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Road ready? Driverless cars within 10 years, UK must prepare, say MPs
Britain needs to prepare for a world in which driverless cars interact with manually-driven vehicles, a group of MPs have said.

06.03.2015 12:23

Clinton’s State Dept. forced ambassador’s resignation over private email use
The State Department is looking into whether Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account during her tenure violated security rules, as new revelations show the agency forced the resignation of a US ambassador, partly for the similar reasons.

06.03.2015 01:35

​Aussies to get their first-ever floating solar panel plant
Australia is to build a floating solar power plant to feed a water treatment facility near Jamestown. The plant is expected to be efficient enough to produce some extra juice for the city itself.

05.03.2015 13:53

'Pee power’: UK university trials electricity generating toilet
A British university has developed a prototype toilet that is able to convert human urine into electricity, in the hope the technology can be used in refugee camps

05.03.2015 12:30

NASA scientists reproduce 3 key life components
Trying to get to the bottom of life, NASA scientists have reproduced cytosine, thymine, and uracil - three key components of life found in both DNA and RNA in a laboratory in Moffett Field, California.

05.03.2015 04:46

German NSA probe chief’s phone ‘hacked’ after sending by regular mail
The German parliament’s head of the inquiry into NSA spying on the country asked security experts to check his phone after he believed it had been hacked. The only problem was it was tampered with when he sent it by post to be examined.

04.03.2015 14:18

Robo-roach: Remote-controlled cockroaches at the touch of a button
Engineers at a Texas university have developed a system to remote control cockroaches via a miniature computer, which is wired to the nervous system. It’s hoped they could be used for search and rescue missions as they can move about in tiny spaces.

04.03.2015 11:16

Broken arm: Mars rover Curiosity gets stopped for repairs
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has stopped for maintenance after a short circuit disabled one of its arms. Testing and maintenance will take a few days.

04.03.2015 09:32

Not just ‘sexy drones’: Facebook CEO looks at other ways to connect the world
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook still plans to build drones to get the world online – just don’t expect to see them operational anytime soon. His pet project, Internet.org, isn’t universally liked, with critics saying it’s a Facebook marketing tool.

03.03.2015 11:36

​New iOS app encrypts communications between major smart phones
Privacy experts are hailing the release this week of an update for a smart phone messaging app that for the first time enables cross-device end-to-end encryption, securing voice calls and texts sent between iPhones and Androids like never before.

02.03.2015 18:15

No more wires: ​Ikea unveils furniture with built-in wireless device charging
Absent-minded smartphone enthusiasts rejoice: The Swedish furniture behemoth has launched a new line of furniture fitted with wireless charging spots for mobile devices.

02.03.2015 19:25

No to 2yr metadata storage: Report says Australian govt members use secret messaging app
Top Australian politicians are reportedly using a covert messaging application. The correspondence, sent via the service, is encrypted and self-destructs. It comes as a new bill would force telecom providers to store users’ metadata for 2 years.

02.03.2015 13:00