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Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana

Mystery surrounds the "completely unprecedented" deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana over the last two months. Dr Niall McCann said colleagues in the southern African country had spotted more than 350 elephant carcasses in the Okavango Delta since the start of May.

Captagon: Italy seizes €1bn of amphetamines 'made to fund IS'

Italian police have seized what they believe is a world-record haul of 14 tonnes of amphetamines they suspect were made in Syria to finance the jihadist group Islamic State (IS). About 84 million counterfeit Captagon pills worth an estimated €1bn ($1.1bn; £0.

The Cameroonian waging war against a French war hero’s statue

Cameroonian activist Andre Blaise Essama has been on a decades-long mission to purge his country of its colonial-era symbols. He has a reputation for being a statue chopper in the main city Douala, with his main target being French World War II hero Gen Philippe Leclerc.

Coronavirus: US buys nearly all of Gilead's Covid-19 drug remdesivir

The US is buying nearly all the next three months' projected production of Covid-19 treatment remdesivir from US manufacturer Gilead. The US health department announced on Tuesday it had agreed to buy 500,000 doses for use in American hospitals.

Copernicus Sentinels: UK industry loses out in European satellite bids

UK industry is the big loser as Europe seeks to expand its Copernicus Earth observation programme. Contracts have been approved to lead the development of six new satellite systems, including one to track carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.

Core of a gas planet seen for the first time

Astronomers have found a previously unseen type of object circling a distant star. It could be the core of a gas world like Jupiter, offering an unprecedented glimpse inside one of these giant planets.

Finland's air force quietly drops swastika symbol

It was long a rather surprising choice of imagery for Finland's Air Force Command - a swastika and pair of wings. The symbol will always be intrinsically linked with Nazi Germany and its crimes, even though its roots go back many thousands of years.

Oklahoma woman shot while trying to remove Nazi flag

Garfield County Sheriff's office said the woman had been at a party nearby when she took one of two flags being flown outside Alexander Feaster's home. Mr Feaster, 44, then reportedly shot her in the back with a semi-automatic rifle as she ran away.

Germany far right: Elite KSK commando force 'to be partially disbanded'

Germany's defence minister says she has ordered the partial dissolution of the elite KSK commando force, which has come under growing criticism over right-wing extremism in its ranks. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told a newspaper it had become partly independent of the chain of command.

Mystery over monster star's vanishing act

Astronomers have been baffled by the disappearance of a massive star they had been observing. They now wonder whether the distant object collapsed to form a black hole without exploding in a supernova.

Betelgeuse: Nearby 'supernova' star's dimming explained

Astronomers say big cool patches on a "supergiant" star close to Earth were behind its surprise dimming last year. Red giant stars like Betelgeuse frequently undergo changes in brightness, but the drop to 40% of its normal value between October 2019 and April 2020 surprised astronomers.

How the pandemic will change our lives in the long-term

Like the Black Death spreading along the trade-routes strung along the spine of 14th-Century Eurasia, Covid-19 emerged in China and spread extremely quickly along the modern-day Silk Roads: intercontinental flight paths.

World 'losing battle against deforestation'

An assessment of the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) says it has failed to deliver on key pledges. Launched at the 2014 UN climate summit, it aimed to half deforestation by 2020, and halt it by 2030.

Belgian king expresses 'deepest regrets' for DR Congo colonial abuses

Belgium's King Philippe has expressed his "deepest regrets" to the Democratic Republic of Congo for his country's colonial abuses. The reigning monarch made the comments in a letter to President Felix Tshisekedi on the 60th anniversary of DR Congo's independence.

Mastectomy: I got rid of my boobs aged 27 to save my life

When Hayley Minn was 23, she found out she was 85% more likely to get breast cancer than the average person in the UK. That's because she has a gene mutation called BRCA1, which affects around one in every 300-400 people. This is her story in her own words.

Flu virus with 'pandemic potential' found in China

It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say. The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak.

Could a boycott kill Facebook?

Boycotts can be extremely effective - as Facebook is finding out. In the late 18th century, the abolitionist movement encouraged British people to stay away from goods produced by slaves. It worked. Around 300,000 stopped buying sugar - increasing the pressure to abolish slavery.

A letter to our newborn American daughter

You were born on the third night of curfew and in the third month of the Covid lockdown, entering the world as around us an epic history swirled. When your mother went into labour, police helicopters circled above our apartment building.

Russia denies its nuclear plants are source of radiation leak

Russia has said a leak of nuclear material detected over Scandinavia did not come from one of its power plants. Nuclear safety watchdogs in Finland, Norway and Sweden said last week they had found higher-than-usual amounts of radioactive isotopes in the atmosphere.

Seeing red: The propaganda art of China’s Cultural Revolution

In 1966 Mao Zedong, the Communist leader of China, started a political campaign that became known as the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).

Cultural Revolution: No desire to dwell on the past

Chinese people aged over 50 experienced the Cultural Revolution first hand. If you were born in 1966, you were 10 when it finished.

Li Zhensheng: Photographer of China's cultural revolution

Li Zhensheng risked his life in his determination to capture China's Cultural Revolution on film. As a staff photographer working for a state-run newspaper, Li Zhensheng had rare access to people and places during one of the most turbulent periods of the 20th Century.

Will Coronavirus end India’s tapri chai culture?

On a normal afternoon in Delhi, before the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the country, office workers would be seen emerging from their buildings and head to one of the many tapris (tea stalls) lining the streets outside offices.

Galwan Valley: China to use martial art trainers after India border clash

China has said it is moving 20 martial art trainers to the Tibetan plateau to train its forces. No official reason for the decision has been given, but it comes after at least 20 Indian troops were killed in clashes with Chinese border forces.

First Viking ship excavation in a century begins in Norway

Archaeologists in Norway have begun the first excavation of a Viking ship in more than a century. The vessel was discovered in a burial site in Gjellestad in the south-east of the country two years ago.

Princeton to remove Woodrow Wilson's name from policy school

Princeton University says it is to remove the name of former US President Woodrow Wilson from a building on its campus because of his racist beliefs and policies. The move follows a wave of protests across the US sparked by the death of African American man George Floyd.

Is this the most powerful word in the English language?

‘The’. It’s omnipresent; we can’t imagine English without it. But it’s not much to look at. It isn’t descriptive, evocative or inspiring. Technically, it’s meaningless. And yet this bland and innocuous-seeming word could be one of the most potent in the English language.

The astonishing vision and focus of Namibia’s nomads

BBC Future has brought you in-depth and rigorous stories to help you navigate the current pandemic, but we know that’s not all you want to read. So now we’re dedicating a series to help you escape.

How one teaspoon of Amazon soil teems with fungal life

Largely invisible and hidden underground, the "dark matter" of life on Earth has "amazing properties", which we're just starting to explore, say scientists. The vast majority of the estimated 3.8 million fungi in the world have yet to be formally classified.

Italy bear faces cull after attack on father and son

The 28-year-old son was walking on a path on Mount Peller north of Trento when he encountered the bear and fell over. His father threw himself at the animal and broke his leg. The incident has highlighted the growing bear population in the area.

Simpsons ends use of white actors to voice people of colour

US animated comedy series The Simpsons will no longer use white actors for the voices of characters from other ethnic backgrounds, the show's producers say. The show, broadcast on Fox Network, has faced years of criticism over white actor Hank Azaria's voiceover of Indian-American character Apu.

Coronavirus: Man, 73, finishes 1,000-mile lockdown run

Dic Evans from Ceredigion took part in a ceremonial final run on Friday evening to cap his achievement. He was joined by other runners for a four-mile run, cheered on by supporters at the finish on Aberystwyth promenade.

Fair and Lovely: A skin-lightening cream rebrands, but prejudice remains

Consumer giant Unilever says it will rebrand its bestselling skin lightening cream Fair and Lovely and drop the word "fair" from its name. While the news has been welcomed, campaigners say the move doesn't go far enough - and in India demand for such products shows no sign of waning.

Imran Khan criticised after calling Osama Bin Laden a 'martyr'

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has come under fire from opposition MPs after telling parliament that the US "martyred" Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was killed in 2011 when US special forces raided his hideout in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.

From the archives: How do you decide when a statue must fall?

We name buildings after people, or put up statues to them, because we respect them. But what if we then discover they did wrong? In what cases should the building be renamed, or the statue be removed, asks the BBC's in-house philosopher, David Edmonds.

Can you remove a statue without erasing the past?

When a country has statues of people that no longer reflect its values, what is the best solution? Is there a way of addressing the past without erasing it? And is doing nothing an option? The BBC's Kavita Puri speaks to four people about possible lessons to be drawn from Iraq, Germany, India and th

Native Americans to protest against Trump visit to Mount Rushmore

Native American groups are planning to protest against President Donald Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore at the start of the Independence Day weekend. Activists have long taken issue with the South Dakota monument to former US presidents, which was built on land sacred to the Sioux tribe.

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One in 20 patients remain aware but paralysed during major medical procedures - though the vast majority will not remember it afterwards. Why?It can be the smallest event that triggers Donna Penner’s traumatic memories of an operation she had more than ten years ago.

Waking up under the surgeon's knife

Canadian Donna Penner was relaxed at the prospect of abdominal surgery - until she woke up just before the surgeon made his first incision. She describes how she survived the excruciating pain of being operated on while awake.

How agonising surgery paved the way for anaesthetics

From first cut to severed limb dropping into a box of bloodied sawdust, surgeon Robert Liston could remove a leg in 25 seconds. His operations at University College Hospital in central London in the early 1840s were notorious for their speed, intensity and success.

Canada’s forgotten universal basic income experiment

Evelyn Forget was a psychology student in Toronto in 1974 when she first heard about a ground-breaking social experiment that had just begun in the rural Canadian community of Dauphin, Manitoba.

The real reason lockdown is exhausting

Whether schooling children at home or facing many months living alone, lockdown has proven to be challenging for large numbers of people.

The SS Yongala: How a mysterious wreck became a destination

On 15 March 1911, Michel Santoro met Euphemia Gordon outside a motion-picture theatre in Sydney, a seemingly random encounter that gave me a chance at life.

A 13th-Century Persian poet’s lessons for today

In the 13th Century AD, during one of the most turbulent periods in Iranian history, the poet Sa’di left his native Shiraz to study in Baghdad.


When you’re ill, do you drag yourself into the office? Or still report to work on Slack or email from bed at home – when you should really be sleeping and getting rest? That’s “presenteeism”: working even when it’s really not the best thing for you to be doing.

What the Dutch can teach the world about remote work

If you’ve been balancing your laptop on a precarious stack of cookbooks, or lamented VPN speed from your kitchen table, you’re not alone. Ever since restrictions were put in place to slow the spread of Covid-19, companies have been scrambling to enable colleagues to work from home.

Paul Whelan: The strange case of the ex-marine jailed for spying in Russia

In Room 3324 of Moscow's Metropol hotel, Paul Whelan was getting dressed for a friend's wedding when Russian intelligence officers burst in.

Jessi Combs: US racing driver given female speed record in 2019 fatal crash

An American racing driver has been posthumously awarded the fastest land-speed record by a female, a feat she died trying to achieve. Jessi Combs died in a crash after attempting to break the land-speed record in the Alvord Desert, Oregon, on 27 August 2019.

Israel annexation plans for West Bank leave Palestinians in despair

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could annex parts of the occupied West Bank this summer. He says the move, stemming from US President Donald Trump's peace plan, will write another "glorious chapter in the history of Zionism". The Palestinians are defiant.

Coronavirus: Warning thousands could be left with lung damage

Tens of thousands of people will need to be recalled to hospital after a serious Covid-19 infection to check if they have been left with permanent lung damage, doctors have told the BBC. Experts are concerned a significant proportion could be left with lung scarring, known as pulmonary fibrosis.

Order of Nine Angles: What is this obscure Nazi Satanist group?

A US soldier has been accused of plotting an attack on his own unit by sending information to an obscure Nazi Satanist organisation called the Order of Nine Angles (ONA). But who are they?

India’s original “turmeric latte”

The first time I came across the beverage at a chic London coffeeshop a few years ago, I goggled in disbelief.

China: City to let people getting married see their partner's abuse history

Yiwu, in Zhejiang province, is launching an inquiry service that will be available to residents from 1 July.

Why athletes need a ‘quiet eye’

BBC Future has brought you in-depth and rigorous stories to help you navigate the current pandemic, but we know that’s not all you want to read. So now we’re dedicating a series to help you escape.

Olympus quits camera business after 84 years

Olympus, once one of the world's biggest camera brands, is selling off that part of its business after 84 years. The firm said that despite its best efforts, the "extremely severe digital camera market" was no longer profitable.

How Covid-19 can damage the brain

For Julie Helms, it started with a handful of patients admitted to her intensive care unit at Strasbourg University Hospital in northeast France in early March 2020. Within days, every single patient in the ICU had Covid-19 – and it was not just their breathing difficulties that alarmed her.

Crook woman stunned by unexpected baby arrival

Daisy Young had no idea she was pregnant. But four hours after going to hospital with unexplained stomach cramps, the 21-year-old had a baby boy. She and her mother Maggy Young told the BBC their story.

Segway: End of the road for the much-hyped two-wheeler

Segway is ending production of its original two-wheeler, which was popular with city tour guides and some police forces - but not the public. Launched in 2001, the much-hyped self-balancing vehicle promised to revolutionise personal transport.

Why the world needs viruses to function

Viruses seem to exist solely to wreak havoc on society and bring suffering to humanity.

Will the 'War on Terror' ever end?

Last weekend's deadly knife attack in Reading, west of London, has been an uncomfortable reminder that the threat of terrorism has not gone away.

Glastonbury fence-jumpers: 'It was girls underneath, boys over the top!'

For much of the Glastonbury festival's 50-year-long history, paying for a ticket wasn't the only way to get in - if you were prepared to take a few risks, get a bit dirty and run fast in the dark. Adam Bloodworth talks to four gatecrashers about their dramatic experiences with the perimeter fence.

'Black neutron star' discovery changes astronomy

Scientists have discovered an astronomical object that has never been observed before. It is more massive than collapsed stars, known as "neutron stars", but has less mass than black holes.

Ron Jeremy: Adult star charged with rape and sexual assault

Adult film star Ron Jeremy has been charged with raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth, prosecutors say. He is accused of attacking the women between 2014 and 2019. The alleged victims were aged between 25 and 46.

Spanish Baroque painting botched by amateur restoration

The Valencia-based collector paid €1,200 ($1,355; £1,087) for it to be cleaned by a furniture restorer, according to Spain's Europa Press. But despite two attempts to fix it, the picture of the Immaculate Conception has been left unrecognisable.

Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia bars international pilgrims for Hajj

Saudi Arabia has banned international visitors from making the Islamic pilgrimage, or Hajj, this year in a bid to control coronavirus. Only a very limited number of people currently living in the kingdom may take part, an announcement on state media says.

China launches final satellite in challenge to GPS

China has successfully put into orbit the final satellite in its BeiDou-3 navigation system, further advancing the country as a major space power. Tuesday's launch will allow China to no longer rely on the US government-owned Global Positioning System (GPS).

Coronavirus: Wildlife scientists examine the great 'human pause'

Researchers have launched an initiative to track wildlife before, during and after the coronavirus lockdown.

Taal: The 'very small but dangerous volcano'

Taal is one of the Philippines' most active volcanoes. Over the past few days, it's begun spewing lava, triggering earthquakes and emitting huge plumes of ash that have spread across the island of Luzon and beyond.

How not to shake someone’s hand

We can know when a handshake feels wrong, but it can be hard to put a finger on exactly why. If it lingers too long, is too firm or pulls us too close it can define the rest of an encounter.Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron walked side by side, their hands clasped together.

Apple Mac computers make jump to its own chips

Apple has confirmed it will transition its Mac laptop and desktop computers to its own ARM-based processors. The move means that Macs will run on the same type of chips as the firm's iPhones and iPads, rather than Intel's.

Climate change: Planting new forests 'can do more harm than good'

Rather than benefiting the environment, large-scale tree planting may do the opposite, two new studies have found. One paper says that financial incentives to plant trees can backfire and reduce biodiversity with little impact on carbon emissions.

Aboriginal Stonehenge: Stargazing in ancient Australia

An egg-shaped ring of standing stones in Australia could prove to be older than Britain's Stonehenge - and it may show that ancient Aboriginal cultures had a deep understanding of the movements of the stars.

Archaeologists make new Stonehenge 'sun worship' find

Two previously undiscovered pits have been found at Stonehenge which point to it once being used as a place of sun worship before the stones were erected.

Archaeologists unearth Neolithic henge at Stonehenge

Archaeologists have discovered a second henge at Stonehenge, described as the most exciting find there in 50 years. The circular ditch surrounding a smaller circle of deep pits about a metre (3ft) wide has been unearthed at the world-famous site in Wiltshire.

How significant is the 'new henge'?

This is a three-year project, so by 2013 there could be quite a list of new discoveries. Is this real? Do we know as little about the famous world heritage site as this seems to imply? Or is it another hyped science story that will vanish with the dawn?

Just what is Manhattanhenge?

New Yorkers have witnessed an urban solar phenomenon, with the Sun setting in alignment with the city's skyscrapers and giving an effect fans say is reminiscent of Wiltshire's Stonehenge. Welcome to Manhattanhenge.

Stonehenge boy 'was from the Med'

Chemical tests on teeth from an ancient burial near Stonehenge indicate that the person in the grave grew up around the Mediterranean Sea. The bones belong to a teenager who died 3,550 years ago and was buried with a distinctive amber necklace.

Stonehenge builders' houses found

Excavations at Durrington Walls, near the legendary Salisbury Plain monument, uncovered remains of ancient houses. People seem to have occupied the sites seasonally, using them for ritual feasting and funeral ceremonies.

Stonehenge design was 'inspired by sounds'

Music could have been an inspiration for the design of Stonehenge, according to an American researcher. Steven Waller's intriguing idea is that ancient Britons could have based the layout of the great monument, in part, on the way they perceived sound.

Stonehenge: Neolithic monument found near sacred site

Tests carried out on the pits suggest they were excavated by Neolithic people more than 4,500 years ago. Experts believe the 20 or more shafts may have served as a boundary to a sacred area connected to the henge.

Stonehenge secrets revealed by underground map

Archaeologists have unveiled the most detailed map ever produced of the earth beneath Stonehenge and its surrounds. They combined different instruments to scan the area to a depth of three metres, with unprecedented resolution.

Tomb found at Stonehenge quarry site

The tomb for the original builders of Stonehenge could have been unearthed by an excavation at a site in Wales. The Carn Menyn site in the Preseli Hills is where the bluestones used to construct the first stone phase of the henge were quarried in 2300BC.


Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, two miles (3 km) west of Amesbury. It consists of a ring of standing stones, each around 13 feet (4.0 m) high, seven feet (2.1 m) wide, and weighing around 25 tons.

Theodore Roosevelt statue to be removed by New York museum

The statue outside the American Museum of Natural History in New York shows Roosevelt on horseback flanked by a Native American man and an African man.

100+1 zahraniční zajímavost

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Mandelbrot set

The Mandelbrot set is the set of complex numbers c {\displaystyle c} for which the function f c ( z ) = z 2 + c {\displaystyle f_{c}(z)=z^{2}+c} does not diverge when iterated from z = 0 {\displaystyle z=0} , i.e.


GFA BASIC is a dialect of the BASIC programming language, by Frank Ostrowski. The name is derived from the company ("GFA Systemtechnik GmbH"), which distributed the software.

Is Belgium the world's deadliest COVID-19 country or just the most honest?

London: If honesty really is the best policy, Belgium should probably be lauded as an international leader in the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the kingdom's unorthodox approach has earned it an unwelcome and unfair title: world's deadliest country. For weeks now the nation of 11.

Neo-Nazi militant group grooms teenagers

Secret efforts to groom and recruit teenagers by a neo-Nazi militant group have been exposed by covert recordings. They capture senior members of The Base interviewing young applicants and discussing how to radicalise them.

The spectacular failures and successes of massive dams

Not far from Cairo stood a remarkable dam, the Sadd el-Kafara, more than 100m long, and 14m high, and able to store about half a million cubic metres of water. These statistics are modest, by modern standards - but the Sadd el-Kafara is not a modern dam. It was built nearly 5,000 years ago.

Why bears are coming out of hibernation early

From Russia and Finland to Canada and the US, there's been multiple sightings of bears around the world. That might not sound too weird - but bears aren't normally spotted this early in the year, which makes this pretty unusual.

Climate change: Will planting millions of trees really save the planet?

From Greta Thunberg to Donald Trump and airlines to oil companies, everyone is suddenly going crazy for trees. The UK government has pledged to plant millions a year while other countries have schemes running into billions.

The 'climate doomers' preparing for society to fall apart

An article by a British professor that predicts the imminent collapse of society, as a result of climate change, has been downloaded over half a million times. Many mainstream climate scientists totally reject his claims, but his followers are already preparing for the worst.

The actor who was really stabbed on stage

When he was cast as Hamlet at age 24, Conor Madden thought his stage career was about to take off - but then an accident during a sword-fighting scene left him with serious injuries. No-one knew whether he would ever act again.

China sinkhole: Six killed as ground swallows bus

At least six people have been killed and 16 injured after an enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and a number of pedestrians in central China. The incident occurred on Monday evening outside a hospital in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province.

Dissatisfaction with democracy 'at record high'

Dissatisfaction with democracy within developed countries is at its highest level in almost 25 years, according to University of Cambridge researchers. Academics have analysed what they say is the biggest global dataset on attitudes towards democracy, based on four million people in 3,500 surveys.

Rapper convicted of having his mother murdered

An aspiring rapper has been sentenced to 99 years in prison after paying to have his mother killed. He was convicted on Friday in Chicago alongside the hitman Eugene Spencer, who received a 100 year sentence.

The silent epidemic of America’s problem with guns

Mass shootings dominate the national conversation on gun control, but two thirds of gun deaths are suicides. How do you solve a problem hardly anyone talks about? The night Brayden died was a cold, clear night in Helena, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Montana.

What the world can learn from Japan’s robots

Japan is rolling out robots in nursing homes, offices and schools as its population ages and workforce shrinks. What can it teach other countries facing the same problems?Japan is changing: a rapidly ageing society, a record-breaking influx of visitors from overseas, and more robots than ever.

Climate change: Clean tech 'won't solve warming in time'

Breakthrough technologies such as carbon capture and hydrogen cannot be relied on to help the UK meet its climate change targets, a report says. The government had hoped that both technologies would contribute to emissions reductions required by 2050.

Apple fined for slowing down old iPhones

Apple has been fined 25 million euros (£21m, $27m) for deliberately slowing down older iPhone models without making it clear to consumers. The fine was imposed by France's competition and fraud watchdog DGCCRF, which said consumers were not warned.

Can you learn to navigate uncertainty?

Our newspapers, TV screens and social media feeds are full of pundits who claim to be able to see the future. Often they’re right; many times, they’re wrong.

Coronavirus: Surf photographer on 'stark' lifestyle change

Si Crowther's work capturing windsurfing and surfing images for magazines and events has taken him to Hawaii, South America and beyond. But with no events on the horizon and global travel uncertain, the 46-year-old has been staying in Ipswich, where he lives alone in a ground-floor flat.

Panama exhumes remains of 19 victims from 1989 US invasion

The remains of 19 victims of the 1989 US invasion of Panama have been exhumed from a cemetery as part of an official investigation into the operation. About 500 Panamanians are believed to have died in the invasion, but rights groups say the true number is higher.


An integrated information package for biodiversity conservation. EcoLynx was developed by the Union of International Associations (UIA) and co-funded by the partners and through a grant from DG Information Society of the Commission of the European Union between 1997-2000. This movie was a part of th

Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is published by the Union of International Associations (UIA). It is available online since 2000,[1] and was previously available as a CD-ROM and as a three-volume book.[2] The online Encyclopedia is currently in a redevelopment phase.[3]

Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential Online: Re-design Project

The initial focus of the re-design project is on the World Problems database. The other databases such as Global Strategies, as well as the complementary databases Human Values, Human Development, Patterns and Metaphors, Bibliography, Integrative Concepts, etc, may be added at a later date.

Feedback Loop Analysis in the Encyclopedia Project

Extract from the final report on Information Context for Biodiversity Conservation (2000). See also Vicious cycles and loops (1995) and Strategic ecosystem: Feedback loops and dependent co-arising (1995)

Union of International Associations

The Union of International Associations (UIA) is a research institute and documentation centre, based in Brussels. It was founded over one hundred years ago, in 1907, by (Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 1913), and Paul Otlet, a founding father of what is now called information science.

Advanced Revelation

Database Management System Advanced Revelation is an award winning DOS development environment that is distinguished by unrivaled flexibility in application development and robust, multi-user data access.

Yearbook of International Organizations

The Yearbook of International Organizations is a reference work on non-profit international organizations, published by the Union of International Associations. It was first published in 1908 under the title Annuaire de la vie internationale, and has been known under its current title since 1950.

EWPHP: Editing Platform

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a wide ranging group of diseases and can have severe... Asthma is a disease involving airway inflammation. It is characterised by airway...

'Cashpoint aid' and Africa: Who benefits?

Across Africa the news that a former colonial power, the UK, is to take a more strategic, political, hard-nosed approach to the way it spends its overseas aid budget, has been greeted with a mixture of frustration and cynicism.

One-fifth of Earth's ocean floor is now mapped

We've just become a little less ignorant about Planet Earth. The initiative that seeks to galvanise the creation of a full map of the ocean floor says one-fifth of this task has now been completed.

Gelsenkirchen: Controversial Lenin statue erected in German city

The tiny Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD) installed the statue in front of its headquarters in the western city of Gelsenkirchen. City authorities had attempted to stop the statue being installed and launched an online hashtag saying there was "no place for Lenin".

Terorista v Kábule: Ten, čo sa potí a mrmle si Korán

Rozhodnutie o zvýšení múru padlo potom, ako sme zistili, že aj dieťa by s trochou šťastia mohlo z ulice dohodiť granátom až ku stolu vedúcej afganskej misie slovenskej organizácie Človek v ohrození Kataríny Macejákovej.

Ukrajina 2000

UKRAJINA (25.8. - 3.9. 2000) 3:39 Poprad - Michalovce vláčik. Hodinový beh cez celé mesto na autobusovú stanicu. Lístok do Užhorodu stojí 80 Sk. Cestuje s nami ešte zopár Ukrajincov.


Vyrážame na cestu a nenechávame sa odradiť ani prvými neúspechmi na samotnom počiatku. Potom, čo nám zlyhal autobus do Burgasu, sa bezváhania, ale ležérne balíme, nakupujeme životne dôležité suroviny ( rum..

Night rider: 21 years sleeping on a London bus

For more than two decades after his asylum application was rejected, Sunny found a safe haven aboard the buses that zigzag across London at night. What's it like to spend every night on the lower decks?


It is the small hours of the morning in the depths of winter, and Emma Watson is sitting in a dimly lit room in Ward 10 of the transplant unit in the Manchester Royal Infirmary. She looks drawn and tired. It has been a long night.

Why Japan is so successful at returning lost property

For most, losing a wallet or purse is more than an inconvenience. While smartphones now let us make contactless payments, hold our travel cards and help us to find our way home, there’s still something reassuringly secure about carrying physical ID and bank cards.

Prohibition: US activists fight for temperance 100 years on

It is 100 years to the day since Prohibition came into effect. The 18th Amendment to the Constitution banned anyone in the US from selling, making, importing or even transporting alcohol. Criminal gangs immediately took over the industry.

Harry and Meghan: How people split time between two countries

The Queen has agreed to a trial period for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to split their time between the UK and Canada. For senior royals like Harry and Meghan, it's an unprecedented move. But for some people, dividing their life between two homes thousands of miles apart is normal.

What if the Universe has no end?

The usual story of the Universe has a beginning, middle, and an end. It began with the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago when the Universe was tiny, hot, and dense.

How a single locust becomes a plague

The worst swarms of desert locusts in decades are now decimating crops and pasture across the Horn of Africa - an area covering Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia - and beyond, threatening the food security of the entire sub-region.

Tom and Jerry: 80 years of cat v mouse

A cartoon cat, sick of the annoying mouse living in his home, devises a plot to take him out with a trap loaded with cheese. The mouse, wise to his plan, safely removes the snack and saunters away with a full belly. You can probably guess what happens next.

Cyberloafing: The line between rejuvenating and wasting time

We all cyberloaf – and the science says that it can make us more productive at work.

Dresden: The World War Two bombing 75 years on

"The firestorm is incredible... Insane fear grips me and from then on I repeat one simple sentence to myself continuously: 'I don't want to burn to death'. I do not know how many people I fell over. I know only one thing: that I must not burn."

Why 'outskilling' isn’t yet a workplace revolution

Programmes preparing workers facing layoffs for their next career are on the rise. But experts are cautious to call ‘outskilling’ the perfect solution to the automation takeover.Michelline Smith’s childhood dream was to someday work as a train conductor.

Why so many of the world’s oldest companies are in Japan

Japan is changing: a rapidly ageing society, a record-breaking influx of visitors from overseas, and more robots than ever. That's where the country's young people come in.

Why the vegan diet is not always green

The vegan diet is widely regarded to be better for the planet than those that include animal products, but not all plant-based foodstuffs have a small environmental footprint.

Who is Greta Thunberg, the #FridaysForFuture activist?

One day in late August 2018, Greta Thunberg took up position outside Sweden's Parliament for the first time. She held a simple sign, black letters on a white board, that said "School Strike for Climate."

We will 'fight to the death' to save the Amazon rainforest

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is advancing at worrying levels. In January, the area lost was double that in the same month in 2019, according to official figures.

The strange science inside your sourdough

In a room of refrigerators in Belgium live more than 110 jars of flour, water, and magic.

Why food memories are so powerful

I was only three years old when my parents, sister and I emigrated from Leningrad in the USSR to the United States in 1980 as “traitors”, losing our Soviet citizenship and turning our backs on Communism for the “evil capitalist West”.

Why hasn’t AI changed the world yet?

When Kursat Ceylan, who is blind, was trying to find his way to a hotel, he used an app on his phone for directions, but also had to hold his cane and pull his luggage. He ended up walking into a pole, cutting his forehead.

The war in the desert

It is just before 15:00 on Saturday in Timbuktu and the intense desert heat has reached its peak. Five years ago, Islamist occupiers were driven out of the historical town - but violent extremists have never been far away.

Coronavirus: What can we learn from the Spanish flu?

In the aftermath of World War One, a flu pandemic swept the world, killing at least 50 million people.

Why slowing your breathing helps you relax

Within a mere 10 seconds of being born, the shock of the brave new world startled your lungs into action as you gasped your first breath. And they haven’t stopped working since, averaging around 16 breaths a minute for a resting adult – or 23,000 a day.

How the humble potato changed the world

In his 1957 essay collection Mythologies, the French philosopher and literary critic Roland Barthes called chips (la frite), a food that comes from a crop native to the Americas, “patriotic” and “the alimentary sign of Frenchness”.

