James Vincent

James Vincent is Science and Technology Reporter for The Independent, with his work appearing online and in print.

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Largest ever study into the gay gene 'erodes the notion that sexual orientation is a choice'

The study analysed the genetic code of 818 gay men to find common genetic markers, but scientists say it's a far cry from finding the 'gay gene' itself

Call of Duty franchise has earned more than $10bn in revenue since 2003

Publishers Activision also said that the latest instalment in the series (above) had out-sold all movies, music and books this year

Google launches 'Contributor' payment service for ad-free internet browsing

Internet users pay a couple of dollars a month and in return see an ad-free web on participating sites

PS TV review: a lot of promise, but needs polish

Compact and simple to use, but a dearth of streaming media apps and spiralling costs for memory cards and controllers holds the PS TV back

'Your vagina doesn't smell like peaches? Outrageous! We can fix that', say tech bros

Biotech startup founders outline plans for 'Sweet Peach Probiotics' that reduce the risk of yeast infections and - yes - make vaginas smell like peaches

Vape Lab employee Leonardo Verzaro uses an E-Cigarette while working in London. The Department of Health have ruled out the outlawing of 'e-cigs' in enclosed spaces in England, despite calls by the World Health Organisation to do so. WHO have recommended a ban on indoor smoking of e-cigs as part of tougher regulation of products dangerous to children

Can e-cigarettes help you quit smoking? Another study says yes, it’s better than willpower alone

However, the wide variety of quality and content of products on sale means that scientists are still divided over the safety of e-cigs

Texting neck: Using your smartphone could be damaging backs, expert claims

Weight on head of walking while texting is like having four bowling balls stacked on your head

Yahoo have said that they will stand behind Zhang

Yahoo replaces Google as default search engine in US for Firefox

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said the deal would help the company compete in search

Amazing Nasa simulation shows a year's worth of carbon emissions swirling round the world

If your house is under the blood-red patch covering up half the planet then that's probably bad

Fitness tracker data submitted as evidence for first time ever in personal injury lawsuit

Legal experts say that if plaintiffs use the data then one day prosecutors could do the same

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

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After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
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