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Students from Stanford University's Student Robotics club have created Doggo (pictured) - a robot dog that can backflip and even dance. Its creators have also put all the plans for making the robot yourself online - if you can understand it. Doggo's smart motor senses pressure and applies the right amount of force to its legs. The students are also creating a bigger 'robo-wolf' double the size of the robo-dog.

Game of Thrones universe brought to life: Moving tectonic map of Westeros and Essos reveals the geological processes that would have shaped the fictional landscape

Researchers in Australia have built the first plate tectonic reconstruction of the Game of Thrones continents. Even in this fantasy Game of Thrones world, geological processes like tectonic plate movement, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions would have been responsible for building the mountains, carving the rivers and creating vast oceans.

Researchers working in the murky waters of the northern Gulf Coast have located the wreck of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States.

A report describes how Amazon installed screens at many of its warehouse workers' stations that allow employees to turn tasks like assembling orders and moving items into competitive games.

Israeli researchers raised a glass Wednesday to celebrate a long-brewing project of making beer and mead using yeasts extracted from ancient clay vessels -some over 5,000 years old.

By detecting these kinds of behaviors, it could help caregivers or doctors better ascertain if an elderly or disabled individual has an undiagnosed health condition.

The oldest fungus ever found: Billion-year-old fossilized fungi discovered in the Canadian

Microfossils of a spore excavated in the wilderness of the Canadian Arctic are thought to represent the oldest known fungus on Earth, according to scientists. In a new study published Wednesday in Nature , a team of scientists detailed how the multicellular fungus, which they named Ourasphaira giraldae, lived in an estuary environment about 900 million to 1 billion years.

A U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson reportedly confirmed the Pentagon's interest in UFO's, citing the agency's investigation of 'unidentified aerial phenomena.'

Amazon will continue to sell its controversial facial recognition software to law enforcement and other entities after a failed shareholder vote aimed at reeling the company's practices in.

A team of anthropologists from the University of Kent made the discovery that chimpanzees can cross roads from hidden cameras during an eight-month study in the African country.

Mile-wide asteroid with its own mini MOON in tow will pass by Earth this weekend

ESA has been tracking the pair, known as 1999 KW4, and says it’s steadily getting brighter as it nears our planet ahead of a May 25 approach. Though it’s classified as ‘potentially hazardous,’ 1999 KW4 is expected to breeze by safely; at its closest, the object will be within 3,216,271 miles of Earth – or 13.5 times the distance to the moon. Asteroid 1999 KW4 is not one but two objects, consisting of a larger space rock measuring about 1.3 kilometers wide (.8 mile) and a small companion that orbits it.

The company said customers be notified of software updates that may affect performance. It comes as part of a new agreement with Britain's Competition and Markets Authority.

A recent SpaceX online application suggests the next round of launch for the prototype rocket is being planned in Texas and will test the Raptor engine to a maximum altitude of 16,400ft.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding research that could give a future generation of soldiers the power to control machines and weapons with their minds.

Apple is updating its 'butterfly' keys on its MacBook laptops with a new type of material. The US tech giant is also extending its keyboard repair service in the latest product launch.

Ford unveils driverless van that comes with its own two-legged delivery ROBOT to drop off packages on your doorstep

Self-driving delivery vehicles may be getting closer to becoming a reality, but Ford believes there's one leg of the process that could be further solved by robots. Ford's autonomous delivery robot robot is capable of lifting packages that weigh 40lbs, so it can deliver your pizza, Amazon package or groceries straight to your doorstep.


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Tiny robot inspired by a bush baby can bounce THREE times higher than its own height in a single leap to navigate unstable terrain 

A nimble robot inspired by bush babies can now bounce three times its own height in a single leap.  Launched in 2016, engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, originally built Salto (saltatorial locomotion terrain obstacles) to jump at 1.75 metres per second. Now, it's been enhanced with a string of new features, which see it reach new heights while navigating obstacle courses and strolling through the streets.  

The discovery came after DNA was extracted from the fruit's leaves upon their discovery near an ancient tomb in 1876. Some of these were obtained by famed botanist Joseph Hooker in the 19th century.

The forest of Borth used to stretch for two to three miles along the shore between Ynys-las and Borth on the Welsh coast before it was buried under layers of peat, sand and saltwater.

Google's lead regulator in the European Union, Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner, opened its first investigation into the search giant over its use of people's data for advertising purposes.

Researchers from Hampden-Sydney College in the US found that the hair-like tissue in the jaws of baleen whales is better at trapping microplastics than oil in the ocean.

The virtual church redefining religion for the internet age: Watch as pastor BAPTIZES a pink-haired anime girl in VR while Tigger and a talking banana look on

D.J. Soto has been running what’s said to be the first virtual reality church , where gamers from all walks of life are invited to ‘learn about God, faith, and science.’ It exists entirely in the virtual realm, offering hour-long streams every Sunday for an online congregation made up of equal parts robots and human avatars. And, it’s even a place for those looking to be cleansed of their sins. A bizarre new video shared this week by YouTuber Syrmor shows what it’s like to be baptized in VR, complete with an audience of cartoon characters and an anime girl ‘immersed in divine love.’

