[Correction] Huge Piece of SpaceX Debris Washed Up in UK

A piece of the disposable fairing from a SpaceX launched washed up on the UK coast. While original reports identified it as part of the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket that exploded catastrophically shortly after liftoff in June, closer investigation reveals it’s part of a successful cargo run from September 2014. »Yesterday 6:42am11/27/15 6:42am


David Cameron Embroiled in Remembrance Scandal Over Photoshopped Image

British Prime Minister David Cameron is struggling to catch a break at the moment. Though he (probably) wasn’t actually at fault, his representatives certainly were: they uploaded a very-obviously-doctored picture of the PM to the official 10 Downing Street Facebook page, and caused more than a bit of a stir. »11/03/15 7:40am11/03/15 7:40am

The British Geological Survey Is Recreating UK Towns in Minecraft

Someone at the British Geological Survey managed to convince a boss that engaging with the kids via Minecraft might be a good idea, so here we all are reading about accurate maps of West Thurrock, York and Ingleborough that have been built using existing national topography and geology databases. »7/17/15 7:01am7/17/15 7:01am

The Real Reason Why US Adaptations Of British TV Shows Rarely Succeed

When it comes to TV, us Brits get very defensive when America tries to adapt one of our shows - just look at the reaction to the announcement that Black Mirror is getting a US remake. There's a good reason for the concern though: Most of the time these adaptations don't really work... and that's actually a good thing. »1/30/15 4:12pm1/30/15 4:12pm

Fast-Acting Nuclear Reactor Will Power Through Piles of Plutonium

Even the latest generation of nuclear power reactors can only harvest about five percent of the energy stored in their radioactive fuel supplies, and the toxic leftovers must then be buried deep underground to slowly decay over hundreds of thousands of years. But thanks to a new breed of sodium-cooled pool reactor, we… »11/07/14 11:40am11/07/14 11:40am

UK Security Chief: Privacy Has Never Been an Absolute Right

Major US technology companies are "in denial" as to how their services are being used by extremist groups, says Robert Hannigan, the new head of UK intelligence agency GCHQ. Calling out Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp by name, Hannigan has requested that tech companies be more cooperative in sharing user information,… »11/04/14 8:15am11/04/14 8:15am

The Early Warning Radar Systems That Defended WWII Britain

In 1940, less than a year after blitzkrieging its way through Poland and the rest of Western Europe, the Nazi army set its sights on the UK and commenced a vicious bombing campaign targeting the nation's major cities. Luckily, the British Royal Air Force saw this threat coming and cleverly deployed a series of radio… »10/27/14 11:40am10/27/14 11:40am