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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