Short spells in space and leads to early-onset arthritis, a first-of-a-kind study from the Henry Ford Hospital, Michigan, adds to a growing body of research about the health effects of spaceflight has found.

University of Queensland physicist Tyler Neely and colleagues made the tiny art by cooling rubidium gas to just a few billionths of a degree above absolute zero, the coldest temperature possible.

The 'Moms + Marijuana' project at the University of Washington School of Medicine is the latest in a string of studies racing to deliver some concrete information as cannabis use increases all over.

Jaw-dropping images reveal 150-FOOT-TALL glacial masses floating through Canada's 'iceberg

An amateur photographer captured the breadth and versatility of icebergs from his vantage in what's known as 'iceberg alley.' In a series of images from his home in Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland, photographer Mark Gray documented a processions of icebergs as the drifted by in the Labrador Sea through his personal Twitter account. About 400 to 800 icebergs make it to the coast of Newfoundland every year but in some exceptional cases more than 2,000 have been recorded during one banner season in 1984.

A new study that surveyed 1,000 voters, people who cast their ballots for President Donald Trump in a 2016 race against candidate Hilary Clinton were twice as likely to keep their choice 'secret.'

Alex Stamos, who left his post as chief security officer in 2018, said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should 'give up some of that power' and make way for a new chief executive.

Researchers at the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas in Chengu have begun using facial recognition software to identify similar faces and markings of pandas.

A 'small percentage of G Suite users' were affected by a bug in its system that meant their passwords were stored in plaintext, giving some Google employees unfiltered access to the data.

TikTok is planning to take on Spotify and Apple with a music streaming service that could debut in the coming months. The unnamed service will first launch in emerging markets like India.

During a presentation by Sony Interactive Entertainment, an executive showed off the PlayStation 5's super fast load times, thanks to an all new solid state drive built into the device.

NASA's next trip to the moon will entail 37 separate launches over a decade and culminate in the construction of a moon base by 2028 say leaked documents that detail the agency's 'Artemis' plan.

Scientists from the Macau University of Science and Technology in China have suggested that the heavily- cratered far side if the moon is the result of a collision with a dwarf planet.

Mouse that lived three million years ago is the oldest animal ever found that was RED

A team of scientists from Manchester University have found chemical traces of red pigment in a mouse that lived millions of years ago, the first time this was detected in an ancient fossil. The extinct creature - nicknamed 'Mighty Mouse' by the research team - had brown to reddish fur on its back and sides and had a tiny white tummy.

If machines had similar characteristics, they'd be able to navigate more effectively in dangerous environments, experts from Indiana's Purdue University say.

According to writer Sam Biddle, the Intercept spoke with an anonymous source at US-based Facebook who produced confidential documents detailing the data sharing.

Staff from the University of Vienna performed a cognitive bias test on the Gothic-looking animals, which monitored their reactions to neutral stimuli.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge found that we rely on the brain’s ability to break up the continuous stream of information received by sensory input into distinct chunks.

Consumer Reports examined a set of accounts and found that a significant number didn't have the ability to toggle off Face Recognition, a feature that automatically users in tagged photos.

According to writer Sam Biddle, the Intercept spoke with an anonymous source at US-based Facebook who produced confidential documents detailing the data sharing.

They are known to eat almost anything they can, including dolphins, sea turtles and even humans. A team at Mississippi State University has now added sparrows and doves to this extensive list.

Experts have found that the Mussaurus patagonicus - dubbed the Mouse Lizzard - became mobile in the same way as human beings, albeit some 200 million years ago.

Inside Facebook's robotics lab where machines are learning to think for themselves: Firm shows off AI that can touch, play, and interact

Facebook on Monday gave a detailed look into some of the projects being undertaken by its AI researchers at its Menlo Park, California-based headquarters, many of which are aimed at making robots smarter.Among the machines being developed are walking hexapods that resemble a spider, a robotic arm and a human-like hand complete with sensors to help it touch.

A new Tokyo police app that men and women can use to scare off molesters on packed commuter trains has become a smash hit

A Tokyo police smartphone app to scare off molesters has become a smash hit in Japan, where women have long run the gauntlet of groping on packed rush-hour...

The British network provider's issues have now been resolved. EE said: ' 'some customers experienced intermittent problems making calls on 4G' but these are now fixed.

San Diego-based startup TuSimple said its self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities in Phoenix and Dallas to see how the nascent technology might improve delivery times.

Scientists from the US and UK have analysed pollen fossils that trace the oldest cannabis plants back 28 million years ago on the Tibetan Plateau around Qinghai Lake 10,700ft above sea level

According to a report in Nature, a draft of new code in the country's civil law explicitly lists human genes and embryos as protected personal rights for the first time ever.

Eoin Keary, CEO of cyber-security firm Edgescan, told MailOnline that this hammer-blow could spell 'the beginning of the end' for Chinese tech giant Huawei.

Scientists from the University of Cambridge studied ten Agta groups in the Philippines and found hunter-gatherers spend 20 hours a week getting food, 10 hours more than hunter-gatherers.

