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The 'high-tech utopia' of Songdo on South Korea's northeast coast was built from scratch and designed around technology, with computers built into its streets (top left) and condos to control traffic and let neighbours hold video chats. Residents were promised a city of the future, with remote-controlled front doors as well as rubbish chutes that pneumatically 'sucked' garbage from your home to later be recycled to generate electricity. But eerie photos (pictured) show that, just over a decade on, the deserted city is still less than half-built, with one citizen saying it's like 'living in a deserted prison'. The brainchild of property developers and the South Korean government, the vision was to construct a new way of thinking for over 300,000 residents, spread out over 600 hectares of reclaimed land from the Yellow Sea. It was to be more intelligent in the way it deals with technology, environment, business and education. Built within 25 miles of Seoul, it was billed as the antithesis of the suffocating, over-populated capital city. But the £28 billion ($40 billion) project has struggled to bring in residents and big companies, halting completion of its developers' wide-eyed dream.

'Facebook will NEVER sell your information without consent': Mark Zuckerberg's claim in a 2009 interview is revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

NSA whistleblower Snowden, now believed to be in exile in Moscow, shared the footage in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal which saw data from 50 million Facebook sold on.This information was used to target voters in the US, based on psychological profiling, with political adverts spreading disinformation. In response to questions over whether his firm would sell data, Zuckerberg said in the clip 'No, of course not'. Facebook is also facing criticism for collecting years of data on call and text histories from Android users.

NEW In the past, companies have often used technology to keep track of employee actions and increase productivity. Now, more companies are using AI for hiring, firing and compensation.

Police pulled over the GM Cruise vehicle last week after it appeared to get too close to a pedestrian. But, Cruise denies the car did anything wrong, citing data that shows the car was nearly 11 feet away.

The space grey-colored products cost $20 more than the usual silver color. Until now, the space grey accessories were only available if you purchased a $2,000 (£1,500) iMac Pro.

Astronomers have spotted a galaxy that's almost completely devoid of dark matter. According to the Yale University-led team, the discovery 'challenges the standard ideas of how we think galaxies form.’

13,000-year-old human footprints found on the west coast of Canada

The footprints, which are the only ones found from this time around Canada's Pacific coast, belong to at least three different individuals. They were found on the shoreline of Calvert Island (pictured right, top and bottom). Here, the sea level is two to three meters higher than it was at the end of the last ice age. Researchers uncovered 29 human footprints of at least three different sizes in these sediments, which radiocarbon dating estimated to be around 13,000 years old. Pictured (left) is a photograph of a track beside a digitally-enhanced image of the same feature. Pictured (inset) are Alaskan Natives filmed as part of the 1949 documentary Eskimo Hunters in Alaska - The Traditional Inuit Way of Life.

Apple boss Tim Cook pulled no punches when he was asked about Facebook's ongoing privacy scandal. Cook was in Chicago on Wednesday to debut Apple's newest iPad.

The fact liquid water can survive impacts by planet-sized bodies (artist's impression) means it should be abundant on other worlds, scientists from Open University in London said.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of Bangkok-based firm KGI Securities says the devices will have a more rounded shape than the square format first introduced three years ago (pictured).

The copycat headphones, called the Huawei FreeBuds, were announced alongside the firm's new P20 Pro smartphone on Tuesday. They're slightly cheaper than rival AirPods.

Cold War nuclear bunker in Scotland is painstakingly restored

The Caledonian Headquarters, in Dundee, was capable of keeping 100 Royal Observer Corps (ROC) staff alive for at least a month in the event of all-out nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Those sealed underground were tasked with collecting data from smaller monitoring stations scattered across Scotland. The massive 30ft (9.1m) deep headquarters was abandoned in 1991 - when the Soviet Union collapsed - and fell into disrepair over the next 14 years.

Research from Chinese tech firm Huawei has discovered that running out of battery life is the most stressful thing about modern life, topping even a job interview or becoming a parent (stock).

Plaintiffs argue that Apple didn't fully disclose the 'nature and scope' of the battery problems to customers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Apple now faces at least 60 lawsuits from users.

