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October 1st, 2016 at 6:19 am

3D printing can revolutionize the medical profession

Groundbreaking 3D printing and scanning techniques are improving access to fully customisable artificial limbs

Before the vehicle that she was travelling in flipped over and trapped her right leg, Leakhena Laing was a happy teenager who enjoyed climbing trees and playing football with friends. After her limb was amputated, she could only sit and watch.

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September 30th, 2016 at 7:02 am

Cash is on the verge of extinction in these countries

My dad, a former Wall Street trader always advised me “cash is king” and to “hold on to it” when the economy gets tough.

But in the Netherlands, cash is definitely not getting the royal treatment. In so many places, it has simply ceased to be recognised as legal tender. More and more Dutch stores, from upscale health-food store Marqt to my local baker and bagel shop, take pin — or debit — cards exclusively. Some retailers even describe going cash-free as “cleaner” or “safer”.

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September 30th, 2016 at 6:35 am

Construction Expert Says Robots Will Cause Thousands of Builders to Lose Their Jobs

Skyscrapers in the City of London could soon be built by robots rather than by people, according to the boss of one of the UK’s biggest construction firms. The result would be huge productivity gains as more work could be done by fewer people – but also mass layoffs as traditionally labour-intensive construction projects hire fewer and fewer staff.

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September 30th, 2016 at 6:22 am

Three-parent baby technique produces world’s first baby

 

The world’s first three-parent baby has been born.

Scientists revealed the birth of a baby boy, now five months old, usingDNA from three parents.

Fertility experts hailed the breakthrough as “great news and a huge deal” for the future of reproduction.

But they expressed concern that it was only achieved because US scientists crossed the border to Mexico to take advantage of lax regulation.

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September 29th, 2016 at 6:36 am

Google’s New Translator Works Almost as Well as Humans

A jump in the fluency of Google’s language software will help efforts to make chatbots less lame.

Google’s latest advance in machine learning could make the world a little smaller.

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September 29th, 2016 at 6:29 am

Machine Learning: What Companies Get Wrong

People want it—but don’t understand it.

If you had to pick a tech industry buzzword for 2016, “machine learning” would be a good choice. Every other company, it seems, is packing the phrase into their pitches, and it’s having an effect.

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September 29th, 2016 at 6:26 am

Nanotech bandage: Healing wounds in days

Egyptian researchers have developed a bandage embedded with nanoparticles for the treatment of wounds using the anti-epilepsy drug Phenytoin, known for its capacity to treat skin injuries.

The bandage can heal wounds in a few days, after just one application to soft tissue. Wounds normally take several days to a few weeks to heal completely, and some may only heal after several months or up to two years.

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September 28th, 2016 at 6:44 am

Uber plans self-flying drone taxis

If you summon an Uber in 10 years’ time, you will probably get a car that drives itself. But then again, you may not be travelling in a car at all.

The taxi-hailing app is working on technology that would allow airborne passenger drones to fly its users short distances around cities, it has emerged, raising the prospect of a future in which skylines are dotted with Uber aircraft shuttling commuters back and forth.

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September 28th, 2016 at 6:37 am

Six Global Banks Lead Standardizing Global Payments via Blockchain

Starting a modern payments network underpinned by Ripple and supported by rules and governance for global settlement.

Ripple, which earlier this month completed a $55 million Series B financing round, has announced that a number of global banks are joining forces to establish the first interbank group for global payments based on distributed ledger (blockchain) financial technology.

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September 27th, 2016 at 6:44 am

Fuel cells about to power the drone industry

Just as their commercial use begins to spread, fuel-cell technology is improving the way drones are powered

Canadian companies are placing big bets on a better way of powering drones.

So far these stealthy units — long used by military forces for intelligence-gathering, surveillance and striking targets — have been powered by internal combustion engines or lithium polymer batteries.

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