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Why your smart meter may not be so smart after all

Nearly a third of all energy companies fitting smart meters are still installing old technology. Government guidance says that since the middle of March 2019 customers should only have been given second generation smart meters. However, eight companies still installing first generation smart meters say the network is not reliable enough to switch customers on […]

Gadgets can be hacked to produce ‘dangerous’ sounds, says researcher

Many modern gadgets can be hacked to produce deafening and disorienting sounds, research has revealed. Security researcher Matt Wixey found a range of devices had little protection to stop themselves being turned into “offensive” low-grade, cyber-weapons. Mr Wixey tested laptops, mobile phones, headphones, a PA system and several types of speakers. The

Catch: Hans Ramzan Design of the Year Nominee Product that detects HIV.

HIV affects 2.5 million people a year and kills 90 per cent of people who contract the disease. Hans Ramzan designed an at-home HIV detection test, nominated for Beazley Design of the Year and INDEX Design to Improve Life Award. Hans Ramzan, from Solihull, explains: ‘HIV is the biggest killer of people and of those 2.5 million.  Two […]

First images of NASA’s probe to place beyond known world

NASA has said its New Horizons explorer reached the solar system’s outermost region on Tuesday. The probe flew close to and snapped images of a space rock 20 miles long and billions of miles from Earth. It is on a mission to gather clues about the creation of the solar system. “Now the image that I’m […]

Importance of a Sustainable Blue Economy: Statistics and facts

The Blue Economy is an economic arena that depends on the benefits and values realized from the coastal and marine environment. Experts define the ‘Sustainable Blue Economy’ as a marine-based economy that provides social and economic benefits for current and future generations, restores, protects and maintains the diversity, productivity and resilience of marine

Facebook and its ‘black people problem’

When it rains, it pours – and Facebook’s utterly sodden year continues to be flooded by accusations of bad governance. Mark Luckie, a black, former Facebook employee whose job it was to handle the firm’s relationship with “influencers”, put it quite plainly: “Facebook has a black people problem.” His 2,500-word note, posted on Tuesday, outlines […]

INDONESIA: Passenger plane plane crashes in sea off Jakarta

A Lion Air Boeing 737 passenger plane with 189 people on board has crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Flight JT 610 was headed for Pangkal Pinang, in the Bangka Belitung Islands, when it lost contact. Rescuers have recovered some remains and there is no sign of survivors. […]

China to launch ‘artificial moon’ to illuminate city streets

China is planning to launch its own ‘artificial moon’ by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas, state media reported on Friday. Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province, is developing “illumination satellites” which will shine in tandem with the real moon, but are eight times brighter, according to China

An online decency moderator’s advice: Blur your eyes

“When I left, I didn’t shake anyone’s hand for three years. I’d seen what people do and how disgusting they are. I didn’t want to touch anyone. I was disgusted by humanity.” Roz Bowden is talking about her time as a content moderator at MySpace, viewing the very worst the internet could throw at her […]
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