Nokia 8 offers the ‘bothie’ to replace the selfie

Nokia 8 offers the ‘bothie’ to replace the selfie

HMD Global is hoping a reinvention of the selfie will help the Nokia brand regain its place in the forefront of the mobile market. Its first flagship phone – the Nokia 8 – features the “bothie”. Using both the forward and rear-facing cameras, photographers will be able to take a picture of themselves at the same time as whatever they are pointing their phones towards. The Dual-Sight technology allows for video to be live-streamed to…

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“Frankenstein Dinosaur” mystery solved

Scientists have solved the puzzle of the so-called “Frankenstein dinosaur”, which seems to consist of body parts from unrelated species. A new study suggests that it is in fact the missing link between plant-eating dinosaurs, such as Stegosaurus, and carnivorous dinosaurs, like T. rex. The finding provides fresh insight on the evolution of the group of dinos known as the ornithischians. The study is published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. Matthew Baron, a…

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Goldfish turn to alcohol to get through winter in icy ponds

Goldfish turn to alcohol to get through winter in icy ponds

Scientists have figured out how goldfish produce alcohol to survive when trapped beneath the icy surfaces of frozen lakes and ponds. Unlike most vertebrates which die within a few minutes without oxygen, goldfish and their wild relatives crucian carp are able to survive for months in oxygen-free water. Biologically speaking, the fish convert their anaerobically produced lactic acid into ethanol which diffuses across their gills into the surrounding water. The researchers from the Universities of…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth: Navy’s new flagship a true feat of engineering

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Navy’s new flagship a true feat of engineering

My first introduction to the awe-inspiring power of the Royal Navy’s carrier force came aged just 10 years old, on a visit to see HMS Ark Royal R09 in Edinburgh. It was the very last of Britain’s more traditional carriers, those that use catapults to launch fixed-wing aircraft and arrester wires to catch them on landing – the model still adopted today by the US and France. For a young lad, spending the day on…

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Facebook takes on rivals with Watch video platform

Facebook takes on rivals with Watch video platform

Facebook is launching a new platform which will see the social network giant take on the likes of YouTube as well as TV networks. The launch will see users of the site given a “Watch” tab on their feeds enabling them to view a range of shows from comedy or reality to live sport. They will also be able to create “watchlists”, see what friends are watching and communicate with other people interested in the…

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NASA responds to job application from boy, 9

NASA responds to job application from boy, 9

A nine-year-old boy received an encouraging response from NASA after he applied for the role of planetary protection officer. The job was listed this week as the space agency seeks help to protect Earth from aliens. In technical terms, the officer would assist with the “avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration”. The job advert notes that “space flight missions may intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents…

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Game Of Thrones hackers demands ransom

Game Of Thrones hackers demands ransom

Hackers who have leaked Game of Thrones scripts and other data from entertainment company HBO have released a note demanding a ransom payment. In a new dump, they also published a script for the as yet unbroadcast fifth episode of the current series. Company documents and video episodes of other HBO shows were also shared. The hackers claim to have 1.5TB of data in total, but HBO has said it does not believe its email…

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Google fires diversity memo author

Google fires diversity memo author

A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm. The controversial memo broke the firm’s code of conduct, Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees. The memo, shared widely at the weekend, suggested there were fewer women at Google due to biological differences. Mr Pichai said the text crossed the line due to it “advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our…

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Web law offers ‘right to be forgotten’ online

Web law offers ‘right to be forgotten’ online

Individuals will be able to ask Facebook and Google to erase personal details they hold on them. Social media firms will have to erase personal information on individuals when asked under laws allowing people the “right to be forgotten” online. The Data Protection Bill will make it simpler for people to control how companies use their personal details, including requesting that posts or pictures be deleted. The information watchdog has been given extra powers to…

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Driver turns Ferrari into fireball in 60 minutes

Driver turns Ferrari into fireball in 60 minutes

A high-performance luxury car worth around £200,000 spins off a motorway and is reduced to a smouldering wreck on its first drive. A driver has narrowly escaped after catastrophically crashing his £200,000 Ferrari – just an hour after he bought the luxury motor. The Ferrari 430 Scuderia spun off the M1 near junction 37 in South Yorkshire and flew into the air, before bursting into flames and ending in a twisted wreck 50 metres down…

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