Rhodri Marsden is the Technology Columnist for The Independent; he has also written about crumpets, Captain Beefheart, rude place names and string. He's also a musician who plays in the band Scritti Politti, and won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival by playing a piece called "Silver Trumpets" with verve and aplomb.
30 March 2015 07:31 PM
'Prison Architect' allows players to build and run their own jails. Rhodri Marsden reports.
28 March 2015 12:00 AM
Three Confederate generals enjoyed the local tradition in a secluded part of Virginia 150 years ago this week, while Pickett's troops were being annihilated in what became known as the "Waterloo" of the Confederacy
26 March 2015 12:00 AM
Twitter says the filter "aims to remove all tweets from your notifications timeline that contain threats, offensive or abusive language… or are sent from suspicious accounts"
Top 40 moves from Sunday to Friday: A battle to preserve the relevance of the chart for a younger generation
24 March 2015 07:54 PM
For 48 years, Radio 1's rundown of the hit parade lifted teen spirits every Sunday night. As it moves to a new Friday teatime slot, Rhodri Marsden wonders if the kids will be all right
21 March 2015 12:00 AM
Pius VI's papal tiaras had been destroyed or looted, so the assembled throng came to a practical solution when Pope Pius VII was crowned...
International Day Of Happiness: Our happiness is one of the most complex issues we'll ever wrestle with
20 March 2015 12:00 AM
19 March 2015 12:00 AM
Woolet is a Bluetooth-powered, self-charging wallet that sends an alert to your phone to advise you that you've moved out of a specified catchment area
17 March 2015 07:24 PM
Dreamt up in Japan as an antidote to high-rise living, Sylvanian Families have sold over 40 million figures in the UK alone. Rhodri Marsden discovers some creature comforts in a pastoral, low-tech world.
14 March 2015 12:00 AM
Ear muffs were invented by 18-year-old Chester Greenwood, whose own ears were, according to later testimony from his grandson, "big and cold"
12 March 2015 12:00 AM
The app gives you 24 chances to take pictures, which you can't see after you've taken them. You then pay $20 (£13) to have the prints delivered to your door
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?
- 1 David Cameron refers to 83-year-old Labour MP Dennis Skinner as 'Jurassic Park'
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will donate entire $32bn fortune to charity