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Robotic bees could pollinate plants in case of insect apocalypse

Robotic bees could pollinate plants in case of insect apocalypse

Intensive modern farming methods and the unravelling consequences of global climate change are said to have put the future of the common bee under threat like never before. But in Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands a group of scientists...

Guardian, 9 October 2018
 
Microsoft's Minecraft ends support on Apple TV

Microsoft's Minecraft ends support on Apple TV

Microsoft is ending support for Minecraft on Apple TV. The app arrived on the device two years ago and cost £20 in the UK. In an on-screen message to players the firm said it was "reallocating resources" to more popular platforms, and while...

BBC, 9 October 2018
 
How to delete your Google+ account after huge data breach

How to delete your Google+ account after huge data breach

Google’s attempt at a social network was never particularly popular – and became even less so when it admitted that 500,000 users may have had their data exposed. The company said in an official blog post that it had discovered and patched the leak in...

Metro, 9 October 2018
 
Net worth v self worth: do we all need inequality therapy?

Net worth v self worth: do we all need inequality therapy?

Michael was a fortysomething middle manager at a mid-sized tech company who every day felt like a failure. Even though he was wealthy enough to send his two kids to private school, he was always anxious about his status. He frequently snapped at his...

Guardian, 9 October 2018
 
Hubble space telescope left pointing wrong way after gyroscope fails

Hubble space telescope left pointing wrong way after gyroscope fails

The Hubble space telescope has been sidelined after a gyroscope failed, leaving it unable to point in the right direction during observations. The device had been expected to fail at some point this year, but the surprise came when a backup did not...

Guardian, 9 October 2018
 
Test could predict risk of future heart disease for just £40

Test could predict risk of future heart disease for just £40

A one-off genetic test costing less than £40 can show if a person is born with a predisposition to heart disease. The Genomic Risk Score (GRS) test is cheap enough to allow population-wide screening of children, researchers believe. Medical and...

Guardian, 9 October 2018
 
Did you solve it? I've got a little (logical) list

Did you solve it? I've got a little (logical) list

In my puzzle column earlier today I set you the following two self-referential logic list problems ONE Which of the following statements is/are true? 1. Exactly one of the statements in this list is false. 2. Exactly two of the statements in this list...

Guardian, 8 October 2018
 
Boz: Defending Facebook's Portal gadget

Boz: Defending Facebook's Portal gadget

One of Mark Zuckerberg's longest-serving and most trusted lieutenants is making the case for Facebook to put a microphone and camera in your home. It's not the easiest of jobs. Facebook is launching its Portal video chat devices off the back of two...

BBC, 8 October 2018
 
Gene editing in human embryos takes step closer to reality

Gene editing in human embryos takes step closer to reality

Gene editing to correct faulty DNA in human embryos has taken a step closer to becoming a reality, with scientists showing it is possible to correct genetic problems in mice before they are born. Researchers used a form of the gene-editing tool...

Guardian, 8 October 2018
 
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