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Cyber-plant drives towards light – and other tech news

BBC Click’s Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week’s technology news stories including: The UK’s Ministry of Defence carries out its biggest ever exercise using autonomous vehicles A seven-year-old toy reviewer has been revealed as YouTube’s highest-earning star, according to Forbes Magazine. A cyber-plant hybrid that moves a robot and wheels to drive itself towards the light is developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. Source link

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Can a brand create a ‘sonic identity’ from light bulbs?

Image copyright MassiveMusic Image caption Can you create a “sonic identity” from light bulbs? As we move to a more voice-controlled and audio-centric world, marketers are rediscovering the potential of sound to build brand identities and develop a new breed of advert for the streaming age. Some of our most powerful and emotive memories are triggered by sound. The music that was playing in the bar where you first laid eyes on your future partner; seagulls chattering outside the hotel on your first childhood holiday; or the radio jingle that…

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Kellogg’s gives in on government’s ‘traffic light’ labels

Image copyright Kellogg Kellogg’s is to put “traffic light” labelling on most of its cereal packs sold in the UK from January, having previously refused to do so. The UK government’s voluntary scheme, introduced in 2013, indicates how much salt, sugar or fat foods contain. Kellogg’s said it had made the change after having “listened” to consumers, government and retailers. Consumer organisation Which? said it was a “positive move” but it should apply to all cereals, not just some. The “traffic light” system labels foods green, amber or red, to…

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Norwich tunnel of light thrills visitors

A bespoke tunnel of light created from more than 57,000 LEDs is providing festive cheer and selfie heaven to city visitors. The video installation is the centrepiece of Norwich’s Christmas lights offer and welcomes people in their tens of thousands. Now in its third year, the £60,000 city attraction, which is funded by local businesses, features two new sequences – one that creates the illusion of cascading water, and another inspired by James Bond. The entire “performance” lasts for about 12 minutes. Source link

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Scottish researchers create ‘crystal maze’ for light

Image copyright Channel 4 Image caption The TV programme Crystal Maze is rather different to the research experiment Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh have created a “crystal maze” to control how light spreads. However, unlike the Channel 4 TV game show, this one is telling scientists more about how light can be manipulated. It could also lead to new and better devices in fields like healthcare and telecommunications. This is part of the fledgling field of topological photonics, which has developed as a result of the drive to understand…

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Spectacular sunsets light up UK skies

Image copyright Elliot Trela Image caption Elliot Trela took this stunning snap in Dundee A remarkable sunset could be seen in parts of the UK on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. The infamous folklore warning is clear on what this should mean – “red sky at night, shepherd’s delight”. But is it accurate? Let us explain, with the aid of some of the spectacular photos you took of the weather phenomenon. Image copyright Fraser Mackie Image caption Here’s how Fraser Mackie saw the sunset in Aberdeen Deep red sunsets are often…

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Fake moon: Could China really light up the night sky?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Moon, seen over Chengdu, could be backed by a fake one – but there would be significant hurdles A Chinese company has announced ambitious plans to put a “fake moon” into space to brighten the night sky. According to the People’s Daily state newspaper, officials at a private aerospace institute in Chengdu want to launch this “illumination satellite” in orbit by 2020, and say it will be bright enough to replace street lights. The straight-out-of-sci-fi news has sparked fascination, scepticism from scientists, lots…

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Modified cotton could be human food source after U.S. green light

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators have cleared the way for farmers to grow a cotton plant genetically modified to make the cottonseed edible for people, a protein-packed potential new food source that could be especially useful in cotton-growing countries beset with malnutrition. An experimental cotton plant is shown at a Texas A&M research facility in this handout image provided by the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in College Station, Texas, U.S., on October 17, 2018. Courtesy Lacy Roberts/Texas A&M University/Handout via REUTERS The U.S. Department of…

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Two killed in light plane crash near Beverley Airfield

Image caption A major search was carried out to find the aircraft Two people were killed when a light aircraft crashed near an airfield in East Yorkshire. Both the pilot and passenger suffered fatal injuries in the crash reported at about 19:30 BST on Wednesday, Humberside Police said. A major search had taken place in the area to find the plane when it came down close to Beverley Airfield near Leven. A full investigation is to be carried out into what happened, the force said. Image caption Police are still…

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How light could help superfast mobile reach even further

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Internet connectivity through light waves could help 5G reach into buildings and underground The global race towards superfast “fifth generation” mobile internet, known as 5G, is entering a key phase. The trouble is no-one knows exactly which technologies will be best for offering such a service. But one telecoms firm may just have had a light-bulb moment. At its headquarters in Slough, O2 has installed an unusual demo. It’s a room where a wireless internet connection is provided not through wi-fi, but li-fi –…

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