On New Year’s Eve, BBC site was attacked by hackers and was made unavailable for few hours after which a BBC source described the hit as a ‘distributed denial of service’ attack. The BBC's online services, including its news website and iPlayer catch-up TV platform, were taken down for a few hours on Thursday by a large web attack. Initial statement by BBC reported the issue must have been because of the technical glitch and the team is working to bring the sites and services back to normal.
Every since the Soviet Union laughed Sputnik in 1957, an excess of debris has gathered in earth’s orbit and the risk from these debris has also been increasing with time. Recently, a video created by a lecturer at University College London in the UK has shown how crowded earth’s orbit has become.
As per the makers of the video, the visualization clearly depicts that the space has a littering problem. The animation is based on tracking data from Space-Track.org.
A recent landslide at a Dorset beach has attracted several enthusiasts interested in collecting some ammonite fossils. Almost 200 fossil hunters gathered on the beach in village of Charmouth to grab a big share of fossils.
Charmouth is a village located at the shore of the river Char in West Dorset, England. It is an ancient coastline of dramatic cliffs, fossil and beautiful scenery. The place is also known for its guided fossil hunting walks on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Shedding light on devil facial tumor disease (DFTD), a new study has found that this communicable cancer has been spotted in eight Tasmanian devils across southeastern Tasmania. The diseases was first discovered in 1996 when it had brought the species to the brink of extinction notwithstanding efforts put in for their captive breeding and preparing an effective vaccine.
A latest study has found that the rules to decide when a patient is brain dead differ widely from hospital to hospital, despite the availability of national standards formed to ensure accuracy.
Lead researcher Dr. David Greer, a professor of neurology at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Conn said that in 2010, the American Academy of Neurology followed a set of updated guidelines to judge whether a person has lost all brain function and has been kept alive only via hospital machinery.
The chief medical officer of the UK has issued a warning that one of the oldest sexually transmittable diseases in the world is likely to eventually become untreatable. The BBC reported that Dame Sally Davies said that Gonorrhoea may become untreatable, and has written to pharmacies and GPs to make sure they prescribe the right drugs for it.
She became concerned about the disease after cases of ‘super-gonorrhoea’ emerged in Leeds previously this year.
Cases of measles, tuberculosis, scurvy, whooping cough and cholera have witnessed an increase over the past five years in Britain, according to a new report published by the National Health Service. The diseases which have been almost wiped out in the developed countries for past few decades are possibly making a comeback. The NHS report indicated that there were 14,000 suspected cases of scarlet fever in year 2014, the highest since the 1960s.
Blood pressure-lowering drugs should be given to lower the risk of heart disease, finds a major study led by Oxford University. Researchers have called for change in current rules that state only those having high blood pressure should be given the medication, so that people with normal blood pressure, but at risk of heart disease and stroke can also be saved.
A new study has revealed that asteroids are less dangerous to Earth as compared to centaurs, which are giant comets of 30-60 miles. The journal of the Royal Astronomical Society published the study suggesting that research must be undertaken to find centaurs outside our surroundings. Researchers revealed that areas surrounding the outer planets of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are home to centaurs, which circle around the sun in unstable orbits.
What a gift this British couple is going to get on Christmas who has travelled to South Korea to witness the birth of two puppies cloned from their dead dog. Laura Jaques and Richard Remde have become the first couple in the UK to use the dog cloning services offered by the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, South Korea.