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How the UK government can hack your personal data

From the moment you set foot on British soil, your personal data could easily be accessed, or even hacked, by the government.<p>New invasive legislation …

Are We Simulated Beings Living in a Simulated Universe?

Is the universe real? Or are all the stars and planets (including Earth and everything and everyone on it) just simulations in some colossal video game? What sounds like a silly question is actually one that some scientists have begun to take seriously.<p>It’s hard to come up with a way to tell for …

Universe

First 24 Hours in Santiago – everything you need to know

As British Airways launches direct flights from London to the Chilean capital, Sarah Gordon checks out the city’s leafy streets, pavement eateries, …

George Michael had battled secret lung problem ever since serious bout of pneumonia in 2011

George Michael was battling a secret lung problem since he contracted pneumonia in 2011.<p>Friends say the singer suffered lasting effects from the …

UK's first school for teenage cyber sleuths to open at wartime codebreaking centre Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park, the iconic home of British codebreaking, is set to play an active role in the UK's national security efforts for the first time since …

Carl Sagan’s Ambitious College Reading List: Plato, Shakespeare, Gide, and Plenty of Philosophy, Math & Physics (1954)

Carl Sagan may have passed away almost twenty years ago, but he continues to influence minds of all generations through intellectual heirs like Neil …

Los Angeles

I'm a Celebrity 2016 line-up revealed by ITV: Ola Jordan, Carol Vorderman, and Scarlet Moffat heading to the jungle

Over 24 hours after <i>The Sun</i> published a widely cited report claiming to know this year’s <i>I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!</i> line-up and ITV has …

Back to the Future: Michael J. Fox still isn't sure how the science works

Michael J. Fox is glad to talk to passionate <i>Back to the Future</i> fans, but just don’t ask him to explain the science behind the classic film.<p>The latest …

How to make the most of Spotify playlists

Tips for a better, more personal Spotify<p>A playlist is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.<p>Playlists — where emotions lurk in every shadow and the mysterious alchemy of memory is constantly bubbling and brewing! Playlists — where you can cut the filler tracks and go all killer, all the time. …

British scientists win Nobel prize in physics for work so baffling it had to be described using bagels

Explaining why three British professors won the Noble prize for physics wasn’t rocket science. It was harder.<p>So yesterday the Nobel committee chose the medium of pastries to illustrate how David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz changed the world with their groundbreaking …

Smithsonian - Chladni Plates

Historical Context<p>The German scientist Ernst Chladni was one of the pioneers of experimental acoustics. His research on different kinds of vibrations …

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How We Could See The New 'Earth-Like' Planet Up Close

We need tiny spaceships. Lots of 'em.<p>The dramatic announcement that a small rocky planet might exist in the nearest star system to the sun, Alpha Centauri, raises the hope that we might be able to send probes to an alien world in our lifetimes.<p>These spacecraft might rely on giant lasers for …

Budapest to Berlin: stranger on a train

Returning home from a beery few days in Budapest, Ed Cumming decided to try the train. Soon he was lost in Berlin<p>In early June, when everyone in Britain was arguing about Europe, I found myself in Budapest. I had fond memories of my only previous visit, in 2013, when I’d been there for a literary …

Wembley

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London's Night Tube is finally open; here's everything you need to know

It’s been a long time in the making but London’s all-night Tube is finally here.<p>The new Night Tube will run Fridays and Saturdays and begin on the Central and Victoria lines, with 144 stations now open 24 hours over the weekend. Trains will run every ten minutes through Central London. The …

'I'm A Celebrity' 2016: Emmerdale's Fiona Wade And Neighbours' Olympia Valance 'Lined Up For New Series'

One of them will not have too far to travel to the Aussie outback.<p>’I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!’ bosses are reportedly lining up two soap …

Reality TV

Richard Wagner on the squeezebox | Letters

Tim Ashley’s review of the BBCSO/Knussen Prom (8 August) refers to the UK premiere of Reinbert de Leeuw’s vast Der Nächtliche Wanderer, in which the composer renders banal a piano elegy by Wagner by playing it on the accordion. De Leeuw was not the first serious composer to try out Wagner on this …

NASA releases breathtaking new images of Mars

A NASA probe just sent back some incredible pictures of the red planet<p>NASA has released brand new pictures of Mars, and they’re probably the most …

Near-Infrared

The basics of the thorny relationship between science and philosophy

Meaning of Science offers a quick tour of big questions about why science works.<p>A lot of things that try to pass themselves off as science, like …

Philosophy

The Smithsonian Will Pay Someone $64,000 a Year to Drink (and Research) Beer

The museum is looking to document the craft beer movement.<p>Beer nerds, it may be time to dust off your resume: The Smithsonian is hiring a beer …

MI5 resisting independent oversight of bulk data collection

Privacy International says newly published letters show MI5’s reluctance to comply with its legal obligations to government and the public<p>The security service MI5 has been repeatedly resisting independent oversight of its decision to collect communications data from tens of thousands of …

Watch as Jarvis Cocker reads a letter to David Bowie

The musician was taking part in Letters Live<p>Jarvis Cocker read out a letter written to David Bowie during <b>Letters Live</b>.<p>The event invites celebrities …

Scientists unearth two rocky planets in 'habitable zone' of their star

Planets orbit Trappist-1, a cool dwarf star about 40 lightyears from Earth, and may have conditions suitable for life based on observations during double transit<p>Scientists have found that two recently discovered worlds are not only in the “habitable zone” of their star but are also rocky like …

Mysterious Planet Nine May Be Responsible for the Planets' Weird Orbits

New research suggests that the hypothesized Planet Nine may explain why the orbits of the planets don't align with the Sun.<p>Earlier this year, astronomers made a shocking announcement that there may be a ninth planet orbiting in the far reaches of the solar system. Since then, evidence for Planet …

Scientists discovered an absurdly easy way to seem convincing

AMC via NetflixIf you want to convince someone that your explanation for something is the best way to explain it, you might want to tack on some …

Psychology

The Most Outrageous Requests Celebrities Have Made on Private Jets

Flying first class is nothing compared to the luxuries these stars have requested.<p>When you’re a celebrity, flying on a private jet comes with the …