May 9, 2019

The strange death of Innes Ewart

Eighteen years ago, the Scot should have been at work in Germany but instead was found dying at London car park.
May 9, 2019

Is extremism really getting worse?

Are we living in a time of intolerance? An anti-extremism commission expert says evidence can be misleading.
May 9, 2019

Is extremism really getting worse?

Are we living in a time of intolerance? An anti-extremism commission expert says evidence can be misleading.
May 9, 2019

‘Dad said we were going to a dentist, but never came back’

Hayley Kemp thought she was going to the dentist, but her father left her at a children's home and never came back.
May 9, 2019

Mental health patients increasingly sent ‘hundreds of miles’ for care

NHS figures show 3,155 mental health patients were placed more than 100km from home for treatment.
May 9, 2019

Good luck hiding from this new Chinese camera that can spot you from 28 miles away

A team of Chinese researchers has just announced their creation of an inexpensive but powerful camera that's the size of a shoebox and which seems destined to further chip away at privacy and individual anonymity -- what's left of them, at any rate. The camera is meant for surveillance and target recognition and is reportedly capable of spotting someone -- really, anything -- from up to 28 miles away, even in conditions that would otherwise obscure sight, like smog. And it's able to do so based on laser technology and a reliance on artificial intelligence. According to the MIT Technology Review, researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai figured out how to photograph subjects from so far away, even in a smog-filled urban environment, by using "single-photon detectors combined with a unique computational imaging algorithm that achieves super-high-resolution images by knitting together the sparsest of data points." It's a major advancement for this kind of technology. Previous such cameras, for example, could only resolve and make sense of imagery captured by bouncing a laser off it from 10 miles away. The researchers, though, had to achieve multiple breakthroughs in order for their camera to actually work. One is the 1,550-nanometer infrared laser, which reportedly won't damage the human eye and is still able to penetrate barriers like fog to find its far-away subject. In tandem with that, the researchers also needed a way to combine the points captured by their camera, which aren't enough on their own to derive a complete image from. That's why they also came up with an AI algorithm they trained to make sense of the data even when captured from a great distance. According to a paper published by the researchers, the potential applications here include remote sensing and airborne surveillance, with the camera design helping open up a new pathway "for high-resolution, fast, low-power 3D optical imaging over ultra-long ranges."
May 9, 2019

Police probe reports of gunman at Ilford Seven Kings mosque

Officers were called to Seven Kings mosque in Ilford, after a "firearm discharge" in the area.
May 9, 2019

Champions League & Europa League: English clubs make history by taking four final places

English clubs create European football history by taking all four final spots in the continent's two major competitions.
May 9, 2019

Why the Royal Mint stopped making 20p coins

Figures reveal the Royal Mint did not produce a single 20p coin or £2 coin in 2017, but why?
May 9, 2019

True Cancer Bodies: ‘Adverts don’t show how traumatic cancer is’

The True Cancer Bodies campaign was set up after what campaigners said were "misleading" adverts.