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Unpleasant new hero: cockroach-like robots may help in disasters
When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach.
 
Morocco unveils massive solar plant in Sahara Desert
Morocco's King Mohammed VI unveiled one of the world's biggest solar plants Thursday, taking advantage of the Sahara sunshine and a growing global push for renewable energy.
 
Scientists switch on nuclear fusion experiment
Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power.
 
The European Union and the United States struck a deal Tuesday over data-sharing that will allow the likes of Facebook and Apple to continue sending people's information across the Atlantic -- but a legal challenge of the pact is widely anticipated.
 
Dutch police eye birds to prey on drones
It may sound like a flight of fancy, but Dutch police are considering using birds of prey to swoop down and pluck rogue drones out of the sky.
 
Sharing bacteria in the operating room normally is a no-no but in a novel experiment, U.S. researchers are giving babies born by C-section a dose of presumably protective germs from the mother's birth canal.
 
As Hong Kong presses the accelerator on long-neglected IT development, experts say the city still lags behind other locales, right from primary school up.
 
Obama wants US$4 bil. to promote computer science
U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday he will ask Congress for billions of dollars to help students learn computer science skills and prepare for jobs in a changing economy.
 
Marvin Minsky, pioneer of artificial intelligence, dies
Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who saw parallels in the functioning of the human brain and computers, died Sunday at age 88.
 
Lumi Long glow-in-the-dark fiber had been released to the public this week, after seven years of research, as the latest featured technology by the Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI, 紡織所).
 
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