Science


Gorgeous photos from SpaceX's historic rocket launch and landing
- December 29, 2015

The Falcon-9 craft touched down late on Monday night, about 10km from its launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. This particular rocket is just a step on the path to reusability , though. SpaceX had twice attempted to land the Falcon 9 on a floating platform in the Atlantic. The Blue Origin rocket that landed upright in November made a much shorter sub-orbital flight. (more...)
Google and Ford may partner on self-driving cars at CES 2016 Google and Ford may partner on self-driving cars at CES 2016
- December 29, 2015

Google plans to make its self-driving cars unit, which will offer rides for hire, a stand-alone business under its parent company, Alphabet Inc , next year, Bloomberg reported last week. Driverless cars are bound to become a thing in the not-so-distant future and it seems technology giant Google is getting ready to dip its toes in autonomous driving technology for series production cars. (more...)
South Korea, Japan hold talks on wartime Korean sex slaves South Korea, Japan hold talks on wartime Korean sex slaves
- December 28, 2015

Japanese media reported that Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to deliver a handwritten apology by Abe when he meets with his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se. "From now on, Japan and South Korea will enter a new era". Japan had argued that the issue was settled by a 1965 treaty that restored diplomatic ties and was accompanied by more than $800m in economic aid and loans from Tokyo to Seoul. (more...)
Astronaut Tim Peake makes call from space… dials wrong number Astronaut Tim Peake makes call from space… dials wrong number
- December 28, 2015

That's exactly what one United Kingdom lady heard - but in her case, it was indeed a call from space: astronaut Tim Peake dialled a wrong number. However, on Thursday British astronaut Tim Peake did just that. Space station commander Scott Kelly also tweeted from orbit on Christmas , sending holiday greetings along with a whirlwind video of the space station orbiting the Earth. (more...)
Samsung's New Galaxy A9: Huge Screen, Massive Battery Samsung's New Galaxy A9: Huge Screen, Massive Battery
- December 28, 2015

The Samsung Galaxy A9 has officially been released with much fanfare. It is worth stating that the SIM slot in Galaxy A9 is not a hybrid dual-SIM slot as we've newly discerned in many other smartphones. Up front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Although the new Samsung Galaxy was revealed, the price and the launch date are not known yet. It comes with a fingerprint unlocking system, which supports Samsung Pay mobile payment. (more...)
Firefighters Battle 900-Acre Brush Fire in Solimar Beach Firefighters Battle 900-Acre Brush Fire in Solimar Beach
- December 27, 2015

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the fire prompted mandatory evacuations for the Solimar Beach area as the blaze threatened about 35 homes in the community. About 600 Ventura County firefighters were attacking the rapidly growing fire on the ground and from the air, while part of a highway northwest of Los Angeles had to be shut down , Ventura County Fire Department Capt. (more...)
Firefighters Battle Ventura County Brush Fire Firefighters Battle Ventura County Brush Fire
- December 27, 2015

The Ventura County Office of Emergency Services said all evacuation orders are expected to be lifted at 5 p.m. Saturday. "We will not leave until we know every ember has been extinguished", said Battalion Chief Fred Burris, of the Ventura County Fire Department. (more...)
Goodbye Downton Abbey: watch cast and crew say farewell following the final Goodbye Downton Abbey: watch cast and crew say farewell following the final
- December 27, 2015

We were not, however, warned at the beginning of last night's Christmas Day feature length episode of Downton that we would all be in serious danger of drowning in our own tears for the entire two hours it was on. The Dowager Countess , played by the scene-stealing Dame Maggie Smith, observes: "Every year we drink to the future, whatever it may bring". "It feels extraordinary; we remember the first day we were ever here, and now here we are on this attractive sunny day. (more...)
Astronaut Tim Peake totally called the wrong person from space Astronaut Tim Peake totally called the wrong person from space
- December 26, 2015

Peake is accompanied on his mission by Russian astronaut Yuri Malenchenko and Timothy Kopra from the USA. He is Britain's first publicly funded astronaut and the first Briton to visit the space station, according to USA Today . Generally, astronauts seem to get a kick out of being able to call people on Earth. Meanwhile, flying low over the rooftops, it could easily be mistaken for Santa's sleigh. (more...)
Astronaut Tim Peake calls wrong number from space Astronaut Tim Peake calls wrong number from space
- December 26, 2015

Peake is joined on the Space Station by NASA's Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Volkov, Mikhail Kornienko and Yuri Malenchenko. From southern England, it will appear in the West at about 4.24pm and remain visible for six minutes before disappearing below the south-eastern horizon. (more...)
Select Yahoo users will be informed about state-sponsored hackers Select Yahoo users will be informed about state-sponsored hackers
- December 26, 2015

Yahoo said it would provide notifications to specific users and let them know how to address the security situation. They include enabling two-step verification or Yahoo's Account Key password-free login system; checking recent account activity and settings for suspicious signs; and using strong passwords that are not shared with other people or other accounts. (more...)
British astronaut dials wrong number on call from space British astronaut dials wrong number on call from space
- December 26, 2015

He called from the International Space Station about 400 kilometers from the surface of earth and said, 'Hello, Is This Planet Earth?' . Earlier this week, the space traveller was forced to leave a voicemail on his parents' answering machine when they missed his call. (more...)
Astronaut Tim Peake accidentally calls woman from space, says 'hello, is this Astronaut Tim Peake accidentally calls woman from space, says 'hello, is this
- December 26, 2015

We think the conversation may have gone a little like this helpfully illustrated via Adele's new video . The 43-year old British astronaut arrived on the ISS earlier this month, alongside two others from America and Russian Federation. (more...)
First Astronaut to Dial a Wrong Number from Space First Astronaut to Dial a Wrong Number from Space
- December 26, 2015

Major Peake quickly took to Twitter to insist that the incident was not a prank call "just a wrong number!" Astronaut Tim Peake is the first person in space to make a prank call, that we know of. From southern England, it will appear in the West at about 4.24pm and remain visible for around six minutes. It came as many Britons looked forward to getting a glimpse of the ISS on Christmas Day. (more...)
Russian bombing of Syria may constitute war crime - Amnesty Russian bombing of Syria may constitute war crime - Amnesty
- December 25, 2015

Amnesty said that Russian bombers targeted residential areas a