The CIA established the Center on Climate Change and National Security in 2009, a decision that drew fierce criticism from some Republicans who viewed it as a distraction from more pressing terrorist concerns. Photograph: Getty Images

A senior US scientist has expressed concern that the intelligence services are funding climate change research to learn if new technologies could be u(...)

Future historians  could be confronted by a digital desert comparable with the dark ages, Dr Vinton “Vint” Cerf, vice-president of Google, has warned. Photograph: Getty Images

Digital technology could turn the 21st century into a new dark age lost to history, a leading internet pioneer has warned.As operating systems and sof(...)

John Herlihy, Google showing Vint Cerf around the Google offices in Dublin.

Whatever one’s view on selfies, it’s clear that taking such photos is a spur of the moment thing, rather than an effort to capture something for poste(...)

“If we want people in the future to be able to recreate what we are doing now, we are going to have to build the concept of preservation into the internet,” said Vin Cerf

Future historians will see the early 21st century as “an information black hole” unless “digital vellum” is introduced to preserve the content of the (...)

A child at a March Against Monsanto in Los Angeles, California, last week. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Foods derived from genetically modified (GM) crops are not available for human consumption in large parts of the world, including Europe, because of h(...)