Shail Malik

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The baffling numbers that lead to catastrophe

A surprisingly simple bug afflicts computers controlling planes, spacecraft and more – they get confused by big numbers. As Chris Baraniuk discovers, the glitch has led to explosions, missing space probes and more.<p>Tuesday, 4 June 1996 will forever be remembered as a dark day for the European Space …

Turkish officers jailed over alleged coup acquitted

A Turkish court has acquitted the last 62 military officers jailed over an alleged 2003 plot to overthrow the government, after the judge ruled some of the digital evidence as inadmissible.<p>In 2012, a court sentenced the officers to jail over the alleged conspiracy dating back to 2003, a year after …

Balloon activist sends 'thousands of copies' of The Interview to North Korea

Lee Min-bok says he has carried out four cross-border balloon launches bearing copies of Seth Rogen comedy since January<p>A South Korean activist said on Wednesday he had launched thousands of copies of the Hollywood film The Interview into North Korea by balloon, ignoring dire threats of reprisals …

Plunge in UK shop prices continues

Supermarket price war pushes shop prices down at the steepest rate at least eight years, as meat, milk, cheese and vegetable prices all fall<p>British shop prices fell in March at the steepest rate for at least eight years, marking almost two years of falling prices as cheaper oil and a supermarket …