NASA Moon landing: What happened to the American flag planted by the Apollo 11 astronauts?

NASA landed on the Moon 50 years ago on July 20, 1969, just eight years after Project Apollo started. The monumental achievement saw the first two men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, walk on the surface of the Moon. More than 600 million people watched the Moon landing live, from Commander Armstrong’s “one small […]

NASA Moon landing: These are the Apollo 11 secrets no-one ever told you about

NASA landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969, just eight years after President John F Kennedy set sights on the lunar orb. The Apollo 11 mission saw astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin land on the Moon, while Command Module pilot Michael Collins stayed in lunar orbit. And though millions of people watched […]

Global heating to inflict more droughts on Africa as well as floods

Global heating could bring many more bouts of severe drought as well as increased flooding to Africa than previously forecast, scientists have warned. New research says the continent will experience many extreme outbreaks of intense rainfall over the next 80 years. These could trigger devastating floods, storms and disruption of farming. In addition, these events […]

Seven baby monkeys poisoned at US research center, documents reveal

Seven infant monkeys were accidentally poisoned and died at one of the largest primate research centers in the US, internal documents shared with the Guardian have revealed. The young macaques died after their mothers were marked with dye at the University of California, Davis, primate research laboratory. Once reunited with their infants, the female macaques […]

New mothers’ smell may change fathers’ behaviour towards children

Smells from pregnant and recently pregnant women may increase men’s interest in their babies, a new study suggests. The research links the smell given off by new mothers to the length of time male participants want to look at babies’ faces. “We found preliminary evidence that exposure to post-pregnancy body odours did significantly increase effort expended to […]

NASA Moon landing: Astronaut Michael Collins held THIS Apollo 11 photo secret for 50 years

NASA landed the first two astronauts on the Moon on July 20, 1969, concluding the US space race to the Moon. The Apollo landing saw astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the Moon for the first time in human history. But the two astronauts were part of a three-man crew and without Command […]

Steffanie Strathdee: ‘Phages have evolved to become perfect predators of bacteria’

Infectious disease epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee’s husband survived a deadly antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection thanks to her suggestion of using an unconventional cure popular in the former Soviet Union: fighting the bug with a virus. Now the global health expert at the University of California, San Diego, she has, along with her husband, Tom Patterson, who is […]

Learning to overcome my fear of singing was as easy as do-re-mi

It’s lunchtime on a sunny day in early June. I’m standing on London’s Fleet Street outside an imposing door that’s sandwiched between a solicitor’s office and Ye Olde Cock Tavern. I feel nervous and sticky-palmed. A message pings into my phone. It’s from my 17-year-old daughter. It says: “Try not to worry Dad, it’s only […]

Google CEO begs regulators not to split company up

Google’s CEO has made an appeal that the company should not be broken up, as federal regulators and Congress are directing increasing scrutiny at the tech goliath. Google’s massive size allows it to invest in future technologies without worrying about ‘short-term profits,’ CEO Sundar Pichai insisted in an interview with CNN Business on Thursday.’Scale does offer many […]

How will the UK implement its 2050 carbon pledge?

The UK is set to become the first major economy to commit to reaching “net zero” emissions by 2050. The announcement has widely been welcomed as a significant – and achievable – milestone. However, the climate requires results, not noble gestures, and the hard work of actually reducing emissions is only just getting started. Close […]

Strawberry Moon meaning: What is the meaning behind the June Full Moon and its name?

The Strawberry Moon, the sixth Full Moon of the year, will peak in brightness on the morning of Monday, June 17, UK time. Here in the UK, the lunar orb will reach its Full Moon phase around 9.30am BST (8.30am UTC). When this happens, the Moon will still be below the horizon, meaning you will […]

Yellowstone volcano: Why USGS warned three-day July eruption could bury US in 4ft ash

The Yellowstone caldera is labelled a supervolcano due to its ability to inflict devastation on a global level. Pinned between the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, the volcano is constantly monitored by the USGS (United States Geological Survey) for signs that a supereruption is on its way. An eruption of this kind has not occurred for […]

We must transform our lives and values to save this burning planet | Susanna Rustin

The case for action to tackle the climate emergency, on a scale far beyond anything that has yet been attempted, is increasingly widely understood. Almost three decades after the first UN climate treaty was agreed in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and despite the commitments thrashed out among nation states at every summit since, global […]

Could Richard Dinan crack the holy grail of nuclear energy?