Vatican opens archives of Holocaust-era Pope Pius XII

The Vatican has opened its archives on the wartime papacy of Pius XII, kept secret for decades amid accusations that he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust. Critics say Pius XII, sometimes labelled "Hitler's Pope", knew Nazi Germany was murdering Jews but failed to act.

How Richard Feynman went from stirring jelly to a Nobel Prize

Nobel Prize-winning and eccentric physicist Richard Feynman has been called a buffoon and a magician, but is lauded as a man who could make science accessible and interesting for all. When I was a child I desperately wanted to be a scientist, but then it all went wrong.

Has another interstellar visitor been found?

An amateur astronomer has discovered a comet that could come from outside our Solar System. If so, it would be the second interstellar object after the elongated body known as 'Oumuamua was identified in 2017.

First measurements of 'interstellar comet'

Astronomers are gathering measurements on a presumed interstellar comet, providing clues about its chemical composition. The object, C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), is only the second interstellar object ever identified, after 'Oumuamua, which was spotted in 2017.

Bizarre shape of interstellar asteroid

An asteroid that visited us from interstellar space is one of the most elongated cosmic objects known to science, a study has shown. Discovered on 19 October, the object's speed and trajectory strongly suggested it originated in a planetary system around another star.

Bill Clinton claims Monica Lewinsky affair was to 'help anxieities'

Former President Bill Clinton says his affair with Monica Lewinsky was a way of managing his anxieties. He made the remarks as part of a documentary series titled "Hillary" which looks at the public life of 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Is it okay to tell a dirty joke at work?

On her first day in a new job in the City, Kate (not her real name) didn't know what to expect. Now a successful executive, she remembers being ready to roll with the punches, anything in order to get ahead. What she didn't expect was unrelenting sexual innuendo.

Uncovering amazake: Japan’s ancient fermented 'superdrink'

By the time I made the hike down the long pathway from the top of Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari to the houses below, I was thirsty. Which was convenient, since many local residents take advantage of foot traffic from the mountainside Shinto shrine by hosting small cafes in their homes.

Does music help us work better? It depends

The weapon was initiated at precisely 10:30 in the morning. It was 23 June 1940 and World War Two was in full swing. The Germans had already invaded vast swathes of continental Europe; in the preceding weeks, 10,000 British troops had been captured in Normandy.

The people who moved to Chernobyl

On a warm summer's evening, Maryna Kovalenko is playing football with her two teenage daughters in their backyard. Iryna and Olena laugh as the family dog attempts to wrestle away the ball, scattering the startled chickens.

The healthiest countries to live in

The fight at the frontlines of Covid-19 is being waged in clinics and hospitals around the world. But the success of that fight has, in large part, depended on the effectiveness of the healthcare systems in each country.

An ingenious way to hide a map

Treasuring my father-in-law’s old cloth hankies sounds unpleasant. But they hold a secret. They are war-time maps that look like handkerchiefs, depicting old boundaries and conflicts in Europe.

A city with too much history to handle

Naples has a history problem: there’s just too much of it. Greek cemeteries, Roman ruins, medieval castles, Renaissance churches… it’s more than one city can maintain, and some sites will inevitably crumble – unless passionate locals take matters into their own hands.

High microplastic concentration found on ocean floor

Scientists have identified the highest levels of microplastics ever recorded on the seafloor. The contamination was found in sediments pulled from the bottom of the Mediterranean, near Italy.

Man, dog and five camels rescued from fall in Australian bush

The 38-year-old man and his party were on a track near the town of Jamieson in Victoria when one of the camels lost its footing. Because they were tied together, the whole pack and the man were pulled down, authorities told the BBC.

The indigenous communities that predicted Covid-19

We’ve been nominated! BBC Travel is up for a Webby Award in the Travel & Adventure video category. Vote for us. Levi Sucre Romero remembers hearing the news back in January about a novel coronavirus infecting people in China. “I honestly didn’t believe it would make it this far,” he said.

Coronavirus: Will we ever shake hands again?

Around the world, humans are struggling to ignore thousands of years of bio-social convention and avoid touching another. Shaking hands might be one of the hardest customs to lose in the post-pandemic world but there are alternatives, writes James Jeffrey.

The day the pirates came

For Sudeep Choudhury, work on merchant ships promised adventure and a better life. But a voyage on an oil tanker in West Africa, in dangerous seas far from home, would turn the young graduate's life upside down.

The tiny ‘country’ between England and Scotland

Nowhere does a brooding winter sky quite like the west coast of Scotland. As I looked across the open estuary of the River Esk, pale yellow sunlight filtered through streaks of low-lying cloud, reflected in the mirror-like ribbons of water and ripples of sand exposed by the retreating tide.

Climate change: Could the coronavirus crisis spur a green recovery?

The Covid-19 lockdown has cut climate change emissions - for now. But some governments want to go further by harnessing their economic recovery plans to boost low-carbon industries. Their slogan is "Build Back Better", but can they succeed? I've just had a light bulb moment.

Longer overlap for modern humans and Neanderthals

Modern humans began to edge out the Neanderthals in Europe earlier than previously thought, a new study shows. Tests on remains from a cave in northern Bulgaria suggest Homo sapiens was there as early as 46,000 years ago.

The plague writers who predicted today

In uncertain – indeed, weird – times like these, as we increase our social isolation to ‘flatten the curve’, literature provides escape, relief, comfort and companionship. Less comfortingly, though, the appeal of pandemic fiction has also increased.

Mariana Trench: Don Walsh's son repeats historic ocean dive

It used to be said that more people had walked on the surface of the Moon than had dived to the deepest part of Earth's oceans. Not anymore. Kelly Walsh, the son of the great ocean explorer Don Walsh, has just descended to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, almost 11km down in the Pacific.

Europe pushes ahead with 'dune buggy' Mars rover

The European Space Agency is moving rapidly to develop its next Mars rover. It already has one vehicle set to go to the Red Planet in 2022, but is now pushing ahead with a second robot, which will depart in 2026.

The sinking islands of the Southern US

In honour of Juneteenth commemorating of the ending of slavery in the United States, we’re republishing one of our favourite BBC Travel stories, which details the rich culture of the Gullah Geechee in St Helena Island, South Carolina.

The Boeing 747: The plane that shrank the world

BBC Future has brought you in-depth and rigorous stories to help you navigate the current pandemic, but we know that’s not all you want to read. So now we’re dedicating a series to help you escape.

Breathtaking new map of the X-ray Universe

Behold the hot, energetic Universe. The image records a lot of the violent action in the cosmos - instances where matter is being accelerated, heated and shredded.

'Into The Wild' bus removed from Alaska wilderness

An abandoned bus in Alaska featured in the film Into The Wild has been removed after increasing numbers of tourists got into difficulties visiting it. A US army helicopter lifted it from a trail outside Denali National Park. The local mayor said it was "a big relief".

Diego, the Galápagos tortoise with a species-saving sex drive, retires

Diego and 14 other male tortoises have returned to their native Española, one of Ecuador's Galápagos islands. The tortoises were put out to pasture on Monday after decades of breeding in captivity on Santa Cruz Island.

A Bee C: Scientists translate honeybee queen duets

Scientists using highly sensitive vibration detectors have decoded honeybee queens' "tooting and quacking" duets in the hive. Worker bees make new queens by sealing eggs inside special cells with wax and feeding them royal jelly.

Twitter labels Trump tweet 'misleading media' for first time

Twitter has labelled a video tweeted by US President Donald Trump as having "manipulated media" for the first time. The video shows a black child running away from a white child while playing, with a fake CNN caption.

Sneh / Snow (2013) by Ivana Sebestova (excerpt)

Animated short about dream and snow.

Australia cyber attacks: PM Morrison warns of 'sophisticated' state hack

Australia's government and institutions are being targeted by ongoing sophisticated state-based cyber hacks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says. Mr Morrison said the cyber attacks were widespread, covering "all levels of government" as well as essential services and businesses.

New evidence of virus risks from wildlife trade

Rats sold in the markets and restaurants of Southeast Asia harbour multiple coronaviruses, a study shows. The proportion of positives increased as live animals were moved from "field to fork", suggesting they were picking up viruses in the process.

How a climate crisis helped shape Norse mythology

Sweden is one of the world’s most climate-conscious cultures. In elementary school, children learn about topics like ecology and conservation.

How microaggressions cause lasting pain

This story was originally published on 9 April 2018. To a non-white colleague – in a mostly white office: “So, where are you from? …No, I mean, where are you really from?”

Mystery egg likely belonged to giant sea reptile, scientists say

Scientists in the US have uncovered the mystery of a giant egg discovered in Antarctica almost a decade ago. For years researchers could not identify the fossil, which resembled a deflated football, leading it to gain the sci-fi nickname "The Thing".

DNA study reveals Ireland's age of 'god-kings'

DNA has been used to confirm the existence of an elite social class in the Stone Age inhabitants of Ireland. It's one of the earliest examples of such a hierarchy among human societies.

John Bolton: Ten biggest claims in his Donald Trump book

The presidency of Donald Trump has already generated a long reading list, but the latest offering from former National Security Adviser John Bolton has attracted more attention than most, given the author's high-ranking status and the nature of his claims.

Walkers found after 19 days in the New Zealand wilderness

Two missing walkers have been found in the New Zealand wilderness, 19 days after they set off. Dion Reynolds and Jessica O'Connor, both 23, began walking in the Kahurangi National Park on 9 May, and expected to be gone for six or seven days.

Stolen Van Gogh: Art detective receives photos of 'stolen work Spring Garden'

An art detective in the Netherlands says he has received two "proof of life" photos in the hunt for a stolen Van Gogh painting. The 1884 artwork Spring Garden went missing after a break-in at a museum near Amsterdam in late March.

Why is there still no system to save passengers from a falling airplane? Why is there no discussion about it?

Why is there still no system to save passengers from a falling airplane? Why is there no discussion about it?

US-China row moves underwater in cable tangle

An underwater data cable, linking the US to Hong Kong, looks set to be rejected by the US government because of fears of Chinese data theft. The Pacific Light Cable Network, backed by Google and Facebook, is designed to boost internet speed and capacity.

An ancient ‘lost city’ teeming with life

Located in the eastern-most corner of Honduras and the northern tip of Nicaragua, the dense tropical forest of La Mosquitia is one of the largest rainforests in Central America and – until recently – one of the last scientifically explored places on Earth.

Giant space chamber installed in Oxfordshire

The largest vessel in the UK to test spacecraft has just been installed at the National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF) in Oxfordshire. The 98-tonne, 16m by 8m chamber is so big, it was brought to the Harwell complex in segments and then assembled in place.

Coronavirus: What is the true death toll of the pandemic?

At least another 130,000 people worldwide have died during the coronavirus pandemic on top of 440,000 officially recorded deaths from the virus, according to BBC research.

Mary Trump: Why has president's niece penned damning memoir?

US President Donald Trump's niece is set to publish an unflattering tell-all memoir about him. So who is she and why has she come forward now?

Pub chain and insurer apologise for slavery links

Pub chain Greene King and insurance market Lloyd's of London have apologised for their historic links to the slave trade. One of Greene King's founders owned a number of plantations in the Caribbean.

John Bolton: Trump sought Xi's help to win re-election

US President Donald Trump sought help from Chinese President Xi Jinping to win re-election, ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton's new book says. Mr Bolton says Mr Trump wanted China to buy agricultural produce from US farmers, according to details of the forthcoming book previewed by US media.

A frozen graveyard: The sad tales of Antarctica’s deaths

BBC Future has brought you in-depth and rigorous stories to help you navigate the current pandemic, but we know that’s not all you want to read. So now we’re dedicating a series to help you escape.

Why Trump's plan to withdraw US troops has dismayed Germany

For the people of Grafenwoehr, Elvis will always be the king. In 1958, stationed as a young American soldier in Germany, the singer gave a concert here which remains the stuff of legend.

Dark matter hunt yields unexplained signal

An experiment searching for signs of elusive dark matter has detected an unexplained signal. Scientists working on the Xenon1T experiment have detected more activity within their detector than they would otherwise expect.

Having more sleep before holiday 'stops arguments'

If you want to avoid arguments on a family holiday, make sure you get some extra sleep in the days before you travel, a psychologist advises.

Why overcoming racism is essential for humanity’s survival

Is bigotry in our DNA, a remnant of our fear of “the other” way back when that was necessary? If so, why do some battle with their instincts while others embrace them? Peter, 71, Darlington

'We all have resilience... You've got to make it grow'

The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to professional explorer and motivational speaker Mike Horn.

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Where will we be in six months, a year, 10 years from now? I lie awake at night wondering what the future holds for my loved ones. My vulnerable friends and relatives. I wonder what will happen to my job, even though I’m one of the lucky ones: I get good sick pay and can work remotely.

Coronavirus: Stranded pair 'don't know' when they will return

Two Londoners who have been "stranded" in Argentina for three weeks say they still have "no idea" when they will be able to get home. Alisha Malhotra and Niraly Jadeja have been trapped in Córdoba since the country went into lockdown, and are relying on others for food and money.

Five countries with the most resilient economies

The Covid-19 pandemic has injected an unprecedented amount of uncertainty into the global economy, as countries across the world battle growing infections, implement wide-ranging social-distancing strategies and attempt early fiscal interventions to stabilise markets. 1. Norway 2. Denmark 3.

How your personality changes as you age

Our personalities were long thought to be fixed by the time we reach our 30s, but the latest research suggests they change throughout our lives – and bring some surprising benefits.

Could we live in a world without rules?

"I'm in my late 20s and I'm feeling more and more constrained by rules.

The people redefining faithfulness

“What does exclusivity mean to you?” Asks Amy Hart, a contestant on UK reality TV show Love Island in 2019. Her partner, Curtis Pritchard, is cornered and she knows it. He had been kissing other girls behind her back.

Coronavirus: Why healthcare workers are at risk of moral injury

It is widely known that veterans can return from war with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Far less appreciated is moral injury - a trauma wrapped up in guilt that we are now learning more about thanks to US-based research, writes James Jeffrey.

What leader are you? It depends on your parents

You’ve probably noticed how some of your colleagues take to leadership roles like a duck to water. They’re confident telling others what to do, and happy taking on an ever-growing number of responsibilities.

Life with a Russian billionaire: money and death threats

They would stay in his chateau in the south of France and had homes across the world. It was an idyllic life, beyond anyone's imagination.

The quest to make a crystal harder than diamonds

Labs across the world have been competing to build “superhard” materials – and they are finally succeeding.

The Death and Life of Jacob Cockle

About eight miles from Penzance, down one of those narrow, winding country lanes Cornwall is notorious for, lies Gwynver beach. Many will drive past without realising it is there, bound instead for the fishing village of Sennen or the tourist attraction of Land's End.

Afghanistan: The detention centre for teenage Taliban members

In a dusty courtyard, behind a tall mesh fence, a group of teenagers are playing a frenetic game of football, while others stand around watching from the sidelines. These are some of Afghanistan's most vulnerable and most troubled children. Inmates of Kabul's Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre.

To the Moon and beyond

This is the Moon in 2050. As the rover rounds the imposing sides of a large crater, the astronauts catch the glint of mirrors mounted on its rim. The mirrors beam sunlight into the crater, powering a mining operation to extract water-ice within.

Why it will be so hard to return to ‘normal’

I’m writing this in my home office, wearing my bathrobe. I am currently placed under a stay-at-home order, which requires me to stay in my house unless I need to travel for very specific reasons, like shopping or health needs. It also means I no longer have to keep to office dress codes.

How the fake Beatles conned South America

Early in 1964, as Beatlemania swept the world, newspaper headlines announced that The Beatles would be travelling to South America later that year.

Mt Etna: The most active volcano on Earth

In the largest city in Sicily, Catania, an alarm went off inside the scientific research centre, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

How gaming became a form of meditation

Outside my window the streets are quiet, the world is weird, the future uncertain. Conspiracy theorists are bombarding my social media feed, and everyone is an armchair expert on the pandemic. But for now I am okay, because I am a moose. The game called Everything has been out for a while now.

Amabie: The Japanese monster going viral

In Japan, as parts of the country declare a state of emergency, people here have been reacting to the Covid-19 pandemic in a unique way: by sharing images online of a mystical, mermaid-like being believed to ward off plagues.

The Valentine's Day snake puzzle

The search for a culprit who abandoned 29 valuable snakes in February is continuing, but it's a case that has everyone mystified, reports Chris Stokel-Walker. The wriggling inside the pillowcase signalled that something wasn't right.

Frozen, fresh or canned food: What’s more nutritious?

In recent weeks, as shoppers have looked to stock up on food that lasts, sales of canned and frozen food have surged. Even freezer sales are up. But many of us are taught to believe that when it comes to fruit and vegetables, nothing is as nutritious as fresh produce.

Nicoya: The Costa Rican peninsula where centenarians thrive

José Bonafacio Villegas has ridden a horse nearly every day for the last 100 years. Villegas learned how to ride in 1921, and spent the next 99 years riding to school, doing farm work or visiting friends on horseback.

America’s ‘fried chicken war’

Located in the heart of the US’ Great Plains, the area around Pittsburg, Kansas, spreads out like one vast prairie.

How personal contact will change post-Covid-19

In a normal week, it’s hard to count how many times we come into physical contact with other human beings. For many who are isolating alone, this may be the longest period in their lives that they’ve gone without skin-to-skin human touch.

How cities are clamping down on cars

As global lockdowns keep most people at home, congestion-riddled, pollution-choked streets around the world have transformed into empty, eerily silent spaces. The most conspicuous absentee is the car, as personal vehicles remain parked in driveways and side streets.

Mission Jurassic: Searching for dinosaur bones

The stench was unbearable. The hulking mass of dead dinosaur had lain on the sandbar now for over a week in stifling heat, half-buried among the decaying vegetation and sediment.

Antarctic meteorites yield global bombardment rate

It's in excess of 16,000kg. This is for meteorite material above 50g in mass. It doesn't take account of the dust that's continuously settling on the planet, and of course just occasionally we'll be hit by a real whopper of an asteroid that will skew the numbers.

How The Assistant exposes Hollywood's abuse silence

A young woman is a junior assistant at an entertainment mogul's American office. She starts early and works late, she fetches lunches, looks after his children, and cleans the office in a way that's not expected of her equally junior male colleagues.

The Swiss city where even fun is serious

Until 18:00, Basel is all business. It’s not somewhere you can waltz into a meeting five minutes late – not in this Swiss city whose major industries, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, are all about precision and control.

The khipu code: the knotty mystery of the Inkas’ 3D records

The Inka empire (1400-1532 CE) is one of few ancient civilisations that speaks to us in multiple dimensions. Instead of words or pictograms, the Inkas used khipus – knotted string devices – to communicate extraordinarily complex mathematical and narrative information.

Somalia's coronavirus khat bans leaves chewers in a stew

Flights carrying the mild stimulant khat have been banned from entering Somalia, leaving chewers of the leaves in a stew, write the BBC's Mary Harper and Bella Hassan.

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Nestled among Kansas cornfields in a landscape devoid of any noticeable natural topography, a verdant mound can be seen from a dirt road. Surrounded by a military-grade chain fence and in the shadow of a large wind turbine, a security guard in camouflage paces the fence line with an assault rifle.

Ten Tors: Hundreds complete cancelled hikes at home

Hundreds of students who were due to complete one of the country's biggest outdoor challenges have hiked the distances from home instead. About 2,800 teenagers were due to take part in the 60th annual Ten Tors Challenge but it has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Appalachian Trail: US hiker 'lost for 26 days before dying'

Geraldine Largay, 66, went missing in 2013. Text messages to her husband were not sent because there was no signal. She left a final note asking whoever found her body to call her husband and daughter to let them know she had died.

Skegness woman jailed for boiling water attacks on husband

Susan Coulson, 62, poured the contents of a boiled kettle over Andrew Coulson at their Skegness home in December, as they argued about his use of a phone. She also threw boiling water over him during a row in October, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

The performance-enhancing trick to being a better athlete

The Pico Simón Bolívar is one of the highest mountains in Colombia. Near the top, there is only half as much oxygen as at sea level, a dizzying 5,500m (18,000 feet) below.

Is Afrikaans in danger of dying out?

Yet 25 years on from the negotiated settlement that saw Nelson Mandela elected the country’s first democratic president and equal rights and citizenships extended to all South Africans, controversy surrounding Afrikaans’s use as a tool of exclusion and racist discrimination continues.

Welcome to Svalbard: a place anyone can call home

Snow-capped mountaintops are the first thing visitors may spot from the airplane windows when they arrive in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard – that is, if they arrive during the bright half of the year, when the midnight sun can be seen nearly 24/7.

Will coronavirus change Germans’ love of cash?

Germany might be known for its proud culture of technological innovation, but it's not uncommon for newcomers and tourists to be caught out at cafes and small businesses that only take cash.

Why you might be missing your commute

Like many New Yorkers, Meg Loughney faced a stressful daily commute. Typically, it would take her more than an hour to travel from her home in Astoria, Queens to her office at a management consultancy on Wall Street.

How flashing lights could treat Alzheimer’s disease

Every morning Li-Huei Tsai meditates in front of a flashing screen. In sync with the flickering light, there is a harsh clicking – a little like the tapping of an over-enthusiastic flamenco dancer with her castanets. But the rhythm isn’t there to entertain, but to entrain.

Japan’s forgotten indigenous people

“This is our bear hut,” the short, vivacious woman shouted through a hand-held loudspeaker, her smile creasing her forehead with deep wrinkles. A blue hat was perched on her head and her short tunic, embroidered with pink geometric designs, was tied sharply at the waist.

'I left my campervan in Argentina'

Imagine breaking free. You sell your possessions, buy a van, pack it with what you need, and go. For months or years you live a frugal life, going wherever you want.

In pictures: Peru's most catastrophic natural disaster

On 31 May 1970, a huge earthquake struck off the coast of Peru. The quake and the massive landslides it triggered killed approximately 70,000 people.

Brothers' Home: South Korea's 1980s 'concentration camp'

Han Jong-sun still clearly remembers the moment he was abducted with his sister. It was a beautiful autumn day in 1984, and Han, then eight years old, was enjoying a long-hoped-for trip to the city with his busy father.

Spain’s mysterious underwater ‘Stonehenge’

Europe suffered an unusually hot summer in 2019. Seven weather stations in Spain recorded their highest temperatures ever in June, and higher-than-average temperatures and drought were registered across the country in July and August.

Pandemics result from destruction of nature, say UN and WHO

Pandemics such as coronavirus are the result of humanity’s destruction of nature, according to leaders at the UN, WHO and WWF International, and the world has been ignoring this stark reality for decades.

Blowing bubbles: Soapy spheres pop pollen on fruit trees

Japanese researchers have succeeded in fertilising pear trees using pollen carried on the thin film of a soap bubble. They've been searching for alternative approaches to pollination, because of the decline in the number of bees worldwide.

Endangered cheetahs snapped in award-winning photos

Charity picture book series Remembering Wildlife has announced the 10 winners of its cheetah photography competition. The winners were picked from more than 2,400 entrants, with the winning images showing cheetahs in Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania and South Africa.

How Elon Musk aims to revolutionise battery technology

Elon Musk has perhaps the most exciting portfolio of businesses on the planet. There's SpaceX with its mission to Mars, and Tesla with its super-fast hi-tech electric cars.

Aunt Jemima to change branding based on 'racial stereotype'

US company Quaker Oats has announced it will rename its Aunt Jemima line of syrups and foods, acknowledging the brand was based on a racial stereotype.

Van Gogh and Gauguin letter about brothel visit sells for 210,000 euros

The letter was bought by the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation at the Drouot auction house in Paris on Tuesday. The artists wrote the letter to their friend, French painter Emile Bernard, in late 1888.

John Bolton: Trump administration sues to block book

The US Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to prevent former National Security Adviser John Bolton from publishing a new book about his time at the White House. According to the complaint, the book contains "classified information".

Navajo Nation: The people battling America's worst coronavirus outbreak

When Valentina Blackhorse tested positive for coronavirus, she texted her sister and told her not to worry. A former pageant queen, Valentina was known for her love of her Native American Navajo heritage, her passion for helping others and her playful sense of humour.

Mars: Green glow detected on the Red Planet

Scientists have identified a green light in the atmosphere of Mars. The glow comes from oxygen atoms when they're excited by sunlight.

How your smart home devices can be turned against you

For billions of people around the world, life at home has taken on a new significance this year. Flats and houses have become workplaces, gyms, schools and living spaces all rolled into one by national lockdowns.

Why you might be drinking too much during lockdown

The world has been plunged into a vortex of uncertainty with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Why flats dominate Spain’s housing market

Over the weeks of Spain’s tough lockdown, images of people on their balconies applauding healthcare workers have spread across the globe.

Why we've been saying 'sorry' all wrong

Academics are sorry that apology research is floundering. New discoveries on apologies rarely appear because the studies are challenging to design, not unlike determining whether woodpeckers get headaches, or boiling the ocean.

The ingredients for a longer life

One is a town surrounded by tropical forest and beaches popular with surfers, two are craggy islands in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, the fourth is at the tail of the Japanese archipelago, while the last is a small city in California whose name means “beautiful hill”.

How to take a digital detox during the Covid-19 pandemic

With social distancing protocols in place amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and hours of isolation taking a toll on our sanity, screens have been a saving grace for many.

Why time seems to be going faster while we are in lockdown

As parts of the world begin to ease their lockdowns, some people are looking back and finding the time in isolation seems to have gone surprisingly fast.

Israel's West Bank annexation plan condemned by UN experts

Almost 50 UN human rights experts have condemned Israel's plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, calling it a "vision of a 21st Century apartheid". Such a move would violate international law and leave what would amount to "a Palestinian Bantustan", they warned.

Coronavirus: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug

The low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say. The drug is part of the world's biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for coronavirus.

Instagram 'will overtake Twitter as a news source'

Photo-sharing app Instagram is set to overtake Twitter as a news source, research suggests. The 2020 Reuters Institute Digital News report found the use of Instagram for news had doubled since 2018.

Coronavirus: Alarm over 'invasive' Kuwait and Bahrain contact-tracing apps

Kuwait and Bahrain have rolled out some of the most invasive Covid-19 contact-tracing apps in the world, putting the privacy and security of their users at risk, Amnesty International says.

Luce Douady: French 16-year-old climber dies from fall

Luce Douady was heading to an unexplored sector of a cliff near Grenoble when she slipped and fell from the approach path, French media report. Her body has been recovered and an investigation opened, according to Le Dauphiné. The exact circumstances of her death are unclear.

The people solving mysteries during lockdown

For almost half a century, Benedictine monks in Herefordshire dutifully logged the readings of a rain gauge on the grounds of Belmont Abbey, recording the quantity of rain that had fallen each month without fail.

Spike Lee sorry for supporting accused director Woody Allen

Film-maker Spike Lee has apologised after voicing support for "friend" Woody Allen, whose daughter has accused him of abusing her when she was seven. Allen has denied the claim and has not faced charges, but many in Hollywood have distanced themselves from him.

Dalai Lama: Seven billion people 'need a sense of oneness'

The leader of Tibetan Buddhism sees reasons for optimism even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. People are helping one another, he tells the BBC's Justin Rowlatt, and if seven billion people on Earth develop "a sense of oneness" they may yet unite to solve the problem of climate change.

The island with a key to our future

From the sea, volcanic Ascension Island looks as if it’s smouldering. Big mid-Atlantic swell rolling up from the Southern Ocean explodes onto the rugged cinder and sand shoreline, leaving sea spray hanging in the air like steam.

Solar Orbiter: Europe's Sun mission makes first close pass

Europe's Solar Orbiter (SolO) probe makes its first close pass of the Sun on Monday, tracking by at a distance of just over 77 million km. SolO was launched in February and is on a mission to understand what drives our star's dynamic behaviour.

Kathy Sullivan: The woman who's made history in sea and space

Making headlines is never something that has motivated Kathy Sullivan.

Swiss search for owner of gold haul left on train

While many of us have left something on a train - a phone, a wallet, headphones - it's highly unlikely you've wandered onto the platform leaving a bagful of gold behind. Well, one person in Switzerland has. And the authorities would quite like to find them.

Woman hatches ducks from Waitrose eggs

Charli Lello, 29, from Hertfordshire, put the Clarence Court eggs in an incubator as an experiment to pass the time after being furloughed. She said the ducklings would live "a very happy life" with her pet chickens.

Polish election: Andrzej Duda says LGBT 'ideology' worse than communism

Polish President Andrzej Duda has called the promotion of LGBT rights an "ideology" more destructive than communism, in a campaign speech. He is an ally of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice Party (PiS), and is seeking re-election on 28 June.

Holy water

Holy water is water that has been blessed by a member of the clergy or a religious figure. The use for cleansing prior to a baptism and spiritual cleansing is common in several religions, from Christianity to Sikhism.

Poland 'invades' Czech Republic in 'misunderstanding'

Poland has admitted to briefly invading the Czech Republic last month in what the Polish Defence Ministry described as a "misunderstanding". Polish troops guarding the frontier as part of coronavirus measures took up positions by a chapel on the Czech side of the border.

Leopold II: Belgium 'wakes up' to its bloody colonial past

Inside the palatial walls of Belgium's Africa Museum stand statues of Leopold II - each one a monument to the king whose rule killed as many as 10 million Africans. Standing close by, one visitor said, "I didn't know anything about Leopold II until I heard about the statues defaced down town".

Boltzmann brain

The Boltzmann brain argument suggests that it is more likely for a single brain to spontaneously and briefly form in a void (complete with a false memory of having existed in our universe) than it is for our universe to have come about in the way modern science thinks it actually did.

Fawlty Towers: John Cleese attacks 'cowardly' BBC over episode's removal

John Cleese has laid into the "cowardly and gutless" BBC after an episode of Fawlty Towers was temporarily removed from a BBC-owned streaming platform. In it, the Major uses highly offensive language, and Cleese's Basil Fawlty declares "don't mention the war".

How can limbo just be abolished?

WHO, WHAT, WHY? The Magazine answers... The Pope may be about to abolish the notion of limbo, the halfway house between heaven and hell, inhabited by unbaptised infants.

Fawlty Towers 'Don't mention the war' episode removed from UKTV

An episode of Fawlty Towers famous for coining the phrase “Don’t mention the war!” has become the latest classic British TV programme to be taken down from a BBC-owned streaming service, as broadcasters continue to conduct a reappraisal of old content.

Children can 'recall early memories', Canadian study suggests

Children can remember memories from their earliest years, but forget most of them later, according to research. Events from well before the age of two can be recalled, suggests a Canadian study of around 100 young children aged 4 to 13.

'Conservation successes' bring hope for mountain gorilla

Conservation efforts appear to be paying off for some of the world's most charismatic animals, according to new assessments for the extinction Red List. Prospects look better for the mountain gorilla, after years of conservation measures, including anti-poaching and veterinary patrols.

Rafiki, Uganda's rare silverback mountain gorilla, killed by hunters

One of Uganda's best known mountain gorillas, Rafiki, has been killed. Four men have been arrested, who face a life sentence or a fine of $5.4m (£4.3m) if found guilty of killing an endangered species.

