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NASA's 'Chemical Laptop' could help future rovers find life on alien planets

NASA scientists have a new device up their sleeves to help find life on other planets. The rectangular box is being called the "Chemical Laptop," but it's really more of a portable, automated chemistry lab that can be built into future NASA rovers.<p>The Chemical Laptop has one primary goal, according …

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Why, in 2015, is ripping CDs still illegal in the UK?

The UK government has dropped attempts to change UK-specific law that makes ripping CDs illegal<p>You may not know it, but copying music CDs onto your computer, or making copies of your digital music files, is illegal under UK law.<p>Despite the Government's efforts to update the law to reflect how …

Isle of Wight organiser: ‘Michael Eavis said, ‘How did you get Fleetwood Mac?’ I said, I paid them!’

John Giddings says 2015 line-up puts the pressure on to secure even bigger names next year<p>John Giddings, the man behind the annual Isle of Wight …

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The Jesus And Mary Chain announce ‘Live at Barrowlands’ album

Recorded in November 2014, the show marked the 30th anniversary of debut album 'Psychocandy'<p>The Jesus And Mary Chain have announced the release of …

David Cameron facing Cabinet split over MPs' pay

Ministers in the Cabinet say they will give proposed pay rise to charity despite the Prime Minister indicating that he will accept the salary increase<p>David Cameron is facing a growing Cabinet split over MPs’ pay rises as it emerged that the row could trigger wage demands from hundreds of top civil …

Transgender people are reportedly being banned from Tinder

Transgender people are using social media to complain that they appear to be getting kicked off of Tinder because of their transgender identity.<p>The users are finding themselves reported and then banned, and they assume it's because they're transgender.<p>We asked Tinder to explain why this might be …

Nighttime Self-Portraits Under the Northern Lights Reveal a Vast Universe in the Sky

Against majestic backgrounds of infinite stars and the Northern Lights, photographer Tiina Trmnen captures a series of breathtaking self-portraits. <i>Wanderer</i> is a project that shows how minuscule an individual human being is when compared to the vast universe that encircles our planet, touching upon …

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Red Cross Spent Half a Billion Dollars to Build Six Homes in Haiti

The American Red Cross raised more than half a billion dollars to bring relief to Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake there, but it grossly …

Large Hadron Collider: how Cern's atom-smasher works

The Large Hadron Collider has re-started scientific investigations after a two-year pause - but what exactly does it do and why?<p>After discovering Higgs boson with their first run in 2013, physicists at CERN, in Switzerland, are hoping to make more breakthroughs after carrying out a <b>two-year upgrade</b> …

Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn to run for leadership on anti-austerity platform

The Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has said he will run for the party leadership on a “clear anti-austerity platform”.<p>The Islington North MP said he was standing after grassroots Labour members said they wanted to see a broader range of candidates in the running to replace Ed Miliband after Labour’s worst …

Kathryn Williams - New Songs, Playlists & Latest News - BBC Music

Stone Foundation<p>Don't Walk Away (feat. Kathryn Williams)<p>https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqtn7.jpg<p>Kathryn Williams<p>You Don't Know What Love Is<p>https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqtn7.jpg<p>Kathryn Williams<p>Common …

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PayPal’s New Terms Of Service Mean More Robocalls, Spam Texts For Users

PayPal’s terms of service already include a clause giving the company permission to make prerecorded marketing robocalls to the number you provide …

A Photographer Infiltrates the Rio Funk Scene

Funk carioca, also called baile funk, is a musical style that’s been around for more than 25 years, but in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, a new culture of <i>funkeiros</i> has emerged. These are people whose identity, lifestyle, fashion, and body language are defined by funk.<p>Photographer Vincent Rosenblatt …

Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage designed a computer in the 1840s. A cartoonist finishes the project

‘Surely there must be a couple of new Ada Lovelaces lurking in this land?” exclaimed digital doyenne Martha Lane Fox last month, as she issued a call for women to turn their hands to tech – part of her new plan, dubbed Dot Everyone, for an internet-savvy nation.<p>It’s little wonder that the enigmatic …

End of the 'special relationship'? Secret US memo reportedly says UK losing influence with Washington

A secret memo prepared by a Congressional think tank and seen by the Daily Mail says that the US may need a "reassessment of the special relationship" with its key economic partner, Britain, "because its geopolitical setting has been changing."<p>Winston Churchill's 1946 speech to Westminster College, …

IBM starts testing AI software that mimics the human brain

We haven't talked about Numenta since an HP exec left to join the company in 2011, because, well, it's been keeping a pretty low-profile existence. Now, a big name tech corp is reigniting interest in the company and its artificial intelligence software. According to <i>MIT's Technology Review</i>, IBM has …

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Cyanogen CEO: We’re putting a bullet through Google’s head

You may have heard Cyanogen’s name around the web today, after the company announced it had received $80 million in funding from Twitter Ventures, Qualcomm, Telefónica Ventures, Rupert Murdoch and several other big-name investors. In hopes to scale up in a big way, Cyanogen says it will use the …

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Barbados PM says island will replace the Queen and move towards republic

Prime minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart says the shift to a republic will happen in the near future<p>The Queen could be the monarch of one less country next year after the prime minister of <b>Barbados</b> announced his intention to replace Her Majesty as the country’s head of state.<p>Freundel Stuart told a …

China orders square dancers to heel and toe the line

In China few activities escape the watchful eye of the state – and soon that will include square dancing.<p>Ever-growing numbers of enthusiastic dancers – usually “damas”, meaning elderly women – have gathered on the street corners of China’s cities in recent years to gyrate in unison. Some urban …

Big Bang theory could be debunked by Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at Cern could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely, with no Big Bang<p>The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the …

The children of migrants are just as British as anyone else

I long ago accepted that the Conservative party has lost its mind on immigration but until recently I still hoped it retained its decency. Alas, such charity seems ever more sorely misplaced.<p>Responding to a question from Andrew Green, the MigrationWatch campaigner inexplicably elevated to the …

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The Aussie invention for people who fear needles

An Australian company is developing a piece of nanotechnology, which could see the end of the painful vaccination jab.<p>The next-generation vaccine …

20 World-Changing Discoveries Made By Accident

But surprisingly frequently, world-changing innovation comes from a lucky accident, provided the right person is there to realize the accident's implications.<p>In some cases, a clumsy spill or drop led to the creation of some new substance. In others, unclean or unsafe lab practices revealed the …

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Impossible Technology's electric bicycle folds away into a backpack

Beijing-based design team Impossible Technology has created an electric bike that can be folded away and carried in a backpack (+ movie).<p>The …

Elon Musk's secret fear: Artificial Intelligence will turn deadly in 5 years

There's plenty of debate over the singularity — a hypothetical future moment where software becomes self-aware and smart beyond our capacity to …