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Completely 'locked-in' patients can communicate

<b>Patients with absolutely no control over their body have finally been able to communicate, say scientists.</b><p>A brain-computer interface was used to read the thoughts of patients to answer basic yes-or-no questions.<p>One man was able to repeatedly refuse permission for his daughter to get married.<p>The …

Neurophilosophy

Apple gets rid of tool that let you check whether iPhones were stolen

The Activation Lock tool is nowhere to be found<p>Apple has removed the tool that allows users to check whether a phone is Activation Locked from iCloud.com, as first reported by <i>MacRumors</i>. The tool allowed users to enter the serial number or IMEI of iOS devices to find out if Activation Lock was …

EU main export market for most UK cities, says thinktank

British cities would need to dramatically increase trade with other markets to compensate for hard Brexit, says Centre for Cities<p>Almost every British city depends on the EU more than any other market for their exports, according to a new analysis that underscores the risks to the jobs and growth …

Wakefield wheelchair user refused space on bus

<b>A wheelchair user was refused space on a bus because a pushchair was on board, days after the Supreme Court ruled on the issue.</b><p>Kirsty Shepherd, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, said the Arriva driver told her she could not get on, even though there was enough room.<p>It came five days after the Supreme …

Customer Service

Former SNP deputy leader claims Indyref2 will fail if held next year

Sign up to our <b>Politics</b> newsletter<p>Nicola Sturgeon has been warned against holding an independence referendum next year by a former deputy leader of …

This Savvy Cat Is Extremely Good At Taking Selfies

It's basically an album cover.<p>Selfies are all the rage nowadays, but they're a complicated art form. You have to get the angle just right, and your arm never seems long enough for the shot you want. But a tabby cat named Manny is so good at it, he genuinely makes it look easy.<p>Of course, he isn't</i> …

Mini-boom in living standards is over, says think tank

<b>A "mini-boom" in living standards has ended according to a report by the Resolution Foundation.</b><p>The think tank says living standards improved significantly between 2014 and the beginning of 2016, as subdued inflation coincided with rising wages and employment.<p>But a rise in inflation late in 2016, …

UK Economy

Scotland eyes 50% renewable energy by 2030 in shift away from North Sea oil

SNP unveils plan encouraging motorists, homeowners and businesses to use low- or zero-carbon sources for half their energy<p>The Scottish government has taken the first steps to heavily cutting the country’s reliance on North Sea oil and gas after calling for 50% of Scotland’s entire energy needs to …

Nicola Sturgeon tells Theresa May to 'heed the voice of Scotland' ahead of key Brexit talks

Nicola Sturgeon has warned the Prime Minister to “heed the voice of Scotland” before time runs out, ahead of key Brexit talks.<p>Scotland's First …

A new study shows cats are way smarter than we suspected, and also big ol' jerks

Listen up, dog people: The proof is in, and cats are every bit as smart as dogs.<p>Scientists at Kyoto University studied 49 house cats and their …

How to Live with Purpose if You Don’t Have a Clue

How I stay focused every day<p>“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” — Fyodor …

Scrap Metal Worker Feeds Neighborhood Cats, Hasn't Missed a Day in 22 Years..

For 22 years, a man (now 76 years old) has been feeding hundreds of feral cats in Hartford, Connecticut. He's a scrap metal worker who uses his …

Cat Food

Heed Scots' voice on Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon tells Theresa May

Time is running out with no sign No 10 is taking nation’s position at all seriously, says Scotland’s first minister ahead of meeting<p>Nicola Sturgeon has warned that time is running out for Theresa May to “heed the voice of Scotland” ahead of key Brexit talks.<p>Scotland’s first minister urged May to …

Scottish secretary calls on Holyrood to back Brexit deal

David Mundell says there would be ‘very significant consequences’ if the Scottish parliament failed to agree to the great repeal bill<p>The Scottish secretary has admitted there would be serious consequences if the UK government failed to win Holyrood’s backing for its final Brexit deal.<p>David Mundell …

Black humour is sign of high intelligence, study suggests

An appreciation of ‘sick jokes’ equates with high IQ and low aggression<p>Who needs Mensa? If you want to find out if someone has a high IQ, just tell them a string of sick jokes and then gauge their reaction.<p>A new study in the journal <i>Cognitive Processing</i> has found that intelligence plays a key role …

IQ

Is chlorinated chicken about to hit our shelves after new US trade deal?

Consumers could be exposed to American farming practices banned by the EU<p>Those of us who want to eat safe, healthy food awoke to a nightmare on Tuesday, a chilling interview on Radio 4’s <i>Today</i> programme. Bob Young, chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, made it crystal clear that …

Agriculture

Top 10 Ways to Extend Your Laptop's Battery Life

There’s nothing good about running out of juice when you’re trying to get stuff done, and being unable to find a plug to recharge your battery in the …

Scientists Create A New Kind Of Matter: Time Crystals

The crystals' patterns repeat not in space, but in time.<p>Crystals are structures in which a pattern of atoms or molecules repeats in space. Now, two teams of researchers have figured out that crystals' repeating patterns can also exist through time. These "time crystals," detailed in a new paper in …

11 things unsuccessful people do over the weekend

Everybody's working for the weekend, but how you spend your two days off may say something about how successful you are.<p>What you get up to doesn't really matter, per se. If you prefer lounging around the house to spontaneous adventures, that's great! You probably need that time to wind down.<p>When it …

How to use iMessage special effects

Over the years the iPhone's Messages app has evolved from a relatively simple messaging program to a sophisticated tool complete with special effects.<p>…

How to stop arguing and actually change someone's mind on social media

There are ways to get your point across more effectively. Avoid shouting into the abyss and follow these steps to become a master persuader<p>Whenever a major story breaks in the social media age, from the supreme court judgement on article 50 to the news that roast potatoes can apparently cause …

Scientists have finally figured out what caused the largest volcanic eruption in human history

Now, scientists may have worked out what triggers them to blow in a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports.<p>The Toba eruption was the largest volcanic eruption witnessed in history, which covered 2,800 cubic kilometers of the surrounding area in volcanic ash, causing enormous amounts …

Earth Science

Physicists Have Found a Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Defying one of the most fundamental laws of conductors.<p>Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an …

Physics

10 apps everyone should have on their computer

Mobile apps are far more popular than their desktop counterparts, but most people still rely on laptop or desktop computers, either for work or just browsing the web at home.<p>Whether you've invested in Apple's Mac line or a Windows PC, there are absolutely some worthwhile desktop apps out there to …

Apps

You're in denial. The UK economy is heading off a cliff.

Not bad. Not bad at all.<p>Naturally, the government and its Greek chorus of pro-Brexit talking heads hailed this as yet more evidence that leaving the EU will not damage Britain.<p>They remind me of that perennial scene in the Road Runner cartoons, where Wile E. Coyote races over the edge of a cliff. …

UK Economy

Why hasn’t Scotland changed its mind on independence? | Chris Curtis

Another referendum now would have a similar result to 2014’s. YouGov’s polling shows that Nicola Sturgeon faces a tricky task in turning things around<p>We know that the majority of Scotland backed staying in the EU – so with Brexit looming, why are polls not showing a resultant shift in support …

Theresa May's Brexit Fantasies Aren't Fooling Anybody

It’s astonishing how different the perception of Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcements about Britain’s Brexit are in the United Kingdom compared …

UK military beefs up iPhone 7 to handle top-secret data

The iPhone has beaten Android as the smartphone of choice for the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) which is modifying the device so that it can handle military-grade secrets.<p>British telecom giant BT is working with MoD to beef up the iPhone 7 so that it is capable of switching between two different …