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First flower to ever bloom in space takes us one step closer to colonising Mars

| blog, International Space Station, L&B World, Tech | January 18, 2016

Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted the picture with the hashtag #SpaceFlower (Picture: Scott Kelly/Twitter)
Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted the picture with the hashtag #SpaceFlower (Picture: Scott Kelly/Twitter)

This is the first ever flower to bloom in space – and look how pretty it is!

US astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted a photograph of the orange zinnia, which has flowered on the International Space Station’s zero-gravity vegetable garden.

But it’s not just there to look nice – the flower was grown by Nasa to ‘help scientists understand how plants flower… Read the full story

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Robots are taking over – and they’ll do all your hoovering

| blog, Google, L&B World, Tech | January 16, 2016

Since their flawless (well, almost flawless) second place finish at the DRC Finals, Team IHMC has been keeping their ATLAS robot busy. Busy doing what? Chores. Because if you have a multi-million dollar robot from the U.S. Government, you might as well get it to sweep up your Nerf darts with a broom.

When the robot takeover comes, there could be at least one benefit.

The powerful AI will be extremely houseproud – if these models created by a Google spin-off are anything to go by.

Say hello to Ian, an Atlas robot who is a joy to have around as he vacuums, sweeps and even takes out the rubbish.

He’s 6ft 2in tall, weighs 23 and a half stone and we’ll call him a ‘he’ even though as a mass of circuits and switches, he actually has no gender.

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‘Tinderisation’ is now a word – here’s what it means

| blog, L&B World, Tech, Tinder | January 16, 2016

It's changing the way we communicate (Picture: Getty Images/Alamy)
It’s changing the way we communicate (Picture: Getty Images/Alamy)

Apps like Tinder could be turning us all into over-simplistic robots.

In an essay for The New Inquiry called Tinderisation of Feeling, Alicia Eler and Eve Peyser claim that people are getting used to making fast decisions by turning everything into a ‘yes or no’ question.

By doing this, they claim we provide ourselves with so many options that we end up not acting on any of them.

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MORE: Robot sperm could soon be… Read the full story

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iPhone 7: Petition against ditching headphone jack gets hundreds of thousands of signatures

| Apple, blog, L&B World, Tech | January 14, 2016

(Picture: Sum of Us)
(Picture: Sum of Us)

Petitions seem ubiquitous these days, and the latest one demands Apple cancel ‘plans’ to remove the headphone jacket from the next iPhone or risk ‘screwing customers and the planet’.

Apple, which it’s worth noting hasn’t even announced officially that it will drop the connector, has nonetheless drawn the ire of hundreds of thousands of its customers.

The petition on the consumer site Sum of Us demands the iPhone maker go back on its supposed plans to remove the standard 3.5mm headphone jack from the 7, a move that the petition’s creator says will ‘rip off everyone of its customers’ and ‘create mountains of electronic waste’ or,… Read the full story

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This charger uses water to charge your phone

| blog, L&B World, Tech | January 14, 2016

Swedish clean-tech company myFC has created a device that powers smartphones using water (Picture: Wenn)
Swedish clean-tech company myFC has created a device that powers smartphones using water (Picture: Wenn)

This charger claims to top up your phone’s battery using water.

The PowerTrekk system is a brick-sized, lightweight, fuel-cell charger, powered by good old H2O.

To charge your phone, users simply pour water into the tray, place a PowerPukk cartridge in the tray, cover the system, then connect a phone with a USB cable.

Mineral water, salt water, or dirty water from streams/puddles (so long as it contains no sediments) are all fine to power up the device.

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Your time could be stolen by iPhone game that involves taking Twitter accounts

| blog, L&B World, Tech | January 14, 2016

Stolen app
This app could take up a lot of your time (Picture: Margot Huysman / Metro

This new iPhone game is proving to be as addictive as the infamous Angry Birds.

But it’s not as straight forward as shooting animals at objects.

Stolen involves you trading Twitter accounts, including famous ones, by either buying them willingly or forcing a hostile takeover with your cash (or ‘stealing’).

But the same thing could happen to you so don’t get too cocky.

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The next iPhone software update will help you sleep better

| Apple, blog, L&B World, News, Tech | January 14, 2016

(Picture: Getty)
(Picture: Getty)

Electronics interrupt our sleep and make it harder for us to fall asleep as quickly as we’d like, due to the blue light they emit. 

Apple is battling this with the next Apple software update – following in the footsteps of Amazon’s ‘Blue Shade’ which was added to its Fire tablets, and Google’s ‘Night Light’ on the Google Play books app.

The next software update, Apple iOS 9.3, will include something Apple are calling ‘Night Shift’, which will use your iDevice’s clock and geolocation to determine when the sun sets overhead.

Once the natural light surrounding you begins to disappear, iOS 9.3 will automatically shift display colours to the warmer end of… Read the full story

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The next iPhone software update will help you sleep better

| Apple, blog, L&B World, News, Tech | January 14, 2016

(Picture: Getty)
(Picture: Getty)

Electronics interrupt our sleep and make it harder for us to fall asleep as quickly as we’d like, due to the blue light they emit. 

Apple is battling this with the next Apple software update – following in the footsteps of Amazon’s ‘Blue Shade’ which was added to its Fire tablets, and Google’s ‘Night Light’ on the Google Play books app.

The next software update, Apple iOS 9.3, will include something Apple are calling ‘Night Shift’, which will use your iDevice’s clock and geolocation to determine when the sun sets overhead.

Once the natural light surrounding you begins to disappear, iOS 9.3 will automatically shift display colours to the warmer end of… Read the full story

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Google’s self-driving cars might not be as safe as you think

| blog, Google, L&B World, Tech | January 13, 2016

(FILES) -File picture taken May 13, 2014 shows a Google self-driving car in Mountain View, California. Google said May 11, 2015 that even self-driving cars that can sense and react faster than humans still wind up in accidents. Google self-driving cars, of which there are now more than 20, have been in 11 minor accidents in the six years since the project began but they reportedy didn't cause any of the crashes. None of the accidents involved injuries, Google said. Google self-driving cars, which have "safety drivers" at the wheels to take over when deemed appropriate, have logged some 1.7 million miles, according to the California-based Internet titan. AFP PHOTO/Glenn CHAPMANGLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty ImagesRead the full story

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Google’s self-driving cars might not be as safe as you think

| blog, Google, L&B World, Tech | January 13, 2016

(FILES) -File picture taken May 13, 2014 shows a Google self-driving car in Mountain View, California. Google said May 11, 2015 that even self-driving cars that can sense and react faster than humans still wind up in accidents. Google self-driving cars, of which there are now more than 20, have been in 11 minor accidents in the six years since the project began but they reportedy didn't cause any of the crashes. None of the accidents involved injuries, Google said. Google self-driving cars, which have "safety drivers" at the wheels to take over when deemed appropriate, have logged some 1.7 million miles, according to the California-based Internet titan. AFP PHOTO/Glenn CHAPMANGLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty ImagesRead the full story

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