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Tom Hanks Is 'Captain Phillips' In High-Seas Hostage Drama

<i>This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 7, 2013.</i><p>In April 2009, Somali pirates boarded an American-flagged container ship and took its captain, Richard Phillips, hostage on a small lifeboat. That led to a five-day drama at sea, much of it covered on television, as a U.S. Navy destroyer …

The apps that can write you a love letter, sext and more

Soon technology will be able to deal with all those difficult writing tasks – from resignation letters and song lyrics to sexting. How good are the current apps?<p>As technology evolves, the effort it takes to write to other people has shrunk at an incredibly fast rate. First we wrote letters. Next we …

Designer hailed as next Dyson for compressor blade discovery

A British invention can cut energy costs by up to 20pc, reports Rebecca Burn-Callander<p>The engine has seen little innovation since Felix Wankel’s contentious rotary effort back in the 1950s. That is not for want of trying. According to Google’s patent library, which indexes data from the European …