Researchers at the Southwest Research Institute in Texas found the traces and said they are 'very different from most icy objects explored previously by spacecraft'.

The Voynich manuscript may NOT have been cracked

The University of Bristol has released a statement distancing itself from a piece of research claiming a researcher cracked the mysterious Voynich manuscript.

Researcher Anurag Sen discovered the database which contains personal contact information of 'prominent food bloggers, celebrities and other social media influencers.'

On Monday, the search giant revealed the second-generation of its heads-up display glasses that feature a new design, an improved camera and processor, as well as a slew of other updates.

Security researchers have discovered the app, called VidMate, hijacks smartphones by running invisible ads, subscribing users' to paid apps without their consent and exposing personal data.

FILE - This Jan. 16, 2019 photo taken by a Utah Highway Patrol drone shows a big rig that has crashed into a resaturant in Wellington, Utah. In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to measure roaring snow. In North Carolina, they're combing the skies for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, meanwhile, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. A survey released Monday, May 20, 2019 shows transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every U.S. state. (Utah Highway Patrol via AP, File)

Report from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials shows increase in their use over the last few years, reflecting rapid adoption of the technology.

Flying jet-powered taxi that carries five passengers at 186mph performs successful take-off in Germany 

A German has conducted its first successful flight of its electric five-seater air taxi. Lilium, based in Munich, lew an unmanned test flight of its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) system in early May. The jet has 36 engines which allow it to take off vertically, and has a maximum top speed of 80mph (300 kmph) and a range of 80 miles. According to the tech firm, its flying taxi would allow users to travel from London to Manchester in less than an hour.

An international study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science analyzed melting ice sheets in Greenland and the Antarctic - and the resulting sea level rise.

Archaeologists from the Australian National University and colleagues have catalogued 137 new jars, found across 15 freshly-identified sites, in remote and mountainous forest.

The move follows a ten-month trial in three Morrisons stores in Skipton, Guiseley and St Ives where the amount of loose fruit and veg bought by customers increased by an average of 40 per cent.

17th-century English doctor prescribed patients with Pigeon slippers and deer dung

Simon Forman (inset, top right) and his protégé Richard Napier (inset, bottom right) paraded through Elizabethan England professing to be able to heal people of anything from witchcraft to 'bloody flux'. Consultation of the stars and a plethora of absurd treatments, including pigeon slippers, deer dung and boiled crab, were prescribed to patients. The pair left behind notes on every one of their 80,000 cases, but it was written in almost illegible writing (main) and has long remained a mystery. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have now deciphered the texts and placed some of the bizarre records online.

Images of Pluto have revealed the presence of an equatorial basin, under which may lie an ocean. Japan-led research may explain an ocean could have survived until today without freezing solid.

NASA geoscientist Daniel Moriarty and colleagues discussed the possibility of future moonbases during a Reddit 'ask me anything' session on May 16, which focused on the upcoming 2024 moonshot.

The jaw bone (main) was found on a farm in southern Iowa with a row of teeth still intact. The owners of the farm have donated the mastodon (inset) fossil to the University of Iowa.

Instagram Stories are dominating the app, so much so that the firm is bringing them to the Explore tab, while one of its less popular apps, Direct, is shutting down soon.

In audio clips, the computer-generated Rogan muses on topics like chimpanzee's who can play hockey, pulls off some adept tongue-twisters, and pontificates about how we're living in a simulation.

Medieval peasants in England lived on a hearty diet of meat, vegetables and cheese

Residues of food was found inside 500-year-old pottery at the medieval town of West Cotton in Northamptonshire. Analysis revealed the normal folk dined on stews made with mutton and beef as well as leafy vegetables - with cabbage and leek a favourite. They would have dined on bread and so-called 'white meats' - a term used by peasants which included butter and various cheeses. Poor people couldn't afford finer delicacies like fish but the presence of oats and barley proves they had access to carbohydrates, likely in the form of bread.

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a wearable patch which works as a ‘personal thermostat’ that could provide personalised cooling and heating.

US telecom giants say they've finally stopped collecting their customers' location data and sharing it with third parties, one year after investigations found users could easily be tracked.

The Department for Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs announced today that the Asian Longhorn Beetle, native to China, has been completely eradicated in the UK.

University of Tübingen researcher Alba Motes-Rodrigo and colleagues had presented a troop of chimpanzees living in Norway's Kristiansand Zoo with buried food and a selection of sticks.

California-based Google's Translatotron converts one language into another, for example Spanish to English, without the need for a text-based process.

Remains of the Queen Emma the wife of King Canute have been discovered

Remains found in 1,000-year-old chests in Winchester Cathedral (top left, top right) are thought to be those of Queen Emma (bottom), wife of two Anglo-Saxon kings, including Canute (inset, left). Her importance was such that she was the first queen whose portrait was painted by artists (inset, right) and immortalised in court records. She was betrothed to King Ethelred The Unready and upon his death, married his successor, King Canute, author of one of the country's most lasting legends. Canute is popularly known by the story that he tried to teach his advisors the limits of his power by instructing them to carry him to the beach. The King then ordered the tide to stay out. The bones will go on display as part of an exhibition of the Cathedral's history, Kings and Scribes, which will open later this month, of which Queene Emma (artist's recreation, top middle) features prominently.

