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Measuring about 30ft (9m) long, the fossilised remains of Thanatosdrakon amaru were discovered in the Andes mountains in Argentina's western Mendoza province. Researchers said the 'beast' would likely have been a frightening sight as it hunted its prey from prehistoric skies. It is estimated the fearsome species lived at least 20 million years before an asteroid impact on what is now Mexico's Yucatan peninsula wiped out about three-quarters of life on the planet 66 millions years ago.


Google has calculated that over the past 15 years, Street View cars have travelled over 10million miles - a distance that circles the entire globe more than 400 times - and collected more than 220billion images from more than 100 countries and territories in the world. It Street View picture highlights include the White House at Christmas (top left), the waterways of Venice (top right), the Colorado River from inside a boat (bottom left), and the view from the Eiffel Tower (bottom right). Camel-back desert imagery was captured in 2014 (inset).

Researchers from the University of Exeter claim that jackdaws call to one another to reach a consensus about when to fly off together.

The British Museum has insisted its contested 'Elgin Marbles' sculptures were rescued from the Greek Parthenon and not ruthlessly stolen as a row deepens over their return to Greece.

Thousands of Australians are at risk of developing 'tech neck' as more spend countless hours scrolling on phones and hunched over computers.

TOM LEONARD: From the ethically sourced produce shops of Islington to the chemical-free acres of the Prince of Wales's Highgrove farm, you could almost hear the cheering three years ago


New research from the Hubble Space Telescope has shown there is a huge discrepancy between the universe's current rate of expansion compared to observations from right after the Big Bang. The iconic orbital observatory has just completed a 30-year marathon of data collection. With this information, Hubble was then able to identify more than 40 'milepost markers' of space and time to help scientists more accurately measure the expansion rate of the universe. However, the more precise these measures become the more they indicate that 'something weird' is happening, the US space agency said.

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Nearly half of sun-size stars are in binary systems where the energy extends the habitable region further away and makes it larger, according to University of Copenhagen experts.

The virus, known as Vaxinia, has been genetically engineered to infect, replicate in and kill cancer cells, while sparing healthy cells.


Bosses at the firm say their technology allows them to make 100 per cent lab-grown meat - what it describes as 'meat as you know it' - which could be on restaurant menus within five years.

'Sharkcano' is erupting! NASA satellite images capture a plume of discoloured water emitting from the Kavachi Volcano where mutant sharks live in an acidic underwater crater

Satellite images show a plume of discoloured water being emitted from the Kavachi Volcano, which lies about 15 miles south of Vangunu Island, on May 14. Previous research has shown these plumes of superheated, acidic water usually contain particulate matter, volcanic rock fragments, and sulphur, according to NASA.


The researchers from the John Innes Centre in Norwich claim the vitamin D you can get from eating one of these genetically modified tomatoes is equivalent to two eggs or 28 grams of tuna.

Researchers from the University of Utah have found the elusive chemical in common soft corals living off the coast of Florida.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia found that people are more likely to stare at sexually provocative images when they think others can't see their eyes.

The average temperature in which dogs become ill from heatstroke is 62.4°F (16.9°C), according to researchers from Nottingham Trent University and the Royal Veterinary College.

EXCLUSIVE: Speaking to MailOnline, Geoff Dann, a British writer and foraging teacher, has outlined some of the biggest risks to novices who may be inspired by trendy foraging chefs on TV. One of the dangerous plants, called dead man's fingers, is a member of the carrot family native to the British Isles that grows near water. Dann has also outlined four species that are safe to eat, including ramsons (wild garlic) and the invasive Japanese knotweed.

By the year 2099, temperatures will have taken away somewhere between 50 to 58 hours of sleep per person per year - under 10 minutes per night, report experts at the University of Copenhagen.

University of Cambridge-led researchers uncovered evidence of the eggs of parasitic worms in humans living at Durrington Walls, a Neolithic settlement dating back to around 2,500 BC.

