#eclipse2015 live from Newquay – the first social media eclipse

Twitter is awash with solar eclipse tweets this morning as well as brands jumping in with eclipse related hashtags to try to make money out of the natural phenomenon (#oreoeclipse is that really a thing?) in what is the first proper eclipse of the social media age. But the fact is that for a lot…

Could windows soon be turned into solar panels?

Solar panels are the future - but are also difficult to fit into the home. But what if your windows could be used to generate power? New research from Michigan State University suggests solar cells could be completely transparent - replacing boring old glass. According to Science Daily the way it works is rather than…

Can Twitter help with ecological research?

It turns out Twitter isn't just for tweeting abuse at newspaper columnists after all. Check out this clever use of hashtags that is helping scientists keep check on the environment. Over the weekend it appears that Sergei Krupenin, who works…

Star Trek replicator 'close to reality'

They were much-loved scenes in Star Trek: The Next Generation – Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard walking up to the replicator and ordering, "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot". The replicator on board the Starship Enterprise (and also seen in the spinoff shows…

Norwegian bacteria provides the key to new super sunscreen

If, like me, you've been cursed with skin so pale that simply stepping outdoors on a sunny day transforms you into a red walking man-lobster within minutes, this latest scientific innovation in the world of sunscreen could be the answer…

Swearing IS a real painkiller, say scientists

Are you prone to swearing after you've stubbed your toe or taken a knock while playing football? Chillout. Relax. Swear as much as you like; it's nature's natural painkiller. That's the new finding from a study by the Keele…