A super-intelligent robotic “brain” that can learn new skills by browsing millions of web pages has been developed by US researchers.  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28936436 Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available information sources such as YouTube. The information it learns can then be accessed by robots around the […]

A system that allows the exterior of aircraft to “feel” damage or injury in a way similar to human skin is in development by BAE Systems. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28881748 The British defence contractor said the technology, which works by covering the entire body of a plane with tens of thousands of micro-sensors, is able to detect problems […]

At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28939089 Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, it said. The report, commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council, revealed there had been three […]

Islamic State militants are the most dangerous threat America has faced in years, top US officials have warned. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28891325 Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said US strikes had weakened IS in Iraq, but the group could be expected to regroup. America’s top general Martin Dempsey said IS fighters could not be defeated without attacking its base […]

Over the years Chung Eun-yong — who died on Aug. 1 at 91 at his home in Daejeon, South Korea — amassed evidence that American troops had systematically killed more than 100, and possibly as many as 400, civilian refugees early in the Korean War near a railroad bridge outside the South Korean village of No […]

The fatal police shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is prompting calls for more officers to wear so-called body cameras, simple, lapel-mounted gadgets that capture video footage of law enforcement’s interactions with the public.  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ferguson-fallout-call-police-body-cams Proponents say the devices add a new level of accountability to police work. “This is a technology […]

St Louis police have released video and audio recordings of the shooting on Tuesday of Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old man described as “behaving erratically” and carrying a knife when officers arrived on the scene.  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/21/police-release-video-of-kajieme-powell-shooting-in-st-louis/print One video, taken by a witness with a phone camera, shows officers opening fire repeatedly within 15 seconds of arriving […]

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