Christopher Amadeus Padgham

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Employers who Facebook stalk could be missing out on the best employees

Nosey potential employers who reject job candidates after seeing them in rowdy party photos on social media may be taking the wrong approach.<p>A new …

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Ready For Virtual Reality Withdrawals? The New Oculus Rift Crystal Cove Prototype Is That Good

<i>An in-depth preview of the Crystal Cove prototype shown behind closed doors, and what it means for Oculus VR as their virtual reality headset edges closer to a public launch.</i><p>“We’re going to need a lot of therapists specializing in virtual reality withdrawals.” That was my first thought after …

Slender: The Arrival is coming to PS3 and Xbox 360

Slender: The Arrival, the official commercial remake of the browser-based horror phenomenon Slender: The Eight Pages, is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 …

Cold fact: humans aren't as resilient as Exmoor ponies

It was a beautiful morning, a Saturday in October, and I was having tea with my next-door neighbour. We began talking – for this was almost 20 years ago – about the road the government intended to build around the town of Newbury, some 30 miles away. When the machinery moved in we planned to join …

Dolphins ‘deliberately get high’ on puffer fish nerve toxins by carefully chewing and passing them around

Dolphins are thought of as one of the most intelligent species in the animal kingdom – and experts believe they have put their ingenuity to use in …

Why Are Millions Addicted To A Drug That Eats The Flesh Off Their Bones?

Codeine, gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous from matchstick heads. Those are typical ingredients in the street drug known as krokodil, a highly addictive toxic cocktail that’s three times as cheap to produce as heroin and could be becoming an international …

GTA 5 update: Content Creator released, online heists and story mode updates coming soon

A beta version of the previously-leaked GTA Online content creator is set to be released this week by Rockstar, who also announced that online heist …

Cleared for take-off: Europe allows use of e-readers on planes from gate to gate

Doors to automatic, engage Kindle: weeks after America's Federal Aviation Administration conceded that a ban on the use of electronic devices at …

Everyone walk the dinosaur

I had no idea what a Tropius was until about 12 hours ago, when one randomly appeared on my Pokéwalker. Now I’ve caught a few of them, and I’m pretty …

Say no to late-night venues using biometric surveillance

There’s nothing many Aussies enjoy more than going out for night on the town. Yet for Sydneysiders, a drink with friends is about to mean having their photo ID cards (such as drivers’ licenses) scanned, recorded and checked against a privately-owned, linked-database of individuals banned from …

The male pill? Bring it on

The male contraceptive pill is in the news again, and, having done two years' of clinical trials, I hope this time it will really happen.<p>It is for commercial and social reasons that the male pill is not yet available, not scientific ones – the drug companies think men won't be interested, and they …

Five porpoises sighted on River Thames

A pod of five harbour porpoise has been sighted in the River Thames.<p>At around 9.30am, the Marine Policing Unit was alerted to the sighting of a dolphin near Tower Bridge. They reported no further sightings until 10.40am, when they confirmed their boat Marine 2 was “following a pod of about five …

Why is non-monogamy such a dangerous idea?

Over the weekend at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, US sex columnist Dan Savage caused more than a ripple to the Australian conservative status quo by daring to suggest that non-monogamy could be a good thing to ensure the resilience of long-term relationships.<p>The Age in Melbourne obviously …

Is this the world's least attractive bird? Goliath the Cockatoo must have fallen out of the ugly tree

• Chick is child of palm cockatoos, also known as the Goliath Cockatoo<br>• The bird was presented at Prague Zoo in the Czech Republic<p>There's no beating …

Google Glass: the definitive road-test

Google Glass may or may not transform the future. But one thing is beyond question: it elicits mighty strong reactions in the present.<p>The first week …

New species of terrifying looking 'skeleton shrimp' discovered

It’s a truism that the ocean depths will remain Earth’s last great wilderness, and judging by the recent find of a new species of 'skeleton shrimp' …

Depths of despair: Freediver Nicholas Mevoli was the most promising athlete in the US – but an unhealthy obsession led him to his death

A few years ago, I sat on the consulting sofa of one of London’s top psychotherapists, waiting to uncover more about what drives me in my chosen …

Now the weedy kid is king it's time to reinvent school sports day

The age of the weeds is finally dawning. I always knew we'd win. As I stood on the cold playing field, last to be picked for the team, I'd inwardly shake my head at the stronger, sportier boys and mutter: "Dinosaurs." When they passed me on the athletics track, leaving me wheezing in their wake, …

Pope Francis sends out survey to ask Catholics about gay sex, abortion and contraception

Pope Francis is urging members of the Catholic church to fill in a survey on the Vatican's current teachings regarding contraception, homosexuality …

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Nanosatellites Will Give Everyone Access To Space

In the future, everyone on Earth will have ubiquitous access to outer space. That might seem to be a bold statement or to border on science fiction, yet a glance back in time at the influence and trajectory of technology in our lives makes it seem almost inevitable.<p>The nascent commercial space …

Let me introduce you to my trolls

Ever bought that sticky paper tape during a heatwave that attracts annoying flies and wasps? That’s what my Twitter account has become for anonymous …

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How the EU is thwarting states from continuing with capital punishment

There is an unprecedented and deepening crisis in the execution industry in the United States and opponents don’t know whether to celebrate or …

Russian nuclear power plant infected by Stuxnet malware says cyber-security expert

Stuxnet, a malware program widely believed to have been created by the US and Israel, has infected a Russian nuclear power plant, according to …

Crap pubs: 10 things that bad boozers get wrong

Throughout October, Camra is running Pubs in our Lives. This brief campaign is an attempt to remind people, particularly those who don't identify as pub regulars, how important "the local" is to all of us.<p>The promotional bumf comes with a stack of stats which emphasise how, for many of us, life's …

4 Ways 'Grand Theft Auto V' Turned My Son Into a Monster

Since their inception, I've been an advocate of parental responsibility with video games, because even though I don't believe that video games make …

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Five stupid things Dread Pirate Roberts did to get arrested

Until an FBI raid on Wednesday, Ross Ulbricht allegedly ran the multimillion dollar drugs marketplace Silk Road from his base in San Francisco.<p>But despite his apparent success building 'the eBay of hard drugs' through anonymous servers and a hidden identity, the man known as 'Dread Pirate Roberts' …

The weirdest theories about the Pokemon universe

If you've been playing Pokémon since the 1990s, or have at least heard of it, you'll know it's a bit strange. As much as we've grown to love (nay …

Trainer uses Master Ball to catch common Pokemon

“I ran into a Rattata in the grass, and I’m trying to complete my Pokedex, so I figured it’d be an easy catch,” Basil told reporters. “I nearly …

Virgin Trains to spend £3.5m removing toilet smell from train corridors

Virgin Trains has started a £3.5million refurbishment programme to remove the smell of the toilets from train corridors.<p>Known as the ‘Pendolino …