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Nissan and NASA Team Up on Autonomous Cars for Earth and Beyond

Partnerships are nothing new in the auto industry, but this one is both awesome and unexpected: Nissan has announced that it will work with NASA to jointly develop fully autonomous vehicles by the end of 2015. To the grocery store, and beyond!<p>The Nissan-NASA partnership kicks off a five-year …

Autonomous Cars

Why Beethoven has got cardiologists' hearts racing

Did Beethoven's arrhythmia influence his greatest works? Ivan Hewett investigates<p>"Beethoven’s music may really have come from the heart", says a report in last week’s <b>Independent on Sunday</b>. That’s not exactly news, to anyone who knows Beethoven’s music at all. His music is always heart-felt. There’s …

The Experimental Cookie: Teaching Kids Science Through Baking

If you spend any time around cooks, you might hear some version of this comment: “Cooking is an art. But baking… ooh, that’s science.”<p>What people mean, usually, is that baking requires precision and relies on chemistry. Neglect kneading your bread dough, and you’ll forego the development of the …

'Hacktivist' group Anonymous says it will avenge Charlie Hebdo attacks by shutting down jihadist websites

Hacker group Anonymous have released a video condemning the Paris attacks, saying "freedom of expression has suffered an inhuman assault"<p>Hacker group Anonymous have released a video and a statement via Twitter condemning the <b>attacks on Charlie Hebdo</b>, in which 12 people, including eight journalists, …

Charlie Hebdo

Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 launch in EU and UK imminent: Firmware listed online

Prospective buyers of Samsung's pure mid-range smartphones, the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 in the United Kingdom, now have something to cheer about, as …

One of NASA's best images gets a stunning high-def remake

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, NASA's iconic "Pillars of Creation" photo has been recaptured in stunning detail. The Hubble Space Telescope has taken a new, larger, high definition image of the pillars, which was then combined with several other Hubble images to create the best look yet. …

Cosmology

From penguins to tigers, all the animals at London Zoo are being counted

LONDON — It's that time of the year again for the residents of London Zoo — the annual census.<p>Keepers face a tough first week of work in 2015 as they …

Books I bailed on in 2014

Salon’s book critic dishes on the popular titles she kicked to the curb this year<p>There are some readers who finish every book they start as a matter of principle. However, I put it to you that these are not the sort of people who need to review at least one book per week. Working critics practice a …

Books

7 Quick and Fresh Dinners to Make in January

These fast, winter dinner recipes rely on little helpers like anchovies and roasted citrus to perk up your weeknight meals.<p><b>In the middle of winter,</b> <b>sometimes</b> you need to find creative ways to breathe new life into your weeknight dinners. Lend your meals a little help from flavor boosters like briny …

Cooking

Children are captivated by science but teachers fail them, says Sir Martin Rees

Sir Martin Rees, astronomer royal, says children are interested in dinosaurs and space but the spark is lost due to poor science teachers<p>Children’s enthusiasm for dinosaurs and space rockets could lead them into eminent careers if only Britain had more decent science teachers, the astronomer royal …

myBrain's Melomind is high-tech biofeedback

Biofeedback has been around since the 70s, and is used in therapy for relaxation, even though its efficacy isn't exactly proven. myBrain Technology's Melomind piggybacks on this idea, with an EEG headset that connects to a smartphone. The user is meant to wear the headset, put in a pair of …

Biofeedback

I should cocoa: why we're all going mad for bean-to-bar chocolate

Andrew Baker takes a look at the booming market in high-quality bean-to-bar chocolate<p>You may already be aware of the looming food trends for this year – Leah Hyslop having recently <b>pointed the way in the Telegraph to souping and coconut sugar</b>, whatever they may be. You may also by now have sampled …

San Francisco

Neil Patrick Harris Has New Year's Resolutions for You in His Latest Oscars Promo

Neil Patrick Harris has New Year’s resolutions in the latest Oscar promo—well, at least one that he probably actually wants <i>you</i> to keep.<p>That one? …

Neil Patrick Harris

Junk food may not be dangerous for a quarter of people, says scientists

Scientists at the University of Washington discovered one in five obese people did not show health problems linked to a poor diet<p>Junk food may not be dangerous for a quarter of people after scientists found some metabolisms appear immune from the impact of an unhealthy diet.<p>Although gaining excess …

Books of the year 2014

It is New Year’s Day and I should be looking forward but I’ve been busy – and delayed by the flu – so I’m not yet done looking back. Listed below with potted reviews are the 23 books I read in 2014. This continues a tradition I started last year, when I decided to read less internet and more …

Books
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