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Drones hunt cocaine farms in Colombia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Coca cultivation in Colombia has surged in recent years, and the US government has urged the country to eradicate production of the plant. The Colombian government has started to use drones to destroy the plants that produce cocaine. Small aircraft loaded with herbicide are …

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Microsoft claims win over ‘Russian political hackers’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bear is accused of trying to disrupt the US midterm elections Russian attempts to launch cyber-attacks against US conservative groups have been thwarted, Microsoft says. The software company said Russian hackers had tried to steal data from …

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New perspective on how lemurs got to Madagascar

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption All species of lemur are endangered The lemurs of Madagascar are at the centre of a new mystery. Scientists believe the story of how they arrived on the island is more complex than we thought. After looking again at the fossil evidence, they question …

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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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Honeypot pornography lawyer pleads guilty

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Piracy sites provided data that helped uncover the Prenda Law scheme A US lawyer could be jailed for up to 10 years for helping to upload porn films to file-sharing sites and then sue people who downloaded them. Paul Hansmeier has pleaded guilty to …

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Facebook apologises for blocking Prager University’s videos

Image copyright Facebook Image caption PragerU accused Facebook of “ratcheting up their algorithms” against conservative content Facebook has apologised for removing several videos posted to its platform by a US right-wing non-profit group. Prager University had said some of the clips had been falsely accused of containing hate speech. The …

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