Sneak preview of survey telescope treasure trove

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula. This giant cloud of gas and dust is creating intensely bright young stars, and is home to young stellar clusters.

Permanent Hiring Expected to Remain Steady and Temporary Hiring to Grow in the Back Half of 2013

U.S. workers can expect a stable employment environment over the next six months along with an upswing in temporary jobs. In CareerBuilder's latest national survey, employers indicated that full-time, permanent hiring in the second half of 2013 will mirror that of 2012 while temporary and contract hiring is expected to increase 10 percentage points over last year. 

Republicans get serious about climate change

In a recent survey of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents conducted by the Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) at George Mason University, a majority of respondents (62 percent) said they feel America should take steps to address climate change.

Facebook privacy changes lead to more data being shared

After users attempted to keep more information private, Facebook altered its privacy settings to make more data public than ever, research from Carnegie-Mellon University has shown.

Most Facebook users take long breaks from site

The number of Facebook users continues to rise - indeed, two thirds of online Americans are members. But, says  the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, most like to take regular breaks.

Apple sees big slide in customer satisfaction

Amazon's won the highest customer satisfaction rating in a survey  of online stores which also finds that Apple has seen its rating slip noticeably.

Fewer than half of Americans always use a landline at home

Over a third of US households have ditched the landline in favor of a cellphone, a new survey shows.

Early users of Windows 8 prefer Windows 7

Early adopters of Windows 8 believe it isn't as good as Windows 7, a poll has shown.

Sexting common amongst US teens

Sending and receiving sexually explicit cellphone photos, or sexting, is widespread amongst US teenagers, a new study has found.

NASA tots up hazardous asteroids

Observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) indicate there are about twice as many potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) in lower-inclination orbits than previously believed.

Anonymous hacktivists have security industry scared

Well, they will be pleased. Hacktivists such as the Anonymous collective are now the biggest fear keeping security professionals awake at night.

Companies struggle to correct faulty Wikipedia entries

Well, bang goes the lazy journalist's version of research: a survey has found that a whacking 60 percent of Wikipedia articles about companies contain factual errors.

Satellites used to count Antarctic penguins

Scientists have been able to count the number of emperor penguins in Antarctica by using satellite mapping technology - and there's twice as many as previously thought, they say.

Facebook linked to poor body image

Facebook is making people even more unhappy about their bodies and may be helping fuel a rise in eating disorders, a new study claims.

Survey reveals how dark energy shaped universe

After two years' work, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) has  measureed the precise distances of over a quarter of a million galaxies.

Bigger is better, say phone users

So what do you think is the perfect size? An inch or so bigger than you've got at the moment? Then join the club.

Create your own virtual dive at the Great Barrier Reef

For most of us, the Great Barrier Reef is a bit far away for a visit in person. But a new project, the Catlin Sea Survey, will allow the public to watch every step via YouTube and other Google sites.

Are Android users easy?

Well, this is worth knowing: Android users are more likely to have sex on a first date, according to a Canadian survey.

How to hang onto your Facebook friends

If you're wondering why someone's unfriended you on Facebook, it's probably because you've posted something that's upset them.

Most mistyped URLs lead to typosquatted sites

Eight out of ten mistyped URLs lead to typosquatting sites, says Sophos, after a marathon experiment in bad typing.