Monthly Archives: April 2014

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

EE stung by cost of new rules but 4G numbers rise

ee-4GBritain’s biggest mobile network EE now has over 2.9m customers signed up to its superfast 4G internet service and is aiming to exceed 6m by the end of the year.

Despite the growth in 4G, EE’s revenues fell 3.6 per cent to £1.55bn as the operator added only 123,000 new contract customers during the three months to March, compared to 166,000 during the same period last year, and the increased cost of regulation on the business.

“The regulatory impact is a big drag on our revenue and in particular some of these new potential regulatory measures like Ofcom’s proposed increase to our spectrum license fee will potentially Continue reading

Stephen’s Story: Teenage cancer patient raises £3m for charity as he reveals he ‘feels so, so, so good’

Stephen-SuttonThe total raised by terminally-ill teenager Stephen Sutton has now passed the £3 million mark.

The sick 19-year-old has now raised more than three times his initial target for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

News of the new fundraising landmark came as the teenager revealed he has been able to leave his sickbed for the first time in a week.

Updating his followers on Twitter, Stephen tweeted: ‘First time I’ve moved out of this room in a week. I’ve only been in a wheelchair to the end of the ward and back, but it feels so, so, so good.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

One Direction to play Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow

radio-1-big-weekend-glasgowOne Direction have been announced as the opening act at Radio 1’s Big Weekend next month.

“We’re so excited to perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow. Glasgow we’re coming to get you,” they said.

The news was revealed by Nick Grimshaw on his show, where he also announced Bastille would be at the event, which is being held on 24 and 25 May.

Singer Dan Smith said: “We played last year and it was awesome. We can’t wait, we’re so excited.”

Ed Sheeran also spoke to Grimshaw on the phone after it was revealed he would be performing on the Saturday night. Continue reading