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The little black box bringing the internet to Kenya
The BRCK is, in a sense, just like the archetypal little black box. It does what you need and you don't have to worry about its inner workings.
Will your next phone be Fair Trade?
Organic, cage-free or home-grown? We think about our purchasing ethics in many areas of daily life, but not often about technology.
Is redback spider antivenom effective?
Media reports about the redback spider antivenom being ineffective caused a bit of a stir recently. The articles were based on research presented at a major toxinology conference in Dubai. ...
Coffee greenwashing works
Coffee labelled as "eco-friendly" can attract a premium, with consumers led to believe it tastes better, according to new research from Sweden.
Autopsy of a space disaster turns failure to success
On September 18 this year, far above the Arctic Circle at Norway's Andoya Rocket Range, the SCRAMSPACE hypersonic scramjet flight experiment was about to launch. Three and a half years of intense effort by ...
Is eating DNA safe?
Eating DNA sounds scary but it's completely safe. I do it every day. Let me explain.
It's all about cryptography as Rusbridger faces parliament
Despite all the political blustering that has surrounded Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger's meeting with the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee this week, the real story in the Snowden affair is cryptography.
Scientists falter as much as bankers in pursuit of answers
Bankers aim to maximise profits. Scientists aim to understand reality. But Mike Peacey of the University of Bristol suggests, based on a new model he has just published in Nature, that both professionals are equally lik ...
Sending Australians into space
India's recent launch of a mission to Mars should cause us to contemplate Australia's potential role, or lack of one, in such ventures. ...
The Golden Mean and aesthetics
What do the façades of the National Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square and the Sydney Opera House in Australia have in common?
Explaining perfect forward secrecy
Twitter has announced it is introducing perfect forward secrecy to help users protect their information from spies and cyber-criminals.
Research holds key to safer coexistence with sharks
The recent fatal shark attacks at Gracetown in WA and Coffs Harbour in NSW are a tragedy and our sympathy is extended to the family and friends of the victims and to the surrounding communities.
Will electricity save the car?
Cars defined the 20th century … [They] shaped the wars that were fought, the way cities developed and how people and goods were moved around … [As] we look to alternative technologies to fuel more than ...
Look, but don't touch: US law and the protection of lunar heritage
With India and China planning lunar surface missions, privately-funded space entrepreneurs competing for the US$40 million Google Lunar X Prize and discussions around lunar mining intensifying, working out ...
Hydrogen could save regional railways
There is increasing talk of electrification of the UK's railway network. But electrification is an expensive business, requiring much new hardware including masts, wiring, substations and so on. Such an investment ...