Jamie Merrill

Jamie Merrill is a news reporter and feature writer for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i.

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Working with scientists at Cornell University, researchers from Facebook tweaked the emotional content of users’ News Feeds

Facebook's dark secrets: What else is the social network up to behind your back?

If you thought Facebook’s emotion manipulation tests were bad, look at what else they are doing

Fired up: Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood

Glastonbury 2014: Lucy Rose and Royal Blood were rising stars of this year's festival

Dolly Parton may have dazzled and Metallica blew away their critics, but it was rising stars such as indie-folk singer Lucy Rose and Brighton band Royal Blood who made Glastonbury rock

Glastonbury 2014: Dolly Parton's set 'biggest attraction since Rolling Stones'

The legendary country singer's performance revived weary crowd, Jamie Merrill reports in his round-up of day 3 so far

Lead singer James Hetfield saluting the Glastonbury crowds during the band's two hour set

Glastonbury 2014: Metallica show metal and win over the festival crowds

They may not have known all the words, but there was a steady stream of festival goers popping in to check them out

Lana Del Ray makes her Glastonbury debut

Glastonbury 2014: Second night review - 'Lacklustre' Lana Del Rey fails to put a smile on rain-soaked crowd

Daytime line-up tried hard but failed to excite festival-goers with disappointing performances

Arcade Fire did just enough to put fire in the bellies of an eager festival crowd

Glastonbury 2014: First night review as 'bubblegum' Lily Allen and 'elder statesmen' Elbow perform

Arcade Fire are headlining to close Friday night's Pyramid Stage line-up

Hamish Skermer who runs the composting toilets at Glastonbury with his firm Natural Events

Glastonbury 2014: Worthy Farm says goodbye to the stinky portable loo

It’s a much a part of the Glastonbury experience as secret gigs, cider buses, mud baths and magical sunsets at the Stone Circle, but this year the horrible stench of portable plastic loos has been banished from Worthy Farm.

Festival goers walk in the rain at the Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury weather 2014: Rain begins as festival-goers hope to avoid mud

Music fans were warned that this summer's event could be a mudbath

Glastonbury 2014: Man in life-threatening condition after taking ketamine

Police warn of dangers of illegal drugs but crime is down 50% on this point last year

Variable reception: technology could enhance this year’s festival experience

Glastonbury 2014: Music, pints and even the loos are going hi-tech at the festival this summer

This year's Glastonbury will be more connected than ever, with 4G coverage and phone charging for every festival-goer
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Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices