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Google’s epic space documentary hits YouTube

In a blog post, NASA said that it may never again have contact with the Opportunity rover, after the craft got caught …<p>Earth has a habit of picking …

Europe’s next privacy war is with websites silently tracking users

The pan-European data regulator group Article 29 has issued new opinion on how websites and advertisers can track users and the permissions they require.<p>The new opinion dictates that “device fingerprinting” – a process of silently collecting information about a user – requires the same level of …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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The top 10 words invented by writers

‘Authorisms’ – neologisms coined by authors which have entered the wider language – have been enriching English for centuries. From Shakespeare to Joseph Heller, <b>Paul Dickson</b> selects his favourites<p>I have long been interested in words but most specifically in the question of how a coinage makes it …

10 Recent Music Releases To Listen To That Aren't Taylor Swift

It's getting hard to escape Taylor Swift since the release of <i>1989</i> -- in addition to conquering radio, she's also taken over the entirety of New York City. But even though it seems like whole world is swept up in Swift-mania, the music world has been quietly pumping out some amazing, non-Taylor …

Khrushchev Visits IBM: A Strange Tale of Silicon Valley History

When the world’s most famous Communist saw one of the West’s greatest capitalist enterprises, he found much to admire–in its food.<p>In September of 1959, Nikita Khrushchev, the premier of the Soviet Union and first secretary of its Communist Party, spent 12 days touring the United States. The …

Facebook opens up to anonymous Tor users with .onion address

Facebook is making it easier for users of the Tor anonymising service to access the social network, by launching a .onion address.<p>The company is describing it as “a way to access Facebook through Tor without losing the cryptographic protections provided by the Tor cloud”, in an effort to convince …

Rosetta selfie, bands of Mars and ghostly spokes of Saturn – in pictures

Our monthly roundup of best space-related imagery in the known universe includes the second largest spiral galaxy found by Hubble Space Telescope, the North America Nebula and a snap of the cosmos filled with millions of galaxies<p>The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft, above, approaches the International …

Five countries moving ahead of the pack on circular economy legislation

Last month, the European Commission adopted a zero-waste programme, establishing a legal framework for an EU-wide circular economy. According to the Commission, the framework will boost recycling and prevent the loss of valuable materials; create jobs, economic growth and new business models; and …

Mystery of Earth's Water Origin Solved

Instead of arriving later by comet impact, Earth's waters have likely existed since our planet's birth.<p>The water that makes Earth a majestic blue marble was here from the time of our planet's birth, according to a new study of ancient meteorites, scientists reported Thursday.<p>Where do the oceans …