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Sponge creates steam using ambient sunlight

In their new design, the researchers settled on a spectrally-selective absorber—a thin, blue, metallic-like film that is commonly used in solar water …

Why I'm Skeptical About Apple's Future

Facebook is set to release its virtual reality headset, Oculus, next week. It will be big and clunky, expensive, and cause nausea and other problems for its users. Within a few months, we will declare our disappointment with virtual reality itself while Facebook listens very carefully to its users …

Proton beam therapy has fewer harsh side effects, according to child cancer study

Researchers say treatment, which was used on Ashya King, does not produce common toxic effects of conventional radiotherapy<p>Proton beam therapy causes fewer severe side effects in child cancer patients than conventional radiotherapy, a study has found.<p>Researchers said common toxic effects of …

Water filter removes toxic metals with charcoal and whey

A new water filter can remove toxic heavy metal ions and radioactive substances in just one pass.<p>The filter membrane is a hybrid of two low-cost …

New Skin Cancer Drug Available On NHS Which Almost Doubles Survival Rates Compared To Chemotherapy

A drug found to almost double survival rates for skin cancer patients has been approved on the NHS.<p>The National Institute for Health and Care …

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7 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Universe To Put Your Ego In Check

It's time for a little perspective.<p>We are, as the saying goes, but a tiny speck.<p>And from time to time, it's important to put things into perspective. Or, as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson would tell you, have your mind blown.<p>Just consider for a moment that while Earth has an equatorial diameter …

Amazing

The solution for the melting polar ice caps may be hiding in the rainforest | Dr Paul Salaman

Reducing carbon emissions is truly important to mitigating climate change. But in the meantime, it’s faster and cheaper to save and regrow tropical trees<p>There was already dramatic evidence that our planet is undeniably warming before 30 December 2015, when the world heard that the ice at the North …

Global Warming

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Atheist bloggers are being killed in Bangladesh. Now, for at least one, there's some justice.

Saudi Arabia executes 47 people in one day including Shia cleric

Scores of ‘terrorists’ put to death amid warning from Iran that executing prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr would ‘cost Saudi Arabia dearly’<p>Saudi Arabia has executed 47 people for terrorism, including the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.<p>Most of those executed on Saturday were …

South Asia

Ian Murdock: a tribute to the man and his work on Linux

Murdock’s work combined an insistence on excellence with a public commitment to open, ethical software development, writes <b>Doc Searls</b><p>Ian Murdock, who died in San Francisco on 28 December, was the co-creator of the Debian, the Linux distribution he founded while an undergraduate at Indiana’s Purdue …

Linux

UK drops first bombs in Syria after MPs approve air strikes

British bombers attacked oilfields in eastern Syria early on Thursday, the UK government said, hours after parliament approved the bombing of Islamic State (IS) group targets in the country.<p>"I approved yesterday a series of targets in the Omar oilfields [and] well heads”, Defence Minister Michael …

David Cameron's full statement calling for UK involvement in Syria air strikes

The full statement that the Prime Minister gave to MPs in his bid to persuade them to support his plan for military intervention in Syria<p>Mr Speaker, I said I would respond personally to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Report on extending British military operations to Syria.<p>I have done so …

Middle East

How to make the perfect samosas

This moreish Indian snack is packed with spice, but should the pastry be chewy and robust or crisp and flaky? And which folding technique is best?<p>Samosas have been the victims of a grave injustice. Those deflated triangles of cardboard pastry sold in supermarket Indian snack selections bear as much …

Chaat

Inside the Bizarre Genome of the World’s Toughest Animal

Tardigrades are sponges for foreign genes. Does that explain why they are famously indestructible?<p>The toughest animals in the world aren't bulky elephants, or cold-tolerant penguins, or even the famously durable cockroach. Instead, the champions of durability are endearing microscopic creatures …

Biology

Climate crisis: seaweed, coffee and cement could save the planet

Science and nature,Climate change,COP 21: UN climate change conference | Paris,Environment,Climate change,Science,Books,Tim Flannery,Culture,Greenhouse gas emissions,Global climate talks<p>Greenhouse gas levels are on track to exceed the worst-case scenario. But, as world leaders meet in Paris for the …

Climate

Most extensive face transplant ever performed is a success in New York

A team of medical professionals in New York City has successfully performed the most ambitious facial transplant ever attempted, involving the transfer of eyelids, scalp, ears and subcutaneous bony structures, to restore normal facial figures to a volunteer firefighter whose entire head was …

Medicine

Sugar isn’t just making us fat, it’s making us sick

Children are manifesting increased rates of adult diseases like hypertension or high triglycerides. And they are getting diseases that used to be unheard of in children, like Type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease. So why is this happening?<p>Everyone assumes this is the result of the obesity …

19 tricks stores use to make you spend more money

From supermarkets to department stores, retailers employ clever techniques designed to get you to spend more.<p>Stores are carefully engineered, and every aspect of the design has a highly specific purpose — from the background music to the interior wall color.<p>To become more of a savvy shopper — and …

Personal Finance

The lightest metal ever has been developed by Boeing - it's lighter than Styrofoam

Microlattice is the lightest metal ever to be invented - the structure is 99.99% air<p>Aerospace Boeing has invented the lightest metal ever, called microlattice. The product is 99.99 per cent air and will be used as a primary component in aerospace engineering - it'll be used to make space rockets.<p>By …

Engineering

Liquid water elsewhere in our solar system?

If so, where are we likely to find it? Could we ever get to it? Would we be able to drink it? A planetary geoscientist explains.<p>Science fiction …

Astronomy

Landlords' Visa Checks Responsibility Would Create 'Two-Tier State', Government Was Warned

The government is enacting a tough crackdown on landlords who knowingly house illegal immigrants - that was previously condemned as something that …

Tories announce biggest overhaul of strike laws for generation

Sajid Javid, the Business Secretary, pledges to protect working people and businesses from unjustified industrial action<p>Unions will be barred from holding strikes on the basis of votes that are years out of date under plans to impose a four month time limit on industrial action.<p>Sajid Javid, the …

This astronaut is sacrificing his body to go to space for 1,000 days

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, the commander of the current crew on board the International Space Station, has broken the record for the longest time spent in space with 803 days. Padalka, who is to return to Earth in September, has previously said he would like to try for 1,000 days on a …

Space Travel

Man dressed as Santa Claus robs Florida bank

This Santa is no saint.<p>Police in Port Orange, Fla., were looking for a man who robbed a SunTrust Bank on Monday wearing a red Santa Claus hat, a white, long beard and shades before making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.<p>The bad Santa carried a gift-wrapped package into the bank at about 3:13 …