(CNN)On October 10, 1953, V.S. Naipaul sent a telegram home to his family in Trinidad. At that time, Naipaul was an indigent student at University College, Oxford; he had arrived in England on a scholarship and had begun writing brief pieces for the BBC’s Caribbean Voices program. Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature…

Many of my car journeys are within a mile of my house, hauling toddlers and groceries to and fro. It would be much easier, more fun, and better for the environment, if I could replace at least a few of those trips with an electric cargo bike. However, a few hurdles stand in my way.…

Image copyright Runrig Image caption Runrig was founded in 1973 and enjoyed UK chart success in the 1990s Veteran Scottish rockers Runrig are preparing to play two farewell concerts to mark their retirement after 45 years in the music business. Tickets for Friday and Saturday’s performances in Stirling’s City Park sold out minutes after going…

Everyone already knows that you are carrying around a computer in your pocket. But your smartphone is more than just a computerit’s also a data collector. I’m going to guess that yours can measure acceleration, magnetic field, sound, location, and maybe more. Many phones also can measure pressure. Oh, and some phones can even make…

We don’t often get to see ginormous southern right whales hanging out with humans. This might have something to do with the fact that we hunted them nearly to extinction. Or it could just be because our homes can’t comfortably accommodate a 50-foot-long, 60-ton aquatic houseguest. Either/or. GIF via Jaimen Hudson. So it’s easy to…