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Recent years have been a number of pathogenic threats have hit the headlines, with Ebola being the foremost concern in recent years. Looking to the future, scientists have raised concerns about three viruses that the world now needs to prepare for.

Microsoft's 'early goodbye' to Windows 7 irks security experts

This week, Microsoft publicly claimed its own Windows 7 operating system is "long-outdated" and based on insecure security models. The statement has been criticised by security experts as the OS is still three years away from the end of support.

U.S. wind and solar power will continue to grow, despite Trump

While President Trump disputes climate change, promises a revival of the coal industry, and disparages wind power, this leaves many states uncertain over the future of renewable energy policies.

Project underway to map hospital infection zones

To better understand the infection risks to patients a plan has been drawn up to map the microbiome of hospitals. This is on the premise that each hospital carries its own, unique microbial signature.

New salvia test helps with crime scene investigations

Knowing whether a sample of salvia has originated from a man or a woman could prove revolutionary for criminal investigators. A new method, based on Raman spectrophotometry, offers the means to do so.

Bacteria powered battery built on sheet of paper

In the quest to find new and efficient means of generating power a research group have developed a battery, resembling a thin sheet of paper, which is powered by microorganisms.

Iceland is drilling the world’s deepest geothermal well

Iceland is digging world’s deepest geothermal borehole into the heart of a volcano at a depth of 3.10 miles (5 km) to tap renewable energy. The extreme pressure and heat at such depths could derive 30 to 50 MW of electricity from one geothermal well.

Op-Ed: Interview with a chat bot — AI's revenge hits the biz sector?

Chat bots are in the news as the new way for businesses to manage communications. They’re designed to communicate with humans on a human level. That’s a pretty low level in most cases, but there’s an unexpected side.

AT&T kills the original iPhone

The original iPhone is now unusable as a cellular device in the U.S. because AT&T has quietly shut down its 2G network. The carrier was the only provider that supported the first-generation handset, meaning owners can no longer use voice or data.

Nokia 6 sells out in under one minute

The Nokia 6, the first Nokia smartphone to be sold by HMD Global, reportedly sold out one minute after going on sale in China this week. It's been interpreted as a sign that the brand is still respected by consumers, suggesting HMD has a bright future.

Microsoft postpones launch of Windows 10 'My People' feature

Microsoft has announced it is postponing the launch of Windows 10's upcoming "My People" feature. My People aims to make it easier to connect with your friends and colleagues by placing shortcuts to their profiles on the Windows taskbar.

Psychology explains what retail therapy is all about

When people are unhappy they often go out and buy something in order to make themselves feel better. One of the drivers for this, psychologists report, could be a fundamental unhappiness with personal relationships.

New approach to antidepressant via drug discovery

A new molecule has proved promising in laboratory test in relation to antidepressant therapy. This relates to a better understanding as to how the brain regulates depression and anxiety.

Google building its own Android Wear smartwatches with LG

Google is planning to launch its own smartwatches to coincide with the release of Android Wear 2.0. The company has partnered with LG to manufacture the devices, according to a report this week. They'll be launched in early February.

The iPhone 8 could scan your face with a laser sensor

Apple is planning to add facial recognition powered by a laser sensor to the upcoming iPhone 8, according to a report today. It will be the first time the company has used technology of its kind on an iPhone. It isn't clear what it will be used for.

Windows 10 to get new 'adaptive' shell that works on every device

Microsoft is developing a new "adaptive" shell for Windows 10 that will unify interface experiences and remove the divide between PCs, phones and other kinds of device. The company plans to build a "universal" shell for a single Windows 10.

LinkedIn's redesign changes everything for the better

LinkedIn has announced the most significant overhaul of its website since the company's launch. The new interface has been simplified to make LinkedIn's purpose and core features more obvious to users. There's also new messaging and search functions.

Meet Gabe Newell, the richest man in the video game business

The wealthiest man in the video game industry has a name you likely haven't heard; he runs a company you probably haven't heard of; he wears a wild beard and, often, the same black polo.

Wearable sensor aims to flag when you’re getting sick

Smart watches and other wearable technologies are effective at monitoring vital signs and reporting on overall health, but can the technology be developed to actually signal when you might be getting sick? One research group thinks so.

Microsoft to add e-books to the Windows Store this spring

Microsoft is planning to open its own bookstore, according to leaked screenshots of an upcoming Windows Store update published this week. Launching with the Windows 10 Creators Update, you'll be able to purchase e-books directly from Windows.

