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Earliest animal fossils are identified

Image copyright Ilya Bobrovskiy Image caption The affiliations of Dickinsonia had previously been unclear Scientists have identified the earliest known animal in the geological record. It’s a 558-million-year-old oval-shaped creature that may have borne a superficial resemblance to a segmented jellyfish. Researchers found specimens of the creature, known as Dickinsonia, …

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Tech Tent: Do the police have your biometric digits?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police are testing facial recognition systems Campaign group Big Brother Watch claims that many people who have been wrongly identified by police facial recognition systems still end up in police databases, despite their innocence. On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we hear about …

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Hayabusa-2: Japan hopes for historic asteroid landing

Image copyright JAXA Image caption Rovers 1A and 1B (left and centre), alongside Minerva II-2 (right) which will be released at a later date Japan’s space agency (JAXA) believes it has successfully landed two robotic explorers on the surface of an asteroid, making history. “We don’t have confirmation yet, but …

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The UK’s growing tech trade ties with Israel

Image caption Trade ties between the UK and Israel are growing strongly, particularly in the technology sector Ami Daniel doesn’t see Brexit as a reason to hold off expanding his company in the UK. “We intend to invest more and more in London,” says the Israeli businessman, who recently opened …

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Giant pandas can tell a mate from their calls

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have investigated the calls of giant pandas – and it’s not good news for animals seeking a date. Pandas can identify each other from their sheep-like bleats at a distance of up to 20 metres, research found. But they can only decipher the sex of …

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John Hancock adds fitness tracking to all policies

Image copyright Getty Images One of the largest life insurance providers in North America will no longer offer policies that do not include digital fitness tracking. John Hancock will now sell only “interactive” policies that collect health data through wearable devices such as a smartwatch. Policyholders can earn discounts and …

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GoPro Hero 7 camera films smooth videos without gimbal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: GoPro’s new stabilisation put to the test GoPro hopes it can tempt film-makers to try its latest camera with the promise of smooth videos without the need for stabilisation equipment. Its Hero 7 Black records “Hypersmooth” steadied clips in real-time. GoPro …

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