Amazon has led a funding round in British online food delivery company Deliveroo, pitting itself against Uber Eats, and Just Eat which have already seen a drop in its shares.

Now a study by British and Swedish scientists of Swedish twins found the choice of getting a dog is heavily influenced by an individual's genetic make-up and is inherited.

Deliveries will include 'fresh Finnish pastries, meatballs for two, and a range of other meals and snacks' that can be delivered in minutes and will serve as a test in urban centers.

Future French bulldogs may not suffer with the same chronic breathing problems as modern-day animals do. Scientists discovered a DNA mutation that could be behind their problems.

Physiological responses driven by fear help humans make critical decisions and stay on our toes, especially when it comes to situations like driving. Microsoft researchers have built on this to improve their AI.

As if the specter of droughts, floods, and dwindling resources wasn't scary enough, a new book details how the a rapidly changing climate is putting Los Angeles at risk of a deadly plague outbreak.

The researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute say the findings have 'troubling implications' for the perception and treatment of women in social settings.

Brand new Doctor Who virtual reality adventure launching on Vive, Oculus and BBC's VR app will let fans step inside the Tardis

Written by Victoria Asare-Archer and directed by Mathias Chelebourg, Doctor Who: The Runaway allow fans of the long-running science fiction show to become the Doctor's latest travelling companion by donning a VR headset.

As reported by CNBC, former recruiters for the company say that recent controversies like Cambridge Analytica, which exposed 87 million users' data, have caused candidates to decline jobs.

Based on feedback from user surveys, Facebook says it will begin prioritizing posts in the News Feed from people you have ‘close relationships’ with. It will also boost the 'most worthwhile' links.

Scientists analyzing 800 million measurements collected by an array of satellites since 1992 have found the Pine Island and Thwaite’s Glaciers are now losing ice at a rate five times faster than in past.

An investigation by Georgetown Law claims the NYPD is misusing facial recognition by running photos of celebrities and digitally-doctored images to comb for criminals.

Researchers from Curtin University in Perth have found that the canary yellow glass famously used to make a scarab that is part of King Tut's Pectoral was created by a meteorite impact.

Throughout the next six months, the selected partners, which include some of the biggest names is aerospace engineering, will design various elements of its Artemis mission in 2024.

Treasure trove found in Russia includes the remains of a 2,000-year-old nomadic 'royal'

A farmer found the haul when digging on his land in the south of Russia near the Caspian Sea. It is a burial mound dating back up to 2,000 years and contains the remains of a high-ranking  nomadic'royal'. The chieftain (left) was buried with his head raised as if on a pillow and wearing a cape adorned with gold plagues. Other discoveries include along the skull of a 'laughing' man with an artificially deformed egg-shaped cranium (bottom right) and pieces of jewellery (top right).

Archaeologists in Cambodia claim to have found the remnants of nearly 100 previously undiscovered ancient temples buried in the jungle in the Samphu Borak area.

Scientists including those from Sheffield has compared the DNA of dozens of bedbug species and concluded that bedbugs evolved 100 million years ago when the dinosaurs roamed

Nissan said on Thursday it would, for now, stick to self-driving technology which uses radar sensors and cameras, avoiding lidar or light-based sensors because of their high cost and limited capabilities.

Computer scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have taught an artificial intelligence agent how to do something that usually only humans can do by taking quick glimpses around a room.

The lumps of 10,000-year-old chewing gum were unearthed from an archaeological site called Huseby-Klev, located on the west coast of Sweden.

China's Chang'e-4 mission to the moon has taken samples from the moon's oldest crater and found material from deep in the interior brought up to the surface billions of years ago in a powerful collision

A team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts have found that ancient construction workers repaired roads in the city before the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

Stone Age families crawled on hand and foot through dark caves for FUN carrying wooden torches 14,000 years ago, new study suggests

A series of tracks created roughly 14,000 years ago has revealed stunning new insight into the ways ancient humans explored dark, potentially treacherous cave systems during the Stone Age. Researchers say at least 180 hand and footprints line the clay-rich floor of Italy’s cave of Bàsura in the famous Toirano caves, indicating ancient humans crawled barelegged through low tunnels as they searched for food and even explored for fun. The group that left behind these tracks thousands of years ago included a total of five individuals, from adults to children as young as three years old, who navigated the dark pathways using wooden sticks as torches.

Users will have to pay a little extra to take advantage of the new tool, called 'Quiet Mode,' is only available for Uber Black and Uber Black SUV premium rides, which are more expensive.

Less than a month after the postponement of the Galaxy Fold, the company says it has resolved two issues with the device, one of them leading reviewers to destroy the phones disaply.

A misconfiguration in the key's Bluetooth pairing protocols made it possible for a hacker who is within 30 feet of the user to either communicate with the security key or the device it's paired with.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has put out a call for more information on developing an algorithm that can be trained to identify targets by visually analyzing security camera footage.

