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Parallel universe wormhole

Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

Cosmologists reckon we could be sitting opposite an alternative universe where time is moving backwards, thanks to the Big Bang. Dr Julian Barbour of College Farm, Dr Tim Koslowski of the University of New Brunswick and Dr Flavio Mercati of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics have tried to figure out the age-long …
Lindsay Dodgson, 15 Dec 2014
A NASA artist's impression of a miniature solar system

Aged star could give us clues to HOT TEEN's behaviour

A distant star could tell us exactly what our Sun was like as a teenager, as astronomers say that it could be like “looking back in time”. Rings of a distant star Kicking up dust The star, given the catchy name HD 107146, has whole a load of dust from Pluto-sized objects swarming around it. Scientists are studying the star …
Lindsay Dodgson, 12 Dec 2014
Rebuilt Bombe Bletchley Park, photo copyrighted mubsta.com

GCHQ releases teen-friendly code-busting app

British surveillance agency GCHQ has launched its first app today in the hopes of encouraging 14- to 16-year-olds to get interested in cryptography. "Cryptoy" was developed by STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) students on an industrial year placement at GCHQ and was a hit at the Cheltenham Science Festival. …
Lindsay Dodgson, 12 Dec 2014

Microsoft BEATS Apple, Google ... to accepting limited Bitcoin payments

Microsoft has quietly added Bitcoin as a payment method for digital content - games and music - thanks to a deal with Bitpay that allows customers to use the cryptocurrency to add money to their MS account. Trouble is, the synthetic dosh still can't be used to pay for physical goods directly, and initially at least, it's …
Lindsay Dodgson, 11 Dec 2014
Herdwick sheep walk towards the camera

Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

Computer boffins at Lancaster University are concerned that the countryside is feeling left out, so they are investigating ways to include nature in the booming world of technology. Professor Gordon Blair is thinking of ways that the countryside can benefit from joining the Internet of Things (IoT) hypewagon, and has received …
Lindsay Dodgson, 11 Dec 2014
Nanocomposites

Boffins cure BONING PROBLEMS in 'virtual lab'

Computer simulations can act as "virtual laboratories" and replace trial-and-error testing for creating new materials, say boffins at University College London. The UCL scientists used the power of two supercomputers to show how a composite material is formed, meaning that the properties of potential new materials can be …
Lindsay Dodgson, 10 Dec 2014
Sheep

Boffins: We have found a way to unlock the MYSTERIES OF SHEEP from old parchments

Top-level boffins say they have discovered a valuable new tool for mapping the genetic history of sheep: namely, the extraction of DNA from old documents, which are generally written on parchment made from the skin of sheep or other animals. It seems that before such modern innovations as mass production of paper, typewriters …
Lindsay Dodgson, 10 Dec 2014
Titan Upfront

So - you thought you knew all about the INSTANT COFFEE DUNES of TITAN?

Shifting the hydrocarbo-ice "sand" dunes of Titan – ice moon of Saturn – takes more effort than had previously been thought, say boffins. Previous ideas on the wind speed required to blow dune-forming particles around the famous satellite were seemingly wrong. Space boffins from the University of Tennessee and Johns Hopkins …

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