Apple 'to unveil the iPad mini on October 23': Rumours growing that gadget will be launched within two weeks

IPad mini

Nasa developing exoskeleton to help astronauts exercise in zero gravity and help disabled people walk on Earth

Dual use: The X1 exoskeleton

The 57lb X1 exoskeleton is a robot that a human could wear over his or her body either to assist or inhibit movement in leg joints.

We don't make a profit from selling our Kindles: Amazon boss admits strategy relies on sales of ebooks to make money

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told the BBC that the online retailer sells its Kindle e-reader 'at cost', with profit coming instead from sales of online content

The strategy of selling hardware at cost price is in stark contrast to the strategy of the rival it wishes to position itself against, Apple.

So how much are you worth to Google and Facebook? Browser add-on tells users how much 'free' web services are making from their personal data

Not free, not at all: Facebook

Just released for the Firefox and Chrome browsers, Privacyfix scans users' Google and Facebook accounts and shows how they are tracking and sharing your online activities to make money.

Rise of the 'plyscrapers': New wooden high-rises promise a quick and eco-friendly solution to building for the future

Pretty smart for a log cabin: The eight-storey LCT One building in Austria

The recent completion of an eight-storey wooden office block in Austria (pictured) and a nine-storey residential block in London shows how the 'plyscraper' is fast becoming a reality.

Google vs Apple will be the 'defining fight' for the technology industry, claims Eric Schmidt

(120927) -- SEOUL, Sept. 27, 2012 () -- Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schm

Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt also claims Apple has learnt 'maps are really hard' since dumping Google to develop its own service. He also predicted Google will sell a billion Android devices within a year.

Ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus overturned by US court in fresh blow for Apple in smartphone war with Google

Winner: J.K. Shin (right), president and head of mobile communications business from Samsung, and Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Google Mobile, unveil the Galaxy Nexus in October 2011

While the Nexus is a relatively small market player, experts say the ruling could have major implications in future attempts by companies to have rivals' products pulled from the shelves.

The beautiful ARE the damned: Attractive women more likely to be seen as guilty of murdering their husbands, study shows

Femme fatale: Kim Basinger as Lynn Bracken in LA Confidential

The findings made by a team from the University of Grenada, Spain, contradict the generally held stereotype that beauty deflects criminal responsibility.

Close(ish) encounter: Asteroid the size of house 'buzzes' the Earth - but don't worry, it is still 59,000miles away

Not so close encounter: The asteroid passed with 59,000 miles of the Earth's surface

The asteroid 2012 TC4 will pass just 59,000 miles - about a quarter of the distance to the moon - when it makes its closest point today.

Problem solved... sort of: Mathematicians come up with formula to complete every Sudoku (but trying to understand it could take even longer than doing the puzzle)

Chaos theory: The difficulty of puzzles is here shown as chaotic dynamics

Two researchers have developed a mathematical algorithm that solves Sudoku puzzles very quickly, without any guessing or backtracking. Complex networks researcher Zoltan Toroczkai and Notre Dame postdoctoral researcher Maria Ercsey-Ravasz, from the University of Notre Dame also say they can also explain why some puzzles are harder than others. Pictured are attempts to solve different difficulties of Sudoku pictured as 'chaotic dynamics'. The solid block suggests no margin for error in getting a number, and the more colourful the chart, the harder the Sudoku.


The rolling hills of the Red Planet: Curiosity sends back most Earth-like view yet from Mars

The surface of an alien world: Mars

These incredible panoramas have been stitched together by amateur enthusiasts from images sent back from the Red Planet by Nasa's Curiosity rover. The interplanetary probe is currently investigating the Gale Crater, which sits just south of the Martian equator. The mist-obscured mountains in the background are likely to be its outer rim.

Now there's more ice at South Pole than ever (So much for global warming thawing Antarctica!)

September 26, 2012, when ice covered more of the Southern Ocean than at any other time in the satellite record.

The record Antarctic sea ice cover was revealed in satellite images from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado.

'Fresh' Martian meteorite that fell to Earth last year shows evidence that water may once have been present on the Red Planet

'Fresh': The 1.1kg chunk of the meteorite, named Tissint

The rock, blasted off Mars some 700,000 years ago by an asteroid or comet impact, also bears traces of the planet’s atmosphere, say scientists.

Big bang theory: Scientists discover what makes some volcanic eruptions more powerful than others

Mount Teide on Tenerife, part of the Las Canadas caldera, which has witnessed some of the most powerful eruptions the planet has known

Older, cooler magma mixed with younger, hotter magma in the volcano's chamber thought to be the repeating trigger in large-scale eruptions, such as those that have occurred on Tenerife (pictured)

Twinkle, twinkle: Astronomers reveal the diamond covered planet twice the size of Earth

An artist's impression of the 'diamond planet' twice the size of Earth

The planet - called 55 Cancri e - has a radius double the size of Earth's, and weighs eight times more. It is thought to be covered in diamonds and graphite.

Could we travel faster than light? Researchers show how Einstein's own theories could lead to travel at speeds previously thought impossible

Clever: Albert Einstein

According to the mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc2, an object travelling at c would have infinite mass and would therefore require an infinite amount of energy to reach c.

'Pinkie pie' hacker wins £37,000 from Google after finding major security hole in its browser

The anonymous hacker is name Pinkie Pie after a popular My Little Pony character

An anonymous hacker known only as pinkie pie found a flaw in Google’s Chrome browser - and was given £37,000 and a laptop by the firm for reporting it.

