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Could Europe's legal high power-grab be a Trojan Horse for drugs reform?

A largely ignored parliamentary debate this evening could herald a sea change in the way we treat drugs – and open the doors to a more liberal, …

Philippines: typhoon Haiyan kills more than 1000 people

Filipinos are counting their dead as the full extent of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan begins to emerge.<p>The Red Cross says more than 1000 people were killed in the coastal city of Tacloban alone. Another 200 lost their lives in the province of Samar. And the reports of casualties are …

Microsoft warns users of targeted hacker attacks

Microsoft software has a vulnerability that hackers can exploit to attack users and gain remote control of their devices<p>Microsoft has warned users they could be attacked by hackers exploiting a "vulnerability" in its software.<p>Attackers could exploit the vulnerability to allow remote code execution, …

Opinion

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Guardian refuses to say whether it sent details of British spies overseas

Guardian under fresh scrutiny as New York Times report on leaked GCHQ files contains detailed information on eavesdroppers<p>The Guardian refused to deny that it had sent the identities of British spies overseas after detailed information appeared in an American newspaper.<p>The British newspaper has …

Why H is the most contentious letter in the alphabet

The alphabet is something not to be argued with: there are 26 letters in as fixed a sequence as the numbers 1-26; once learned in order and for the "sounds they make", you have the key to reading and the key to the way the world is classified. Or perhaps not.<p>Actually, in the course of writing my …

Countdown Begins For India's Mars Orbiter

If all goes as planned tomorrow, India will be the fourth country to reach Mars.<p>India's first interplanetary mission is only hours away from liftoff. The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission is scheduled to launch at 2:36 p.m. India Standard Time (just after 4 a.m. East …

Electronic printable ink developed by scientists

A graphene-based electronic ink that paves the way for wearable, printed electronics and sensors, such as heart monitors, has been developed<p>An electronic ink that can be printed on a laser and then conducts electricity has been developed by scientists.<p>The graphene-based ink was used to make a small …

Lockheed Martin Is Developing A Hypersonic Spy Plane

No need to be stealth if you're flying at Mach 6.<p>The SR-71 Blackbird, iconic supersonic Cold War spy plane adopted by the X-Men as their vehicle of choice, might finally have a replacement. The Blackbird was retired in 1999, and since then there's been a serious deficit in crazy-fast spy planes …

The dark side of psychology in abuse and interrogation

This week the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) have published the most comprehensive study on the role of psychologists in the War on Terror. At 269 pages, the full report is as detailed as it is grim, concluding that American psychologists …

One In Five Sun-Like Stars Have Earth-Like Planets

Earth-like exoplanets are really common, and that's pretty cool.<p>Back in February, a team at Harvard announced they had found a possible Earth-like planet just 13 lightyears away. The study detailed the prevalence of these planets orbiting red dwarf stars and found that about 15 percent have …

Planetary Habitability

Galaxy Quest: Just How Many Earth-Like Planets Are Out There?

A team of planet hunters estimates that about 22 percent of the sun-like stars in our galaxy may have planets about the size of Earth that are bathed in similar amounts of sunlight — and potentially habitable.<p>That's the conclusion of a new analysis of observations taken by NASA's Kepler Space …

Pakistan: Musharraf gets bail in last legal case against him

A court in Pakistan has granted bail to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the death of a radical cleric.<p>The cleric was killed during an army operation against militants at Islamabad’s Red Mosque in 2007 where more than 100 died.<p>The move could pave the way for an end to Musharraf’s more …

A Facebook video of her beheading - as well as the site's initial reluctance to take it down - caused worldwide outrage. Despite that, there appears to be little evidence anyone is investigating who the Mexican Jane Doe was, or the circumstances of her brutal death. The BBC goes in search of her: http://bbc.in/1bSU14e (Picture of graves in a poor Juarez neighbourhood)

CIA made doctors torture suspected terrorists after 9/11, taskforce finds

Doctors and psychologists working for the US military violated the ethical codes of their profession under instruction from the defence department and the CIA to become involved in the torture and degrading treatment of suspected terrorists, an investigation has concluded.<p>The report of the …

Why 'Death to America' remains Iran hardliners' slogan of choice

<b>Annual anti-US rallies have been held across Iran - the first since the election of Hassan Rouhani, a proponent of a more moderate approach towards Washington after years of outright hostility.</b><p>Despite this recent "thaw", Monday's demonstrations were unprecedented in their scale and scope - and not …

South Asia

Virtual girl 'Sweetie' helps track thousands of online sexual predators

An international childrens’ rights group has used a computer generated image of a 10-year-old Filipino girl to track down men forcing children to have webcam sex.<p>Terre des Homme created a lifelike girl which they called ‘Sweetie’ as a virtual trap. Online predators believed she was real. In the 10 …

Syrian government to act on polio outbreak as UN warns of deteriorating humanitarian crisis

A polio outbreak among Syrian children in the north east of the country has prompted a pledge from the government to support a nationwide immunisation campaign.<p>Experts fear the disease could quickly spread given the appalling conditions millions of Syrians find themselves in after …

Egypt: Trial of ousted leader Mohamed Mursi delayed until January

Ousted Egyptian president, Mohamed Mursi was taken away by helicopter after the first day of his trial in Cairo. State TV reported he was flown to a prison in Alexandria.<p>He and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood members face charges of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace.<p>The …

3D-printing encryption program disguises blueprints for controversial objects

We've already seen, and in some cases theorized, the kind of legal issues 3D printing weapons and copyrighted content can create. For example, the 3D-printed gun dubbed the Liberator was downloaded more than 100,000 times in its file form before the US State Department yanked it from the internet …

Call of Duty Ghost - the verdict's in... http://www.t3.com/reviews/call-of-duty-ghosts-review

Amazon adds graphics-busting GPU instance to its roster

Amazon Web Services(S amzn) hopes to win developers of high-end graphics applications — 3-D modeling, visualization, animation applications — with a …