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Secret Brexit deal could threaten scotch whisky

Spirit is under threat from US imports in classified talks to remove barriers to trade<p>A post-Brexit trade deal with the US could mean whiskey galore for the UK.<p>But while drinkers might be celebrating, this could be bad news for scotch whisky distillers who are being warned that their industry faces …

Whiskey

ETH Zurich robots use new digital construction technique to build timber structures

Researchers at ETH Zurich university have pioneered a method of robotic construction, which is being used to create a computer-designed modular house …

Fabrication

Boston Dynamics to start selling SpotMini robot as soon as 2019

The four-legged Boston Dynamics robot that became an internet star when it featured in a series of viral videos is set to go on sale next …

Robotics

Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering

This internal video from 2016 shows a Google concept for how total data collection could reshape society<p>Google has built a multibillion-dollar business out of knowing everything about its users. Now, a video produced within Google and obtained by <i>The Verge</i> offers a stunningly ambitious and …

Black Mirror

8 bold and quirky downstairs toilet design ideas, as seen at Grand Designs Live

Including a design inspired by the upcoming royal wedding!<p><b>Cloakroom, downstairs toilet, lavatory... whatever you call it, this room in the home is often the least thought about when it comes to decorating, but isn't it about time that changed?</b><p>The Lavatory Project by Anna-Maria Casas at this year's …

Interior Design

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Many people have grown accustomed to talking to their smart devices, asking them to read a text, play a song or set an alarm. But someone else might be secretly talking to them, too.<p>Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that …

Artificial Intelligence

The End of Reality - The Atlantic

In a dank corner of the internet, it is possible to find actresses from <i>Game of Thrones</i> or <i>Harry Potter</i> engaged in all manner of sex acts. Or at least to the world the carnal figures look like those actresses, and the faces in the videos are indeed their own. Everything south of the neck, however, …

Domestic Violence

Stephen Hawking's final paper bursts the multiverse bubble with a Holographic Universe theory

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking passed away earlier this year, but his legacy to science will live on. His final theory on the origin of the …

Physics

How 1.7 Billion Stars Were Mapped With Dazzling 3-D Precision

The ESA's Gaia satellite is helping astronomers understand the origins of our galaxy, one star at a time.<p>More than a billion twinkling stars, drifting lazily across the sky as both Earth and our home galaxy revolve, have been mapped in 3-D by the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite. On …

Cosmology

The pound is about to do something it hasn't done in 15 years

LONDON — April has been a cruel month for the British pound, with the currency set to decline against the dollar over the period for the first time in close to 15 years.<p>A combination of factors, from waning expectations of a UK interest rate hike in May, to a resurgent dollar, have helped subdue …

Economics

Data Protection/Privacy Issues Update

Since my last blog, we've heard from many, both inside and outside our community, about the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation …

Data Protection

High Court Rules Part of UK ISP Internet Snooping Law is Unlawful

The High Court of Justice (Queen’s Bench Division) has today ruled that a key part of the controversial 2016 Investigatory Powers Act, which would …

Surveillance

New Europe law makes it easy to find out what your boss has said about you

General Data Protection Regulation holds that anyone in Europe can ask any company for the data it has on them<p>Have you ever wondered what your boss or co-workers say about you behind your back? If you’re located in Europe, it will soon be extremely easy to find out.<p>Under the General Data Protection …

Privacy

Dieselgate leaves UK’s car industry in crisis

Sales have slumped in the scandal’s wake and left manufacturers gasping for a breath of fresh air<p>Plummeting sales of diesel cars have driven Britain’s auto industry to the brink of a crisis, with the axe falling on thousands of manufacturing jobs, and dealerships threatened with savage …

Employment

Wednesday briefing: Russia blocks Google and Amazon cloud services as it tries to lock out Telegram

Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Russia is banning large swaths of Google and Amazon IP addresses in its attempt to shut down the Telegram messenger …

Sweden builds first ever electrified road for charging vehicles as they drive

The world’s first road that allows electric vehicles to recharge as they drive has been installed in Sweden.<p>Around 1.2 miles of electric rail has …

RIP passwords: new web standard designed to replace login method

WebAuthn will eliminate need for passwords by moving to methods of authentication such as biometrics, says web standards controller<p>A new web standard is expected to kill passwords, meaning users will no longer have to remember difficult logins for each and every website or service they use.<p>The Web …

Information Systems

Alzheimer's gene neutralised in human brain cells for the first time

Scientists have claimed an important breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s after neutralising the most significant gene responsible for the disease for the first time.<p>A team in California successfully identified the protein associated with the high-risk apoE4 gene and then managed to …

You May Live Longer By Severely Restricting Calories, Scientists Say

Research has shown that sharp reductions in the amount of food consumed can help fish, rats and monkeys live longer. But there have been very few studies in humans.<p>Now, some researchers have found that when people severely cut calories, they can slow their metabolism and possibly the aging …

Holistic Medicine

Self-employed? 12 tax changes you need to know for 2018-19

<b>If you’re running your own business, every penny counts – and tax rules can have a huge impact on how much you earn. As the new tax year kicks off,</b> …

I've decided to reclaim my life – by using an old Nokia phone

My wife and I have two young children. On a good night, we’re lucky to get a couple of hours together. More often than not, you’ll find us on the couch, in silence, each staring into a phone.<p>And yet, one night not so long ago, a handful of my enslaved brain cells sparked unexpectedly to life. I …

Mind

A Landscape Shooter’s Guide to Back Button Focus and Hyperfocal Distance

Want to learn how to shoot tack-sharp landscape photos? Photographer Dave Morrow made this solid 27-minute guide that teaches his personal focusing …

Landscape Photography

California judge rules that coffee requires cancer warning

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coffee sellers will have to post ominous warnings in California because each cup contains a chemical linked to cancer, a judge …

Coffee

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look<p>Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook hearing<p>Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store …

Windows 10

EU competition chief holds threat of breaking up Google

The European Union harbours “grave suspicions” about the dominance of Google and has not ruled out breaking it up, the bloc’s competition commissioner has warned.<p>Margrethe Vestager told <i>The Telegraph</i> that the threat to split the 
internet giant up into smaller companies must be kept open.<p>In June …

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones [Updated]

Maybe check your data archive to see if Facebook’s algorithms know who you called.<p><b>[Update, March 25, 2018, 20:24 Eastern Time]: Facebook has</b> …

Privacy

How Putin cronies BOUGHT London: One spent £250m on property in the capital in a year, another owns the city's biggest private house (apart from Buckingham Palace)... So will they now face a financial crackdown?

Built in the style of a French chateau, with a palatial roofline rising high over the River Thames, Whitehall Court is one of Britain’s grandest …

Real Estate

New street lights cheaper and greener but not everybody is happy

New energy efficient council street lights are saving taxpayers’ money and the earth’s scarce resources but have generated more than 200 …

Hamelin Bay: Nearly 150 beached whales die in Australia

<b>Only six whales have survived a mass stranding of pilot whales on the coast of Western Australia.</b><p>About 150 of the animals were found beached at Hamelin Bay, about 300km (180 miles) south of Perth.<p>Their discovery by a local fisherman on Friday prompted a major rescue effort to return them to deeper …

Whales

How GDPR could weaken, not strengthen, the duopoly

Consensus on whether Google and Facebook stand to win or lose as a result of Europe’s new data-privacy laws seems to be changing.<p>Popular opinion has …