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Scotland has unveiled its blueprint for independence, ahead of next September's referendum

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Scotland has unveiled its blueprint for independence, ahead of next September’s referendum. The 670-page document promises to “build a more democratic, more prosperous, fairer society”. On September 18, Scots voters will be asked the yes/no question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” The document, launched by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, pledged t...

Alan Rusbridger revealed only 1 percent of files leaked by Edward Snowden have been published

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...ommittee in UK parliament that the Guardian was not a “rogue newspaper”. He insisted the paper’s journalists were “patriots” and patriotic about democracy and a free press. Alan Rusbridger said senior officials in Whitehall and the US administration had told the paper “no damage” had been caused. Last month intelligence chiefs used their appearance before...

Quantum Smell, a controversial theory saying that the way we smell involves a quantum physics effect, has received a boost, following experiments with human subjects

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...t vibrations played no role in what we smell. But in 2011, Dr. Luca Turin and colleagues published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showing that fruit flies can distinguish between the heavier and lighter versions of the same molecule. A repeat of the test with humans in the new paper finds that, as in Prof. Leslie Vosshall’s work, the subjects could not tell the tw...

Spanish newspaper El Pais has apologized after publishing a photo of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez which it said has turned out to be a fake

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...s withdrawn the photo from its website and collected copies of the first edition of Thursday’s paper from newsstands.   Spanish newspaper El Pais has apologized after publishing a photo of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez which it said has turned out to be a fake   The paper said in a statement that it had obtained the image from a news agency but that it had not been able to inde...

The New York Times has recently reported that Bo Xilai ran a wire-tapping system that extended as far as China's president Hu Jintao

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The New York Times has recently reported that Bo Xilai ran a wire-tapping system that extended as far as China’s president Hu Jintao. Citing “nearly a dozen people with party ties”, the New York Times said the disgraced Bo Xilai ran a wire-tapping network across Chongqing, where he was party chief. His officials even listened to a phone call involving Hu Jintao, the paper said....

Willow Glass can be "wrapped" around a device, said the New York-based developer Corning

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...p, created a millimetres-thick prototype flexible smartphone in 2011, made of a so-called electronic paper. The scientists said they used the same e-ink technology as found in Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader, bonded to flex sensors and a touchscreen that interpreted drawings and text written on it. “This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper,” s...

Previous research has suggested the Y sex chromosome, which only men carry, is decaying genetically so fast that it will be extinct in five million years' time

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...ifer Hughes, “which is why we’re left with the Y we have today.” Commenting on the paper, Professor Mark Pagel, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Reading and author of “Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind”, said that while there might be some squabbling in academic circles over the timings of the events, the paper told us there was a futur...

Toilet roll The Beatles refused to use while recording Abbey Road, because they thought it was too “hard and shiny”

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...: “Most things went very smoothly with the Beatles at Abbey Road – but not this roll of toilet paper which they complained was too hard and shiny. “They thought it disgraceful that the management should stamp each sheet of paper with EMI Ltd. “The paper was immediately withdrawn and things became much smoother for staff after that.” Ken Townsend letter stating why Beatles didn't w...

Willie and Jase Robertson settle beef in redneck style

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...ing for his father’s old tricks that easily. Phil Robertson tried to unload old phonebooks and other paper goods on his son, but Jep stayed true to his mission and only accepted the paper. “I’ve seen my dad try to set this kind of trap before,” Jep Robertson said. “I came up for a few stacks of newspaper and that’s what I’m going to leave with.” But it wasn’t long before Phil Robertson...

Accounts of unusual sexual activities among Adelie penguins, observed a century ago by Dr. George Murray Levick, a member of Captain Scott's polar team, are finally being made public

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...ent. “I just happened to be going through the file on George Murray Levick when I shifted some papers and found underneath them this extraordinary paper which was headed <<the sexual habits of the adelie penguin, not for publication>> in large black type. “It’s just full of accounts of sexual coercion, sexual and physical abuse of chicks, non-procreative sex, and fini...

One picture taken during the performances showed the mystery woman with her hand on the armrest of Kim Jong-Un's chair

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Agency news in Seoul reported that a mystery woman was sitting next to the young North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at a concert this week. The question of who she was, and what she was doing sitting next to Kim Jong-Un, buzzed through South Korea’s news media. North Korean media gave no details, but showed her accompanying Kim Jong-Un to various state occasions: bowing with him in front of hi...

A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency

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...such as a first aid book or a print out of the information on www.ready.gov - Rain gear - Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils - Cash or traveler’s checks, change - Paper towels - Fire Extinguisher - Tent - Compass - Matches in a waterproof container* - Signal flare* - Paper, pencil - Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies - Disinfectant* - Household chlorine bleach...

Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard has outlined Asia manifesto, a major foreign policy plan aimed at improving Asian ties

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...towards its near neighbors – particularly China and India. The plan is detailed in a 312-page paper, Australia in the Asian Century. With Asia on track to become home to most of the world’s middle class in the next 20 years, this was a moment in history to grasp, said Julia Gillard during the release of the white paper at Sydney’s Lowy Institute. “The scale and pace of Asi...

