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The Telegraph

Early efforts to construct an artificial life form in a software model have reached a milestone, as the digital animal wriggled for the first time. Full story: http://fw.to/CbNINDM Photo: OpenWorm

Contest winner Mandla Maseko set to become first black African in space

Born and raised in a township, Mandla Maseko has spent his life at the mercy of the heavens. "Once it rains, the lights go out," the 25-year-old said. "I do know the life of a candle."<p>But from this humblest of launchpads, Maseko is poised to defy the laws of physical and political gravity by …

Anti-ageing compound set for human trials after turning clock back for mice

Australian and US researchers hope an anti-ageing compound could be trialled on humans as early as next year, following a key breakthrough that saw the ageing process reversed in mice.<p>The study, involving Harvard University and the University of NSW, discovered a way of restoring the efficiency of …

Toys R Us's Stockholm superstore goes gender neutral

In a huge Toys R Us warehouse on the Kungens Kurva retail estate in south-west Stockholm, cute and cuddly rubs shoulders with cool and crazy – closer in layout to the jumble of a child's bedroom than a normal store.<p>In Sweden's largest toy store, play kitchens stand opposite train sets; baby …

OpenDesk: a revolution in furniture design

France has implanted its first artificial heart into a patient, it was announced today. Full story: http://fw.to/sCOPD5d Photo: AP

Bubonic plague outbreak kills 32 in Madagascar

Bubonic plague, which wiped out a third of Europe's population in the middle ages, has reared its ugly head in the African island state of Madagascar where 32 people have died in a fresh outbreak, according to health authorities.<p>Some 84 suspected cases of bubonic plague – 60 of them thought to be …

Refillable electronic cigarettes face EU ban

The European Union has struck a deal which could curb the booming market in electronic cigarettes and lead to an EU-wide ban on a popular version of the nicotine device.<p>In hard-fought negotiations between the 28 governments of the EU and the European parliament, both sides agreed on Tuesday that …

Fracking protesters dump wind turbine blade at Manchester drilling site

Anti-fracking protesters near Manchester dumped a huge wind turbine blade at the entrance to a drilling site on Monday, temporarily blocking access to the heavily fortified area.<p>The site, at Barton Moss in Salford, is run by energy company IGas, which has been given permission drill a borehole up …

Turbine noise can be heard from just 3% of windfarms, report finds

Only about 3% of windfarms in the UK are likely to produce a low-frequency sound that can be heard up to a kilometre away.<p>The thumping "whoomph"-like sound, produced when the blades on a turbine partially stall because of changes in wind speed and direction, is about as loud as the noise from a …

The death of photography: are camera phones destroying an artform?

"It's really weird," says Antonio Olmos. "Photography has never been so popular, but it's getting destroyed. There have never been so many photographs taken, but photography is dying."<p>I'd asked the 50-year-old, award-winning, London-based Mexican photographer what he thinks is going to happen to …

Dear Microsoft: there are better ways to help women eat less than 'smart bras'

Tis the season for shoving a third gingerbread man into your mouth after mum's passive-aggressive comment during the holiday meal. But this year, Microsoft has got an app for that – and also, a brassiere.<p>The Microsoft Research Institute and the University of Rochester are working on a "smart bra" …

Rotterdam and The Hague rebel against EU immigrant influx

Two of Holland's biggest cities will deny tax or social security numbers to Romanians or Bulgarians who fail to pass housing and employment checks<p>Rotterdam and The Hague are ready to defy the European Union by denying immigrants a national registration number unless they meet stringent checks amid …

Can you make all your Christmas presents using a 3D printer?

I am not a natural printer. I can't even do normal, flat, two-dimensional inkjet printing particularly well. Hand on heart, nearly every screaming meltdown I've ever had in my entire life has been down to a printer. Printers jamming. Printers running out of ink. Printers that suddenly forget my …

A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

Peter Higgs interview: 'I have this kind of underlying incompetence'

The story of the physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson particle is a charming tale about a quintessentially British national treasure. Ever since Peter Higgs was named as this year's Nobel prize winner, the tale has been endlessly retold, and goes like this.<p>Higgs struck upon his theory …

Supermarkets selling chicken that is nearly a fifth water

Frozen chicken breasts on sale in leading supermarkets are being pumped up with water and additives that make up nearly a fifth of the meat to the point where consumers are paying about 65p a kilo for water, the Guardian can reveal.<p>The legality of the industrial process, in which cheap imported …

Evolutionary theory that a chimp mated with a pig is pure sausagemeat

Despite a new hypothesis, and the evidence of George Orwell's eyes in Animal Farm, humans were not the outcome of a curious hybridisation between pigs and chimps<p>When confronted with stories in the <i>Daily Nimbyist Bungaloid Curtain-Twitcher</i> I murmur words such as 'this', 'touch', 'with', 'don't' and …

ALEC calls for penalties on 'freerider' homeowners in assault on clean energy

An alliance of corporations and conservative activists is mobilising to penalise homeowners who install their own solar panels – casting them as "freeriders" – in a sweeping new offensive against renewable energy, the Guardian has learned.<p>Over the coming year, the American Legislative Exchange …

Male and female brains: the REAL differences

Unless you’ve been trapped in a lead-lined sensory-deprivation chamber this week, you’ve probably heard about the recent study that “confirms” the differences between the brains of men and women. Confirmed is in inverted commas because it’s very easy to “confirm” even the most surreal of notions …

How UK wonder substance graphene can't and won't benefit UK

To see what's really at stake in this week's autumn statement from George Osborne, do yourself a favour: duck out of the Westminster argy-bargy, hit the M1 and don't stop until you've reached Manchester. Then button-hole a physicist into showing you the wonder stuff discovered by two University …

A caesarean must be a choice – whatever the circumstances

For all those who are concerned about the rights, health and dignity of women, reports of an alleged forcible caesarean carried out on an Italian woman in Essex are alarming. Pregnant women in the UK maintain the right to bodily autonomy and consent over medical treatment, even when carrying a baby …

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women's brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in …

Japan wants to turn the moon into a solar panel http://ind.pn/IiShsj

How life in the digital fast lane has made us lose touch with our senses

Once self-driving cars become the norm, what will we do with all that extra time? When we can sit back and let the car take the strain, what will we do during that three-hour drive to the grandparents, or the 30-minute drive to work? The reality will be that, rather than seizing those precious …

Child taken from womb by caesarean then put into care

Exclusive: a court order was obtained against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section<p>A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section prior to the child being taken into care.<p>Mid-Essex NHS Trust obtained …

Forget the environment, climate change is now about people

Every climate change logo from here to Tokyo makes use of at least two of these three elements: a sketch of the globe, a branching tree or some …