Start-up Bird backs down in electric scooter legal row

 A scooter firm has apologised after issuing a journalist with legal threats over a blogpost about its scooters. Start-up Bird offers electric scooters in around 40 US cities, which are hired via an app. Bird accused Cory Doctorow of …

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Need to Solve a Problem? Turn to Nature!

  As inhabitants of Earth, we are surrounded by remarkable species and natural processes that have evolved and developed over the course of our planet’s long history. Over these millions of years, life has found its way into some pretty …

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One Teenager, Changing the World for Many

 At age 14, Easton LaChappelle met a 7-year-old girl who had a prosthetic arm… The limb could only open and close, and yet it cost $80,000. He thought he could do better, and do it for under $1,000. He set to work in his bedroom, and later …

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Alpha Jetman Blows the Doors of Possibility Wide Open

  Yves Rossy is just one of those great people who must never have heard "it can’t be done”. We thank both Airborne Films–Jetman (what beautiful work) and XDubai (leading out on the edges) for bringing us some of the Jetman story in the …

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Snake Robots: Can You Watch This Without Squirming?

  Did you ever stop to ask yourself why most of us envision the human form when we think of the word "Robot?” What if the real potential of robotics lies with thinking outside that box? Here’s your introduction to snake robotics! …

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Unearthing the DNA of the Jungle with Leeches

  Sure, you can use camera traps and blinds, or hunt for hair, tracks, or scat, but these methods are both time and labor intensive. As it turns out, there is a faster way to get a glimpse at the forest’s hidden creatures: Leeches. …

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Saving the Rainforest with Old Cell Phones

 Rainforests have some of the most complicated soundscapes on the planet. In this dense noise of insects, primates, birds, and everything else that moves in the forest, how can you detect the sounds of illegal logging? The old cell phone …

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Facebook employs UK fact-checkers to combat fake news

  Facebook has employed a UK fact-checking service to help it deal with the spread of fake news. Full Fact, a charity founded in 2010, will review stories, images and videos and rate them based on accuracy. It said that it will …

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