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Google has invited developers to propose their own modules that could work as part of the phone

Google’s modular smartphone released to developers

Google has introduced its Project Ara developing a modular smartphone that could be tailored to individual needs of every user.

Honda's humanoid robot Asimo was designed to help people, but could he develop anti-social behaviour?

Robot uprising threat is real, expert warns

Researchers should pay extra attention to ensure advanced robotic systems don’t become too autonomous, removing their own design constraints and preventing people from switching them off, an expert has warned.

New method of hydrogen production could help make hydrogen fuel cell technology more affordable

Making hydrogen from industrial waste

A novel method of hydrogen-generation from water and formaldehyde could help find new use for industrial waste.

The creation of a Bitcoin has so far been a mystery

Bitcoin creator traced using linguistics

Forensic linguists have analysed the Bitcoin paper, which laid theoretical framework for the virtual currency concept, suggesting an American blogger was the real author.

An Oxford-based company is developing an innovative 3D printing method

Tissue 3D printing for organ repair

An Oxford-based company is developing 3D printing techniques to produce tissue-like materials for future organ replacement.

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Intelligent grids, renewable energy and smart appliances: keeping the lights on

Intelligent grids, unstable inputs of renewable energy and smart appliances. Are these the tools that we will use to help avoid future blackouts and keep the lights on?

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Smart meters: too little, too late?

Will smart meters be enough to help us keep the lights on and unlock energy savings in our homes?

A pendant LED surrounded by broken filament bulbs

Where now for the LED domestic market?

The lighting industry got its fingers burnt trying to persuade householders to replace incandescent bulbs. Can the transition to LED lighting be smoother?

Charging points in Beckton, East London, have been involved in the smart charging study [Credit: UK Power Networks]

Electric vehicles plug in to London: getting the grid ready

With the uptake of electric vehicles steadily increasing, grid operators have to face the challenge of making the power networks plug-in car ready before too many drivers choose to go green.

Professor Mark Maslin

Climate change: engineering a solution

Following the spring floods in the south-west of England, in a rare interview, leading climatologist Professor Mark Maslin discusses the role of the engineer in the fight against global warming.

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An aerial view of British fields, taken using an infrared camera by surveying company Bluesky. The Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is a graphical indicator used to assess the health of live green vegetation.

An aerial view of British fields, taken using an infrared camera by surveying company Bluesky. The Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is a graphical indicator used to assess the health of live green vegetation.

Artist Adly Syairi Ramly has transformed Lego figures into some of the world's most iconic bands, including The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam

Artist Adly Syairi Ramly has transformed Lego figures into some of the world's most iconic bands, including The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam

An animatronic model of Doraemon, the intelligent robotic cat from a Japanese manga cartoon, on display at Malaysia's Doraemon Exhibition

An animatronic model of Doraemon, the intelligent robotic cat from a Japanese manga cartoon, on display at Malaysia's Doraemon Exhibition

African migrants near Djibouti City trying to get a phone signal from nearby Somalia. The photo by John Stanmeyer won the 2014 World Press Photo award

African migrants near Djibouti City trying to get a phone signal from nearby Somalia. The photo by John Stanmeyer won the 2014 World Press Photo award

A Skoda Yeti Outdoor car, frozen in ice in Covent Garden to mark the model's launch. Members of the public are invited to guess the combined weight of the car inside the ice: whoever guesses correctly will drive away with the brand-new vehicle.

A Skoda Yeti Outdoor car, frozen in ice in Covent Garden to mark the model's launch. Members of the public are invited to guess the combined weight of the car inside the ice: whoever guesses correctly will drive away with the brand-new vehicle.

The Zero Carbon Foods project is growing herbs, shoots, vegetables and salad leaves in an abandoned WWII bomb shelter underneath London's streets

The Zero Carbon Foods project is growing herbs, shoots, vegetables and salad leaves in an abandoned WWII bomb shelter underneath London's streets

Canine film fans at the first-ever dog-friendly cinema event, in which 20 dogs donned 3D glasses for a screening of Mr Peabody & Sherman, a film about a super-intelligent talking dog. The customers enjoyed popcorn boxes filled with doggy treats and bowls of water at Vue Entertainment in Acton, London

Canine film fans at the first-ever dog-friendly cinema event, in which 20 dogs donned 3D glasses for a screening of Mr Peabody & Sherman, a film about a super-intelligent talking dog. The customers enjoyed popcorn boxes filled with doggy treats and bowls of water at Vue Entertainment in Acton, London

A 39m tall teapot-shaped building in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi. The design is derived from Yixing clay teapots
A 39m tall teapot-shaped building in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi. The design is derived from Yixing clay teapots
Dogs wearing

Dogs wearing "smart" kimonos fitted with RFID tags for tracking purposes attend the new year ceremony at the Ichigayahachiman shrine in Tokyo, Japan 

Hungarian designer Gusztav Szikszai's Ring Clock, worn on the finger, which has LED digits that light up when twisted slightly

Hungarian designer Gusztav Szikszai's Ring Clock, worn on the finger, which has LED digits that light up when twisted slightly

A pair of harbour seals wearing satellite linked transmitters on their heads

Two harbour seals wearing satellite linked transmitters on their heads in the waters of Howe Sound in Porteau Cove, British Columbia. The seals had received months of care at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre after being rescued from the wild. Wearing the transmitters will help track their movements after their release.

Momir Bojic's hand-built, intricately detailed woodwork VW Beetle - all wood, from bonnet to gearstick

Momir Bojic's hand-built, intricately detailed woodwork VW Beetle - all wood, from bonnet to gearstick

Blogs

eCall emergency system to be installed on all new cars in Europe

20 April 2014

Last week, the European parliament approved a proposal to make mobile phone tracking road safety devices compulsory on all new cars and light duty vehicles from October 2015. It could save thousands of lives, but also raises fears about an extension of the surveillance society.

Cloudspeak #26

17 April 2014

An occasional series that celebrates notable outpourings and rehashes of cloud computing buzzterms, hoopla, and market insight...

 
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Debate

Debate: Are smartphones posing a threat to the DSLR market?

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Smartphone cameras pose a serious threat to the DSLR market

Founder and editor of Wild Planet Photo magazine

Profile: Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson is the founder and editor of Wild Planet Photo magazine, the world’s first monthly eMagazine devoted entirely to wildlife photography. He is a former editor of Amateur Photographer and the founder of Outdoor Photography.

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Smartphone cameras do not pose a serious threat to the DSLR market

Editor of Outdoor Photography magazine

Profile: Steve Watkins

Steve Watkins is the editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, a professional photographer and author, and an avid follower of tech gadgets.

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