Wheat gene map to help ‘feed the world’

Image copyright IGOR STEVANOVIC / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The starting pistol has been fired in a race to develop “climate change resistant” wheat with the publication of a map of the crop’s genes. An international team of scientists has identified the location of more than 100,000 wheat genes. The researchers say the map will accelerate the development of new strains to cope with the increased heat waves expected from climate

Earliest galaxies found ‘on our cosmic doorstep’

Image copyright AURIGA PROJECT Image caption A computer-simulated galaxy. Blue circles denote the brighter satellite galaxies orbiting the bigger one; the white circles show the faint galaxies, which are some of the most ancient in the Universe. Some of the oldest galaxies to form in the Universe are sitting on our cosmic doorstep, according to a study. These faint objects close to the Milky Way could be more than 13

Phone etiquette

Image copyright EPA They’re the first thing many of us look at in the morning and the last thing at night. Our phones are never far from our side and we’re checking them every 12 minutes, according to Ofcom. It’s a love affair that looks set to last so we’ve come up with five rules of phone use worth observing – from no phones at dinnertime to turning it off

A to Z of Google

Image copyright Getty Images Google now handles more than three billion searches a day. The vast majority are for complete words or phrases. But premature pushes of the enter key mean many end up being for single letters too. Most of us simply go back and try again. But some of those unique-character searches throw up intriguing results and serve as a snapshot of popular culture. So, we went for

Art alive

Image caption Digital images of boats interact with a real world scene in New York’s Times Square Augmented reality (AR) – adding a digital overlay to a real-world image – is giving artists and galleries opportunities to create more interactive artworks and exhibitions, providing more exciting experiences and reaching new audiences. But until AR headsets become widespread – and fashionable – will this remain a niche technology? Imagine holding your

Monster Hunter World sales yanked by China

Image copyright Capcom Image caption China was expected to be one of the biggest markets for the fantasy video game Monster Hunter World – the blockbuster video game – has been banned by China’s censors just days after going on sale. The local publisher, Tencent, said the intervention had followed “a large number of complaints”, but did not detail what they were about. The firm had previously said more than

Charging ahead

Image caption Sushila Devi and her e-rickshaw From battery-powered delivery trucks and rickshaws, to Formula E racing cars, electric vehicles are entering the mainstream. But will a lack of investment in charging infrastructure hold the market back? In 2015 single mum Sushila Devi was struggling to make ends meet and didn’t even have the money to send her three kids to school. However, thanks to low-cost electric vehicle technology, the

Ticketmaster to close resale sites Seatwave and Get Me In

Image copyright PA / Getty Image caption Little Mix are among the artists who have protested at the prices charged by secondary ticketing sites Ticketmaster is closing its secondary ticketing websites Seatwave and Get Me In, in a bid to combat touts. The sites, which allow you to offload unwanted tickets, have frequently been exploited by so-called professional sellers who hike up the prices. “We know that fans are tired

Reddit sleuth identifies car part, leading to hit-and-run arrest

Reddit sleuth identifies car part, leading to hit-and-run arrest By George Pierpoint BBC News Image copyright @wastatepatrol Image caption This photograph of a Washington State police officer holding a fraction of a car part led to the arrest of a driver in a fatal hit-and-run US Police have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run case after an obscure part of a car headlight was identified by a social media

Elon Musk says Saudis back Tesla buyout

Image copyright Getty Images Elon Musk has outlined his plan to take Tesla private and said he discussed financing the deal with Saudi Arabia. The founder of the electric carmaker also indicated that he would need to raise far less than the $70bn it has been estimated he would need. In a blog post, Mr Musk said that he only wanted to buy out shareholders who no longer wanted to