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Pro-Isis hackers growing

All over the world, the numbers and skills of hackers are growing. A 2016 Data Breach Report has outlined that the threat of hacking has substantially increased as technology gets more and more integrated into our everyday lives, and it’s unfortunate but true that even major companies are increasingly at risk. Hospitals have encountered ransomware, […] … learn more→

Inside Big Ben: why the world’s most famous clock will soon lose its bong

Inside Big Ben: why the world’s most famous clock will soon lose its bong

London is soon going to lose one of its most familiar sounds when the world-famous Big Ben falls silent for repairs. The “bonging” chimes that have marked the passing of time for Londoners since 1859 will fall silent for months beginning in 2017 as part of a three-year £29m conservation project. Of course, “Big Ben” […] … learn more→

Why are we still searching for the Loch Ness monster?

Why are we still searching for the Loch Ness monster?

People are fascinated by the unknown, by the possibility that there are things out there that are yet to be discovered. We think that most of our planet has been mapped by satellites and continents have been thoroughly explored. Although scientists estimate that millions of species are yet to be discovered, these are mostly assumed […] … learn more→

How you could be going to space

How you could be going to space

A look at the various means with which you can leave Earth behind for a weekend, or longer, as space tourism options expand. When NASA retired and mothballed its last space shuttle, many were wondering about the future of space travel. Since then, private companies have stepped in to create a robust landscape of companies […] … learn more→

Should we 3D print a new Palmyra?

Should we 3D print a new Palmyra?

The destruction at the ancient city of Palmyra symbolises the suffering of the Syrian people at the hands of the terrorist group known as Islamic State (IS). Palmyra was a largely Roman city located at a desert oasis on a vital crossroad, and “one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world”. Its […] … learn more→

How astronomers could find the ‘real’ planet Krypton

How astronomers could find the ‘real’ planet Krypton

The search for exoplanets, worlds orbiting stars other than our own, has become a major field of research in the last decade – with nearly 2,000 such planets discovered to date. So the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice got me thinking: does Superman’s home planet of Krypton actually exist? Or at least […] … learn more→

Giant monster Megalodon sharks lurking in our oceans: be serious!

Giant monster Megalodon sharks lurking in our oceans: be serious!

The sighting of a seven-metre shark off the South Australia coast this month has excited the world’s media with some making reference to the great white that featured in the classic 1975 film Jaws. It was certainly a big shark but there are tales of even bigger sharks lurking in our waters. A quick Google […] … learn more→

Silicon soul: The vain dream of electronic immortality

Silicon soul: The vain dream of electronic immortality

In just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal. – Ray Kurzweil, Global Futures 2045 International Congress (2013) Without even considering the ethical, philosophical, social or legal scope of such a statement, it’s important to consider if it actually makes any sense. To try […] … learn more→

Look up! Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2016

Look up! Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2016

Many meteor showers, caused by the Earth passing through streams of debris left behind by comets and asteroids, occur as regularly as clockwork, year on year. But whether you can see a great display in the night sky from a given shower varies from year to year, for a variety of reasons. So what will […] … learn more→

The magical Solar System discoveries we made in 2015

The magical Solar System discoveries we made in 2015

It has been a busy year for Solar System exploration – and particularly our galactic neighbourhood’s small icy bodies. Comets, asteroids, Kuiper Belt Objects and planetary satellites have all been in the news – from stunning images of comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko at the start of the year, to the recent close-up of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, […] … learn more→