James Vincent

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

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Microsoft's Xbox One is now out-selling the PS4

Microsoft say they are close to shifting 10 million consoles - and they can count on the Halo effect of upcoming blockbuster titles to speed them to this target

Rosetta images: Philae sends back first ever picture from the surface of comet 67P

'Rosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two CIVA images confirm,' say ESA

Rosetta mission: why did Philae bounce?

Weak gravity and misfiring harpoons are the main reasons - but the lander is safe on the surface now (if maybe not so secure)

An artist impression of Rosetta's lander Philae on the surface of comet

Rosetta mission: First for science and humanity as Philae lander touches down on comet 67P

"This is a big step for human civilisation," said Jean Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA

Rosetta and Philae send back their first pictures of one another as comet touchdown nears

The lander is expected to touchdown on the comment around 15.30GMT - but we won't hear anything about it until neared to 16.00GMT

Pelican Books' new website is a pocket library accessible from smartphones and tablets

Following the re-launch of the imprint this May, Pelican's new site strives to keep true to the publisher's mission of accessible, educational books for all

Scientists develop method to manipulate genes using mind-control

The wireless optogenetic device (above) was implanted in mice to turn genes on and off, and was activated by human brain signals picked up by EEG

Cyborg cockroaches with wireless microphones could help rescue disaster survivors

The insects could be released into rubble to locate trapped survivors

iMessage: Apple faces US lawsuit over 'countless' undelivered texts to Android devices

The iPhone's iMessage system has been blamed for years for disappearing texts

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko seen from a distance of 150 miles

The Rosetta comet is singing: as the orbiter approaches, the ESA uploads audio of the comet's warbling magnetic 'song'

The 'song' - thought to be caused by oscillations in the comet's electrically charged pseudo-atmosphere - is well below the threshold of human hearing

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee