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Good Night, London

It’s a little weird to say this, but I’ve mostly ignored London as a city to visit. Even though it’s been years since I’ve last been and even though I enjoyed my time there, I never think about it when I get bitten by the travel bug. And I don’t have a legitimate reason why not! Maybe I should go again.


UK Judge: British Spying Doesn't Violate Human Rights

GCHQ’s intelligence gathering practices, which include popping in on your webcam conversations and scanning the web connections of entire nations, do not violate the European Court of Human Rights’ safeguards for privacy and free speech.


UK Government Lab Accidentally Mailed Out Live Anthrax 

The Centres for Disease Control has some dubious competition in the mishandling deadly pathogens business. A investigation by The Guardian reveals dozens of serious safety lapses in UK labs. In one case, a government lab shipped out live anthrax because someone had grabbed the wrong tubes.


50 Years Of Drunk-Driving Ads 'Celebrated' In Gut-Wrenching Commercial

Video: Since the first don’t-drink-and-drive commercial in the UK — 50 years ago — the number of drunk-driving accidents deaths has fallen dramatically. But how can you celebrate the good results when there are still people out there killing themselves by driving drunk? This brilliant commercial shows how.


Fast-Acting Nuclear Reactor Will Power Through Plutonium

Even the latest generation of nuclear power reactors can only harvest about five per cent 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 may soon be able to draw nearly 100 times more energy from nuclear fuels, while slashing their half-lives by two orders of magnitude.


Monster Machines: 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 stations to counter the Luftwaffe’s legions in what would become one of the world’s first practical radar early warning systems.


The Queen Sends Her First Tweet

Briefly: Pray silence… for the Queen’s first tweet. Queen Elizabeth II sent a message from the royal @BritishMonarchy account this morning to mark the grand opening of the Science Museum’s new Information Age Gallery. Bless.


Monster Machines: This Flying Wing Was 3D-Printed From Plastic Dust In A Day

Embraced by industry titans like Boeing and amateur R/C enthusiasts alike, 3D printing never been adopted more aggressively than in the aerospace industry. And when taken to the limits of its capabilities, 3D printing can produce more than just lightweight composite fan blades. We’re talking full-blown flying wings.


Monster Machines: UK Sending Fleet Of Supersonic Tornadoes To Take On ISIS

The US has already conducted more 150 airstrikes against ISIS since September 10th and governments from around the world are gearing up to join in. The UK’s Royal Air Force is just brought their contribution to the table with a fleet of low-flying penetrators.


These 5000 Melting Figures Commemorate World War I's Fallen

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into World War 1, and commemorative events are taking place across the country. None are more beautiful than Nele Azevedo’s “Minimum Monument”, however.