Coronavirus: Twitter removes more than 170,000 pro-China accounts

Twitter has removed more than 170,000 accounts it says were tied to an operation to spread pro-China messages. Some of those posts were about the coronavirus outbreak, the social media platform has announced.

Afghan conflict: US sanctions 'kangaroo court' over war crimes probe

President Donald Trump has imposed sanctions on court officials who are investigating whether US forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan. The executive order allows the US to block the assets of International Criminal Court (ICC) employees and stop them from entering the country.

Man charged with poisoning homeless people in California

William Robert Cable, 38, is accused of giving at least eight people food laced with oleoresin capsicum and filming them as they became ill. Several of the alleged victims were hospitalised and authorities believe the suspect could have targeted others.

Sri Lanka’s musical 'choon paan' bread trucks

I was young when I first heard the music. It came from the earthen road outside where a man was selling bread from a tuk tuk. Unlike other colourful three-wheeled vehicles, the back of this one held a glass display cabinet piled high with neatly stacked baked goods.

George Floyd: Amazon bans police use of facial recognition tech

Technology giant Amazon has banned the police from using its controversial facial recognition software for a year. It comes after civil rights advocates raised concerns about potential racial bias in surveillance technology.

Harlow giant tortoise walks cause amazement, says owner

Peter, 68, takes his seven stone (44kg) reptile, who he calls "the big boy" out for "a little stroll" near his home in Harlow, Essex "every so often". The pair were spotted walking along a cycle path near Harlow earlier this week by Mark Ingall, leader of the town's council.

Planet's satellites aim for still sharper view of Earth

When SpaceX puts up another batch of its Starlink satellites in the coming days, there'll be three spacecraft from the Planet company catching the same Falcon rocket ride to orbit. These companies - SpaceX and Planet - now operate the largest commercial constellations above our heads.

Slovakia: Deadly knife attack at primary school in Vrutky

The attacker, a 22-year-old man, was a former pupil who had broken into the school in the town of Vrutky. Police said they had later shot dead the attacker and the situation was under control.

Confederate and Columbus statues toppled by US protesters

Statues of Confederate leaders and the explorer Christopher Columbus have been torn down in the US, as pressure grows on authorities to remove monuments connected to slavery and colonialism.

Kenyan police arrested after dragging suspect by motorbike

Three police officers in Kenya have been arrested after one of them was filmed apparently dragging a 21-year-old woman tied to a motorcycle. Accusing her of involvement in a robbery, another man is seen whipping her as she pleads for them to stop.

How face masks affect our communication

It was a windy Sunday afternoon in early May 2020, and Samar Al Zayer was riding on the train in Amsterdam with her husband. They were travelling to visit her mother-in-law when a commotion broke out in their carriage.

Robert Baden-Powell statue to be removed in Poole

The 12-year-old statue of Robert Baden-Powell is being removed on police advice to protect it, says Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council. The authority said it recognised some aspects of his life were considered "less worthy of commemoration".

Fergus Walsh: Was Covid here earlier than we thought?

My experience of testing positive for coronavirus antibodies clearly struck a nerve. Two weeks ago I wrote that I'd had no recent symptoms but dismissed a bout of pneumonia in January because it was weeks before the first confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK.

Coronavirus: Satellite traffic images may suggest virus hit Wuhan earlier

An apparent surge in traffic outside Wuhan hospitals from August 2019 may suggest the coronavirus hit the area earlier than reported, a study says. Harvard researchers say satellite images show an increase in traffic outside five hospitals in the Chinese city from late August to December.

The photographers changing the way we see animals

Savage and snarling, the giant gorilla of the King Kong films is a fearsome monster that needs to be appeased with a human sacrifice. Size aside, it’s a strange depiction of an animal that, as anyone who’s stood near a gorilla knows, exudes a sense of peace and gentleness.

Don't hide history, says Oxford head in statue row

In the row over the statue of Cecil Rhodes, Oxford University's head has warned against "hiding our history". Protesters want to pull down Oriel College's statue of the 19th century imperialist, saying it is a symbol of racism and imperialism.

Coronavirus: Belgian Prince Joachim fined for breaking Spain's lockdown

Prince Joachim was issued with the penalty for failing to observe a 14-day quarantine period after arriving in the country. The prince, 28, arrived in Spain for an internship on 24 May, but attended a gathering in the southern city of Córdoba two days later.

Do we need more than two genders?

Germany, Australia, Nepal and Pakistan now offer a third gender option on official forms with other countries set to follow suit. And scientists are finding more evidence to suggest that even biological sex is a spectrum.

Should Washington and Jefferson monuments come down?

This article contains language that some readers may find offensive. President Donald Trump's argument that the removal of Confederate statues is a slippery slope to changing history has recharged the perennial debate about America's tormented racial legacy.

How to avoid the ‘competency trap’

If it weren’t for a monumental management failure, your computer, tablet or smartphone may well have carried Xerox’s logo. In the early 1970s, the company’s photocopiers were ubiquitous throughout the world’s offices.

George Floyd protests: What do 'white privilege' and 'ally' mean?

Ally. All lives matter. White privilege. These are just a few of the words and phrases you may have seen or heard in discussions about racial inequality after the death of George Floyd.

Banksy tribute to Bataclan terror victims stolen in Paris

An artwork by the British artist Banksy painted as a tribute to the victims of the 2015 terror attack at the Bataclan music hall in Paris has been stolen. The work, which depicted a young female figure with a mournful expression, was cut out and removed from one of the emergency doors at the venue.

India and China: How Nepal's new map is stirring old rivalries

Nepal's parliament is expected this week to formally approve a revised map of the country, including three areas it disputes with its giant neighbour India.

Donald Trump's police scanner tweet fact-checked

President Donald Trump has suggested a man pushed over by police during protests in the US city of Buffalo last week was trying to "scan police communications in order to black out the equipment". But is this even possible?

Gone with the Wind removed from HBO Max

Gone with the Wind has been taken off HBO Max following calls for it to be removed from the US streaming service. HBO Max said the 1939 film was "a product of its time" and depicted "ethnic and racial prejudices" that "were wrong then and are wrong today".

Message in bottle saves family stranded on waterfall

Curtis Whitson, his girlfriend, and his 13-year-old son were on a backtracking trip in central California in June. Their plan was to follow the Arroyo Seco River through a canyon until they reached the waterfall.

Olof Palme murder: Sweden believes it knows who killed PM in 1986

Swedish prosecutors have named the man who they say killed former Swedish prime minister Olof Palme in 1986, ending years of mystery. They said it was Stig Engstrom, a graphic designer known as "Skandia Man" who killed himself in 2000.

Red Lion: Archaeologists 'find London's earliest theatre'

London's earliest playhouse may have been discovered at a housing redevelopment in Whitechapel, archaeologists have said. The Red Lion was thought to be the first purpose-built theatre of the Elizabethan era but its location has long been disputed.

Russian Arctic oil spill pollutes big lake near Norilsk

Diesel oil from a huge spill in Russia's Arctic north has polluted a large freshwater lake and there is a risk it could spread into the Arctic Ocean, a senior Russian official says.

Why is it so hard to forgive an ex?

Tears streamed down her face, as Yannes told George their relationship was no longer working out. Along the promenade, the 28-year-old from Hong Kong heaved a sigh of relief and slowly walked back home, with her heart broken.

IBM abandons 'biased' facial recognition tech

Tech giant IBM is to stop offering facial recognition software for "mass surveillance or racial profiling". The announcement comes as the US faces calls for police reform following the killing of a black man, George Floyd.

The treasure trove hidden in discarded computers

What do you do with an old hard disk drive, the kind that still spins up inside most PCs, once it reaches the end of its life? If Allan Walton has his way, parts of it could soon be propelling your next car along the road, assuming you go electric.

The Family: 'Raised in a doomsday cult, I entered the real world at 15'

For the first 15 years of his life, Ben Shenton lived in a doomsday cult that thought the world would soon end. Instead the police arrived one day and plunged him into a new and unfamiliar world… the real one.

If it ain't broke: You share your oldest working gadgets

These days, your shiny new gadget is likely to be rendered obsolete by software updates (or a lack of them) before it physically grinds to a halt. Meanwhile, Sonos has released new software for its internet-connected speakers that does not work on its own-branded older devices.

The Māori tribe protecting New Zealand’s sacred rainforest

A forlorn scrap of white mist hovered in the bush flanking the only road into Te Urewera, one of the most isolated rainforests in New Zealand.

UAE Mars mission: Hope project a 'real step forward for exploration'

The first Arab space mission to Mars is preparing to lift off within weeks. Fuelling is due to begin next week. It will take seven months to travel the 493 million km (308 million miles) to reach Mars and begin its orbit, sending back ground-breaking new data about its climate and atmosphere.

What we can learn from 'untranslatable' illnesses

“DO NOT FEAR KORO,” screamed the headline in the Straits Times newspaper on November 7, 1967. In the preceding days, a peculiar phenomenon had swept across Singapore.

Rocky Mountain treasure worth $1m found after decade-long hunt

Antiquities collector Forrest Fenn hid the bronze chest in the wilderness more than a decade ago, and created a treasure hunt for people to find it. Hundreds of thousands of people searched for it, and many people quit their jobs and used up their life savings. At least four people died.

Tesla battery supplier Catl says new design has one million-mile lifespan

By contrast, most automakers only offer warranties ranging from 60,000 to 150,000 miles over a three to eight-year period on their cars' batteries. Contemporary Amperex Technology has not revealed who it intends to supply.

Understanding the Gatsby lifecycle

At Narative, we’ve been fans of Gatsby from day one, using it to build performant and flexible products for both clients and ourselves. With the growing community interest in Gatsby, we hope to create more resources that make it easier for anyone to grasp the power of this incredible tool.


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Bristol slave trader Edward Colston statue 'was an affront'

Marvin Rees said he felt no "sense of loss" after the bronze statue of Edward Colston was pulled down using ropes and thrown into the harbour. The statue of the prominent 17th Century slave trader has been a source of controversy in the city for years.

How the coronavirus led to the highest-ever spike in US gun sales

Americans grappling with the rapidly-spreading coronavirus purchased more guns last month than at any other point since the FBI began collecting data over 20 years ago. Why? With US coronavirus death toll climbing every day, many Americans seem to be turning to guns to help them cope.

'The selfie that revealed I was a stolen baby'

In April 1997 a woman dressed in a nurse's uniform walked out of a Cape Town hospital carrying a three-day-old baby taken from the maternity ward as the baby's mother lay sleeping. It was only by chance, 17 years later, that the stolen child discovered her true identity.

Red Sea Diving Resort: The holiday village run by spies

Arous was an idyllic holiday resort in the Sudanese desert, on the shores of the Red Sea. But this glamorous destination was also a base for Israeli agents with a secret mission.

Saudi tribe challenges crown prince's plans for tech city

Alya Abutayah Alhwaiti told the BBC the threats were made in a phone call and on Twitter after she raised international awareness about a Saudi government plan to evict members of her tribe to make way for a 21st Century high-tech city on the shores of the Red Sea.

The floral fabric that was banned

In a letter to her sister penned in 1851, the novelist George Eliot gave her opinion on some muslin fabrics. “The quality of the spotted one is best,” she said, “but the effect is chintzy”.

TWA85: 'The world's longest and most spectacular hijacking'

At the high point of the 1960s spate of hijackings, a plane was held up on average once every six days in the United States. Fifty years ago this week, Raffaele Minichiello was responsible for the "longest and most spectacular" of them, as one report described it at the time.

Mostly Harmless - an Elite: Dangerous novel (working title)

N.B. SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON TERMS OF STRETCH GOALS... I am a huge fan of Elite and I want to see it funded. Check out my author's interview with The Cult of Me for more about how this bid came about.

'Fukushima radiation' found in UK

Low levels of radioactive iodine believed to be from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan have been detected in Glasgow and Oxfordshire. Health protection officials said the concentration of iodine 131 detected in air samples was "minuscule" and there was "no public health risk in the UK".

British man rescued after six days trapped in Bali well

Jacob Roberts, 29, broke his leg after falling into the 4m-deep well in Pecatu village while being chased by a dog, said AFP quoting local authorities. The well was dry but his leg meant he was unable to get out.

Is this the secret of smart leadership?

It’s more than two millennia since the philosopher Socrates argued that humility is the greatest of all virtues. His timeless observation was that the wisest people are the first to admit how little they really know.

Why astronauts get nervous on the launchpad

It is 26 June 1984. Mission Specialist Mike Mullane lies in his couch in the cockpit of Space Shuttle Discovery. This will be the 12th flight in the Space Shuttle programme but Discovery’s and Mullane’s first.

The surprising perks of isolated work

For millions of people worldwide, widespread lockdown has cast isolation as a negative – a loss of group engagement and communal hubbub.

Olof Palme: Who killed Sweden's prime minister?

On a Friday night more than thirty years ago, Sweden's prime minister went to the movies. Controversial and outspoken at home and abroad, Olof Palme was by then in his second term as leader of his country.

The reason why some people don't wash their hands

At the time, Hegseth was best known as a Fox News presenter who had a sprinkling of controversial views. Then he said: “I don’t think I’ve washed my hands for 10 years.” Cue a collective wrinkling of noses, and a frenzy of articles about what might be on your hands after a decade.

Coronavirus: This is not the last pandemic

We have created "a perfect storm" for diseases from wildlife to spill over into humans and spread quickly around the world, scientists warn. Human encroachment on the natural world speeds up that process.

The hunt for the fish pirates who exploit the sea

BBC Future has brought you in-depth and rigorous stories to help you navigate the current pandemic, but we know that’s not all you want to read. So now we’re dedicating a series to help you escape.

Coronavirus: Caution urged over Madagascar's 'herbal cure'

The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no proof of a cure for Covid-19 after Madagascar's president launched a herbal coronavirus "cure". The country's national medical academy (Anamem) has also cast doubt on the efficacy of Andry Rajoelina's touted prevention and remedy.

What do our dreams mean?

Dreams have fascinated philosophers and artists for centuries. They have been seen as divine messages, a way of unleashing creativity and, since the advent of psychoanalysis in the 19th Century, the key to understanding our unconscious.

The revival of a second Greek language

On a warm June evening, I was making my way to Alsos Papagou park in the northern Athens suburb of Cholargos. The humid air hung heavy with the scent of pine trees, and families and groups of laughing teenagers were wandering across the grass or fetching coffee from the lakeside cafe.

German finger wresting pulls a crowd in Bavaria

Men in traditional Bavarian costume squared off across tables for one of the world's more unusual competitions - German finger wrestling (Fingerhakeln). Competitors, who are matched in weight and age, sit opposite each other and pull on a small leather loop using just one finger.

The birthplace of modern nature healing

The azure, 144-hectare Lake Bled darted in and out of sight as I followed a narrow track leading up to the top of Mala Osojnica, a steep hill in the Julian Alps in north-west Slovenia.

Will we ever control the world with our minds?

Science-fiction can sometimes be a good guide to the future. In the film Upgrade (2018) Grey Trace, the main character, is shot in the neck. His wife is shot dead. Trace wakes up to discover that not only has he lost his wife, but he now faces a future as a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic.

The women who tasted Hitler’s food

Imagine knowing every plate of food you eat could be your last. That breakfast, lunch and dinner are potentially deadly. And you have to eat them anyway.

Oman’s ancient biblical scent

Wisps of frankincense smoke wafted through the bazaar as I plunged through the crowded, labyrinthine passageways of Muscat’s Mutrah Souq. This alluringly musky scent permeates Omani cities and culture, and I was never far from the distinct, earthen aroma floating through the air.

What's wrong with buying a dinosaur?

Fossils are in fashion, with private buyers snapping up prehistoric remains online and at auction, but the trend is raising concerns within the scientific community.

Ancient parrot in New Zealand was 1m tall, study says

The remains of the parrot were found near St Bathans in New Zealand's southern Otago region. Given its size, the parrot is believed to have been flightless and carnivorous, unlike most birds today.

Italy’s city that revolutionised pasta

As a sea breeze blew in from the Gulf of Naples, small, gold-coloured dust-devils slowly sprouted along the factory rooftop, spiralling their way east toward Mount Vesuvius with the precision of ballerinas pirouetting across a stage floor.

Tomorrow’s Gods: What is the future of religion?

* This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2019” collection. Discover more of our picks. Before Mohammed, before Jesus, before Buddha, there was Zoroaster. Some 3,500 years ago, in Bronze Age Iran, he had a vision of the one supreme God.

Whale 'swallows' sea lion: 'It was a once-in-a-lifetime event'

Chase Dekker believes the photo he took of a humpback whale "swallowing" a sea lion is the first time that happening has ever been caught on camera.

'I've spent 22 years searching for silver in a ghost town'

Robert Louis Desmarais is the only inhabitant of a Californian ghost town, Cerro Gordo, where he has been searching for a lost vein of silver for 22 years. A 70-year-old former high school teacher, Desmarais used to visit the remote spot in the school holidays to search for ore.

'Ground-breaking' galaxy collision detected

Scientists have detected a cosmic "pileup" of galaxies in the early Universe. Imaged almost at the boundary of the observable Universe, the 14 unusually bright objects are on a collision course, set to form one massive galaxy.

Cambridge student who died in Madagascar 'opened plane door'

Alana Cutland, 19, from Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, died last week, the Foreign Office confirmed. Police on the African island said it was not yet clear why she opened the door of the light aircraft.

Milky Way galaxy is warped and twisted, not flat

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is "warped and twisted" and not flat as previously thought, new research shows. Analysis of the brightest stars in the galaxy shows that they do not lie on a flat plane as shown in academic texts and popular science books.

The invention of ‘heterosexuality’

Whenever I tell this to people, they respond with dramatic incredulity. That can’t be right! Well, it certainly doesn’t feel right. It feels as if heterosexuality has always “just been there.”

Chang'e-4: Can anyone 'own' the Moon?

Companies are looking at mining the surface of the Moon for precious materials. So what rules are there on humans exploiting and claiming ownership? It's almost 50 years since Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon.

The unique way the Dutch treat mentally ill prisoners

In the Netherlands, criminals with mental illness are treated completely differently from many other countries. Melissa Hogenboom visits a Dutch prison to find out how.

Read more from Mosaic

Some people suffering psychoactive disorders such as schizophrenia have no idea they are ill – and refuse to seek treatment. But if they are not harming others, is it right to force them to seek treatment?On 3 July 2014, Misty Mayo boarded a Greyhound bus bound for Los Angeles.

The transformational power of how you talk about your life

Imagine that, when you were 12 years old, your family moved to the other side of the country. In your new school, you were bullied for the first time.

Why can’t some people remember their dreams?

Many of us struggle to remember the details of our dreams. The reasons lie in the complicated cycles of our sleep.I am standing outside my childhood primary school, near the front gates and the teachers’ car park. It is a bright sunny day and I am surrounded by my classmates.

Compassionate conservation is 'seriously flawed'

The idea that you cannot kill any animal is "fatally flawed" as a conservation concept, scientists argue. Conservation measures should concentrate on species or habitats rather than individual animals, they observe.

Wood wide web: Trees' social networks are mapped

Research has shown that beneath every forest and wood there is a complex underground web of roots, fungi and bacteria helping to connect trees and plants to one another. This subterranean social network, nearly 500 million years old, has become known as the "wood wide web".

The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050

The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths.

The ‘light triad’ that can make you a good person

Do you tend to see the best in people, or assume that others are out to get you? And are you always honest in conversation, or do you prefer to turn on the charm?

The perils of short-termism: Civilisation’s greatest threat

Not long after my daughter was born in early 2013, I had a sobering thought about the life that lay ahead for her. With health and luck, she will live long enough to see the dawn of the 22nd Century. She may be frail or tired.

Why we need to reinvent democracy for the long-term

 “The origin of civil government,” wrote David Hume in 1739, is that “men are not able radically to cure, either in themselves or others, that narrowness of soul, which makes them prefer the present to the remote.

How to build something that lasts 10,000 years

When I visited Japan recently, I witnessed the 66th cycle of a ritual that began more than 13 centuries ago. I watched as Crown Princess Masako led a procession of Shinto priests carrying treasures from the old temple to the new.

Coronavirus: US-China virus row flares with senator's comments

The row between the US and China over the coronavirus outbreak has flared again with a US senator accusing Beijing of trying to block the development of a vaccine in the West. Rick Scott said evidence had come via "our intelligence community" but provided no details to back it up.

Your coronavirus lockdown confessions

A few weeks ago, we asked for your lockdown confessions. It turns out some of you have a lot to get off your chest. We've all had to sacrifice a lot while being stuck indoors. Some of you have new guilty secrets you wanted to share.

Coronavirus: 'I wore a disguise to see my twins in lockdown'

An oil worker has told how he wore a disguise so he could watch his young children without them recognising him while he was in quarantine. Eddie Flett, from Edinburgh, spent 14 days living in a flat in his street when he returned to Scotland after being stuck in Kazakhstan for 10 weeks.

How Bill Gates became the voodoo doll of Covid conspiracies

In 2015, an unassuming-looking Bill Gates came on stage at the TED conference in Vancouver to issue a dire warning. His prescient words picked up some coverage at the time, including from the BBC - but largely went unheeded.

What makes Germans so orderly?

On the high-speed train gliding smoothly from Berlin to Düsseldorf, a young man started chatting to me. He eventually asked, “What are some of the cultural differences you’ve noticed between Germans and Americans?”

Coronavirus: WHO advises to wear masks in public areas

The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Combat drone to compete against piloted plane

The US Air Force will pit an advanced autonomous aircraft against a piloted plane in a challenge set for July 2021. The project could eventually lead to unpiloted fighter aircraft that use artificial intelligence (AI).

FGM: Egyptian father 'used coronavirus lie to trick daughters' into procedure

The doctor went to the girls' house after their father told them they would receive a coronavirus "vaccination", Egypt's prosecutor-general said. The girls, aged under 18, were drugged and the doctor cut their genitals.

The secret to a long and healthy life? Eat less

BBC Future has brought you in-depth and rigorous stories to help you navigate the current pandemic, but we know that’s not all you want to read. So now we’re dedicating a series to help you escape.

Prague Catholic statue torn down by mob rises again

The 17th Century column was toppled in 1918, days after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the birth of an independent Czechoslovak state. The statue is a perfect replica of the original Baroque Marian column.

Robert E Lee statue: Virginia governor announces removal of monument

Virginia's Governor Ralph Northam has announced that a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee will be removed from the state capital. The controversial statue will be put into storage " as soon as possible", the governor said.

The last wild bears of Italy’s Apennine Mountains

At daybreak, Ellie Parker regularly skins up the mountain with her father to get some ski runs in. In early May, they ran into some unexpected visitors. Cresting a ridge on Colorado’s Aspen Highlands resort, Parker spotted six mountain goats dotted across the ski slope, calmly gazing at her.

Gaming 'hero' retires at 23 due to ill-health

China's most famous e-sports player, Jian Zihao, has officially retired from gaming aged 23, citing ill-health. He had been a professional gamer since 2012, playing League of Legends under the name of "Uzi".

The 100-year wound that Hungary cannot forget

Exactly 100 years ago, in the Trianon palace at Versailles, two medium-ranking Hungarian officials signed away two thirds of their country, and 3.3 million of their compatriots. For Hungary the 1920 treaty was a national wound that still festers to this day.

Twitter accuses President Trump of making 'false claims'

Twitter has accused the US president of making false claims, in one of the app's own articles covering the news. The move - which effectively accuses the leader of lying - refers to a tweet by Donald Trump about his first defence secretary.

Porn star Nacho Vidal held in Spain after man dies in toad-venom ritual

Nacho Vidal, 46, and two others were briefly detained last Friday over the death. Spanish police said the photographer died after inhaling the poison of an endangered North American toad.

Cognitive Bias Survival Guide

You know the feeling: Every day you get flooded with new ideas and information. You barely have enough time to process it all. Sure, you’re a smart and rational person that puts a lot of thought into the decisions you make. But the brain still takes decision-making shortcuts all the time.

Witch-doctors reveal extent of child sacrifice in Uganda

Watch Tim Whewell's film investigating the rise in child sacrifice in Uganda A BBC investigation into human sacrifice in Uganda has heard first-hand accounts which suggest ritual killings of children may be more common than authorities have acknowledged.

Witch doctor

A witch doctor was originally a type of healer who treated ailments believed to be caused by witchcraft.[1] The term witch doctor is sometimes used to refer to healers, particularly in third world regions, who use traditional healing rather than contemporary medicine.

Why are placebos getting more effective?

When new drugs are put on the market, clinical trials determine whether they perform better than inactive pills known as "placebos". Research shows that over the last 25 years the difference in effectiveness between real drugs and these fake ones has narrowed - but more in the US than elsewhere.

Tim Minchin's Storm the Animated Movie

NOW AVAILABLE AS AN ILLUSTRATED BOOK WITH ALL NEW ART! the confines of a London dinner party, comedian Tim Minchin argues with a hippy named Storm. While Storm herself may not be converted, audiences from London to LA have been won over by Tim's wordplay and the tim

The magic cure

You’re not likely to hear about this from your doctor, but fake medical treatment can work amazingly well.

Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why.

* Photo: Nick Veasey * Merck was in trouble. In 2002, the pharmaceutical giant was falling behind its rivals in sales. Even worse, patents on five blockbuster drugs were about to expire, which would allow cheaper generics to flood the market.


Any measurable placebo effect is termed either objective (e.g. lowered blood pressure) or subjective (e.g. a lowered perception of pain).[1]

Petition · WHO: End the suffering of the Ebola crisis. Test and distribute homeopathy as quickly as possible to contain the outbreaks. ·

Over 3,000 idiots and counting. This is the intersection of Hanlon’s Razor with Clarke’s third law: any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.

Let the credulous kiss their relics. It's no weirder than idolising Beckham

The bizarre Home Office decision to send the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux to Wormwood Scrubs marks a new departure in penal policy.

If You Open Your Mind Too Much Your Brain Will Fall Out (Take My Wife) by Tim Minchin

Taken from the forthcoming series of ITV's 'Comedy Cuts'.Animator: Martin White ( )Director: Fergus MarchDirector of Photography: Tim JordanProducer: Rohan Acharya

Homoeopathy's benefit questioned

The Lancet says the time for more studies is over and doctors should be bold and honest with patients about homoeopathy's "lack of benefit". Advocates of homoeopathy maintained the therapy, which works on the principle of treating like with like, does work.

Homeopathy 'no cancer care harm'

Some homeopathic medicines may ease the side-effects of cancer treatments without interfering in how they work, a scientific review has concluded.


Homeopathy or homœopathy is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, based on his doctrine of like cures like (similia similibus curentur), a claim that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people.

Gambians 'taken by witch doctors'

Up to 1,000 Gambian villagers have been abducted by "witch doctors" to secret detention centres and forced to drink potions, a human rights group says. Amnesty International said some forced to drink the concoctions developed kidney problems, and two had died.

Keith Hudson’s Funeral

On Thursday 25th May 2017 it was Keith Hudson’s funeral at Haycombe Cemetery & Crematorium. It was a humanist service, as you would have expected and it was a beautiful, day with the sun shining, just for him. The day started with the humanist celebrant Clare Hanson-Kahn opening the service.

Don’t laugh too loudly at Homeopathy

The EU Commissioners are ‘mandating’ farmers to use herbal homeopathic methods for treating sick animals. We can reliably say that, because homeopathy requires diluting ‘remedies’ a million or a billion times, it simply does not work.

Buying organic 'gives you boost'

New research suggests that buying organic food can make people feel better, even before they eat any of it. Supermarket chain Sainsbury's says simply making the choice to buy organic can induce a sense of well-being.

Burundi albino boy 'dismembered'

The dismembered body of a young albino boy has been found in a river on the Burundi-Tanzania border, reports say. The boy, aged nine, was taken from Makamba province in Burundi by a gang that crossed the border, the head of Burundi's albino association said.

WHO: End the suffering of the Ebola crisis. Test and distribute homeopathy as quickly as possible to contain the outbreaks.

Homeopathy has a proven track record of treating and preventing serious epidemic diseases. It’s used by governments for dengue fever, leptospirosis, epidemic fever, malaria, and Japanese encephalitis epidemics, and, historically, for other serious contagious diseases.

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Crystal healing

Crystal healing is a pseudoscientific alternative medicine technique that employs stones and crystals. Adherents of the technique claim that these have healing powers, although there is no scientific basis for this claim.[1][2][3]

List of cognitive biases

Explanations include information-processing rules (i.e., mental shortcuts), called heuristics, that the brain uses to produce decisions or judgments.

Cognitive bias

A cognitive bias is a systematic pattern of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment.[1] Individuals create their own "subjective reality" from their perception of the input. An individual's construction of reality, not the objective input, may dictate their behavior in the world.

Confirmation bias

Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that affirms one's prior beliefs or hypotheses.[1] It is a type of cognitive bias and a systematic error of inductive reasoning.


Aspirin, also known as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), is a medication used to reduce pain, fever, or inflammation.[5] Specific inflammatory conditions which aspirin is used to treat include Kawasaki disease, pericarditis, and rheumatic fever.

Go Figure: Watching out for Wimbledon-washing machine links

What's the link between tennis on TV and washing machines? If you suspect a weird connection, ask a statistician, says Michael Blastland in his regular column. "Indeed we do. Wimbledon is it?

Spurious correlations: Margarine linked to divorce?

A website set up by a student at Harvard teaches us to look carefully at statistics. And it's fun at the same time. What if you read a little further and found a compelling graph showing the rates of divorce and margarine consumption tracking each other closely over almost 10 years.

Six ads that changed the way you think

Advertisers have always sought to influence and persuade - no more so than at this time of year. But since the advent of mass communications, there has been only a handful of ads that monumentally changed the way people think about a product.

Water memory

Water memory is the purported ability of water to retain a memory of substances previously dissolved in it even after an arbitrary number of serial dilutions.

'My brothers on Europe's last death row'

Any day now, it's possible that two men will be executed in the only European country where the death penalty still exists - but their family will never find out when they were shot, or where they were buried.

Russia's Putin declares state of emergency after Arctic Circle oil spill

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency after 20,000 tonnes of oil leaked into a river within the Arctic Circle. The spill happened when a fuel tank at a power plant near the Siberian city of Norilsk collapsed last Friday.

Demands grow for 'green industrial revolution'

Greenpeace has joined a growing list of organisations demanding that the UK government puts protecting the environment at the heart of any post-Covid-19 economic stimulus package. The campaign group has produced a detailed "manifesto" with measures to boost clean transport and smart power.

Coronavirus: Sweden's Tegnell admits too many died

Sweden's controversial decision not to impose a strict lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic led to too many deaths, the man behind the policy, Anders Tegnell, has acknowledged.

In praise of aphorisms

A typical university course in the history of philosophy surveys the great thinkers of Western civilisation as a stately procession from Plato to Aristotle to Descartes to Kant to Hegel to Nietzsche.

Belgian man has been receiving pizzas he never ordered for years

A 65-year-old man in Flanders says he is “losing sleep” because he has been receiving pizzas he never ordered for nearly a decade, sometimes several times a day.

