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BAE invests in space engine firm Reaction Engines

<b>BAE Systems has bought a 20% stake in a company developing a radical engine that could propel aircraft into space.</b><p>BAE is paying £20.6m for the stake in Reaction Engines, which is developing a hybrid rocket/jet engine called Sabre.<p>Reaction says the technology would allow the launch of satellites …

Aviation

Why is hi-tech Japan using cassette tapes and faxes?

<b>Japan has a reputation for being fascinated by robots and hi-tech gadgets - a nation at the forefront of manufacturing innovation.</b><p>But the technological reality in many offices is strikingly different.<p>This is a country that uses people to do the work of traffic lights and where big-name companies …

The truth about Sweden's short working hours

<b>Erika Hellstrom loves being able to close the door to her office at 3.30pm, before heading out for an early evening hike in the deep, green forest that surrounds her home city.</b><p>The 34-year-old art director used to have a long and erratic schedule as a freelancer, but she's now based at one of the …

Work-life Balance

Taylor Swift faces $42m lawsuit over Shake It Off

R&B singer Jesse Graham says Swift stole the chorus from his song Haters Gone Hate, even though the two songs sound nothing alike<p>Taylor Swift’s global smash hit Shake It Off isn’t an example of a “sick beat” but a nicked beat, according to R&B artist Jesse Graham.<p>Graham has issued a $42m lawsuit …

Taylor Swift

Sexual harassment on Mexican TV causes national debate

Enrique Tovar's suggestive comments and inappropriate touching of co-star Tania Reza has shocked Mexico – but was it all a publicity stunt?<p>A video of a Mexican television presenter groping of his co-host on air has gone viral in the country, and sparked soul-searching about how women are …

Mexico

'Can't hide it forever': The model who became a meme

<b>A Taiwanese model who featured in an advert for plastic surgery is threatening to sue the clinic and advertising agency, after the ad became a popular internet meme. She told the BBC's Cindy Sui in Taipei how she believes losing control of her own image ruined her life.</b><p>"I've broken down many times …

Cyberbullying

'AlDub': A social media phenomenon about love and lip-synching

<b>It is a surreal and wildly popular show which has smashed global social media records. But few outside the Philippines have even heard of the phenomenon called AlDub.</b><p>What follows is everything you need to know about lip-synching, being in love with somebody you have never met and how to break …

Social Media

This 11-year-old founded a cybersecurity business

Mira Modi may be only 11, but she already has a cybersecurity business. The service, called DiceWare, helps provide people with secure passwords for …

New York City

‘Prix’ is the First Short Film That Shows the Power of a QuantumFilm Sensor

Back in 2010, we reported that a California-based startup called InVisage was working on a new image sensor technology called QuantumFilm, which uses …

Need a secure password? Ask this 11-year-old girl

With cyber attacks and data theft on the rise, it’s becoming increasingly important for people to use strong passwords that aren’t easy for hackers and computers to guess.<p>Sixth-grader Mira Modi can help you with that: she uses Diceware, a proven methodology to generate long passwords you can commit …

Daniel Craig's 'secret plan' to save James Bond

James Bond

The most stressful job? Waitressing, say scientists

Menial jobs like waitressing are far more stressful than professions like medicine or architecture, says scientists, as they warn of stroke risk<p>Ask anyone to name the most stressful professions and they might guess neurosurgeon, bomb diffuser, miner or even stockbroker.<p>But a new study suggests that …

Cinemas must 'drastically improve' or lose audiences, says Christopher Nolan

Interstellar director tells festival audience about the importance of using real film, as opposed to digital technology<p>Cinema chains need to drastically improve the experience they offer to customers or the next generation of moviegoers will stop going, the film director Christopher Nolan has …

Visual Art

Why Big Companies Are Screwing You for No Apparent Reason

Despite low inflation and record low fuel prices, the cost of many business necessities is on the rise. Here's a look at how some large companies are sticking it to the little guy.<p>Inflation is running so low that the Federal Reserve doesn’t feel comfortable hiking interest rates. Fuel prices have …

Flying

Why Sweden Is Shifting To A 6-Hour Workday

Be more focused, have fewer meetings–and then go home early. It sounds like a dream, but it can work.<p>The eight-hour workday hasn’t changed much since Henry Ford first experimented with it for factory workers. Now, Americans work slightly longer–an average 8.7 hours–though more time goes into email, …

