James Vincent

James Vincent is Science and Technology Reporter for The Independent online, and his work appears in print too. In the past he has written freelance for Wired, the New Statesman and the Financial Times.

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Windows Phone update 8.1 and how to get Cortana in the UK

Microsofts "truly personal" assistant lands on UK smartphones

Engineers pit hummingbirds against drones in test of flying efficiency

Which are more efficient: feathered hummingbird wings or plastic blades?

Gaia satellite begins five year quest to create 3D map of one billion stars

The satellite has arrived at one of Solar System's gravitational 'sweet spots' 1.5m km from Earth, rotating once every six hours like a galactic lighthouse

Facebook's internet.org launches first app, offering free access to Wikipedia, job listings and baby care in developing countries

The app is free to use for customers on Africa's Airtel mobile operator

Scientists explain mystery of our 'lemon Moon'

A new accurate map of the Moon has shown that it bulges slightly at one side and is flattened at the top and bottom - but how did it get this way?

Deep-sea octopus keeps record-breaking four and a half year vigil over her eggs

The dedicated cephalopod was spotted 1.4km under the surface of the Pacific Ocean, sweeping fresh water over her eggs and waring off predators

The eBay hackers elicited customers’ names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth

Tor anonymity service compromised by unknown attackers

Tor's creators say that they hope the unknown attackers are security researchers - rather government agents

Vapshot lets you literally inhale your alcohol

“Now you can enjoy vaporized alcohol anytime at home or at one of your awesome parties," says Vapshot, because they know you have awesome parties

'World's first man-made leaves' could use photosynthesis to help astronauts breathe

The Silk Leaf project uses chloroplasts from real plants suspended in silk proteins to create a hardy vehicle for photosynthesis

House of Lords criticises right-to-be-forgotten laws as 'unworkable and wrong in principle'

Legislation introduced in May has seen Google receive more than 70,000 requests to remove search results that show up when searching for names

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Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices