TECHNOLOGY

TECHNOLOGY
What would happen if we stopped using plastic?New!!

Share your expressionPlastic has seeped into every aspect of our existence. Can we live without it? Of the 8,300 million tonnes of virgin plastic produced up to the end of 2015, 6,300 million tonnes has been discarded. Most of that plastic waste is still with us, entombed in landfills or polluting the environment. Microplastics have been found […]

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What if all roads went underground?New!!

Share your expressionRoads pollute cities, eat up public space and fragment habitats. Could moving them underground help? In 1863, in an effort to reduce street traffic, London opened the world’s first underground line, the Metropolitan Railway. Its birth can be traced back two decades before to the building of the world’s first under-river tunnel below the Thames, […]

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Google sign-up a 'fast track to surveillance', consumer groups sayNew!!

Share your expressionGoogle is facing action from a coalition of ten European consumer organisations over the company's account sign-up process. A Google account is essential in order to use a number of its products and services. But the coalition alleges the sign-up process steers users toward options which collect more data. Google told the BBC […]

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What parents need to know about online safetyNew!!

Share your expression"Parents think a child is safe because when they're online they're quiet, but they don't know what they're watching," says Nic Wetton, the head teacher of JH Godwin Primary School in Chester. She warns their silence is often misleading. "Children can be traumatised by horrific videos they see online," says the head teacher […]

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Will electric motorbike sales take off across Asia?New!!

Share your expressionThe term "electric vehicle" in the UK immediately conjures up images of a Tesla, or another similar car, but across Asia the battle for EV dominance is being waged on motorbikes. Visit most Asian countries, and you'll immediately notice that motorcycles swarm and buzz about everywhere. Often functioning much like a family car […]

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Japanese man loses USB stick with entire city's personal details

Share your expressionFor many, after-work drinks are a common way of relaxing after a busy week. But one worker in Japan could be nursing a protracted hangover after he lost a USB memory stick following a night out with colleagues. Why? It contained the personal details of nearly half a million people. The unnamed man […]

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Instagram: Video selfies trial to verify age of teens

Share your expressionInstagram is exploring new ways for teenagers to verify their age and comply with platform rules. The Meta-owned app is testing video selfies with facial analysis software as a new age-verification method. Some users on Instagram try to skirt its 13+ age rule by editing their date of birth to make them appear […]

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How human-like are the most sophisticated chatbots?

Share your expressionChatbots have hit the headlines over the past few days after a Google engineer claimed that the firm's most advanced system has developed human-like feelings, or become sentient. Simply put, a chat bot is a computer program deliberately designed to mimic and respond to human speech. But just how lifelike are the best […]

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BUSINESS
Two killed as Nio electric car falls from third floor office in Shanghai

Share your expressionChinese electric carmaker Nio says that two people were killed when one of its vehicles fell from the third floor of its headquarters in Shanghai. One member of staff and a person from a partner company died in the crash. The incident took place on Wednesday at around 17:20 local time, the firm […]

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Crypto crash: Is this cryptocurrency’s ‘Lehman Brothers moment’?

Share your expressionCelsius Network, Babel Finance, Three Arrows and Hoo are latest casualties of market chaos More than $2 trillion has been wiped from the overall cryptocurrency market in the seven months since it peaked last November. This averages out at nearly $10bn per day, with retail investors, corporations and even some countries all seeing their holdings wiped out. […]

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Microsoft retires controversial AI that can guess your emotions

Share your expressionTech giant warns that ‘new guardrails’ are required for artificial intelligence Microsoft has announced that it will halt sales of an artificial intelligence service that can predict a person’s age, gender and even emotions. The tech giant cited ethical concerns surrounding the facial recognition technology, which it claimed could subject people to “stereotyping, discrimination, or unfair denial of […]

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SCIENCE
China achieves ‘brain-scale’ AI with latest supercomputer

Share your expressionSunway supercomputer ran 174 trillion parameters, ‘rivalling the number of synapses in the brain’ Computer scientists in China claim to have run an artificial intelligence program using architecture that is as complex as the human brain. The AI model, named ‘bagualu’ or ‘alchemist’s pot’, was run on the latest generation of the Sunway supercomputer based at the […]

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Meta removes ‘large numbers’ of upskirting images found on Facebook

Share your expressionThe social media firm took action after a BBC investigation found upskirting content being shared in groups on Facebook. Facebook owner Meta said it has removed a large number of groups and accounts which were sharing upskirting content following a BBC News investigation into the issue. The TV report found images and videos of upskirting being shared on […]

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Space factory will make materials that are ‘impossible to produce on Earth’ is about to launch

