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Origami robot muscles lift 1,000 times its own weight

Artificial muscles which allow soft robots to lift up to 1,000 times their own weight have been developed by researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Inspired by origami, the muscles can be programmed a range of motions including twisting and rotation. BBC […]

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Starbucks wi-fi makes computers mine crypto-currency

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is not known who was behind the mining operation Starbucks has acknowledged that visitors to one of its branches were unwittingly recruited into a crypto-currency mining operation. The wi-fi service provided by one of the coffee chain’s Buenos Aires outlets surreptitiously hijacked connected computers to use their processing […]

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Twitter 'baby poop' video launches spam

Image copyright Twitter Image caption The video seemed to fool many Twitter users, including some high-profile media figures A Twitter video promising a “hysterical” response from a dog to a baby soiling its nappy appears to have been disabled by the social network. The malicious app gained access to users’ Twitter feeds, spamming links from […]

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Broadband over 'wet string' tested for fun

Image copyright Andrews and Arnold Image caption The experiment was a “bit of fun” says the firm responsible Engineers at a small British internet service provider have successfully made a broadband connection work over 2m (6ft 7in) of wet string. The connection reached speeds of 3.5Mbps (megabits per second), according to the Andrews and Arnold […]

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The apps helping keep Rio safe

Rio de Janeiro is known for its high crime rate but now people are starting to use smartphone apps to keep themselves safe. Two companies, OTT and Cross-fire are crowdsourcing information about violence in the city. The data alerts residents to incidents in real time and collates statistics about where crime is committed. See more […]

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Deliveroo and UberEats restaurant clients face new rules

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Restaurants using food delivery services such as Deliveroo may have to apply for planning permission Westminster City Council is to force restaurants to seek planning permission if they heavily use food delivery apps. Businesses will face formal enforcement if their deliveries reach too high a volume and disturb local residents. […]