So pigs can't fly. . . but mice REALLY can sing: Scientists discover rodents can mimic and learn complex sounds

Discovery: Scientists have shown that mice really can learn songs

Male mice, who use high-pitched love songs to woo females, also change their tune when there is competition around.

The bizarre turtle that urinates through its mouth... and is a delicacy in Chinese restaurants

Wash your mouth out! The Chinese soft-shelled turtle

Scientists believe that this apparently unique ability helped the the Chinese soft-shelled turtle adapt to survive in swamps and marshes where the water is often brackish - that is, slightly salty.

Forget face time, it's all about Facebook time: Two-thirds of interactions among friends are carried out electronically

A young girl checks her messages on her mobile phone

Time spent talking on the phone or meeting in person is dwarfed by the volume of texts, emails and social media contact that friends have, according to the research.

Rise of the 'plyscrapers': New wooden high-rises promise a quick and eco-friendly solution to building for the future

Skyscraper made from wood

Anyone who's heard the story of the three little pigs might have some reservations about the use of wood as a building material. But architects and engineers are reviving the use of wood as a quick and eco-friendly solution to modern construction - and not just for pioneer-style log cabins. The recent completion of an eight-storey wooden office block in Austria (pictured) and a nine-storey residential block in London shows how the 'plyscraper' is fast becoming a reality.

Comet 'shining 15 times brighter than moon' will fly by our planet in 2013

How Hale-Bopp looked above Alaska: Next year's comet is predicted to be even more spectacular, and remain in the skies for weeks

Comet ISON is visiting the inner solar system and is set to put on spectacular views for the Northern Hemisphere across November and December as it heads towards the sun.

The £10 electronic book that could kill off the Kindle


To save costs, the gadget has no connectors, and books are sent to it from a mobile phone app using bluetooth.

The vibrating glove that could steer you around the supermarket (and could even help you find your car)

The new glove uses vibration sensors to guide users hand towards an object. In supermarkets, it could guide shoppers to the freshest produce or the right aisle.

Developed by Helsinki researchers, it uses vibrating sensors in a glove to direct wearers to steer the user's hand towards objects of interest.

Good parenting is more important than good schooling in determining your child's academic results, says new research

Learning with mum: Fun, fun, fun!

A study from North Carolina State University compared levels of ‘family social capital’ - quality involvement from parents - and ‘school social capital’, the role of the school itself.

Apple's iPad Mini seen IN FULL for the first time in best-yet set of leaked pictures

Is this the finished iPad Mini? a leaked photo

Sonny Dickson, a researcher for fansite, published the images on his Twitter feed yesterday, sparking a wave of excitement among Apple enthusiasts.

The secret to getting a man to tell the truth? Slip him some testosterone, say scientists

High levels of testosterone have previously been associated with bodybuilding and aggressive behaviour - but now researchers believe men with high levels could be more trustworthy.

High levels of testosterone have previously been associated with bodybuilding and aggressive behaviour - but now researchers believe men with high levels could be more trustworthy.

Apple files patent for 'disappearing iPhone' where camera, flash and even the screen vanish when not in use

Now you see it... now you don't: This diagram shows Apple's concept for a fingerprint reader for user authentication hidden next to the button at the bottom of an iPhone

Apple has filed an application to patent a new technology that could make some features of a device literally disappear when they are not being used. The technology, which could herald a new era in gadget design, could be used to hide your iPhone's camera, flash, or even its entire display until they are needed. It would use switchable curtains made possible by polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) windows to conceal the functions, giving feature packed phones or tablets a clean, uncluttered appearance.

A bracing commute: Plan to allow Londoners to SWIM to work through canal network revealed

The lidoline, created by design firm Y/N, would allow commuters to swim to work across London.

If Boris bikes aren't enough exercise, a London design firm has proposed a new way for London commuters to get to work - by swimming along a special 'commuter lane'

A wink from the Mona Lisa and a coy smile from the Girl with a Pearl Earring: The iPhone app that brings paintings to life


The app uses the phone's camera to recognise when the handset is being pointed at a print of original of the painting. The iPhone screen then comes to life, displaying animated versions of the picture.

The unique spiral in space spotted by the world's most expensive ground telescope (which has astonished scientists with one of its first images)

The bizarre spiral structure was spotted by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope, and is believed to be a hidden companion star orbiting the star.

The spectacular picture is one of the first to come from the world's most expensive ground-based telescope which produces images ten times sharper than Hubble.

The unique 'linen filling' that could prove Egyptian dentists were trying radical treatments 2,100 years ago

Researchers used a CT scanner to see inside the man's mouth, and created a 3D reconstruction showing the worn incisors

Scientists performing CT scans on an Egyptian mummy say they have found one of the worst cases of dental problems ever seen - an a unique treatment to try and treat it.

Do we live in the Matrix? Researchers say they have found a way to find out

Is the real world real? Or are we living in The Matrix?

Silas Beane of the University of Bonn, Germany, and his colleagues contend that a simulation of the universe, no matter how complex, would still have constraints which would reveal it.

The 3D map that gives scientists their most accurate look under the Antarctic ice

An early version of the 3D map

The team of scientists from eight countries have used a robot submarine to chart a frozen and inverted world of mountains and valleys.