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The crop-spraying drones that go where tractors can’t

Image copyright Hylio Image caption Drones can apply pesticides and fertilisers more accurately, proponents say Something unusual is happening on farms in the small Central American nation of El Salvador. Many fields, mainly of sugar cane, are now being tended by drones. Large unmanned hexacopters fitted with 20-litre tanks for …

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‘There are boats floating above my head in Times Square’

Image caption Digital images of boats interact with a real world scene in New York’s Times Square Augmented reality (AR) – adding a digital overlay to a real-world image – is giving artists and galleries opportunities to create more interactive artworks and exhibitions, providing more exciting experiences and reaching new …

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How electric vehicles are moving into the fast lane

Image caption Sushila Devi and her e-rickshaw From battery-powered delivery trucks and rickshaws, to Formula E racing cars, electric vehicles are entering the mainstream. But will a lack of investment in charging infrastructure hold the market back? In 2015 single mum Sushila Devi was struggling to make ends meet and …

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Hacking the US mid-terms? It’s child’s play

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: “I’m going to try to change the votes for Donald Trump” Bianca Lewis, 11, has many hobbies. She likes Barbie, video games, fencing, singing… and hacking the infrastructure behind the world’s most powerful democracy. “I’m going to try and change the …

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Children ‘at risk of robot influence’

Image copyright University of Plymouth Image caption The children were asked to compare lines on a screen, with robots offering their opinions too Forget peer pressure, future generations are more likely to be influenced by robots, a study suggests. The research, conducted at the University of Plymouth, found that while …

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Myanmar Rohingya: Facebook ‘still hosts hate speech’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have left Myanmar for refugee camps in Bangladesh More than 1,000 anti-Rohingya posts featuring calls for their murder among other hate speech were live on Facebook last week, according to Reuters. A probe by the news agency indicates that …

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Phone etiquette: How not to lose friends

Image copyright EPA They’re the first thing many of us look at in the morning and the last thing at night. Our phones are never far from our side and we’re checking them every 12 minutes, according to Ofcom. It’s a love affair that looks set to last so we’ve …

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