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The non-stereotypical computer science classroom was decorated with plants and nature posters

'Geeky' classrooms put girls off computer science

Redesigning computer science classrooms to be less "geeky" could encourage more girls to take up the subject, new research suggests.

The game helps test a mathematical model that predicts how tuberculosis spreads

Videogame created to test model of tuberculosis spread

A new videogame is helping scientists better understand the spread of tuberculosis, which affects more than 11 million worldwide.

A system that turns breath into words could provide a communication link for paralysed patients

Breath-speaker gives a voice to paralysis sufferers

A device that turns breath into words has been developed by Loughborough University researcher, hoping to restore the ability to speak back to paralysed patients.

 Islamic State militants blew up the temple of Baal Shamin in Palmyra on Sunday

Archaeologists to capture IS targetted artefacts with 3D cameras

Archaeologists plan to "flood" the Middle East with 3D cameras to combat the destruction of ancient sites in the Middle East by Islamic State (IS).

The second man on the Moon Buzz Aldrin (in the middle) will head a new Mars exploration institute

Buzz Aldrin to head Mars exploration institute

Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the Moon, will lead a new research institute set up at the Florida Institute of Technology to help take humanity to Mars.

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Ronald Richter built a huge concrete bunker to house his experiments

Argentina: from Huemul island fusion fraud to physics fortune

It was arguably the scientific fraud of the century, but a hugely expensive failed project to create energy from nuclear fusion laid the foundation for Argentina’s success in physic.

View of Petit Nice at Marseilles with Frioul and Château d'If in the background [Credit: Jddmano, own work, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0]

After All's summer holiday: direct to Marseilles with Eurostar

Vitali Vitaliev tests a new direct Eurostar route from London to Marseille, which turns out to be not quite direct and therefore not all that new.

Catch all the action this summer with the new generation of sports drones

Drones for sport: capturing the moment

Catch all the action this summer with the new generation of sports drones.

Inductive charging could improve efficiency and performance levels for electric vehicles

Electric vehicles: conductive charging extends the range

Range anxiety: the idea of running out of battery power in the middle of a journey is something that haunts electric vehicle (EV) owners and is regularly cited as a reason why sales figures for EVs remain fairly low.

 Accurate fault location is essential for  submarine cables

Remote test for critical infrastructure

It is difficult to determine where the fault lies in non-destructive testing and remote conditioning monitoring techniques, but applications are now being devised to solve this.

    A surfer, surfing at Wavegarden, Spain

    Surfing the new wave: artificial pools hang ten  ET arr

    This summer you no longer need to live on the coast if you want to experience the waves and get surfing: commercial wave pools have got bigger and better and are markedly safer than the unpredictable sea swell. But is there any comparison to the real thing?

    A drone flying over a flock of sheep

    Agricultural drones: the new farmers' market  ET arr

    More and more drones are skittering through rural skies, taking snapshots of the fields and providing farmers with various data about the soil and crops. Are they really necessary or just the latest gadget craze?

    A fireman dealing with a bush fire

    Firefighting technology: engineering's burning issue  ET arr

    There is no shortage of concepts for new firefighting technology, but the need for practicality and affordability means that many of the most intriguing never get beyond the drawing board

    E-ELT mammoth telescope, Chile

    Mega-telescopes sprouting in Chile and Hawaii  ET arr

    Bigger is better, at least when it comes to peering into the infinity of space. Now three teams of astronomers are in a race to build the three largest telescopes in the world.

    A drone hovering over molten magma

    Volcano secrets unlocked with robots and drones  ET arr

    Exactly 200 years after the biggest recorded volcanic eruption in history, scientists are using robots and UAVs to unlock the secrets of today’s volcanoes.

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 Part of the Les Paul Memorabilia Exhibit on show at The Hard Rock Cafe, New York City, ahead of the Les Paul 100th Anniversary Celebrations beginning on June 9 2015 in Times Square

The Les Paul memorabilia exhibit on display at The Hard Rock Cafe, New York City - part of the Les Paul 100th anniversary celebrations

A boy rides his bicycle past a collapsed house after Saturday's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal

A boy rides his bicycle past a collapsed house after Saturday's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal

An Andy-Warhol-inspired work by Emanuele Niri on display at the 3D Printing show in New York

An Andy-Warhol-inspired work by Emanuele Niri on display at the 3D Printing show in New York

The face of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stared back at Billy Harley, owner of the Uig Hotel, Isle of Skye, from inside the tree trunk Harley was chopping to make firewood for the bar of his hotel

The face of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stared back at Billy Harley, owner of the Uig Hotel, Isle of Skye, from inside the tree trunk Harley was chopping to make firewood for the bar of his hotel

One view from the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory, in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma, which monitors conditions in the middle of the Amazon forest

One view from the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory, in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma, which monitors conditions in the middle of the Amazon forest

A 5mm-square nano-sized Bible on a semiconductor. The tiny Bible contains the original Greek version of the New Testament

A 5mm-square nano-sized Bible on a semiconductor. The tiny Bible contains the original Greek version of the New Testament

Viktorija Pashuta, a photographer from Latvia, imagines what social networks would look like if humanised

Viktorija Pashuta, a photographer from Latvia, imagines what social networks would look like if humanised

The 40-seater Bio-Bus, the UK's first bus powered by gas generated from food waste and human sewage

The 40-seater Bio-Bus, the UK's first bus powered by gas generated from food waste and human sewage

Control your drinking this Christmas with the literal half pint glass, available from web retailers www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

Control your drinking this Christmas with the literal half pint glass, available from web retailers www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

Bionic Boots, developed by Keahi Seymour from Solihull, UK. Inspired by the stride of an ostrich, high-tensile springs imitate the achilles of those animals to allow any human to run at approximately 25mph

Bionic Boots, developed by Keahi Seymour from Solihull, UK. Inspired by the stride of an ostrich, high-tensile springs imitate the achilles of those animals to allow any human to run at approximately 25mph

Sculptor Olaf Holzapfel's installation 'Drei Bruecken' ('Three bridges') in the forest near Dresden, Germany.   The piece is in response to the topic, 'Technik und Landschaft' ('Technology and countryside').

Sculptor Olaf Holzapfel's installation 'Drei Bruecken' ('Three bridges') in the forest near Dresden, Germany. 

The piece is in response to the topic, 'Technik und Landschaft' ('Technology and countryside').

A model of a suspended monorail system on display at the 2014 China International Industry Fair in Shanghai, China

A model of a suspended monorail system on display at the 2014 China International Industry Fair in Shanghai, China

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EU offers cash and expenses to aspiring entrepreneurs

30 August 2015

Erasmus is a student exchange programme in the EU which has a very low UK takeup but which people who have actually completed seem to enjoy. Maybe it is the whiff of kumba-yah that puts young Brits off.

The hidden costs of convenience

28 August 2015

A lawsuit filed in the US over deaths caused by car engines continuing to run even when the key is outside the vehicle points to a looming problem in engineering design - how features designed for convenience can become actively dangerous.

 
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Was the Humans TV series any good?

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Profile: Kevin Warwick

Kevin Warwick is well known for his research in cybernetics. He is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Coventry University and author of ‘Artificial Intelligence: the Basics

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Profile: David Wood

David Wood is chair at London Futurists and former CTO at Accenture Mobility. He has featured in T3’s list of ‘100 most influential people in technology.’

The TV series Humans accurately portrayed AI robots

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