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Irish Church needs 'reality check' - One of Ireland's most senior Catholic clerics calls for the Church to take a "reality check" following the country's overwhelming vote in favour of same-sex marriage.

Murder probe after three found dead - A murder investigation is launched after the bodies of a man, a woman and a girl are found at a property in Oxfordshire.

Sweden scoops Eurovision 2015 crown - Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow triumphs at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, beating Russia's Polina Gagarina.

PM announces freeze in ministers' pay - Government ministers will face a further five years of frozen pay, Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Cameron urged to make case for EU - One of Europe's most senior politicians warns David Cameron to make a positive case for Europe if he wants successful negotiations with other leaders.

The Register

NSA bulk phone records slurp to end when law lapses next month – report - 'White House DIDN'T ask secret court for 90-day extension' Edward Snowden supporters were claiming victory for the privacy of millions of US citizens today, after the Obama administration seemingly decided not to seek a 90-day extension to allow g-men to collect bulk phone records.…

'Sorry we outed your affair ... this sort of thing happens every day' - Plus: NetApp 'operationalises' 500 staffers right out of a job QuoTW This week brought with it cruddy security, an expensive business opportunity and a free lunch.…

SLOPPY STELLAR CANNIBAL star is a NASTY 1, astroboffins squeal - Weird behaviour never before seen in our Milky Way Scientists have observed odd features present in a supermassive star in our galaxy that they have somewhat appropriately dubbed Nasty 1.…

VR rift OPENS UP: Total Recall Technologies slings sueball at Facebook's Oculus - [Johnnycab rolls his eyes] Oculus has been slapped with a lawsuit from a rival, which claimed that the Facebook-owned Virtual Reality outfit's founder broke a confidentiality agreement about its head-mounted display.…

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bog-standard boxty - Looking for a husband? This Irish no-frills spud-based stodge can help "Really dad?" It was with a slightly exasperated raise of the eyebrow that my daughter Katarina greeted the news last weekend that we were about to tackle classic Irish spud-based nosh boxty, the better to increase her chances of acquiring a suitable husband* when the moment arises.…

New Scientist - Online news

No rest for the Arctic: As big oil pulls out, military muscles in - When oil prices crashed, ecologists hoped the Arctic would get some breathing space. Instead, the military occupied this pristine wilderness, says Fred Pearce (full text available to subscribers)

Good looking: Super lens implants are going mainstream - Novel kinds of artificial eye lenses are allowing both the short-sighted and long-sighted to see fine without glasses, even for reading (full text available to subscribers)

Einstein and Schrödinger: The price of fame - From personal feuds to fruitless quests to overhaul quantum theory, the two physics legends fought hard to maintain their fame, argues a new book

Inside Obama's plan to use open data to curb police brutality - The relationship between US law enforcers and the communities they protect is broken, but data can be used to repair that trust

Good looking: Phone screens that do the focusing for you - Put away those reading glasses. A new type of screen will make any page look just right for your eyes (full text available to subscribers)

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Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK - Mark Wilson sends word that Amazon will begin paying corporate taxes on profits made in the UK. The company had previously been recording most of its UK sales as being in Luxembourg, which let them avoid the higher taxes in the UK. But at the end of last year, UK regulators decided they were losing too much tax revenue because of this practice, so they began implementing legislation that would impose a 25% tax on corporations routing their profits elsewhere. Amazon is the first large corporation to make the change, and it's expected to put pressure on Google, Microsoft, Apple, and others to do the same. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession - sciencehabit sends news of a study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology which found that science is still perceived as a predominantly male profession across the world. The results were broken out by country, and while the overall trend stayed consistent throughout (PDF), there were variations in perception. For explicit bias: "Countries where this association was strongest included South Africa and Japan. The United States ranked in the middle, with a score similar to Austria, Mexico, and Brazil. Portugal, Spain, and Canada were among the countries where the explicit bias was weakest." For implicit bias: "Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, and Sweden were among the countries with the highest implicit bias scores. The United States again came in at the middle of the pack, scoring similarly to Singapore. Portugal, Spain, and Mexico had among the lowest implicit bias scores, though the respondents still associated science more with men than with women." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Hoverboard Flies Closer To Reality - Dave Knott writes: Fans of 1980s cinema were disappointed when the year 2015 arrived without a practical version Marty McFly's hoverboard. Now, a Montréal-based man has brought it closer to reality by setting a new record for longest "flight" by hoverboard. In a filmed test recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records, Catalin Alexandru Duru pilots his somewhat cumbersome looking rig for 250 meters — five times the previous record — at a height of five meters above Quebec's Lake Ouareau. Duru and his business partner "hope to have a new prototype finished by the end of the year and then have hoverboards available for purchase across the country. He wouldn't say how much the prototype cost to build, but said that the first generation of the machine will likely be 'quite expensive.'" "This thing is still quite dangerous," he added, explaining that the pilot uses only his or her feet to fly the contraption. The commercial version's software will limit it to flying below a height of about one-and-a-half meters above the ground. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google Developing 'Brillo' OS For Internet of Things - An anonymous reader writes: A new report from The Information (paywalled) says Google is working on an operating system called "Brillo" that would be a platform for Internet-of-things devices. It's supposedly a lightweight version of Android, capable of running on devices with extremely limited hardware — as little as 32 MB of RAM, for example. The company is expected to launch the code for Brillo at its I/O event next week. This is particularly relevant now that Google has acquired Nest, Dropcam, and Revolv — a trio of "smart home" companies whose devices could potentially by unified by Brillo. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Oculus Founder Hit With Lawsuit - An anonymous reader writes: Palmer Luckey, founder of VR headset-maker Oculus, has been sued by a company accusing him of taking their confidential information and passing it off as his own. Total Recall Technologies, based in Hawaii, claims it hired Luckey in 2011 to build a head-mounted display. Part of that employment involved Luckey signing a confidentiality agreement. In August, 2012, Luckey launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift headset, and Facebook bought his company last year for $2 billion. TRT is seeking compensatory and punitive damages (PDF). Read more of this story at Slashdot.