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If you had enough practice, advice and expert training, could you become a success at anything? How much is achievement based on natural ability and how much hard work? For instance, could an "unco-ordinated computer geek" become a table-tennis star in one year?...
In an attempt to attract more household goods shoppers, retail giant Amazon has unveiled a device that can place orders to replenish items such as washing powder and razors. The Dash Button can be attached to appliances around the home, and when pushed, processes a delivery request.
It brought home to me the reality of life for the millions of displaced Syrians, trying to make the best of daily life in the face of an uncertain future. But I did not go to Jordan, where the Zaatari camp is based, to experience all this.
I recently visited a refugee camp for Syrians, spending time in the home of 12-year-old Sidra, accompanying her to a makeshift school, meeting her friends and watching children playing football on a rubble pitch or pass the time in a woefully ill-equipped gym.
Internet users outside China are unwittingly participating in a long-running cyber-attack on the coding site GitHub, security experts have said. The researchers believe that the nature of the attack makes the Chinese government the only realistic source.
Facebook has attacked a report that said its privacy policy may be in breach of EU laws. The report, produced last month by academics at the request of the Belgian privacy commission, said that the site tracks people without their consent.
Researchers in Denmark have revealed how porpoises finely adjust the beams of sound they use to hunt. The animals hunt with clicks and buzzes - detecting the echoes from their prey.
Some of the biggest names in entertainment have re-launched the music subscription service Tidal, which they are billing as the first artist-owned platform for music and video.
New renewable generating capacity broke the 100GW barrier in 2014, equivalent to the entire fleet of nuclear power plants in the US, a UN report shows. Global investment in renewable energy during 2014 increased by 17% from 2013 levels to US$270bn (£183bn).
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is suing Autonomy co-founder Mike Lynch and former chief financial officer Sushovan Hussain for about $5.1bn (£3.4bn). HP is suing for alleged fraud.
New renewable generating capacity broke the 100GW barrier in 2014, equivalent to the entire fleet of nuclear power plants in the US, a UN report shows. Global investment in renewable energy during 2014 increased by 17% from 2013 levels to US$270bn (£183bn).
Ants carried to the International Space Station were still able to use teamwork to search new areas, despite falling off the walls of their containers for up to eight seconds at a time. Their "collective search" was hampered but still took place, biologists said...
In Venezuela many basic goods are in short supply. The government blames America and Europe, which it says are out to destroy its economy. Others say the government has brought the problems on itself. The BBC's Ian Pannell experienced the sometimes surreal art of extreme queuing in Caracas...
The passport numbers and Visa details of 31 world leaders were accidentally emailed to the organisers of the Asian Cup in Australia before the G20 summit in Brisbane in November 2014. Those affected included US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
British Airways' air-miles accounts, the coding site GitHub and the work chat service Slack have all been hit in the latest wave of cyber-attacks. The firms have all notified their users of the incidents, which varied in approach and do not appear to be connected...
Fossils from the ocean floor are yielding clues to the Indian monsoon millions of years ago. Samples drilled from beneath the Indian Ocean are being used to reconstruct past rainfall and temperature records.
The elite of Kenya's much-heralded entrepreneurship revolution work in an ultra-modern. co-working space overlooking the bustle of Nairobi. Their businesses are reliant on the high-speed internet available here...
Two former US special agents have been charged with stealing large amounts of digital currency while investigating the notorious Silk Road marketplace. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) alleges that Shaun Bridges stole more than $800,000 (£540,000) in Bitcoin.
Mercury's dark surface was produced by a steady dusting of carbon from passing comets, a new study says. Mercury reflects very little light but its surface is low in iron, which rules out the presence of iron nanoparticles, the most likely "darkening agent"...
In the space of a few years, the computer game Minecraft has come to dominate the spare hours of millions of children, and has even entered the classroom. But is this an entirely good thing, asks Jolyon Jenkins. If I want to irritate my 13-year-old son, Joe, I refer to Minecraft as "digital Lego"...

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