March 27, 2017

Police Body Cameras and Face Recognition point to Perpetual Surveillance

March 26, 2017

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Police body cameras are widely seen as a way to improve law enforcement’s transparency with the public. But when mixed with police use of facial-recognition tools, the prospect of continual surveillance comes with big risks to privacy.

Scoville Scale: How Hot Would You Go on the Chilli Pepper Charts?

March 5, 2017

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Chilli pepper heat is measured using the Scoville Scale. Some like it really hot, so just how does your favourite pepper rate? Wilbur Scoville invented his scale in 1912 to chart the progressive heat of different chilli peppers. It’s simple, the higher the number on Scoville’s scale, the hotter the spice. So where do various […]

Posted in: Food, Nature

AI Driverless Cars: Machine Intelligence gets its own Race Series – Roborace

March 5, 2017

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It’s official: driverless cars have hit the race tracks. Roborace, the autonomous race car maker, had its two self-driving ‘DevBots’ compete against each other at the Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix.

So What Do You Call a Gathering of Ferrets?

February 11, 2017

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Many people know that the collective name for a group of crows is a ‘murder’. but what about monkeys, peacocks or even bishops? The answers are surprisingly lyrical. Nouns of assemblage often go beyond the merely descriptive into the poetic. Take some of the examples below. They look into the character of what they represent, […]

Posted in: Animals, Botany, Journalism

Smartphone Lens-maker Moment Kickstarts New Battery Cases and Wide Lens for iPhone 7

February 7, 2017

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Moment launched three years ago with a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of a couple of interchangeable add-on lenses that could be attached to your mobile phone. Now the company is coming out with new hardware that takes those ideas to the iPhone 7.

Making the Ethical Smartphone: How Fairphone Aims to Save the Planet

January 31, 2017

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Smartphones have no sustainable upgrade path and their construction creates lots of problems, from slave labour to environmental pollution. Step up Fairphone to save the day. Since the advent of the smartphone, handheld computing has become second nature. We carry these devices with us everywhere and rarely give a second thought to how they are […]

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