GPS in a smartphone might be affected by interference from other applications, frequent movement or our sweaty hands getting in the way

GPS is great. It has allowed for innovation in areas as diverse as astronomy, cartography, telephony, robotics, space exploration and sports etc.Criti(...)

A worker waits to connect a drill bit on Endeavor Energy Resources LP’s Big Dog Drilling Rig 22 in the Permian basin outside of Midland, Texas. Of all the booming US oil regions set soaring by a drilling renaissance in shale rock, the Permian and Bakken basins are among the most vulnerable to lower oil prices. Photograph: Brittany Sowacke/Bloomberg

Overheard in Austin: “The Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs and gas under two bucks a gallon. Is this the 1990s?”That was weeks ago. Since then the Cowbo(...)

The Government has intervened in the controversy over fracking in Ireland, asking the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study assessing environmental impacts and risks associated with the practice. This will not be ready for at least another year. Above is a sign protesting against fracking   near Belcoo, Co Fermanagh, and Blacklion, Co Cavan. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Estimates for how much natural gas can be recovered using hydraulic fracturing of shale rock may be wildly optimistic and could lead to a sharp declin(...)

It is not known if the brains stolen from University of Texas for a prank.

About 100 brains stored in jars of formaldehyde have gone missing from the University of Texas in Austin. It is unknown who took the brains and whethe(...)

Adaptive learning is changing the nature of higher education by measuring real-time knowledge growth minute by minute

CCKF, an international education technology firm, has closed a €5 million new fundraising round led by Leaf Investments, the venture capital arm of F(...)

There are three kinds of people in this world: those with numerous unique passwords which they meticulously change periodically for security reasons; (...)

Tough climb: at the University of Texas, Austin the focus is very much on the protection of intellectual property generated at the university and on trying to commercialise it in a multitude of ways. Going to court to protect ownership of IP is a natural part of that process

Overcoming red tape. Low returns on state investment. Conflicts of interest between industry and academia. Sound familiar? Approximately 5 per cent of(...)

Henry James: may well have been saying the same thing as contemporary teenagers, though he took longer to get it out. Photograph: Getty

Writing in the New Yorker recently, essayist Adam Gopnik made a strong defence of the teenage habit of punctuating every sentence with such terms as “(...)

Lance Armstrong looks set to abandon his plans to return to competitive sport this week

Lance Armstrong looks set to abandon his plans to return to competitive sport this week after swimming’s world governing body objected to his (...)