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Technologists are developing a fleet of 'roboats' to operate along the canals of Amsterdam. Such boats could collect garbage or self-assemble into floating structures, signalling the future of transportation in waterway-rich cities.

Facebook ready to launch its first cryptocurrency

Facebook is soon to roll out its new cryptocurrency, with June 18, 2019 being the expected date for details to emerge, although the official release may not be until 2020. Multiple investors are lined up to support the project.

'Hurry up!': G20 urged to speed up digital tax

Top G20 finance officials agreed Saturday there was an urgent need to find a global system to tax internet giants like Google and Facebook but clashed on the best way to do it.

Microsoft removes a database of millions of facial images

Earlier in the week Microsoft removed a database of more than ten million faces. The database was used to test and train facial recognition algorithms. The database was known as MS Celeb.

NASA announces it's opening the Space Station to tourism

For a mere $35,000 per night, tourists will now be able to visit the International Space Station (ISS), NASA announced on Friday. The price does not include transportation, which will run around $85,000.

Review: Skepticism for the digital age? Exhibition explores perception Special

What can magic and conjuring tell us about the human mind? Have we moved on from Victorian times and now sit in a more rationale world, or can technology still alter our perceptions and memories? A new exhibition explores these themes.

NASA to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020

NASA said Friday it will open up the International Space Station to business ventures including space tourism as it seeks to financially disengage from the orbiting research lab.Price tag?

Google maps to provide earthquake tracking service

Live in an area here there is an earthquake risk? Not sure when to travel? No need to be concerned, Google has an app for that - or at least an adaptation of Google Maps.

Op-Ed: China's Huawei signs 5G deal with largest Russian mobile operator

The gloom surrounding the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei was somewhat dispelled this week as the company has signed a 5G development deal with MTS Russia's largest mobile operator.

Q&A: Hand-held alternative to the blood test in development Special

Emerging and sophisticated technology now enables people to use their smartphone and a single tiny drop of body fluids (i.e. blood, saliva, urine, and/or sweat) to deliver clinical lab-quality. Steven Chou from Essenlix explains more.

Big growth in people-finding websites

Want to run a background check on some one? Wish to know what your neighbour is up to? There are solutions for that in terms of people-finding search engines and this market is becoming big business, despite the privacy issues that come with it.

China grants 5G licences for commercial use

China on Thursday granted 5G commercial licences to four domestic companies, taking a big step in its bid to be a global leader in next generation wireless networks amid fierce rivalry from the United States.

Apple pulls plug on iTunes, what happens to the music library?

Apple Music has pulled the plug on iTunes after 18 years in service. The pondering question is as follows: "what happens to all of one's music?"

Is it possible William Shakespeare smoked weed? — Well, maybe

Back in 2001, a South African anthropologist named Francis Thackeray used tech from a narcotics crime lab to see what sorts of substances might have been smoked in 400-year-old pipe fragments unearthed in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Q&A: Developing apps for baby boomers to use Special

There are some 41 million baby boomers in the U.S. workforce, many of whom are grappling with an ever-changing workplace filled with strange, new apps, software and processes. App developers need to take note, says Matt Fairhurst of Skedulo.

Amazon says drone deliveries coming 'within months'

Amazon said Wednesday it expects to begin large-scale deliveries by drone in the coming months as it unveiled its newest design for its "Prime Air" fleet.

New V-shaped airplane will use less fuel than the Airbus A350

A new V-shaped airplane is being developed by TU-Delft and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The improved aerodynamic shape and reduced weight will mean the craft uses 20% less fuel than the Airbus A350, which is today’s most advanced aircraft.

British art dealer unveils pioneering robot artist

Billed as "one of the most exciting artists of our time", Ai-Da differs from generations of past masters in one inescapable way: she is a robot.

IKEA to build robotic furniture for use in small areas

The Swedish furniture giant Ikea is introducing a new furniture line called Rogran that is being developed in cooperation with the US furniture startup Ori Living.

Twitter buys startup to quickly spot fake news

Twitter has acquired the technology startup Fabula AI, which uses machine learning to help detect the spread of misinformation online. This is part of Twitter's strategy to rein in some of the fake news content that appears across its channels.

Op-Ed: Not just about iPhones - Apple will diversify to evolve

Apple surprised the markets with better than expected revenue this week, but the future of Apple is looking very different from the current model. A new direction is moving on from being “a phone company” into more advanced fields of business.