 Bringing back wild areas such as wetlands could be the best way of saving UK bumblebees, a study has found.Over 500 Bumblebee Conservation Trust's BeeWalk volunteers

Aliens really could exist, but not in our galaxy, according to Professor Brian Cox. He was asked about a US Congressman's comments that UFOs are 'a potential national security threat'.

The real-life Jetsons! Incredible footage shows a pilot navigating a £68,000 flying vehicle dubbed Jetson One - and its developers say ANYONE can buy and operate one

Jetson, the Swedish-Polish company behind the Jetson One flying vehicle, has revealed new footage showing a pilot navigating the flying vehicle. The all electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft was launched in October last year and proved so popular it sold out almost immediately for delivery later this year.

The US space agency put out a plea for 'a new virtual reality research, development, and testing environment to prepare for the experiences and situations that will be encountered on Mars.'

Sibling cannibalism is surprisingly common in larvae of the wasp species Isodontia harmandi, according to researchers at Kobe University in Japan.

The Cupertino tech giant has filed a patent for a VR vehicle system that matches up 'virtual views' with physical motions of a car as it's travelling.

Apple-focused site iDropNews claims that Apple's next flagship smartphone will be unveiled on September 13.

Say goodbye to messy burritos! Engineering students develop edible TAPE that can hold stuffed wraps together and prevent leakages 

Unraveled, chaotic meals could be a thing of the past for burrito lovers thanks to a group of engineering students from Johns Hopkins University and their lunch-saving invention. Dubbed 'Tastee Tape', the invention is simply edible sticky tape designed to hold a burrito together while it's being eaten.

Molecules known as lipids that are present in urine allow dolphins to identify individual chemical signatures, reports a biologist at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Experts from Fonehouse have revealed the UK's best and worst areas for coverage - with seven out of the top ten areas in London.

Researchers from the University of Cape Town studied the effects of high air temperate and drought on the breeding success of the birds in the Kalahari Desert from 2008-2019.

Researchers from the University of Toronto found that children who grow up with a dog have healthier guts and are less likely to develop Crohn's disease - a common inflammatory bowel disease.

The UK-built spacecraft's closest approach to the Sun, known as perihelion, took place on March 26 (top right), taking it inside the orbit of Mercury, at about one-third the distance from the Sun to the Earth. It captured a series of 'breathtaking' pictures, including views across the solar poles (bottom right) and of several solar flares, providing a taste of real-time space weather forecasting. This is becoming increasingly important because of the threat space weather poses to technology and astronauts. Another eye-catching feature the Solar Orbiter (inset) snapped was nicknamed 'the hedgehog' because of its multitude of spikes of hot and colder gas that reach out in all directions (left).


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A-meow-zing news! 8 wildcat kittens are born at Highland Wildlife Park - and could be the first of the species released into the wild in Britain in 200 years as part of bid to save them from extinction 

Eight wildcat kitten have been born at Highland Wildife Park - and could be the first of the species released into the wild in Britain in 200 years. The adorable kittens were born in three litters, after 16 wildcats were paired up earlier this year. They could be released into the wild as early as 2023, as part of a bid to save the species from extinction.

In experiments, people infected with Toxoplasma gondii were perceived as 'healthier and more attractive', report experts at the University of Turku, Finland.

The US food group said it hoped Britain and other European countries would soon grant regulatory approval for its burger, which is made with genetically engineered yeast.

Researchers from the University of Texas in Austin claim that women are more jealous than men of their spouse's opposite-sex friends.

Gerard Butler, Paris Hilton and YouTuber Zoe Sugg are just a few of the famous faces who have shared their lives with pugs. But vets from the Royal Veterinary College are urging people not to buy pugs, following a new study that has revealed the breed suffers from such severe health conditions that it can no longer be considered a 'typical dog'.

The Ofcom study found that the most common way for children to be bullied online was through text or messaging apps (56 per cent).