Coronavirus: Sex workers fear for their future

With social distancing rules in place and strip clubs and brothels closed, sex workers around the world have seen their incomes disappear almost overnight as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Google in $5bn lawsuit for tracking in 'private' mode

Google has been sued in the US over claims it illegally invades the privacy of users by tracking people even when they are browsing in "private mode". The class action wants at least $5bn (£4bn) from Google and owner Alphabet.

The personalities that benefit most from remote work

Many workers around the globe have been forced to embrace the promise and challenges of virtual teamwork – almost overnight. Of course, many companies, especially in IT, have been distributed for years.

Sarah Sanders says 'God wanted Trump to be president'

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has told a religious television network that God "wanted Donald Trump to become president". Ms Sanders made the claim in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), saying it was the reason Mr Trump was in office.

Spike Lee: 'If you leave the pot on the stove, the water boils'

Film-maker Spike Lee has said people in the US are angry because they "live every day in this world where the system is not set up for you to win".

rozhovor s Pavlom Hudákom

Pavol Hudák sa narodil 7. októbra 1959 vo Vranove nad Topľou.

The surfaces that kill bacteria and viruses

Ten million deaths per year. It’s an unfathomable figure, but one that Gerald Larrouy-Maumus mentions often. It is the potential toll facing the world as disease-causing microbes develop resistance to our best defence against them – antibiotics.

Spain’s mysterious mummies

The Canary Islands’ subtropical climate, aquamarine waters and otherworldly volcanic and desert landscapes led more than 15 million people to visit the archipelago last year.

Mining firm Rio Tinto sorry for destroying Aboriginal caves

Mining giant Rio Tinto has apologised for blowing up 46,000-year-old Aboriginal caves in Western Australia dating back to the last Ice Age. The Juukan Gorge caves, in the Pilbara region, were destroyed last Sunday as Rio Tinto expanded an iron ore project agreed with the authorities.

Climate change: How a green new deal really could go global

Good news is in short supply at the moment, so brace yourself for a rare burst of optimism about climate change. World leaders know their countries face one of the most severe recessions in history thanks to the coronavirus restrictions.

Climate change: 'Stunning' seafloor ridges record Antarctic retreat

Scientists are learning just how fast the ice margin of Antarctica can retreat in a warming world. They've identified features on the seafloor that indicate the ice edge was reversing at rates of up to 50m a day at the end of the last ice age.

Red Hugh: Spanish dig for the bones of 16th Century Irish rebel

Are the bones of a historic Irish leader entombed below the foundations of a bank in northern Spain? Archaeologists have dug up a street in the city of Valladolid in a bid to find the remains of a 16th Century Irish chieftain known as Red Hugh.

SpaceX Nasa Mission: Astronauts on historic mission enter space station

US astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have docked with, and entered, the International Space Station (ISS). Their Dragon capsule - supplied and operated by the private SpaceX company - attached to the bow section of the orbiting lab 422km above China.

Durdle Door: Coastguard warns over tombstoning after three hurt jumping 70ft

People have been warned against the dangers of tombstoning after three were seriously hurt jumping 70ft (21m) from a cliff on Dorset's Jurassic Coast. The casualties were taken to hospital following the incident at Durdle Door at about 16:00 BST on Saturday.

Coronavirus: Belgium Prince Joachim tests positive after lockdown party

Prince Joachim, 28, travelled from Belgium to Spain for an internship on 26 May, the palace said. Two days later, he went to a party in the southern city of Córdoba, before testing positive for Covid-19.

In mid-Pacific with nowhere to land

A group of performers were halfway across the Pacific Ocean in a 75ft sailing boat when the coronavirus pandemic erupted. Suddenly countries began closing their sea borders - leaving the vessel with no guarantee of a safe haven before the start of the typhoon season.

home Anthropology

Anthropology@Leuven gives you access to anthropology-related research and teaching at KULeuven:three MA programmes ‒ Social and Cultural Anthropology in Dutch or English and Master of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (CADES) ‒ and two research units ‒ IARA and IMMRC.

SpaceX launch: Nasa astronauts begin historic mission on private spaceship

The private rocket company SpaceX has sent two Nasa astronauts into orbit. It's the first time since the retirement of the shuttles nine years ago that an American crew has made the journey from US territory.

China-India border: Why tensions are rising between the neighbours

The armies of the world's two most populous nations are locked in a tense face-off high in the Himalayas, which has the potential to escalate as they seek to further their strategic goals.

The world’s most exquisite chocolate?

Travelling to the Marañón Canyon in northern Peru is like stepping back in time. Mud-brick houses dot the hilly landscape. Electricity, which arrived in this area just three years ago, is only available in a few homes, and supply can be inconsistent.

Microsoft 'to replace journalists with robots'

Microsoft is to replace dozens of contract journalists on its MSN website and use automated systems to select news stories, US and UK media report. The curating of stories from news organisations and selection of headlines and pictures for the MSN site is currently done by journalists.

'Cannabis burned during worship' by ancient Israelites - study

Ancient Israelites burned cannabis as part of their religious rituals, an archaeological study has found. Researchers concluded that cannabis may have been burned in order to induce a high among worshippers.

Sokal affair

The Sokal affair, also called the Sokal hoax,[1] was a scholarly publishing sting perpetrated by Alan Sokal, a physics professor at New York University and University College London. In 1996, Sokal submitted an article to Social Text, an academic journal of postmodern cultural studies.

List of scholarly publishing stings

This is a list of scholarly publishing "sting operations" such as the Sokal affair. These are nonsense papers that were accepted by an academic journal or academic conference; the list does not include cases of scientific misconduct.

How boredom can spark creativity

“I don’t know where I am going, but I promise it won’t be boring,” David Bowie announced from the stage of Madison Square Gardens at a concert to celebrate his 50th birthday in 1997. He didn’t have to worry. Bowie was about as far from ordinary as you can get.

The tree that changed the world map

Unfurling in a carpet of green where the Andes and Amazon basin meet in south-western Peru, Manú National Park is one of the most biodiverse corners of the planet: a lush, 1.

You want efficient application scaling? Go serverless!

Today we’re seeing another shift from virtual machines to containers. Containers are virtual runtime environments running on top of the operating system kernel that emulates the operating system itself. That’s where the serverless model comes in.

Twitter hides Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence'

Twitter has hidden a tweet by President Donald Trump from his profile, saying it violates rules about glorifying violence. It did the same hours later when the official White House account tweeted a copy of the president's words.

Spain’s mysterious mummies

The Canary Islands’ subtropical climate, aquamarine waters and otherworldly volcanic and desert landscapes led more than 15 million people to visit the archipelago last year.

Lion attack in Australia leaves zookeeper badly injured

The woman suffered face and neck injuries on Tuesday at Shoalhaven Zoo, about 150km (90 miles) south of Sydney. The zoo declined to immediately comment on the incident, local media said.

Men hired for sexual fantasy break into wrong house

In a sex fantasy gone wrong, two men with machetes entered the wrong house in New South Wales, Australia, before quickly realising their error. One of them has now been acquitted of entering a home armed with a weapon in July 2019, Australian media report.

Nintendo PlayStation: Ultra-rare prototype sells for £230,000

The only "Nintendo PlayStation" ever publicly auctioned has sold for $300,000 (£230,700). The ultra-rare prototype was the offspring of a short-lived collaboration between Nintendo and Sony, and was supposed to add CD-ROM support to the Super Nintendo.

'Nearest black hole to Earth discovered'

Astronomers have a new candidate in their search for the nearest black hole to Earth. It's about 1,000 light-years away, or roughly 9.5 thousand, million, million km, in the Constellation Telescopium.

Ancient Tap O' Noth hillfort in Aberdeenshire one of 'largest ever'

University of Aberdeen archaeologists say 4,000 people may have lived in more than 800 huts perched high on the Tap O' Noth near Rhynie. Many had thought it dated from the Bronze or Iron Age.

Space debris: Smart solutions sought to make orbital traffic safer

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) wants to hear from anyone with novel ideas for how to track all the pieces of debris now moving in orbit. UKSA has £1m to dispense in grants for smart new solutions.

World's deepest octopus captured on camera

The deepest ever sighting of an octopus has been made by cameras on the Indian Ocean floor. The animal was spotted 7,000m down in the Java Trench - almost 2km deeper than the previous reliable recording.

European contract signed for Moon mission hardware

The European Space Agency has asked the aerospace company Airbus to build another service module for the Americans' Orion crew capsule. This contract, worth around €250m (£225m), is particularly noteworthy, however.

Biggest UK solar plant approved

The go-ahead has been given to the UK’s biggest solar farm, stretching 900 acres on the north Kent coast. The government has approved the controversial scheme, which will supply power to 91,000 homes.

The little lights now packing a deadly punch

Mr Zollner has been working on light emitting diodes (LEDs), the long-lasting technology in modern lightbulbs. They are probably in the lightbulbs in your house, or the headlamps of your car. Because they are tough and energy efficient, researchers are always trying to find new ways of using them.

Trump signs executive order targeting Twitter after fact-checking row

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at removing some of the legal protections given to social media platforms. He said the firms had "unchecked power" to censure and edit the views of users.

How getting rid of dustbins helped Taiwan clean up its cities

Waste researcher Nate Maynard remembers exactly when he realised that bins were nearly impossible to find in Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei. He first came to Taiwan in 2013 for a research trip as part of his environment masters programme.

Trump to redefine social-media legal protections

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order redefining the legal protections given to social-media platforms. It means platforms such as Facebook and Twitter could be sued if they are judged to "deceptively" block posts.

Austrian police publish honey-trap photos in Strache inquiry

Investigators want to speak to the mystery woman who chatted to then-FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache in a villa on the Spanish island of Ibiza. In the video, she poses as a Russian oligarch's niece called Alyona Makarov.

Uber destroys thousands of bikes and scooters

Uber is destroying thousands of electric bikes and scooters, after selling its Jump business to Lime. Videos of its red bikes being crushed at a US recycling centre were shared on social media, angering cycling advocates.

Alien life 'may exist among us'

Could "shadow life" be lurking in the deep ocean? Never mind Mars, alien life may be thriving right here on Earth, a major science conference has heard.

Ancient life thrives in the deep

Our planet's murky deep sea sediments are a buzzing hotbed of life, according to a report in Nature magazine. Scientists suggest between 60 to 70% of all bacteria live deep beneath the surface of the Earth, far from the Sun's life-giving rays.

Fossils may be 'earliest animals'

Tiny, irregularly shaped fossils from South Australia could be the oldest remains of simple animal life found to date. The collection of circles, anvils, wishbones and rings discovered in the Flinders Ranges are most probably sponges, a Princeton team claims.

Is this the meaning of life?

It is often assumed that the science-based worldview implies that life on this planet is a meaningless accident in a universe that is indifferent to our existence.

Life may have survived 'Snowball Earth' in ocean pockets

Life may have survived a cataclysmic global freeze some 700 million years ago in pockets of open ocean. Researchers claim to have found evidence in Australia that turbulent seas still raged during the period, where micro-organisms may have clung on for life.

Scottish rocks record ancient oxygen clues

Oxygen levels on Earth reached a critical threshold to enable the evolution of complex life much earlier than thought, say scientists. The evidence is found in 1.2-billion-year-old rocks from Scotland.

Team finds Earth's 'oldest rocks'

Earth's most ancient rocks, with an age of 4.28 billion years, have been found on the shore of Hudson Bay, Canada. Writing in Science journal, a team reports finding that a sample of Nuvvuagittuq greenstone is 250 million years older than any rocks known.

Tiny tubes point to ancient life

Tiny tubes thought to have been etched into South African rocks by microbes are at least 3.34 billion years old, scientists can confirm. The tubules could therefore represent the earliest "trace" evidence of activity by life on Earth.

Tiny fossils reveal inner secrets

The exact moment when a 550-million-year-old cell began to divide has been captured in an exquisite 3D image. The picture is one of a series taken by researchers examining ancient fossil embryos from Guizhou Province, China.

Mexican archaeologists locate wreck of 200-year-old ship

Underwater archaeologists in Mexico have revealed details of the remains of a sailing ship they have located off the coast of Quintana Roo state. They believe the ship sank more than 200 years ago after hitting a reef.

Coronavirus: From 'We've shut it down' to 100,000 US dead

It's an uncanny and almost tragically perfect piece of symmetry.

Hong Kong 'no longer autonomous from China' - Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told Congress that Hong Kong no longer merits special treatment under US law. The declaration could have major implications for Hong Kong's trade hub status and is likely to anger Beijing.

Trump threatens to shut down social media companies

President Trump has taken the extraordinary step of threatening to close down social media platforms. The threat came after Twitter added fact-check links to his tweets for the first time.

Wikileaks releases CIA 'exporter of terrorism' report

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has published a CIA memo examining the implications of the US being perceived as an "exporter of terrorism". The three-page report from February 2010 says the participation of US-based individuals in terrorism is "not a recent phenomenon".

Warning over war on terror

The "war on terror" has made the world a more dangerous place and created divisions which make conflict more likely, says Amnesty International. The campaign group used its annual report on Wednesday to accuse governments of trampling over human rights in the name of fighting terrorism.

War: who is it good for?

President Bush will soon make a decision on whether to declare war on Iraq and attempt to topple Saddam Hussein. The markets are left asking whether the stuttering US economy is playing any part in the decision.

War on terror 'hurts poor'

The world stands accused of double standards in its thirst to end the scourge of international terrorism. Aid donors and relief agencies, a report says, are concentrating increasingly on politically strategic countries like Afghanistan and Iraq.

War of billions: How has Afghanistan changed?

Afghanistan has undergone momentous change in the decade which followed the US-led operation to remove the Taliban from power in October 2001. Billions of dollars in foreign assistance have poured into the country, most of it spent on military operations.

US 9/11 air defence was 'chaotic'

Could better co-ordination have prevented the Pentagon crash? US air defence was disastrously unprepared for the 11 September 2001 attacks, a special commission has said.

Bush rejects Saddam 9/11 link

US President George Bush has said there is no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved in the 11 September attacks.

Bin Laden death: Images could pose 'US security risk'

President Barack Obama has said publishing photos of the dead Osama Bin Laden threatens US national security. The al-Qaeda leader was killed by US special forces in northern Pakistan on Monday. His body was buried at sea.

Bin Laden among latest Wikileaks Afghan revelations

New details, including reports on Osama Bin Laden dating from 2006, have emerged from 90,000 US military files leaked to the Wikileaks website. Several files track Bin Laden, although the US has said it had received no reliable information on him "in years".

Afghanistan and Iraq wars cost $1.6trillion

The assessment, by the joint economic committee, factors in knock-on effects including long-term healthcare for the wounded, interest on money borrowed for the war chest and oil market disruptions.

'War on terror' loses clear direction

In the five years since 9/11, a clear-cut and well-supported "war on terror" declared by President Bush has become confused and divisive.

'This is just a scene from hell'

The BBC's world affairs editor John Simpson was accompanying a convoy of US special forces and Kurdish fighters when it came under attack from an American warplane. At least 10 people were killed, including a Kurdish translator working with the BBC team, Kamaran Abdurazaq Muhamed.

Saddam 'had no link to al-Qaeda'

There is no evidence of formal links between Iraqi ex-leader Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda leaders prior to the 2003 war, a US Senate report says. The finding is contained in a 2005 CIA report released by the Senate's Intelligence Committee on Friday.

'Islamist terrorism' in 9/11 focus

The report of the US commission investigating the 11 September 2001 attacks calls for a new global strategy to defeat the extremist ideology of al-Qaeda and promote a culture of openness and opportunity in the Muslim world.

Sweden’s single-diner restaurant

The romantic picture of sitting in a lush meadow surrounded by blooming wildflowers and dining from a picnic basket might conjure up thoughts of Instagram lifestyle influencers, who tend to be mostly female. But for Linda Karlsson, her novel dining idea’s main demographic has surprised her.

Epic 7,500-mile cuckoo migration wows scientists

One of the longest migrations recorded by any land bird is about to be completed. Using a satellite tag, scientists have monitored a cuckoo that has just flown more than 7,500 miles (12,000km) from southern Africa to its breeding ground in Mongolia.

White woman called police on black man in dog row

The man, described as an "avid birder", was concerned the dog could endanger wildlife in Central Park. The woman, identified as Amy Cooper, later apologised, saying she had "overreacted".

Twitter tags Trump tweet with fact-checking warning

Twitter put a warning label in the post and linked to a page that described the claims as "unsubstantiated". President Trump responded by tweeting again, saying the social media giant "is completely stifling free speech".

Coronavirus contact tracing: My new skill

It could be the most important job of our times. And now, after receiving a 95% pass rate in my final exam, I can proudly say, I am a qualified contact tracer. What is not clear is just how well trained most of the people undertaking this vital task in the UK will be.

JK Rowling unveils The Ickabog, her first non-Harry Potter children's book

JK Rowling has surprised fans with the announcement of a brand new children's book, which she is publishing in daily instalments on her website for free. The Ickabog is her first children's story not to be linked to Harry Potter.

1968: Caught in an international emergency

1968: Caught in an international emergency Soviet tanks rolled into the Czech capital on 21 August 1968. The government of the USSR was responding to a democratic movement led by Prime Minister Alexander Dubcek, which it felt threatened Communism's grip on Eastern Europe.

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Pavol Hudák

Pavol Hudák (7 October 1959 in Vranov nad Toplou, Czechoslovakia – 18 January 2011 in Poprad, Slovakia) was a Slovak poet, journalist and publicist. He grew up and studied grammar school in Vyšný Žipov.


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Medzinárodný festival horských filmov

Aj tohto roku môžete podporiť svojimi dvomi percentami Horský film Poprad, n.f., ktorý tohto roku pripravuje už XXII. Medzinárodný festival horských filmov v Poprade. Bude sa konať v dňoch 8. – 12. 10. 2014. Ďakujeme.

One dead at Slovak music festival

One person has died after a giant tent collapsed on a crowd of concert goers at Slovakia's biggest music festival, reports say. Another 40 were injured - 15 seriously - when a gust of wind lifted and then brought down the tent during a rain storm in the western town of Trencin.

Slovakia angered by horror film

Slovakian officials have expressed concerns that hit film Hostel tarnishes the reputation of their country. The horror movie, which topped the US box office charts, shows backpackers falling prey to a brutal torture ring at the hands of Slovakian women. "I am offended by this film.

Vaclav Havel, Czech leader and playwright, dies at 75

Vaclav Havel, the Czech Republic's first president after the Velvet Revolution against communist rule, has died at the age of 75. The former dissident playwright, who suffered from prolonged ill-health, died on Sunday morning, his secretary Sabina Tancecova said.

US plans 'robot troops' for Iraq

The US military is planning to deploy robots armed with machine-guns to wage war against insurgents in Iraq. Eighteen of the 1m-high robots, equipped with cameras and operated by remote control, are going to Iraq this spring, the Associated Press reports.

Viewpoint: AI will change our relationship with tech

In 1984, Canadian movie director James Cameron imagined a world in which computers achieved self-awareness and set about systematically destroying humankind. Skynet, the Terminator series computer network, was to go live in 2011 and bring the world to an end.

Boston Dynamics Big Dog (new video March 2008)

Boston Dynamics just released a new video of the Big Dog on ice and snow, and also demoing its walking gait.

Brain works more like internet than 'top down' company

The brain appears to be a vastly interconnected network much like the Internet, according to new research. That runs counter to the 19th-Century "top-down" view of brain structure.

Can computers have true artificial intelligence?

Is it possible to create true artificial intelligence and, if so, how close are we to doing so, asks mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy. It was while I was making my last BBC TV series, The Code, that I bumped into a neuroscientist I knew.

Car or computer? How transport is becoming more connected

While few would blink any more at the sight of a Mini Cooper alongside their own vehicle, some may have noticed a few of their models out and about at the moment that are strangely quiet. And their silence masks some heavy-duty engineering under the bonnet.

Conway's Game of Life

The game is a zero-player game, meaning that its evolution is determined by its initial state, requiring no further input. One interacts with the Game of Life by creating an initial configuration and observing how it evolves.

Hitachi unveils 'fastest robot'

Japanese electronics firm Hitachi has unveiled its first humanoid robot, called Emiew, to challenge Honda's Asimo and Sony's Qrio robots. Hitachi said the 1.3m (4.2ft) Emiew was the world's quickest-moving robot yet at 6km/h (3.7 miles per hour).

Swiss citizenship system 'racist'

An official report into the process of naturalisation in Switzerland says the current system is discriminatory and in many respects racist. The report, from Switzerland's Federal Commission on Racial Discrimination, recommends far-reaching changes.

Geert Wilders cleared of hate charges by Dutch court

Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders, who described Islam as "fascist", has been acquitted of inciting hatred against Muslims. Amsterdam judge Marcel van Oosten accepted the Freedom Party leader's statements were directed at Islam and not at Muslim believers.

German fans single out 'racist'

A football spectator who fellow fans alleged shouted racist insults at a black player during a German first division match faces a life ban. Fans of home team Energie Cottbus told police a man was insulting their Cameroon striker Francis Kioyo in Saturday's match against Bochum.

Racial slur banned in New York

The city council of New York has voted to ban the use of the word "nigger". The resolution to ban the so-called "N-word" is largely symbolic as it carries no weight in law and those who use the word would face no punishment.

Europe: Nationalist resurgence

The eurosceptic and anti-immigration True Finns have taken nearly a fifth of votes in Finland's general election, reflecting a trend across Nordic and Western European countries.

Amnesty says Czech schools still fail Roma Gypsies

Czech schools are still riddled with "systematic discrimination" that ensures Roma children get an inferior education, Amnesty International says. The human rights group has called on the Czech Republic to end what it calls racial segregation in schools.

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Afghan poets tackle scars of war

The violence in Afghanistan and the Pashtun-inhabited parts of Pakistan is making itself felt on the cultural and social life of the Pashtuns.

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Memory and method: In praise of learning by rote

Pupils across much of the UK are in the last week of revision for GCSEs, but is learning off by heart still a practised and valued skill, asks Neil Hallows. The Dickens character Thomas Gradgrind ensured his pupils had "imperial gallons of facts poured into them until they were full to the brim".

Why Are Spy Researchers Building a 'Metaphor Program'?

That's right, metaphors, like Shakespeare's famous line, "All the world's a stage," or more subtly, "The darkness pressed in on all sides.

Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam (/kaɪˈjɑːm/; Persian: عمر خیّام‎ [oˈmæɾ xæjˈjɒːm]; 18 May 1048 – 4 December 1131) was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet.

Classical Chinese poetry

Classical Chinese poetry is traditional Chinese poetry written in Classical Chinese and typified by certain traditional forms, or modes; traditional genres; and connections with particular historical periods, such as the poetry of the Tang Dynasty.

Map tracks Antarctica on the move

A team of scientists has created the most complete map of ice motion over the entire continent of Antarctica. Built from images acquired by radar satellites, the visualisation details all the great glaciers and the smaller ice streams that feed them.

Volcanic eruptions score melodies

The low-frequency, seismic rumblings of volcanoes are being transformed into delicate musical scores in an effort to predict when they will erupt. Researchers in Italy have already created a concerto from the underground movements of Mount Etna on Sicily.

2010 gears up for explosion of 3D

If 2009 was dominated by touch technology then 2010 looks set to be the year of 3D. TV manufacturer LG wants to sell nearly half a million 3D-ready TV sets next year as the World Cup kicks off in the format.

Data visualization

Data visualization is the graphic representation of data. It involves producing images that communicate relationships among the represented data to viewers of the images.

Futures studies

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'Doomsday' vault design unveiled

The final design for a "doomsday" vault that will house seeds from all known varieties of food crops has been unveiled by the Norwegian government. The Svalbard International Seed Vault will be built into a mountainside on a remote island near the North Pole.

'Psychic' octopus predicts Spain to win World Cup

An octopus credited with psychic powers has predicted that Spain will defeat the Netherlands in the World Cup final. The German zoo animal also predicted a win for Germany against Uruguay in the third place match. He has so far correctly forecast every World Cup game involving the national team.

Blade Runner: Which predictions have come true?

It's been 30 years since the release of Blade Runner and 10 years since Minority Report. Both are rich sources of predictions about the future. But what has actually come to pass?

Scan shows how brains plot future

Brain scans have given US scientists a clue about how we create a mental image of our own future. The Washington University team say that specific areas of the brain are active when thinking about upcoming events.

US first lady 'slave roots' found

Research into the family of US First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed that her great-great-great-grandmother was a slave given away at the age of six. According to genealogist Megan Smolenyak, the girl was described in papers only as "negro girl Melvinia".

Osama Bin Laden's family tree

As Osama Bin Laden spent years on the run, it appears he kept his family close to him. Although separated and divorced from two wives, three others were living with him in the Abbotabad compound where he died.

DNA study deals blow to theory of European origins

The findings challenge previous research showing that the genetic signature of the farmers displaced that of Europe's indigenous hunters. The latest research leans towards the idea that most of Europe's males trace a line of descent to stone-age hunters.

DNA 'could predict your surname'

Forensic scientists could use DNA retrieved from a crime scene to predict the surname of the suspect, according to a new British study. It is not perfect, but could be an important investigative tool when combined with other intelligence.

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Adoptees use DNA to find surname

Male adoptees are using consumer DNA tests to predict the surnames carried by their biological fathers, the BBC has learned. They are using the fact that men who share a surname sometimes have genetic likenesses too.

Confucian family tree 'triples'

Two million people are now recognised as being descendants of the Chinese philosopher Confucius, more than tripling the number in the last count. The announcement was made as the fifth update to Confucius' family tree was unveiled on the 2,560th anniversary of his birth, say Chinese state media.

Coronavirus: Girl, 17, works at hospital after A-levels cancelled

Madeleine Crow, from Exeter, Devon, was due to begin working as a healthcare assistant later in the year but said it was a "no-brainer" to start earlier. UK schools and colleges were shut last month as a response to the pandemic.

Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Orbit rocket fails on debut flight

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit company has tried unsuccessfully to launch a rocket over the Pacific Ocean. The booster was released from under the wing of one of the UK entrepreneur's old jumbos which had been specially converted for the task.

Coronavirus: Drivers plan to walk more to keep cleaner air of lockdown - survey

British drivers are ready to change their behaviour to maintain the cleaner air of the lockdown and protect the environment, a survey suggests. Of the 20,000 motorists polled for the AA, half said they would walk more and 40% intended to drive less.

Grenfell fears prevent timber building boom

Fears of another Grenfell-type fire are stunting the spread of wood-based buildings in the UK. The government is planning to reduce the maximum height of wood-framed buildings from six storeys to four.

In pictures: Indigenous nurse on frontline in virus fight

As the coronavirus pandemic has spread across Brazil, indigenous people have been among the worst affected. On the outskirts of the city of Manaus, Parque das Tribos is a settlement of descendants from 35 different tribes.

Wikipedia founder calls for social media strike

People are being urged to stop using social media for up to 48 hours later this week in an effort to pressure the networks into restoring control of personal data to users. The call to strike has been issued by Dr Larry Sanger - a co-founder of the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia.

Wikipedia blocked in China in all languages

All language editions of Wikipedia have been blocked in mainland China since April, the Wikimedia foundation has confirmed. Internet censorship researchers found that Wikipedia had joined thousands of other websites which cannot be accessed in China.

'Fidelity gene' found in voles

By altering the small animal's brain hormone chemistry, scientists have made a promiscuous meadow vole faithful - just like its prairie vole cousin. The researchers think this will lead to a greater understanding of how social behaviour is controlled in humans.

Genetic study sheds light on Jewish diaspora

Scientists have shed light on Jewish history with an in-depth genetic study. The researchers analysed genetic samples from 14 Jewish communities across the world and compared them with those from 69 non-Jewish populations.

Asteroid makes near-miss fly-by

An asteroid hurtled past the Earth on Friday in something of a cosmic near-miss, making its closest approach at about 1600 GMT. The asteroid, estimated to be about 11m (36ft) in diameter, was first detected on Wednesday.

Asteroid Themis has 'frosted surface'

Scientists have detected water-ice on the surface of an asteroid. The first-time observation was made on 24 Themis, a huge rock that orbits almost 480 million km out from the Sun.

Asteroid Lutetia has thick blanket of debris

Lutetia, the giant asteroid visited by Europe's Rosetta probe in July, is covered in a thick blanket of dusty debris at least 600m (2,000ft) deep. Aeons of impacts have pulverised the space rock to produce a shattered surface that in terms of texture is much like Earth's Moon, scientists say.

A perfect view of the asteroid capsule's Earth return

Nothing can prevent it now. Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft is heading home after its seven-year round-trip to the asteroid Itokawa. I wrote earlier in the week about some of the woes Hayabusa experienced as it tried to grab dusty fragments from Itokawa's surface, and now it faces one last challenge.

'Life chemicals' may have formed around far-flung star

There is now even more evidence that life on Earth may have been seeded by material from asteroids or comets. Prior research has shown how amino acids - the building blocks of life - could form elsewhere in the cosmos.

'Crater' spied under California

Oil exploration work in California's Central Valley region has uncovered a possible space impact crater. The 5.5km-wide bowl is buried under shale sediments west of Stockton, in San Joaquin County, and is thought to be between 37 and 49 million years old.

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | 'A meteorite smashed through my roof'

The chances of being hit by a chunk of space rock are measured in the billions-to-one. Roy Fausset, 59, had the closest of escapes last month when what scientists now say was a meteorite crashed through his New Orleans home.

Hayabusa capsule particles may be from asteroid

Japan's space agency (Jaxa) began to open the Hayabusa craft's sample container on 24 June. It has now revealed images of tiny dust particles inside the container.

Anatomical clues to human evolution from fish

It may seem strange that humans have evolved from fish, but the evidence can be found not just in fossils but also within our own bodies. Your face is your most expressive feature; it tells the world what you are feeling, who you are and where you come from.

Teeth and jaw are from 'earliest Europeans'

Two baby teeth and a jaw fragment unearthed in Italy and the UK have something revealing to say about how modern humans conquered the globe. The finds in the Grotta del Cavallo, Apulia, and Kents Cavern, Devon, have been confirmed as the earliest known remains of Homo sapiens in Europe.

Why is there only one human species?

Not so very long ago, we shared this planet with several other species of human, all of them clever, resourceful and excellent hunters, so why did only Homo sapiens survive?

'Astonishing' skull unearthed in Africa

This is a picture of the recently unearthed human-like skull which is being described as the most important find of its type in living memory. It was found in the desert in Chad by an international team and is thought to be approximately seven million years old. "I knew I would one day find it...

'Hobbit' human 'is a new species'

The tiny skeletal remains of human "Hobbits" found on an Indonesian island belong to a completely new branch of our family tree, a study has found. The finds caused a sensation when they were announced to the world in 2004.

'Hobbit' island's deeper history

Long before a 'hobbit' species of human lived on Indonesia's Flores island, other human-like creatures colonised the area. That much was clear. The group says the finds bring a new dimension to our understanding of the history of Flores.

