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

Behaving badly in Basildon
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum