Having to talk someone through operating the universal remote feels a bit embarrassing

Why did Atari bury its E.T. video game?

The discovery of a hidden cache of E.T., the worst game ever made, confirms a 30-year rumour that Atari dumped them in the desert – but the mystery of why remains.

Looking familiar: The global biometrics industry is expected to grow to $20bn by 2020

Face-recognition software: Is this the end of anonymity for all of us?

The software is already used for military surveillance, by police to identify suspects - and on Facebook. Now the US government is in the process of building the world's largest cache of face-recognition data, with the goal of identifying every person in the country

Ain't that a kick in the head: a still from Jared Frank's money-spinning video

Train Kick Selfie Guy is set to scoop up to $250,000 thanks to his viral video - so how can you cash in on your candid moments?

Canadian Jared Frank could receive anything between $30,000 (£17,800) to $250,000 (£149,000) for his misfortune - and that's just his cut of advertising revenue from being viewed on YouTube

Tall order: the 127m-high National Lift Tower in Northampton

The world's fastest elevators - 20 metres per second - are coming soon to China

Whatever next? Simon Usborne finds out from Britain's highest authority on the subject

Rhodri Marsden's interesting objects: The presenter's telephone

Fifty years ago this weekend, embattled journalist Gerald Priestland put paid to the notion that the presenter's telephone was merely a prop

Michael Acton Smith founded Firebox straight out of university before creating Moshi Monsters

Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith: The man behind a British success story

Michael Acton Smith started out selling silliness with online retailer Firebox, before launching a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm

Rhodri Marsden: Neil Young's quest for purer listening is pure elitist garbage

Young's Pono music player has raised more than $6 million on Kickstarter

Play It Forward: the DC Record Fair in Washington, US

Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to celebrate the sellers of well-grooved wax, says Alex Lawson

Heartbleed, the latest internet security flaw, was only made possible because many big online businesses use OpenSSL

Heartbleed bug has revealed major flaw in online security - so much of the web is based on free software that anyone can access

The Heartbleed vulnerability arose from a section of code that helps maintain a piece of free software used by companies and government agencies almost everywhere

Lightbulb moment: Brainy Bike Lights, developed by Crawford Hollingworth, emit an LED image of a cyclist, enabling motorists to subconsciously register a bike’s presence sooner

Brainy Bike Lights invention represents a 'breakthrough in road safety' for cyclists

Behavioural psychologist Crawford Hollingworth's lightbulb moment helps drivers spot cyclists more easily

NPR's April Fools gag exposed those who skim over the detail

Rhodri Marsden: Skim-reading will cause many to miss the point of this column

Amid last week's glut of flimsy April Fool gags, one stood out slightly from the pack. NPR, the American public radio network, published a short article online entitled: "Why Doesn't America Read Anymore?"

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
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Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

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Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
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Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London