>Camera traps, used by a project assessing …

Wildlife

Data From Satellites Confirm: Glaciers Are Retreating

For better or for worse, glaciers are losing mass<p>Glaciers are having a hard time all around the world. A new book outlines the findings of a years-long effort by researchers and research groups across the world. Titled <i>Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS)</i>, the book isn't going to hit …

Global Warming

#BBCtrending: Why some Arabs are rejecting strict interpretations of Sharia

<b>A growing social media conversation in Arabic is calling for the implementation of Sharia, or Islamic law, to be abandoned.</b><p>Discussing religious law is a sensitive topic in many Muslim countries. But on Twitter, a hashtag which translates as "why we reject implementing Sharia" has been used 5,000 …

Religion

Climate change is an obvious myth – how much more evidence do you need?

Many people just refuse to accept the facts that surround them, even if we saw 100 more years of it plain and apparent<p>Climate change is a myth. We all know this, deep down. Some of you reading this may have been taken in by the fear-mongering governments or corrupt scientists so have been …

Before protests, Hong Kong news sites were hit with the largest DDoS ever

While protestors were filling the streets of Hong Kong, there was another kind of gridlock flooding the city's independent media sites. A new report from <i>Forbes</i> says the protests saw the largest denial-of-service attacks on record, reaching up to 500 gigabits per second according to the web …

Cop's story in shooting of WWII vet doesn't wash

John Wrana had to die.<p>The World War II vet was 95 years old, just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday. He was active and sharp, he liked to gamble, tell jokes and have a drink. He was alive. But he wasn't stupid.<p>He knew he was very old. He knew he wouldn't live forever.<p>But he didn't have to die …

The 100 Greatest Innovations Of The Year

Popular Science's Best Of What's New Awards, all in one place<p>Each year, <i>Popular Science</i> picks the 100 greatest new innovations in technology to feature in our Best Of What's New issue. Discover the most exciting developments in consumer gadgets, sustainability, medicine, automobiles and more.<p>Follow …

Dolby Atmos

US government planes collecting phone data, report claims

<b>Devices that gather data from millions of mobile phones are being flown over the US by the government, according to the Wall Street Journal.</b><p>The "dirtbox" devices mimic mobile phone tower transmissions, and handsets transmit back their location and unique identity data, the report claims.<p>While they …

Surveillance

How to be a pickup artist (with science)

It’s not a good time to be a pick-up artist, or the sort of bloke who relies on his “wisdom”, or whatever it is you’d call that noxious guff they emit on a regular basis, like a cow with irritable bowels. On one hand you’ve got Julien Blanc, provoking such a strong backlash with his seminars on …

Is Spain inflating the Catalonia souffle?

<b>Catalonia and Spain are moving apart at a fast pace, and very little is being done to bring them back together.</b><p>Until a few years ago, support for Catalan independence from Spain - <i>independentisme</i> - had its own steady niche of around 15% in polls and elections.<p>Since 2010 it has mushroomed to 45%, 50% …

Europe

EU to press Luxembourg over tax breaks amid fresh allegations

<b>The European Commission is to press Luxembourg over new allegations it offered tax breaks for more than 300 global companies, an EU spokesman says.</b><p>But Commission chief and ex-Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker will not handle the probe, Margaritis Schinas said.<p>Pepsi and Ikea are among those accused …

Europe

Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC

<b>The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.</b><p>The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says in a stark report that most of the world's electricity can - and must - be produced from low-carbon …

Climate

GPS back-up: World War Two technology employed

<b>Technology developed during World War Two is to be used as a back-up for GPS.</b><p>The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) have announced that they have installed a system called eLoran in seven ports across Britain.<p>The GLA say many critical instruments on ships use Global Navigation Satellite Systems, …

Robots

Hundreds of comets seen orbiting distant solar system

The “exocomets” swarming around Beta Pictoris mirror those seen in our own, with a few surprising differences<p>In 1986, while watching a star some 63 light-years away called Beta Pictoris, French astronomer Anne-Marie Lagrange and her colleagues noticed something deeply strange. They were watching …

Moon Robot Will Broadcast In Virtual-Reality Video

A rover built for the Google Lunar X Prize competition could let astronauts do their job from Earth.<p>A team of scientists at Carnegie Mellon have built a robot that will send video from the moon to the Earth. And the robot will be controlled by the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, with the 3-D …

Virtual Reality

Syria conflict: '200 air force strikes' in 36 hours

<b>The Syrian military has stepped up air strikes on rebel areas dramatically, carrying out more than 200 in recent days, opposition activists say.</b><p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the raids took place mostly in western areas between midnight on Sunday and noon on Tuesday.<p>The UK-based group …

Middle East

Europe emission targets 'will fail to protect climate'

<b>Europe’s leaders are about to consign the Earth to the risk of dangerous climate change, a UN expert says.</b><p>Prof Jim Skea, a vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says the EU’s plan to cut CO2 emissions 40% by 2030 is too weak.<p>He says it will commit future governments to …

Climate

This Revolutionary New Reactor Could Change Civilization As We Know It

<b>The news:</b> For years, nuclear fusion has been the holy grail of alternative energy: Unlike fission, which splits atoms to create energy, fusion is the …

Countdown to extinction: Only 6 northern white rhinos left on Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> Unique? Suni was much more than that. He was vital to the survival of his kind.<p>So, on Friday, after rangers found the northern white rhino lifeless in his hut on a Kenyan wildlife conservancy, a short countdown to extinction began.<p>Suni was one of only seven northern whites left in the …

New viruses 'killing amphibians' in Spain

<b>A deadly new disease has emerged that is wiping out amphibians, scientists report.</b><p>A number of viruses have been found in northern Spain that are killing frog, toad and newt species. Infected animals can suffer from ulcers on their skin and die from internal bleeding.<p>Researchers fear the strains, …

National Parks

Space plane: Mysterious US military plane returns to Earth

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1116000/1116908_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524616472_4872cf44b669b951e6ffe1a4102efb75<p><b>An unmanned US plane on a top-secret, two-year mission to space has returned to Earth and landed in California.</b><p>The aircraft, resembling a miniature …

Space Exploration

Death Star moon may be 'wonky or watery'

<b>The internal structure of one of Saturn's moons is either wonky or awash with water, according to a new study.</b><p>Mimas is nicknamed the Death Star because it resembles the infamous Star Wars space station.<p>It has a tell-tale wobble that is twice as big as expected for a moon with a regular, solid …

Astronomy

Mercury's hidden water-ice revealed

<b>A Nasa spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice within shadowed craters on Mercury.</b><p>It might seem curious that the closest planet to the Sun - where temperatures soar above 400C - could host water-ice.<p>But some of the craters on this hothouse world are always shadowed from the Sun, …

Astronomy

MIT Students Claim Astronauts Will Starve On 'Mars One' Mission

But CEO Bas Lansdorp says the study used bad data.<p>PhD students at MIT published a study this week that seems to debunk Mars One's plan to land humans on Mars by 2025 using existing technology. They say that without dramatic improvements in equipment life, the space colonists, who would have no way …

Mars