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The SpaceX Falcon 9 lifting off Cape Canaveral  in December  2015 – it carried 11 satellites owned by Orbcomm, a New Jersey-based  company. Photograph: Reuters

In October, we will celebrate 60 years of space technology. On October 4th 1957 the Soviet Union launched the world’s first satellite, Sputnik-1. Th(...)

Regardless of your position on the modern surveillance state, no real new benchmarks in the audacity of western intelligence have been exposed by Wikileaks’ latest files dump. File photograph: Olivier Doulier/Getty Images

How to judge the importance of WikiLeaks’ latest dump of stolen US intelligence files? The whistleblowing site boasts of a trove greater in size than(...)

 “Wild Bill” Donovan in 1918

More than a century before the O’Donovan Brothers and their “pull like a dog” heroics, there lived a young sportsman called William Donovan, also a so(...)

Augusta National’s famed Eisenhower Tree can be seen on the left side of the fairway in this file photograph of Tiger Woods teeing off at  the 17th hole during the 2005 US Masters  at Augusta National. Photograph: Shaun Best/Reuters

Some 45 years after his death, former US president Dwight D Eisenhower has had his way. By freak of nature, admittedly, rather than b(...)