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Hyperloop construction begins in Las Vegas

The full-scale prototype of as futuristic transport system is called DevLoop and could transport passengers at up to 760mph.

Hyperloop construction begins in Las Vegas
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China to turn Chernobyl into solar power plant

Two Chinese companies have announced plans to build a one gigawatt solar plant in the zone surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.

China to turn Chernobyl into solar power plant
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Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook

German data protection authorities said they had blocked Facebook from collecting subscriber data from its subsidiary WhatsApp.

Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook
Testing the driverless Uber -- first nerves, and then acceptance
Testing the driverless Uber -- first nerves, and then acceptance

Uber has been testing its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh.

Testing the driverless Uber -- first nerves, and then acceptance
iPhone spyware spotlights Israel's secretive surveillance industry
iPhone spyware spotlights Israel's secretive surveillance industry

The discovery of sophisticated spyware to infiltrate and remotely take control of iPhones put a spotlight on Israel's surveillance industry.

iPhone spyware spotlights Israel's secretive surveillance industry
Pokemon Go unleashes legions of monster hunters
Pokemon Go unleashes legions of monster hunters

Since its release in the United States, Australia and New Zealand last week, the free Pokemon Go smartphone game that overlays play on the real world has triggered a craze tinged with obsession.

Pokemon Go unleashes legions of monster hunters
China’s showpiece Tianhe-2 computer. Photo courtesy of planetinvestigations.com
World's fastest supercomputer entirely made in China

China has built the world's fastest supercomputer using locally made microchips without using US technology.

World's fastest supercomputer entirely made in China
Robot home-help and virtual reality at Taiwan's Computex
Robot home-help and virtual reality at Taiwan's Computex

A knee-high robot designed to help around the house ended up serenading Taiwan's president as Asia's largest tech trade show kicked off Tuesday in Taipei.

Robot home-help and virtual reality at Taiwan's Computex
Virtual Reality puts viewer in the movie at Cannes
Virtual Reality puts viewer in the movie at Cannes

What if you could both watch a film and be a character in it?

Virtual Reality puts viewer in the movie at Cannes
Japan abandons $250mn black hole satellite
Japan abandons $250mn black hole satellite

Japan is abandoning a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar satellite it sent to study black holes, disappointed space scientists said.

Japan abandons $250mn black hole satellite
When technology bites back
When technology bites back

From the 1912 sinking of RMS Titanic to the Chernobyl nuclear accident 30 years ago, technology has repeatedly confounded its creators.

When technology bites back
Encryption row spotlights fears on security, privacy
Encryption row spotlights fears on security, privacy

Has encryption technology given the bad guys a way to operate in the dark? Or has the new tech age gifted law enforcement with unprecedented surveillance powers?

Encryption row spotlights fears on security, privacy
Technology drive sees 'connected car' link-ups in China
Technology drive sees 'connected car' link-ups in China

China has the youngest premium car buyers in the world, and their tech-savvy demand for connected cars is driving international automakers.

Technology drive sees 'connected car' link-ups in China
American tech giants under EU cosh
American tech giants under EU cosh

US technology giants Google, Amazon, Apple, Intel and Microsoft have all come under the often costly scrutiny of European Union.

American tech giants under EU cosh
Researchers at the Cloning & Genetic Engineering section of the Beijing Genomics Institute. ©Reuters/Bobby Yip
Human genetic research with Chinese characteristics

Researchers from Guangzhou Medical University used a gene-editing technique CRISPR to artificially induce a mutation in human cells.

Human genetic research with Chinese characteristics
Cholesterol drug fails to improve heart health: study
Cholesterol drug fails to improve heart health: study

Experimental drug that greatly increases levels of "good" cholesterol has no effect on heart health, a comprehensive clinical trial found.

Cholesterol drug fails to improve heart health: study
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Facebook tests tech to help blind people enjoy photos

Facebook on Monday began using artificial intelligence to help people with visual impairments enjoy photos posted at the leading social network.

Facebook tests tech to help blind people enjoy photos
Samsung follows Apple with launch in China of mobile payment
Samsung follows Apple with launch in China of mobile payment

South Korea's Samsung announced the launch of its mobile payment service in China, a market its arch-rival Apple entered six weeks ago.

Samsung follows Apple with launch in China of mobile payment
Number of US drones will nearly triple by 2020
Number of US drones will nearly triple by 2020

An estimated seven million drones will fly in US skies by 2020, nearly tripling the number in circulation by the end of the year.

Number of US drones will nearly triple by 2020
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SpaceX satellite launch succeeds, but rocket crash lands

SpaceX launched a communications satellite to an orbit but failed to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform.

SpaceX satellite launch succeeds, but rocket crash lands