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Man Proposes to Girlfriend in Virtual Reality Demo

Man Proposes to Girlfriend in Virtual Reality Demo

Proposing to your significant other is a wonderfully special event, something that will lead to the best days of your lives. But how does one go about asking one of the most import ...

China and US Agree Truce on Cybercrime

China and US Agree Truce on Cybercrime

Tensions have been growing in recent years when it comes to US-China relations. It is thought to be a sign of wider struggles to do with what constitutes proper and acceptable beha ...

Facebook Partners up to Develop Education System

Facebook Partners up to Develop Education System

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been openly expressing his interest in education since he donated $100 million (£65.5 million) to the Newark school since in New Jersey. Last year, ...

A Whole New Meaning to “Building Your Own PC”

A Whole New Meaning to “Building Your Own PC”

There are going to be some of you out there who regularly tinker with your computer and have it souped up to the max. For the rest of us, tampering with the inside of our machines ...

England to Test Electric Motorways

England to Test Electric Motorways

Imagine being able to recharge your car as you drive down the road. Well, that possibility could become a reality for motorists in England if a scheme proposed by government agency ...

Salt-Powered Lamp to Light Developing World

Salt-Powered Lamp to Light Developing World

As you may know, around 80% of the world has access to electricity. But what of the remaining 20%? There are some places where main lines electricity just isn't feasible. Take the ...

The World’s First Bionic Eye has Been Implanted

The World’s First Bionic Eye has Been Implanted

Bionic eyes might sound like something in your favourite sci-fi show, but surgeons in Manchester in the UK have made them a reality. The recipient was one Mr Ray Flynn, an 80-year- ...

Goodbye Swipe Cards, Hello Microchips Embedded in the Skin?

As with almost all technology in our lives, as soon as we get used to something and how it works, a shinier, brand-new replacement comes out. The same can be said for swipe cards: we use them to get on buses, gain entry into our workplaces, buy our lunch... You get the picture. But an office complex in Sweden, called Epicenter, is taking it all to the next level with a chip embedded under the skin, between ...

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The DIF: A New Microscopic Imaging Centre

After millions of pounds invested in imaging technology and two long years of work, Dundee University in Scotland has finally opened its new microscopic imaging centre, the Dundee Imaging Facility (DIF). The DIF comprises of various forms of imaging technology, including super-resolution and non-optical imaging, image analysis, sample preparation and histology, to name but a few. The facility, which opened ...

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Vital-Sign “Optical Monitor” to be Tested at Broadmoor

Patients at Broadmoor Hospital could be set to test a camera that remotely monitors a person’s vital signs, such as their heart rate or breathing. But before you go thinking that such cameras would, of course, be a huge invasion of the patients’ privacy, they are simply detection devices and don’t actually send pictures at all. Broadmoor is a high-security psychiatric hospital where staff take care of aroun ...

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Gecko-Gloves for Climbing Like Spiderman

Most of us would have watched Spiderman scaling the side of a building using just his hands and wondered what it would be like if it were really possible to be able to do such a thing. Well, now it is possible, thanks to scientists from Stanford University in the US. The team, led by mechanical engineer Professor Mark Cutkosky, have developed hand pads that have been inspired by geckos. The pads were so suc ...

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Wikipedia Page-Views Can Predict Disease Outbreaks

Trying to stay ahead of outbreak trends is not an easy task. It usually involves laboratory tests, collecting data, calls to doctors’ surgeries and trying to keep track of the number of people who visit health facilities. This process might be accurate, but it is also slow and expensive, and by the time an outbreak is being announced to the publicly, it had already been in effect for a couple of weeks. But ...

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Alibaba Breaks Records with Singles’ Day

Within only the first 17 hours of China’s “Singles’ Day” shopping event, online-retail giant Alibaba had already smashed sales records, ultimately improving on last year’s sales figures by a whopping 62%. Singles’ Day is an annual online shopping event based in China, held on November 11 every year. The day was originally created by students at Nanjing University who wanted a sort of anti-Valentine’s Day wh ...

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Intel Funds Schoolboy Inventor’s Braille Printer

The inventor of a low-cost Braille printer has secured funding from tech giant Intel - and he is only 13 years old. Shubham Banerjee became interested in helping blind people when he came across a fundraising leaflet and started to wonder what being blind is really like. After Googling blindness and learning about Braille, the schoolboy was shocked to find out that Braille printers, even at their cheapest, ...

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Hotel Room Key… There’s an App for That!

Regular visitors to hotels might have wondered what it would like to just skip the hassle of checking in. Having to wait in line at reception just to let them know you made it there, and be handed a plastic card that will probably get lost or broken. And then have to juggle your luggage in one hand with the silly card in another just to get into the room in the first place... What if there was an app for th ...

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A Cancer Sensor from Google?

Google is working on new technology that could potentially diagnose health problems like cancer or heart attacks at a much earlier stage than is currently possible. As with treatment of many diseases, early diagnosis is key. Unfortunately, many can only be detected when they have already passed the treatable stage and have become fatal. But there are clearly noticeable differences between cancerous cells an ...

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How is Nature so Sparkly and Shiny?

Have you ever looked at a shiny fish scale or the metallic flecks of colour in a peacocks majestic tail and wondered how nature could be so reflective? Researchers from the University of Bristol in England think they have the answer, with what they call a “universal explanation” for all of the shiny colours in the natural world. They have published their findings in the Journal of the Royal Society. In a pr ...

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