In a demonstration from researchers at Northeastern University in Boston, a software defined radio successfully tricks a simulated plane into thinking that the aircraft is traveling off-course.

Scientists have now calculated where they expect each of these craft to end up throughout the course of their respective journeys, starting with our nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri.

English speaking countries led the way for how often their citizens get drunk, with the US, Canada and Australia closely following the UK at the top of the global rankings.

Researchers at Bowling Green State University in Ohio conducted three studies including more than 1,000 university undergraduates and 724 people from a variety of age groups.

Lenovo unveils the 'world's first' foldable laptop with a 13-inch bendable screen that folds in half to become the size of a book

The Chinese tech giant is bringing bendy screen technology to a totally new gadget, releasing what it's calling the 'world's first foldable PC.' Users can fold it in half to read their favorite book in bed, unfold it and stand it up using the built-in kickstand to watch their favorite videos hands-free, or use it as a full-screen tablet to take notes during a meeting at the office.

The animal, which has been named Alcmonavis poeschli , was unearthed in Schaudiberg quarry, near Mörnsheim, in southern Germany's Altmühl Valley.

Users will now be directed to a 'credible public health resource' when they conduct a search using specific keywords associated with vaccines, Twitter said on Tuesday.

A new proposal from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai could allow carriers like AT&T; and Verizon to roll out call-blocking tools by default for consumers. The FCC will vote on the proposal at a meeting on June 6th.

Archaeologists studied fish bones from ancient ponds in the Amazon basin and found the main species to be those adapted to stagnant and shallow waters common during long droughts in the region

Archaeologists found the 2,600 year old castle in the North Sinai province. It was a mud brick structure with 16 towers and could have formed a main gate to Egypt's eastern border.

Jeff Bezos' futuristic vision of self-sustaining habitat that could house a TRILLION

Building off of a concept introduced decades ago by physicist Gerard O'Neill – who Bezos himself studied under during his time at Princeton, according to Fast Company – the Blue Origin founder outlined self-sustaining habitats that could hold entire cities, agricultural areas, and even national parks in space. While such a future may still be a ways off, Bezos says it will be an ‘easy choice’ when faced with dwindling resources on Earth. The habitats, reminiscent of the film Interstellar, could be built close enough to Earth to allow people to travel back and forth, and house ‘a million people or more each.’ And, according to Bezos, they’d have the ‘ideal climate’ at all times, ‘like Maui on its best day, all year long.’

Virgin Mobile said disruption was due to a technical issue (Nick Ansell/PA)

The company said the technical issue has now been resolved and the customers in the UK will be compensated but details of how they will be refunded have not been released.

A study measured tiny nanoparticles of pollution within house in four British towns and cities and compared them to outside to find that indoor spaces were more than three times more polluted.

The UK Environmental Agency, which began exploring the potential of the technique seven years ago, will be rolling out DNA-based monitoring programmes in 2020.

The Future of Food Report portrays long-term analyses of food and agricultural systems all over the world and predicts what we might be consuming in the decades to come.

Match announced today that it is beginning to roll out a new service called AskMatch which allows its paid users to chat on the phone with one of the company's dating 'experts.'

Google said on Tuesday it will also start placing ads with image galleries in search results and show ads in new spots on Google Maps, increasing opportunities for advertisers.

Explorer finds a plastic bag and candy wrappers at the bottom of the ocean nearly 7 MILES beneath the surface during deepest-ever submarine dive into the Mariana Trench

In a series of five separate trips into the Mariana Trench, Victor Vescovo, a private equity investor, former naval officer, and now, the record-holder for deepest manned submarine dive, joined a narrow list of explorers to visit the vast underwater chasm. While Victor Vescovo's journey recorded a number of phenomena, including three new species of marine life, he also turned unwelcome visitors: a plastic bag and a candy wrapper.

The FTC opened an investigation into Facebook's data dealings after it was revealed last Match that some 87 million users' data had been harvested and shared with Cambridge Analytica.

The NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center issued a storm watch earlier this week for Wednesday into Thursday and has since extended the forecast into Friday.

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2018, file photo, demonstrators hold images of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos near their faces during a Halloween-themed protest at Amazon headquarters over the company's facial recognition system, "Rekognition," in Seattle. San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies as the technology creeps increasingly into daily life. Studies have shown error rates in facial-analysis systems built by Amazon, IBM and Microsoft were far higher for darker-skinned women than lighter-skinned men. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Departments will need to get board approval to continue using or acquiring technology. The legislation bans municipal use but not personal, business or federal government use of face ID technology.

Researchers looked at millions of rides in San Francisco that took place between 2010 and 2016 -- pre and post Uber and Lyft -- looking at factors like the number of vehicle miles traveled and delays.

FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo a box of merchandise is unloaded from a truck and sent along a conveyor belt at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Walmart is rolling out free next-day delivery on its most popular items, increasing the stakes in the retail shipping wars with Amazon. The nation's largest retailer said Tuesday it's been building a network of more efficient e-commerce distribution centers to make that happen. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The next-day service will cover 220,000 popular items from diapers and non-perishable food items to toys and electronics. It will require a minimum order of $35 and expects to come to 75% of the US.

