News According to reports, federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The twin blasts killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the end of the city's marathon in April 2013

In the time it's taken politicians to throw up a road block, an MIT professor has invented a new encryption technology

Politics and technology are becoming increasingly intertwined. Which is to be expected: technology has created great wealth in some places, and money is the most potent of political lures.

Science: BYTE COUTURE

Is that 64 megabytes in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me? Advances in technology mean computers are more portable than ever. Roger Dobson reports on the latest softwear

Whose fingers on the button?

Digital technology will shape learning in the future, and as many children are already computer virtuosos, they will have the power to influence the direction of their own education, says Seymour Papert

Four years of speculation? We'll all be nervous wrecks

the risks for sterling as it waits on the sidelines of the single currency

Iron lung gives lab mice a new lease of life - but not for long

Roger Dobson on how experiments on mice can now be extended

Letter: Protecting Venice

Protecting Venice

Net gains: As you like it

I don't know if somebody has sat down and worked out exactly how many words are floating around on the Internet these days, but it must run into hundreds of billions. Unfortunately, not many of them are worth reading. However, now that computers can cope with shifting huge chunks of text around with relative ease, it doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to work out that somebody would start sticking classic literature on the Internet.

Pentagon hackers caught in cyberspace

AN ISRAELI teenager is under house arrest accused of carrying out the most sustained and successful attack ever on the computer system of the Pentagon.

The digital revolution: Put away that Filofax. Pick up that palmtop. Get with it

Times are hard at Filofax Group. Yesterday executives at the company were surely flicking through their hand-tooled leather binders, seeking the names of companies or firms or friends or (who knows?) people they might have met once on a plane who would be interested in buying all or part of the company, or getting together for a "strategic alliance" (business-speak for rescue) or joint venture (business-speak for an escape hatch).

The computer that can hack into your emotions

FRUSTRATED? Angry? No one understands you? Never mind, get a computer. Computers are being taught to sense different human emotions.

Lego's intelligent bricks put power in children's hands

New Lego bricks containing programmable microchips went on show yesterday.After 30 years of work by American researchers, children (well, those whose parents have a PC and pounds 150 to spare) will soon be able to buy and program the "intelligent bricks" to create self-propelling robots able to follow trails, move towards or away from light, and navigate through unfamiliar territory.

Lego goes hi-tech with a chip in the old brick

THAT most traditional of children's toys, the Lego building brick, is about to make a dramatic move into the age of technology. A new Lego brick, which can be fitted with a microchip, will enable children to create robots and moving dinosaurs, cars and elevators, writes Colin Blackstock.

Science: Men with our thoughts on their minds

Our minds work the way they do because we have inherited our ancestors' genes, and the brain is an organ designed for computation. Steven Pinker explains his determinist vision to Jerome Burne, while Steven Rose argues that it's all a bit more complicated than that.

Weather: Outwitted by Inuit - the Eskimo snow mystery resolved

Eskimos do not have 200 different words for snow. Nor 100, 48, nine or even seven, though all these figures have been quoted by different sources. The real answer is two, as

Women, like men, can help acting on impulse

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

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Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

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Iran is opening up again to tourists

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