Shane Nicholas

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Don't believe the light: Supernova in 'Einstein Cross' is a cosmic trick

An exploding star goes supernova only once. But if you're really, really lucky, you might just get to see it happen four times.<p>An international team has discovered four separate images of the same distant supernova arranged in the shape of a cross — and this unusual trick of the light could help …

Cancer: The mysterious miracle cases inspiring doctors

A few patients have made rare and unexpected recoveries leaving doctors scratching their heads, says David Robson. Can these cases provide vital clues for tackling cancer?<p>It was a case that baffled everyone involved. The 74-year-old woman had initially been troubled by a rash that wouldn’t go away. …

Cancer

Ebola: the race to find a cure

The border crossing did not look encouraging. Dense tropical forest spilled over the banks of the rushing Mano river, which divides Guinea from Liberia. Three scientists from Oxford University – Jake Dunning, 38, Peter Horby, 47, and Laura Merson, 37 – stood on the bank and watched as the boatman …

Disease

The Parrot Zik 2.0 Headphones Are Where Fantastic Sound Meets Impressive Noise Canceling Technology

Watch out, Bose. The Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones are here and they’re aimed directly at your customers. The Zik 2.0s are comfy, efficient at noise canceling, and best of all, they look amazing. And how do they sound? Pretty damn good, actually.<p>The Parrot Zik 2.0 are the company’s second try at …

Drunk your water? Now eat the bottle it came in

Edible water container made of gelatinous membranes has been likened in appearance to a jellyfish or a breast implant<p>An edible “water ball” designed to replace plastic water bottles has been shortlisted as one of five ideas that could radically change the world.<p>The product, named “Ooho!”, consists …

Breast Implants

Apple keeps customers happy – and paying a little more each year

Does the wisdom of crowds apply to Apple? Because there is a large crowd of people who hate it. But usually with American companies that make huge amounts of money – such as mobile carriers or TV companies – the hatred comes from their own customers. In contrast, Apple's growing customer base seems …

Ebola epidemic in West Africa 'out of control'

The deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has hit "unprecedented" proportions, according to relief workers on the ground.<p>"The epidemic is out of control," Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement.<p>There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since …

UN Official Urges World Governments To Take 'Bold Action' On Killer Robots

The United Nations has started a four day meeting of government officials and experts to discuss the advent of autonomous killer robots and whether nations should commit to new international laws on their development.<p>In opening remarks at the talks, acting director-general of the United Nations …

Google overtakes Apple as world's most valuable brand

Google has usurped Apple as the most valuable brand in the world after three years at the top, according to a new survey<p><b>Google</b> has been named ahead of <b>Apple</b> as the world's most valuable brand, according to a new survey.<p>Apple's brand value fell by 20pc in the past year to just under $148bn (£88bn), …

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Antarctic glaciers melting 'passed point of no return'

The vast glaciers of western Antarctica are rapidly melting and losing ice to the sea and almost certainly have "passed the point of no return," according to new work by two separate teams of scientists.<p>The likely result: a rise in global sea levels of 4 feet or more in the coming centuries, says …

South Korean President Calls Ferry Crew 'Murderous'

South Korea wants answers. Five days after a ferry sank off the country’s southern coast, the nation is waiting for information about the fate of …

Watch This Charger Fully Juice A Smartphone In 30 Seconds

The power of quantum dots<p>I still remember flipping through paper magazines while waiting for webpages to load on my family's PC, in the 1990s. Maybe one day waiting for your phone to charge will seem as antiquated.<p>An Israeli startup recently demonstrated a prototype charger that fully charges a …

Scientists are getting closer to a quantum computer — here's why it matters

Over the past few decades, scientists around the world have been working to develop an ambitious new type of device called a quantum computer. And, this week, they took a step closer to that goal.<p>Compared to normal computers, these quantum computers — first theorized in the 1980s, and still in …

The race to contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak

Digital volunteers are racing to map regions in West Africa where the Ebola virus, which has a 90 percent fatality rate, continues to spread<p>When the …

China's Lanzhou Warns Drinking Water Contains Dangerous Levels Of Benzene

BEIJING/PARIS, April 11 (Reuters) - Residents in the Chinese city of Lanzhou rushed to buy bottled drinks on Friday after authorities said benzene, a cancer-inducing chemical, had been found in tap water at 20 times above national safety levels.<p>The water supply was turned off in one district, and …

Pro-Russians storm Ukrainian navy base in Crimea - CNN.com

<b>Simferopol, Crimea (CNN)</b> -- A deadline Ukraine's acting President gave Crimea's separatist leaders to release hostages came and went without apparent incident Wednesday, after pro-Russian activists stormed the former Soviet state's navy headquarters in the region.<p>Amid signs the uneasy standoff …

Pro-Russian Crimeans celebrate landslide vote for return to motherland

With Soviet-era music blaring from loudspeakers and the Russian tricolour everywhere, the overwhelming feeling in Sevastopol was that the city was finally "going home" after a 23-year stay in Ukraine.<p>The home of the Russian Black Sea fleet, and a bastion of pro-Russian support in Crimea, there was …

Cristiano Ronaldo forced to go it alone in pursuit of greatness at Real Madrid

After winning 7-3 in midweek, romantics were reminded of the great Real Madrid side that won the European Cup by the same score in 1960, and with Ronaldo at their helm, comparisons are irresistible.<p>If Gareth Bale scores two, <b>Cristiano Ronaldo</b> will help himself to three, and so on until nobody in …

Apple's Schiller calls 'shenanigans' over Samsung benchmarking boost

Philip Schiller (@pschiller)shenanigans http://t.co/30FoQDfNw0October 1, 2013<p>Apple's marketing chief has called Samsung's use of coding tricks to make its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone run faster in benchmarks "shenanigans" - slang for a deceptive practice.<p>On Twitter, Phil Schiller made a rare …

U.S. Christmas Day Shoppers Bought More on iOS Than Android

If you purchased something from a mobile device on Christmas Day, chances are that device was an iPhone or an iPad.<p>So says IBM, whose latest Digital …

iPhone users smartest, Test of Wits says. BlackBerry? Sorry

A series of brain teasers, called Test of Wits, put brainy hurdles in front of 2,000 smartphone users. Apple users finish 5 seconds before anyone else.<p>You are your smartphone, and your smartphone is you.<p>It is, by now, an accepted wisdom that your choice of pocket computer says more about you than …

Scientists develop nanoscale 'train set' controlled by DNA

A nanoscale 'train set' powered by microscopic motors and controlled by DNA has been developed by scientists.<p>The system can construct its own network of tracks spanning tens of micrometres in length, and use them to transport cargo.<p>Researchers were inspired by the melanophore, a living system used …

It Takes Drivers 3 Months to Warm Up to Electric Vehicles

Long-range forecast: sunny spell will wipe out life on Earth

If the end of the summer, the short, cold days, and party conference season were not enough to bring on the gloom, scientists have calculated when life on Earth must come to an end.<p>In a report that manufacturers of diaries may wish to note, researchers worked out when the sun will grow so warm that …