‘Mars Visitors’ Return After Year-Long Mission

Six people have finished a year of isolation designed to replicate life on Mars. The crew have been inside a 36 by 20 foot dome near a Hawaiian volcano. It’s the third and longest such mission following previous experiments lasting four and eight months. While similar studies have concentrated on the long journey inside a […]

John Ellenby, Laptop Pioneer, Dies Aged 75

The man whose company made the first widely-sold laptop has died aged 75. John Ellenby was credited with having a notable ability to turn technology into commercially viable products. Ellenby spent much of the 1970s at Xerox when it was working on the Alto range, generally regarded as the first to use a graphical user […]

Forget Pokémon Go: It’s Paperback Go As Belgians Hunt Books

A school principal who wanted to clear out his bookshelves has created a game that’s attracted nearly 50,000 people. Belgium’s Aveline Gregoire says he was inspired to create the “Book hunters” game by the success of Pokemon Go. Unlike the Pokemon game, the book hunting game (known locally as “Chasseurs de livres”) doesn’t use GPS […]

Aurora Borealis Scientists Embarrassed By Lawnmower Fail

A university’s prediction that the Northern Lights would be widely visible turned out to be a mistake caused by a lawnmower. The Aurora Watch service, based at Lancaster University in the UK, forecasts likely sightings of the Aurora Borealis, a natural colored light show caused by solar winds disturbing the Earth’s magnetosphere. Forecasting is of […]

Manbang: North Koreans Get Own Take On VOD & Streaming TV

North Korea’s government appears to have launched an internet Video on Demand service. It’s got limited content and an unfortunate name for English speakers. It seems the service was intended to have a name conveying that the content is available in “every direction” or “everywhere” but the Korean word for that meaning is pronounced “Manbang.” […]

Epic Middle Earth Blu-ray Set Has Epic Price

The Tolkien movies seem to lend themselves to collector editions, but the latest version goes to a whole new level – with a jaw-dropping price. Released under the title “Middle Earth”, the standard Theatrical Versions Collection is simple enough: the three Hobbit and three Lord of the Rings movies on Blu-ray with no extras, with […]

US To Give Up Final Say On Domain Name System

The US government will give up control of the internet’s domain name system on October 1. It’s a largely symbolic move at this point though has provoked some political criticism. Since 1988, DNS – translating web addresses to IP addresses – has been overseen by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. That’s a department of the […]

New Harry Potter E-Books Compile Pottermore Stories

Three new Harry Potter books are on the way. They’ll be collections of short pieces from the Pottermore website and sold as low-priced e-books. The Pottermore Presents series will combine archive material from the site along with new writing from JK Rowling: Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide is a collection of pieces about the school […]