British project launches first "phonesat" into orbit – and special app will finally reveal if you really CAN hear a scream in space


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British project launches MOBILE PHONE into orbit – and special app will finally reveal if you really can hear a scream in spaceSTRaND-1 launched from Sriharikota, IndiaIt is controlled by a Google Nexus One handset running AndroidSatellite will also test two new fuel-efficient propulsion systems . The camera on its Google Nexus 'heart' is visible through the porthole at the top of the stack The STRaND-1 (which stands for Surrey Training Research and Nanosatellite Demonstration) is a joint project between Surrey Space Centre and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, a world leader in small commercial spacecraft.

Tim Sands: Woodland retreat featured on Channel 4"s Amazing Spaces torched by arsonists causing 25,000 of damage


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Amazing Space razed to the ground: Woodland retreat featured in Channel 4 series torched by arsonistsTim Sands spent 7,000 life savings on building which has now been torchedIt featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces in December last yearExpensive tools and sentimental items that had belonged to the teacher's grandad were also destroyed in the blaze . Torched: Arsonists have destroyed a woodland retreat built by teacher Tim Sands using his 7,000 life savings Happier times: The building was featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, on Channel 4, in December last year But it has now been torched to the ground, taking with it both expensive tools and sentimental items that had belonged to his grandad when Mr Sands first moved to the Lake District. The wooden building, built with the help of friends, was uninsured, and the blaze is thought to have caused around 25,000 worth of damage.

Generation of parents receive "hand-me-ups" this Christmas: Children pass on unwanted gadgets such as iPads, Kindles and smartphones


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Generation of parents receive 'hand-me-ups' for Christmas: Children pass on outdated gadgets such as smartphones and Kindles Survey of 2,000 finds quarter of people gave old technology to parentsNearly half of people between 18-24 passed on 'hand-me-up' for ChristmasMain reason is that people don't want to own 'outdated' technology | UPDATED: 22:01 GMT, 26 December 2012 It's a festive phenomenon that saves youngsters money and keeps Mum and Dad in the technological loop. This Christmas saw the rise of the ‘hand-me-up’ gift – when children pass on the still-desirable, hi-tech gadgets they don’t want any more to their parents. A survey found over a quarter of us gave second-hand technology to our mothers and fathers

North Korea"s salvaged space junk: Crumpled debris from rocket is retrieved by South Korea scientists who say rogue state has capacity to strike…


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North Korea's salvaged space junk: Crumpled debris from rocket is retrieved by South Korea scientists who say rogue state has capacity to strike US West Coast Debris from the rocket was found off the South Korean coast North Korea said December 12 launch was to put a satellite in spaceCritics argue technology could be a precursor to nuclear missilesNew leader Kim Jong-un wants bigger capacity rockets to be built | UPDATED: 17:04 GMT, 23 December 2012 North Korea's recent rocket launch shows it has likely developed the technology to fire a warhead more than 6,200 miles – putting the US West Coast in range, South Korean officials said yesterday. The secretive state claimed the December 12 launch put a weather satellite in orbit but critics say it was aimed at nurturing the kind of technology needed to mount a nuclear warhead on a long-range missile

The great Christmas Eve skive! Record numbers head to work on Monday


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The great Christmas Eve skive: Record numbers head to work on Monday… but many admit to focusing on online shopping | UPDATED: 20:27 GMT, 21 December 2012 Many workers suffer the Monday blues, a day where they try to shake off the excesses of the weekend and prepare themselves for yet another week of work

"Frankenstein foods" a good thing? It"s all great GM lies


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'Frankenstein food' a good thing It's all great GM lies | UPDATED: 23:44 GMT, 17 December 2012 There is no doubt that it was a declaration of the Government’s colours on genetically modified farming when Environment Secretary Owen Paterson rounded on critics of GM technology as ‘humbugs’ last week, and insisted GM food should be grown and sold widely in Britain. During the course of his ringing endorsement, he managed to spark outrage and alarm by claiming ‘there isn’t a single piece of meat being served [in a typical London restaurant] where a bullock hasn’t eaten some GM feed’

Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Qatar Airways unveils the first jetlag-busting aircraft to operate out of Heathrow


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Now you can catch the Dreamliner: Qatar Airways unveils the first jetlag-busting aircraft to operate out of Heathrow Qatar Airways' new Boeing 787 Dreamliner landed at Heathrow yesterday Passenger plane is thought to be the world's most advanced airlinerUK airlines Virgin, Thomson and British Airways have orders for the craft | UPDATED: 09:00 GMT, 14 December 2012 The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to touch down in the UK has arrived at Heathrow Airport. Qatar Airways became the first airline to run a regular service in Britain using the planes which have been dubbed the worlds most advanced airliner

A nation of telly addicts: Average Briton now spends four hours glued to the screen


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A nation of telly addicts: Average Briton now spends four hours glued to the screenThe average viewing figure in Britain is now the third highest in the world behind only the U.S. and ItalyBritons watch 242 minutes of television every day, according to Ofcom | UPDATED: 09:01 GMT, 13 December 2012 We are a nation of television addicts and now spend more than four hours in a day glued to the screen. The average viewing figure is the third highest in the world behind the United States and Italy

A nature walk away from gadgets can boost brain power by half


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A walk outdoors away from gadgets can boost brain power by half Researchers found that adults performed much better in a creative test after spending four days outdoors disconnected from modern technology It can boost brain power by as much as 50 per centAdults in Britain spend an average of 3.5hours watching TV – 15 per cent of their life | UPDATED: 01:49 GMT, 13 December 2012 Next time you are confronted with a complex problem, don’t worry – the answer could lie at the bottom of your garden. Leaving your laptop at home, switching off the smartphone and taking a walk in nature can help boost brain power by as much as 50 per cent, a study has revealed. Researchers found that adults performed much better in a creative test after spending four days in the great outdoors disconnected from modern technology

Nearly half of all Britain"s smart phones owners use gadget to do their online shopping


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Nearly half of all Britain's smart phones owners use gadget to do their online shopping New report shows music downloads are the most popular purchase using smartphones | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 12 December 2012 Nearly half of smartphone owners use it to shop online Increasing numbers of Britons are switching from shopping by computer to shopping on their smartphone, a new survey has revealed. Nearly two-thirds of Britons now use a smartphone – with nearly half of them using theirs for online shopping or purchasing. Music downloads top the list of purchases made through smartphones, the report from consumer analysts Mintel found.