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Scientists close to first sighting of black hole in the Milky Way

Scientists close to first sighting of black hole in the Milky Way

Astronomers attempting to capture the first images of the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way have given early hints that the ambitious project has been successful. The observations, by the Event Horizon Telescope, are expected to be unveiled in...

Guardian, 11 January 2019
 
Alien theories natural after mysterious signals, say scientists

Alien theories natural after mysterious signals, say scientists

In the 400 years since Galileo Galilei first held a telescope to the heavens, astronomers have laid bare some of the deepest mysteries of the cosmos. They have seen comets crash into planets, found oceans inside moons, and witnessed the shudder of...

Guardian, 11 January 2019
 
CES 2019: 'I feel my sanity draining away'

CES 2019: 'I feel my sanity draining away'

CES - a tech trade show where the exhibit hall spans 2.7 million sq ft (250,000 sq m) - can leave attendees either enthralled or burned out. With more than 160,000 techies, journalists and businesspeople in attendance, there was plenty of chatter on...

BBC, 11 January 2019
 

The drone pilot whose maps are saving lives in Zanzibar

A lack of accurate maps is a big problem in parts of Africa: for disaster relief agencies, local authorities and people looking for safe places to build homes. Could cheap survey drones and local volunteers help plug the gaps? Khadija Abdulla Ali is...

BBC, 11 January 2019
 
Spacewatch: Nasa's Osiris-Rex spacecraft orbits asteroid Bennu

Spacewatch: Nasa's Osiris-Rex spacecraft orbits asteroid Bennu

Nasa’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft has achieved orbit around asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft eased into orbit with an eight-second burn of its thruster on 31 December at 19.43 GMT. Its mission is to survey the small asteroid and then collect a sample of the...

Guardian, 10 January 2019
 
Samsung phone owners find they CAN'T delete Facebook app - and they're not happy

Samsung phone owners find they CAN'T delete Facebook app - and they're not happy

A new report has revealed that Samsung phone owners can’t delete the Facebook app, even if they want to. The report, by Bloomberg, revealed that these users can only disable the Facebook app, rather than remove it altogether. The Facebook app comes...

Daily Record, 10 January 2019
 
Google backed on limiting search results over right to be forgotten

Google backed on limiting search results over right to be forgotten

A senior adviser to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has backed Google's legal bid to limit individuals' "right to be forgotten" to searches in Europe. Google sought to limit the law's scope, after France asked for it to be extended...

BBC, 10 January 2019
 
Universal internet access unlikely until at least 2050, experts say

Universal internet access unlikely until at least 2050, experts say

Parts of the world will be excluded from the internet for decades to come without major efforts to boost education, online literacy and broadband infrastructure, experts have warned. While half the world’s population now uses the internet, a desperate...

Guardian, 10 January 2019
 
Over 65s 'more likely' to share fake news on Facebook

Over 65s 'more likely' to share fake news on Facebook

Americans aged over 65 are much more likely than younger people to share fake news on Facebook, researchers say. Their study looked at the behaviour of Facebook users before and after the 2016 US presidential election. It found age was a better...

BBC, 10 January 2019
 
Cambridge Analytica parent firm SCL Elections fined over data refusal

Cambridge Analytica parent firm SCL Elections fined over data refusal

Cambridge Analytica's parent company SCL Elections Ltd has been fined £15,000 plus costs for failing to hand over the personal data of a US citizen. The case was brought by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), after a complaint filed by Prof...

BBC, 10 January 2019
 
All aboard the Flat Earth cruise – just don’t tell them about nautical navigation

All aboard the Flat Earth cruise – just don’t tell them about nautical navigation

A group of people who believe the Earth is flat have announced their “biggest, boldest, best adventure yet”: a Flat Earth cruise scheduled for 2020. The cruise, organized by the Flat Earth International Conference, promises to be a lovely time. Flat...

Guardian, 10 January 2019
 
Struggling with New Year's resolutions? We can help

Struggling with New Year's resolutions? We can help

It is tempting, when your shiny New Year’s resolutions start to crumble, to tell yourself that self-control simply isn’t your strong point. “Oh well,” you might say, surrendering to the desire for a large glass of red. “No willpower, that’s my...

Guardian, 10 January 2019
 
CES 2019: Amazon and Google voice assistants carve up CES

CES 2019: Amazon and Google voice assistants carve up CES

At CES, there's no shortage of gadgets to talk to. Smart TVs, cars, pianos - and even a toilet - these are just some examples of devices that come with voice-activated helpers. No matter who makes the hardware, the virtual aide linked to or packaged...

BBC, 10 January 2019
 
Endometriosis study sheds light on links to infertility

Endometriosis study sheds light on links to infertility

A new study has cast light on why some women with endometriosis experience infertility, with scientists saying the finding may lead to new treatment options. Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition in which cells that usually form the lining of the...

Guardian, 9 January 2019
 
CES 2019: 'Award-winning' sex toy for women withdrawn from show

CES 2019: 'Award-winning' sex toy for women withdrawn from show

A sex toy designed for women has been banned from the technology show CES. Lorna DiCarlo said it had been invited to display its robotic Ose vibrator at CES, after winning an innovation award. CES organiser the Consumer Technology Association, which...

BBC, 9 January 2019
 
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