Earth is becoming ‘Planet Plastic’

US scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made and put the number at 8.3 billion tonnes. It is an astonishing mass of material that has essentially been created only in the last…

Instagram tops cyber-bullying study

Research from anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label suggests social media is making youngsters more anxious. Forty per cent said they felt bad if nobody liked their selfies and 35% said their confidence was directly linked to the…

Google Maps adds the International Space Station

The International Space Station has become the first "off planet" addition to Google Maps' Street View facility. Astronauts helped capture 360-degree panoramas of the insides of the ISS modules, as well as views down to…

Bitcoin swings as civil war looms

The value of the virtual currency Bitcoin has always been volatile. Even so, there has been particular turbulence in recent days as fears of a "civil war" among its adherents first grew and then subsided,…

UK wants continued EU Copernicus participation

The UK has given the clearest statement yet of its desire to stay within the European Union's Copernicus Earth observation programme after Brexit. EU member states are building the most advanced ever satellite system for monitoring the…

AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut downv

Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a "landmark" international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware…