Science & Innovation Archive

Spain cracks secret code on King Ferdinand’s mysterious 500-year-old military letters

Secret 500-year-old letters sent by King Ferdinand II of Aragon to one of his military commanders have finally been deciphered. Spain’s Army Museum called in experts from Spain’s intelligence agency, the Centro Nacional de Inteligencia (CNI), to

Magnetic ‘cages’ on the Sun could limit the strength of dangerous solar flares

  New research may have identified a mechanism that limits just how powerful explosions from the sun can become, shedding light on their ability to damage communication satellites and power grids. Solar flares are explosions of radiation

Queen Elizabeth has declared war – on plastic

Queen Elizabeth II has declared war — on plastic — with a new waste plan put into place across the royal estates. The environmentally-conscious move was said to be inspired by nature documentarian and naturalist Sir David

Starfish can see you … with their arm-eyes

  If you were to look at this little, funky starfish, there’s a chance the well-armed sea creature would look back at you (though it may see a blurry version of you) — with its up to

Mystery of ‘screaming Egyptian mummy’ which has baffled archaeologists for years finally resolved

The “Screaming Mummy” mystery from ancient Egypt has baffled experts for years but the secret behind the horrifying remains has finally been resolved. When archaeologists first uncovered the mummified body they were surprised to find the face

Mars liquid water hopes drying up as ‘flowing streams’ found to be sand avalanches

Bad news, Martian-seekers. What some planetary scientists thought were trickling salty streams on the Red Planet, potentially harbouring microbial life, could be nothing but avalanches of dry sand. Researchers in the US and UK analysed images of

BOM announces short, weak La Nina probability for summer lacking rainfall but packing heatwaves

The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate wrap has tilted the warning level over to a La Nina alert, the highest level below an official La Nina. A La Nina is now highly likely this summer, but the

Why companies using cloud storage keep leaking data online

The Pentagon, telecommunication giants and even the ABC are just some of the high-profile organisations that have reportedly left confidential information available online for anyone (with a little technical know-how) to find. Leaving data exposed in this

Antarctic glacier’s rough belly exposed

The melting Antarctic ice stream that is currently adding most to sea-level rise may be more resilient to change than previously recognised. New radar images reveal the mighty Pine Island Glacier (PIG) to be sitting on a

Albatrosses hit by fishing and climate

The spectacular wandering albatrosses in Sunday’s Blue Planet programme on the BBC have suffered a major decline in numbers over the past three decades. New research suggests breeding pairs of this species are now little more than