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Edible glass made from seaweed to curb plastic plague

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:13:00 -0500

Indonesian start-up Evoware, which makes edible cups from farmed seaweed free of chemicals, is relying on its biodegradable alternative to plastic packaging to reduce contamination of the environment, as Jim Drury reports.



Simple water test could prevent crippling bone disease

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:22:00 -0500

A fast colour-changing test that detects fluoride in drinking water could help prevent the crippling bone disease skeletal fluorosis in developing countries, say UK researchers. Jim Drury has more.



Uber comes clean on hack affecting 57 million users

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:45:39 -0500

Uber on its backfoot again - this time for paying a hundred grand to hackers to delete stolen data and keep quiet about it. The data breach last year exposed 57 million users of the ride-hailing service.



Dogs learn while they sleep, study says

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:48:00 -0500

Scientists in Hungary say they have measured brain activity in dogs which shows they learn during their sleep. Matthew Stock reports.



Hong Kong turns to virtual reality to honour ancestors

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:44:00 -0500

A lack of space for cemeteries in crowded Hong Kong clashes with the age-old Chinese tradition of reverence for one's ancestors. But one entrepreneur uses virtual reality software to reconcile the two, as Elly Park reports.



Engineers get the feeling for robotic fingers

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:08:00 -0500

A robotic gripper that can screw in lightbulbs or use a screwdriver without needing to 'see' them or be pre-programmed to recognise them has been developed at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Elly Park reports.



Coffee grounds to help power London's buses

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:17:00 -0500

A new biofuel, which contains part coffee oil, is being added to the London bus fuel supply chain where it can be used without the need for modification. Matthew Stock reports.



Fake faecal sludge could help improve sanitation

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 04:15:00 -0500

University of Bath researchers say testing of their fake faecal sludge could help teach those in the developing world how to safely dispose of raw sewage. Jim Drury reports.



Medical watch uses AI to monitor health

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:13:00 -0500

The smartwatch health monitor that promises an early warning system for medical emergencies and can even call an ambulance, as Stuart McDill reports.



Vacuum-powered soft robot grabs objects and climbs walls

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:23:00 -0500

A Swiss team has created the first modular robotic system powered by vacuum, enabling the soft blocks to be used to climb vertical surfaces or grab objects and increasing the safety of a robot. Amy Pollock reports.



Art installation aims to bring strangers face-to-face

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:00:00 -0500

A global art installation called 'Portals' brings total strangers face-to-face for live - and often intimate - conversations.



MekaMon mixes robotics and AR gaming

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:34:08 -0500

World's first truly gaming robot combines augmented reality and artificial intelligence to turn your living room into a battlefield, as Stuart McDill reports.



Sex bots prove to be a turn-off for ethics campaigners

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:27:02 -0500

Sex bots are on the rise, along with the campaigners who want them banned. But they may be fighting a losing battle, as it seems people are not against using them. Reuters Emily Wither reports.



Guppy fish have personalities, say researchers

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:43:00 -0500

Tiny guppy fish have individual 'personalities', according to a laboratory study by scientists at the University of Exeter in Penryn. Jim Drury reports.



New ‘digital’ pill keeps patients on track

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:41:00 -0500

The first digital pill with an embedded sensor to track whether patients are taking their medication properly has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Jillian Kitchener reports.



The AI bot helping you troll email scammers

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:15:00 -0500

A New Zealand internet watchdog has launched an artificial intelligence bot to engage foreign scammers in long-winded email conversations in an effort to waste their time and distract them from real victims. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.



Heat-map device reveals warning signs of diabetic ulcers

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:08:00 -0500

A foot-temperature monitoring device could help to detect when diabetic patients are developing foot ulcers, a common complication that can lead to infections and amputations. Matthew Stock reports.



Coral spawning spectacle on the Great Barrier Reef

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:45:00 -0500

Underwater footage captures the moment future generations of coral reef are created on the Great Barrier Reef during recent coral spawning. Matthew Stock reports.



Think bitcoin's getting expensive? Try Zimbabwe

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 03:36:00 -0500

With Zimbabwe under threat of cash shortages and hyperinflation, some are turning to highly-volatile cryptocurrencies like bitcoin as a safer haven for their money.



Exclusive- Rupert Murdoch discussed buying CNN

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:39:01 -0500

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch place two calls to the head of AT&T inquiring about the possibility of buying cable news network CNN, sources told Reuters exclusively on Friday.



Father-son team set for 'green' Antarctic trek

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:20:00 -0500

Veteran polar explorer Robert Swan and his 23-year-old son Barney are hoping to become the first team to trek to the South Pole relying solely on renewable energy. Matthew Stock reports.



Tech stars split over AI: threat or salvation?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 05:49:00 -0500

Artificial Intelligence is a hot topic at a web summit in Portugal, with scientists warning of the risks of creating powerful autonomous machines that are smarter than we are. Reuters' Emily Wither reports from Lisbon.



Robot ANYmal takes the elevator

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:39:00 -0500

ANYmal is an autonomous quadrupedal robot designed to navigate industrial sites, with the eventual aim of inspecting oil and gas sites without human help. Jim Drury has more.



Uber’s on a mission to improve its relationship with drivers

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

​After a tumultuous year, ​Uber has taken various steps to increase benefits and morale for its drivers including a nation-wide outreach effort to sign up hundreds of thousands of its drivers for healthcare on Friday.



Tech summit sees start-ups pitch it out for investment.

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 18:14:32 -0500

Over six thousand start-ups are hoping to catch the eye of a big investor at Europe’s largest technology conference. Reuters Emily Wither reports from Web Summit in Lisbon.