James Vincent

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

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US Navy deploys first ever laser gun designed to take down 'drones and other small craft'

The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) is being deployed off the coast of Iran

Secret US spy program snoops on citizens' smartphones with aeroplanes, claims report

Devices called 'dirtboxes' mimic mobile phone towers to locate mobiles

WhatsApp blue ticks: messaging app lets users disable 'read receipts' to keep their sanity

It all started with the Facebook 'seen' - but the blue ticks on WhatsApp were apparently a step too far

Rosetta's lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Scientists urge Philae team to 'hang the risk' as preparation for comet drilling begins

Drilling to search for organic compounds could unlock the mysteries of the origin of life on Earth - but it could also spell an end to Philae's mision

This self-filling water bottle condenses half a litre of drinking water from an hour's cycling

It's powered by solar cells and thermoelectric cooling - though it's just a prototype at this point in time

Snapchat will finally let users know if third-party apps are saving their pictures and videos

The update should help users know if they're being snooped on

Philae lander 'on its side and in the shade' - but scientists say the craft is perfectly operational

After a bouncy landing Philae has settled at the foot of a cliff; the first spacecraft ever to land on a comet and a monumental achievement for humanity

Rosetta: Professor's reaction to Philae landing is a scientifically accurate picture of joy

"Sorry, now I'm trying to be a professional scientist"

Amazon's ‘octocopter' drones could be making deliveries by 2015

Amazon calls for pilots and engineers to test delivery drones in Cambridge

The company is expanding its R&D outpost near Cambridge, possibly hoping to take advantage of the coding and engineering talent from the university

YouTube Music Key launches with free six-month trials for ad-free, offline music

But there's no change to the streaming model that many artist still hate

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