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iOS is twice as memory-efficient as Android. Here’s why.

When the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were announced, many Android fans laughed at the “pitiful” 1GB of RAM of Apple’s flagship smartphone, when Android flagships tended to ship with 2GB and sometimes more.<p>But specs don’t always — or even most of the time — tell the whole story. As it turns out, an …

US jets attack Isis as Biden apologises to Turkish president for remarks about foreign fighters

US-led war planes attacked Islamic State (Isis) targets around the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight as the insurgents pressed their assault against its Kurdish defenders, a monitoring group and witnesses said.<p>On Friday, a video was released of the murder of a British aid worker,Alan Henning, …

Here's How Supermassive Black Holes May Have Grown So Big In The Early Universe

Black holes may have grown incredibly rapidly in the newborn universe, perhaps helping explain why they appear so early in cosmic history, researchers say.<p>Black holes possess gravitational pulls so powerful that not even light can escape their clutches. They are generally believed to form after …

Supermoon and Perseids meteor shower offer divine heavenly show

A dramatic supermoon is set to accompany this year's Perseid meteor shower, one of the most anticipated events on the skywatcher's calendar.<p>Given a dark, clear sky in a normal year, it is common to see more than 100 of the meteors an hour during the second week in August. But this year the Perseids …

Brain-inspired chip fits 1m 'neurons' on postage stamp

<b>Scientists have produced a new computer chip that mimics the organisation of the brain, and squeezed in one million computational units called "neurons".</b><p>They describe it as a supercomputer the size of a postage stamp.<p>Each neuron on the chip connects to 256 others, and together they can pick out the …

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

Forestry

When is the next supermoon?

We’ve just passed a series of 3 full supermoons. The next supermoons of 2018 will be the new moons of June, July and August.<p>A supermoon is a new or …