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Fast swimming fish robot could perform underwater surveillance

Tunabot, a fish-inspired robot, can swim faster than most other swimming bots and could be used for underwater monitoring and surveillance

18 Sep 2019 11:30 pm
Artificial intelligence can now predict El Niño 18 months in advance

An AI trained on 100 years of El Niño events can now more predict when one may occur with more accuracy than other approaches

18 Sep 2019 10:30 pm
Jeffrey Epstein scandal raises questions over who should fund science

Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein donated huge sums of money to the MIT Media Lab. Is it time we had better ways to decide who can fund science?

18 Sep 2019 6:15 pm
AI learns to defy the laws of physics to win at hide-and-seek

Bots built by artificial intelligence lab OpenAI worked together to find solutions to problems that humans hadn't thought of

17 Sep 2019 9:30 pm
Tall twisting tower is made from wood that shapes itself as it dries

A method that uses wood’s tendency to swell and shrink in response to moisture has been used to make a large twisting tower in Germany

13 Sep 2019 11:30 pm
Generator that runs on heat escaping to the sky can charge phones

A thermoelectric generator that produces off-grid electricity at night from heat radiating from the ground can power lights and phones in remote areas

12 Sep 2019 8:30 pm
Report reveals no-deal Brexit impact – here's what you need to know

Shortages of fresh foods, medicines and petrol predicted in Operation Yellowhammer Brexit planning report, as well as problems sharing data between the UK and EU

12 Sep 2019 6:41 pm
Robot can launch out of the water and glide like a flying fish

A robot that can propel itself out of water into flight could be used to take water samples while leapfrogging aquatic obstacles

11 Sep 2019 11:30 pm
Make a remote-control pest-proof bird feeder – part 2

When you add a BBC micro:bit to your bird feeder, you can program it to open when the birds come and shut up shop when pests try to take their food

11 Sep 2019 10:30 pm
Can we create new land to save the fragile Mississippi delta?

Every 90 minutes, land the size of one American football field disappears from the Mississippi delta and coastal ecosystem. A giant model could be key to creating new land

11 Sep 2019 10:30 pm
Facebook must come clean and hand over election campaign data

After fake news and election manipulation scandals, Facebook promised to give researchers data on its political influence. They are still waiting, says Timothy Revell

11 Sep 2019 10:30 pm
Australia's anti-encryption law is hurting press and personal privacy

Many politicians are calling for anti-encryption laws. Australia has already implemented one, and it is damaging tech firms, user privacy and freedom of speech

11 Sep 2019 6:30 pm
An artificial leg with sensors helps people feel every step

Two people were able to walk better using an artificial leg thanks to built-in sensors connected to their nerves

9 Sep 2019 8:30 pm
Police robot can be flung through windows and distract suspects

A police robot can be flung through windows or over fences. It will then be able to explore the location or set of a loud flash to distract suspects

5 Sep 2019 11:30 am
AI facial recognition software now works for wild chimpanzees too

Artificial intelligence can recognise individual chimpanzees from their faces, giving researchers a quicker and cheaper way to track and study the apes

4 Sep 2019 11:30 pm
UK court backs police use of face recognition, but fight isn't over

A UK court has ruled that a police force's use of facial recognition technology was lawful. But whether the tech should be used needs greater scrutiny

4 Sep 2019 10:54 pm
Guilt-free online shopping is possible if we reinvent home delivery

The boom in online retail has left our streets clogged with polluting delivery vans. We navigate the high-tech solutions that will distribute your parcels without the damaging emissions

4 Sep 2019 10:30 pm
How beautiful scientific instruments transformed Britain

The Science Museum's newest gallery reveals how innovative Elizabethan devices helped London become a global centre for science

4 Sep 2019 10:30 pm
Global shipping needs to clean up its act now – here’s how to do it

Bertrand Piccard co-piloted the first round-the-world solar-powered flight. Now he’s aiming to green one of the world’s dirtiest, yet most crucial industries

4 Sep 2019 10:30 pm
How a Soviet space station became a symbol of space cooperation

Many disasters befell the space station Mir, not least the collapse of the state that built it – but it showed how nations could come and work together in orbit

4 Sep 2019 10:30 pm
How to make a remote-controlled pest-proof bird feeder

The first part of a two-stage project to make a bird feeder that you can open and close at will, keeping out unwanted guests and letting birds eat in peace

4 Sep 2019 10:30 pm
The surprising future of driving: cars that spy on your every move

All cars could soon be equipped with driving-assistance technology that closely monitors our driving. It could save thousands of lives – if we use it properly

4 Sep 2019 6:02 pm
SpaceX satellite near miss shows need for rules of the road in space

Two satellites have almost collided in space. With the number of satellites set to increase 10 fold before long, we desperately need better orbital navigation rules

4 Sep 2019 5:19 pm