Cressida Bonas with her cousin Richard DinanThere are myriad reasons why 32-year-old Richard Dinan has struggled to be taken seriously in the stuffy, insular, academic world of nuclear fusion.For starters, most know him as the much lusted-after veteran of Channel 4’s reality show Made In Chelsea, rather than as a big-brained physics boffin. (He was […]

Adobe unveils new AI that can detect if an image has been 'deepfaked'

The antidote to deepfakes? Adobe unveils new AI that can detect manipulated facesResearchers developed an AI tool that can detect subtle alterations in a photoNot only that, but it can also ‘revert’ the manipulated image back to normal They believe it could be used to detect ‘deepfake’ videos, which use deep learning to digitally splice fake […]

Hackers behind lethal 'Triton' malware are now eyeing the US power grid, experts warn

Hackers behind lethal ‘Triton’ malware are now eyeing the US power grid, experts warnSecurity experts say hackers tested US power grids with dangerous malware The same hackers used ‘Triton’ malware to attack an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia Reportedly the group has surveyed 20 targets in the US but has not attackedFireEye has traced the hackers to […]

Elon Musk reveals new racing game built into Teslas that players can control with the steering wheel

First, Tesla gamified the infotainment system in its cars. Now, the firm is doing the same to its steering wheels. At E3 on Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a slew of games set to arrive in cars, including one that lets players control a virtual vehicle using the actual steering wheel in the driver’s seat. Musk […]

Nuclear fusion-powered spacecraft could allow a probe to make it to Saturn in just TWO YEARS

Nuclear fusion-powered spacecraft that could allow a probe to make it to Saturn in just TWO YEARS may be just a decade away, researcher claimsResearchers say a nuclear fusion powered spacecraft is within reachUsing a new type of engine, scientists could cut travel time to Saturn by 5 yearsDirect fusion drives are still theoretical but […]

Experts fear rogue efforts to 'hack the planet' could have devastating consequences

Efforts to tackle climate change with controversial ‘climate-hacking’ schemes could lead to devastating consequences and even war, experts have warned. So-called geoengineering schemes involve manipulating Earth’s atmosphere by extracting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or by ‘blocking’ sunlight by reflecting it back into space.But efforts by one country to combat climate change in this way could have […]

Privacy fears as THOUSANDS of images of drivers are available for download on the dark web

Privacy fears as report reveals THOUSANDS of drivers’ images are available for download on the dark web following ‘major’ US border hackPhotos stolen from a ‘major’ US border hack have appeared on the dark webMany of the images show drivers’ faces, license plate and car make-and-modelComes after Customs and Border Protection announced the breach this […]

Moonwalk and 9/11 photographs part of 'global visual memory'

From the spacesuit-clad form of Buzz Aldrin on the moon to the middle-distance gaze of Che Guevara, some photographs really are seared into the public’s mind all over the world, research suggests. While some images have long been hailed as “iconic”, experts say there has been little research to show that certain photographs are widely […]

Scientists think groundbreaking astronomer Kepler

The Kepler mission has spotted thousands of exoplanets since 2014, with 30 planets less than twice the size of Earth now known to orbit within the habitable zones of their stars.Launched from Cape Canaveral on March 7th 2009, the Kepler telescope has helped in the search for planets outside of the solar system. It captured its […]

White House physicist sought aid of rightwing thinktank to challenge climate science

A member of the Trump administration’s National Security Council has sought help from advisers of a conservative thinktank to challenge the reality of a human-induced climate crisis, a trove of his emails show. William Happer, a physicist appointed by the White House to counter the federal government’s own climate science, reached out to the Heartland […]

Before their very eyes: Investigating the vanishing ice in the Arctic

The scientists walk across a frozen Arctic Ocean, dark specks in a sea of white. Pale clouds loom low over the bundled figures. The wind sends ice crystals skidding and swirling around them, erasing their footprints. Behind a large ice ridge, the group shelters from the subzero cold and 25mph gusts to set up their experiment. […]

NASA orbiter spots a Starfleet logo in a dune on Mars

Beam me up, Scotty! NASA’s Reconnaissance Orbiter spots a Star Trek ‘Starfleet logo’ on a MARS duneExperts say that the curious chevron shapes are the result of a volcanic eruptionCrescent shaped dunes were covered in lava and stuck up from Mars like islands As the wind continued to blow the sand piles that were the dunes […]

Image shared by NASA shows long-tailed galaxies dubbed the 'Mighty Mice' ripping each other apart 

Astronomer’s image shared by NASA shows two long-tailed galaxies dubbed the ‘Mighty Mice’ ripping each other apartThe Mice Galaxies, named for their tails, are slowly passing through each otherImmense gravitational tides are presently working to stretch the galaxies outBut the Mice will ultimately merge to become a single galaxy in billions of years The photo was […]

Flesh-eating plants found feasting on salamanders in North America for first time

Flesh-eating pitcher plants living in a bog in Canada have for the first time been spotted regularly feasting on salamanders.  The carnivorous plant – also known as a “turtle sock plant” – was previously believed to feed almost exclusively on spiders and small insects who fell into their bell-shaped leaves and drowned in small pools of […]

Scotland plants 22 million trees to tackle climate crisis while England falls 7 million short of target

Twenty-two million trees were planted in Scotland last year as part of a push to tackle the “global climate emergency”, official figures show. However, England is falling significantly short of its targets.  A total of 11,200 hectares were covered Scotland – well exceeding the current annual target of 10,000, according to government statistics.  But in England just 1,420 hectares […]