Experts from Macquarie University in Australia took fragments of a thin plastic carrier bag and PVC matting, which were left in artificial seawater for five days.

A scientific paper explains how retired geologist and marine ecologist Mario Wannier found the so-called Hiroshimaites littering the beaches 3.7 miles from the razed city.

Elon Musk shares photo of rocket stacked with 60 satellites as SpaceX launches

The SpaceX's CEO (bottom right) has tweeted a picture of a rocket packed full with 60 satellites (left) due to be launched this week as part of his Starlink project that aims to provide high-speed internet to the world, in particular, underserved regions such as parts of Africa. Many more satellite-filled launches are needed for even low coverage. The project could potentially launch 12,000 satellites into orbit

Users of the mobile network voiced their frustrations over the fault for which began around 11:30 am this morning and appears to have hit users across the UK.

The reason behind the issue remains unknown but it started around 15:37 BST. Affected areas included Europe, Australia, South America and the mainland US.

With a few steps, Alexa Guard turns Amazon's voice-activated speakers into smart home security devices that can listen for things like broken glass and carbon monoxide or smoke alarms.

Survey of Britons found 67 per cent of female owners say that their device fails to respond to a voice command at least 'sometimes', compared to 54 per cent of male owners.

First ever fossil of an ammonite trapped in amber is found in northern Myanmar

The fossil, found in northern Myanmar, is the first ever known example of an ammonite (left) to be trapped in amber. Amber normally traps and immortalises forest-dwelling creatures as it starts life as tree sap which captures them, renders them unable to escape and then hardens. The 33 mm long, 9.5 mm wide, 29 mm high chunk of amber hosts a range of different organisms from the marine world during the Cenomanian age. The researchers used X-ray micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) (right) to obtain high-resolution three-dimensional images of the organisms.

Experts from Washington State University miked up 17 toddlers and gathered day-long audio recordings of conversations with their parents to see who initiates communication with who.

The NASA-funded project is being led by aerospace engineer Phillip Ansell, electrical engineer Kiruba Haran and colleagues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the US.

Security researchers have discovered a new set of flaws in Intel processors that could leave users exposed to cyber-attacks akin to those caused by the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

Bandai America say it can now be married to other Tamagotchis and even have children. The gadget has other updates to help it compete with other toys as it is smartphone compatible.

Just 10 brands account for half of litter which ends up on beaches and riverbanks, according to a report of a huge UK-wide clean-up involving 45,000 volunteers of who collected the waste.

Rise of the machines: Hulking 165-pound humanoid robot delicately 'walks a tightrope' of tiny blocks in eerily similar fashion to a human walking along a treacherous path

Researchers from the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition in Florida have created a robot that uses a planning algorithm to balance its way across an uneven path of cinder blocks. The video shows the robot, called Atlas, carefully moving across a balance beam using body control, much like a human would. It was created using LIDAR, a system that uses a pulsed laser to measure the distance between objects, in order to step correctly on the narrow terrain.

Twitter has apologised after a bug resulted in the sharing of location data (Lauren Hurley/PA)

In a statement, Twitter confirmed the information was not retained, adding it 'only existed in their systems for a short time, and was then deleted as part of their normal process.'

While children are known to pick up speech patterns learned from their family, a new study from Ohio State University and Purdue University has found that they learn best from other kids.

An Elon Musk -backed startup looking to connect human brains to computers has raised most of its $51 million funding target. According to a report Neuralink has raised $39 million.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave the go-ahead for a lawsuit by consumers accusing Apple of monopolizing the market for iPhone software applications and forcing them to overpay.

A new concept design shared by a Netflix engineer re-imagines what receipts look like and how they serve consumers by presenting data in a much more intelligent way.

Blue Origin is 'going to the MOON': Jeff Bezos unveils giant concept lunar lander

Blue Origin is now in the running to put Americans back on the moon by 2024. During an event on Thursday, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos started off by sharing elaborate concept images of self-sustaining habitats reminiscent of the film Interstellar, with lush greenery and futuristic homes within its walls. But, the real star of the talk turned out to be something much closer to home – the moon. On stage, Bezos took the wraps off a massive model of what will be the firm’s first lunar lander, dubbed Blue Moon.

NASA is investigating how best to respond to the possibility of an asteroid or a comet colliding with Earth in fictional situations.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket successfully took its second flight ever on Thursday afternoon, when it lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center carrying Lockheed Martin's Arabsat 6A satellite.

The Beresheet spacecraft began experiencing problems shortly after it began its descent, despite a promising start in which it sent back a selfie at just 22 kilometers from the surface.

A drill that will spearhead the search for life on Mars was put through its paces using a vehicle resembling a soapbox derby contraption.

The ancient workshop is thought to date back to the 18th Dynasty, during the reign of Amenhotep III – King Tut’s grandfather. The sphinx and hundreds of hieroglyphic fragments were found at the site.

