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Reality Check: Thefts of catalytic converters

Image copyright Getty Images There have been many posts on social media in the past few weeks from people shocked at having had the catalytic converters stolen from their cars. There were videos posted online of masked thieves climbing under cars in broad daylight to saw off the components. Catalytic converters are part of a car’s exhaust system that convert some of the pollutants into less harmful substances. They are relatively easy to remove from a car, especially those, such as 4x4s, that are further off the ground, and contain…

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War’s terrifying reality made virtual by Red Cross

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The crack of a sniper round strikes terror as you crouch behind a cinder-block wall. An explosion rips into your ear drums. Down the street a building collapses into dust. A helicopter gunship emerges through the smoke, leaving nowhere to hide. This is not a real battle, however, but a virtual reality simulation evolved by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to help train those who work in war zones. “We had some people who tested our product from Syria and they could not finish…

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How Spatial and augmented reality could change work

Spatial is a collaborative prototype environment where people can appear to be in the same room even if they are thousands of miles apart. When combined with an augmented reality headset like Microsoft’s HoloLens, it allows people to share the same images, videos and even 3D models which appear to float in the space around them. BBC Click’s Spencer Kelly finds out more. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. Source link

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Reality Check: Is crime up or down?

Image copyright Getty Images Whether crime is rising or falling is hugely important. It can affect how much is spent on policing and other related services, even how people vote. But working out what is happening is not an exact science. When we talk about crime rates in England and Wales we usually look at two things: crimes recorded by the police crimes reported in an annual survey of 38,000 members of the public And those two sources often throw up quite different results. For example, in recent years police…

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How virtual reality can help you manage pain

A company in Israel is using virtual reality to help patients deal with chronic pain, or to assist rehabilitation after a stroke or brain injury. VR Health was founded by an air force pilot with neck injuries, who was sure VR techniques could aid his recovery. This is part of the BBC’s Disruptors series. You can read the full article here. Reporter: Lucy Hooker; camera: Boaz Shamir; producer: Ben King; video editor: Gordie Watt Source link

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Reality Check: What should owners of old diesels do?

Image copyright Getty Images The government’s clean air strategy, which was published on Monday, describes reducing pollution from nitrogen oxides (NOx) as its most immediate challenge. NOx emissions come mainly from diesel vehicles. Much of the strategy on road transport had been announced previously, including the pledge from July to stop all sales of new conventional petrol or diesel powered cars and vans by 2040. But it devolves responsibility for reducing NOx emissions mainly to a local level, mentioning measures planned by the mayor of London. On 8 April this…

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Reality Check: Why has Zimbabwe hiked petrol prices?

Claim: Black market currency dealing and the illegal trade in fuel have contributed to Zimbabwe’s severe fuel shortages. Verdict: This is correct, but not the full story. The conditions which have led to this are rooted in the government’s introduction of a controversial local currency pegged to the United States dollar. There have been widespread protests in Zimbabwe’s largest cities following an increase in the price of fuel. Prices have more than doubled, making petrol and diesel the most expensive in the world. So why has the government done this?…

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Reality Check: Has immigration held down wages?

The claim: Immigration has held down wages in the UK. Reality Check verdict: Current research suggests there was a small, negative impact on the wages of low-skilled workers, which was outweighed by other factors such as the impact of the financial crisis and rises in the minimum wage. In a Brexit speech, Leave campaigner and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson said some big corporations had held wages down because they had access to so many workers from other countries. He said the UK needed to think “about how we control…

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CES 2019: Virtual reality shoes are exhausting to use

A pair of shoes has been demoed that tracks the wearer’s movements in real life and mirrors their steps in virtual worlds. The Cybershoes product is currently compatible with virtual reality games on the PC gaming platform Steam. But there is one big limitation – the owner’s endurance level. BBC Click’s Omar Mehtab tried out the footwear at the CES tech trade show in Las Vegas last week for as long as he could manage. Read and watch all our CES coverage at bbc.com/ces2019 Source link

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Reality Check: Who rescues migrants in the Channel?

Image copyright PA The number of migrants crossing the English Channel by boat is small – it pales in comparison to those making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean – but there has been a small spike in crossings in recent months. In 2018, the Home Office says 539 people attempted to travel to the UK on small boats. Of these, 434 (around 80%) made their attempts in the last three months of the year. Of the 539, 227 (42%) were intercepted by the French before they made it to…

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