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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- ...

‘The Doctor and the Dalek’: Coding for Kids

Today marks the launch of the Doctor sharing some of his vast knowledge with six to 12-year-olds through the medium of gaming. He’ll be doing this through a new game from the BBC, called The Doctor and the Dalek. As part of the BBC’s drive to develop the UK’s coding ability over the next year, Make it Digital, the game aims to introduce children to coding and programming and improve their computer skills. T ...

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Snakebot Unveils Sidewinder Secrets

Sidewinder rattlesnakes are unusual in how they quickly travel across deserts and are able to climb steep sand dunes. Observing the creatures in motion, US scientists from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University created a robot snake, designed to mimic the movements. However, it was found that these Snakebots - one of which was nicknamed “Elizabeth” - were only loosely based on the creatures' movements. The ...

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Comedy Club Launches Pay-Per-Laugh Tickets

Sometimes it can feel as if we are paying a lot for performance tickets, especially if it turns out we didn't enjoy the show as much as we were expecting to. But a comedy club in Spain has come up with a novel way for customers to only pay for what they “use”, thanks to facial recognition software. The Spanish government sharply raised the tax on theatre tickets from 8% to 21%, which caused ticket sales to ...

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RoomAlive: Turning a Whole Room into a Gaming System

You may have heard of the holodeck from Star Trek - an enclosed room in which people and objects are simulated and holographic images are projected. Inside the holodeck, you can be anywhere you want to be and it has been the pipe dream of technology companies for decades to be able to create one. But it could become a reality! Or, at least, something very similar to a holodeck has finally been created! Micr ...

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

If, like many people, you feel that the mirror is not your friend first thing in the morning and you wish it would just say something nice about how you look, then you might want to go shopping. In an IKEA store in London, there is a mirror up as part of the display that literally compliments customers as they go about their shopping. Earlier this year, IKEA published their Life at Home Report, a survey tha ...

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Old Phone Boxes to Charge Mobile Phones

London’s red telephone boxes - an iconic reminder of years gone by, before the rise of mobile phones and tablets. Street telephone boxes have become more and more obsolete, though some have been converted into mini libraries or fitted with medical equipment in case of emergency. But two former London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) students may have come up with an even better use for these ...

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UK Copyright Law Changes: You Can Now Copy CDs!

Back in June, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) issued guidance on changes that should be made to copyright laws in the UK. Those laws have finally come into full effect and mean that we are now allowed to make personal copies of our music, films and eBooks! Until now, every time you copied a CD onto your computer and converted it to MP3, you were breaking the law. Every time you changed the format of ...

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Robot Created with an Artificial Tongue!

A robot with an artificial tongue has been developed that could alter the art of wine tasting as we know it. The team from Aarhus University’s Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO) in Denmark has used research from the American Chemical Society (ASC), originally published in ACS Nano in July. Using this research, the team created an optical nanosensor in the form of a small plate coated with microsco ...

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Microsoft Buys ‘Minecraft’ Creator Mojang

Mojang is the ingenious company behind the hugely popular open-world video game Minecraft, and it has just been bought by tech giant Microsoft for a staggering $2.5 billion (£1.5 billion). The game, described as virtual Lego with extras, allows players to build an entire world using retro Lego-like blocks, while also enabling them to battle other players and explore the huge map of this blocky world. Minecr ...

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Harnessing Chewing Power

Mechanical engineers in Canada have developed a chin strap that can harness the energy from chewing and convert it into electricity that could one day power hearing aids, earpieces and other small devices. Study co-authors Dr Jeremie Voix and Dr Aidin Delnavaz from Montreal’s École de Technologie Supérieure have previously worked on auditory technology, such as cochlear implants and powered ear-muffs, and w ...

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