Following even just one of 10 simple strategies can reduce smartphone use after two weeks, report experts at McGill University in Canada.

Japanese knotweed is a devastatingly invasive plant that can leave homeowners and gardeners in a bind. Researchers from Environet have revealed the UK areas suffering the most from Japanese knotweed infestations. Their findings show that Bolton, Bristol, St Helens and Blackburn top the list as the UK hotspots for the weed.

Researchers from the University of Oxford have studied almost 50 years of data on tree numbers in the moist tropical regions of North Queensland.

EXCLUSIVE: If the pace continues as it is the UK Government will end up an eye-wateringly 240,000 short of its target with just 59,000 electric chargers by 2030, MailOnline analysis reveals.

Nando de Freitas, a scientist at London-based firm DeepMind, has said 'the game is over' in regards to solving the hardest challenges in the race to achieve artificial general intelligence (AGI).

Experts at the University of Johannesburg analysed the Hypathia stone and found that its chemical makeup suggests it contains bits of the dust and gas cloud surrounding a type Ia supernova.

'Blood rain' could hit Britain this WEEK: Another huge plume of Saharan dust is moving across the Atlantic - and it's due to hit western Europe on FRIDAY

ESA's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service predicts the plume will reach the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico on 16 May and 17 May respectively, according to the ESA's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), which tracks dust transport from the Sahara Desert every year. It is also predicted to hit the Iberian Peninsula and western Europe on 20 and 21 May, with some of the plume reaching the South East UK during the morning of 20 May.

The ancient molar, found in the Cobra Cave in Laos, is thought to have belonged to a young, female Denisovan who died young for unknown reasons.

The seven years from 2015 to 2021 have also been the warmest since the industrial revolution, with 2016 being the warmest year on record, the World Meteorological Organization report said.

AI is 'equal to or better than' humans when it comes to hiring people with a high performance at work, report academics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The team at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus modelled the exhaust gases and developing plume at several altitudes along a typical trajectory of a standard present-day rocket.

Previous studies have provided mixed results on whether the power pose actually influences your confidence or not. To settle the debate, researchers from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, the University of Bamberg and The Ohio State University evaluated data from 130 experiments with a total of 10,000 participants. The analysis revealed a link between power posing and a more positive self-perception, as well as behaviour.

The underwater temperature increase could cause sea levels to rise and have devastating consequences for ecosystems, researchers from the Universities of Exeter and of Brest warn.

Yawning in humans may have evolved as a social cue to warn others, reports a researcher at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute.

Researchers from Columbia University have revealed that having three or more children can add a whopping 6.2 years of ageing to parents.

The car-sized robot, which landed on the Red Planet in February last year, will today begin climbing up an ancient delta to look for sampling sites that might contain ancient microbes and organics.

The eagerly-anticipated picture, revealed to the world today, shows Sagittarius A* - which is roughly 4.3 million times the mass of our sun and is located about 27,000 light years away from the Earth. It comes just over three years after astronomers revealed the first ever photograph of a black hole. In a highly-anticipated string of press conferences held simultaneously around the world, the team behind the Event Horizon Telescope shared the findings from their observations.

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, an underwater volcano in the South Pacific, created sound waves heard as far as Alaska 6,200 miles away when it erupted on January 15, a study says.

Cryptocurrencies crashed last week following the downfall of 'stable coin' TerraUSD, but volatility in the market is just one factor that may mean we can't rely on crypto.

Visiting a new city? Check the 'vibe' first! Google Maps challenges Apple's 3D mode with new 'immersive view' that lets you virtually explore neighbourhoods

Google has launched a new 'immersive view' tool that combines Street View and aerial images to allow you to virtually explore neighbourhoods. Immersive view will start rolling out in Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo later this year, with more cities 'coming soon.'

Astronomers have shared their photos of the Super Blood Moon - a rare combination of lunar events. It's pictured here as seen from Sheerness, Kent.