'Lucy's baby' found in Ethiopia

The 3.3-million-year-old fossilised remains of a human-like child have been unearthed in Ethiopia's Dikika region. The female Australopithecus afarensis bones are from the same species as an adult skeleton found in 1974 which was nicknamed "Lucy".

Age of ancient humans reassessed

Two skulls originally found in 1967 have been shown to be about 195,000 years old, making them the oldest modern human remains known to science. The age estimate comes from a re-dating of Ethiopian rock layers close to those that yielded the remarkable fossils.

African fossils put new spin on human origins story

The ancient remains of two human-like creatures found in South Africa could change the way we view our origins. The 1.9-million-year-old fossils were first described in 2010, and given the species name Australopithecus sediba.

Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Orbit rocket fails on debut flight

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit company has tried unsuccessfully to launch a rocket over the Pacific Ocean. The booster was released from under the wing of one of the UK entrepreneur's old jumbos which had been specially converted for the task.

Be more punctual, Ecuadorians are urged

Fire sirens will sound and church bells ring out at midday around Ecuador to mark the launch of the government's campaign to eradicate sloppy timekeeping - a vice which it says is hampering the country's economy.

Cells' internal clocks revealed

Scientists have found that each cell of the body has an internal "clock", which can be affected by various genes. Research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that skin cells can be used to measure the speed of a person's body clock.

Cell discovery clues to body clock and beating jet lag

New discoveries into how the body clock works could provide clues to help combat jet lag, research suggests. The cells had been thought to be inactive during the day - but their research found the opposite was true.

Changes to the world's time scale debated

Time, as we know it, could soon be in for a radical change. This week, scientists at the Royal Society are discussing whether we need to come up with a new definition of the world's time scale: Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Circadian rhythm

The term circadian comes from the Latin circa, meaning "around" (or "approximately"), and diēm, meaning "day". The formal study of biological temporal rhythms, such as daily, tidal, weekly, seasonal, and annual rhythms, is called chronobiology.

Fish living in dark caves still feel the rhythm of life

Most animals have an internal body clock, or circadian rhythm, that lasts around 24 hours and is modified by the light-dark cycle of a day.

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Lunar clock to be built for 2012

Scientists and artists plan to build a 40m-wide lunar clock by the River Thames by 2012. The aim is to create a new London landmark close to the proposed Olympic stadium as a monument to a more natural way of marking time.

Why having fun makes time speed

Scientists have come up with a theory for why time flies when you are having fun - and drags when you are bored. Scans have shown that patterns of activity in the brain change depending on how we focus on a task.

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'Better' DNA out of fossil bones

Improved technologies for extracting genetic material from fossils may help us find out more about our ancient ancestors. Scientists in Israel have just developed a new technique to retrieve better quality, less contaminated DNA from very old remains, including human bones.

'Ethical' stem cell crop boosted

US researchers have found a way to dramatically increase the harvest of stem cells from adult tissue. It is a practical step forward in techniques to produce large numbers of stem cells without using embryos.

Ancestor's DNA code reconstructed

Scientists have re-constructed part of the genetic code that would have existed in a common ancestor of placental mammals, including humans. The creature, thought to be a nocturnal shrew-like animal, lived alongside dinosaurs about 75 million years ago.

Clone 'would feel individuality'

Scientists drew their conclusions after interviewing identical twins about their experiences of sharing exactly the same genes with somebody else. The team said the twins believed their genes played a limited role in shaping their identity.

Cloned cattle food safe to eat, say scientists

Meat and milk from cloned cattle and their offspring are safe to consume, independent scientists have said. The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes said it believed the food was unlikely to present any risk.

Dolly expert is to clone embryos

The creator of Dolly the sheep has been granted a licence to clone human embryos for medical research. Professor Ian Wilmut and Kings College London scientists will clone early stage embryos to study motor neurone disease (MND).

Concern over human cloning claims

A US fertility specialist is planning to implant a cloned human embryo in a woman's womb but experts say it is "unethical and irresponsible". Doctor Panos Zavos is to hold a press conference in London on Saturday to announce the latest details of his cloning research.

Extinct cave bear DNA sequenced

Scientists have extracted and decoded the DNA of a cave bear that died 40,000 years ago. They plan to unravel the DNA of other extinct species, including our closest ancient relatives, the Neanderthals.

Extinct mammoth DNA decoded

Scientists have pieced together part of the genetic recipe of the extinct woolly mammoth. The 5,000 DNA letters spell out a large chunk of the genetic code of its mitochondria, the structures in the cell that generate energy.

5 Mind-Melting Ways Your Memory Plays Tricks On You

Everybody will tell you that memory can't be trusted. When they say that, of course, what they mean is that other people's memories can't be trusted.

Bad memories written with lasers

Laser-controlled flies may be the latest addition to the neuroscientist's tool kit, thanks to a new technique. Researchers have devised a way to write memories onto the brains of flies, revealing which brain cells are involved in making bad memories.

Beatles' tunes aid memory recall

The world's largest catalogue of Beatles-related recollections will be unveiled in Liverpool this week. The 3,000 memories, from 69 nations, could help scientists better understand how music can help humans tap into the long forgotten events of their lives.

Brain function can start declining 'as early as age 45'

The brain's ability to function can start to deteriorate as early as 45, suggests a study in the British Medical Journal. University College London researchers found a 3.6% decline in mental reasoning in women and men aged 45-49.

Brain scans 'can distinguish memories', say scientists

Scientists say they have been able to tell which past event a person is recalling using a brain scan. The University College London researchers showed people film clips and were able to predict which ones they were subsequently thinking about.

Brain's 'atlas' of words revealed

Scientists in the US have mapped out how the brain organises language. Their "semantic atlas" shows how, for example, one region of the brain activates in response to words about clothing and appearance.

Can you see time?

Imagine if you could see time laid out in front of you, or surrounding your body. And you could physically point to specific dates in space. Important dates might stand out - birthdays, anniversaries. And you could scan a visible timeline - to check if you were available - whenever you made plans.

Does your brain have a mind of its own?

How many times has this happened to you? You leave work, decide that you need to get groceries on the way home, take a cellphone call and forget all about your plan. Next thing you know, you've driven home and forgotten all about the groceries. Or this. You decide, perhaps circa Jan.

Dreaming 'eases painful memories’

Scientists have used scans to shed more light on how the brain deals with the memory of unpleasant or traumatic events during sleep. The University of California, Berkeley team showed emotional images to volunteers, then scanned them several hours later as they saw them again.

Gene therapy 'memory boost hope'

US scientists used it to increase levels of a chemical which helps brain cells signal to each other. This signalling is hindered in Alzheimer's Disease, the journal Nature reported.

Heart pill to banish bad memories

Scientists believe a common heart medicine may be able to banish fearful memories from the mind. The Dutch investigators believe beta-blocker drugs could help people suffering from the emotional after-effects of traumatic experiences.

How can musicians keep playing despite amnesia?

Scientists are trying to understand how amnesiacs can lose all memory of their past life - and yet remember music. The answer may be that musical memories are stored in a special part of the brain.

Earth is too crowded for Utopia

The global population is higher than the Earth can sustain, argues the Director of the British Antarctic Survey in the first of a series of environmental opinion pieces on the BBC News website entitled The Green Room.

Earth population 'exceeds limits'

There are already too many people living on Planet Earth, according to one of most influential science advisors in the US government. Nina Fedoroff told the BBC One Planet programme that humans had exceeded the Earth's "limits of sustainability".

The world at seven billion

Over the next week the BBC News website will be looking at the issues raised by the growth in the world's population. But how are these changes affecting people's daily lives? BBC News speaks to seven people from around the world to hear their stories.

What we can learn from conspiracy theories

In 331 BC, something was wrong with Rome. Across the city, swathes of eminent men were succumbing to sickness, and practically all of them were dying. The losses were as baffling as they were alarming.

When two baboon troops go to war

Two troops of baboons have been filmed going to war, with hundreds of monkeys entering into a pitched battle. The fight, filmed by the BBC Natural History Unit, appears to be triggered by male baboons attempting to steal females from the harems of rivals.

Unlocking meerkats' alarm calls

Researchers from Switzerland and South Africa suggest "non-linearities" make the cries "unpredictable", distinguishing them from other calls. However, it is uncertain how the meerkats produce the "non-linear" vocal sounds, the team adds.

Gorillas 'ape humans' over games

Gorillas play competitive games just like humans, according to scientists at the University of St Andrews. The gorillas at San Francisco Zoo were observed over a period of five years playing with a variety of equipment.

Monkey invents new way to break into coconuts

The monkey, known as 'Pinocchio' by the scientists studying him due to his big nose, first rolls a nut down to the docks on the island of Cayo Santiago, which lies to the east of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea. He then throws the nut up into the air and watches it smash onto concrete.

Chimps use cleavers and anvils as tools to chop food

For the first time, chimpanzees have been seen using tools to chop up and reduce food into smaller bite-sized portions. Chimps in the Nimba Mountains of Guinea, Africa, use both stone and wooden cleavers, as well as stone anvils, to process Treculia fruits.

Ants work with acacia trees to prevent elephant damage

Researchers from the Universities of Wyoming and Florida, in the US, carried out a series of studies in Laikipia District in Central Kenya, and Tsavo National Park, also in Kenya. Tree cover was decreasing while elephant numbers were increasing.

Animals 'are moral beings'

Some animals can feel and think in ways not too dissimilar from us, welfare campaigners say. They say there is evidence of altruism, with some animals acting disinterestedly for the good of others.

Huge seas 'once existed on Mars'

US scientists have found further evidence that huge seas existed long ago on Mars. The 2,000 km-wide, 8km-deep Hellas basin is a giant impact crater - the largest such structure on Mars.

Puzzles of our cosmic neighbourhood

For decades, scientists have been sending robotic probes deep into the Solar System, revealing a diverse and dynamic array of worlds orbiting the Sun. Unmanned spacecraft have transformed understanding of our cosmic neighbourhood. But this avalanche of data has also thrown up many new questions.

Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations, say scientists

It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.

Alien thinking

Not many scientists are prepared to take tales of alien abduction seriously, but John Mack, a Harvard professor who was killed in a road accident in north London last year, did. Ten years on from a row which nearly lost him his job, hundreds of people who claim they were abducted still revere him.

Alien oceans could be detected by telescopes

The next generation of telescopes could reveal the presence of oceans on planets outside our Solar System. Detecting water on Earth-like planets offers the tantalising prospect they could sustain life.

Alien hunters 'should look for artificial intelligence'

Seti, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, has until now sought radio signals from worlds like Earth. But Seti astronomer Seth Shostak argues that the time between aliens developing radio technology and artificial intelligence (AI) would be short.

47 year old television signals bouncing back to Earth

While searching deep space for extra-terrestrial signals, scientists at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico have stumbled across signals broadcast from Earth nearly half a century ago. Radio astronomer Dr.

'No signal' from targeted ET hunt

The hunt for other intelligent civilisations has a new technique in its arsenal, but its first use has turned up no signs of alien broadcasts. Australian astronomers used "very long baseline interferometry" to examine Gliese 581, a star known to host planets in its "habitable zone".

'No evidence' for extraterrestrials, says White House

The US government has formally denied that it has any knowledge of contact with extraterrestrial life. The announcement came as a response to submissions to the We The People website, which promises to address any petition that gains 5,000 signatories.

Welcome to the world of sci-fi science

Teleportation, time travel, antimatter and wireless electricity. It all sounds far-fetched, more fiction than fact, but it's all true. Everybody is used to science fiction featuring science that seems, well, not very scientific.

Tricking the perfect code machine

They don't often pose for goofy photographs - the members of the Quantum Hacking group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore. But everyone wants their picture taken with Eve.

Teleportation breakthrough made

Scientists have performed successful teleportation on atoms for the first time, the journal Nature reports. The feat was achieved by two teams of researchers working independently on the problem in the US and Austria.

Team's quantum object is biggest by factor of billions

Researchers have created a "quantum state" in the largest object yet. Such states, in which an object is effectively in two places at once, have until now only been accomplished with single particles, atoms and molecules.

Quantum trick for pressure-sensitive mobile devices

Hand-held devices could soon have pressure-sensitive touch-screens and keys, thanks to a UK firm's material that exploits a quantum physics trick. The technology allows, for example, scrolling down a long list or webpage faster as more pressure is applied.

Quantum physics explanation for smell gains traction

The theory that our sense of smell has its basis in quantum physics events is gaining traction, say researchers. The idea remains controversial, but scientists reporting at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, US, are slowly unpicking how it could work.

Quantum mechanics rule 'bent' in classic experiment

Researchers have bent one of the most basic rules of quantum mechanics, a counterintuitive branch of physics that deals with atomic-scale interactions. Its "complementarity" rule asserts that it is impossible to observe light behaving as both a wave and a particle, though it is strictly both.

Quantum computing: Is it possible, and should you care?

What is a quantum computer and when can I have one? It makes use of all that "spooky" quantum stuff and vastly increases computing power, right? And they'll be under every desk when scientists finally tame the spooky stuff, right? And computing will undergo a revolution no less profound than the one

Quantum computing device hints at powerful future

One of the most complex efforts toward a quantum computer has been shown off at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas in the US. It uses the strange "quantum states" of matter to perform calculations in a way that, if scaled up, could vastly outperform conventional computers.

Quantum computing could head to 'the cloud', study says

Quantum computing will use the inherent uncertainties in quantum physics to carry out fast, complex computations. This "blind quantum computing" can be carried out without a cloud computer ever knowing what the data is.

Quantum computer slips onto chips

Researchers have devised a penny-sized silicon chip that uses photons to run Shor's algorithm - a well-known quantum approach - to solve a maths problem.

Majorana particle glimpsed in lab

Scientists think they may finally have seen evidence for a famously elusive quarry in particle physics. The Majorana fermion was first predicted 75 years ago - a particle that could be its own anti-particle.

Imaginary time

Imaginary time is a mathematical representation of time which appears in some approaches to special relativity and quantum mechanics. It finds uses in connecting quantum mechanics with statistical mechanics and in certain cosmological theories.

How long is a piece of string?

Alan Davies leaves behind his role in the TV quiz show QI to explore the world of quantum mechanics for the BBC science programme Horizon. The stand-up comic admits to deliberately failing at physics so he wouldn't have to take the O-level.

Higgs boson 'hints' also seen by US lab

The Higgs boson sub-atomic particle is a missing cornerstone in the accepted theory of particle physics. Researchers have been analysing data from the Tevatron machine near Chicago.

Free Will and Quantum Clones: How Your Choices Today Affect the Universe at its Origin

The late philosopher Robert Nozick, talking about the deep question of why there is something rather than nothing, quipped: "Someone who proposes a non-strange answer shows he didn't understand the question.

Antimatter Tevatron mystery gains ground

US particle physicists are inching closer to determining why the Universe exists in its current form, made overwhelmingly of matter. Physics suggests equal amounts of matter and antimatter should have been made in the Big Bang.

Quantum Leap: Information Teleported between Ions at a Distance

Quantum entanglement, whereby two or more objects are linked by an unseen connection, has some famously spooky effects. As quantum researcher Anton Zeilinger has said, entanglement can be thought of as a pair of dice that always land on the same number.

Physics of life: The dawn of quantum biology

The key to practical quantum computing and high-efficiency solar cells may lie in the messy green world outside the physics lab. On the face of it, quantum effects and living organisms seem to occupy utterly different realms.

Bridging the gap to quantum world

Scientists have "entangled" the motions of pairs of atoms for the first time. Entanglement is an effect in quantum mechanics, a relatively new branch of physics that is based more in probability than in classical laws.

'Multiverse' theory suggested by microwave background

The idea that other universes - as well as our own - lie within "bubbles" of space and time has received a boost. Studies of the low-temperature glow left from the Big Bang suggest that several of these "bubble universes" may have left marks on our own.

'Space blob' baffles astronomers

It might not look like much, but this image represents one of the most distant objects astronomers have ever seen, 12.9 billion light years away. It is a "Lyman-alpha blob" and is 55,000 light years across - as large as present-day galaxies.

Alma telescope begins study of cosmic dawn

One of the 21st Century's grand scientific undertakings has begun its quest to view the "Cosmic Dawn". The Atacama large milllimetre/submillimetre array (Alma) in Chile is the largest, most complex telescope ever built.

Antihydrogen undergoes its first-ever measurement

The antimatter version of the hydrogen atom - antihydrogen - could soon finally give up its secrets. Scientists expect that antihydrogen will have exactly the same properties as hydrogen; but after 80 years, the test is only just becoming possible.

Cosmic distance record 'broken'

Scientists believe the blast, which was detected by Nasa's Swift space observatory, occurred a mere 520 million years after the Big Bang. This means its light has taken a staggering 13.14 billion years to reach Earth.

Cosmos may show echoes of events before Big Bang

Evidence of events that happened before the Big Bang can be seen in the glow of microwave radiation that fills the Universe, scientists have asserted. Renowned cosmologist Roger Penrose said that analysis of this cosmic microwave background showed echoes of previous Big Bang-like events.

Dark discussion ahead for Europe and US

It couldn't have been planned better.

Dark energy and flat Universe exposed by simple method

Researchers have developed a simple technique that adds evidence to the theory that the Universe is flat. Moreover, the method - developed by revisiting a 30-year-old idea - confirms that "dark energy" makes up nearly three-quarters of the Universe.

Dark matter hunt eyes deeper home

Scientists are looking to relocate an underground experiment searching for dark matter to an even deeper site. Cosmic rays striking the Earth could completely mask the rare dark matter events sought by the experiment.

Dark matter may solve 'radio filaments' mystery

Unexplained "filaments" of radio-wave emission close to our galaxy's centre may hold proof of the existence of dark matter, researchers have said. Dark matter is believed to make up most of the mass of our Universe, but it has yet to be definitively spotted.

Dark matter theory challenged by gassy galaxies result

Instead of invoking dark matter, the Modified Newtonian Dynamics theory says that the effects of gravity change in places where its pull is very low. The new paper suggests that Mond better predicts the relationship between gassy galaxies' rotation speeds and masses.

Dark matter tracks could give earliest view of Universe

Researchers have come up with a way to glimpse the infant Universe by decoding the earliest ripples in its light. They say this can be achieved by capturing the specific radio wavelength of 21cm from the heavens.

Dwarf galaxies suggest dark matter theory may be wrong

Scientists' predictions about the mysterious dark matter purported to make up most of the mass of the Universe may have to be revised. Research on dwarf galaxies suggests they cannot form in the way they do if dark matter exists in the form that the most common model requires it to.

Fermi gamma-ray image updates 'extreme Universe' view

The Fermi space telescope has yielded the most detailed gamma ray map of the sky - representing the Universe's most violent and extreme processes. The telescope's newest results, as well as the map, were described at the Third Fermi Symposium in Rome this week.

TEDx Brussels 2010 - Frank Tipler - The Ultimate Future

Tulane physicist Frank Tipler committed professional heresy by publishing The Physics of Immortality, a book in which he used the scientific method and the principles of modern physics to lay out what he called a proof for not only the existence of God, but for the resurrection of the dead as descri

Ghana text hoax predicting earthquake prompts panic

False rumours of an impending earthquake caused fear and panic in Ghana overnight, prompting many people to sleep outside. The rumour began on Sunday night with a text message quoting US space agency Nasa and the BBC as saying that "cosmic rays" were to hit the Earth.

Hints of 'time before Big Bang'

A team of physicists has claimed that our view of the early Universe may contain the signature of a time before the Big Bang. The discovery comes from studying the cosmic microwave background (CMB), light emitted when the Universe was just 400,000 years old.

Hubble's role in search for aliens

The powerful vision of the Hubble Telescope - which turns 20 this week - has expanded our cosmic horizons and brought into sharper focus a new set of mysteries about the universe that is our home. To those whose science is gleaned from the media, astronomy may seem to be on a roll. And it is.

LHC researchers 'set to create a mini-Big Bang'

Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are getting set to create the Big Bang on a miniature scale. Since 2009, the world's highest-energy particle accelerator has been smashing together protons, in a bid to shed light on the fundamental nature of matter.

Meteorites 'could have carried nitrogen to Earth'

Chemical analysis of the meteorite shows it to be rich in the gas ammonia. It contains the element nitrogen, found in the proteins and DNA that form the basis of life as we know it.

Neutrino 'ghost particle' sized up by astronomers

Scientists have made their most accurate measurement yet of the mass of a mysterious neutrino particle. Neutrinos are sometimes known as "ghost particles" because they interact so weakly with other forms of matter.

Neutrino particle 'flips to all flavours'

An important breakthrough may be imminent in the study of neutrinos. The multinational T2K project in Japan says it has seen indications in its data that these elementary particles can flip to any of their three types.

Neutrons could test Newton's gravity and string theory

The idea rests on probing any minuscule variations in gravity as it acts on slow-moving neutrons in a tiny cavity. These quantum jumps can test Newton's theory of gravity - and any variations from it - with unprecedented precision.

New clue to anti-matter mystery

Anti-matter is rare today; it can be produced in "atom smashers", in nuclear reactions or by cosmic rays. But physicists think the Big Bang should have produced equal amounts of matter and its opposite.

New twist in antimatter mystery

Physicists have taken a step forward in their efforts to understand why the Universe is dominated by matter, and not its shadowy opposite antimatter. The results show that certain matter particles decay differently from their antimatter counterparts.

Nobel physics prize honours accelerating Universe find

Three researchers behind the discovery that our Universe's expansion is accelerating have been awarded this year's Nobel prize for physics. Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess of the US and Brian Schmidt of Australia will divide the prize.

Planck telescope reveals ancient cosmic light

This is the extraordinary place where we all live - the Universe. The picture is the first full-sky image from Europe's Planck telescope which was sent into space last year to survey the "oldest light" in the cosmos.

Planck telescope's first glimpse

The European telescope sent far from Earth to study the oldest light in the Universe has returned its first images. The Planck observatory, launched in May, is surveying radiation that first swept out across space just 380,000 years after the Big Bang.

Stars reveal carbon 'spaceballs'

Scientists have detected the largest molecules ever seen in space, in a cloud of cosmic dust surrounding a distant star. The football-shaped carbon molecules are known as buckyballs, and were only discovered on Earth 25 years ago when they were made in a laboratory.

Stephen Hawking: 'There is no heaven; it's a fairy story'

The belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a "fairy story" for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said.

Stephen Hawking: God did not create Universe

There is no place for God in theories on the creation of the Universe, Professor Stephen Hawking has said. He had previously argued belief in a creator was not incompatible with science but in a new book, he concludes the Big Bang was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics.

Study hints at dark matter action

Researchers in the US say they have detected two signals which could possibly indicate the presence of particles of dark matter. But the study in Science journal reports the statistical likelihood of a detection of dark matter as 23%.

The first glimpse of dark matter?

US scientists have reported the detection of signals that could indicate the presence of dark matter. The main announcement came from the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago.

Why is there something rather than nothing?

People have wrestled with the mystery of why the universe exists for thousands of years. Pretty much every ancient culture came up with its own creation story - most of them leaving the matter in the hands of the gods - and philosophers have written reams on the subject.

Ultimate fate of the universe

The ultimate fate of the universe is a topic in physical cosmology, whose theoretical restrictions allow possible scenarios for the evolution and ultimate fate of the universe to be described and evaluated.

Universe 'proven flat'

The measurements were made using a very sensitive telescope suspended from a balloon 40,000 metres (131,000 feet) above Antarctica. The instrument flew around the frozen continent between 29 December 1998 and 8 January 1999. It has taken since then to process the one billion measurements.

US experiment hints at 'multiple God particles'

There may be multiple versions of the elusive "God particle" - or Higgs boson - according to a new study. Finding the Higgs is the primary aim of the £6bn ($10bn) Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment near Geneva.

World's most daunting parking job

It must feel a little like the attendant outside a hotel who is given the keys to a supercar and is asked to go and park it. The excitement is almost overwhelming but so too is the fear of scratching the gleaming mega-motor.

Viewpoint: The roots of the battle for free speech

Historian Tom Holland was one of those who tweeted Charlie Hebdo's cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in the wake of the deadly attack on the magazine's office. Here he explains the ramifications of defending free speech. Religions are not alone in having their martyrs.

What was on Osama Bin Laden's bookshelf?

Osama Bin Laden was a fan of 9/11 conspiracy theories, according to a newly released list of English language books found in his Pakistan hideout. The list was among documents belonging to the former al-Qaeda chief published by the US government this week.

Will the Real Chamber of Commerce Please Stand Up?

Eric Wohlschlegel confronts Hingo Sembra. Which one legitimately represents the right way for American business? Oct. 19, 11:15am, Washington, D.C. Press Club.

Whiteboard girl hoax fools thousands on net

The images showed a girl called Jenny holding up a whiteboard message to her former boss Spencer saying his "breath smells" and had demotivated staff. The pictures quickly went viral with more than 360,000 "likes" on Facebook.

Viewers fooled by 'Belgium split'

Belgians reacted with widespread alarm to news that their country had been split in two - before finding out they had been spoofed. The Belgian public television station RTBF ran a bogus report saying the Dutch-speaking half of the nation had declared independence.

3 July 2018 Shirts featuring 'the F word' are commonplace at political rallies, but the origins of a photograph showing two little girls wearing "Fuck Trump" shirts is unclear.

The Yes Men

On 30 September, 2019, a horde of zombies attended a "#natsneverdie rally" at the Cape Town Civic Centre in order to support the City's policies, which are increasingly similar to those of the National Party under Apartheid.

The Yes Men

The Yes Men are a culture jamming activist duo and network of supporters created by Jacques Servin and Igor Vamos.[1] Through actions of tactical media,[citation needed] the Yes Men primarily aim to raise awareness about problematic social and political issues.

The strange virtual world of 4chan

Coventry cat tormentor Mary Bale has become the latest victim of 4chan - a website credited with creating some of the web's biggest phenomena, whose users wreak havoc across cyberspace. Just what is it all about?

The greatest literary hoax ever?

La Rive Gauche rigole. Bernard-Henri Levy, France's loudest voice of the 1970s school of nouveaux philosophes, who rarely appears on TV with his shirt buttoned beyond the waist, has been had.

Search on for Moon landing film

The footage of the Apollo 11 crew's landing on the Moon is one of 20th Century's most important artefacts. The tapes are believed to be stored somewhere in the archive at Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland.

SCIgen - An Automatic CS Paper Generator

SCIgen is a program that generates random Computer Science research papers, including graphs, figures, and citations. It uses a hand-written context-free grammar to form all elements of the papers. Our aim here is to maximize amusement, rather than coherence.

'Sick prank' leaves cat dyed pink in Swindon

The RSPCA have criticised a "sick prank" in which a cat had its fur dyed pink and was then thrown over a garden fence in Swindon. Officers are looking for the owner of the cat, which was found by a man in his garden in Wesley Street on 18 September.

Probe into Boston ad stunt chaos

Police in the US city of Boston are investigating a major American media corporation for causing a security alert that closed bridges and roads. Turner Broadcasting System placed electronic devices with blinking lights around the city as part of a campaign to market a late-night TV cartoon.

Prankster infiltrates NY museums

A British graffiti artist has managed to evade security and hang his work in four of New York's most prestigious and well-guarded museums. "Banksy", who has never disclosed his real identity, claims to have carried out the unusual smuggling operation on one day, during opening hours.

Prank fools US science conference

A collection of computer-generated gibberish in the form of an academic paper has been accepted at a scientific conference, to the delight of hoaxers. Three US boffins built a programme designed to create research papers with random text, charts and diagrams.

Piltdown Man: A hoaxer still pursued

It was a shocker, no doubt about it. The Piltdown Man scandal is arguably the greatest scientific fraud ever perpetrated in the UK. When the fake remains of our earliest ancestor were unmasked for what they really were, shame was heaped on the research establishment.

'Medical myths' exposed as untrue

Some claim drinking eight glasses of water a day leads to good health, while reading in dim light damages eyesight. Others believe we only use 10% of our brains or that shaving legs causes hair to grow back thicker.

Peer reveals 'cello scrotum' hoax

A top doctor has admitted her part in hoodwinking a leading medical journal after inventing a medical condition called "cello scrotum". Elaine Murphy - now Baroness Murphy - dreamt up the painful complaint in the 1970s, sending a report to the British Medical Journal.

Museum of Hoaxes

In 1973, the Dutch egg industry noted a drop in sales. After studying the situation, its analysts decided that the problem was that grocery-store shoppers were put off by the antiseptic appearance of the factory-cleaned eggs on the shelves.

Man admits posting airport bomb hoax on Twitter

A man has been warned he could face jail after admitting posting a message on Twitter threatening to blow an airport "sky high".Paul Chambers posted the message online after snow forced Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, to close.

Lost Moon-landing tape found

The impetus to locate the tape came from Kipp Teague, who runs an online resource of data on the Apollo Moon landings. 'Bad tape' It was found in the audio library at Nasa's space centre in Houston. The recording had been labelled "bad tape" because it was in a very poor condition.

Latest Email and Social Media Hoaxes - Current Internet Scams - Hoax-Slayer

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Internet Explorer story was bogus

It later emerged that the company's website was only recently set up and staff images were copied from a legitimate business in Paris. It is unclear who was behind the stunt.

Great Moon Hoax

The "Great Moon Hoax" refers to a series of six articles that were published in The Sun, a New York newspaper, beginning on August 25, 1835, about the supposed discovery of life and even civilization on the Moon.

Google April Fools' Day 2009

Like last year, many Google services and local sites created their own hoaxes for the April Fools' Day. The most significant announcement is that Google has a new boss: CADIE (Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity), the first artificial intelligence tasked-array system.

Golden eagle snatching Canadian boy video is hoax - clipmakers

The video shows the bird briefly lifting the child in a Montreal park before dropping him unharmed. Nearly 17 million people have watched the video on YouTube in three days.

Fairy fool sparks huge response

Photographs of a mummified fairy supposedly found in Derbyshire have been revealed as an April Fool's prank. Former Derbyshire resident Dan Baines, 31, who designs illusions for magicians, made the fairy as a prank.

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Nice article about Riccardo Uncut on Artsy: “This Artist Duo Paid a Man $1,000 for His Smartphone Photos—and Turned Them into an Artwork“, thanks Scott Indrisek! Our new piece “Riccardo Uncut”, commissioned by the Whitney Museum, is public!!!

Doubts over Latvia 'meteor crash'

Scientists investigating a large crater in a field in northern Latvia, believed to have been caused by a meteorite, now suspect it was a hoax. Fire crews were called to the scene on Sunday outside the town of Mazsalaca by locals who said something had fallen from the sky and set the land on fire.

Internet Security and Data Mining

Netcraft provide internet security services including anti-fraud and anti-phishing services, application testing and PCI scanning. We also analyse many aspects of the internet, including the market share of web servers, operating systems, hosting providers and SSL certificate authorities.

Death penalty over China ant scam

Wang Zhendong promised investors returns of up to 60% if they put money into the fictitious ant-breeding project, the court heard. Wang, from Liaoning province, raised 3bn yuan ($390m; £200m) in three years, prosecutors said.

Death by Twitter: Top three online celebrity hoaxes

Speeding down the slopes, a high-speed collision with a tree ends the life of comedian Eddie Murphy. Kung-fu acting legend Jackie Chan collapses and dies of a heart attack. Oh, and rapper Drake also "died" last weekend.

