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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