This communication enables organisms to mate and interact with each other, as well as locate predators and food, according to researchers led by the University of Hull.

The 'Under Water Entertainment Platform'is a battery-powered 115 foot submarine that can dive to 650 feet. It is intended for the most 'prestigious and memorable events on the planet.'

The IMAX in your pocket! MailOnline tests EE's £400 'Nreal Air' augmented reality sunglasses that instantly project a cinema-sized screen in front of your eyes

The futuristic glasses look like a normal pair of sunglasses from the front, but have two OLED displays hidden behind the lenses. When connected to a smartphone, these can project an 'Imax-sized' 201-inch virtual screen 20ft in front of your eyes, allowing you to stream films and and play games over 5G on the go. Ahead of their UK launch through EE on May 20, MailOnline's Shivali Best got hands-on with the £399.99 smart glasses.

Sea ice, pushed against ice shelves by a change in regional wind patterns, may have helped to protect these ice shelves from losses, according to researchers led by Cambridge University.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden carried out psychological tests on more than 5,000 children in the US aged between ten and 12, to gauge their general cognitive abilities.

Standing at 4ft-tall and 10ft-long, the 110 million-year-old skeleton belongs to apex predator Deinonychus antirrhopus, and was sold at a Christie's auction in New York.

Researchers from the University of Arkansas claim that fat people are seen as more interested in long-term relationships, while slim people appear to prefer flings.

Huge GREEN fireball is seen streaking across the sky in Britain - with hundreds of people capturing the burning meteor on their dashcams and doorbell cameras

UK Meteor Network, which runs a network of 153 detection cameras recording meteors over the UK, said the fireball was picked up by fifteen of its cameras at 00:39 BST (23:39 GMT). Over 250 members of the public also reported the event through UKMON's website, after capturing images and footage on their dashcams and video doorbells.

The pits date from 8,200 BCE to 7,800 BCE and were found by University of Birmingham and Ghent University researchers using a combination of novel geophysics and 'traditional' archaeology.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will finally ditch the Lightning port for USB-C in its 2023 iPhone, rumoured to be called the iPhone 15.

The best time to spot the super blood moon in the UK will be between 04:29 on Monday (23:29 ET on Sunday) and 05:35 BST (00:35 ET), according to experts at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

The NHS advises against washing raw chicken, but research has shown that many people still do. Physicists from Montana State University reveal how to reduce the risk of bacteria spreading.

Pixel Watch is finally revealed! Google unveils its rival to the Apple Watch alongside three new smartphones and Pixel Buds Pro earphones

The smartwatch was announced at Google's I/O conference last night, and will be in direct competition with the Apple Watch. The Pixel Watch will be released alongside Google's next flagship smartphone, the Pixel 7 - a direct rival for the iPhone - with both going on sale in the autumn. Also announced at the event were the Pixel 6a smartphone, and new Pixel Buds Pro wireless earphones.

In a new video, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Menlo Park-based firm Meta, can be seen testing a demo on the 'high-end' headset, which will come out later this year.

The genetic origins of the first farmers were more 'nuanced' than previously thought, report scientists at the University of Bern, Germany.

The first routes identified for the new service include the Isles of Scilly, Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands and the Hebrides. Plans will be subject to approval by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The explosion on the white dwarf has been detailed in a new study by experts at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in Erlangen, Germany.

Netflix subscribers have not reacted well to the news that it is introducing a lower-priced ad-supported subscription plan, with many claiming they will quit the service if they start seeing ads. Industry experts said that, while the new ad-supported subscription plan may help to entice some consumers who are battling a cost of living crisis, it's likely to drive many customers to rival services including Apple, Amazon and Disney+.

The volume of sand deposited by powerful waves can match that used by engineers trying to slow down coastal retreat, scientists from the University of New South Wales found.

The bizarre device, called AirRes, features a snorkel-like attachment, which can control how much air you can breathe, and was developed by researchers from Salzburg University.

An investigation found that 195 'carbon bomb' schemes worldwide could potentially unleash some 646 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions, with around 60 per cent of them already producing oil and gas.

NASA has shared an incredibly crisp image of a nearby galaxy, captured by its new James Webb Space Telescope (right). For comparison, it also shared an image of the same galaxy captured by its now retired Spitzer Space Telescope (left), which launched in 2003 and was the first to provide high-resolution images of the near- and mid-infrared universe.

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from old mice improved the memory recall of old mice in a fear-conditioning task, report scientists at Stanford University in California.

Slowing down the formation of brown spots on bananas can help reduce food waste, say experts at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

A US Government-funded study has found the usually fatal sarin gas is to blame for Gulf War syndrome, which triggers symptoms including fatigue and chronic body pain.

The Cupertino tech giant has announced it's discontinued the iPod, more than 20 years after the very first one was released, back in October 2001. A spokesperson for the tech giant said the iPod redefined how music is discovered and listened to, and that its spirit lives on. Pictured are various iPod models - the original released in 2001 (left), the iPod Mini range (2004, top right) and the seventh generation iPod Touch (2019, bottom right), the final iPod model ever to be released.

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Called the 'sclera', the white is yellower and redder in men, but bluer and greener in women, and we unconsciously notice the difference.

The animals are selective about seeking out a particular type of coral which has medicinal properties in the mucus it releases, according to researchers at the University of Zurich.

Mystery Box is similar to Netflix's 'Play Something' feature, which was launched last year and is essentially a 'shuffle' button.

An international team of experts from Australia and North Carolina had to use a unique new instrument to observe clouds of neutral diffuse gas, known as Damped Lyman-α systems (DLAs).

A used two-stage Falcon 9 rocket was launched from NASA's Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 06:59 ET (11:59 BST), about 39 minutes later than SpaceX initially planned.

WhatsApp is testing a new feature that lets you quietly leave a group chat without sending a notification to other members, according to independent WhatsApp experts WABetaInfo.

Experts from the Wildlife and Countryside Link, a coalition of nature groups, want gardeners to buy British to avoid bringing in new invasive species that could threaten more of Britain's nature.

The report, by Deadline , claims that Netflix is exploring live streaming its unscripted shows and stand-up specials.

Scientists estimated for the first time the number of rays off Komodo National Park in Indonesia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the species are a tourist attraction.

Collected in the 1880s by the scientist William Caldwell, echidna and platypus specimens have been found in the stores of Cambridge's University Museum of Zoology.

Researchers from from Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg found that diners choose more eco-friendly meals when the carbon footprint of each dish is printed on the menu.

The aim of the US centre, which has opened in Montana, is to build vehicles for future customers who want or need to travel over terrains challenging for regular ground vehicles.

For runners in a race, speeding up might require defying our natural biology that's been learnt through millions of years of evolution, scientists at Stanford University in California report.

The space agency have challenged developers and designers to create scenarios inside this virtual world that the first crew could face when they arrive.

The study, by researchers at the Universities of York and Durham, looked at the collection of engraved stones, known as plaquettes, which are now held in the British Museum.

The combination of NASA and European Space Agency astronauts will launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, launching atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 3:52 a.m. EDT.

Stream will be available from tomorrow, and combines free TV channels, free-to-watch apps and streaming subscriptions, including Disney+, Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Scientists from the University of Technology Sydney have developed a robotic nose called NOS.E that can distinguish between different brands, origins and styles by 'sniffing' the liquor.

People who work from home at least once or twice a week live further away than those who work in the office full-time, report researchers at the University of Sussex in Brighton.

A team of students from the Royal Danish Academy has developed a pop-up igloo inspired by polar bears, with an origami 'skin' to trap snow and use it as a natural insulator.

Researchers from Macquarie University in Australia found that daytime naps can benefit children's ability to map letters to sounds - an important indicator of early reading skills.

