Coal-free power hits record high as combination including gas, nuclear and wind fuel UK for 90 hours

Britain smashed its record for the longest spell without generating electricity from coal over the weekend. Using a combination of gas, nuclear, wind, solar, imports, biomass and hydro, the UK was powered for 90 hours and 45 minutes from Thursday until yesterday. It broke the previous longest period of 76 hours and ten minutes, which was set in April 2018. Plans to phase out all of Britain’s coal power plants by 2025 have been announced by the Government in a bid to cut greenhouse gases Duncan Burt, director of operations…

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Meal kits are BETTER for the environment than going to the store despite extra packaging

A new study is pouring cold water on concerns over the eco-footprint of increasingly popular meal delivery services. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, found that despite concerns over the amount of packaging used in popular meal delivery services like Blue Apron and HelloFresh, the services had a lower overall carbon footprint. When taking into account fossil fuel usage throughout the entire process of cultivating the food, shipping it, and its post-life in a landfill, researchers determined that buying food at the grocery store used approximately…

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Tesla will launch its first fleet of autonomous robotaxis by 2020

Elon Musk said he’s ‘very confident’ that Tesla will have autonomous robo-taxis on the road as soon as next year.  The billionaire tech mogul showed off a Tesla ride-sharing app at the company’s Autonomy Day with investors at its Palo Alto, California headquarters on Monday.  Not long after Tesla’s robo-taxis are operational, Musk also predicts the firm will eliminate the steering wheel and pedals from its vehicles by 2021.  Scroll down for video  Elon Musk said he’s ‘very confident’ that Tesla will have autonomous robo-taxis on the road as soon…

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Elon Musk claims Tesla has created ‘the best chip in the world’ for autonomous vehicles

Elon Musk has given a rare glimpse into the underpinnings of his electric car company’s futuristic autonomous vehicle technology.  At Tesla’s first-ever Autonomy Day with investors, the firm revealed it has developed what it says is the ‘best chip in the world’ that will allow its cars to achieve full self-driving capabilities without the need for human intervention.  The new chip has allowed Tesla to make strides in bringing fully autonomous software to its fleet of vehicles, so much so that Musk predicts Tesla will have more than one million…

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Photographer documents gender stereotypes as studies show how kids’ perception can be manipulated

Photographer JeonMee Yoon is using books, toys, clothing and more to capture the pervasiveness of kids’ color-coded gender roles.   In an illustrative photo series, Yoon, a South Korea-based photographer, conveys the ubiquity of a simple and often unspoken rule: blue for boys and pink for girls.   As reported by Wired, Yoon’s work, titled Pink and Blue Project, which began in 2005, initially inspired by her own daughter, is intended  not just as a showcase of pervasive gender roles through kids’ color-coded belongings, but as a dissection of the effectiveness of…

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Popular hotspot finder app exposed 2 MILLION WiFi network passwords, researchers find

An Android app that helps users find nearby WiFi hotspots has exposed the passwords of some two million networks.  The app, called WiFi Finder, works by letting users upload network passwords to the service, so that users can then connect to nearby hotspots.  However, a security researcher discovered that it wasn’t just collecting public network information, but also data from private WiFi networks located in residential areas, according to TechCrunch.  Scroll down for video  A popular Android app that helps users find nearby WiFi hotspots, called WiFi finder, has exposed…

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Elon Musk claims Neuralink technology that will connect human brain with computers is ‘coming soon’

Elon Musk believes humans must link up with machines in order to fight the inevitable onslaught of artificial intelligence. In a recent tweet, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said technology from his latest company, Neuralink, will be ‘coming soon.’ Musk has yet to offer up any more details on when or how the tech will come to fruition. Neuralink has previously teased a product that would effectively connect human brains to computers using a tiny implanted chip.  Scroll down for video Elon Musk believes humans must link up with machines…

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Look up tonight! Lyrid meteor shower will peak to bring more than a dozen ‘shooting stars’ per hour

The Lyrid meteor shower is returning for its annual dance across night skies, and despite a brighter-than-usual moon, stargazers can still follow a few steps to make sure they get the best glimpse. According to NASA, the peak of the annual meteor shower will take place tonight into tomorrow, which coincides with a bright waning gibbous moon — a phase that comes very close to being a full moon.  That means, with added moonlight, the spectacle will likely be hard to observe outside of the brightest meteors, according to experts. …

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Mental health joins genre of medical apps that share user data with little disclosure

Mental health applications geared towards helping people with addiction and depression are harvesting potentially sensitive user information with little disclosure according to a new study.    In the analysis researchers surveyed 36 of the top-ranked apps for smoking cessation and depression to figure out whether privacy policies adequately conveyed when and how user information would be transmitted to third parties.  The results, they say, show a practice of data collection that is both frequent and opaque.  Medical information is becoming more accessible through the use of easily available health apps, including…

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Samsung DELAYS the launch of its $2,000 folding phone until next month after display issues

Samsung has pressed pause on the release of its new $2,000 folding phones.  The Korean tech giant is delaying the release of the Galaxy Fold until ‘at least next month,’ after repeated issues with the phone’s display, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The move comes as the firm was just days away from its official launch date on April 26th.   Scroll down for video   Samsung has pressed pause on the release of its new $2,000 folding phones. The firm is delaying the release of the Galaxy Fold until ‘at…

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