Facebook, based in Mountain View, California is understood to be placing the products under review in the light of the hit it has taken to its public image over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Traffic police in Shenzhen City, south-east China, have asked Intellifusion to upgrade a system installed last April to detect jaywalkers to send texts and instant messages to offenders.

Body of a fearsome Chinese warlord Cao Cao is finally found

Archaeologists from the Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology say they are now sure that the remains of a man aged between 60 and 70 are those of the famous warlord. Historians say Cao Cao's outstanding military and political talents enabled him to build the strongest and most prosperous state in northern China. The huge mausoleum site (pictured, left, main chamber, right) was hard to find as most of its structure above ground had been demolished. A tomb thought to be his was found in 2009 but a controversy has raged since then over whether it was really Cao Cao (inset) in the main chamber. But archaeologists from the Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology say they are now sure that the remains of a man aged between 60 and 70 are those of the famous warlord.

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One million people lived in uninhabited areas of Amazon

Archaeologists from the University of Exeter have uncovered evidence there were hundreds of villages away from major rivers in unexplored parts of the Amazon. People had assumed ancient communities (right, artist's impression) had preferred to live near these waterways, but the new evidence shows this was not the case. By analysing charcoal remains and excavated pottery, researchers found a 1,100-mile (1,800km) stretch of southern Amazonia that was continuously occupied from 1250 until 1500. Pictured (left and inset) are the remains of fortified villages and mysterious earthworks called geoglyphs in the current Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.

Pilot models of the Uber self-driving car, pictured in 2016 before one of the autonomous vehicles killed a woman in Arizona

The race to perfect robot cars continues despite fears kindled by the death of a woman hit by a self-driving Uber vehicle while pushing a bicycle across an Arizona street.

The doomed Tiangong-1 Chinese space station is set to hit Earth over Easter. Predictions of where it may land come from Aerospace, an organisation based in El Segundo, California.

The P20 Pro is the flagship device among three new phones the company announced at an event in Paris, where the P20 and P20 Lite were also introduced.

Stone Age DNA shows humanity's ancient genetic links

The finding was made by an international team of researchers, led by Johannes Krause and Choongwon Jeong from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany. They sequenced DNA (left) from people who lived in Morocco (bottom right) approximately 15,000 years ago - the oldest nuclear DNA from Africa ever successfully analysed. It revealed Near Eastern ancestry, which suggests connections between North Africa and the Near East began much earlier than many previously thought. The Iberomaurusians, who lived in the area around 20,000 years to 10,000 years ago, are believed to be the first in the area to produce finer stone tools, known as microliths (top right).

The NYU-led team says the newly discovered organ is found all over the body – but somehow, it hasn’t been identified until now. It could help reveal how cancer spreads in the body.

Zach Peterson, a spokesman for Aptiv Plc, which produces the vehicle's radar and camera, said Uber may have disabled the safety feature so it could test and develop its own system.

While wearable tech does give general guidance on how many hours you should get and what phase of sleep you were mostly settled into, some people are getting obsessed by the numbers.

Blooming marvellous: Transformation of a kidney bean into a fully-grown plant is captured in a mesmerising timelapse

Shot through a soil cross section by Lithuanian YouTuber Mindaugas Kriksciukas, the footage shows how the bean first bursts and sprouts roots, before a stem and plant shoots out above the surface. Capturing such a unique video was a painstaking process, Mr Kriksciukas, of the YouTube channel GPhase, said, and it took a grand total of four attempts. The footage was shot over 25 days, with Mr Kriksciukas, 27, setting his camera to shoot an image of the bean's progress every nine minutes and 36 seconds. The result was a jittery but engrossing clip, showing just how much plants can move during their earliest stages of growth.

The comments were made by Sean Gourley, founder and CEO of San Francisco firm Primer, which uses data mining techniques to provide information to the CIA and other organisations.

Microsoft’s latest updates to its terms of service have some users concerned that the firm is exerting too much control over what they can and cannot do online. The new rules take effect May 1.

