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Plants can talk, and these scientists are working out a way to listen

Studies have long suggested that plants can communicate with one another, and now a group of researchers are developing a way for humans to decode the leafy language. By using a network of micro-sensors inserted into special kinds of plants, the researchers, from Britain, Spain and Italy, hope to be able to interpret information on how plants respond to temperature fluctuations, humidity, chemicals, air …

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Sadie HalePlants can talk, and these scientists are working out a way to listen

New glasses could help blind people see again, kind of

A kind of advanced technology used to help robots navigate their way around without bumping into everything could soon be used to help blind people see again. Well, kind of. Scientists at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics at…

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Becca CaddyNew glasses could help blind people see again, kind of

Roll up! The cows that make human breast milk – special juice could hit shops in three years

We believe it's customary to issue "trigger" warnings for contents such as the following. At least it's pretty gross – what you will see in the video are COWS that secrete HUMAN milk and the whole think will probably…

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ShinyJessRoll up! The cows that make human breast milk – special juice could hit shops in three years

Software made for astronauts and designed in Surrey finds alternative use in Game design

It was meant to help astronauts control space ships, but it has a surprise alternative use – Game Design. The iKinema software was developed by the space research station at Surrey University and has been snapped up by big…

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Anna LeachSoftware made for astronauts and designed in Surrey finds alternative use in Game design

How the Internet of Everything ends up in the Stomachs of Japanese Cows

Qualcomm are better known for making chips for top smartphones than for cows' intestines. That could be about to change. The Internet of Everything aka the Internet of Things is where chips are embedded in everything from toasters to…

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Anna LeachHow the Internet of Everything ends up in the Stomachs of Japanese Cows

The 3D Food Printer: why IKEA predicts we'll be printing out dinner in 2040

Forget the ice-cream maker, top of our new kitchen gadget wishlist is a 3D food printer. Oh yes, we said 3D Food Printer. Capable of printing out your dinner, scientists in MIT invented the gadget back in January, and IKEA…

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Anna LeachThe 3D Food Printer: why IKEA predicts we'll be printing out dinner in 2040

Is Sat-Nav ruining our sense of Geography?

I've just been on the radio (briefly) chatting about whether GPS and sat navs are eroding our sense of geography. Whether we're so busy peering at our screens that we don't see the lambs gambolling in the field nearby…

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Anna LeachIs Sat-Nav ruining our sense of Geography?