Nick Smith

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Seeing the star with nearest rocky planet

How you can see the star HD219134, announced last week to have the nearest rocky exoplanet. Plus … the star’s proper motion, captured by an amateur …

Star Trek-style home elevator could replace stairlifts

For people living in a house with more than one storey, stairlifts or home elevators are often a necessity of life as they get older and find it harder to get up and down the stairs. Normal stairlifts have the disadvantage of being a permanent and visible addition to a staircase, while traditional …

Star Trek

What gives? Scientists try to predict generosity

Are human beings intrinsically selfish? Or are we only selfish when we take time to realize we can get away with it?<p>And what about willpower? How …

Psychology

Emoji passcodes are the PIN replacements we both want and need

If you think the headline to this story overstates the case, then just remember that the most common passwords on the web are "123456," "password," and — just to show a little bit of imagination — "12345678." No matter how much some of us worry over how to create memorable but secure passphrases, …

The 10 best films of 2014: No 5 – Leviathan

Our countdown heats up with this booze-fuelled Russian epic, which warmed the hearts of critics at Cannes – and had officials at the Kremlin steaming<p>• Peter Bradshaw on Leviathan: ‘A new Russian masterpiece’<br>• Interview: Andrei Zvyagintsev<br>• Nominate your choice in our form at the bottom of the …

Are smartphones killing comedy?

Last week I wrote about Hannibal Buress’s standup routine about Bill Cosby – the one that propelled those rape allegations into the news – and wondered whether smartphones in comedy clubs might begin to jeopardise such outspoken standup. One week later, and it’s one of the things worrying Chris …

Hope you like iOS 8.1.1, because there’s no going back

Apple has made it technically impossible for most people to install an older version of iOS on iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices, so you can now …

The Best Beaches in The World

40 reasons to start planning your winter getaway ASAP.<p>Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf or are planning the trip of a lifetime, a beach vacation is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world's most beautiful beaches from South Beach to …

Spacewatch: The hunt for Philae

The landing of Philae on the nucleus of Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko did not go to plan, but it returned a bonanza of valuable data before the loss of its battery power sent it into hibernation.<p>Its controllers remain ecstatic about its success, and even expect that we will hear more from it next …

BT in talks to buy O2

Deal would reportedly give Spain's Telefonica a 20pc stake worth around £9bn in exchange for O2<p>BT is in talks with reclaim ownership of O2, the mobile operator it span off more than a decade ago, for an estimated £9bn, it was revealed on Monday.<p>A deal would cement its position as Britain’s most …