Copenhagen spoof shames Canada on the truth about its emissions

The Yes Men - or somebody suspiciously like them have struck again and this time the victim was Canada. And who better? The Canadians have emerged as the villain of the climate change negotiations for pumping out greenhouse gas emissions with the full-on exploitation of the Alberta tar sands.

Henchminion Sends In the Tale of "The Magna Carta Essay!"

Back in 2005 I did an evil, evil thing. Discovering the proliferation of websites where student plagiarists could copy essays, I wrote a Trojan horse paper about the Magna Carta and seeded it on a few plagiarism sites. The essay is basically wrong from beginning to end.

China paper carries Onion Kim Jong-un 'heart-throb' spoof

The online version of the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper appears to have fallen for a spoof by the US satirical website, The Onion. The People's Daily ran a 55-page photo spread of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after he was declared The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.

Cave art hoax hits British Museum

Fake prehistoric rock art of a caveman with a shopping trolley has been hung on the walls of the British Museum. The rock was put there by art prankster Banksy, who has previously put works in galleries in London and New York.

Bin Laden and The IT Crowd: Anatomy of a Twitter hoax

Rumours circulating on Twitter that Osama Bin Laden was a fan of The IT Crowd sitcom were an elaborate new media hoax. Here comedian Graham Linehan explains how he organised the ruse.

Artist Banksy targets Disneyland

The hooded figure was placed inside the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride at the California theme park last weekend. It is understood to have remained in place for 90 minutes before the ride was closed down and the figure removed.

Art prankster sprays Israeli wall

Secretive "guerrilla" artist Banksy has decorated Israel's controversial West Bank barrier with satirical images of life on the other side. The nine paintings were created on the Palestinian side of the barrier.

Moon landing conspiracy theories

Moon landing conspiracy theories claim that some or all elements of the Apollo program and the associated Moon landings were hoaxes staged by NASA, possibly with the aid of other organizations.

Alternative 3

Alternative 3 is a television programme, broadcast once only in the United Kingdom in 1977, and later broadcast in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, as a fictional hoax, an heir to Orson Welles' radio production of The War of the Worlds.

All the junk that’s fit to debunk. My letter in today’s Wall Street Journal responding to the recent misguided WSJ editorial calling for the Trump administration to ignore the Obama EPA’s finding that CO2 endangers the public welfare.

'Naked man' mural allowed to stay

A piece of graffiti by Bristol artist Banksy has been allowed to stay after what the city council described as "overwhelming support" from the public. The stencilled image shows a woman in her underwear standing behind a suited man leaning out of a window, and a naked man hanging onto the ledge.

BA apologises for Bin Laden 'boarding pass' gaffe

British Airways has apologised after a photograph in a staff magazine showed a frequent flyer boarding pass in the name of Osama Bin Laden. The image appeared on the front page of LHR News and was meant to promote the benefits of online check-in.

10 Amazing Practical Jokes

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Belgian girl's tattoo 'nightmare'

Police in Belgium are investigating a complaint from a teenager who says a tattooist peppered her face with stars after she asked for only three. Kimberley Vlaeminck, 18, said she fell asleep during the procedure.

The last public message recorded by Sir Arthur C Clarke

This was the final public message recorded by the late Sir Arthur C Clarke, which closed the global launch of the International Year of Planet Earth, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 13 February 2008. In his unique style, Sir Arthur connects the local with global, and traces the influence of space

Writer Arthur C Clarke dies at 90

British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in his adopted home of Sri Lanka at the age of 90. The Somerset-born author achieved his greatest fame in 1968 when his short story The Sentinel was turned into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Quantum computing

Quantum computing is the use of quantum-mechanical phenomena such as superposition and entanglement to perform computation. Computers that perform quantum computation are known as a quantum computers.

D-Wave Systems

D-Wave Systems, Inc. [2] is a quantum computing company, based in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. D-Wave is the world's first company to sell computers which exploit quantum effects in their operation.

Spin-based electronics gets boost

The next generation of computers may make use of the "spin" of electrons instead of their charge. Spintronics relies on manipulating these spins to make them capable of carrying data.

Ancient supernova mystery solved

In 1572, a "new star" appeared in the sky which stunned astronomers and exploded ancient theories of the universe. Now the supernova recorded by Tycho Brahe has been glimpsed again, by Max Planck Institute scientists.

Andy's Anachronisms -- Time Travel Reviews

On the net since 1999, Andy's Anachronisms is devoted to exploring the themes of time travel and alternate history in books, movies, television, and pop culture in general.


Cryonics is regarded with skepticism within the mainstream scientific community and is not part of normal medical practice. It is not known if it will ever be possible to revive a cryopreserved human cadaver.

Dear Photograph

Dear Photograph, This photo was taken at my Great, Great Grandfather’s memorial site. That’s my Mother, my Brother and I. ‘Stand The Gaff’ reads on the tombstone. William Davis was his name, and he was considered a Canadian martyr.

Write a letter to the future

Just got a letter from myself in 2012 from @futureme. Made me tear up a wee bit! Time to write myself another one for 5 years time... Check out You. Will. Not. Regret it. In a year, 5 years or some other span of time, you will be amazed at what you think is important today.

How Time Travel Works

From millennium-skipping Victorians to phone booth-hopping teenagers, the term time travel often summons our most fantastic visions of what it means to move through the fourth dimension. But of course you don't need a time machine or a fancy wormhole to jaunt through the years.

Phoebe is 'cosmic time capsule'

Saturn's moon Phoebe is almost certainly a primordial object similar to those that served as the building blocks of planets in our Solar System. That is one of the findings of the Cassini space probe's recent flyby of the tiny impact-battered satellite.

Russians to dive below North Pole

Russia is sending a mini-submarine to explore the ocean floor below the North Pole and find evidence to support its claims to Arctic territory. Two parliamentarians, including veteran explorer Artur Chilingarov, are part of a team planning to dive 4,200m (14,000ft) below the Arctic Ocean on Sunday.

Scientists pore over Cassini data

The Cassini spacecraft has sent back images of Saturn's moon Titan giving scientists the closest views yet of the mysterious satellite. The shots were beamed back to a Nasa antenna based in Madrid, Spain, on Wednesday, at 0225 BST.

Study creates 'time travel' illusion

Virtual reality can be used to give the illusion of going "back in time", according to an exploratory study. In this virtual world, subjects were able to reduce how many people a gunman killed, an event they had unknowingly been part of.

Taking a journey back in time

Forget Dr Who; Chris Wild is a real Time Lord. The 40-year-old ex-museum curator and entrepreneur describes himself as a retronaut - someone who goes back in time "using just his perception".

Time travel

Time travel is the concept of movement between certain points in time, analogous to movement between different points in space by an object or a person, typically using a hypothetical device known as a time machine. Time travel is a widely-recognized concept in philosophy and fiction.

Time travel: Light speed results cast fresh doubts

Physicists have confirmed the ultimate speed limit for the packets of light called photons - making time travel even less likely than thought. The speed of light in vacuum is the Universe's ultimate speed limit, but experiments in recent years suggested that single photons might beat it.

World's biggest radio telescope, Square Kilometre Array

Scientists from 20 countries are working on plans to create a vast network of radio telescopes, the size of a continent that could reveal the birth of planets and galaxies, the mysteries of dark energy as well as joining the search for signals from alien civilisations.

Wormhole 'no use' for time travel

For budding time travellers, the future (or should that be the past?) is starting to look bleak. Hypothetical tunnels called wormholes once looked like the best bet for constructing a real time machine.

Augmented reality goes beyond gimmicks for business

The people at Lynx cannot help but be pleased with the success of their latest deodorant. Their new fragrance has emerged as their second-best-selling variant after just a few months on the market, thanks in large part to an innovative advertising campaign.

Aurasma: Augmented reality future or forgettable fun?

JK Rowling saw all this coming, said the man who had just shown me a newspaper where the photos moved and talked, straight out of Harry Potter. And yes, the application which Autonomy's Mike Lynch had demonstrated to make that happen was magical.

Can technology help us improve upon reality?

Imagine walking on Mars and being able to examine rock formations from all angles, or collaborating on the same 3D hologram design with someone thousands of miles away.

Dual-focus contact lens prototypes ordered by Pentagon

The Pentagon has put in an order for prototype contact lenses that give users a much wider field of vision. The lenses are designed to be paired with compact head-up display (HUD) units - glasses that allow images to be projected onto their lenses.

Gaming takes on augmented reality

Augmented reality - the ability to overlay digital information on the real world - is increasingly finding its way into different aspects of our lives. Mobile phone applications are already in use to find the nearest restaurants, shops and underground stations.

Google Goggles, Mobile Visual Search

Google is working on Google Visual Search, a mobile application that lets users take a picture of a location from their Android-powered smartphone and trigger a Google search that pulls up information associated with the image.

Google patents augmented reality Project Glass design

Search giant Google has patented the design of its augmented-reality glasses, known as Project Glass. Three patents for a "wearable display device" with characteristics of the much-talked about futuristic glasses were submitted last autumn.

Google unveils Project Glass augmented reality eyewear

Google has revealed details of its research into augmented reality glasses. It posted abrief introduction to Project Glass, photos and a concept videoat its Google+ social network.

Handsets enhance the real world

Imagine seeing interesting information pop up as you stroll around. It is almost like a sixth sense, and it used to be mainly the stuff of science fiction.

Individuality drive and 3D tech make firms go bespoke

We all want to be unique. Hairstyle like no-one else's in your office, a handmade tie bought in a tiny Parisian boutique, a diamond wedding ring from that exclusive collection.

Living life in augmented reality

Augmented reality smartphone apps allow users to view the world through their phone's camera with an overlay of useful local information. But with the advent of augmented reality games, could fantasy finally become reality? A shadowy organisation is stalking a lone individual across London.

MirageTable: Microsoft presents augmented reality device

Microsoft has shown off an augmented reality system that allows users at different locations to work together on tabletop activities, sharing objects which they can both handle. Researchers said it could "fool" the eye to suggest both parties were using a "seamless 3D shared task space".

Mobile phones get cyborg vision

Zoe Kleinman tries out Acrossair's software that uses a phone's camera to tell you where the nearest London Underground station is. It's a gift that was once the preserve of fictional cyborgs.

Mobiles offer new view of reality

The organisation behind Firefox - Mozilla - has designed the Aurora project to predict how we may use the web in future. Virtual Reality has been a mainstay of sci-fi for decades but 2010 could see a pared-down version become mainstream.

Online photos can reveal our private data say experts

Face recognition technology can be used to gain access to a person's private data, according to a new study. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University combined image scanning, cloud computing and public profiles from social network sites to identify individuals in the offline world.

Project Glass: Developers' verdicts on Google's headset

Google's augmented reality headsets still remain prototypes, but it appears the firm is determined to bring them to market. It showed off the devices during one of the flashiest tech presentations to date at its I/O developers conference on Wednesday.

Real-world beaming: The risk of avatar and robot crime

First it was the telephone, then web cameras and Skype, now remote "presence" is about to take another big step forward - raising some urgent legal and ethical questions. Beaming, of a kind, is no longer pure science fiction.

Smart specs unite world and data

The headset, created by Olympus and phone-maker NTT Docomo, uses augmented reality software on an attached phone. While AR glasses are nothing new, these are among the first to add a miniature projecting display without too causing much encumbrance to the wearer.

TEDGlobal: Burns portrait comes alive at TED

An augmented reality app has brought a Robert Burns portrait to life on the TEDGlobal stage. The demonstration was part of a session at the TEDGlobal (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference dedicated to makers and DIY-ers.

Website recreates London's West End

There's no litter on the streets, no queues for the shops and hardly any traffic. For anyone who has battled the real life Oxford Street in London on a Saturday afternoon, the virtual version seems to have a lot going for it.

Wikitude Augmented Reality: the World's Leading Cross-Platform AR SDK

Develop AR apps that can recognize, track and augment images, objects, scenes, geographical locations and much more.

Free will similar in animals, humans - but not so free

The free will that humans enjoy is similar to that exercised by animals as simple as flies, a scientist has said. The idea may simply require "free will" to be redefined, but tests show that animal behaviour is neither completely constrained nor completely free.

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

“A MAN WITH A CONVICTION is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point.

YouTube drive to 'crowd-read' Spain classic Don Quixote

The Royal Spanish Academy has invited people around the world to record short chunks of the classic novel Don Quixote and upload them to YouTube. Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote is often described as Spain's most famous novel - and yet few have ever read it.

Life In A Day

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Wikipedia hosts India conference amid expansion push

Twenty-one-year-old Abishek Suryawanshi is a Wikimedian. For those who haven't read the relevant explanatory page online, that means he's an avid reader, writer and editor of the online encyclopaedia site Wikipedia.

What is Wikileaks?

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has dominated the news, both because of its steady drip feed of secret documents, but also because of the dealings of its enigmatic front man Julian Assange.


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Website encourages crowds to keep an Eye on Earth

Green EU citizens are being encouraged to contribute their own environmental observations to a website. The Eye on Earth platform is a joint venture between the European Environment Agency (EEA) and Microsoft.

Twitter used to predict box office hits

Micro-blogging service Twitter can be used to predict the future box-office takings of blockbuster films, according to researchers at Hewlett Packard (HP). The computer scientists studied 3 million messages - known as tweets - about 25 movies, including Avatar.


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Should we trust the wisdom of crowds?

A problem shared is a problem halved, goes the old saying. But what happens if you share a problem with millions of people? Are you left with a millionth of a problem? Or just lots of rubbish suggestions?

Seti Live website to crowdsource alien life

Announced at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Los Angeles,the sitewill stream radio frequencies that are transmitted from the Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Allen Telescope Array. Participants will be asked to search for signs of unusual activity.

Scientists seek galaxy hunt help

A new project known as Galaxy Zoo is calling on members of the public to log on to its website and help classify one million galaxies. The hope is that about 30,000 people might take part in a project that could help reveal whether our existing models of the Universe are correct.

PC 'rebuilds Rome in a day' using pictures from Flickr

The images were analysed by a modified home PC and detailed models created in less than a day. The team behind the system think it may help preserve heritage sites, ensuring they don't end up swamped by tourists.

Oxford University wants help decoding Egyptian papyri

Oxford University is asking for help deciphering ancient Greek texts written on fragments of papyrus found in Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of images have gone on display on a website which encourages armchair archaeologists to help catalogue and translate them.

Old Weather

Help scientists transcribe Arctic and worldwide weather observations recorded in ship's logs since the mid-19th century. In this video scientists explain why your contributions are vital, and what they're doing with your results behind the scenes.

Open science: a future shaped by shared experience

Mapping the human genome showed how the internet can play a vital part in collective scientific research.

OMG. Did you just feel a quake?

Tweets are being used by the US Geological Survey (USGS) to get instant public reaction to earthquakes. The agency is trawling the messages to find out what people felt during a tremor - whether there was a lot of shaking in their area or not.

Mobile app sees science go global

A mobile phone application will help professional and "citizen" scientists collect and analyse data from "in the field", anywhere in the world.The EpiCollect software collates data from certain mobiles - on topics such as disease spread or the occurrence of rare species - in a web-based database.

Meet the Wikipedia of the mapping world

If you want to find an up-to-date map of Haiti, then there is only one place to go. It is not Google Maps or any of its competitors. It is the admirable (OSM), which is being updated even as I write by volunteers all over the world.

Malaysian web users team up for crowd-sourced film

Crowd-sourcing - the practice of enabling many people to help on a single task - is seen as one of the great triumphs of the world wide web. But one project in Malaysia is set to put the wisdom of crowds to the ultimate test, as it attempts to create a full-length feature film.

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Never forget the little moments. Keep a simple record of your life, with just one photo a day. Start your free photo journal today. This morning found MaggieD and I at the Kelpies for a brisk walk. However it was such a nice morning that we took a lot of photos of Rona, trying...

LHC@home allows public to help hunt for Higgs particle

The Large Hadron Collider team will be tapping into the collective computing power of the public to help it simulate particle physics experiments. Among other pursuits, the effort could help uncover the Higgs boson.

Kevin Macdonald's YouTube movie nearing completion

Many of us would be hard-pressed to remember what we were doing on 24 July this year. But for many YouTube fanatics, amateur film and documentary makers, or even just those curious of a unique movie-making experiment, that day was the chance to produce a small part of cinematic history.

Idle home PCs could raise cash for Charity Engine

Idle computers are being sought to raise cash for charities and contribute to a series of science projects. Charity Engine is a "citizen science" non-profit organisation that taps into the latent computational power of idle computers.

How to save the Earth via the World Wide Web

There are not many websites which literally give you the chance to protect the world. Yet, if you are keen on spending a few moments of your day defending the Earth from an imminent solar attack, the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London would like to hear from you.

How to explore Mars and have fun

The US space agency needs your help to explore Mars. The number of pictures returned by spacecraft since the 1960s is now so big that scientists cannot hope to study them all by themselves.

How to crowd-fund your stardom

Kim Boekbinder was not having the best of gigs. Her audience, all 18 of them, probably weren't having a great night either.

Gamification time: What if everything were just a game?

One more step, and a tiny creature will cross the bridge and get to safety. Just one more step - but letters do not match, the fragile structure blows up and the brown mole falls into a digital abyss.


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Galaxy hunt draws massive traffic

An online initiative which asks members of the public to classify galaxies recorded unprecedented traffic in its first 48 hours. The venture is a follow-up to the Galaxy Zoo project launched in 2007.

Fake forum comments are 'eroding' trust in the web

Trust in information on the web is being damaged by the huge numbers of people paid by companies to post comments online, say researchers. Fake posters can "poison" debate and make people unsure about who they can trust, the study suggests.

EU could turn to 'crowd sourcing' in cyber crime fight

Millions of internet users across the EU could be encouraged to join the fight against cyber crime if a ground breaking experiment in "crowd sourcing" goes ahead. The director of Europol told peers he wants to get net users directly involved in catching cyber crime gangs.

Crowdsourcing: Turning customers into creative directors

Ning Li is's 28-year-old CEO, and we are at the company's London office, on the 11th floor of an unremarkable Notting Hill office block. is an online-only furniture retailer, so there's no danger that customers will drop by.

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Click listeners test 'filter bubble'

How personalised is the web? That's the question that Click listeners all over the world have been helping us answer.

What is the Citizen Science Alliance?

The CSA is a collaboration of scientists, software developers and educators who collectively develop, manage and utilise internet-based citizen science projects in order to further science itself, and the public understanding of both science and of the scientific process.

CCTV site Internet Eyes hopes to help catch criminals

Internet Eyes will pay up to £1,000 to subscribers who regularly report suspicious activity such as shoplifting. Managing director Tony Morgan said the scheme would reduce crime and help prevent other anti-social behaviour.

Aid agencies 'must use new tools'

The "crowd-sourced" data that comes from victims of natural disasters and conflicts is now a crucial part in disaster management, says a new report. The UN Foundation/Vodafone Foundation Partnership report outlines examples of new technologies that mitigate conflicts and save lives worldwide.

Surf Champ: The surfing simulator 35 years ahead of its time that sank without a trace

Some sports seemed well suited to being simulated during life under lockdown, but surfing was not one of them.

Berlin WW2 bombing survivor Saturn the alligator dies in Moscow Zoo

An alligator who survived World War Two in Berlin and was rumoured - wrongly - to have belonged to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has died in Moscow Zoo. "Yesterday morning, our Mississippi alligator Saturn died of old age. He was about 84 years old - an extremely respectable age," the zoo said.

Wikipedia sets new rule to combat “toxic behaviour”

Wikipedia is to institute a new code of conduct to battle what the firm called "toxic behaviour" by some volunteers. The Wikimedia Foundation, the organisation that runs the site, voted on new measures that will be finalised by the end of the year.

Canada v US: Loon stabs eagle through heart

As with global affairs, nature has its pecking order. And in a contest between the bald eagle, America's national bird, and a common loon, which is featured on Canada's dollar coin, few would bet on the latter to come out the victor.

How staying indoors affects your immune system

For the past two months, a sizable chunk of the world’s population has been shuttered inside their homes, only stepping out for essential supplies.

Ukraine: Dogs auctioned to pay owners' debts

Thoroughbred dogs that were confiscated under a court order in Ukraine to pay for their owners' debts have been put up for auction online. The auction, highlighted by an opposition MP, has drawn criticism.

How to Move the Sun: Stellar Engines

Sources and further reading: Get your Stellar Engine Infographic Poster here: Nothing in the Universe is static. In the milky way, billions of stars orbit the galactic center. Some, like our sun, are pretty consisten

Mapping the Multiverse

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Why Are You Alive – Life, Energy & ATP

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How We Know The Universe is Ancient

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A mysterious US desert civilisation

In the heart of the San Juan Basin, in the arid north-western corner of New Mexico, stands one of the greatest ancient treasures in the US: the remarkably preserved remains of a vast building complex believed to have been constructed between 850 and 1250AD that may have housed as many as 5,000 peopl

Pakistan passenger plane crashes in Karachi

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Get ready for the 'holy grail' of computer graphics

Ray tracing has always been the "holy grail" of computer graphics, says Jason Ronald, head of program management for the gaming console Xbox.

China security law 'could be end of Hong Kong'

Pro-democracy activists say they fear "the end of Hong Kong", after China announced plans for a new security law. The US said the move could be "highly destabilising" and undermine China's obligations on Hong Kong's autonomy.

Tiger seized in Mexico after man tried to lasso it

Mexico's Office for Environmental Protection has seized two Bengal tigers from a house in Jalisco state. The animals were discovered after a video was shared on social media of one of the tigers roaming the streets of the city of Tlaquepaque, with a man attempting to lasso it.

Nature: Bumblebees' 'clever trick' fools plants into flowering

Scientists have discovered a new behaviour among bumblebees that tricks plants into flowering early. Researchers found that when deprived of pollen, bumblebees will nibble on the leaves of flowerless plants.

Germany: Ex-SS guard tells Stutthof murder trial 'I want to forget'

He is charged with assisting in the murder of 5,230 people at the camp near Gdansk (Danzig) in occupied Poland. He allegedly assisted the "deceitful, cruel murder" of Jews in the Holocaust.

Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR

It ended up in court after a falling-out between the woman and her daughter. The judge ruled the matter was within the scope of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Astronauts arrive at Kennedy for historic launch

Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to prepare for their historic mission next week. The pair's flight to the International Space Station (ISS) will be made in a rocket and capsule system provided by a commercial company, SpaceX.

Covid recovery could 'tip the balance' for nature

Environmental scientists have called for the conservation of nature to be at the centre of the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Orbit hopes for rocket flight this weekend

British businessman Sir Richard Branson is looking to this weekend to debut one of his new space systems. Virgin Orbit, based in California, will put satellites above the Earth, using a rocket that's launched from under the wing of a jumbo jet.

Open Skies Treaty: US to withdraw from arms control deal

The US has announced it will withdraw from a major accord that permits unarmed aerial surveillance flights over dozens of participating countries. The Open Skies Treaty came into force in 2002 and is designed to boost confidence and assure against attacks.

Coronavirus: Tinder boss says 'dramatic' changes to dating

Coronavirus has had a "dramatic" effect on the way people use the dating app Tinder, its boss has told BBC News, though the changes may suit plans he already had in store for the platform.

Deno 1.0

Dynamic languages are useful tools. Scripting allows users to rapidly and succinctly tie together complex systems and express ideas without worrying about details like memory management or build systems.

Gilgamesh tablet: Bid to confiscate artefact from Museum of the Bible

US prosecutors are seeking to confiscate a rare ancient tablet from a Christian museum co-founded by the president of retailer Hobby Lobby. The 3,500-year-old artefact, from what is now Iraq, bears text from the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the world's oldest works of literature.

Man sentenced to death in Singapore via Zoom

Punithan Genasan, 37, received the sentence on Friday for his role in a drug deal that took place in 2011. It marks the city's first case where such a ruling has been done remotely.

Man makes money buying his own pizza on DoorDash app

The owner of a pizza restaurant in the US has discovered the DoorDash delivery app has been selling his food cheaper than he does - while still paying him full price for orders. He had not asked to be put on the app.

Read more from Refinery 29

More and more patients are cutting out foods in an attempt to clear spots. But could this do more harm than good?This article was originally published by Refinery29. Read the original post here.

Suneung: The day silence falls over South Korea

All across South Korea, at exactly 08:40 local time (23:40 GMT Wednesday) on Thursday, more than half a million students take the exam for which they have been preparing their entire lives.

Auschwitz: Hidden objects found at concentration camp

Knives, forks, scissors and tools were among the objects discovered in Block 17, which is thought to have housed prisoners with handicraft skills. It is unclear why prisoners would have hidden the items at the site.

Roe v Wade: Woman behind US abortion ruling was paid to recant

The woman behind the 1973 ruling legalising abortion in the US is seen admitting in a new documentary that her stunning change of heart on the issue in later life was "all an act".

Johnson & Johnson to stop selling baby powder in US

Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson is to stop selling its talc-based Johnson's Baby Powder in the US and Canada. The firm faces many thousands of lawsuits from consumers who claim that its talc products caused their cancer.

Climate change: Scientists fear car surge will see CO2 rebound

Daily global emissions of CO2 fell by 17% at the peak of the shutdown because of measures taken by governments in response to Covid-19, say scientists. The most comprehensive account yet published says that almost half the record decrease was due to fewer car journeys.

Coronavirus: Why so many people are dying in Belgium

Belgium is the world's worst affected country when it comes to the coronavirus mortality rate. That rate, unlike the total number of fatalities, is a measure of the number of deaths in relation to the size of population.

Leah Cordice: Windsor babysitter who had boy's baby is detained

Leah Cordice, 20, from Windsor, was found guilty of having sex on at least five occasions with the teenager who she was babysitting. The nursery worker had given evidence claiming the boy had raped her.

Dark web scammers exploit Covid-19 fear and doubt

He's talking about the scammers and criminals that inhabit the "dark web" who have found a new angle - anxiety over Covid-19.

Australian man fined for rescuing whale from sea nets

An Australian man who acted on his own to free a whale caught in sea nets says he's been fined by authorities for performing the rescue. The trapped whale was spotted in waters off the Gold Coast on Tuesday, prompting calls to officials.

There were nine...

Tatyana‘s mother was busy in the kitchen raising dough to make pies, when the phone rang.  So, the 12-year-old schoolgirl picked up the receiver. An unfamiliar male voice asked if there were any adults at home.

The world's most accessible stress reliever

During a morning shift change at St Marcy Mercy Livonia Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, the medical staff were feeling weary. Their surgical floor had been converted into a department for coronavirus patients and spirits were low.

Pakistan: Man who kissed murdered girls in video arrested

Umar Ayaz, 28, is charged with making the video, according to a police statement seen by the BBC. The father of one of the girls and another three of their relatives were arrested for failing to report the killings and concealing evidence.

Megaraptor: Fossils of 10m-long dinosaur found in Argentina

Palaeontologists have found the fossils of a new megaraptor in Patagonia, in the south of Argentina. Megaraptors were large carnivorous dinosaurs with long arms and claws measuring up to 35cm (14in) in length.

China abductions: Parents find son snatched in hotel 32 years ago

Mao Yin was snatched aged two, while his father stopped to get him some water on the way home from nursery. His parents searched the country for him and his mother distributed more than 100,000 flyers.

Coronavirus: Trump says he is taking unproven drug hydroxychloroquine

US President Donald Trump has said he is taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus, despite public health officials warning it may be unsafe. Speaking at the White House, he told reporters he started taking the malaria and lupus medication recently.

Coronavirus: Delirium 'may be common' in Covid seriously ill

Delirium and confusion may be common among some seriously-ill hospital patients with Covid-19, a study in The Lancet suggests. Long stays in intensive care and being ventilated are thought to increase the risk, the researchers say.

Campione d’Italia: An Italian town surrounded by Switzerland

Strolling the promenade of Lake Lugano, palm trees frame a view of snow-covered mountains, offering a hint of the Mediterranean in the middle of the Alps.

Coronavirus: Calls to investigate global response

Global health leaders are set to call for an independent review into the international response to the Covid-19 pandemic at a meeting this week. Representatives from 194 of the World Health Organization's member states will meet virtually for the 73rd annual World Health Assembly.

Coronavirus football: FC Seoul apologises for 'sex dolls' in stands

It is a challenge for sports leagues across the world - if play can only resume in empty stadiums, how can the atmosphere be improved? However, not many clubs will be rushing to follow the example of FC Seoul.

Mars: Mud flows on Red Planet behave like 'boiling toothpaste'

Scientists have made a surprising discovery about Mars by playing with muck in the laboratory. An international team of researchers wondered how volcanoes that spew mud instead of molten rock might look on the Red Planet compared with their counterparts here on Earth.

Leonardo DiCaprio joins DR Congo gorilla park campaign after attack

Leonardo DiCaprio has launched a campaign to support Africa's oldest nature reserve after it came under a deadly attack last month. Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a popular tourist attraction and is known for its endangered mountain gorilla population.

Sir Frederick Barclay's nephew 'caught with bugging device' at Ritz hotel

CCTV footage allegedly showing Sir Frederick Barclay's nephew handling a bugging device at London's Ritz hotel has been released. The footage is at the centre of a bitter legal row between the families of the billionaire Barclay twins.

Space Plane: Mysterious US military aircraft launches

The US Air Force has successfully launched its Atlas V rocket, carrying a X-37B space plane for a secretive mission. The rocket launched on Sunday from Cape Canaveral, a day after bad weather halted plans for a Saturday launch.

'Golden tongue' helps ensure maple syrup quality

Scientists have developed a "golden tongue" to help producers test the quality of maple syrup. The test used nanoparticles of gold, which normally looked red but appeared blue when the sample of syrup was deemed to be below a premium grade.

Meet the baby orangutans learning to climb trees

While much of the world is in lockdown, youngsters in one very unusual classroom are still having lessons. At a forest school in Borneo, baby orangutans learn tree-climbing skills from their human surrogate parents.

Gedhun Choekyi Niyima: Tibetan Buddhism's 'reincarnated' leader who disappeared aged six

There is only one photograph in circulation of the Tibetan Gedhun Choekyi Niyima, one of the world's most famous "disappeared" persons. It is little more than a snapshot, taken when he was just six years old. It shows a boy with rosy cheeks and an impassive look on his face.

Pakistan 'honour killing': Two girls die over mobile video

Two teenage girls have been killed in a so-called "honour killing" in north-west Pakistan following a video circulated on the internet. They are said to have been shot dead by a family member earlier this week in a village on the border of the North and South Waziristan tribal districts.

Coronavirus: A third of hospital patients develop dangerous blood clots

Up to 30% of patients who are seriously ill with coronavirus are developing dangerous blood clots, according to medical experts. They say the clots, also known as thrombosis, could be contributing to the number of people dying.

Week in pictures: 9-15 May 2020

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The Night Watch: Will Gompertz reviews the Rijksmuseum's high tech photo ★★★★★

At 9am on Tuesday the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam posted an image of Rembrandt's The Night Watch (1642) on its website. Nothing particularly unusual about that, you might think. After all, the museum frequently uploads pictures of its masterpieces from Dutch Golden Age.

