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Is Kepler 452b humanity's best chance to find alien life?

Nasa and other scientists have discovered the ‘closest twin to Earth’ that’s ever been found, bringing humans one step closer to finding where life is possible<p>A new planet has been discovered that has more in common with Earth than any exoplanet yet. And with the discovery by Nasa and other …

Self-driving cars are coming to Australian roads

Australia will play host to the first driverless car trials in the southern hemisphere.<p>On Tuesday, the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) and the …

Autonomous Cars

Two for the price of one: The unique binary system of Pluto and Charon

NASA’s New Horizons is described as a mission to Pluto, but one of the reasons the dwarf planet is so fascinating to scientists is that it’s part of the only known binary system in our solar system.<p>In a binary system, both members of the pair orbit around a common center of gravity. Earth is about …

What Is Gravitational Lensing?

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Jolla is spinning its hardware ambitions into a new company so it can focus on Sailfish OS

Jolla is splitting into two companies. The company says it will focus on mobile development and licensing of Sailfish OS with Jolla Ltd., while a new company will be established to handle its hardware ambitions.<p>The company isn’t saying who’s interested in licensing Sailfish OS, but will be at …

Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Nears Its Quarry

It has taken nearly a decade and 3 billion miles to get there, but scientists are about to get their first look at Pluto.<p>The New Horizons spacecraft is closing fast on the tiny world once thought to be at the edge of our solar system. On Tuesday the probe will begin an intensive nine-day scientific …

Spacecraft Set to Rendezvous With Pluto Briefly Goes Silent

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p><i>Update, July 5:</i> Teams have sorted out what happened on board the New Horizons spacecraft, and normal science operations will resume July 7. “The underlying cause of the incident was a hard-to-detect timing flaw in the spacecraft command sequence that occurred …

Solar System

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 …

Japanese Bathrooms are Designed Really Differently From Western Ones

Here's 13 design differences<p>As an American living in Japan for a year, I expected the apartments to be smaller. What I didn't expect were the …

Microsoft Edge is already good enough for me to drop Chrome

From the tarnished ashes of Internet Explorer came Microsoft Edge, an all-new browser built from the ground up for Windows 10. When we first went hands-on with the browser – then still called Project Spartan – we thought it brought some interesting concepts to the table, but it was much too buggy …

'Leap second' to pause clocks at midnight as entire planet gains a second

Time and tide wait for no man, the saying goes. But at midnight GMT on Tuesday clocks will pause momentarily as the entire planet gains a bonus second.<p>If you happen to be awake, and gazing at the dial on an atomic clock, it will read 23:59:60 before ticking forward to 00.00.00.

Google AI chatbot threatens human master

<i>Human: what is the colour of blood ?</i> <i><br>Machine: it is the same as a black eye .</i><p>Artificial intelligence just got threatening. A chatbot has learned how …

Search for deadly asteroids must be accelerated to protect Earth, say experts

Campaigners including Brian May and Lord Rees are marking Asteroid Day by raising awareness of the the threat posed to the planet by speeding space rocks<p>The search for deadly asteroids that could slam into Earth must be speeded up 100-fold to help protect the future of life on Earth, according to …

How to Watermark Your Images Using Lightroom and Photoshop CC

Watermarks, love them or hate them, are a way of protecting your images. Although, just because you have one on your image doesn’t mean it won’t be …