Share your expressionEarth’s dense atmosphere, temperatures, and gravity means that its ‘a pretty bad place to make things’ A prototype space factory that can produce materials that cannot be made on Earth will be launched from the UK later this summer. Space Forge, a Welsh startup, will make more efficient semiconductors and stronger, lighter alloys. […]

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SpaceX may have turned the galaxy red

Share your expressionA SpaceX rocket’s exhaust may have lit the upper atmosphere in a reddish glow SpaceX may have turned the galaxy an eerie shade of red during its latest launch, a sight made all the weirder in that it was invisible to the naked eye. According to the Washington Post, photographers in Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee and North […]

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Rio Ferdinand calls for new ‘inspiring’ online platform to combat child bullying

Share your expressionThe former England footballer helped launch an anti-bullying campaign Don’t Face It Alone at No 10 Downing Street. Rio Ferdinand has called for a new social media platform to be set up as he criticised tech giants for failing to get a grip on bullying and “toxic behaviours”. The former England footballer, who suffered racial abuse […]

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Elon Musk’s ex-wife says she’s ‘proud’ of their child’s move to sever all ties with him

Share your expression‘I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form,’ Musk’s child from his first marriage said Elon Musk’s ex-wife says that she’s “proud” of their child for making the move to sever all ties with their biological father. Formerly known as Xavier […]

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Huge spot appears on the Sun and begins to grow – but there is nothing to panic about yet

Share your expressionA huge spot on the Sun is getting bigger and pointing towards Earth – but there is nothing to worry about yet. Numerous news reports pointed to the growing spot and suggested that there could be reason to fear. It had grown dramatically – doubling in size over a space of 24 hours – and could send out […]

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Zoom down: Video call app breaks in the middle of the working day

Share your expressionZoom, the video call app, has broken in the middle of the working day. Users said they were unable to get into meetings, likely leaving many remote offices struggling to work. The outage came at the beginning of the working day in the US, and as it came to a close in the […]

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‘500 internal server error’: The message that appeared on websites across the internet – and what it means

Share your expressionMuch of the internet has been hit by an issue that took major websites offline. The problems hit much of the internet: Discord, Amazon Web Services, Substack, some online games and more were offline. Users were instead shown a somewhat cryptic message, informing them only that they were experiencing a “500 error”. It might not […]

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Eye movements could be the missing link in our understanding of memory

Share your expressionHumans have a fascinating ability to recreate events in the mind’s eye, in exquisite detail. Over 50 years ago, Donald Hebb and Ulrich Neisser, the forefathers of cognitive psychology, theorised that eye movements are vital for our ability to do this. They pointed out we move our eyes not only to receive sensory visual […]

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SCIENCE
Blue light: what we do and don’t know about the damage it causes our skin

Share your expressionTake a wander down the skincare aisle of any health and beauty retailer and you’ll be met with a bewildering array of creams and sprays, promising to protect you from various threats to your skin. You might have noticed skincare companies claiming their products can protect you from the effects of blue light. […]

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Do we need a better understanding of 'progress'?

Share your expressionA growing and influential intellectual movement aims to understand why human progress happens – and how to speed it up. Garrison Lovely investigates. You’re a typical American in 1870. You live on a rural farm. If you’re a man, you likely began a lifetime of manual labour as a teen, which will end […]

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Is Google’s LaMDA conscious? A philosopher’s view

Share your expressionLaMDA is Google’s latest artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot. Blake Lemoine, a Google AI engineer, has claimed it is sentient. He’s been put on leave after publishing his conversations with LaMDA. If Lemoine’s claims are true, it would be a milestone in the history of humankind and technological development. Google strongly denies LaMDA has any sentient capacity. LaMDA certainly […]

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Gaia continues quest for the ultimate sky map

Share your expressionEurope's Gaia telescope has dropped its latest batch of data as it seeks to assemble the largest catalogue of light sources in the sky. It is becoming a discovery machine like no other. Stars, asteroids and distant, bright galaxies - anything that can be visibly pinpointed is having its vital statistics measured by […]

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UK-based sat-nav trial to augment GPS performance

Share your expressionLondon satellite company Inmarsat is testing an overlay system to improve the performance of GPS signals received in the UK. Britain's withdrawal from the European Union means it is no longer involved in the bloc's Galileo sat-nav system, nor its augmentation service called Egnos. Overlay systems can reduce the errors in standard sat-nav […]

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SCIENCE
Perseverance: Nasa rover begins key drive to find life on Mars

Share your expressionNasa's Perseverance rover has reached a big moment in its mission on Mars. Tuesday will see the six-wheeled robot begin the climb up an ancient delta feature in the crater where it landed. It will roll uphill, stopping every so often to examine rocks that look to have the best chance of retaining […]

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