Gold dust that could help beat brain cancer: Tiny particles are used to carry drug into diseased cells and destroy them

18.08.2014 [14:17]
Tiny golden bullets could help patients win the fight against brain cancer, doctors believe. British experts have used pieces of gold so small that four million would fit on the end of a strand of hair to kill cancer cells. In a ‘Trojan horse’ manoeuvre, the precious particles were used to smuggle a drug into ...

Michael Jackson's A Place with No Name video launches on Twitter

14.08.2014 [13:16]
The video for the new Michael Jackson single has become the first music video to premiere on social networking site Twitter, according to The Guardian. It accompanies A Place With No Name which featured on this year’s Xscape album, a ‘contemporising’ of unfinished material with added production from the likes of Timbaland ...

This Extreme Antarctic Insect has the Tiniest Genome

13.08.2014 [22:02]
The Antarctic midge is a simple insect: no wings, a slender black body and an adult life span of not much more than a week. So perhaps it's fitting the bug is now on record as the owner of the tiniest insect genome ever sequenced. At just 99 million base pairs of nucleotides (DNA's building blocks), the midge's genome is smaller than that of the body louse ...

China to send orbiter to moon and back

11.08.2014 [17:46]
China will launch its first recoverable moon orbiter later this year, the government has announced, in the latest step in its ambitious space programme. The mission will be launched before the end of the year and will travel to the moon before returning to Earth, the State Administration of Science ...

US army to use 3D print technology to make meals for battle-weary soldiers

11.08.2014 [13:07]
The U.S. army is developing a 3D printer that could provide soldiers on the front line with nourishing meals, it was today revealed. The technology, which is being created by researchers in Massachusetts, would produce food items rich in carbohydrates, protein and other nutrients on-site. Connected to a computer with a software 'menu', it would feature digital instructions ...

Hubble spots zombie stars, survivors of supernovas

08.08.2014 [14:12]
The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted zombie stars, which are the remnants of a weak supernova explosion. A supernova usually destroys the exploding star; however, researchers say that the zombie stars may have been left behind because the supernova was faint and not strong ...

Boeing to upgrade Nato’s E-3 Sentry fleet

08.08.2014 [11:04]
Boeing has secured a $250m contract to upgrade the Nato's E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft fleet. Under the contract, the company will install digital flight decks and avionics on 13 of the alliance's 17 Boeing 707 commercial airliner-based aircraft. ...

Fake lake hints at Dead Sea on Saturn's moon Titan

07.08.2014 [21:54]
TITAN, Saturn's largest moon, may have its own Dead Sea. A fake lake simulating conditions there hints that the moon may host ethane pools saturated with benzene, just as the Dead Sea is packed with salt. Titan is arguably the most Earth-like body in the solar system, boasting lakes, rivers, ...

Oxford and Cambridge in the race to eliminate passwords

07.08.2014 [14:26]
More novel approaches to authentication have been gaining media attention this week, each linked to major universities. Cambridge University are working on a technology-oriented approach where multiple small devices create an "electronic aura", enabling a main device to transmit a unique ...

Silent film tops documentary poll

01.08.2014 [19:07]
A 1929 silent film has been voted the greatest ever documentary in a poll of some 300 film-makers and critics. Man with a Movie Camera, directed by Dziga Vertov, was picked by more than 100 cineastes who took part in the inaugural Sight & Sound poll ...

Scientists explain mystery of our 'lemon Moon'

01.08.2014 [14:50]
It might look like a perfect sphere to you and I but scientists have declared that the Moon is most definitely “lemon-shaped”. Researchers from the University of California published a new study in the journal Nature that uses advanced laser technology to smooth over the craggy lunar surface (one of the traditional ...

Giant waves found in Arctic Ocean could be accelerating sea ice loss

01.08.2014 [12:57]
Huge areas of ice-free water are leading to massive waves in the Arctic Ocean, according to a study published in Geophysical Research Letters. As the Morning Mix reported earlier today, swells of 16 feet were recorded in the Arctic in 2012 during peak wave times ...

Jane Goodall: Man's closest animal relatives face extinction

01.08.2014 [12:03]
The world's great apes face extinction within decades, renowned chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall warned in a call to arms to ensure man's closest relatives are not wiped out. "If we don't take action the great apes will disappear, because of both habitat destruction ...

Lead in teeth can tell a body's tale, study finds

01.08.2014 [11:38]
Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss. A study led by University of Florida geology researcher George D. Kamenov showed that trace amounts of lead in modern a ...

'Pea-sized brain hub could shed light on depression'

29.07.2014 [13:55]
Scientists say a part of the brain, smaller than a pea, triggers the instinctive feeling that something bad is about to happen. Writing in the journal PNAS, they suggest the habenula plays a key role in how humans predict, learn from and respond to nasty experiences ...

‘A third of all people are millionaires in Mocano’

27.07.2014 [20:17]
If you want to hang with the rich, head to Monaco, where nearly a third of the people are millionaires. The city-state boasts a higher percentage of millionaires than any other place in the world, according to a recent report by Spear's magazine and wealth consultancy company ...

Japan concluded passport not required for emperor in 1971

24.07.2014 [13:19]
Japanese diplomatic records declassified on Thursday indicate that the Foreign Ministry concluded in 1971 that no passport would be required for the Japanese emperor to go abroad. Before Emperor Hirohito went to Europe on his first ever overseas trip that year, the ministry agonized over whether he would require a passport. ...

Queen Elizabeth II’s horse fails doping test

24.07.2014 [10:32]
A horse owned by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, which won one of England’s most prestigious races, has failed a drugs test, Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday. Estimate, which lifted the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013 and came second in this year’s ...

Harry Potter turns 25

23.07.2014 [21:28]
British actor Daniel Radcliffe has turned 25. The Harry Potter star has grown up quite a bit since he first picked up his wizard wand in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone back in 2001. The former child star made his name playing Harry Potter in the blockbuster franchise but ...