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California bans ‘secret’ election bots

Image copyright Getty Images California has signed legislation which bans the use of undeclared bots during elections. Bots are automated online accounts which can be programmed to find and share information based around key words, themes or people. The new rule also applies at all times to bots used for …

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InfoWars publisher Alex Jones sues PayPal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Alex Jones runs the InfoWars website, which touts a range of conspiracy theories US radio host Alex Jones is suing PayPal, claiming bias against conservative views was behind its decision to block his website. The conspiracy theorist has been banned from most major web services, …

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Will Facebook be fined after hack attack?

Image copyright Getty Images Following the revelation that up to 50 million Facebook accounts may have been accessed in an attack due to a weakness in the platform’s code, many questions remain about the breach. In theory Facebook could be fined if it is found to be in breach of …

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Secret life of rare antelope revealed

Image copyright Chester Zoo Image caption The lowland bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus eurycerus) was spotted on camera traps The world’s largest forest antelope has been caught on camera in Uganda for the first time. The elusive striped antelope, known as the lowland bongo, was snapped in dense forest near the border …

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Cern scientist Alessandro Strumia suspended after comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cern, based in Switzerland, is one of the world’s largest centres for scientific research A senior scientist who said physics “was invented and built by men” has been suspended with immediate effect from working with Cern. Prof Alessandro Strumia, of Pisa University, made the …

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