At a media event in New York City, Waymo CEO John Krafcik was asked whether he believed the rise of self-driving cars would eventually remove the need for human drivers.

Four families living around the country - in Essex, Croydon, Derbyshire and Hill - open up about their spending habits and reveal whether their £43,000 income is enough to ensure a happy family life.

Facebook labels users as either moderate, liberal or conservative. The social media platform's users can also be 'very liberal' or 'very conservative'. Here's how to find out how it labeled you.

2,500-year-old mummy found at Sydney University  

A 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy has been discovered in a coffin that was in storage at the Sydney University for 150 years and archaeologists are now studying the remains. The researchers are using modern technology for the study and hope to shed new light on the ancient civilisation. The coffin, along with three others owned by the Nicholson Museum, will be exhibited in a new museum on the university grounds.

iPhone owners weren't subject to having their phone calls and texts logged by Facebook's apps because Apple has tighter security restrictions. Android users weren't so lucky, however.

The white Toyota Camry was lodged on stairs outside a store in San Francisco on Monday. Its driver, who has only been identified as Fred, blames the Uber app for leading him down the stairs.

Cupertino tech giant Apple has announced a new iPad with a 9.7-inch Retina display available for $329 (£319) to consumers. The new iPad offers integration with Apple Pencil.

Medieval woman gave birth after death

Researchers from the Universities of Ferrara and Bologna say the remains of a medieval woman found in Imola, Italy are a rare example of both 'coffin birth' and an ancient form of brain surgery. Archaeologists found the well-preserved remains of an adult laid to rest with the bones of a fetus positioned between its legs (shown center). By the time of burial, both the mother and child were already dead – but, it wasn’t until after that the stillborn baby was pushed from her body Markings on her skull indicate she underwent medieval brain surgery at least a week prior, with a hole drilled neatly into her skull.

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania suggest that training your mind to think of yourself as an 'observer' in embarrassing moments helps to alleviate distress.

At its Spring event, the iPhone maker unveiled the Schoolwork app and a new Everyone Can Create curriculum, as well as updated versions of its popular Classroom and iWork apps.

Ignoring someone to use your phone or other mobile device is called 'phubbing'. Researchers from the University of Kent say it threatens humans' basic need to feel as though they belong.

A floating "sun shield" made of calcium carbonate has been shown to protect coral from the effects of bleaching

Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Biology have been buoyed by test results of a floating 'sun shield' made of calcium carbonate that has been shown to protect the reef from bleaching.

Luxury electric 'hydro boat' includes a water parking for planes

The £150,000 'HydroHouse', which can serve as a pier for boats and yachts, has two electric engines powered by a huge bank of solar panels on its roof. Designed by Russian naval architect Maxim Zhivov, the craft (pictured main) could be used as a permanent residence or a holiday home. Mr Zhivov, who worked with experts at the Russian Baikal Yacht Group for the project, told MailOnline his team is currently looking for an investor to make the design a reality. The HydroHouse has a kitchen, living room, master bedroom, two guest bedrooms, bathroom and its own aquatic 'garage' that can fit small boats or a hydroplane. Its second floor features storage room for equipment as well as space to sunbathe on the upper decks.

The feature, offered worldwide, will direct users to the nearest clinic that offers 'non-judgy' testing, and will also post ads from queer-friendly clinics and support groups.

A team of experts, including Jean-Julien Aucouturier from the French National Centre for Scientific Research in Paris, created software called Cleese to vary the pitch of the word 'bonjour'.

FILE - In this March 1, 2017 file photo, people enter the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. Uber suspended all of its self-driving testing Monday, March 19, 2018, after what is believed to be the first fatal pedestrian crash involving the vehicles. The testing has been going on for months in the Phoenix area, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto as automakers and technology companies compete to be the first with the technology. Uber's testing was halted after police in a Phoenix suburb said one of its self-driving vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian overnight Sunday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Arizona governor Doug Ducey said that video footage of the crash raised concerns about the San Francisco-based company's ability to safely test its technology in Arizona (stock image).

