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  • Kids ‘AT RISK’ of making wrong decisions influenced by ROBOTS

    September 5, 2018 3:40 PM 10

    University of Plymouth scientists saw that children ignored their own judgement and copied robots in a test. The boffins set up a test where young participants simply had to point out which two lines matched in length. But with robots added to the mix, children would copy their answers even when obviously wrong, resulting in scores of just 75%. When the test was repeated

  • NASA astronaut becomes first to quit training for 50 years

    August 30, 2018 8:00 AM 11

    The former SpaceX engineer is the first astronaut to quit NASA training for more than 50 years, citing "personal reasons". Robb Kulin, 35, a former SpaceX engineer from Alaska, is the first astronaut candidate since 1968 to have departed from the training. The last candidates to have left before becoming fully-fledged astronauts were John Llewellyn and Brian

  • Lyudmila Rudenko: Who was the influential chess champion honoured by Google Doodle?

    July 27, 2018 8:20 AM 17

    A colourful Google Doodle dominates the search engine’s homepage today. The Doodle marks 114 years since chess champion Lyudmila Rudenko was born. The pioneer is considered “one of the world’s most influential chess players”, according to the blurb. Google writes: “Today’s Doodle – which draws artistic inspiration from 1960s graphic art and posters – reimagines

  • Georges Lemaître: Who was priest who proposed Big Bang theory celebrated by Google Doodle?

    July 17, 2018 9:40 AM 18

    You have no doubt heard of the Big Bang theory, but less people will have heard of its theorist, George Lemaitre. The hypothesis has had a monumental influence on on understanding of astrophysics. Today Google Doodle are celebrating the man who proposed the universe began from a single primordial atom, the “Cosmic Egg”. Click yourself onto the Google

  • Ticketmaster admits user data was stolen in breach

    June 27, 2018 8:28 PM 17

    Credit card details may have been stolen from Ticketmaster customers after the firm was hacked by "malicious software". The ticket sales website said in a statement that it was hit by "malicious software" on Saturday through a third-party supplier to Ticketmaster. All customers the company believes were affected - less than 5% of its customer base - have been contacted

  • Yahoo fined £250,000 over 2014 data breach

    June 12, 2018 11:49 AM 16

    The company lost the data of more than 500,000 UK users after being hacked four years ago and kept it quiet for two years. The fine is equivalent to just less than 50p for ever British user who was affected by the attack and follows another fine of $35m (£26m) issued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the data breach took place in 2014, Yahoo

  • Tom Longboat: Google Doodle Celebrates Canadian WW1 long-distance runner

    June 4, 2018 4:15 PM 22

    Google Doodle are celebrating “one of the greatest marathoners of all time” today on what would have been his 131st birthday. He also worked as a dispatch runner during World War I for the Canadian Army. Today is not only the legend’s birthday, but it is also officially Tom Longboat Day in Ontario. In the Google Doodle, which includes the Canadian maple

  • HTC U12 Plus revealed: But can new Android smartphone match Apple, Google and Samsung?

    May 25, 2018 9:55 AM 76

    The new HTC U12+ is the first smartphone to feature dual cameras on both the front and back of the device. The £699 device also features a six-inch display and a second-generation version of the company's Edge Sense technology, which enables users to touch and squeeze the edge of the device to take photos and navigate the phone. HTC has struggled to keep up with market

  • Alien asteroid from another solar system found orbiting the sun the wrong way

    May 21, 2018 1:22 PM 23

    The minor planet has been in a backward orbit ever since being sucked into our solar system, scientists say. The minor planet, which was sucked into our solar system 4.5 billion years ago, measures around two miles across. Known as 2015 BZ509, it has been in a backward orbit ever since, scientists writing in the Royal Astronomical Society journal said. A "surprise"

  • New data and privacy laws give more protection

    May 12, 2018 9:59 AM 15

    Huge fines are possible under new laws and many organisations have been checking you are happy with them having your data. The tougher European standard could see companies hit with huge fines for any breaches. The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) means many groups who send you emails need to confirm that you consent to them using your personal