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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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game