Mystery of spiders’ webs unravelled

With a beautiful structure, elegantly constructed from silk stronger than steel, spiders’ webs have long been one of nature’s marvels. But now scientists have discovered yet another remarkable property. According to researchers at Oxford University, Spiders’ webs electrostatically reach out and ‘grab’ airborne particles, droplets and even insects. Electrically conductive glue spread over the threads […]

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Cryptolockers ‘prime malice’ in online ransom, company says

Criminals in cyberspace have been using malicious software called cryptolockers that encrypt victims’ files to ransom for money, according to a computer security company. Published in the Security Threat Report 2014, Sophos claims that attacks by ransomware happen more frequently this year, and describes the ‘prime malice’ cryptolockers as ‘the most dangerous and widespread’ one. […]

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The Science Chancellor?

Science funding probably wouldn’t appear on the list of priorities for most voters. It is perhaps surprising that George Osborne has named it as his ‘personal priority’ and emphasised its importance in ‘winning the global race’, that favourite phrase of the Conservatives. Over the last few years, Osborne has made a number of compelling pledges […]

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