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Terror suspects and criminals to be stripped of human rights

The draft bill, to replace the Human Rights Act, would allow British judges to ignore the European Court of Human Rights<p>Terrorists, criminals and illegal immigrants will be prevented from hiding behind human rights to avoid deportation under plans being drawn up by the Conservatives for the …

Bird-brained? Cockatoos filmed making wooden tools to reach food

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How Students Are Using The World's Largest Indoor Smog Chamber To Save The Planet

Simulating the atmosphere does more than just help students learn about the world.<p>It’s not easy to make a cloud indoors, but students at the University of California, Riverside are certainly trying. They’re using the Atmospheric Processes Laboratory—the world’s largest indoor smog chamber—to learn …

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Scottish universities braced for brain drain if country votes for independence

Scotland's top universities are bracing themselves for a brain drain of their most talented scientists if there is a yes vote for independence, with some academics already prepared to relocate.<p>Senior academics and university executives told the Guardian they believed Scotland's best-known …

The Internet Raised $44,000 So a Homeless Man Could Have a House

A homeless man's Internet fame brought him a new friend and now, a place of his own.<p>In March, YouTube user Magic of Rahat, a prankster and do-gooder, …

SCiO Shows Off Its Molecular Food Scanner In TechCrunch Disrupt’s Hardware Alley

Dror Sharon, the CEO of ConsumerPhysics, was showing off a prototype of his handheld “food scanner” at TechCrunch Disrupt NY’s Hardware Alley this week, called the SCiO. The device is a pocket-sized spectrometer that analyzes the molecular structure of an object by first shining a light on the item …

The Salmon Cannon: Easier Than Shooting Fish Out Of A Barrel

Ever since rivers have been dammed, destroying the migration routes of salmon, humans have worked to create ways to help the fish return to their spawning grounds. We've built ladders and elevators; we've carried them by hand and transported them in trucks. Even helicopters have been used to fly …

Banning Traditional Animal Slaughter, Denmark Stokes Religous Ire

In a conflict that pits animal welfare against religious rights, Denmark has ordered that all food animals must be stunned before being killed. The move effectively bans the ritual slaughter methods prescribed in both Muslim and Jewish tradition.<p>(Yes, this is the same country that recently made …

Scientists regenerate organ in mice in world-first breakthrough

Scientists have regenerated a living organ for the first time, potentially opening the way for life-lengthening human therapies.<p>A team at Edinburgh University’s medical research centre for regenerative medicine managed to rebuild the thymus of very old mice, re-establishing the health of the organ …

U.S. Navy Has Found A Way To Turn Seawater Into Fuel

Scientists with the United States Navy say they have successfully developed a way to convert seawater into jet fuel, calling it a potentially revolutionary advancement.<p>Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developed technology to extract carbon dioxide from seawater while …

Stunning Photographs Show How We’re Using And Abusing The World’s Water

Photographer Edward Burtynsky’s new film examines the complicated questions about how humans use our planet’s liquid resource–and whether we can recover from what we’ve done to it.<p>After spending the last five years traveling across the world photographing how humans interact with water–from the …

This Four-Armed Robot Might Be Performing Your Next Abdominal Surgery

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The FDA has just improved the fortunes of a lot of sick patients (and one lucky tech company) by …

MH370 Malaysia Airlines: Anwar Ibrahim says government purposefully concealing information

As the Malaysian government confirms that the MH370 crash was 'an accident', we republish the claims of Anwar Ibrahim, the opposition leader, that Malaysia’s sophisticated radar system would have immediately detected Flight MH370 as it crossed the country’s mainland after changing course<p><b>Malaysia’s</b> …

Search for Missing Malaysian Plane Proves How Much Trash Is in Our Oceans

Searchers scouring the waters of the Indian Ocean off Australia’s west coast have not yet succeeded in locating the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing …

The Candy Crush game app exploits some well known weaknesses in the human brain to keep us playing<p>Last week, Candy Crush Saga, the mind-numbingly simple yet addictive game that involves matching coloured sweets, was estimated to be worth $7.1bn. While that amount dropped by 16% after the company’s …

