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Renewable energy: Pee power | The EconomistAiming for ten more minutes on Twitter
“URINE and faeces to you”, explains a dodgy sewer-manager in one of Reginald Hill’s crime novels, “is bread and butter to me.” And he is not the only one. The BioEnergy Team, led by Ioannis Ieropoulos of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) in Britain, are hoping to profit from working with the stuff too. They...
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Entomology: It’s gotta bee me

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Entomology: It’s gotta bee meThis one is all mine
SOCIAL insects are often dismissed as slaves to the collective mind of the hive. But individual members of colonies do have brains and are technically capable of making their own decisions. Indeed, several studies have shown that insects such as ants and bees sometimes ignore shared information in favour of what they...
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Would you pay £10,000 to save lost photographs, songs and videos in the event of your devices being wiped, asks Rhiannon Williams...
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Google’s Project Tango tablet

On display: Mantis Vision’s technology, which uses a projected infrared light pattern to capture 3-D images and videos, is included in Google’s Project Tango tablet, shown here.

Gur Bittan envisions a future where you’re not just capturing a regular video of a child’s first steps with a sma

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The Lenovo K450e packs some impressive hardware, starting with a fourth-gen Core i7-4790 processor that will deliver premium performance, flying through your everyday needs and ably handling even more intensive tasks like multimedia design. There’s also a whopping 16GB of RAM and 2TB 72oo RPM hard drive with an 8GB SSD cache, which give you a...
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Gender differences: The Mars and Venus question
THAT men and women think differently is now widely accepted. Why they do so is another matter. One possible explanation is that it is an evolutionary trait. In the time of hunting and gathering different skills were required: men needed to spend time away from camp, tracking animals and fighting off intruders, and women needed social skills to...
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fukushima head
Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory will be using one of the universe's most energetic fundamental particles to image the destruction inside Fukushima's reactor core....
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Amazon has opened a 3D printing store, allowing customers to design and order their own jewellery, ornaments and accessories...
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high-resolution prototype virtual reality headset

Clearer view: A very high-resolution prototype virtual reality headset created using components from two LCD screens.

Donning a pair of virtual reality goggles like the Oculus Rift can instantly transport you into another place. But being able to see the pixels that make up that

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Dell must have been rummaging through their warehouses, as they’ve just brought back a limited supply of its non-touch Inspiron 17R laptops at clearance pricing. As long as you’re ok with a third-gen Intel processor, you can snag this Core i5 packing desktop replacement right now for just $490, a huge discount off the original p...

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