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A Sixth Mass Extinction Event Could Start In 2100, Claims Study

A prominent mathematician has closely analysed the Earth’s five previous mass extinction events and found that a sixth is just around the corner. Over the last 540 million years our planet has experienced five of these devastating ecological events and in almost every case they involved disruption to the cycling of carbon through the oceans and then the atmosphere. Since ...

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US Army's Laser Weapon Gives Terrifying Demonstration In New Video

Lockheed Martin has shown off a terrifying new video of it testing its ATHENA laser weapon defence system. While laser cannons are usually associated with films like ‘Star Wars’ they’ve also started to appear in real-life too. Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin’s system has been in development for several years, in fact back in 2015 we saw photographs that showed how ...

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Millions Still Use Their Mobile Phones While Driving

Millions of people in the UK could still be using their phones while driving, despite tough new laws that are aimed at cracking down on the practise. The new laws were introduced in 1 March with anyone being caught using a phone while driving facing six points on their licence and a fine of £200. For younger drivers the penalty ...

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Google Pixel 2 Leaks As Rival To The iPhone X And Galaxy S8

Apple aren’t the only tech giant to suffer from leaky smartphone launches. Images claiming to show the brand-new Pixel 2 XL have leaked just weeks before Google is expected to unveil the flagship smartphones at a major event on the 4 October. DroidLife The images, obtained by DroidLife, show a phone with a much larger camera but a similar design ...

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Want Hearing That Never Gets Worse With Age? This Animal Could Hold The Key

Hearing is something that unfortunately always seems to go with age. There is one animal however that doesn’t suffer these effects and its remarkable ability could hold the key to helping us prevent age-related hearing loss. Barn owls are able to maintain their incredible sense of hearing even into old age. Loop Images via Getty Images Scientists at the University ...

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Cooling Comes In From The Cold At Climate Week NYC

Economic and social development and the environment have to live together; you can no longer have one at the expense of the other. Rather our aim has to be a world where everyone can live well and within the sustainable limits of our planet; cold sits at the nexus of this challenge. Effective refrigeration could help to preserve essential food ...

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Data Protection – It Isn't Just For Businesses

Data. We send and receive so much of it on a daily basis that we almost don’t think about it anymore. As long as it reaches its destination, we don’t think about what happens to it in-between, or even consider who may have access to it. We’re told to protect our personal data in a variety of ways, whether that ...

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National Coding Week: A Timely Reminder For Why Diversity In Tech Starts Now

This year’s UK A-Level results revealed an alarming truth: very few girls actually took computing at A-Level: 9.8%. As someone who works in the tech industry, I find this worrying and sad. Numerous studies have revealed that the current gender gap means the UK tech sector is missing out on significant business opportunities for growth, innovation and success. Perhaps what’s ...

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Can Robots Do A Better Job Of Building Peace?

Every day it seems I read an article about the march of robots into our jobs and our lives. They can drive cars, milk cows and make burgers, apparently. And often, enthusiasts claim, they will do these jobs better than us flawed human beings. Logically then, let’s turn to robots to solve our most intractable problems. Human beings seem unable ...

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Is Brexit An Opportunity For A More Humane And Human-Relevant Life Sciences Sector?

Last week the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee accepted submissions for an inquiry into the UK government’s Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy. The purpose of the government’s strategy is to make the UK the best place in the world to invest in life sciences and tackle challenges like cancer and dementia. The inquiry will investigate whether the ...

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