Doctor faces court over alleged illegal supply of abortion drugs

A doctor who was the target of an undercover investigation is due to face a court next month over the alleged illegal supply of abortion drugs<p>A doctor faces court over the alleged illegal supply of abortion drugs, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.<p>The Metropolitan police have been …

This Invention That Uses Aquarium Pumps Could Save 178,000 Babies Each Year

A new invention uses fish tank aquarium pumps to save the lives of babies in the developing world.<p>In an effort to battle the high cost of medical equipment, a group of Rice University students developed an affordable machine to help premature babies breathe. Machines called bubble Continuous …

Copenhagen Zoo Kills 4 Lions Weeks After Giraffe Controversy

A Danish zoo that has already faced criticism for killing a giraffe in February to prevent inbreeding, is under fire again — this time for putting …

Insight - Release of Afghan prisoners exposes root of rift with U.S | Reuters

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S. military commanders believe Sardar Mohammad is a dangerous Taliban bomb-maker who has attacked foreign and Afghan soldiers. In April last year, U.S. and Afghan forces captured Sardar and placed him in a military prison.<p>Sher Mohammad, one of the 65 prisoners …

Immigrants cost Britain £3,000 a year each, says report

Study by MigrationWatch UK challenges findings of earlier academic report which said immigration made positive contribution to public coffers<p>Immigrants have cost the taxpayer more than £22 million a day since the mid-1990s, totting up a bill of more than £140 billion, according to a new …

Report: NSA Has Plans To Infect “Millions” Of Computers With Malware

The National Security Agency reportedly has plans to control millions of computers by infecting them with malware, according to documents leaked to The Intercept by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.<p>“In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a …

Does social media really bring us closer to the reality of conflict?

When I was 19 I read about Plato's Theory of Forms. The theory, crudely put, argues that everything exists in a metaphysical realm in its ideal form, and that everything we have on Earth is a poor attempt to imitate the ideal. So, a cat on Earth is a poor imitation of the ideal cat; and a picture …

Can big data crunching help feed the world?

<b>The analysis of large volumes of data collected from fields, warehouses, trucks - and even animals' stomachs - may be key to preventing widespread hunger in the coming decades.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessBad guys v the data defendersBig Data: Are you ready for blast-off?Lotus F1 Team …

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 makes it clear: we need to rethink black boxes

Why is a normally safe aircraft – the Boeing 777-200 – missing over the South China Sea, with all 239 passengers and crew on board Malaysia Airlines flight 370 presumed dead?<p>I'l tell you why: it was a fireball ignited by faulty lithium-ion batteries carried on board by cellphone-wielding passengers.<p>…

Rhino with hacked-off horn filmed in South African safari park

Tourists in South Africa’s Kruger national park, last week filmed grisly footage of a white rhino that has had its horn hacked off.<p>The injuries are believed to have been inflicted by poachers hunting for lucrative ivory.<p>The YouTube clip, filmed on 28 February, shows the rhino stopping on the road …

Ukraine crisis: We confront Vladimir Putin now, yet appeased him before

The deaths in Ukraine are tiny when set against the Russian president’s past crimes<p>Thirteen years ago I was invited, in the depths of a Russian winter, to give a speech at the Moscow School of Political Studies. Afterwards, I listened late into the night – over endless glasses of vodka – to stories …

Sweden suspends some aid to Uganda over anti-gay law | Reuters

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Sweden has suspended some of its financial aid to Uganda over a law that toughened punishment for gays, becoming the fourth donor to do so.<p>Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed an anti-gay bill in late February that strengthens already strict laws against homosexuals by …

A Second Baby May Have Been Cured Of HIV

The treatment that cured an infant of the virus last year may have put a second child into remission. The baby, doctors hope, may even be cured.<p>One of last year's biggest health stories came from the case of a Mississippi child apparently cured of HIV: treated with an anti-retroviral drug cocktail …