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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Beef is 10 times more damaging to the environment than poultry, dairy, eggs or pork

New study compares resources used by beef cattle with other protein sources

Windows 9 screenshots confirm the return of the Start Menu and an app-based desktop mode

Microsoft is apparently sticking with what they know for Windows 9

The International: The biggest tournament in gaming history just handed out $10m in prizes

20 teams competed in the tournament playing Defense of the Ancients 2

A fitness tracker for £8? Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi launches the MiBand

It's the first foray into the wearable market by the ambitious company

Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher

Apple says its diagnostic tools "do not compromise user privacy" but researchers say the un-publicised tools give access to 'excessive' data

Xiaomi Mi4: 'Chinese Apple' launches flagship mobile to challenge iPhone

The Mi4 offers a 5-inch display, quad core processor and 3GB of RAM

Fireballs in space: Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Video (below) shows a droplet of liquid fuel ignited in microgravity conditions

A mock-up of what the iPhone 6 may look like by Marques Brownlee

iPhone 6 production confirmed: Foxconn hoping to make 120m handsets in 2014

The iPhone 6 is expected to be available in two sizes - including a 4.7-inch version (seen above right in a mock-up) and an even bigger 5.5-inch device

Characters in the new series are based on real people, say its creators, unlike Arya and Clegane the Dog in ‘Game of Thrones’

UK pirates will get four warning letters a year

Households that download illegal content (such as Game of Thrones, above, the most pirated TV show to date) will receive only warnings

Delicate Arch in National Park in Utah

Geologists reveal the ‘master sculptor’ behind the world’s dramatic sandstone formations

Arches 'carved' from sandstone are found all over the world

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Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears