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David Cameron knew UK pilots were bombing Isis in Syria

David Cameron knew UK pilots were involved in US-led bombing missions of Isis targets in Syria, even though parliament had expressly rejected British military involvement in the country in 2013.<p>The prime minister’s spokeswoman said on Friday that up to a dozen pilots had been involved since …

Your New Ride To Space

You don’t need a rocket to leave Earth. There’s a slower, gentler trip in the works—and it comes with a cocktail.<p>When Alan Eustace lifted off into space from the New Mexico desert this past October, it was with a quiet whoosh, and a slight jostle of his harness. The 57-year-old computer scientist …

Why mind-reading is a science, not a magic trick

Electrical activity within the brain means that our thoughts can be read and understood<p>You may believe your thoughts are intangible and inscrutable, but all mental activity is communicated via electrical impulses. As our understanding of the brain improves, we’re increasingly able to decode our …

Global underwater shark study the first video survey in coral areas

The first ever global survey of sharks, rays and skates in coral reef environments using underwater cameras will begin in August.<p>The Global FinPrint survey uses technology called baited remote underwater video (Bruv) to take one hour of underwater footage, capturing marine life.<p>Bruvs, which are …

Aaron Paul teases his role as Han Solo [UPDATE: Jawa]

Jesse Pinkman may have let the cat out of the bag – sort of – again. This evening the actor best known for his role on the TV series mega-hit …

How laboratory-grown organs will transform our lives

With people living longer than ever, being able to replace bits of the human body as they wear out has become a new frontier in medicine<p>Most babies born in 1900 died before the age of 50; 100 years later life expectancy in the UK now exceeds 80 years, with the number of over-65s expected to double …

Why Did A Drone In San Francisco Drop Burgers On The Homeless?

I saw the best minds of my generation, chasing after drones, hungry for whoppers<p>In 20 years time we will look back on the gimmick drone video as a strange artifact of the 2010s. Sometimes a marketing concept, sometimes just a joke, the gimmick drone videos all share in common a simple unmanned …

Thai police officer describes scene at site of British backpacker killings

A Thai police officer who was called to the scene of the killing of two British tourists on Koh Tao island in September 2014 testified on Wednesday, the first of dozens of witnesses who will appear in court during a three-month trial of two Burmese men.<p>Police Lieutenant Jakkapan Kaewkao, the second …

Ambitious new tech aims to revolutionize touchscreens

The ambitious GHOST (Generic, Highly-Organic Shape-Changing Interfaces) research project is building technology that will let consumers use their fingertips to literally drag data out of touchscreen displays, bringing it into the 3D world.<p>GHOST is the brainchild of four universities in the U.K., …

How Greece Became European

The troubled relationship between modern Greeks and their neighbors to the north and west—sometime admirers, sometime lenders, sometime detractors—helps explain today’s crisis.<p>Greece is the cradle of European civilization, but is it even in Europe?<p>The answer might seem obvious: The country is on …

Pakistan's Peshawar Bans 'Toy Guns' to Stop Kids Copying Violence

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Plastic replica guns have been banned by one Pakistani city in an attempt to stop children mimicking the militancy and extremist violence endemic in parts of the country.<p>These popular so-called "toy guns" — as officials and locals call them — fire plastic or rubber pellets and …