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Oil and gas discovered off Falkland Islands

British exploration companies strike oil off the Falkland Islands in a successful start to a new drilling campaign<p>A group of British exploration companies have discovered oil and gas in an offshore area north of the Falkland Islands, which could raise tensions with Argentina over their <b>disputed</b> …

Oil

Japan joins Britain in 'noflation' land

Inflation skids to a halt in world's third largest economy, putting pressure on Bank of Japan to bring forward monetary easing plans<p>Japanese price growth ground to a halt in February as inflation fell to zero inflation for the first time in nearly two years.<p>Factoring out the effects of last April's …

Sex in later life boosts memory and brain power

Dutch study finds the more sexually active older people are, the better their memories and brain function - as Liz Hodgkinson knows from experience<p>Sex, as we know – at least with the right person – can be a thrilling, mind-blowing experience at any age. But now, new research is showing that in …

Humanity

Soon, Your Laptop Will Need Just This One Cable

You'll have no excuse not to clean up your office<p>Even if you've only got a few technological devices, you've probably got a rat's nest of cables strewn around your home: power cables, USB cables, monitor cables, and so on. But someday in the not-too-distant future, you may finally be able to get …

Is poker a game of skill, or a game of luck?

Last week, researchers claimed to have developed a poker-playing computer program that is nearly unbeatable. What are the implications for the old debate about whether poker is a game of skill or luck?<p>As a spectator sport, poker traditionally isn’t the most engaging thing to watch. I realised this …

Artificial Intelligence

The next version of USB is the key to Apple's new MacBook

Is Apple finally making a cheaper laptop?<p>Apple appears to be working towards a thinner and totally redesigned MacBook. A curiously timed report from <i>9to5Mac</i>, just as the Consumer Electronics Show opens today with lots of thin and light Windows laptops, claims Apple’s next notebook will be a 12-inch …

In Norway, A New Model For Zero-Energy Housing

Snohetta’s carbon-neutral model home looks like it’s been tipped up for a quick vacuum underneath. Could it be replicated elsewhere?<p>The building industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. About half of the U.K.’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the construction and operation of buildings; …