James Vincent

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

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Philae lands safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Philae has discovered organic molecules on comet 67P - but what does that really mean?

Scientist managed to send the data back via the Rosetta orbiter before Philae's power ran out and the lander went into hibernation

Lightning over central London as major storms kept the city awake overnight

Solar activity, magnetic fields and cosmic rays: scientists riddle out the recipe for increased lightning strikes in the UK

Increase in solar activity tugs the Earth's magnetic field back and forth, letting in a greater number of cosmic rays thought to trigger strikes

WhatsApp introduces end-to-end encryption for Android for uncrackable messaging

End-to-end encryption means that WhatsApp can't read the messages  - even if law enforcement demand the data

Rosetta images show Philae lander's 'tallest, longest, slowest jump ever' across comet 67P

The lander bounced for more than two hours in total due to the comet's incredibly weak gravity

Google and Stanford unveil new machine vision technology that recognizes complex scenes

It's the difference between 'the cat' and 'the cat sat on the mat' - but one day CCTV might be able to not only recognize individuals but behaviour

Nokia N1 Android tablet: an iPad mini lookalike with the first reversible USB port

Nokia ain't dead - here's the tablet that proves it

Snapcash: Snapchat introduces mobile payment system to make your money disappear

The new feature has raised concerns among security experts, while others note it could be useful to the app's community of amateur pornographers

Uber partners with Spotify to let club-hoppers DJ from the back seat

Unsurprisingly, Uber drivers are a little worried what this might mean for their sanity - and their safe driving

Teachers should not be friends with their pupils and must avoid connecting with them online, according to new, official advice

Facebook tweaks News Feed to cut back on 'overly promotional' content

The algorithm that controls Facebook's News Feed is the company's secret sauce - it needs the right blend of ads and updates to keep us clicking

The security guard of the future is a glossy Dalek that works for just $6.25 an hour

The K5 has been deployed at Microsoft's offices in Silicon Valley (not pictured) but its creators think it could be useful everywhere from schools to museums

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Isis in Syria: Influential tribal leaders hold secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over possibility of mobilising against militants

Tribal gathering

Influential clans in Syria have held secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over the possibility of mobilising against Isis. But they are determined not to be pitted against each other
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously

Illnesses, car crashes and suicides

Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously
Srebrenica 20 years after the genocide: Why the survivors need closure

Bosnia's genocide, 20 years on

No-one is admitting where the bodies are buried - literally and metaphorically
How Comic-Con can make or break a movie: From Batman vs Superman to Star Wars: Episode VII

Power of the geek Gods

Each year at Comic-Con in San Diego, Hollywood bosses nervously present blockbusters to the hallowed crowd. It can make or break a movie
What do strawberries and cream have to do with tennis?

Perfect match

What do strawberries and cream have to do with tennis?
10 best trays

Get carried away with 10 best trays

Serve with ceremony on a tray chic carrier
Wimbledon 2015: Team Murray firing on all cylinders for SW19 title assault

Team Murray firing on all cylinders for title assault

Coaches Amélie Mauresmo and Jonas Bjorkman aiming to make Scot Wimbledon champion again
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!
Ashes 2015: Angus Fraser's top 10 moments from previous series'

Angus Fraser's top 10 Ashes moments

He played in five series against Australia and covered more as a newspaper correspondent. From Waugh to Warne and Hick to Headley, here are his highlights
Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high