‘Super Snow Moon’ wows stargazers around the world

Stargazers across the world were treated to a stunning second showing of the ‘Super Snow Moon’ on Tuesday night. The name refers to the fact that its appearance often coincides with with heavy snowfall around this time of year, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac reference book. The lunar marvel was expected to be the largest and brightest full moon of 2019 due to the almost exact overlap of the moon’s perigee – its closest point to Earth – and when it is at its fullest in the 28-day lunar cycle. …

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Is this Apple’s folding phone? Patent reveals concept iPhone that bends down the middle

Apple seems to be joining the race to develop a folding phone.  The tech giant has filed a new patent showing off what appears to be a folding iPhone.  In the patent, a device can be seen folding closed, similar to a flip phone, via a hinge in the middle.   Scroll down for video  Apple has filed a patent for a phone with a bendable screen. LetsGoDigital used the patent sketches to create 3D concept images of what Apple’s folding phone could possibly look like Gadget site LetsGoDigital used the patent…

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Privacy fears as bosses deploy high-tech fitness trackers to spy on employees

Soon, your boss may want to keep an eye on you in more ways than just whether or not you’re at your desk.  A growing number of employers are urging their staff to wear company-provided fitness trackers with the incentive that they’ll receive quarterly payouts for reaching step goals, in addition to other rewards like insurance reimbursements. In exchange, bosses are supplied with detailed data on their employees, ranging from their daily steps, hours spent sitting down, heart rate and sleep quality, according to the Washington Post.  Scroll down for…

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Stone Age Europe was a lonely place to live

Europe was a desolate region for Stone Age humanity if a new study is to be believed – as its researchers claim only 1,500 humans lived on the continent. While it is known humans arrived in the region 43,000 years ago, until now there has been no official estimation of just how many people settled. Now teams from the University of Cologne – studying archaeological evidence from a period of European prehistory called the Aurignacian, between 42,000 and 33,000 years ago – have said it could be as little as…

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New letter reveals Einstein’s Theory of Relativity was inspired by Scottish philosopher David Hume

Just like the rest of us, even the world’s greatest genius need a nudge in the right direction sometimes, as a new discovery about Albert Einstein has revealed.   A newly discovered letter from the University of Edinburgh shows that Einstein’s Theory of Relativity was inspired by 18th century Scottish philosopher, David Hume. The letter from the German physicist describes his avid reading of David Hume’s ‘A Treatise of Human Nature’, just before proposing his own theory of special relativity in 1905.  The physicists even admits in the letter that it is…

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humans who lived in rainforests 45,000 years ago hunted tree dwelling monkeys and giant squirrels

Early humans who lived in the South Asian rainforest were able to survive by hunting adult monkeys and squirrels, according to new research. Evidence from the Fa-Hien Lena cave, Sri Lanka’s oldest archaeological site, suggests that they used sophisticated techniques to hunt.  These ancient humans lived around 45,000 ago and survived the extreme rainforest by targeting adults so that the young could feed future generations.  The study shows that these early humans were so advanced that they realised the creatures they relied upon were the most vulnerable to over-exploitation.  This research is…

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NASA launches team of experts dedicated to finding alien life

NASA has put together a team of scientists to track down alien life on other planets.  The newly-formed Center for Life Detection Science (CLDS) will tackle the question, ‘Are we alone?’ and NASA claims science may soon provide a definitive answer.  Experts from within NASA will work alongside people outside the space agency to track down any signs of extraterrestrial existence.  Scroll down for video   The newly-formed Center for Life Detection Science (CLDS) will tackle the question, ‘Are we alone?’ and NASA claims science may soon provide a definitive answer. Experts…

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Look up TONIGHT for the ‘Super Snow Moon’

Stargazers this evening are set to be treated to a stunning ‘super snow moon’.  The name is by the affectionate moniker because it often appears along with heavy snowfall around this time of year, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. The lunar marvel is an ongoing event that is expected to be the largest and brightest full moon of 2019 due to the almost exact overlap of the moon’s perigee – its closest point to Earth – and when it is at its fullest in the 28-day lunar cycle.  The point…

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Stern of Henry VIII’s favourite warship the Mary Rose to go on display

Key features of the Mary Rose are set to go on display for the first time – 474 years after it was sunk during an attempted invasion of Britain by the French.  The ship’s stem was discovered by divers in 2003 and has undergone significant conservation work in preparation of its addition to the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth.  It was crucial to the structure of the Mary Rose and is a piece of timber that curved upwards from the keel to define the ship’s bow.  Mary Rose’s stem will…

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AI auto-corrects notes that are sung off key

Listening to your friends butcher your favourite songs during karaoke could become a thing of the past, thanks to software created by scientists. Their AI system can bring your pitch closer to the original artist’s intentions, without making your voice sound robotic or artificial. That means nuances in your voice are kept and that intentional vocal flourishes aren’t completely erased. Any minor wobbles, or even massive deviations from the pitch of a song, are simply moved closer to how the song was meant to be sung. The software, which is not…

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