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Nasa Photos Of The Week: Supernova X-Rays, Mars Rover's Selfie, 1962 Orbit Mission

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 7:55 AM

Fifty years ago this week, Scott Carpenter flew the second American crewed orbital flight on May 24, 1962.

In his Aurora 7 spacecraft, Carpenter carried out three revolutions of the earth. In the photo shown in the slideshow below, Carpenter is about to be positioned in the craft to...

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New Cookie Legislation Mean Sites Ask Before They Monitor You

(3) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 6:14 AM

Have you seen weird messages popping up on your favourite websites today?

From today, new legislation in the UK means websites must ask you before they send cookies to your computer.

The questions will appear on most heavily used websites, such as the BBC, as websites must ask your...

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Nokia Lumia 610, World's Cheapest Phone, To Launch In June

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 4:45 AM

The cheapest Windows phone on the market will launch in June, according to Nokia.

The phone caters for the lower end of the mobile phone market, and offers a tiny 256mb of memory and internal memory of 8 GB.

The top end iPhone in...

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4G Internet: Will It Revolutionise The Internet?

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 10:44 AM

The introduction of 4G internet could result in the safeguarding of thousands of jobs, £5.5 billion investment in the UK and could save workers 37 million hours a year, according to group 4G Britain. But could it trash your TV reception?

The group, which is pushing for the fast-speed mobile...

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Brooke Roberts: Knitting Brains Into Fashion

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 10:05 AM

At first glance, it's just a pretty pattern. Swirls and curves follow the sway of the female form. But when London knitwear designer Brooke Roberts explains what you're looking at, the slice of skull becomes apparent - the curve of the cranium, the dip of the eye socket the hips...

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Parking Douche App

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 5:58 AM

Bad parking is on par with aggressively standing on the left on a Tube escalator, drinking out of the milk carton at work and leaving one square of toilet paper.

It wrecks the delicate fabric that holds society together and can turn a perfectly...

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Neil Armstrong Rare Interview: People Love Conspiracy Theories

(19) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 4:37 AM

His unbeatable feat of being first man on the moon is rare, but landing an interview with Neil Armstrong is almost as historic.

The man who shook the world in 1969, has granted an interview to Australia's CPA, in a video series on leadership, the fear of...

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Microsoft So.cl, The New Social Network Powered By Bing

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 9:45 AM

They brought us the first popular free email service in Hotmail. Now Microsoft is playing catch up to Facebook, opening up its So.cl social network to the general public. Could it be they've build what Google dreamed of pre-Google Plus?

So.cl, pronounced social, is powered by Microsoft's search...

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Jonathan Ive, Apple Designer, Knighted At Buckingham Palace

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 7:12 AM

Sir Jonathan Ive, head of design at Apple, has been knighted at Buckingham Palace.

The BBC reports that Apple's senior vice-president of industrial design said he is "both humbled and sincerely grateful" for what he labelled an "absolutely thrilling honour".

Ive was...

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Digital Shoreditch Festival Launches In London

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 11:07 AM

A celebration of all things digital has sprung up in Shoreditch today. The Digital Shoreditch Festival has taken over a new, pop-up building called Hackney House.

Running from 21 May to 1 June, the festival is the in an annual event, and aims to blow other tech...

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Virtual Orchestra At London Science Museum

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 10:38 AM

Love classically music, or did you never quite get into it? The London Science Museum has injected a philharmonia orchestra with a jolt of tech, to create a virtual orchestra, the Universe of Sound.

The major new digital installation sees a virtual Philharmonia Orchestra in residence at the Science Museum,...

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Foursquare Adds Olympics Venues To Check In

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 5:33 AM

The London 2012 Olympics are about to get that much more social, as Foursquare announces that the Olympics venues will become check in points on Foursquare.

Current, past and future Olympic venues will join the list of places you can check in - a useful tool for...

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SpaceX Falcon 9 And Dragon Lift Off From Cape Canaveral

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 4:05 AM

SpaceX has successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule at 3:44 AM eastern time in the US carrying the ashes of Star Trek's Scotty, according to The Telegraph.

The successful launch comes after an earlier aborted attempt on 19 May. Technical problems kept the previous...

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Five Great Things To Do With Your Raspberry Pi - VIDEO

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 11:30 AM

The first batch of ultra-cheap DIY Raspberry Pi computers have landed. But what are you going to do with yours?

The burgenoning Raspberry Pi community has some answers for you. The Raspberry Pi forums are throwing up more and more "libraries" of projects to run on your Raspberry Pi....

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100 Years Of Innovation: Cochlear Implant

(5) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 11:07 AM

To understand why the cochlear implant is one of the greatest innovations of the past 100 years, words are not really required.

The video above is enough to show just why and how the invention that brings hearing to the deaf is a marvel that builds and improves lives....

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100 Years Of Innovation: IVF

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 10:57 AM

IVF is a remarkable innovation, for the simple reason that without it, we wouldn’t have Louise Brown.

Brown, the first ever test tube baby, was grown in a glass jar at Cambridge University for her loving parents, was born in 1978 and ultimately led to a Nobel prize for IVF pioneer Robert Edwards.

From humble beginnings in a glass jar, the revolution in baby making now sees 900 women a year being treated at the first ever IVF clinic at Bourn Hall in Cambridge.

To date more than 10,000 bundles of joy, and if we're honest, tears, love and frustration, have been born since the birth of Louise Brown and there are now four million IVF babies worldwide.
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London 2012 - Sega's Official Olympics Video Game - WATCH

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 8:35 AM

Did you miss out on tickets for the Olympics like most of us? Come 26 June, you'll have a more intimate, and some might say better, way of enjoying London 2012 when Sega's official London 2012 game is released.

The new omni-sports game will be out on Windows PC, Xbox...

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Waterstones To Sell Amazon Kindle - VIDEO

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 7:08 AM

Book retailer Waterstones has made a striking move to embrace their main competition and sell Amazon Kindle e-readers in their stores.

The new agreement will see Waterstones staff embrace digital book fans in store. Those who prefer e-books to the dead tree option will get the same help and...

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Annular Solar Eclipse Delights Over The Pacific: PHOTOS, VIDEO

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 5:05 AM

Then sun shrank to a thin ring of fire on 21 May, during a magnificent annular solar eclipse.

The full eclipse was spotted over China, Japan and the Pacific coast of the US, including California and Nevada.

For Japan, it was the first time in...

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Nasa Photos Of The Week: Psychedelic Space, Sun Spots, Amazing Earth

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 6:24 AM

This week's extraordinary nasa photos include an amazingly psychedelic look at space.

The image above, is a composite shot of 18 images captured by a camera mounted on the international space station.

Don Pettit, ISS expedition 31 Flight Engineer, told Nasa how he created the image: "My star...

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