Tech chiefs in plea over privacy damage

Silicon Valley executives says sector must act fast to curb harm to image

Climate Chestnut-Collared Longspur
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Ornithology: climate threat to American birds

A study has concluded that climate change threatens half the species living in the US and Canada

Evolutionary biology: rabbit DNA decoded

Scientists found that wild rabbit populations have a large genetic variation, which favoured domestication

Psychology: being bilingual may not boost brain power

People fluent in two languages performed no better than monolinguals on a cognitive test, according to psychologists from Abertay University in Dundee

The Fermilab Holometer, Chicago: probing the fabric of space and time
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Physics: is the world really 3D?

Scientists at Fermilab Holometer attempt to measure distances more precisely to probe the very fabric of space and time

Robot able to handle new objects unveiled

‘Boris’ set to be able to load a dishwasher within months

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Ritual riches of Stonehenge revealed

Unknown monuments and astronomical alignments detected

Netflix joins net neutrality protests

Popular websites warn of a two-tiered internet ahead of FCC response

Humans are less superior than we think

Humans can no longer claim our position is earned through a cultural sensibility, says Anjana Ahuja

Smartphones used to detect Parkinson’s

Trials under way on accuracy of ‘pocket doctors’

The enduring appeal of mechanical watches

Smartwatches have not stopped a trend from digital to clockwork

Graphene groups edge towards breakthrough

Technical obstacles need to be overcome before industry can take off

Shell and Oman fund back Glasspoint

California-based renewables group uses mirrors to heat water

Sierra Leone plans Ebola ‘lockdown’

WHO approves survivors’ blood as treatment

Banks open vaults to store digital ID

Technology moves a nod to customers’ privacy concerns

Aerospace engineering: jets get ‘smart skin’

BAE Systems is developing technology that would allow military aircraft and ships to ‘feel’ the world around them

Biomimetics: a paler shade of white

Researchers have now discovered how the very structure of its shell allows the Cyphochilus beetle to be both ultra-white and ultra-light

Neuroscience: how magnets can power memory

Magnetic stimulation of the brain can improve memory, according to researchers at Northwestern University

Barclays to launch finger vein scanners

Biometric finger vein readers will be offered to corporate clients

Critics fume over call for ecigarette curbs

WHO report contains ‘errors and misinterpretations’

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