Ultra-hi-tech invisible Irish border ‘perfectly doable’, ex-customs chief says

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Ultra-hi-tech invisible Irish border ‘perfectly doable’, ex-customs chief saysCreating a frictionless “smart border” between the UK and the Republic of Ireland is “perfectly possible and doable” within as little as two years, the author of an EU-published research paper examining this aspect of Brexit has told E&T. Lars Karlsson, former director of the World Customs Organisation […]

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Google matches its total electricity needs with renewables

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Google matches its total electricity needs with renewablesThe company set itself a goal of meeting 100 per cent of its 2017 energy requirements through renewables at the beginning of last year. “We just completed the accounting for Google’s 2017 energy use and it’s official—we met our goal,” Urs Hölzle, the search giant’s vice president of […]

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Boycott university over autonomous weapons lab, academics say

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Boycott university over autonomous weapons lab, academics sayKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the nation’s first research-focused science and engineering institution, has established a new lab partnered with leading defence manufacturer Hanwha Systems. Hanwha Systems has come under criticism for its manufacture of cluster munitions, which are forbidden by the Convention on Cluster […]

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Robot surgeon operates on cancer patient in two places simultaneously

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Robot surgeon operates on cancer patient in two places simultaneouslyChristine Lockton, from Croydon, south London, was diagnosed with the condition last year after experiencing unexplained weight loss. Tests revealed the 63-year-old had a large tumour in her bowel which was invading her womb. After a course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, in March she underwent a […]

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‘Tobacco products sold to children via Facebook despite ad ban’

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‘Tobacco products sold to children via Facebook despite ad ban’Children are being signposted towards addictive tobacco products via “potent” messaging on Facebook – despite policies aimed at restricting the promotion of these items. Stamford University School of Medicine researchers found brands of cigars, hookah tobacco and smokeless tobacco being marketed and sold via “shop now” buttons attached […]

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Mozilla reveals VR version of its Firefox browser

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Mozilla reveals VR version of its Firefox browserDubbed Firefox Reality, the software marks the first cross-platform browser for mixed reality headsets. “Other solutions for browsing and accessing the web on stand-alone headsets exist, but they are closed and platform specific. Firefox Reality will be independent and will work on a wide variety of devices and […]

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