Archive for October, 2017:

Artificial intelligence smart enough to fool Captcha security check

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Computer scientists have developed AI algorithms smart enough to crack Captcha tests Computer scientists have developed artificial intelligence that can outsmart the Captcha website security check system. Captcha challenges people to prove they are human by recognising combinations of letters and numbers that machines would struggle to complete correctly.

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Professor Stephen Hawking’s PhD viewed two million times

Image copyright Cambridge University/Stephen Hawking Image caption Stephen Hawking’s handwriting can be seen on the document Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis was accessed more than two million times within days of it being made available to the public, it has been revealed. Prof Hawking’s 1966 work proved so popular on the day of its release it

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Call to conserve ‘crucial’ rare Wales spider species

Image copyright NRW Image caption Sand running spiders are found in only three places in Wales Action is needed to conserve Wales’ rare spider species, including those which only live underground, a review has found. Some of the 500 species of spiders that live in Wales are found almost nowhere else in the world, according

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Bloodhound supersonic carries out first public runs

Media captionThe Bloodhound car is tested ahead of its 1,000mph record attempt The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car has conducted its first public runs. Using just the thrust of its jet engine, the vehicle raced to 210mph (340km/h) down the runway at Newquay Airport in southwest England. Ultimately, Bloodhound will be fitted with a rocket motor

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Dinosaur sported ‘bandit mask’

Image copyright Robert Nicholls Image caption Artwork: Sinosauropteryx probably lived in open environments, under constant threat of predation A dinosaur from China sported a “bandit mask” pattern in the feathers on its face, scientists have said. Researchers came to their conclusion after studying three well-preserved fossil specimens of the extinct creature, called Sinosauropteryx. They were

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‘Incredible’ editing of life’s building blocks

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have demonstrated an “incredibly powerful” ability to manipulate the building blocks of life in two separate studies. One altered the order of atoms in DNA to rewrite the human genetic code and the instructions for life. The other edited RNA, which is a chemical cousin of DNA and unlocks the

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Ancient skull ‘oldest tsunami victim’

Image copyright ARTHUR DURBAND Image caption The skull is thought to be about 6,000 years old An ancient human skull discovered in Papua New Guinea is likely to have belonged to the world’s oldest-known tsunami victim, scientists say. The skull was discovered in 1929 near the town of Aitape and originally attributed to the Homo

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Bloodhound supersonic car set for first public runs

Image copyright Bloodhound SSC/Stefan Marjoram The British car designed to go 1,000mph (1,610km/h) will make its first public runs in Cornwall later. Bloodhound SSC is conducting initial “slow-speed” trials and should get up to about 200mph (320km/h) on the runway at Newquay Airport. Driven by RAF Wing Commander Andy Green, the car aims to break

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BBC wrong to not challenge climate sceptic Lord Lawson

Image copyright Dan Kitwood Image caption Former Chancellor Lord Lawson’s claims on climate change were made on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme The BBC should have challenged the views of climate sceptic Lord Lawson in an interview in August, the complaints unit for the corporation has ruled. The ex-chancellor claimed in an interview with the

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How science transformed the world in 100 years

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Discovering the structure of DNA was a “big moment” in science In an essay for the BBC, Nobel Prize-winner and Royal Society President Sir Venki Ramakrishnan contemplates the nature of scientific discovery – how it has transformed our worldview in a short space of time, and why we

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