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Jellyfish robots to watch over endangered coral reefs

Image copyright Florida Atlantic University Image caption The robotic jellyfish propel themselves with rubber tentacles A fleet of robotic jellyfish has been designed to monitor delicate ecosystems, including coral reefs. The underwater drones were invented by engineers at Florida Atlantic University and are driven by rings of hydraulic tentacles. The robots can squeeze through tight […]

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3D printing shop closes after accusations of idolatry

Image copyright Al-Qabas News A 3D printing shop in Kuwait has reportedly been shut down by authorities following pressure from an Islamist cleric. The shop, which specialises in producing figurines that bear a life-like resemblance to real people, was accused of creating “idols” by Sheikh Othman al-Khamis. The Kuwaiti Al-Qabas newspaper reported that the shop […]

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Poor Toad: How Stormy Daniels ruined Mario Kart

Image copyright Getty Images/Nintendo Image caption Stormy Daniels used Toad from the Mario series to describe something about President Trump He’s the lovable mushroom-headed character from the Super Mario games. But thanks to excerpts from porn star Stormy Daniels’ tell-all book, Toad has become associated with US President Donald Trump. In it, she compares Trump’s […]

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US judge allows e-voting despite hack fears

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption E-voting machines are in use across 14 US states A judge in the US state of Georgia has approved the use of electronic voting machines – despite being “gravely concerned” that they could be hacked. There wasn’t enough time before November’s mid-term elections to switch to a secure paper-based […]

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IBM launches tool aimed at detecting AI bias

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Algorithms and machine-learning could increasingly be used to calculate things like car insurance IBM is launching a tool which will analyse how and why algorithms make decisions in real time. The Fairness 360 Kit will also scan for signs of bias and recommend adjustments. There is increasing concern that […]

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Will we ever get self-healing smartphones?

Image copyright Getty Images The BBC’s Circular Economy series highlights the ways we are designing systems to reduce the waste modern society generates, by reusing and repurposing products. This week we look at the prospects for hi-tech materials that can heal themselves. You don’t have to be a liquid metal cyborg assassin from Terminator 2 […]

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Almost half of UK internet users 'harmed' online

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many were worried about what children see and do online Almost half of internet users in the UK have suffered “harm” online, suggests research. The harms include bullying and harassment as well as attacks by malware or cyber-thieves. The study by regulator Ofcom sought to quantify the type and […]

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Lyndsey Scott says models can also be coders

Image copyright Getty Images Former Victoria Secret model Lyndsey Scott has responded to online critics who doubted her credentials as a computer programmer. An Instagram photo of her captioned “Coding is for anyone”, posted by an account for the programming community, drew negative comments and disbelief. Ms Scott replied from her own account, listing her […]