Nazis’ plans to conquer Britain included a deadly assault on Sir Winston Churchill with exploding chocolate

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Secret wartime papers exchanged between MI5 officials reveal that the Nazis’ plans to conquer Britain included a deadly assault on Sir Winston Churchill with exploding chocolate. Adolf Hitler’s bomb-makers coated explosive devices with a thin layer of rich dark chocolate, then packaged it in expensive-looking black and gold paper. The Germans planned to use secret agents working in Britain to dis...

US Congress is kicking around the idea of replacing the dollar bill with dollar coins

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US Congress is kicking around the idea of replacing the dollar bill with dollar coins, as federal auditors have determined that the move could save taxpayers roughly $4.4 billion over the next 30 years. Experts say that while it would be expensive to replace machines, the fact that coins can stay in circulation for up to 30 years, while paper bills only have 4 to 5 year lifespans, outweigh the in...

ARena is the app to install for Droid Bionic scavenger hunt

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...tants will have to look  around the city for photos of HDTVs, laptops, tablets, and quadcopters. The prizes include 16 Droid Bionic handsets, four 40-inch LED HDTVs, four Motorola XOOM tablets, four laptops, and four video-streaming Quadcopters. Each player has 30 minutes per game to track down a prize and can play up to 48 times a day. “Each day for four days, four lucky hunters will win Bi...

Pictures leaked online claim to show the case for the forthcoming iPhone 5S

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Pictures leaked online claim to show the case for the forthcoming iPhone 5S, Apple’s next update of its market leading smartphone. Surfacing on French website Nowhereelse.fr, the images reveal an exterior virtual identical to the current iPhone 5, which was only released in September. But a closer look at the inside of the part shows the fixing points of some of the internal components R...

David Petraeus and his mistress Paula Broadwell used some handy espionage tradecrafts to keep their liaisons a secret for nearly a year

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David Petraeus and his biographer-turned-mistress Paula Broadwell used some handy espionage tradecrafts to keep their liaisons a secret for nearly a year. David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell would communicate using a dummy Gmail account that they set up as a modern version of the classic spy “dead drop” trick, where they would leave their messages in the account’s draft folder to save it for...

Christmas chocolate log

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Christmas chocolate log INGREDIENTS ( Serves 10-12) For the chocolate sponge 4 large eggs 100 g (4 oz) caster sugar 65 g (2½ oz) self-raising flour 40 g (1½ oz) cocoa powder For the icing and topping 275 g (10 oz) Bournville chocolate, broken into small pieces 450 ml (¾pt) double cream 4 tbsp apricot jam Icing sugar, for dusting Christmas chocolate log METHOD Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180...

Frosted Christmas cookies

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Frosted Christmas cookies Ingredients for Christmas cookies 1 1/2 cups softened butter 1 cup white granulated sugar 1 cup confectioners sugar 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 5 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt some cookie cutters a roll of parchment paper Ingredients for Frosting 8 tablespoons butter 2 teaspoons milk 2 teaspoons vanilla about 2 cups powdered s...

The Sun has taken out an advert in an English-language paper in Argentina defending Britain's right to govern the Falkland Islands

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UK’s newspaper The Sun has taken out an advert in an English-language paper in Argentina defending Britain’s right to govern the Falkland Islands. The advert is a response to an open letter from Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, which was printed in two British papers. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted the islanders must decide their own future. A...

Astronomers have found that the nearest single Sun-like star to the Earth hosts five planets

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Astronomers have found that the nearest single Sun-like star to the Earth hosts five planets – one of which is in the “habitable zone” where liquid water can exist. Tau Ceti’s planetary quintet – reported in an online paper that will appear in Astronomy and Astrophysics - was found in existing planet-hunting data. The study’s refined methods of sifting through...

The trick was to use a diamond-shaped cloak, with properties carefully matched at the diamond's corners, to shuttle light perfectly around a cylinder 7.5 cm in diameter and 1 cm tall

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...g and David Smith of Duke University laid out the theory of “transformation optics” in a paper in Science, demonstrating it for the first time using microwaves (much longer wavelengths than we can see) in another Science paper later that year. The papers sparked a flurry of activity to move the work on to different wavelengths – namely those in which we see. As the “Where&#...

Staten Island residents were guided to a polling site in the dark this morning by flares as problems mounted for New York voters across the city struggling with power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy

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Staten Island residents were guided to a polling site in the dark this morning by flares as problems mounted for New York voters across the city struggling with power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. With hundreds of temporary polling places in operation across the battered East Coast, voters in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island lined in pitch black to cast their ballots in outdoo...

A scientific research paper claims to have discovered that your body can predict the future

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A scientific research paper claims to have discovered that your body can predict the future. Scientist believe that during tests they have found proof that people can anticipate events, or realize that something about to happen, without any cues. The paper, in the Frontiers of Perception Science journal, says that after studying people’s reactions in 26 different tests, they found that subj...