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Kepler satellite: astronomers may have discovered 461 new planets

Astronomers have found possible evidence for 461 new planets outside our solar system, using measurements from Nasa's planet-hunting satellite, Kepler.<p>The data has also been used by scientists to predict that the Milky Way could contain up to 17bn Earth-sized planets orbiting stars.<p>Several of the …

Iran launches a monkey into space – and fires warning about its ambitions

Iran joined the international dash for space in earnest on Monday when it claimed to have successfully launched a live monkey into space in an Iranian-built space capsule.<p>Iranian media reported (video) that the country's space agency had sent the creature 75 miles (120 km) above the Earth in a …

High-resolution Nasa images show magnetic braids of the sun - video

Nasa images of the sun's outer atmosphere, the highest resolution pictures ever achieved. The agency launched the High Resolution Coronal Imager, or Hi-C, on 11 July 2012 from White Sands missile range in New Mexico. Hi-C's image sequences show the twisting up or braiding of the magnetic field that …

Mars Curiosity rover to continue roving after technical glitch

Nasa engineers have overcome a computer glitch that shut down the space agency's car-sized Mars rover, Curiosity, earlier this week.<p>The $2.5bn rover went into a precautionary "safe mode" on Sunday, when a command file failed a check by protective software on board the mobile science …

Mission to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah – in pictures

Photojournalist Jim Urquhart always wanted to go into space. Here he comes close to his dream, documenting a team of scientists who are using the Utah desert as a dry run for future missions to Mars

How to Get Into Concerts as a Photographer

While entertaining, attending concerts and sports events can get pretty expensive, especially if you want good seats for photographing. On top of the …

Apple Needs To Regain Command Of Smartphone Buzz

It has been well documented that Android has captured about 80% of the smartphone market while Apple’s share has dropped to 14% per Gartner’s June quarter survey down from 21% in the December quarter and 18% in the March quarter. Microsoft’s Windows came in third place for the first time displacing …

The spat between Microsoft and Google is getting ugly

Google and Microsoft have been engaged in a protracted series of battles, using negative PR, cooked-up conferences, and pulling support on services for months on end. Both sides were at it again this week.<p>Microsoft struck first with an update to its long-running “Scroogled” campaign over the …

Windows Phone

Instagram virus creates fake 'likes' and followers in lucrative marketing scam

Modified Zeus malware feeds companies' growing appetite for social media buzz<p>A virus typically used to steal credit card information has been repurposed to target Instagram, generating fake "likes" and followers, and selling them online. As Reuters reports, these fake "likes" are then sold in …

Researchers show how to slip malware into Apple’s App Store

Apple’s App Store can seem like Fort Knox, as Apple reviews each and every app before making it live. This fastidious approach works, for the most …

The not-so-crazy plan to build a subterranean ice wall around the Fukushima plant

Here’s the crazy thing about the plan to build an almost mile long, 90-foot deep, subterranean ice wall around the Fukushima nuclear plant: It’s not really very crazy at all. Building cryogenic barriers sounds like the specialty of an obscure supervillain, but it’s a well-established technique in …

Nuclear Energy

Evidence Supports Pill To Prevent Some Prostate Cancers

Researchers say a cheap, generic pill called finasteride prevents almost 40 percent of low-grade prostate cancers without increasing the risk of dying from more aggressive tumors.<p>New evidence points to the drug as a potentially safer way to deal with prostate cancers that now get more intense …

Iraqi city Baquba hit by deadly double bombing

<b>Two bombs have exploded in the Iraqi city of Baquba, north-east of Baghdad, killing at least 14 people and wounding another 26, police said.</b><p>One of the bombs detonated in a cafe near the city centre and the other in a street.<p>The bombings follow a spate of deadly attacks across Iraq during the Muslim …

Israelis, Palestinians kick off peace talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli and Palestinians opened their first formal peace talks in the region in nearly five years on Wednesday, in a new push to end decades of conflict.<p>The two sides, seeking to maintain secrecy around their talks, said little about the meeting.<p>The Israeli government released a …

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Useful InDesign Scripts And Plugins To Speed Up Your Work

Line Numbering<p>This line-numbering plugin does exactly what it says on the box: it gives every line on a page a number. While InDesign is very capable …

Family Portrait Ideas

Every family needs a portrait, and not everyone wants the same traditional group photo. These days, people are after a more human touch. And many …

Microsoft confirms Windows 8.1 launching October 17th

Microsoft has announced that Windows 8.1 will be arriving on October 17th (well, in the US, anyway), confirming an earlier rumor of a mid-month launch. For some reason, the company's specified an exact release time of 12am on October 18th in New Zealand, which is 4am PT or 7am ET on October 17th. …

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