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 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:17:43 -0400

Eco-friendly bench keeps your tech fully charged
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:59:00 -0400Boston is installing solar powered "smart" benches in its public spaces. The design team behind the "Soofa" say it's the bench of the future, giving park goers a comfortable seating area that doubles as a mobile phone charger. Sharon Reich has more.


Genetically modified mosquitoes to combat dengue in Brazil
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:27:00 -0400A UK-based biotech firm is developing a new weapon to kill off the dengue virus. Researchers in Brazil are producing millions of male mosquitoes genetically modified with a gene that kills off their offspring. The plan is to release the GM males into the wild where they will mate with females who will give birth to mosquitoes that carry a gene that kills them before they reach maturity. The scientist say that if done on a large scale, the dengue-carrying mosquito population could be decimated in a matter of months. Ben Gruber reports.


Codecademy CEO Zach Sims on going global
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 03:30:00 -0400Aug. 19 - Free online education platform Codecademy has announced a new global initiative to teach people the digital skills needed to succeed in today's workplace.


Alibaba's entry could rattle U.S. players
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:24:00 -0400With Alibaba's IPO imminent, analysts weigh in on how the Chinese giant's entry into the U.S. market may threaten American dominance in e-commerce. Lily Jamali reports.


Lebanese mobile app puts users on the map
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:47:28 -0400A new mobile phone application is making inroads into solving Lebanon's chaotic address system. The makers of 'Dot Addresses' provide users with a virtual postcode linked to the geographic location of their homes. The virtual code can be shared with other users who can use it to generate a map and directions on their phones. Matthew Stock reports.


Mystery of starling flock formation explained
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:39:00 -0400The dynamic and changing silhouettes formed by flocks of starlings is a natural wonder enjoyed by ornithologists, but little understood. Now a team of researchers at the UK's University of Warwick have come up with an explanation, one that they say could have major implications in the field of drone robotics. Jim Drury reports.


Researchers have sniffed out the secret to elephants’ smelling success
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:40:00 -0400Elephants have the best sense of smell on Earth, according to a new study from the University of Tokyo. The Japanese scientists found that elephant trunks contain more olfactory receptors genes than other single species on the planet, giving them a sense of smell 5 times more powerful than that of humans. Tara Cleary reports.


Google's driverless car unveiled
Tue, 13 May 2014 18:28:00 -0400Google took reporters on a test drive of their prototype driverless car, this one a Lexus hybrid. The firm would not let journalists film inside the vehicle.


Video chats help hospitalised children recover faster
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:32:06 -0400The ability to video chat with family and friends significantly reduces stress levels and speeds up the healing process in hospitalised children, according to a study conducted at the University of California, Davis in the United States. Ben Gruber reports.


Move over Wall-E, there’s a new robot in town
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:48:00 -0400Jibo, a new robot developed by researchers from MIT's Media Lab, can see, hear, speak and complete a variety of tasks around your house. He's not making cappuccino's yet, but the robot's open platform design gives developers the ability to teach this bot all kinds of new tricks. Sharon Reich has more.



 

 

 
 

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