Human influence on global droughts goes back 100 years

Human-generated greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles were affecting global drought risk as far back as the early 20th century, according to a study from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City.

Russia requires Tinder to share users' data with security services

Popular dating app Tinder is now required to share users' data with Russian security services after being placed on an official register, the country's telecoms watchdog said Monday.

Space telescope captures 1800 exploding stars

The advanced Subaru Telescope has peered into the depths of the cosmos and captured images of over 1,800 exploding stars. Some of these gaseous bodies are eight billion light years from Earth.

China gene babies' mutation linked to higher mortality: study

The genetic mutation given to Chinese twins last year rendering them immune to the HIV virus may significantly reduce life expectancy, scientists said Monday in a fresh warning against human gene-editing.

Creating tunable graphene for next-gen electronics

Much has been spoken about graphene and its remarkable properties. With electronics, to be truly useful graphene would need to carry an electric current that switches on and off, as with silicon. Researchers are devising a laser-method to do just that.

Essential Science: Transgenic fungus kills malaria mosquitoes

A genetically modified fungus rapidly kills 99 percent of malaria mosquitoes, a new study reveals. The introduction of the transgenic fungus could significantly reduce malaria mosquito populations.

US ban has 'no effect' on Huawei's aviation business: official

US moves against Chinese tech titan Huawei have had "no effect" on the firm's aviation business despite several countries taking steps to block its mobile services, a top company executive said Monday.

Google server trouble snarls YouTube, Snapchat

Congested Google servers in the eastern United States caused problems for users of Snapchat and YouTube on Sunday, with complaints on social media that the popular apps weren't accessible.

Op-Ed: Microsoft has yet to make an official announcement on Huawei

Because of the recent US trade ban, Huawei has lost almost all of its large US partners including Google, Corning, and ARM creating a crisis for the company. However, some major partners are laying low among the largest is Microsoft.

Sensor-packed glove learns to grasp like a human

On a mission to improve robotics, researchers have developed a sensor-packed glove that can learn the signatures of the human grasp. The sensors will work with a neural network to identify objects by touch.

How forests play a vital role in the carbon cycle

Carbon is an abundant element that is necessary for life on Earth. Carbon atoms can be found in not only plants and animals but in rocks, soil, water, and even the air we breathe. But an overabundance of carbon, in the form of carbon dioxide, is deadly.

Atomic mystery: Geometry of the electron revealed

What does an electron look like? While physicists have long speculated, the geometry of the electron has been revealed for the first time. This insight may help with the development of quantum computers.

AI can now catch 90 percent of essay paper cheats

If you are ever tempted to cheat on a written exam or a submitted assignment, then be careful. New research shows that artificial intelligence is now 90 percent certain to nab you.

Connected champagne putting a cork in bogus bubbly

Champagne is now connected: Thanks to tracking technology, champagne houses now have tools to better guard against fraud while gaining a new channel to interact with their customers.

Trump urges UK to be 'very careful' over Huawei and 5G

US president Donald Trump urged Britain to be "very careful" about involving Chinese tech giant Huawei in its new 5G network, in an interview published Saturday ahead of his state visit to London.

Dog breeds with the highest risk of biting children identified

A new study has identified the dog breeds, together with the the physical traits of the animals, that pose highest risk of biting children. The results, pulled from U.S. data, are not always so clear cut.

Smart way to collect and purify water, inspired by a rose

The shape and structure of a rose has inspired scientists to develop a smart way to collect and purify water. This low-cost invention provides a practical means to purify water in areas with scarce clean water supplies.

Microsoft issues warning about new wormable vulnerability

Microsoft has taken the unusual step to issue a second advisory note in the same month, calling on users of Windows to urgently update their operating systems in order to avoid a new “wormable” vulnerability.

Developing ethics for tech industry must begin in the classroom

How can the the technology sector ensure that ethical principles are built into the design of products and, most importantly, with the shape of artificial intelligence? According to one academic, this must begin at school.

1 in 5 in U.S. cannot name a single element on the periodic table

It might be elementary for many, but a new poll finds that one in five (around 20 percent) of the U.S. adult population cannot name a single element on the periodic table. The survey indicates the troubling status of science in the country.
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