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A newly discovered Android vulnerability puts data of nearly one billion users at risk

Stagefright Android bug 'worse than Heartbleed'

Hackers could access millions of Android-powered phones via a multimedia message due to a newly discovered vulnerability in the heart of Google’s operating system.

Radiotherapy will enter a new era with a machine that combines imaging and treatment functions in one package

Cancer-killing scanner to be tested in UK hospitals

Two UK hospitals will receive a unique machine capable of scanning and killing cancer at the same time.

Will Windows 10 live up to the expectations?

Windows 10 launch a pivotal moment for Microsoft

The launch of Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10 tomorrow will be a decisive moment for the once dominating software maker that has seen its influence slump in the last decade.

Stephen Hawking has made his reservations about AI clear on several occasions

Autonomous weapons ban urged by top scientists and businessmen

The UN has been urged to ban the use of artificial intelligence technology in weapons in an open letter signed by a host of the world's leading academics and businessmen.

Conventional X-ray mammography images are sometimes difficult to read

3D ultrasound scanner to improve breast cancer diagnostics

A novel ultrasonic sensor suitable for producing 3D images of breast tissue more cheaply and safely than conventional technologies has been developed by British researchers. 

Features
A surfer, surfing at Wavegarden, Spain

Surfing the new wave: artificial pools hang ten

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?

E-ELT mammoth telescope, Chile

Mega-telescopes sprouting in Chile and Hawaii

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

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.

An older style radio

FM radio shutdown: end of the road for analogue?

As Norway prepares to shut down FM radio in 2017, will the UK follow suit?

Three Gorges Dam

Is China’s hydroelectric revolution as green as it sounds?

China is pursuing an ambitious programme of hydroelectric expansion, with a series of ‘mega-dams’ on the way even bigger than the controversial Three Gorges project. But are there signs that this kind of hydropower might actually make climate change even worse?

    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

    The BAR team

    America’s Cup 2017: BAR gets ready for early rounds  ET arr

    Land Rover BAR is all set to mount the British challenge for the America’s Cup in 2017. However, for the Portsmouth-based company, engineering development and preliminary racing are already well under way.

    Hanford located on the Columbia River

    Manhattan Project: nuclear power 70 years after Hiroshima  ET arr

    It's 70 years since two devastating atomic bombs forced Japan's surrender and ended the Second World War. The energy in atoms has since been harnessed for peaceful ends, but an isolated Manhattan Project site shows both the promise of nuclear power and the limits of our ability to cope with it.

    65-metre Galactica Star

    Superyachts: building a floating palace  ET arr

    Superyachts are the ultimate status symbol that only the world’s richest people could ever dream of owning. Heesen’s boatyard in Oss in the Netherlands shows us how they are built and what you get for €75 million.

The big picture
 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

Blogs

It's the first new memory technology in 25...years, months or days?

28 July 2015

There must be a misprint in the Intel and Micron announcement of a new type of memory - their 3D Xpoint technology -  "in more than 25 years". They must mean days, right? Because it's been a little over a month since the VLSI Technology Symposium in Kyoto, Japan held an entire session on crosspoint or 'X-point' memories in mid-June. They can't have missed that, can they? Or that numerous companies, including Micron, have announced their adoption of crosspoint memory technologies over the past two decades.

Euro dreams are a bit like the fetihisation of technology

24 July 2015

So the Greeks folded their cards. The prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, sacked his game theorist finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, and abandoned the school of thought that believed the Germans could be outblackmailed in return for debt relief.

 
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Debate

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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Against

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.’

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