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Nicole Kobie

Journalist

London

Nicole Kobie

Freelance journalist
Specialising in technology and science stories for Wired, New Scientist, PC Pro, Teen Vogue, and many more.
Hire me at work@nicolekobie.com

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You can't give a Nobel Prize to a thousand people. Here's why

Scrolling through the many listed author names highlights a fundamental truth of science: it's about cooperation, not a competition, with any discovery or step forward in understanding built on the ideas and work of many others. So why award a prize to just three? Following the physics award yesterday, Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, told the BBC that the success of the work was owed to "literally hundreds" of engineers and scientists.
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Don't suffer like Theresa May. Here's how to beat a coughing fit

Giving a speech to your entire country, but have a tickle in your throat? You need't suffer so publicly as prime minister Theresa May did at the Conservative Party conference, hacking, spluttering and coughing her way through her vision for Britain. The coughing was the least of May's problems: her slogan fell off the wall letter by letter; a protester slipped her a P45; and bits of her speech seemed to be borrowed from the West Wing.
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Lost the remote? Use your cat

British researchers unveil gesture recognition system that works with any object. Forget digging around in couch cushions for the missing remote — British researchers have developed a solution that uses gesture recognition to turn everything into a controller, from your hand to your cup of tea, or even your pet cat.
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When neural networks name planets, they call them Tina

If a sci-fi film ever names a planet Tina, blame Janelle Shane. Her hobby is training neural networks on data sets to create amusing names, be it rescue kittens ("Mag Jeggles" and "Snox Boops"), Pokémon ("Tortabool"), and — perhaps most famously — paint colours ("Sudden Pine" and "Turdly"). In the latest round, the neural network was trained on 700 planets from Star Wars.
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Acid attacks are on the rise, but lazy media coverage isn't helping

It started at 10:25pm on Thursday night, when a moped carrying two riders pulled up alongside a man riding at a junction in Hackney, east London. Before the other rider could pull away, the pair threw acid in his face and stole his bike. Four other acid attacks followed, with at least one victim left with life-changing injuries, according to the Metropolitan Police.
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Britain Is Fighting Back Against European Climate Change Targets

The UK wants to make it voluntary to improve energy efficiency, leaked documents reveal. The British government is trying to water down European targets on climate change, despite the fact the UK will be leaving the EU in under two years' time. Why is it bothering? Some critics have even accused her of being a "mole" for Donald Trump and his climate change-denying ways.
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An AI Will Decide Which Criminals in the UK Get Bail

But it's not yet clear if the tool is more accurate than real humans. Get arrested in Durham, England, and artificial intelligence could help decide whether you're held in custody or sent home—but it's not yet clear if the algorithm is more accurate than police officers when it comes to assessing whether someone is likely to reoffend.
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Start-up uses biometrics to tailor music for good night’s sleep

A baby falling back to sleep at 2 am to a gentle lullaby may convince its parents that music can induce sleep, but new compositions designed to help listeners relax sound rather different to Rock-a-bye Baby. Boston-based start-up Sync Project uses biometrics to tailor music to your mood. Its Unwind app measures your heart beat via your smartphone’s accelerometer and uses these readings to tweak a relaxing ambient track by UK band Marconi Union.
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Love at first smell: What does sensory augmentation mean for romance?

Imre Bárd says he didn't really consider whether Dr Wellentine's Emporium of Sensory Curiosities would spark romance between couples.
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Brainwaves could act as your password – but not if you’re drunk | New Scientist

Getting drunk could make it harder to enter your password – even if your brainwaves are your login
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Drones inspired by insects could keep flying even when damaged

Drones could learn a thing or two from the birds and the bees.
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Why stop at five senses?

Tech is letting us hack our brains to give us 'superpowers'
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About

Nicole Kobie

You may have seen my work at PC Pro, where I edit the Futures section, or in WebUser, where I write the news pages. I also regularly contribute to Teen Vogue, The Outline, CityMetric, Wired, New Scientist, Alphr, Vice's Motherboard, IT Pro and Cloud Pro, Computer Shopper, and the Telegraph, and have written for Mental Floss, Ars Technica, Trusted Reviews, MacUser, Computer Active, The Calgary Herald, the Guardian, and more.

I’m a creative, hard-working digital and print journalist, currently specialising in technology and science stories, but happy to write about anything -- even Theresa May coughing.

I focus on high-quality news and features stories, explaining complicated topics with clean, precise writing. I work quickly, write accurately and, perhaps most importantly, hit my deadlines.

Aside from writing and editing, I've had training in investigative journalism, data journalism and photojournalism, and used to be a regular on PC Pro's podcast.

Want me to write for you? That's very kind: drop me a line at work@nicolekobie.com.

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Skills

  • Being retweeted by Snowden
  • spending hours at the pub
  • technology
  • photography
  • photojournalism
  • columns
  • blogging
  • features
  • news
  • editing
  • writing
  • journalism