Google shares how it finds malicious Android apps

Google has detailed one of its most useful methods for catching malicious apps threatening Android phones. It is able to work out when an app has left a device unusable by checking to see if it has been used in a recent period of time.

Former Apple employee says company no longer a 'change-maker'

Apple CEO Tim Cook transformed the company into a 'boring operations' firm after taking over the reins from Steve Jobs, according to a former employee. Cook permanently changed the mood within Apple, causing it to become less innovative than it once was.

Google+ gets new features in update that kills classic web app

Google+ may have failed in its quest to topple Facebook but Google is still working on the platform. It has announced a series of new features designed to attract new users and keep existing ones active. The 'classic' web version will now be switched off.

Op-Ed: ISIS drone bombers in Mosul: Big mistake

ISIS has started using quadcopters as grenade dropping bombers. While not a major innovation, it does raise a lot of issues for conventional military forces. It also creates a new weapon against terror.

'Halloween Crack' threatens to cut off British Antarctic station

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has made the decision to shut down its Halley VI Research Station on The Brunt Ice Shelf for the winter after a new crack in the ice appeared not far from the remote outpost.

Tightest material knot ever is achieved

Materials scientists have made the most tightly knotted physical structure ever. This feat could lead to a new generation of advanced materials being manufactured.

Link made between concussion and Alzheimer’s

Is there a link between concussion and the later development of Alzheimer’s disease? Although there are different factors that could result in the neurodegenerative disease, researchers, in a new report, focus on one potentially important aspect.

Microsoft's CEO thinks AI should help people, not replace them

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has spoken out on how artificial intelligence should not be seen as a way of replacing humans. The leader made the comments as Microsoft enters new fields of AI research and prepares to 'democratise' the technology.

Apple to launch MacBook Pro with 32GB of RAM this year

Apple is said to be planning a new premium MacBook Pro model that includes truly high-end hardware. It comes after criticism of the 2016 version which features low-power processors and limited memory, making it unsuitable for professional work.

Intel thinks you need AI, bots and sensors to help you shop

Intel has announced a $100 million investment in technologies that will bring automated bots and the Internet of Things to the high street. The company wants to connect and "transform" the retail industry using data and devices.

Rescue your Vines before the app shuts down today

Vine is closing down today, leaving users unable to access the app and content abandoned online. You can still rescue your Vines before it's too late and archive them for future viewings. In the next few hours Vine will be replaced by 'Vine Camera.'

Hackers use a clever fake email attachment to access accounts

A new email scam is circulating that aims to trick the user into giving up their email login details by sending over a (fake) link to a PDF to open.

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon dead at 82

Gene Cernan passed away on Monday at age 82. Although his family did not release details of the cause of the former astronaut’s death, he had been in ill health for several months. Cernan is being remembered as the last human to walk on the moon.

Smart watch designed to monitor glucose levels

Wearable technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, especially in the health-related field. A new smart watch, equipped with a standard heart rate monitor and step counter, can also measure glucose levels.

Studying a person’s blood says how old they are

Scientists have found a way to accurately determine how old a person is biologically from studying some newly identified biomarkers in the blood. This represents a step forward in estimating age and this will lead to medical benefits.

Yukon caves yield evidence of earliest humans in North America

On a limestone ridge, overlooking the upper Bluefish River in Yukon, Canada, are three small caves. Buried in the cave deposits are the bones of long-gone animals, some with marks made by stone tools wielded by possibly North America's earliest humans.

Microsoft waves an 'early goodbye' to Windows 7

Microsoft has suggested Windows 7 is no longer a secure or supported operating system in a blog post today. The company said it's waving an "early goodbye" to the much-loved platform, even though support actually ends in 2020.

Microsoft patents folding phone that transforms into a tablet

A Microsoft patent filing describing a foldable smartphone that can turn itself into a tablet has been uncovered. Although the company may not intend to build the device, it could provide hints into the future of Microsoft's mobile ambitions.

'123456' leads the worst passwords of 2016

A list of the worst passwords of 2016 has been revealed by a cybersecurity company. Unsurprisingly, the top 10 still consists of strings of sequential characters, phrases from the top of the keyboard and repeated groups of letters.

Future batteries could include built-in fire extinguishers

Researchers have developed a lithium-ion battery that includes its own fire extinguisher capable of preventing a device from bursting into flame. It comes in the wake of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone disaster, potentially preventing future incidents.

Essential Science: Using bacteria to generate useful chemicals

Bacterial cells have been engineered to produce quantities of a chemical called serine. This chemical has a useful function – it is used to manufacture detergents and its acts as a building block for many industrially important chemicals.
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