The Federal Trade Commission has an open investigation into Facebook's growing privacy scandal it has revealed in a move which sent shares in the social network plunging.

A Chinese space station the country lost contact with is now predicted to crash back to Earth over Easter. Up to 40 per cent of it could reach the surface and Australia is within the impact zone.

Alibaba and Ford have created a 'Super Test-Drive Center,' which is an unstaffed, multi-floor building that houses up to 42 cars. Buyers can see, test drive and even buy a vehicle on site.

Latvian startup unveils giant drone that can fight fires, clean wind turbines, and carry PEOPLE to safety from disaster sites

The quadcopter is designed to handle these kinds of tasks, since it's outfitted with 28 motors and 16 batteries that enable it to lift up to 400lbs for 20 minutes on a single charge. But in most cases, the drone can fly for several hours, given that it's tethered to the ground by a few cables that provide power and water.

Downloading your archived user data from Facebook may reveal a laundry list of data points, from your personal call records, to text messages, as well as your location when you log into the site.

FILE - In this 2009 file photo, a female right whale swims at the surface of the water with her calf a few miles off the Georgia coast. The winter calving season for critically endangered right whales is ending without a single newborn being spotted off the southeast U.S. coast. That is something that hasn't happened in 30 years. Researchers have been looking since December for newborn right whales off the coasts of Georgia and Florida. That's where pregnant whales typically give birth each winter. Survey flights wrap up when the month ends Saturday, March 31, 2018.  (John Carrington/Savannah Morning News via AP, File)

Researchers have been looking since December for newborn right whales off the coasts of Georgia and Florida, where pregnant whales typically migrate each winter to give birth in warmer waters.

The Federal Trade Commission has an open investigation into Facebook's growing privacy scandal it has revealed in a move which sent shares in the social network plunging.

On the heals of failed attempts by major pharmaceutical makers, Washington University scientists cut levels of Alzheimer's associated plaques in half using an antibody treatment in mice.

The maximum amount of Arctic sea ice each year can be observed around March. NASA has said that the 2018 Arctic sea ice level was dangerously low.

Matt McMullen, a father-of-five from San Diego, and CEO of Henry’s creators Realbotix, unveiled the ‘manbot’ earlier this year saying it would offer ‘companionship’ to lonely women.

This number has more than doubled in four years, and girls use sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram far more than their male counterparts, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Armour reveals Tutankhamun could have been a child warrior

A University of Northampton scholar looked at the armour (left) buried alongside King Tut (inset) in his tomb and found that he was likely not the feeble and weak ruler he is believed to be. The tunic was housed in the new Grand Egyptian Museum, Cairo, and has now been subject to new analysis using cutting-edge imagery techniques (right) to see the condition of the ancient leather garment. This revelation shows that the Egypt's most famous leader of all time was not the weak, sick and poorly child we believe him to be in the 21st Century. Potentially an experienced warrior, his battle-hardened armour could turn the perception of ancient Egypt on its head.

Robert Nelson, a senior researcher at the Arizona-based Planetary Science Institute said the particles of salt will reflect the sun's energy back into space, preventing it from heating the Earth (stock image).

At the China Development Forum, Apple chief Tim Cook said 'well-crafted' regulation was required, while IBM Corp chief Virginia Rometty said users should have more agency over their data.

An international team of researchers - including experts from the National Museums of Kenya and the universities of Utah and Arkansas - found the fossil at Natodomeri in northwest Kenya.

Researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the University of York examined items found at the site, around 23 miles (37 km) north-east of York.

Some Facebook have users discovered the Silicon Valley giant has been storing complete logs of incoming and outgoing calls and text messages.

Apple's founder made the comments at The Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital conference, held in Los Angeles in 2010, where the Facebook CEO was in the audience, waiting to be interviewed.

Here's everything you need to know about Apple's latest event, which starts tomorrow at 4pm BST (11am ET) at the Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago.