Free Spotify may be about to change dramatically

Spotify freeloaders: your days may be numbered. According to Digital Music News, Spotify is beginning to cave to pressure from the music industry …

Apple Music

7 Of The Most Impressive Structures In The World

You'll want to look up from your phone for this.<p>They're the cornerstone of the world's most iconic skylines, but how much do you really know about architectural feats like the Chrysler Building or China's Hangzhou Bay Bridge? The factoids welding company Westermans pulled together here might amaze …

Wind turbine promises to blow away your utility bills

You’ve spared no expense in creating a smart home. You bought smart lightbulbs, a smart TV and smart appliances. All that’s missing is a device that makes you look smart when the electric bill comes in the mail.<p>The Agustsson brothers of Iceland may have figured out that part. They are the creators …

How Artificial Intelligence Is Finding Gender Bias At Work

Several companies are now using language-and-image-processing tech to spot what we humans can’t–or won’t.<p>California recently enacted a strict gender-equality law, the Fair Pay Act, which puts the burden of proof on a company to show that it has not shortchanged an employee’s salary based on gender. …

Artificial Intelligence

A Bill Gates-backed Canadian company opened a plant that sucks carbon from the air

Carbon Engineering, backed by Bill Gates and other investors, unveiled a test facility able to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using giant fans.<p>That carbon goes through a series of chemical processes and emerges as pellets, which can be used to make fuel — or simply be stored underground.<p>…

British Columbia

The New Amazon Fire TV Is A Hi-Resolution Box That Does It All

The history of media streamers has always trended towards the cheap and powerful. The first streamers, essentially massive Windows PCs with some media tricks built-in, were toys for enthusiasts. Then the Apple TV, Boxee, and Roku started making media streaming boxes into commodities thanks to …

Smart TV

Firefox will stop supporting web plugins (except for Flash) by the end of 2016

Horrible browser plugins used to offer extended multimedia features for website, often at the cost of a much worse overall experience -- thankfully, they're going the way of the dodo. Chrome recently banished plugins like Java and Silverlight (and made auto-playing Flash ads disabled by default), …

Orange Wine Is A Thing And It's What You Should Be Drinking

Everything you love about red, white, and rosé in one perfect glass.<p>This fall, you won't want to get caught red handed. As in toting red wine to a posh dinner party. What a faux pas. You should be bringing orange wine – yes, you read that right.<p>In May, <i>The New York</i> Post dubbed orange wine – also …

Rosé

New era beckons for supersonic air travel

Passengers could break the sound barrier again as technology delivers faster but quieter jets<p>Supersonics are back. Around the world, aerospace companies and organisations, including Nasa, are developing the technology that will allow passengers once again to fly at faster than the speed of sound. …

Aviation

In Praise of Scorched Rice, the Best Kitchen Mistake You Can Make

Crispy, chewy, nutty burnt rice isn't doomed—in fact, it's one of the happiest accidents you can have in the kitchen.<p>When I was growing up, my mom would almost always make rice with a rice cooker. But on special occasions, she'd make a pot of stovetop rice. The rice itself wasn't especially better …

Cooking

Volvo: It's time for electric cars to enter the mainstream

Volvo Car Group says it will add plug-in hybrid vehicles across its entire product range, develop a whole new line of electrified smaller cars, and …

Electric Vehicles

Tesla's cars can drive themselves starting tomorrow

At a press event today, Tesla announced the release tomorrow of version 7.0 of the Model S software, a big, widely anticipated new build that finally enables the car's self-driving features. Those capabilities were first announced last year and the necessary sensors were added to all Model S cars …

Autonomous Cars

The slow death of sexism means women must stand their ground

All women must buckle up and deal with being unfairly disliked, even those as successful as Jennifer Lawrence<p>We all want to be liked. The need is a deep one. For God’s sake even Kim Jong-un wants to feel the love of his oppressed people – no matter how synthetic. And yet, day in, day out, women the …

Kim Jong-un
4G LTE

Recharge During The Commute: England's New Motorways Power Electric Cars In Motion

England may just be building the highways of the future.<p>This month, the Brits announced a pilot for electric motorways. Yes, that’s correct. You can charge your electric vehicle while driving, minimizing stop times at charging stations and making it easier to do a road trip in a Tesla.<p>The UK is not …

Electric Vehicles