The battery-powered devices about the size of a small cooler and can deliver packages autonomously, but for now, they'll be accompanied with a human while they're being tested out.

On Dec. 21, during winter solstice, four of Juno's cameras captured images of the Jovian moon Io, the most volcanic body in our solar system, on the mission's 17th flyby of the gas giant.

The research from the consumer watchdog Which? comes as the UK prepares for the London Marathon this weekend and found the Garmin's Vivosmart 4 was named the least reliable.

A study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison wrapped the e-bandage around the chests of rats who had a cut on their backs. This caused the wound to heal in just three days versus 12 in others.

First found in China, it has caused significant problems in other areas it has invaded. It can form dense mats of up to 1,500 mussels per square metre – which can suffocate scallops and oysters.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have studied thousands of species of animals and birds to work out where reservoirs of contagious, mosquito-borne viruses could be.

The startup, called Humu, uses machine learning to parse through employee data and then 'nudges' workers to help them improve in areas that might make their work lives better.

Ford created a futuristic-looking dog kennel that uses noise-cancellation panels and the carmarker's active noise control technology to create an insulated environment for pets.

It was the ultimate speed battle between man and nature as Felipe Massa took on a peregrine falcon, the fastest animal on planet Earth. The falcon is capable of speeds of up to 217mph.

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 5, 2015 file photo, rush hour traffic fills the 6 October bridge over the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt. Uber is launching a new minibus service on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in traffic-mad Cairo, Egypt's capital and the ride-sharing U.S. giant's fastest-growing market. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Uber launched a new minibus service on Tuesday in traffic-mad Cairo, Egypt's capital and one of the U.S. ride-sharing giant's fastest-growing markets.

Footage of the colour-changing octopus was captured by a free-diver as he swam in the crystal clear waters in the French Riviera.

Australian scientists found sharks incubated in tanks that simulate temperatures in 2100 became 'right handed', preferring to swim to the  right, a process known as lateralization.

Most visitors think of New York's Parks as the only place to find trees. However, a new study found New York City has  over 5 million 'forested natural areas' along with 666,000 street trees.

The underwater skeletons of 185 wooden ships, referred to as ghost vessels, were deliberately sunk or have been left to decompose for hundreds of years in the Potomac River, Maryland, US.

McLaren have given Formula One fans their take on what the future of the sport looks like as they presented the 2050: the MCLExtreme, a futuristic race car built and designed for the future.

A researcher from Princeton University in New Jersey has found that testosterone levels and masculine features are directly related to the perception of a man's talent.

A new pair of hovershoes unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, called Motokicks, could soon replace your scooter, bike and skateboard - just don't try to take them for a spin in the rain.

An accidental discovery by Harvard academics has now found that a slightly different version of RNA may have been the key ingredient allowing for life on Earth to blossom.

Dr Dombard and his colleagues presented a possible solution to this problem at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington, DC, this week.

Ed Dentel, 46, of Richmond, Virginia, was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat - known as atrial fibrillation - after his Apple Watch alerted him that something was wrong on Thursday.

Passengers could receive their Amazon deliveries on HS2 trains, a manufacturer has claimed (HS2/PA)

Ilford-based company Bombardier Transportation is developing technology which would enable click-and-collect services on board.

Michelle Vall, 53, of Blackpool found the artefact under six inches of mud while holidaying at Loch Lomond. The signet ring is in perfect condition and is believed to be worth up to £10,000.

Archaeologists believe they have found the final resting place of Antony and Cleopatra in the ancient city of Taposiris Magna, around eighteen miles from Alexandria in Egypt.

Fifteen Gallic amphoras were found half submerged in the sand and were first spotted by two scuba divers outside the city of Portofino in late November last year.

The jacket alerts the rider to dangers around them and the helmet projects vital information, such as their speed, revs and a rear view camera on the visor to make you feel like Iron Man on a bike.

Military chiefs planned to use the explosives, codenamed Blue Peacock (pictured), to devastate Soviet forces if they forced the western Allies into retreat during an invasion of Europe.

US sportswear giant Nike has teased its first self-lacing basketball trainers, which the company has suggested will be controllable from a smartphone.

A Russian historian claims the French Emperor ordered decoys to be sent to a fictional burial site 40 miles from the actual location during his retreat from Moscow in 1812.

NASA says the incredible image is 'the largest panoramic view of the fire and fury of star birth in the distant universe.' The images uses ultraviolet light to create a never-before seen image.

A team of University of Bristol researchers used scanning electron microscopy to quantify melanosome extracts from the feathers of 97 species of modern birds with iridescent plumage.

Hess was captured by 1941 in Scotland after parachuting into the UK and tried at Nuremberg and later imprisoned at Berlin's Spandau prison.

Price beats the previous world record for a British coin by more than £200,000. Only 20 of the 'Vigo' five guinea pieces were minted, to celebrate the theft of American gold form the Spanish fleet.

The enormous predator, known as 'Deep Blue', was first seen by diver and photographer Mark Mohler and Kimberly Jeffries on Sunday last week nine miles from the coast off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

The spacecraft completed its 16th close flyby of the giant planet this past October, revealing some of our best glimpses yet at its fascinating atmospheric processes.