Coronavirus: Trial begins to see if dogs can 'sniff out' virus

The dogs are already trained to detect odours of certain cancers, malaria and Parkinson's disease by the charity Medical Detection Dogs. The first phase of the trial will be led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, along with the charity and Durham University.

Chennai Six: Nick Dunn reveals what Indian prison life was like

Nick Dunn was one of six British ex-servicemen who spent years imprisoned in India for a crime they did not commit. They faced the daily threat of violence, a scramble for food, and encountered rats the size of cats.

Ozone layer: Concern grows over threat from replacement chemicals

Substances used for air conditioning in almost all new cars are building up in the environment and may pose a threat to human health, researchers say. These "ozone friendly" chemicals have been introduced to replace products that were damaging the ozone layer.

Coronavirus: Dutch singletons advised to seek ‘sex buddy’

The Dutch government has issued new guidance to single people seeking intimacy during the pandemic, advising them to find a "sex buddy". The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) says singletons should come to an arrangement with one other person.

Coronavirus: How 'overreaction' made Vietnam a virus success

Despite a long border with China and a population of 97 million people, Vietnam has recorded only just over 300 cases of Covid-19 on its soil and not a single death. Nearly a month has passed since its last community transmission and the country is already starting to open up.

Cacio e pepe: Italy's beloved three-ingredient pasta dish

Cacio e pepe is a dish of only three ingredients, two of which are evident at first glance to anyone familiar with Roman dialect. Cacio is Romanesco for sheep’s milk cheese.

China relocates villagers living in 800m-high cliffs in anti-poverty drive

They used to call an 800m-high cliff home, but dozens of villagers in China's Sichuan province have now been relocated to an urban housing estate. Atulie'er village became famous after photos emerged showing adults and children precariously scaling the cliff using just rattan ladders.

Coral bleaching: Scientists 'find way to make coral more heat-resistant'

Scientists in Australia say they have found a way to help coral reefs fight the devastating effects of bleaching by making them more heat-resistant. Rising sea temperatures make corals expel tiny algae which live inside them. This turns the corals white and effectively starves them.

France gives online firms one hour to pull 'terrorist' content

Social media and other websites will have just one hour to delete offending content under a new law passed by France's parliament. The one-hour deadline applies to content that French authorities consider to be related to terrorism or child sexual abuse.

Germany far right: Explosives found at elite soldier's home

German police investigating links between the military and the far right have seized weapons and explosives at the home of a special forces soldier. The 45-year-old sergeant major in the elite KSK special forces command has been under investigation since 2017.

A world in crisis even without the pandemic: Five looming problems

Perhaps understandably, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many other international stories off the news agenda.

Coronavirus: US accuses China of hacking coronavirus research

China-linked hackers are targeting organisations researching the Covid-19 pandemic, US officials say. The FBI said it had seen hacking attempts on US groups researching vaccines, treatments and testing.

Coronavirus: Children affected by rare Kawasaki-like disease

Scores of UK and US children have been affected by a rare inflammatory disease linked to coronavirus. In a tiny number of children it can cause serious complications, with some needing intensive care.

Coronavirus may never go away, World Health Organization warns

The coronavirus "may never go away", the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, WHO emergencies director Dr Mike Ryan warned against trying to predict when the virus would disappear.

CloudWatch Is of the Devil, but I Must Use It

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The faded beauty of abandoned cars across Europe and the US

Dieter Klein has travelled to remote corners of Europe and the US to find and photograph abandoned cars. The German freelance photographer finds his subject matter in shabby backyards, dusty barns, deserted fields and thick forests.

'I stole a plane to get out of the Navy'

For two years the BBC's Emma Jane Kirby has been investigating the story of Sgt Paul Meyer, a homesick American mechanic who stole a plane from a US airbase in England in 1969, to fly home to his wife in Virginia.

Left-handed women anomaly over sense of smell

Scientists say they have discovered a biological anomaly that could change how we understand our sense of smell. The study in the journal Neuron shows some people can smell normally, despite missing the part of the brain that is considered to be crucial for smell - the olfactory bulbs.

Joshna Maharaj - The chef who lost her sense of smell

In January, chef Joshna Maharaj revealed a secret - she hadn't been able to smell properly for about five years. Now, she's working to regain some of what she lost. Her loss of smell was gradual, though looking back she realised there had been red flags along the way.

Scott Johnson death: Australian man arrested in 1988 gay hate killing

Australian police have arrested a 49-year-old man over the decades-old murder of a gay US student in Sydney. The body of Scott Johnson, 27, was found at the bottom of beach cliffs in 1988. Police at the time ruled it a suicide.

Afghan attack: Babies killed as gunmen storm Kabul maternity ward

Two babies and 12 mothers and nurses were killed in a militant attack on a hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday morning. Another 15 people, including a number of children, were injured in the attack by several gunmen, officials said.

Coronavirus: Branson to sell Galactic stake to prop up Virgin

Sir Richard Branson is selling a stake in Virgin Galactic to raise $500m to prop up his other businesses including Virgin Atlantic. The billionaire has been criticised for seeking financial help from the government for the airline.

TS Eliot letter sheds light on early relationship

In the letter, Eliot said he had fallen in love with drama teacher Emily Hale in 1912 but had realised, 35 years later, he did not actually love her. Eliot wrote hundreds of letters to Hale while he was married to his first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood.

Brazil's Amazon: Surge in deforestation as military prepares to deploy

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose sharply last month as the country prepared to send troops to try to curb illegal logging and mining. Brazil's space research agency said the area destroyed in April was 64% bigger than in the same period last year.

HMS Beagle: Dock for Darwin's ship gets protected status

The remains of a rare 19th Century dock built for Charles Darwin's ship HMS Beagle has been recognised as a site of national importance. The submerged mud berth on the River Roach in Rochford, Essex, will now be protected against unauthorised change.

The high-flying circus firm for pop and rock stars

The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Billy Alwen and Julian Bracey, founders of UK circus performance business Cirque Bijou.

Coronavirus: Zambia sex workers praised for contact tracing

Sex workers in Zambia are helping to trace people who have contracted coronavirus after a surge in new infections at the border town of Nakonde, the health minister has said. Chitalu Chilufya said 76 of 85 reported new cases in the northern town were either sex workers or lorry drivers.

Coronavirus: What shape will the recession be?

Even though countries are now moving towards easing lockdown restrictions, the coronavirus pandemic has already hit the global economy hard.

Anna Jarvis: The woman who regretted creating Mother's Day

The woman responsible for the creation of Mother's Day, marked in many countries on the second Sunday in May, would have approved of the modest celebrations likely to take place this year. The commercialisation of the day horrified her - to the extent that she even campaigned to have it rescinded.

Little Richard: Rock 'n' roll pioneer dies

Pioneering rock 'n' roll singer Little Richard has died at the age of 87, the musician's family has confirmed. Little Richard's hit Good Golly Miss Molly made the charts in 1958. Other well-known songs include Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally.

Coronavirus: Elon Musk vows to move Tesla factory in lockdown row

Billionaire Tesla boss Elon Musk has said he will move the electric carmaker's headquarters out of California, after he was ordered to keep its only US vehicle plant closed. The company is filing a lawsuit against Alameda County, he added.

Google employees are eavesdropping, even in your living room, VRT NWS has discovered

Google employees are systematically listening to audio files recorded by Google Home smart speakers and the Google Assistant smartphone app. Throughout the world – so also in Belgium and the Netherlands – people at Google listen to these audio files to improve Google’s search engine.

Coronavirus: How they tried to curb Spanish flu pandemic in 1918

It is dangerous to draw too many parallels between coronavirus and the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, that killed at least 50 million people around the world. Covid-19 is an entirely new disease, which disproportionately affects older people.

Scientists obtain 'lucky' image of Jupiter

Astronomers have produced a remarkable new image of Jupiter, tracing the glowing regions of warmth that lurk beneath the gas giant's cloud tops.

The rape of Berlin

The USSR's role in the defeat of Nazi Germany World War Two 70 years ago is seen as the nation's most glorious moment. But there is another story - of mass rapes by Soviet soldiers of German women in the dying days of the war. Some readers may find this story disturbing.

VE Day: The fall of Nazi Berlin in pictures

After nearly four years of intense fighting, Soviet forces finally launched their assault on Berlin on 16 April 1945. Nazi Germany had invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941 and killed an estimated 25 million of the country's civilians and military.

Facebook and Google extend working from home to end of year

Facebook and Google have said they will let employees continue working from home for the rest of the year. The tech giants have announced plans to reopen their offices soon but are allowing more home working flexibility.

Call for credit card freeze on porn sites

Major credit card companies should block payments to pornographic sites, according to a group of international campaigners and campaign groups who say they work to tackle sexual exploitation.

Coronavirus: Google ends plans for smart city in Toronto

Google's sister firm Sidewalk Labs has scrapped a plan to build a smart city in Canada, citing complications caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. For several years it had pursued ambitions to build a digital-first city in Toronto "from the internet up".

Charges against ex-national security adviser will be dropped

The US Department of Justice will drop the criminal charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, US media report.

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As Covid-19 cases fill the world’s hospitals, among the sickest and most likely to die are those whose bodies react in a signature, catastrophic way. Immune cells flood into the lungs and attack them, when they should be protecting them. Blood vessels leak, and the blood itself clots.

Why bees are finally getting a break

While people have been confined to their homes this spring, wildlife has faced less human disturbance, traffic and polluting fumes.

Coronavirus lockdown: Would you report people who break the rules?

Much of the world is in some form of a coronavirus lockdown. So if you saw someone breaking the rules, would you report them? Is it a civic duty - or spying on your neighbours? And what determines this difference? Jenny and Veronika noticed the bar next door was open.

Virginia 'sorry' for slavery role

Virginia's General Assembly has adopted a resolution, expressing "profound regret" for the role the US state played in slavery. The resolution was passed by a 96-0 vote in the House and also unanimously backed in the 40-member Senate.

UN opens slavery remembrance year

The United Nations has launched its International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery. A ceremony was held in the Ghanaian port of Cape Coast, once one of the most active slave trading centres.

UN calls for trafficking action

The world must do more to confront the largely unstudied and neglected phenomenon of people-trafficking, the United Nations has said in a report. So little is known about the problem, says the report, that no estimate can be given of the number affected.

The new face of slave labour

Every day millions of professionals work for free - notching up hundreds of hours of unpaid overtime. It's not written into contracts, often it's not even spoken of. It's just part of the 21st Century workplace. Are you putting in a day's work for free today? It may sound like a ridiculous notion.

Slave-making ants target the strong not the weak

Slavemaker ants prefer to target the strong over the weak when seeking new servants, researchers have found. Ants were observed actively choosing to attack larger, better defended colonies over smaller, weaker ones.

Slave descendants to sue Lloyd's

Descendants of black American slaves are to sue Lloyd's of London for insuring ships used in the trade. High-profile US lawyer Edward Fagan, who secured settlements from Swiss companies in the Nazi gold case, is taking the action for 10 plaintiffs.

Private prison

A private prison, or for-profit prison, is a place where people are imprisoned by a third party that is contracted by a government agency.

Nigerians lured to work in Italy

In just a few minutes driving along a road on the outskirts of Milan in northern Italy, we counted 20 women, almost all African, standing by the kerb. It was a cold night, but you wouldn't have guessed it from the outfits they were wearing. I used to have sex with many different men.

Millions 'live in modern slavery'

Some 12.3 million people are enslaved worldwide, according to a major report. The International Labour Organization says 2.4 million of them are victims of trafficking, and their labour generates profits of over $30bn.

Lincoln letter sets record price

A letter written by former US President Abraham Lincoln has sold for $3.4m (£1.7m) at auction in New York, setting a record for any American manuscript.

German boy, 11, calls police over housework

Police say the boy from Aachen, who has not been identified, spoke to an officer via the 110 number. They say he complained: "I have to work all day long. I haven't any free time."

Five arrests in 'slavery' raid at Green Acres travellers' site

Twenty-four men suspected of being held against their will have been found during a raid at a travellers' site. Four men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of committing slavery offences in the raid at Green Acres travellers' site, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, on Sunday.

Egypt tombs suggest free men built pyramids, not slaves

Tombs discovered near Egypt's great pyramids reinforce the theory they were built by free workers rather than slaves. The location of the tombs, where workers who built the pyramids of Khufu (Cheops) and Khafre (Chephren) are buried, suggests they were not slaves.

Cherokees eject slave descendants

Members of the Cherokee Nation of native Americans have voted to revoke tribal citizenship for descendants of black slaves the Cherokees once owned. A total of 76.6% voted to amend the tribal constitution to limit citizenship to "blood" tribe members.

Bush deplores 'crime' of slavery

President George W Bush has described the transatlantic slave trade as "one of the greatest crimes of history". The president, speaking at the start of a five-nation tour of Africa, said: "Liberty and life were stolen and sold.

Brazil rescues farm workers from slave-like conditions

The Brazilian authorities say they have rescued 95 farm workers who were being kept in slave-like conditions in two south-eastern states, the official Agencia Brasil reports.

Born to be a slave in Niger

Slavery continues to blight the lives of many millions around the world. Although officially abolished in some countries two centuries ago, people trafficking, bonded labour and child labour still exist.

Slave Voyages

This digital memorial raises questions about the largest slave trades in history and offers access to the documentation available to answer them. European colonizers turned to Africa for enslaved laborers to build the cities and extract the resources of the Americas.

Experts shed light on David Livingstone massacre diary

Scientists used spectral imaging to recover the account of the massacre of 400 slaves, which had been written on old newspaper with makeshift ink. The manuscript, written in central Africa, deteriorated rapidly and is now virtually invisible to the naked eye.

Coronavirus contact-tracing: World split between two types of app

Countries around the world are developing Covid-19 smartphone apps to limit the spread of coronavirus and relax lockdown restrictions. It's hoped the information they gather can be used to alert people whether they pose a risk of spreading the contagion, and need to isolate.

Climate change and coronavirus: Five charts about the biggest carbon crash

We're living through the biggest carbon crash ever recorded. No war, no recession, no previous pandemic has had such a dramatic impact on emissions of CO2 over the past century as Covid-19 has in a few short months.

Trump says coronavirus worse 'attack' than Pearl Harbor

US President Donald Trump has described the coronavirus pandemic as the "worst attack" ever on the United States, pointing the finger at China. Mr Trump said the outbreak had hit the US harder than the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in World War Two, or the 9/11 attacks two decades ago.

[1111.6131] The Fermi Paradox, Self-Replicating Probes, and the Interstellar Transportation Bandwidth

Title: The Fermi Paradox, Self-Replicating Probes, and the Interstellar Transportation Bandwidth Authors: Keith B. Wiley Abstract: It has been widely acknowledged that self-replicating space-probes (SRPs) could explore the galaxy very quickly relative to the age of the galaxy.

Generation ship

Since such a ship might take centuries to thousands of years to reach even nearby stars, the original occupants of a generation ship would grow old and die, leaving their descendants to continue traveling.

Voyagers ride 'magnetic bubbles'

Humankind's most distant emissaries are flying through a turbulent sea of magnetism as they seek to break free of our Solar System.

Voyager: Still dancing 17 billion km from Earth

The most distant spacecraft from Earth, Voyager 1, is executing a series of roll manoeuvres, proving the 33-year-old explorer is in great shape. The extraordinary Voyager 1 spacecraft is demonstrating its nimbleness more than 30 years after leaving Earth.

Voyager-1 departs to interstellar space

When I sat down with the mission's project scientist in California in August 2012, his response was much the same as always: "My best estimate is that it will be in the next couple of years, but it may be in the next couple of days. It's unknown." Not anymore.

The Tau Zero Foundation Pioneering Interstellar Flight

Renowned researchers, educators and makers, pioneering bridge building methods, development and inspiration for Interstellar Flight.

Stars concoct complex molecules

Chemical factories around young stars may give rise to far more complex molecules than previously thought. Relatively complex, carbon-containing molecules are found in comets and on nearby planets, thought to have been made elsewhere in our Solar System.

Project Longshot

Project Longshot was a conceptual interstellar spacecraft design. It would have been an unmanned probe, intended to fly to and enter orbit around Alpha Centauri B powered by nuclear pulse propulsion.[1]

Project Daedalus

Project Daedalus was a study conducted between 1973 and 1978 by the British Interplanetary Society to design a plausible unmanned interstellar spacecraft.

Probe may have found cosmic dust

Scientists may have identified the first specks of interstellar dust in material collected by the US space agency's Stardust spacecraft. The Nasa spacecraft was primarily sent to catch dust streaming from Comet Wild 2 and return it to Earth for analysis.

Particles point way for Nasa's Voyager

Scientists working on Voyager 1 are receiving further data suggesting the probe is close to crossing into interstellar space. The Nasa mission, which launched from Earth in 1977, could leave our Solar System at any time.

Japan unfurls Ikaros solar sail in space

Japanese scientists are celebrating the successful deployment of their solar sail, Ikaros. The 200-sq-m (2,100-sq-ft) membrane is attached to a small disc-shaped spacecraft that was put in orbit last month by an H-IIA rocket.

Hawking backs interstellar travel project

Stephen Hawking is backing a project to send tiny spacecraft to another star system within a generation. They would travel trillions of miles; far further than any previous craft.

Dead stars 'to guide spacecraft'

Spacecraft could one day navigate through the cosmos using a particular type of dead star as a kind of GPS. German scientists are developing a technique that allows for very precise positioning anywhere in space by picking up X-ray signals frompulsars.

Complex organic molecule found in interstellar space

Scientists have found the beginnings of life-bearing chemistry at the centre of the galaxy. Iso-propyl cyanide has been detected in a star-forming cloud 27,000 light-years from Earth.

Centauri Dreams

The buzz about `Oumuamua, our first known visitor from another stellar system, seems likely to continue given yesterday’s news that the object’s axis ratio is a startling 10 to 1. Given all that, Jim Benford wondered whether there were SETI implications here.

Voyager near Solar System's edge

Voyager 1, the most distant spacecraft from Earth, has reached a new milestone in its quest to leave the Solar System. Now 17.4bn km (10.8bn miles) from home, the veteran probe has detected a distinct change in the flow of particles that surround it.

Icarus Interstellar Membership Program is LIVE

Two sequential visions of future human civilization: an interplanetary civilization within our solar system, having expanded beyond Earth, and an interstellar civilization comprising multiple planetary systems, having expanded beyond our local planetary system.

Former astronaut to lead starship effort

The Pentagon's premiere research agency has chosen a former astronaut to lead a foundation that is designed to take humanity to the stars. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) and Nasa are sponsoring the project, known as the 100-Year Starship.


It’s a dynamic star map that shows the closest star to you directly overhead when you look up. And since the Earth is constantly moving, our logo features different stars based on where you are and what time it is.

Manchester historian deciphers hidden 'Plato Code'

A science historian in Manchester claims to have deciphered secret messages hidden in the ancient writings of the philosopher Plato.

God particle signal is simulated as sound

Scientists have simulated the sounds set to be made by sub-atomic particles such as the Higgs boson when they are produced at the Large Hadron Collider.

Choir to sing the 'code of life'

Scientists and composers have produced a new choral work in which performers sing parts of their own genetic code. Human DNA is made up of just four different chemical compounds, which gave musician Andrew Morley the idea of assigning a note to each of them.


Sonification is the use of non-speech audio to convey information or perceptualize data.[1]Auditory perception has advantages in temporal, spatial, amplitude, and frequency resolution that open possibilities as an alternative or complement to visualization techniques.

Tom Cruise and Nasa join forces to shoot movie in space

Tom Cruise is hoping to blast into the Hollywood record books by shooting the first action movie in space. Nasa is working with Cruise to film aboard the International Space Station.

New Banksy artwork appears at Southampton hospital

The largely monochrome painting, which is one square metre, was hung in collaboration with the hospital's managers in a foyer near the emergency department. It shows a young boy kneeling by a wastepaper basket dressed in dungarees and a T-shirt.

X Æ A-12: Elon Musk and Grimes confirm baby name

Elon Musk and singer Grimes have confirmed they have named their baby X Æ A-12. The Space X CEO announced the birth of their son on Monday. "Mom & baby all good," he said on Twitter.

Coronavirus mutations: Scientists puzzle over impact

Researchers in the US and UK have identified hundreds of mutations to the virus which causes the disease Covid-19. But none has yet established what this will mean for virus spread in the population and for how effective a vaccine might be.

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Tesco mistake leads to beer rush

An error which slashed the price of beer and cider led to a stampede of customers at a number of Tesco supermarkets in Scotland. Police were called to Tesco in Greenock after heavy congestion was reported in the car park as customers rushed to get the deal.

Profit down 95% at Stella brewer

The world's biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, has reported a 95% fall in three-month profits, blaming costs of restructuring the business Its attributable profits in the last quarter of 2008 fell to 49m euros ($62m; £43m) from 900m euros in 2007.

No deal in Belgian beer dispute

A second round of talks to end almost two weeks of blockades at the Belgian breweries of the world's largest beer-maker have ended without agreement.Staff at Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev's plants in Leuven and Liege have now been blocking the entrances for 13 days in a row over 263 job cuts.

Molecular trap makes fresher beer

The approach works by removing riboflavin, or vitamin B2, which causes changes to beer's flavour when exposed to light passing through the bottle. Scientists at the Technical University of Dortmund designed a polymer "trap" with tiny crevices that capture the riboflavin molecules.

Making electricity from urine

Scientists have developed a way to convert urine in to a renewable energy source. But as Sally Magnusson, author of Life of Pee and presenter of Radio 4's Secret Science of Pee, writes in this viewpoint feature, there is some way to go before the idea is embraced more widely.

Iron-Age brewing evidence found in southeastern France

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that the occupants of southeastern France were brewing beer during the Iron Age, some 2,500 years ago.

How Bronze Age man enjoyed his pint

Bronze Age Irishmen were as fond of their beer as their 21st century counterparts, it has been claimed. Two archaeologists have put forward a theory that one of the most common ancient monuments seen around Ireland may have been used for brewing ale.

Falling stout bubbles explained

Irish mathematicians may have solved the mystery of why bubbles in stout beers such as Guinness sink: it may simply be down to the glass. Simulations suggest an upward flow at the glass's centre and a downward flow at its edges in which the liquid carried the bubbles down with it.


Dès 07h le matin et jusqu’à 17h00, le maître-brasseur, sa famille et ses amis vous convient à la grande fête du brassage à l’ancienne. Ils vous proposent de vivre les différentes étapes de la fabrication traditionnelle du Lambic.

Beer goggles 'don't disguise age'

The effect of "beer goggles" should not be used as an excuse for men getting a woman's age wrong, a study suggests. University of Leicester researchers showed 240 people, half of whom had been drinking, digitally-altered images of females meant to be 13, 17 or 20.

Brewing Up a Civilization

Did our Neolithic ancestors turn to agriculture so that they could be sure of a tipple? US Archaeologist Patrick McGovern thinks so. The expert on identifying traces of alcohol in prehistoric sites reckons the thirst for a brew was enough of an incentive to start growing crops.

'Free' Danish beer makes a splash

The Danes love their beer, but increasingly they are looking beyond the old Danish standby, Carlsberg, to quench their thirst. It is called Vores Oel, or Our Beer, and the recipe is proving to be a worldwide hit.

'Beer goggles' effect explained

Scientists believe they have worked out a formula to calculate how "beer goggles" affect a drinker's vision. The drink-fuelled phenomenon is said to transform supposedly "ugly" people into beauties - until the morning after.

Tourists hurt in Maldives blast

Twelve tourists have been wounded in a bomb blast in a park near the main mosque in the Maldives capital of Male, the UK Foreign Office has said. Two Britons, two Japanese and eight Chinese tourists were hurt by the bomb - reported to have been homemade.

Maldives: Paradise soon to be lost

To visit the Maldives is to witness the slow death of a nation. For as well as being blessed with sun-kissed paradise islands and pale, white sands, this tourist haven is cursed with mounting evidence of an environmental catastrophe.

Maldives rocked by protests against President Nasheed

Police in Maldives have used tear gas and batons to disperse a mass anti-government protest in the capital Male. Several thousand people gathered to demand President Mohamed Nasheed quit because of the worsening economy.

Maldives rises to climate challenge

Looking down from a sea plane flying above the Maldives, the coral islands are spread across the water like giant jellyfish emerging from the depths. People have lived on this archipelago for 3,000 years, and from the air it looks absolutely wonderful.

Maldives leader in climate change stunt

With fish darting amongst them in a blue lagoon, the Maldivian president and his top team have staged an elaborate stunt to publicise climate change.

Maldives government complains of spoof atlas omission

The government of the Maldives has complained after the UK's Daily Telegraph website carried a satirical blog post saying the island nation is to be omitted from the Times Atlas of the World. The supposed omission was said to be due to impending climate change.

Maldives girl's 100 lashes sentence overturned

The High Court ruled on Wednesday that the girl, whose stepfather is on trial for raping her, had been wrongly convicted by a juvenile court of having premarital sex with another man. Premarital sex is illegal in the Maldives, a popular tourist venue.

Maldives boy 'acted on instinct'

A 16-year-old boy scout in the Maldives who has been hailed a hero for saving the president's life has said that he acted "out of instinct". Mohammed Jaisham Ibrahim injured his hand while thwarting a man who tried to knife President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in the north of the islands on Monday.

Maldives 'Rubbish Island' is 'overwhelmed' by garbage

The government of the Maldives has temporarily banned the depositing of rubbish from its hotels onto an island used almost entirely as a garbage dump. Thilafushi, an artificial island 7km (four miles) from the capital, is nicknamed Rubbish Island.


The Maldives (/ˈmɔːldiːvs/, US: /ˈmɔːldaɪvz/ (listen); Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ Dhivehi Raajje), officially the Republic of Maldives, is a small island nation in South Asia, located in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean.

Extreme makeunder in the Maldives

The BBC's Chris Morris explores the private presidential island As we headed out to sea from Male, I still had the president's words ringing in my ears: "Last time I talked to you," he said, "I ended up in jail.

New Zealand coronavirus: Massive car heist under cover of lockdown

It must have looked like the heist of their dreams. A whole yard full of well-maintained rental vehicles, all lined up, unlocked and ready to go - with the keys inside. So, under cover of New Zealand's exceptionally strict virus lockdown, a group of thieves went to work.

Scientists explain magnetic pole's wanderings

European scientists think they can now describe with confidence what's driving the drift of the North Magnetic Pole. It's shifted in recent years away from Canada towards Siberia.

Five-year-old caught driving parents' car in Utah

Some toddlers spill milk in the kitchen or give their parents a headache by pulling the cat's tail. Five-year-old Adrian took the family car, and was only caught when police in Utah state stopped him on the freeway.

Elon Musk acts on promise to sell possessions with house sales

Elon Musk could be serious about selling his possessions, after reports two luxury homes in California have been put up for sale. On Friday, the Tesla boss included in a series of tweets a promise to get rid of his "physical possessions".

The groundbreaking way to search lungs for signs of Covid-19

When Covid-19 was at its height in China, doctors in the city of Wuhan were able to use artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to scan the lungs of thousands of patients. The algorithm in question, developed by Axial AI, analyses CT imagery in seconds.

Coronavirus: The lure of mafia money during the crisis

As the Covid-19 death toll grows, Italy's organised crime gangs have been looking to make millions. Many Italians feel they have no option but to accept the lifeline the mob is offering.

Coronavirus: Calls to shut down 'dirty fur trade'

Mink have contracted coronavirus, adding to the list of animals known to be at risk of catching the virus. Mink at two fur farms in The Netherlands tested positive for Covid-19 a week ago.

Coronavirus: France's first known case 'was in December'

This means the virus may have arrived in Europe almost a month earlier than previously thought. Dr Yves Cohen said a swab taken at the time was recently tested, and came back positive for Covid-19.

Coronavirus: US to borrow record $3tn as spending soars

The US has said it wants to borrow a record $3tn (£2.4tn) in the second quarter, as coronavirus-related rescue packages blow up the budget. The sum is more than five times the previous quarterly record, set at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.

'Murder hornets' land in the US for the first time

Even as the US remains under attack from the coronavirus outbreak, a new terror has arrived: "murder hornets". The 2-inch long Asian giant hornets have landed in the US for the first time, spotted on the west coast.

Coronavirus: 'Missing link' species may never be found

An "intermediate host" animal passed the coronavirus from wild bats to humans, evidence suggests. But while the World Health Organization says that the research points to the virus's "natural origin", some scientists say it might never be known how the first person was infected.

'I just designed a destruction of a life'

The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Ian Powell and Jackie Hueftle who own US firm Kilter Grips, which makes holds for climbing walls.

HS2 protesters spending coronavirus lockdown in trees

As the nation is told to stay at home, defiant protesters against HS2 have chosen to self-isolate at makeshift camps in under-threat forests.

Malaria 'completely stopped' by microbe

Scientists have discovered a microbe that completely protects mosquitoes from being infected with malaria. The team in Kenya and the UK say the finding has "enormous potential" to control the disease.

Why The Empire Strikes Back is overrated

It’s 40 years this month since The Empire Strikes Back was released, and for most of that time the second film in the Star Wars series has been enshrined as the best: the darkest, the most complex, the most mature.

Night burials amid Tanzania's coronavirus defiance

Videos of night burials have been circulating on social media in Tanzania causing some to call into question the government's approach to the coronavirus pandemic.

Venezuela accuses Colombia of attempting 'terrorist' sea invasion

The Venezuelan government has said it foiled an attempted sea incursion by "terrorist mercenaries" from Colombia. In a televised address, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said the group arrived on speedboats at the coastal state of La Guaira early on Sunday.

Love Bug's creator tracked down to repair shop in Manila

The man behind the world's first major computer virus outbreak has admitted his guilt, 20 years after his software infected millions of machines worldwide.

Algerian singer Hamid Cheriet - Idir - dies in France at 70

Algerian singer Hamid Cheriet, better known as Idir, has died in France at the age of 70. The tireless champion of the Kabyle and Berber cultures died of pulmonary disease.

Coronavirus: What global travel may look like ahead of a vaccine

Sun loungers separated by plexiglass. Blood tests and sanitiser spray-downs before flights. These might sound extreme, but they are real measures some in the travel industry are looking at to keep holidaymakers feeling safe and comfortable in a post-lockdown world.

Coronavirus: 'Covid toe' and other rashes puzzle doctors

Five rashes, including Covid toe, are affecting some hospital patients diagnosed with Covid-19, a small study by Spanish doctors has found. The rashes tended to appear in younger people and lasted several days.

North and South Korea in gunfire exchange after Kim Jong-un reappears

North and South Korea have exchanged gunfire in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) which divides the two countries. Seoul's military said shots from the North hit a guard post in the central border town of Cheorwon. It said it returned fire and delivered a warning announcement.

Is the world's biggest iceberg about to break up?

The world's biggest iceberg, A-68, just got a little smaller. At around 5,100 sq km, the behemoth has been the largest free-floating block of ice in Antarctica since it broke away from the continent in July 2017.

