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Ground-penetrating radar spies on wombat colonies

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have developed a method of non-invasively studying the inner workings of wombat warrens, with a little help from a specialist ground-penetrating radar. 

The bill may struggle getting passed the Republican led House of Representatives and Congress

Obama wants oil tax to fund driverless cars and green transport

US president Barack Obama has proposed a $10 tax on every barrel of oil to fund green transport initiatives and driverless vehicles.

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Honda forced to recall 5.7m cars with faulty airbags

Japanese car maker Honda has announced it is recalling 5.7 million vehicles worldwide over faulty, exploding airbags.

Artificial liver microbioreactor helps replace animal testing

Research backed by European cosmetics companies looking to find alternatives to testing products on animals has resulted in a device that uses microfluidic technology to simulate how the liver reacts to potentially toxic substances.

Firefox struggled to compete with iOS and Android

Mozilla ending development on Firefox OS

Mozilla is to end development on its mobile operating system, Firefox OS, only two years after it first previewed the software.

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Bluetooth is inspiring all sorts of products, such as Ashley Chloe's Helix Cuff bracelet with wireless earphones inside

Bluetooth and the Internet of Things: Mark Powell, Bluetooth SIG

Bluetooth is one of those smart, helpful technologies that has been around for years, patiently waiting for its time to shine. A bit of wireless communication here, some short-wave connections there, it’s been a reliable and promising technology since the late 1990s. Its prime-time may well now be imminent, with the Internet of Things and the happy marriage of smart devices in smart homes set to sidle into people's lives incrementally, connected gadget by connected gadget.

Graphic showing a smart city plan on a monitor

Privacy and snooping in Smart cities: utopia or reality?

Our cities are getting smarter, but what does it mean for our privacy? 

The CFM LEAP engine

Betting big on 3D printing

Engineers around the world are working hard to push the hottest technology of the decade over its tipping point. We take a look at what’s new with 3D printing.

A child working on a chalkboard

Arthur Benjamin: When mathematics is magic

In conversation with ‘mathemagician’ Arthur Benjamin

A hacker working on a laptop

ATM fraud: how safe is your cash machine?

The good news is that the grab-and-go method of ATM fraud is on the decline. The bad news is that criminals are using sophisticated cyber techniques to steal customer data and money.

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A mosaic of London's Oxford Street made of half a million photographs, captured by Hyundai's automated mapping technology car.

A mosaic of London's Oxford Street made of half a million photographs, captured by Hyundai's automated mapping technology car.

Plaster cast moulds of victims of the Mount Vesuvius eruption lie on a display table in a laboratory at Pompeii

Plaster cast moulds of victims of the Mount Vesuvius eruption lie on a display table in a laboratory at Pompeii

Europlanet 2020 RI offers access to the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia, an area of remarkable hydrothermal activity and that may help us understand whether life could have evolved elsewhere in the Solar System

The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia, an area of remarkable hydrothermal activity

Ships are dumped in the street after an 8.3 magnitude earthquake and powerful waves hit areas of central Chile [Reuters/Mauricio Ubilla]

Ships are dumped in the street after an 8.3 magnitude earthquake and powerful waves hit areas of central Chile
[Reuters/Mauricio Ubilla]

Flames from the Valley Fire covering a hillside along Highway 29 in Lower Lake, California, USA [Reuters/Noah Berger]

Flames from the Valley Fire covering a hillside along Highway 29 in Lower Lake, California, USA
[Reuters/Noah Berger]

BMW CEO Harald Krueger collapses during his presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany [Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach]

BMW CEO Harald Krueger collapses during his presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany
[Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach]

 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

Blogs

Hobbyist engineering triggers distribution rethink

4 February 2016

Information is everything. So today, catalogue distributors are sitting in an unusually good position. They have ready access to a very large number of customers and a bunch of suppliers who see small companies and makers -  people working part-time on engineering projects - as potentially blowing up into big business if their designs take off. Some startups, such as software-defined radio specialist SDRplay, have launched specifically to tap into that market.

Europe gears up for the driverless car revolution, but at what cost?

4 February 2016

Driverless vehicles is the trend everyone in Europe is talking about.

 
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