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Whatever Happened to Those Folks Who Checked Bag Tags?

When I was a kid, back when everyone checked bags because there were no overhead bins at all (just racks for the coats and pillows, if you recall), there'd be someone at bag claim whose sole job it seemed was to compare your bag check tag with the claim check issued by the airline. This prevented …

When You Can't Afford Sleep

Many low-income workers get just four or five hours of rest each day. Research shows their bodies might never recover.<p>NEW YORK—If it’s a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, Sam McCalman wakes up in his tiny one-bedroom apartment in Flatbush well before the nearest Starbucks opens for …

Hurricane Odile makes landfall on Mexican coast

Residents and tourists have spent the night in shelters and hotel conference rooms as the powerful hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.<p>The area is home to mega-resorts, small fishing communities and low-lying neighbourhoods of flimsy homes. Weather forecasters …

Superbugs meet their match in rapid genome sequencing

It was the first sign of trouble. Three babies on the special care ward at Rosie Hospital in Cambridge tested positive for the MRSA superbug. Fearing an outbreak of the dangerous organism, managers ordered a deep clean. Staff duly disinfected the ward and went back to work as normal. Four days …

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Reality Check

Less than a month ago, Virgin Group chief Richard Branson told Fox Business Network he'd be "bitterly disappointed" if he wasn't able to take the …

Space Travel

Comet landing site announced by Rosetta mission team

The spot where a spacecraft will attempt the first landing on a comet has been unveiled by officials at the European Space Agency.<p>The billion-euro Rosetta probe will drop its 100kg robotic lander, Philae, on to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 11 November.<p>At a press conference in …

Watch new Windows 9 features in action with these leaked videos

Whether you're going to miss the Charms bar or not, users likely have a list of things they love (or loath) about Windows 8. We've already had a few hints at what to expect in the next version -- the classic start menu for example. Now, we have some videos (below) purportedly showing the Windows 9 …

WikiLeaks Releases FinFisher 'Weaponized Malware'

WikiLeaks has today released copies of ‘weaponized malware’ used by various governments around the world to snoop on individuals.<p>The FinFisher software is no stranger to controversy – it’s marketed as surveillance software, but propogates and gains access to victim’s systems using common malware …

Google reveals new set of Android One manufacturers as program launches in India

Google announced a new set of manufacturers that will make Android One phones, as the low-cost, consistency-focused handsets went on sale in …

Phones4u confirms all iPhone 6 pre-orders will be cancelled

Now that news of the Phones4u collapse has begun to settle, details are starting to emerge about how customers will be affected. The good news is that the company has said that it will honour existing contracts, but it has also confirmed that people who pre-ordered the new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus last …