No more serifs, same bright colours: Google new identity

Google has just launched a new visual identity and redesign of its multicoloured logo. At the time of writing the new logo is shown on the Google homepage being drawn by an animated hand. They doubtless were Thark warriors who had been sent out to capture us, and we breathed a great sigh of relief…

Scientists can draw very different meanings from the same data, study shows

Giving the same information to multiple scientific teams can lead to very different conclusions, a report published today in Nature shows. And that’s exactly why two researchers think scientists should share their data with others — well before they publish. In this experiment, 29 scientific teams were given the same information about soccer games. They…

Margaret Atwood on sex robots, social media and digital reading

Atwood’s stories defy the sci-fi tag; she prefers to call them speculative fiction. “My books build on ideas and concepts that already exist,” she says. Her new novel, The Heart Goes Last, is true to form: tapping into her signature knack for combining disturbingly realistic futures with dark comedy. Atwood’s stories defy the sci-fi tag;…

Twitter’s new CEO is Jack Dorsey

My first knowledge that I was on the wrong trail came when I heard the yells of the pursuing savages suddenly grow fainter and fainter far off to my left. I had gone but a short distance further when what seemed to be an excellent trail opened up around the face of a high cliff.…