Egyptian artwork of female pharaoh Hatshepsut is found

The sculpture had been gathering dust at Swansea University's Egypt Centre when it was found during a session where students can handle objects in the archives. Consisting of two irregularly shaped limestone fragments (right), the object was requested for the handling session based on one black and white photograph. Many monuments of Hatshepsut, who was considered 'both king and queen,' were destroyed, so images of her represented as a woman are extremely rare. Dr Kenneth Griffin is shown examining the sculpture inset. An artist's depiction of the pharaoh is pictured left.

At an unpredictable time for tech companies and social media giants, California-based tech unicorn Dropbox looks to be entering a higher gear, following a better-than-expected IPO posting.

A chunk of sea salt dating back to more than 2 billion years ago indicates that Earth’s oxygen upswing, known as the Great Oxidation event, was no slow ‘trickle.’

Researchers from Tuft University developed a sensor, which is mounted directly on to a tooth and connects wirelessly to a user's mobile, that records information on their sugar, salt and alcohol intakes.

In a new study, researchers from Stanford University analyzed the mortality rates associated with both venomous and nonvenomous animals in the US from 2008-2015.

Researchers from Monash University in Australia followed 575 Australian adolescents as they went from teenagers to adults. Those that went to university were more agreeable, and outgoing.

At least half of the beached whales are estimated to be dead. Images of the animals (pictured) were captured by distressed locals who rushed to the scene to help.

Speaking at a conference, Jeff Ashby, is director of safety and mission assurance for Jeff Bezos's space firm Blue Origin, said the firm is 'a year out' from human flights.

The fossil was found in a famous palaeontological site named 'Las Hoyas' in central Spain, which dates back to the Early Cretaceous, about 127 million years ago.

The intersex Pacific spadenose shark was caught in a fishing trawl in the southern Taiwan Strait, and landed at Xiamen, China, earlier this year.

A hilarious video from Useless Duck Company has revealed the ‘Donald Trump Handshake Robot,’ which aims to mimic the unpredictable nature of the president’s notorious handshake.

A special Boeing 747 test aircraft flew from Victorville, California, with the new GE9X engine mounted under its left wing, dwarfing the plane's three other engines.

Dogger Bank, 78 miles (125 km) off the East Yorkshire coast, has been identified as a potential shallow and windy building site for the £1.3 billion ($1.75 billion) project.

CEO Blake Scholl revealed that Boom Supersonic's XB-1 engines are ready and will shortly arrive at Boom's hangar at Centennial Airport in Denver, Colorado.

Chinese firm 90Fun has unveiled its Puppy 1 suitcase equipped with a custom auto-following chip and Segway’s self-balancing technology to prevent falling over. And, Segway unveiled Loomo.

The brains, found by Bristol University, belong to a type of marine predator known as Kerygmachela kierkegaardi  which existed around 521 and 514 million years ago. in Sirius Passet, North Greenland.

Boeing has been testing flying taxi prototypes that could one day be capable of ferrying humans to and from places, via urban 'vertiports,' not unlike Uber. The firm says flying taxis could be used in a decade.

The laser weapon will be fitted to the ship later this year as a 'technology demonstrator' officials said. It paves the way for laser weapons to be integrated across the Navy fleet.

Virgin Galactic's latest glide test saw VSS Unity sent up from California's Mojave Air and Space Port attached to a twin-fuselage White Knight carrier airplane.

The study, from experts at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, showed that the ants may even opt to build bridges themselves when they find a gap on their route.

Austin-based startup Icon unveiled the its single-story 650-square-foot (60 sq m) house, which can be printed out of cement in just 12 to 24 hours, at the SXSW festival.

Conservationists from the WCS Congo Program have captured footage of a western lowland gorilla cuddling her baby, who was thought to be just a week old when the pair was spotted.

University of California Merced and California Academy of Sciences researchers used high-speed video cameras to show how flattie spiders whip around in one-eighth of a second to strike prey.

These incredible images from iFixit reveal several surprises inside the handset. Apple managed to cram in two batteries for instance, allowing them to arrange them in an L shape to optimise space.

A stunning new map from Imgur user Fejetlenfej shows the complex network of rivers and streams in the contiguous United States, highlighting the massive expanse of basins across the country.

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