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Swiss nervous after vote to limit EU migrants

<b>The Swiss vote to reintroduce immigration quotas and abandon free movement of people has attracted worldwide attention, not least from Switzerland's EU neighbours, where there is also heated debate about free movement of people.</b><p>In Switzerland itself, one day after the vote, there is a feeling of …

Dell's New Research Lab Is Working On Mood-Sensing Computers Like The One In The Movie 'Her'

As a newly private company, Dell didn't reveal how big this unit would be in dollar amount or number of employees. But we recently talked with Jai Menon, the head of the new R&D unit, who spent most of his career working for IBM's famous research group.<p>And he outlined some of the cool new tech Dell …

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

He was politically conservative, a gun owner, a geek – and the man behind the biggest intelligence leak in history. In this exclusive extract from his new book, Luke Harding looks at Edward Snowden's journey from patriot to America's most wanted<p>In late December 2001, someone calling themselves …

Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don't Tell The Whole Story

I love numbers. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but I think a good bar graph can be worth a thousand pictures.<p>But three times in the past few days, I've come across statistics in reputable-looking publications that made me stop and say, "Huh?"<p>I did some investigating so you don't have to. …

Supercomputer Takes 40 Minutes To Create Super-Detailed Model Of 1 Second Of Brain Activity

The human brain won't be surpassed by computers any time soon.<p>Futurists have long talked about the day when computers become as powerful and versatile as the human brain. A recent simulation shows that day is not exactly imminent. In one of the most accurate simulations of the human brain to date, …

Singularity

How Silicon Valley Became The Man

Silicon Valley has been taking a lot of heat lately for its power and elitism. That’s only natural for a region that has rapidly gained enormous economic and cultural clout. But it seems especially ironic that this is happening in the San Francisco Bay area, that one-time headquarters of flower …

Super-Earths likely to have oceans and continents

Massive exoplanets might be more like Earth than has been thought.<p>Massive terrestrial exoplanets – planets outside our solar system – called …

Earth Science

Half of US Congressional politicians are millionaires

<b>For the first time, half of the members of the US Congress are millionaires, according to a wealth analysis.</b><p>At least 268 of the 534 politicians in the Senate and House of Representatives had a net worth of $1m (£606,821) or more in 2012.<p>Democrats were slightly wealthier than Republicans, found the …

Associated Press News

Hubble and Spitzer telescopes look deep into space to study early universe

Nasa collects images of the 'cosmic dawn' of universe to understand how galaxies formed after Big Bang<p>Two venerable space telescopes, the Hubble and the Spitzer, have teamed up to study the very early universe, and here's what they see at the cosmic dawn: a wild and woolly party, with brilliant …

Rumor: HTC One’s successor may be called the One+

Just yesterday <i>@evleaks</i> revealed what he called “preliminary” specs for the HTC M8, which included a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, a 5-inch 1080p display, an UltraPixel rear cam, 2.1MP front cam and KitKat with Sense 6.0. Now if a new report from recognized XDA member <i>Mike1986</i> proves correct, …

Phones

NSA Trying To Develop Computer Program To Break Encryption Software: Report

Jan 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency is trying to develop a computer that could ultimately break most encryption programs, whether they are used to protect other nations' spying programs or consumers' bank accounts, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.<p>The report, which the …

Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…'

Science is a very serious business, so what tickles a rational mind? In a not very scientific experiment, we asked a sample of great minds for their favourite jokes<p>Physics<p>■ Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a …

Paul Graham Proves Sexism in Tech Is Still a Problem

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Once again, Y Combinator cofounder Paul Graham's mouth has landed him in hot water. The loose-lipped …

The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …

Jeff Bezos

First Look At Sketchfab: A Youtube For 3D Files

Sketchfab is a web service to publish, share and embed interactive 3D models in real-time. Put simply, the site is part of a growing network of online 3D software to enable artistes, designers, and lay users to design 3D models that can, subsequently, be crafted into objects using a 3D printer. …

Android 4.4 KitKat review: designed by Google, for Google

In 2011, Google introduced Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," which took some of the design direction it had begun on tablets and moved it to phones. In the intervening two years, we've only seen "point" updates for the platform: some subtle refinements and a few big new features, but never a big …

Motorola Wants Everyone To Build Smartphones Like Lego Kits

Google has teased us before. Rumors swirled for months that Motorola would introduce a customizable smartphone that would let consumers decide what kind of hardware—a bigger battery, choice of processor, a better camera—they wanted. The notion of a consumer-grade open hardware platform quickened …

Startup sets sights on rapid transit Hyperloop prototype by 2015

Hyperloop passenger transport capsule conceptual design rendering.<p>Prototypes of Elon Musk's high-speed "Hyperloop" transit will be ready by 2015, according to the group taking over development of the project. That's just two years after Musk first described his idea to transport humans between …

High-speed Rail

Are Oreos really as addictive as cocaine?

No. No, they're not.<p>It seems like everything can make us addicted these days. Our iPhones. The internet. Oreos. But just because something is pleasurable and causes a relevant reward area of your brain to light up does not mean that it is addictive.<p>An addiction is like a compulsion, where you …

Microsoft Surface 2 review: a second chance for Windows RT?

We get the sense Microsoft wants to distance itself from the original Surface RT. After taking a $900 million hit on unsold inventory, the company held a press event where it saved the Surface 2 for last and billed it as a major redesign. "Surface 2 is not subtle, but a revamp," Panos Panay, …

Two-way street: electric cars of the future could give power back to the grid

The batteries inside EVs might pay dividends<p>On September 23rd, the city of Palo Alto, California decided to embrace the electric car. Inspired by one resident who fought to install a public charging station, the city council voted to mandate that every new single-family home be wired to support EV …

Mother Nature talks nanotech: data storage breakthrough

<b>Scientist: A team at the University of Southampton has been using nanotechnology to create</b> <b>an amazing new form of data storage (pdf)</b><b>. Data is written into silica glass with an ultrafast laser, creating layers of nano-sized dots in five dimensions.</b><p>Mother Nature: Forgive my lack of enthusiasm but …

France is pushing for a Europe-wide Google tax

The French have had enough of the way Google and its ilk approach tax issues. A series of initiatives to raise cash from the digital economy have failed, among them a push to re-write international tax rules at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, another to tax online …

Europe

Your doctor is going digital: What the rise of medtech means for you

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Five years into the future, doctors will be empowered with a wide array of exponential technologies and will become the most …

The world's oldest runner, Fauja Singh, on life since his retirement

<i>Fauja Singh is 102 and is believed to be the world's oldest runner. Since taking up running, aged 89, he has run nine full marathons. Singh retired from competitive races in February after completing a 10K race in Hong Kong. But he still jogs every day in east London. He talked to Nadeem Badshah</i> …

Nobel prize for simulating lightning-fast chemical reactions

Three scientists win Nobel Prize in Chemistry for computer simulations used to design new drugs and materials<p>• Arieh Warshe, Michael Levitt and Martin Karplus win Nobel Prize in Chemistry – as it happened<p>The 2013 Nobel prize in chemistry has been awarded to a trio of scientists who developed a way …