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Water was flowing on Mars 200,000 years ago – scientists

Mars-3New research has suggested that water was flowing across the surface of Mars some 200,000 years ago. The nature of rock formations in a Mars crater suggests the sediment deposits and channels it contained were formed by ‘recent’ flowing water.

Swedish scientists from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Gothenburg identified “Very young …and well-preserved deposits of water bearing debris flows in a mid-latitude crater on Mars,” according to the study published in the journal Icarus.

It was previously estimated that liquid water flowed across the Red Planet during its last ‘ice-age’, some 400,000 years ago. However, the young age of the crater means the features signifying water must have appeared since. Continue reading

Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer flaw that could give hackers ‘complete control’

internet-explorerMicrosoft has warned users of security flaw in the company’s Internet Explorer browser that could allow hackers to take “complete control” of a user’s computer.

The glitch affects versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer, which collectively account for more than 50 per cent of global web traffic.

The company has issued a security advisory regarding the flaw and says that it is currently exploring ways to fix the vulnerability.

“On completion of this investigation, Microsoft will take the appropriate action to protect our customers, which may include providing a solution through our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs,” wrote the company. Continue reading

Damon Albarn Recalls Blur’s Legendary Oasis Rivalry: ‘I Was Never Gonna Beat Noel’

damon-albarn-BlurDamon Albarn has discussed his band Blur’s legendary rivalry with fellow Britpop giants Oasis in the 1990s.

Speaking to The Guardian, he also referred to the class war that the public identified between his band – who were from the South and perceived as middle-class – and the Northern, working class Oasis.

“The whole class thing was just insane,” he said. “But we were young and we let ourselves get caught up in it. And the competitiveness was ridiculous for a while, but, you know, I was never gonna beat Noel in a war of words.

Nowadays, they’re on much better terms.

“I still see Noel from time to time. We text a bit,” he admitted. Continue reading

Britain’s worst broadband areas take 15 hours to download a film

slow broadband speedMassive variations in broadband speeds across Britain mean the time taken to download a film can take up to 15 hours in some areas and just nine minutes in others, a report has revealed.

Slow broadband is still largely the scourge of the British countryside, but data from independent comparison website uSwitch.com shows even some urban parts of the UK are suffering from slow connection speeds, despite being just a short distance from areas with much higher speeds.

Overall, the report claims that 40 per cent of all Britons experience speeds of under 5Mbps, at which it takes 13 minutes to download just one episode of a TV show. Continue reading

Blurred Lines Revealed Top Download

robin-thicke-blurred-linesRobin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has been named the most downloaded track of all time in the UK.

BBC Radio 1 counted down the 100 most downloaded songs in the UK today with the list being compiled by the Official Charts Company.

The track has sold over 1.54 million copies since it was first released back in May of last year.

Thicke said of the achievement: “I’m so honoured, the success of ‘Blurred Lines’ is a dream come true.” Continue reading

Scottish independence: Brown says Scotland’s pensions protected by UK

Scottish-PensionsScottish pensioners are “better protected” while Scotland shares “risks and resources” with the rest of the UK, Gordon Brown will say later.

In a speech for Better Together, which opposes Scottish independence, he will say pensioner numbers in Scotland are rising faster than the UK average.

He will say Scots have paid UK National Insurance “all our lives” and it is “right” that the UK bears the costs.

The SNP said pensions were “more affordable” in Scotland than UK-wide. Continue reading