Catlovers who are allergic could soon have a gene-edited pet which does not make them sneeze. (file photo)

Scientists from Arizona State University have released aerial maps that show the effects a marine heatwave in Hawaii in 2019 had on coral.

The findings, released to coincide with May's Mental Health Awareness Month, were published as part of the annually published Mozilla 'Privacy Not Included' guide.

Scientists from University College London modelled various scenarios to see if the ambitious target is possible with disrupting economic growth.

Sitting at the border of Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is part of a system that supplies water for 40 million people in multiple western states.

Oxitec, a biological pest control development firm, produced the edited version of the flying insects to combat mosquito-borne diseases like Dengue fever and Zika.

There are now three leading theories about what causes 'odd radio circles' thanks to the new images captured by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory's MeerKat radio telescope.

The smart bra features small ultrasound sensors in the lining, and was developed by Nextwear Technology, a wearables firm based in Abuja, Nigeria.

Researchers from the University of Sussex have revealed how these 'dangerous' plants are twice as likely to attract bees than wildflowers.

It is part of a new deal with Major League Baseball, and the Cupertino firms first foray into the live sports broadcasting arena.

The Zaporizhzhia power plant was hit by Russian shelling early Friday, sparking a fire in a building just outside the main complex and raising fears of a Chernobyl-like nuclear disaster.

Kilonovas are immense explosions caused by neutron stars colliding into each other, sending an intense jet of of high-energy particles through space, experts in Evanston, Illinois explain.

The US space agency will send the Orion capsule atop a Space Launch System (SLS) mega rocket at some point this summer, possibly as early as late May.

The expanded video length will allow users of the Chinese social network more flexibility when filming clips such as beauty tutorials, cooking demos and comedic sketches.

Although having prominent cheekbones makes people more likely to become an entrepreneur, it has no bearing on whether they will be a successful one, according to University of Cyprus-led researchers.

A team of computer scientists from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire set about training an AI model to analyze social media texts.

Russian cargo spaceships manage propulsion on the station, and keep it in orbit 253 miles above the Earth - without regular adjustments, it would fall back to Earth.

A new system, called WEC2P, consists of solar panels coated with hydrogel - a kind of squishy water loving polymer, researchers in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia report.

American real estate investor Larry Connor, Canadian businessman Mark Pathy, and Israeli former fighter pilot and entrepreneur Eytan Stibbe are paying to stay on the ISS for a week.

According to Down Detector, the issues started at around 08:48 GMT today, and have just been resolved.

Half of respondents said that increased online activity during the pandemic had made their condition more severe but an expert said more research is still needed.

It is set to lift off atop the massive Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but has been hit by a number of delays.

These gigantic shock waves are larger than our entire galaxy, and form when clusters of galaxies collide, according to the researchers led by the University of Hamburg in Germany.

Pipistrelle bats living in a north Shropshire attic were found entangled on the spider's web below the entrance to the roost, researchers in Galway, Ireland, report.

Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin posted a long thread on Twitter, complaining about President Joe Biden's threat of sanctions against the Russian space program.

The stunning variety was spotted in the grounds of the 1,000-acre Courteenhall estate in Northamptonshire, after which it is named.

The tiny skeletons, wrapped tightly in cloth, were discovered last November at the dig site of Cajamarquilla, east of Lima, by archaeologists at the State University of San Marcos in Peru.

China's Yutu-2 rover has spotted two intact spheres of translucent glass up to an inch thick on the far side of the moon, according to researchers from Guangzhou who described the new finding.

Project Nexus will cover segments in Stanislaus County near Modesto, producing enough power for 100,000 homes, with work due to start this fall and finish in 2024.

Named Charlie, the green bean stick insect from Waldringfield, Suffolk, is the 'first reported gynandromorph' in that species according to experts at London's Natural History Museum.

Martian clouds are very faint in the atmosphere, so special imaging techniques have been used by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, to create the footage.