The findings, by researchers at the University of Oxford, could help predict a sportsman's performance - and the rate of his decline - over his career.

San Francisco based Earth imaging company Planet Lab has launched a record number of satellites into space which combined can photograph the entire landmass of the world.

Gadgets on show this week at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas include the Y-brush, which cleans your teeth in just ten seconds.

The FlexPai is billed as the world's first foldable smartphone by its developer Royole and has a super flexible screen which can be bent from the middle.

French startup Neural Up demonstrated its incredible relaxation technology in Las Vegas this week at CES. The patented acoustic technology aims to 'enhance your emotional balance.'

Experts say the stellar ‘tantrum’ could provide a window into the birth of potentially habitable exoplanets, revealing how huge events shake up the material orbiting distant stars.

Researchers from the University of Washington say lessons from the Great Dying have major implications for the fate of today's warming world.

China's Chang'e 4 spacecraft has brought vegetable seeds and silkworm eggs in a small tin to the moon. Researchers hope the seeds will grow to blossom on the moon in 100 days.

UberAir will make its debut in the American cities of Los Angeles and Dallas in 2023, and is hoping the taxis may fly in British skies in the next decade.

A trial is starting in August which will see customers leave their car in a drop-off zone before summoning a robot through a designated app. It will be at Gatwick's South Terminal long-stay car park.

The study has revealed new insight on the potential abundance of Jupiter-sized young planets in other corners of the Milky Way, and suggests our solar system may not be unique.

Dozens of winners of the Nobel Prize have written to UK Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker setting out their concerns.

Archaeologists at University College London discovered that the bones in the feet of Neolithic cattle demonstrated distinctive wear patterns, indicative of exploitation as 'animal engines'.

Researchers at the Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder in Key Largo, Florida, played videos on a TV screen through underwater windows.

A new investigation into the genome of Asian populations has spotted the footprint of a long-ago hominid that appears to have been cross-bred from two different species of human ancestor.

The striking artefacts were found at the mysterious site in Abermagwr, Wales, which has fascinated archaeologists for years. Romans were previously thought to have had little interaction with locals.

Former Israeli Air Force pilot Alon Getz helped design the new cutting-edge technology as part of his start-up company RideOn. It is being trialed in Austria.

Byton kicked off CES 2019 by revealing the souped up interior of its M-Byte vehicle, complete with additional displays – including a touchscreen in the middle of the steering wheel.

Anjou unveiled a tabletop device that can print any picture on your nails in 30 seconds. The firm demo'ed at CES, showing how users can choose from 500 designs or upload their own images.

Unlimited Tomorrow's new lower-cost method for creating high-tech prosthetics aims to make the devices much more accessible to amputees around the world – especially children.

Researchers at the University of Manchester spent more than 10 years constructing the supercomputer, which they have dubbed SpiNNaker.

Formed between July and September 2018, the huge impact smashed through the ice at the planet's southern ice cap, sending debris into a unique pattern.

The ancient funeral practice took place when people feared the person would rise from the dead and infect people, experts revealed.

A new Boulder study claims Operation Pocket Money, a plan to deploy 11,000 sea mines off the coast of North Vietnam to cut off naval supply routes to the region, was scuppered by the storm.

The 'heartland hyperloop' would run along the I-70 corridor, the major highway traversing Missouri, and would connect Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis.

Archaeologists developed a programme to save endless hours in the restoration of historical items. Trials were conducted on Byzantine art from Cyprus.

Ovie, a Chicago-based start-up, claim to 'make it easy for you to track what's in your fridge and waste less'. The containers have coloured discs that tell you when food is going out of date.

This combination of images provided by NASA shows a series of photographs made by the New Horizons spacecraft as it approached the Kuiper belt object Ultima Thule on Jan. 1, 2019. (NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute via AP)

The movie was put together from photos taken New Year's Eve and New Year's Day as the spacecraft made its closest approach, but not sent back to Earth until recently.

This illustration provided by Carbon Engineering in October 2018 shows one of the designs of the company's air contactor assemblies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Carbon Engineering acting chief scientist David Keith, a Harvard University professor, said "in the long-term, carbon removal will make sense to reduce atmospheric carbon burden, but only once emissions have been brought near zero. The idea that humanity might continue huge fossil emissions while simultaneously balancing them with removal is nutty _ you plug the leaks before bailing the boat." (Carbon Engineering via AP)

The report from the National Academy of Sciences says technology to 'suck up' greenhouse gases has gotten better, and climate change is worsening.

The largest technology show in the world kicked off yesterday in Las Vegas with an amazing set of innovations on display including a smart cat bowl, an electric skateboard and a motorised suitcase.

New pictures released this week show construction underway on the test vehicle of the SpaceX ship that could one day bring humans tourists to Mars. Musk says he is aiming for test flights this spring.

The video reveals the 3500ft borehole into Mercer Subglacial Lake, a hydraulically active lake that lies more 1000m beneath the Whillans Ice Plain on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.