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Scientists discover 'Earth-like' planet

The new planet, dubbed Kepler-186f, was discovered using NASA's Kepler telescope. Credit: NASA

Scientists scouring the sky have discovered an 'Earth-like' planet in the habitable zone.

The new planet, dubbed Kepler-186f, was discovered using NASA's Kepler telescope, which was launched in March 2009 to search for Earth-sized planets in our corner of the Milky Way Galaxy.

A habitable zone planet orbits its star at a distance where any water on the planet's surface is likely to stay liquid. Since liquid water is critical to life on Earth, many astronomers believe the search for extraterrestrial life should focus on planets where liquid water occurs.

"Some people call these habitable planets, which of course we have no idea if they are," astronomer Stephen Kane said. "We simply know that they are in the habitable zone, and that is the best place to start looking for habitable planets."

Virgin Media: No further emails can be sent in this way

Virgin Media said "no further emails are able to be sent in this manner" after some of its customers complained they were being spammed following a group email.

A Virgin Media spokesperson said:

A small proportion of our customers have received an email from one of our suppliers which, if they reply-all, it is sent to a wider group.

We’re investigating exactly what has happened ... We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Virgin Media 'investigating' group email error

Virgin Media has told its customers it is "investigating" what went wrong after they were able to "reply all" to a group message.


@louisagummer Hi Louisa, we are currently investigating what has gone wrong here HB


@chrisj_brown Hi Chris. Rest assured we're working to fix this ASAP. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. MYa


@alexlspeed Hi Alex, Thanks for letting us know you've been affected by this. We're working on resolving the issue as we speak ^WM.

Read: Virgin Media customers spammed after email blunder


Virgin Media customers spammed after email blunder

Virgin Media customers said they are being spammed with "hundreds" of emails after they were able to "reply all" to a group message sent by the firm.


My little iPad is getting a bit exhausted - this is since 5pm or so! @virginmedia talk to us, when will it stop?


Come on @virginmedia Why no tweet about your mess up with emails? Now hundreds of spam messages! #virginfail


I've never been so popular! Thanks to @virginmedia incompetence I'm getting 100s of emails. Potential new friends... #desperate

Heartbleed hack steals data from Mumsnet

The Mumsnet logo Credit: Mumsnet

The leading UK site for parents has had users data compromised by hackers then using 'Heartbleed' exploit.

Mumsnet sent an email to users, warning that the hackers may have passwords and personal messages before network administrators were able to fix the vulnerability.

The website has urged all users to change their passwords.

Read: Heartbleed hackers could target 'unpatched systems'

Computer breakdown may force space walk

Astronaut James H. Newman waves during a spacewalk. Credit: Reuters

A computer breakdown at the International Space Station may require a spacewalk by astronauts.

Nasa said a back-up computer on the outside of the orbiting lab was not responding to commands.

The main computer, called an MDM or multiplexer-demultiplexer, is working and the six-man crew is in no danger. But the computers control some robotic functions that would be needed for next week's planned visit by a private SpaceX supply ship.

Mission Control will decide shortly as to whether the computer can be repaired or must be replaced.

NSA deny knowing about the Heartbleed bug

The National Security Agency (NAS) have denied that they were aware of the Heratbleed bug before the security flaw was made public.

Reports that NSA or any other part of the government were aware of the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability before April 2014 are wrong. The Federal government was not aware of the recently identified vulnerability in OpenSSL until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report.

The Federal government relies on OpenSSL to protect the privacy of users of government websites and other online services.

If the Federal government, including the intelligence community, had discovered this vulnerability prior to last week, it would have been disclosed to the community responsible for OpenSSL.

– Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden, US National Security Council

The denial follows claims the NSA had known about the flaw for up to two years.

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