Facebook risks becoming a ‘one-stop grooming shop’ with encrypted messages

Facebook risks becoming a ‘one-stop grooming shop’ if it presses ahead with plans to encrypt its messaging services, NSPCC warns End-to-end encryption on Facebook would bring greater privacy to messages But the NSPCC says this would give offenders a ‘place to lie in the shadows’ The children’s charity identified more than 4,000 child abuse instances … Read more

iPhone 11 can monitor your location even if you opt out – and the company know it’s happening 

Is Apple tracking you? iPhone 11 can monitor your location at all times even if you opt out – and the company KNOWS it’s happening iPhone 11 Pro running on iOS 13.2.3 found to tracker users even if they block it Apple’s policy says it sends locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers (where supported … Read more

EU climate programme data shows last month was the joint-hottest November on record

Last month was the joint hottest November on record – on a par with temperatures seen in 2015 and 2016, data from EU’s Earth observation programme shows Last month was the joint hottest November along with 2015 and 2016  November 2019 was the sixth consecutive month to approach or break a record  The EU climate … Read more

Images in the ancient house of Pompeii pay tribute to the skillful Roman land planners

Images on the floor of an ancient house in Pompeii created using stones and tile fragments pay tribute to the skilful Roman surveyors and their sophisticated measurement tools Images from the House of Orion appear to depict tools of Roman town planners The planners, known as Agrimensores, used intuitive measuring instruments Researchers believe the house … Read more

Nightmarish sketches reveal what modern animals would look like if we drew them based on skeletons 

Nightmarish sketches reveal what modern animals would look like if we drew them in the same way as dinosaurs based on their skeletons Palaeoartist C. M. Kosemen believes there was more to the shapely dinosaurs  Mr Kosemen has made his point by re-imagining modern day animals A streamlined swan with featherless wings is pictured with … Read more

Apple to launch ‘thinnest ever’ iPad and Macbook Pro in 2020 with ‘MiniLED’ displays, analyst claims

Apple will launch the ‘thinnest ever’ iPad and Macbook Pro in 2020 with a ‘MiniLED’ display that has tiny pixels to make the screen smaller, analyst claims Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuto predicted release of six new super-slim products He claims they will adopt the light weight and power efficient mini-LED display Devices rumoured for next … Read more

Britons should eat grey SQUIRRELS to keep population numbers down

Britons should EAT grey squirrels to keep population down and stop them killing trees, says Forestry Commission boss Sir Harry Studholme said growing more trees is vital to curb climate change But Sir Harry said it was being hindered by the grey squirrel which strip bark He said if other control measures fail we should cull … Read more

Dying coral could be revived by playing sounds of healthy reefs via underwater loudspeakers

Dead patches on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could be revived by playing the ambient sounds of a healthy reef via loudspeakers to lure in young fish.  These fish help to clean the reef and make room in which new corals can grow, beginning the process of ecosystem recovery. Increasingly frequent marine heatwaves have been creating dead patches … Read more

Smoke from Amazon rainforest fires may increase melting of glaciers in the Andes 1000 miles away

 By Ryan Morrison The level of deforestation of the Amazon rainforest is at its worst in more than a decade, according to a new report by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research.  Between August 2018 and July 2019 there was more than 3,700 square miles of deforestation of the Brazilian part of the rainforest, up … Read more

Skeletons buried near Bamburgh Castle belonged to people who had travelled across the British isles

Britain was a fractious nation in the 7th Century AD, still looking for stability several centuries after the collapse of the Roman empire.  At this point, various kings ruled over different regions of land and many languages and religions dominated certain locales.  The exact date of the church is not known, but it is though … Read more

Researcher stumbles upon mysterious 5,000-year-old paintings depicting arrows and human-like figures

A collection of 5,000-year-old cave paintings depicting various figures and symbols has been discovered in Spain. The drawings were discovered in the rocky area of ​​San Juan, near the town of Albuquerque in the province of Badajoz in western Spain. They are around 4 inches in length and include some anthropomorphic figures, as well as … Read more

Extra-terrestrial impacts may have shaped Earth 3.2 billion years ago, study finds

Earth’s rocky surface is the result of ‘intense bombardment’ of extraterrestrial impacts hitting the surface billions of years ago Experts say impacts from space triggered the rise of tectonic plates on Earth   Layers of round particles condensed from the impact were discovered Particles date back about 3.2M years ago, similar to when plates appeared  By … Read more

Wonky skull of Styracosaurus leads palaeontologists to question past identifications of species

Wonky skull of five-metre-long Styracosaurus named ‘Hannah’ with a fan of long horns leads scientists to question previous theory that all dinosaurs had symmetrical faces The intact Styracosaurus skull has wonky horns and was discovered in Canada  Asymmetrical face suggests more morphological variability than thought  Scientists fear incomplete skulls have been mistakenly classed as new species … Read more