Incredible footage shows 12,000-mile plasma TORNADO erupting from the surface of the sun

Solar twister! Incredible footage shows 12,000-mile plasma TORNADO erupting from the surface of the sun A 12,000-mile-tall solar twister has been spotted by an astrophotographer Space weather experts say it was ‘big enough to swallow Earth’ if it was closer It is formed from a mass of plasma erupting up a helical magnetic structure The … Read more

Google warns of new SPYWARE used to hack smartphones 

Spyware is a specific type of malware that steals information from a computer and sends it to a third party, without the person's knowledge (file photo)

Google has warned of spyware being used by foreign governments to hack into Apple and Android phones and snoop on users’ activities. The offending ‘spyware’ – software that steals information from a device – was created by Milan-based company RCS Lab, Google and security firm Lookout have revealed. RCS Lab spyware has allegedly been used … Read more

Dinosaur with oldest EVER ‘belly button’ seen in 125-million-year-old fossil from China

A 3D reconstruction of a reclining Psittacosaurus showing the long umbilical scar surrounded by distinctive scales that was identified by study team

Dinosaur with oldest EVER ‘belly button’ where yolk sacs from eggs were attached is discovered in 125-million-year-old fossil from China Paleontologists set a record for the oldest belly button ever found in reptiles and mammals Researchers used laser imaging technology to reveal the details The 125-million-year-old fossil was found in China two decades ago By … Read more

‘Stretching’ of the continents 56 million years drove global warming, study finds

'Stretching' of the continents 56 million years ago is likely to have caused one of the most extreme episodes of global warming in Earth's history, new research suggests.  Pictured is a false color satellite image of the Faroe Islands - one of the locations studied by scientists

Stretching of the continents 56 million years ago is likely to have caused one of the most extreme episodes of global warming in Earth’s history, new research suggests. During this time, the planet experienced an increase in temperature of 5-8°C (9-14°F), culminating in the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which lasted about 170,000 years. It caused … Read more

MailOnline tries the world’s first plant-based filet mignon steaks

Juicy Marbles says on its website: 'The experience is exquisite.  The texture is firm, yet velvety'

MailOnline has tried the world’s first plant-based filet mignon steak – and it’s shockingly close to the real thing. Created by a Slovenian firm called Juicy Marbles, the fake filet mignon contains fat made from sunflower oil and soy protein that mimics real flesh. Rather than using 3D printing or scaffolding, Juicy Marbles uses a … Read more

Elon Musk’s rocket creates spectacular blue spiral after dumping fuel

'Fascinating': One of Elon Musk's rockets gave New Zealanders a spectacular sight at the weekend - when it dumped its fuel and created a glowing blue swirl in the night sky (pictured)

Space oddity: Exhaust plume from one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets leaves an eerie blue spiral in the night sky over New Zealand Fuel dump from one of Elon Musk’s space rockets lit up the sky over New Zealand When rocket spun to vent its fuel it caused vapor trail that reflected the sunlight Created … Read more

New tectonic plate model shows how Earth was organized as a supercontinent 2.8 million years ago

Scientists have produced a new map of Earth's tectonic plates that shows the continents organized like the first supercontinent, Vaalbara, which broke up about 2.8 million years ago

New tectonic plate model shows how Earth was organized as a supercontinent 2.8 million years ago: Scientists hope it will help predict natural hazards like earthquakes and volcanoes A new model of Earth’s tectonic plates aims to help us better understand earthquakes and volcanoes The model organizes continents like the first supercontinent, Vaalbara Vaalbara broke … Read more

Not now Zoom! Video conferencing app goes down leaving thousands of users unable to join conferences

Video-calling service Zoom appears to be experiencing a major global outage, leaving thousands of users around the world unable to join conferences

Video-calling service Zoom appears to be experiencing a major global outage, leaving thousands of users around the world unable to join conferences. Problems started at around 15:17 BST (10.17 EDT) and are ongoing, according to the website Downdetector, which monitors website outages. Users in the US and the UK were both reporting being unable to … Read more

Meteorite that landed on Earth 200 years ago upends previous theories of how Mars formed

Discovery: New analysis of the Chassingy meteorite (pictured) suggests that the interior chemical make-up of Mars largely came from meteorite collisions, rather than from a giant cloud of gas called the solar nebula as previously thought

A meteorite that hit Earth more than 200 years ago could fundamentally change our understanding of how Mars was formed. Most of what we know about the Red Planet’s interior comes from three space rocks that landed on our planet after being blasted off Mars by impacts. They include the Chassingy meteorite, which came down … Read more

Gallstone from a mummified 16th century prince used to reconstruct the ancient genome of E. coli

Remnants of early E. Coli bacteria were present in the gallstones of a mummified Italian prince

When you think about precious crown jewels, a 400-year-old gallstone is probably not what springs to mind! However, a team of scientists have found something very valuable inside calcified balls extracted from a 16th century Italian prince’s gallbladder. Remnants of early E. Coli were found to be present, and researchers from McMaster University in Canada … Read more