Despite signs that numbers of giant pandas are rising, suitable habitat has shrunk, according to satellite data. The forests where the panda lives are in worse shape than in 1988, when it was first listed as endangered, scientists say. Last year, the giant panda was downgraded from endangered to vulnerable …read more
A man in France has regained some aspects of consciousness after being in a vegetative state for 15 years, after surgeons used a technique to stimulate his brain via a nerve in the neck. The 35-year-old was diagnosed as being in a vegetative state – now referred to as “unresponsive wakefulness …read more
Australia will establish a national space agency to grow its space industry, the government has said.
Acting Industry Minister Michaelia Cash said it was "crucial" that Australia capitalised on the rapid growth of the global space industry.
"The agency will be the anchor for our domestic co-ordination and the front …read more
Satellite images taken this past weekend show a new 100-square-mile iceberg emerging from Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. The calving event did not come as a complete surprise, but it’s a troubling sign with regards to future sea level rise.
Pine Island Glacier (PIG) is the fastest melting glacier …read more
Plastic waste in the ocean is now so widespread it is polluting remote ice floes in the Arctic, scientists have discovered. A team from Exeter University discovered blocks of polystyrene in areas hundreds of miles from land which until recently were covered by ice all year round.
Large plastic pieces …read more
The world's botanic gardens contain about a third of all known plants and help protect 40% of endangered species, a study has found. Scientists say that with one in five of the world's plants on the brink of extinction, botanic collections hold the key to saving rare plant life.
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In a major shift, Apple is changing its search results provider for Siri and Spotlight on iOS and macOS from Microsoft's Bing to the vastly more popular Google. The change has started to roll out today and should be in effect for all users by the end of the day …read more
China has largely blocked the WhatsApp messaging app, the latest move by Beijing to step up surveillance ahead of a big Communist Party gathering next month.
The disabling in mainland China of the Facebook-owned app is a setback for the social media giant, whose chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has been …read more
iOS 11 has been available to the public for just about a week and mixpanel is tracking the adoption of Apple's latest mobile OS. So far, users aren't jumping on iOS 11 as quickly as they did iOS 10 last year, but adoption this fall is still relatively strong.
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HD Voice - using LTE data to offer enhanced voice quality during phone calls - has been available on Apple devices since the iPhone 6, and it now appears the iPhone 8 supports the next generation of the technology. A Japanese site is reporting that the iPhone 8 supports Enhanced Voice Services …read more
With Chromebooks quickly taking the place of Android tablets, it only makes sense that they become more and more flexible in their capabilities. Now, with the "PixelBook" coming, Google is continuing to make improvements, and one of those is the debut of note taking on the lockscreen.
This latest commit …read more
Since its launch, Google Home has been missing one straightforward feature: reminders. Fortunately, the functionality appears to be launching soon according to a new Google support document.
“Set and manage reminders on Google Home” was published earlier today and details the feature. On the Assistant smart speaker, users will be …read more
President Donald Trump will issue a new directive Monday to supercharge the U.S. government’s support for science, tech, engineering and mathematics, including coding education, as the White House seeks to train workers for high-demand computer-science jobs of the future.
To start, Trump is set to sign a presidential …read more