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Solar eclipse and freak weather may mess up renewables

Posted on 19 Mar 2015 in Journalism, Technology

A solar eclipse can be alarming for animals and birds – and also for countries that rely on renewable energy, like Germany. Image: tj.blackwell

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If birds in a truck fly, does the truck get lighter?

Posted on 15 Jan 2015 in Featured, Journalism, Physics

It’s an urban myth that had US TV show Mythbusters weighing a truck full of pigeons on a scale and getting them to fly. Now it seems there’s some truth to the idea that a truck driver carrying a cargo of birds can lighten the load by making the birds fly. Image: Lentink

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Computer mind meld gives voice to man after a stroke

Posted on 8 Oct 2014 in Health, Journalism

Locked in but not shut out: for the first time people who have lost the ability to move or talk because of a stroke may be able to communicate with their loved ones using a brain-computer interface. Image: Max ?

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Man controls new prosthetic leg using thought alone

Posted on 25 Sep 2013 in Health, Journalism, Technology

A man missing his lower leg has gained precise control over a prosthetic limb, just by thinking about moving it – all because his unused nerves were preserved during the amputation and rerouted to his thigh where they can be used to communicate with a robotic leg. Image: Defence Images

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Will our technology kill humanity?

Posted on 16 May 2012 in Reviews, Technology

Fred Guterl tries to kill off humankind in a series of apocalyptic thought experiments in The Fate of the Species, but falls short of...

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