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Giant leap for China as moon probe lands safely in Bay of Rainbows

China successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, the country's state media announced on Saturday. The touchdown of the unmanned Chang'e 3 lander is the latest mission in the country's ambitious space programme, which is intended to …

Fascinating Hypothesis: The Whole Idea Of Species Doesn't Apply To Certain Organisms

One group of scientists is arguing that certain organisms, about a millimeter in size or slightly smaller, don't form species at all.<p>Meiofauna are pretty weird. That's the term for all organisms that are an in-between size, about one-half to one millimeter, so they're much bigger than bacteria, but …

Biology

Best Free Apps of the Day on 9/22. myCreate, Fingertip Maestro, Number Link Pro, & More! - App Saga

We have four wonderful apps and games this Sunday.<p>myCreate is a simple tool for creating imaginative animated content with real life objects. …

The Week In Numbers: A 3-D Printed Invisibility Cloak, Skyscrapers That Attack, And More

<b>£946</b>: the money the developers of a curved glass building in London paid to Martin Lindsay after reflected light from the skyscraper melted his Jaguar XJ<p><b>18 to 27 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the average increase in surface temperature when moving from a rural area to a city<p><b>244 meters</b>: the height of the …

French bakers to Kanye West: We will serve no croissants before their time

French bakers aren’t saying "bon appetit" to Kanye West’s latest album, "Yeezus."<p>The Association of French Bakers is upset with lyrics from “I am God,” in which West raps “In a French-ass restaurant / Hurry up with my damn croissants.”<p>So they penned him a tongue-in-cheek letter begging him to …

France

New shark species found casually walking across the seabed

Such is the scale of our oceans that it should come as no surprise when new species are discovered. That didn't stop scientists in Indonesia getting very excited about a new type of shark, hemiscyllium halmahera. Belonging to the family hemiscylliidae, the 28-inch long halmahera is a type of bamboo …

Look at This Giant Bug!

The largest adult insect ever found actually seems sort of cuddly<p>This amazing/disturbing picture is of a giant weta, the world's biggest insect at a whopping 71 grams in weight. Wetas are cricket- or grasshopper-like insects native to the smaller islands of New Zealand, having been eradicated from …

The World's Most Precise Clock Could Prove Einstein Wrong

What a makes a good clock? Andrew Ludlow, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, says one of the most important criteria is stability.<p>"If you could imagine a grandfather clock and see the pendulum swinging back and forth, ideally that pendulum would swing back and forth …

Mystery over ‘horned monster’ that washed up on Spanish beach

Mystery, and a terrible stench, surrounds the discovery of the rotting corpse of an unidentified sea creature on a Spanish beach.<p>The horned head of …

Labour left GCSEs in a mess. Today's results show how we're clearing it up

This Government is moving to better, more rigorous GCSEs without excessive coursework and constant exams, writes Elizabeth Truss.<p>Every year when they were in government, Labour politicians would go on TV to proclaim victory and "another record year" for GCSE results. In reality, they were letting …

7 Amazing Living Fossils

Want to see history? You could go to a museum--or you could go to the zoo and check out these animals that haven't changed for tens of millions of years.<p>Researchers recently uncovered a new and remarkable animal in the fossil record in China: <i>Rugosodon eurasiaticus</i>, a chipmunk-like creature that was …

Coconut Husks Make For A Stronger, Lighter Paddleboard

Plus, it takes fewer toxic materials to produce<p>While biking near his home in Thailand, Paolo Cechetti noticed a man weaving raw coconut-husk fibers into bags. Cechetti, an engineer at the water-sports-equipment manufacturer Cobra International, is always hunting for techniques to make surfboards …

The Hyperloop: flawed fantasy or achievable challenge

The Hyperloop, an ambitious new form of transport proposed by SpaceX and PayPal founder Elon Musk, could be possible but faces some flaws, according to those who have analysed his plans.<p>The unveiling of the designs of Musk's "fifth mode of transport", which would fire passengers in pods at speeds …

KoobiAndroid

BBM is now on Android!! OMG isn't that amazing? I am so excited I must go download it now!<p>But wait.. who do I know who has a blackberry? They dont …

CheapCast - How to Chromecast from PC to your Tablet in 5 Steps

Hello all<p>Do you want to know how to use Chromecast to play video on your Tablet or Smartphone?<p>It is very simple, all you need to do is the …

Cheapcast app turns your Android device into a Chromecast (video)

Glowing Chromecast reviews have come in from all angles, but what if you didn't get an order in and missed out on the sold-out dongles? If you have an Android 2.2 (or higher) device you can give its features a whirl using an app called Cheapcast. Designed to mimic Google's $35 dongle, it instantly …

Escalator etiquette: The dos and don'ts

<b>Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York, has said he always walks on escalators. Good exercise, yes, but some cities discourage it. And there's one thing obstructing walkers - people who stand.</b><p>There are walkers and there are standers, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a walker.<p>In announcing a plan to …

Walking

Google launches Chromecast low-cost TV dongle

<b>Google has announced a low-cost competitor to Apple TV - a "dongle" device called Chromecast.</b><p>The dongle is plugged into a television's HDMI port, and allows users to stream media from smartphones, tablets and computers.<p>Launching immediately in the US, the device will cost $35 (£23). There is as yet …

Nexus 7

Die Heuwels Fantasties - Die Volkslied (official video)

Royal baby: Lion King welcome petition rejected

As photographers wait for the first shot of the royal baby outside the hospital where he was born, an attempt to make the occasion that much more …

Maven: Building a time machine for Mars

Our space correspondent goes behind the scenes at Nasa’s forthcoming quest to reveal how and why the red planet lost the majority of its atmosphere.<p>The high-ceilinged room resembles a brightly lit, white-walled operating theatre, and the people inside are dressed for surgery. It is impossible to …

750 million phones under threat after SIM encryption flaw found

By T3 Online<p>A flaw has been found in SIM card encryption that could mean around 750 million phones are now vulnerable to attacks<p>A mobile security …

Encryption

JK Rowling revealed as author of The Cuckoo's Calling

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/994000/994753_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534423808_59f32889e9d7a9e00a8adab3156e9200<p><b>JK Rowling has secretly written a crime novel under the guise of male debut writer Robert Galbraith.</b><p>The Harry Potter author was acclaimed for The Cuckoo's …

Books

How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket [VIDEO]

Blast off!<p>The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a …

Squito throwable camera prototyped, search and rescue a fastball away

The last time we ran down the sidewalk while throwing a camera, it turned into a pile of dust. Inventor Steve Hollinger's looking to fix that with the Squito. Hollinger's latest patent for a throwable camera piggybacks onto the one he filed three years ago, bringing detailed usage and a functional …

Free Tin Foil For Drug Addicts Could Help Them Seek Treatment, Says Theresa May

Drug addicts are to be offered free foil - typically used as a surface to heat substances such as heroin - to encourage them to take up treatment and …

FYI: What Would Happen If You Shot Off Fireworks In Space?

Good news: they'll explode! Bad news: they might not be the prettiest fireworks ever.<p>Launching fireworks in a near-zero-oxygen environment is completely feasible, says Stefan Bossmann, a chemist and rocket enthusiast at Kansas State University: "That would be no problem at all. They have an …