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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Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'