On the night of Britain’s last general election, Olly Robbins was with friends amid the green Chesterfield sofas in the Blue Boar pub, a Westminster watering hole. With a pint in hand, he watched as the first exit poll was announced. Shortly afterwards, as his colleagues settled in...
The development team of the zcash cryptocurrency has released new software that contains support elements of the network's planned Sapling upgrade, set to take place later this year. Sapling isn't the first hard fork for zcash on the horizon – that's Overwinter, which is slated for late June of this year...
“I got the inspiration,” says Kengo Kuma, architect of Dundee’s new outpost of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, “from the sea cliffs.” It also echoes the colossal hull of one of the ships they used to build here on the banks of the Tay. Or, perhaps, an empty...
SoftBank is in talks to pour $5bn into its giant technology fund on behalf of its employees, as the Japanese group scrambles to find ways to hit a $100bn fundraising target set for its so-called Vision Fund. According to multiple people briefed on the discussions, the move comes...
A cloud of flies buzz noisily around the carcass of a cow that is decomposing in a barren, grassless paddock.“She died of urea poisoning, which is a big risk when you don’t have any grass and have to feed cattle supplements,” said Ian Clifton, who has lost at...
Eric Platt in New York May 15, 2018 Print this page Amedeo Modigliani’s masterpiece “Nu couché” sold for $157.2m in New York on Monday evening, putting it among the most valuable artworks ever sold at auction. The oil painting of a reclined naked woman by the Italian artist was valued at $150m...
Robin Dunbar August 10, 2018 Print this page Why do humans drink? To the person waiting at the bar on a hot summer evening, the answer seems simple: drinking is a pleasure and a relief. To the public health official reading the latest reports of alcohol’s societal ruin, the answer might...
Having been abandoned by Airbus after the Brexit vote as a partner for the next generation of fighter jets, BAE Systems put on a brave face at the Farnborough Air Show on Monday. It unveiled a full-size model of what its planned Tempest fighter may look like in...
Chinese cryptocurrency media companies are boycotting an ongoing blockchain conference after the organizer used a Chairman Mao impersonator to promote the event. Dubbed the Bo'Ao Blockchain Forum for Asia (not to be confused with the Bo'Ao Forum), the two-day event in Hainan province is co-hosted by a Chinese blockchain and...
England’s largest water companies could have funded all of their capital expenditure since privatisation without taking on a single penny of debt, according to an analysis of the 28 years since they were sold off by Margaret Thatcher’s government.The nine companies, which together with the Welsh group Dwr...