Coronavirus: Will New York ever be New York again?

The headlines seemed to be crowding in on us. The coronavirus had reached American shores. It had come to the outer suburbs of New York. There were cases in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

Hafthor Bjornsson: Game of Thrones actor breaks 501kg deadlift record

Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Bjornsson has set a world deadlifting record by lifting 501 kg (1,104 lbs). Bjornsson, a powerlifter who portrayed Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in the HBO series, broke the record at his gym in his native Iceland.

Elon Musk tweet wipes $14bn off Tesla's value

Tesla boss Elon Musk wiped $14bn (£11bn) off the carmaker's value after tweeting its share price was too high. It also knocked $3bn off Mr Musk's own stake in Tesla as investors promptly bailed out of the company.

Coronavirus: Cyber-spies seek coronavirus vaccine secrets

The US has seen foreign spy agencies carry out reconnaissance of research into a coronavirus vaccine, a senior US intelligence official has told the BBC.

Coronavirus: Seven million Afghan children risk hunger - report

More than seven million children in Afghanistan are at risk of hunger as food prices soar due to the coronavirus pandemic, a report warns. The charity said a third of the population, which includes 7.3 million children, was facing food shortages.

Coronavirus: Trump seems to undercut US spies on virus origins

US President Donald Trump has appeared to undercut his own intelligence agencies by suggesting he has seen evidence coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory. Earlier the US national intelligence director's office said it was still investigating how the virus began.

Four Amish children killed in horse-drawn buggy accident

Officials in Kentucky say four children were killed and one is missing after their horse-drawn buggy was washed away while trying to cross a stream. The Amish family of six were crossing a low water bridge when their horse was swept away by the current, police say.

Ballistic Ping Pong Ball vs. Tennis Ball at 450km/h!

What happens when you shoot a ballistic ping pong ball going 450kph at a tennis ball? Check out Brandon’s iPhone video on GizmoSlip: Support more physics content like this by joining our Patreon community! Many things to my Sally Ride L

Was the Milky Way a Quasar?

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Solutions to the Three Body Problem

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! Check out the Space Time Merch Store The three body problem is famous for being impossible to solve. But actually it's been solved many times, and in ingenious ways. Some of

The Edge of an Infinite Universe

Have you ever asked “what is beyond the edge of the universe?” And have you ever been told that an infinite universe that has no edge? You were told wrong. In a sense. We can define a boundary to an infinite universe, at least mathematically. And it turns out that boundary may be as real or even

Are You a Boltzmann Brain? | Space Time

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How will airlines get flying again?

Aviation is the most global of global industries. It employs millions of people, underpins the livelihoods of tens of millions more, and acts as part of the central nervous system of international business and leisure. Yet now vast parts of the network have been shut down.

Harrison Ford investigated over LA runway incident

US actor Harrison Ford is being investigated over an incident last week at an airport in southern California. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said he was piloting a small plane that wrongly crossed a runway where another aircraft was landing.

Jesus tomb found, says film-maker

Jesus had a son named Judah and was buried alongside Mary Magdalene, according to a new documentary by Hollywood film director James Cameron. The film examines a tomb found near Jerusalem in 1980 which producers say belonged to Jesus and his family.

Joan of Arc remains 'are fakes'

Bones thought to be the holy remains of 15th Century French heroine Joan of Arc were in fact made from an Egyptian mummy and a cat, research has revealed. In 1867, a jar was found in a Paris pharmacy attic, along with a label claiming it held relics of Joan's body.

'Crazy beast' lived among last of dinosaurs

The 66-million-year-old fossil is described in the journal Nature. Its discovery challenges previous assumptions that mammals would have had to be very small - the size of mice - to survive alongside dinosaurs.

Coronavirus 'will hasten the decline of cash'

Coronavirus will hasten the decline in the use of cash as people make a long-term switch to digital payments, experts say. The lockdown has led to a 60% fall in the number of withdrawals from cash machines, although people are taking out bigger sums.

Coronavirus: Transgender people 'extremely vulnerable' during lockdown

International transgender rights groups are warning global coronavirus lockdown restrictions have led to trans people being denied healthcare. Many have had surgeries delayed, and some are struggling to access hormone therapy and counselling services.

Dancing gargantuan black holes perform on cue

Astronomers have been able to test two key consequences of Einstein's theories by studying the way a couple of black holes move around each other.

Coronavirus: DJI Mavic Air 2 jettisons drone safety feature in Europe

DJI has launched its first consumer drone to warn of nearby planes and helicopters via its controller. The inclusion of the safety feature follows multiple reports of near-misses with other aircraft.

UK spies will need artificial intelligence - Rusi report

UK spies will need to use artificial intelligence (AI) to counter a range of threats, an intelligence report says. Adversaries are likely to use the technology for attacks in cyberspace and on the political system, and AI will be needed to detect and stop them.

‘I was a teacher for 17 years, but I couldn’t read or write’

John Corcoran grew up in New Mexico in the US during the 1940s and 50s. One of six siblings, he graduated from high school, went on to university, and became a teacher in the 1960s - a job he held for 17 years. But, as he explains here, he hid an extraordinary secret.

Owen Harding: The teen who disappeared during lockdown

As Britain scrambled to adjust to the first week of a life of lockdown in late March, Owen Harding and his mum Stella were arguing. The 16-year-old was frustrated that his girlfriend Meg Wells Rhodes was 280 miles away in York, where she lives. It had been an emotional few days.

Pentagon releases UFO videos for the record

The US Department of Defense has released three declassified videos of "unexplained aerial phenomena". The Pentagon said it wanted to "clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real".

Coronavirus immunity: Can you catch it twice?

Can you catch coronavirus again? Why are some people sicker than others? Will it come back every winter? Will a vaccine work? Could immunity passports get some of us back to work? How do we manage the virus in the long-term?

Police protecting Prague mayor after 'Russian murder plot'

The mayor of Prague has confirmed he is under police protection, days after a news report suggested he was the target of an assassination plot. Czech newspaper Respekt alleges a Russian agent carrying the poison ricin arrived in the country three weeks ago.

Should we give up on the dream of space elevators?

Elevators that can whisk people and cargo up from the planet’s surface into space could spell an end to polluting rockets. But making them reality is a challenge. Nic Fleming investigates.

Space elevators: Going up?

The Russians don’t do countdowns. For the final few seconds before launch those of us watching just hold our breath and stand well back. I find several thousand kilometres back at the European Space Agency’s mission control in Germany to be safest.

The Fountains of Paradise

The Fountains of Paradise is a novel by British writer Arthur C. Clarke. Set in the 22nd century, it describes the construction of a space elevator.

International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC)

BIS Space Elevator Symposium : 7th November 2017 This 1-day Space Elevator (SE) Symposium was held at the headquarters of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) at ‘Arthur C Clarke House’ in London, jointly sponsored by BIS and ISEC.

The Space Elevator Blog - For scalable, inexpensive access to space…

Hot off the press is the April, 2012 SEC eNewsletter.

India coronavirus: The 'mystery' of low Covid-19 death rates

The global media reports are a mixture of relief and bafflement. They talk about the "mystery behind India's lower death rates" from the Covid-19 infection, and say that India is "bucking the coronavirus trend".

Coronavirus: Top NYC doctor takes her own life

Dr Lorna Breen, who was medical director of the emergency department at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital in Manhattan, died of self-inflicted injuries on Sunday, police said. New York accounts for 17,500 out of America's coronavirus 56,000 deaths.

Coronavirus: Trump 'can't imagine why' US disinfectant calls spiked

President Donald Trump has said he "can't imagine why" US hotline calls about disinfectant have risen after he suggested injecting the substance to treat coronavirus. The governors of Michigan and Maryland on Sunday blamed the president for the spike in such calls.

The boy who photographed La Belle Époque of France

Jacques Henri Lartigue, born in 1894 in Courbevoie, was given a camera as a boy by his father at the dawn of the 20th Century. He began taking photographs of his life, including snapshots of his parents; his bedroom; his nanny Dudu throwing a ball up into the air; his brother jumping off a boat.

Law of triviality

Parkinson's law of triviality is C. Northcote Parkinson's 1957 argument that members of an organization give disproportionate weight to trivial issues.

Gruffalo artist Axel Scheffler: 'This was something I could do to help'

The illustrator is famous for his weird and wonderful pictures of animals in books like The Gruffalo, but now the coronavirus pandemic has brought him back into the real world with a bump. The 62-year-old has just helped to produce what must have been one of the fastest books in history.

Coronavirus: Belgians urged to eat more chips by lockdown-hit potato growers

Belgians are well known for loving chips (frites), often with a big dollop of mayonnaise, but hard-up farmers now want them to eat chips twice a week.

'The phone slipped into the bath': Conference call tales

His experience illustrates the pitfalls of videoconferencing, a technology that thousands of workers are getting used to as they attempt to work from home. Some people really need help.

El Salvador's jails: : Where social distancing is impossible

Latin America has some of the most overcrowded jails in the world. With prisoners crammed into tiny cells by the dozen, social distancing is impossible and poor medical facilities mean any outbreak of coronavirus would spread like wildfire.

The truth about eating eggs

As many countries urge populations to stay at home, many of us are paying more attention to our diets and how the food we eat can support our health. To help sort out the fact from the fiction, BBC Future is updating some of our most popular nutrition stories from our archive.

Move to new planet, says Hawking

The human race must move to a planet beyond our Solar System to protect the future of the species, physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has warned. He told the BBC that life could be wiped out by a nuclear disaster or an asteroid hitting the planet.

Early humans 'followed coast'

The first humans who left Africa to populate the world headed south along the coast of the Indian Ocean, Science magazine reports. Scientists had always thought the exodus from Africa around 70,000 years ago took place along a northern route into Europe and Asia.

DNA legacy of ancient seafarers

Scientists have used DNA to re-trace the migrations of a sea-faring civilisation which dominated the Mediterranean thousands of years ago. The Phoenicians were an enterprising maritime people from the territory of modern-day Lebanon.

Ancient humans 'followed rains'

Prehistoric humans roamed the world's largest desert for some 5,000 years, archaeologists have revealed. The Eastern Sahara of Egypt, Sudan, Libya and Chad was home to nomadic people who followed rains that turned the desert into grassland.

Ant mega-colony takes over world

Argentine ants living in vast numbers across Europe, the US and Japan belong to the same inter-related colony, and will refuse to fight one another. The colony may be the largest of its type ever known for any insect species, and could rival humans in the scale of its world domination.

Jack Ma: The billionaire trying to stop coronavirus (and fix China's reputation)

The richest man in China opened his own Twitter account last month, in the middle of the Covid-19 outbreak. So far, every one of his posts has been devoted to his unrivalled campaign to deliver medical supplies to almost every country around the world.

Embracing the IndieWeb

I’ve used Disqus comments on this site for a long time. At the time I set it up, it was ubiquitous, easy to set up, and a no-brainer. However, after converting my site to Gatsby and getting the site to load Blazing Fast™, the Disqus embed code was the slowest thing on my site.


I write margin notes while reading books. They help me keep my thoughts on record and within context. But how do I do that on a website or an ebook? This is an experiment in implementing a marginalia (or annotation) system using the principles of the indieweb.

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Consider setting up to get Tweets sent as webmentions to

Getting started with Webmentions in Gatsby

I have been curious to learn more about webmentions and the IndieWeb for a while now. Putting together my new blog seemed like an excellent opportunity to learn more about it. So keep in mind that I’m pretty new to this stuff, and just sharing my learning process as I go along.


Using one of these? Click to add webmentions: Already signed up? Find your user page here. is a hosted service created to easily receive webmentions on any web page. You might also be interested in reading about this project on the IndieWeb wiki.

Webmentions: Enabling Better Communication on the Internet

Over 1 million Webmentions will have been sent across the internet since the specification was made a full Recommendation by the W3C—the standards body that guides the direction of the web—in early January 2017.


Webmention is a simple protocol to notify any URL when a website links to it, and for web pages to request notifications when somebody links to them. Webmention was originally developed in the IndieWebCamp community[1] and published as a W3C working draft on 2016-01-12.

Saudi Arabia to abolish flogging - supreme court

Saudi Arabia is to abolish flogging as a form of punishment, according to a legal document seen by media outlets. The directive from the Gulf kingdom's Supreme Court says flogging will be replaced by imprisonment or fines.

Q&A - COVID-19 & smoking

This interactive dashboard/map provides the latest global numbers and numbers by country of COVID-19 cases on a daily basis.

Woody Allen & His New Orleans Jazz Band – a musician of 'awful dreadfulness'? Not at all

Royal Albert Hall, London The film-maker is a fine amateur clarinetist, and, at the Albert Hall, he and his polished band played a set that was a warm and tender tribute to jazz’s early years Royal Albert Hall, London The film-maker is a fine amateur clarinetist, and, at the Albe

Coronavirus: Has Sweden got its science right?

Sweden's strategy to keep large parts of society open is widely backed by the public. It has been devised by scientists and backed by government, and yet not all the country's virologists are convinced. There is no lockdown here.

Coronavirus: Belgium unveils plans to lift lockdown

Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès has announced a detailed plan to gradually lift the country's coronavirus restrictions.

Hubble telescope delivers stunning 30th birthday picture

It's 30 years ago to the day that the Hubble telescope was launched - and to celebrate its birthday, the veteran observatory has produced another astonishing image of the cosmos. This one is of a star-forming region close to our Milky Way Galaxy, about 163,000 light-years from Earth.

Coronavirus: Is social distancing an oxymoron in India?

Health experts and governments across the world have been advising people to practice social distancing to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus. In India too, we are constantly being told to avoid physical contact and maintain a distance of at least one metre from others.

Tom Hanks offers friendship to bullied boy named Corona

US actor Tom Hanks has replied to a letter and sent the gift of a Corona-brand typewriter to an Australian boy bullied because of his name - Corona. Corona De Vries, 8, wrote to the Toy Story actor and his wife Rita Wilson after they fell sick with the virus in Queensland.

Coronavirus: Outcry after Trump suggests injecting disinfectant as treatment

US President Donald Trump has been lambasted by the medical community after suggesting research into whether coronavirus might be treated by injecting disinfectant into the body. He also appeared to propose irradiating patients' bodies with UV light, an idea dismissed by a doctor at the briefing.

An ancient world concealed underground

In cities as old as Naples, residents have become used to unearthing classical Roman treasures, antiquated cisterns and other historic artefacts underneath their homes when it comes time to renovate.

Musk says SpaceX is 'fixing' brightness from satellites

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said the company was "fixing" the brightness of his company's satellites. Stargazers around the world and including many Britons have witnessed unusual constellations made up of the low earth orbit spacecraft.

Upcoming IndieWebCamps

The IndieWeb is a people-focused alternative to the "corporate web". Perhaps most importantly, we are people-focused instead of project-focused, and have regular meetups where everyone is welcome.

US announces millions in aid for resource-rich Greenland

The US has announced a $12.1m (£10m) aid package for mineral-rich Greenland - a move welcomed by the Danish territory's government. This year the US will also open a consulate in the vast Arctic territory, whose population is just 56,000.

Nature crisis: 'Insect apocalypse' more complicated than thought

The global health of insect populations is far more complicated than previously thought, new data suggests. Previous research indicated an alarming decline in numbers in all parts of world, with losses of up to 25% per decade.

Coronavirus: Ukrainian town sealed off after monastery outbreak

Police have stopped people going in and out of the Ukrainian town of Pochayiv after an outbreak at one of the largest Orthodox monasteries in Eastern Europe.

Will Wormholes Allow Fast Interstellar Travel?

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Will anyone ever find Shackleton's lost ship?

It's going to take a monumental effort to locate the iconic ship of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. This is the conclusion of scientists who tried and failed last year to find the Endurance, which sank in 3,000m of water in the Weddell Sea in 1915.

From Static to Real-time: Introducing Incremental Builds in Gatsby Cloud

Today I’m thrilled to announce the release of Incremental Builds on Gatsby Cloud. In January we announced Gatsby Builds, bringing you up to 60x faster builds for Gatsby sites compared to other solutions. Now Incremental Builds reliably brings build times on data changes to under 10 seconds.

The reason why some people don't wash their hands

At the time, Hegseth was best known as a Fox News presenter who had a sprinkling of controversial views. Then he said: “I don’t think I’ve washed my hands for 10 years.” Cue a collective wrinkling of noses, and a frenzy of articles about what might be on your hands after a decade.

Euthanasia: Dutch court expands law on dementia cases

Doctors in the Netherlands can no longer be prosecuted for carrying out euthanasia on dementia patients who have previously given written consent. Previously, patients would need to confirm their request.

India coronavirus lockdown: Broke tourists rescued from cave

Indian officials have rescued six tourists who were living in a cave in India following a lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The four men and two women had moved to a cave in Rishikesh in northern India after they were stranded in the country with very little money.

'Oumuamua: 'space cigar's' tumble hints at violent past

The space interloper 'Oumuamua is spinning chaotically and will carry on doing so for more than a billion years. That is the conclusion of new Belfast research that has examined in detail the light bouncing off the cigar-shaped asteroid from outside our Solar System.

'Alien comet' visitor has weird composition

The first known comet to visit us from another star system has an unusual make-up, according to new research. The interstellar comet 2I/Borisov was detected in our Solar System last year.

Plant disease: UK restricts olive tree imports to halt infection

Severe restrictions will be placed on imports of some very popular trees and plants in an effort to halt a deadly infection. Xylella fastidiosa has wreaked havoc on olive plantations in parts of Italy and has also been found in France and Spain.

Coronavirus: Immigration to US to be suspended amid pandemic, Trump says

President Donald Trump has said he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend all immigration to the US because of the coronavirus. On Twitter, he cited "the attack from the invisible enemy", as he calls the virus, and the need to protect the jobs of Americans, but did not give details.

Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury - Rachel Bloom

BUY RACHEL'S ALBUM: "FUCK ME, RAY BRADBURY" T-SHIRTS: sexy pop song dedicated to the science fiction/fantasy author, Ray Bradbury. 2011 Hugo Award Nominee for "Best Dramatic Presentation: Short."Starring: Rachel Bloom

Coronavirus: US faced with protests amid pressure to reopen

Protesters have taken to the streets in states across the US, demanding that governors reopen economies shut by the coronavirus pandemic. Rallies in Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Washington state were expected on Sunday, following earlier protests in half a dozen states.

How to make pizza like a Neapolitan master

When you think of Italy’s most memorable dishes, its beloved pizza will most likely be among your top five, if not top three, favourites. It’s an ultimate comfort food that has become an ever-growing obsession around the world.

Coronavirus: Will Covid-19 speed up the use of robots to replace human workers?

As a pandemic grips the world, a person could be forgiven if they had forgotten about another threat to humanity's way of life - the rise of robots. For better or worse the robots are going to replace many humans in their jobs, analysts say, and the coronavirus outbreak is speeding up the process.

Coronavirus: Capt Tom guest of honour at Harrogate hospital opening

Captain Tom Moore originally aimed to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. The veteran, who was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, will appear via video link at the opening on Tuesday.

How city life can breed smarter pests

Some thought they would be the Fort Knox of bins. Well, sort of. Resistant to marauding raccoons, or at least that was the hope. To residents of Toronto, Canada, raccoons are a familiar pest. The mammals adore rummaging through household waste, seeking out scraps of food.

The story of the fake bomb detectors

From the battle against suicide bombers in Baghdad, to the drug wars in Mexico and the campaign against poachers in Africa, the "magic wand" detectors were used to search for explosives, cocaine and smuggled ivory.

Nasa to launch first manned mission from US in decade

Nasa has announced that next month it will launch its first manned mission from US soil in almost 10 years. The rocket and the spacecraft it is carrying are due to take off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre on 27 May, taking two astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

Climate change: 'Bath sponge' breakthrough could boost cleaner cars

Like a bath sponge, the product is able to hold and release large quantities of the gas at lower pressure and cost. Containing billions of tiny pores, a single gram of the new aluminium-based material has a surface area the size of a football pitch.

Coronavirus: BCG rumours and other stories fact-checked

BBC teams are fact-checking some of the most popular fake and misleading coronavirus stories on social media. Jack Goodman brings together what's been debunked this week by BBC Monitoring, Trending and Reality Check.

Coronavirus: Double warning over antibody tests

Hopes that coronavirus antibody tests could help the UK end its lockdown have been dealt a blow - after the World Health Organization questioned whether they offer any guarantee of immunity.

Coronavirus: Is pandemic being used for power grab in Europe?

Some of Europe's leaders have been accused of taking advantage of a public health crisis to clamp down on dissent and bolster their power.

Coronavirus: Is there any evidence for lab release theory?

In April, US State Department cables came to light showing embassy officials were worried about biosecurity at a virus lab in Wuhan, China. The lab is in the same city where the coronavirus outbreak was first detected.

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1965

We have a habit in writing articles published in scientific journals to make the work as finished as possible, to cover all the tracks, to not worry about the blind alleys or to describe how you had the wrong idea first, and so on.

Biggest cosmic mystery 'step closer' to solution

Stars, galaxies, planets, pretty much everything that makes up our everyday lives owes its existence to a cosmic quirk. The nature of this quirk, which allowed matter to dominate the Universe at the expense of antimatter, remains a mystery.

Decentralisation: the next big step for the world wide web

The story that broke early last month that Google would again cooperate with Chinese authorities to run a censored version of its search engine, something the tech giant has neither confirmed nor denied, had ironic timing.

Web 3.0: the decentralised web promises to make the internet free again

Have you recently considered deleting your Facebook account, boycotting Amazon or trying to find an alternative to Google? You wouldn’t be alone. The tech giants are invading our privacy, misusing our data, strangling economic growth and helping governments spy on us.


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Coronavirus: Chilean writer Luis Sepúlveda dies aged 70

Best-selling Chilean writer Luis Sepúlveda has died of Covid-19 in Spain at the age of 70. He spent six weeks in hospital in Oviedo after developing symptoms following a trip to a literary festival in Portugal.

Pope Francis: 'About 2%' of Catholic clergy paedophiles

Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. The Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper.

Catholic Church: Could Pope Francis say 'yes' to married priests?

Catholic bishops from around the world will meet in Rome on Sunday to discuss the future of the Church in the Amazon. Over the next three weeks, some 260 participants will talk about climate change, migration, and evangelism.

Do humans have a ‘religion instinct’?

Are spiritual beliefs an inevitable consequence of evolution? In the second article in a two-part series, Brandon Ambrosino examines the ways that spiritual beliefs emerge from ancient psychological tendencies.

How and why did religion evolve?

These words, recorded in the Gospels as being spoken by Jesus during the Last Supper, are said daily at Church services around the world before the communion meal is eaten.

Brazil: Netflix told to remove film depicting Jesus as gay

The film, The First Temptation of Christ, infuriated fervent Christians in the country. Two million people signed a petition calling for it to be axed, and the production company was attacked with Molotov cocktails last month.

Ravi Kumar Atheist: The Indian man fighting to be godless

An Indian man is fighting for the right to believe in the non-existence of God. But Ravi Kumar's quest for a document granting him legal recognition for his status has got him into trouble with the authorities. The BBC's Geeta Pandey reports from Tohana village in northern India.

Albert Einstein's 'God letter' expected to sell for $1.5m

The so-called "God letter" was written in 1954 and is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million (£1.2m). The Nobel Prize-winning scientist, then 74, wrote the one-and-a-half page note to German philosopher Eric Gutkind in response to one of his works.

US preacher asks followers to help buy fourth private jet

Jesse Duplantis said God had told him to buy a Falcoln 7X for $54m (£41m). He added he was hesitant about the purchase at first, but said God had told him: "I didn't ask you to pay for it. I asked you to believe for it."

Why is there less snow on Scotland's mountains this year?

Winter in Scotland conjures up images of the snow-topped mountains which attract visitors in their droves every year for walking, climbing and snowsports. But enthusiasts say they have noticed a difference in recent years, with milder weather leading to less snow cover.

The research centre dedicated to the science of cracks

Whatever their size, cracks can be bad news. They make planes fall out the sky and bridges fall down. On a more mundane level they trip you up on a badly-maintained pavement. Now Strathclyde University in Glasgow is claiming a world-first with a centre dedicated to a new science of cracking-up.

North Macedonia’s top-secret pearls

Straddling the border of North Macedonia and Albania, Lake Ohrid is one of the oldest and deepest lakes in Europe. A cultural and natural Unesco World Heritage site, the lake’s emerald-green waters are home to 212 known species of endemic plants and animals.

The hidden biases that drive anti-vegan hatred

In July 2019, a bare-chested, pony-tailed man turned up at a vegan market in London, and began snacking on a raw squirrel.

Can a blood pressure drug help ease the painful memory of an ex?

Dr Alain Brunet has spent over 15 years studying post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), working with combat veterans, people who have experienced terror attacks and crime victims.

New York’s ‘real’ Little Italy

It’s a dark winter evening on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. Shopkeepers are bringing in tins of olive oil and tomatoes from sidewalk displays and pulling down the metal grates in front of their bakeries and butcher shops.

What does the Spanish term 'vacilar' really mean?

It has two more "traditional" meanings I can think of:To doubt, to be undecided, to fluctuate: Juan vaciló antes de elegir la camisa. La llama vacilaba entre el amarillo y el azul. Está completamente perdido: cada vez que llega a un cruce vacila.

Space Elevator Reference Top Story

Exosphere, a Chilean company and who labels themselves as a "learning and problem-solving community", will hold a three week Space Elevator program in Budapest, Hungary in mid-July as part of its Copernicus Series.

Space elevator

A space elevator is a proposed type of planet-to-space transportation system.[1] The main component would be a cable (also called a tether) anchored to the surface and extending into space.

Arthur C. Clarke - Space Elevator

Famous futurist on the Space Elevator

Notre Dame fire: Fragile old lady of Paris waits for rescue

When the wind blows around Notre Dame these days, strange, whistling chimes fill the air. A ghostly harmony made by the gaping holes in the old medieval structure, left by the fire exactly a year ago.

‘My toy walrus waited 25 years in the Arctic’

A remote Arctic island makes an unusual honeymoon destination. But for one couple it was perfect, and led to a touching reunion with a long-lost childhood friend, writes Juliet Rix. Walruses huddle in blubbery bonhomie, almost overflowing the little ice-islands on which they float.

Is it possible to build wildlife-friendly windfarms?

One of the greenest types of energy poses a conservation conundrum – wind farms can lead to collisions with birds and bats.

Australian thief uses fishing rod to steal Versace necklace

Australian police are attempting to catch a thief who used a fishing rod to steal a Versace necklace from a high-end designer store in Melbourne. The thief was caught on CCTV trying to hook the A$800 (US$529; £414) jewellery off a mannequin's neck.

How Pretty Woman erased sex from its story

A middle-aged businessman pays a much-younger prostitute to be his live-in lover for a week. It’s a sordid premise for a feel-good romantic comedy, but that didn’t stop Pretty Woman being one of the biggest hits of 1990.

The food that could last 2,000 years

On 8 September 1941, Nazi forces surrounded Leningrad from the west and south, and through Finland to the north. A thin strip of land across Lake Ladoga kept the residents in touch with the rest of Russia, but heavy shelling made it impossible to evacuate the population.

Coronavirus: US to halt funding to WHO, says Trump

US President Donald Trump has said he is going to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) because it has "failed in its basic duty" in its response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Breakthrough Initiatives

Breakthrough Initiatives is a program founded in 2015 and funded by Yuri Milner to search for extraterrestrial intelligence over a span of at least 10 years. The program is divided into multiple projects.

The hidden impact of your daily water use

The way we do our laundry, clean our dishes and hose down our cars all has a surprising and largely unnoticed impact on the climate.Jackie Lambert suspects that her habit of showering only every three days is unusual. “But I’m unapologetic for it because I think it’s fine,” she laughs.

Coronavirus: Pandemic fact v pandemic fiction?

Is truth stranger than fiction, as the American writer Mark Twain once suggested? Now we all have a chance to judge for ourselves, for the veteran US journalist Lawrence Wright has just written a thriller novel, due out later this month, called The End of October.

Is sugar really bad for you?

Given the current situation, many of us are more interested than ever in how food can (and can’t) support our health. To help you sort out fact from fiction, BBC Future is bringing back some of our most popular nutrition stories.

Measles resurgence fear amid coronavirus

Measles outbreaks may occur as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, officials say, because some vaccination programmes are having to be delayed. Unicef says 117 million children in 37 countries may not get immunised on time.

Apollo 13: Enhanced images reveal life on stricken spacecraft

Image enhancement techniques have been used to reveal life aboard Nasa's stricken Apollo 13 spacecraft in unprecedented detail. Fifty years ago, the craft suffered an explosion that jeopardised the lives of the three astronauts aboard.

How to mine precious metals in your home

Our modern world is dependent upon natural resources extracted from the ground, but there could be another source of rare and valuable metals – in our houses.

Coronavirus: How to cope with living alone in self-isolation

After years of living with others, Lucia was excited to finally have a place to herself. The photographer had recently moved back to Italy from New York. She enjoyed spending time on long, meandering walks with her camera, and going out for food with friends.

Coronavirus: Trump berates media at jaw-dropping briefing

On Monday morning I had a delivery to my apartment from the nearby off-licence - or liquor store, as they say over here. And I put a jokey picture on Twitter of a bottle of gin and eight bottles of tonic, with the caption that at least I had the next week sorted.

Coronavirus: How can we stay in virtual touch with older relatives?

As the government encourages "social distancing" in the fight against coronavirus, older people are facing the prospect of being told to stay at home for weeks. But what if a parent or older person in your life, doesn't already have access to video calling tech?

Coronavirus: How bad information goes viral

There's a huge amount of misleading information circulating online about coronavirus - from dodgy health tips to speculation about government plans. This is the story of how one post went viral.

Meet Sophia, World's First AI Humanoid Robot | Tony Robbins

Sophia travels to Palm Beach, Florida, to meet with Tony Robbins during our Date With Destiny event — and Tony did not hold back on asking some tough questions! Here are some highlights from their conversation where they talked about everything from how Sophia’s makers have influenced and shaped

Why working from home might be less sustainable

Zero commute, no office energy consumption – working from home seems the most sustainable solution. But the answer to impact isn’t that simple.Car engines running, office heaters pumping – work as we know it has a substantial carbon footprint.

The godfatherof fake news

Christopher Blair takes a sip of his coffee. Then he carefully focuses on one of the three screens in front of him.

Coronavirus: The race to stop the virus spread in Asia's 'biggest slum'

On 23 March, a 56-year-old man living in a vast, labyrinthine slum in the western Indian city of Mumbai went to see a doctor. He was feeling feverish and had a bad cough. The garment trader lived in Dharavi, often referred to as "Asia's biggest slum".

Quibi 10-minute or shorter video app launches in US

The mobile-first streaming service Quibi launched in the US on Monday, despite concerns the coronavirus outbreak might impact its viewership. The company has raised $1.8bn (£1.47bn) for the project intended to rival Netflix and YouTube.

Coronavirus IV: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver discusses how Coronavirus is impacting the US workforce, from mass unemployment to the problems faced by essential