Famous Dodo Was Murdered

The best example of a dodo left on the planet is still dead – scientists aren't that good yet – but they do at least now think they know how it died. Which will bring some closure to the case. Read More >>

New Technique Creates Stunning 3D Images of Live Insects

When taking high-resolution 3D scans of insects, scientists typically have to kill their test subjects, which isn’t always ideal. By taking advantage of an insect’s ability to survive oxygen-poor conditions, scientists have now used carbon dioxide to keep bugs in a state of suspended animation for upwards of seven hours at a time—and with no apparent side effects. Read More >>

Iris and Fingerprint Scans Could Eradicate Physical Train Tickets

People trying to think up new ways that more travellers can be rammed onto our trains in less time have come up with an idea -- iris scanning. That way we can shuffle slowly forwards like automatons while being scanned by lasers, without breaking formation to get angry with a ticket machine. That'll be nice. Read More >>

A 3D-Printed Finger is Being Used to Unlock a Phone and Solve a Murder Case

A team at the Michigan State University is investigating a really quite novel way of solving a murder case while also battling today's fingerprint-based phone security systems -- 3D printing a version of the victim's finger to unlock a mobile. Read More >>

EU Rules in Favour of Digitising Books Regardless of Copyright Holder’s Stance

Libraries in the EU are now able to digitise their collections and make them available at reading stations if they want to, thanks to a European court decision that says they don't need to get the permission of the copyright holder to do so. Read More >>

Brain-Computer Interface Sends Thoughts Across Internet via EEG Scanners

You may soon be able to send your anonymous internet hate messages directly to the brain of your intended victim (if you can trick her into putting the required headset on first), thanks to scientists successfully testing the brain-to-brain transmission of words. Read More >>

Microsoft Scans its OneDrive Storage for Child Porn

Following the reassuring yet troubling news that Google routinely checks hashes of known child porn images against pics stored in Gmail, it's emerged that Microsoft also checks its cloud servers for grim imagery and forwards results to the police. Read More >>

Pain-Scanning Computer Can Tell if You’re Really Hurting on the Inside

A team at the University of Toronto has developed a computer system that's able to differentiate between real and fake pained facial expressions, with the code apparently able to do a better job than humans at telling if we're really in pain or just lying about it for attention and biscuits. Read More >>