Sunday , December 17 2017

Can we make fashion greener?

We continue to buy new clothes at an incredible rate. How can manufacturers reduce fashion’s environmental footprint? According to the Valuing Our Clothes report analysing the contents of British wardrobes by the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP), we purchased 1,130,000 tonnes of new clothing last year in the UK. Meanwhile, an estimated …

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Trump team kicks the Clean Power Plan into the long grass

In California and the western US, wildfires made more likely by climate change, continue to rage in the vineyards and forests. In President Trump’s Washington, a bonfire of climate regulations is also burning brightly. “The war on coal is over,” EPA administrator Scott Pruitt told an audience in Kentucky yesterday, as …

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Amazon drops Echo Show price after YouTube fallout

The Echo Show currently costs $200, down from its original asking price of $230. Amazon is hoping the temporary sale price will convince you to overlook the fact that the device no longer supports YouTube. Google removed its popular video service from Amazon’s touchscreen smart speaker late last month, and it may never …

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Condom-detecting fingerprint test ‘set for court use’

Fingerprint technology which can detect the brand of hair gel used by a suspect or whether they have handled a condom could soon be admissible in court. The technique uses a form of mass spectrometry to detect traces of various substances within a fingerprint. It can provide “diverse information” about …

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Google ‘uncovers Russian ad campaign linked to US election’

Google has found evidence that Russian agents spent tens of thousands of dollars on adverts in a bid to sway the 2016 US election, media reports say. Sources quoted by the Washington Post say the adverts aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s products including YouTube and Gmail. They say the adverts …

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Cadillac’s Super Cruise maps are key to our robotaxi future

Cadillac is doing something new with LiDAR. Instead of sticking a puck on its cars, it’s using the sensors to map the highways of the United States and Canada and geofence its semi-autonomous Super Cruise feature, instead of letting drivers use it anywhere they want. It seems like a bold move, but …

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The 20th anniversary Tamagotchi is smaller but still easy to kill

It’s been 20 years since the iconic virtual pet Tamagotchi hit US shores, becoming a must-have item for kids and teenagers and proving enough of a distraction that it was banned from many classrooms. Many of those youngsters now have offspring of their own, and Bandai is hoping to entice …

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The way poison frogs keep from poisoning themselves is complicated

For some poison dart frogs, gaining resistance to one of their own toxins came with a price. The genetic change that gives one group of frogs immunity to a particularly lethal toxin also disrupts a key chemical messenger in the brain. But the frogs have managed to sidestep the potentially damaging …

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