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Tomorrow's cities – nightmare vision of the future?

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Nighttime in the city but the sensors never sleep The connected city never sleeps. The thousands of sensors embedded in roads, sewers, water pipes, streetlights are busy collecting information day and night. Perhaps even your bin, which might also be tweeting. Sensor provider Enevo offers internet connection for bins in […]

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Diversifying the United States' coal country

From Kentucky to Wyoming, big coal producing states voted heavily in favour of Donald Trump and his message of reviving the industry. But while many in the region are counting on reduced regulation and increased production to boost coal jobs, others are hoping a resurgences of coal helps boost new industries and diversifies local economies. […]

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Verizon and Yahoo agree $350m price cut

Image copyright Reuters US telecoms giant Verizon has reached a deal with Yahoo to buy the company’s core internet business for $350m (£281m) less than originally agreed. Doubts had been cast over the original deal after it emerged that Yahoo had been hit by two huge cyber attacks. Following the price cut, Verizon said it […]

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EE shows off helium balloon mobile masts

Image copyright Dan Wong Photography Mobile phone provider EE has demonstrated helium balloons and drones that could provide 4G mobile coverage following damage to existing infrastructure. The devices are fitted with small mobile sites that include a base station and an antenna. They could also be used to connect remote parts of the UK where […]

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Lemur facial recognition tool developed

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Being able to accurately track individual lemurs could help preserve the endangered mammals A team of researchers has developed a facial recognition system that can identify individual lemurs in the wild with high levels of accuracy. The plan is to use the technology to help radically improve the way the […]

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FBI pressured on cost of iPhone hack tool

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The FBI wanted Apple to access information on the iPhone, something the firm refused to do Three news organisations have asked a US judge to force the government to reveal the amount it paid for technology to unlock an iPhone used by the San Bernardino gunman. In the court filings, […]

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Faster drugs?

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Developing new drugs to fight major diseases can take years and cost billions of dollars Developing a drug from a promising molecule to a potential life-saver can take more than a decade and cost billions of dollars. Speeding this process up – without compromising on safety or efficacy – would […]

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Snap Spectacles roll out ahead of IPO

Image copyright SNAP INC Snap – the company behind Snapchat – has put its video-recording sunglasses on sale online in the US. The Spectacles glasses were previously available only from pop-up vending machines in US cities. The rollout comes ahead of Snap’s initial public offering on the stock market. One industry analyst said the move […]