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World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

The world’s first full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland. The revolutionary technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines used. The Peterhead wind farm, known as Hywind, is a trial which will bring power to 20,000 homes. Manufacturer Statoil says output ...

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Fukushima disaster: Robot finds possible melted nuclear fuel

An underwater robot has captured what is believed to be the first images of melted nuclear fuel deposits inside Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator Tepco says. Large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers were seen underneath its unit three reactor. If confirmed, it would be a major milestone in the clear-up operation. The power plant ...

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Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers

Blood donation rules for sex workers and gay men are being relaxed in England and Scotland after improvements in the accuracy of testing procedures. Men who have sex with men can now give blood three months after their last sexual activity instead of 12. And sex workers, who were previously barred from donating, now can, subject to the same three-month ...

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C-Turtle: The landmine-detecting robot 'turtle'

A disposable landmine detecting robot has been developed by Arizona State University. Current de-mining robots can handle repeated blows but are big and expensive. The disposable C-Turtle is made from cardboard, powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero computer and costs £50 ($65). BBC Click’s Nick Kwek finds out more. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. 0SHARESShare Tweet Click here ...

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NHS plans to scrap homeopathy treatments

NHS England has announced plans to stop doctors prescribing homeopathy, herbal and other “low value” treatments. It hopes to save almost £200m a year by ending what the head of the service called a “misuse of scarce” NHS funds. Prescriptions for conditions including diarrhoea, thrush, acne and acute pain are among those up for review. But the plans to scrap ...

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Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

Boots has said it is “truly sorry” for its response to calls to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills. The pharmaceutical company was criticised after telling the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) it was avoiding “incentivising inappropriate use”. It now says it is looking for cheaper alternatives to the Levonelle brand. The firm said it “sincerely” apologised ...

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UK to bring in drone registration

The UK government has announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners of the small unmanned aircraft. It will affect anyone who owns a drone which weighs more than 250 grams (8oz). Drone maker DJI said it was in favour of the measures. There is no time frame or firm plans as to how the new ...

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Farm subsidies 'must be earned' – Michael Gove

Farm subsidies will have to be earned rather than just handed out in future, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said in a speech. Farmers will only get payouts if they agree to protect the environment and enhance rural life, he will say. The move is part of what he calls his vision for a “green Brexit”. Farmers’ leaders want ...

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YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos

YouTube says it will redirect people searching for “violent extremist propaganda” and offer them videos that denounce terrorism. People searching for certain terms relating to the so-called Islamic State group will be offered playlists of videos “debunking its mythology”. YouTube said it wanted to help prevent people being radicalised. The company told the BBC that uploading IS propaganda was already ...

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AI demo picks out recipes from food photos

An algorithm created to identify recipes for food just from a photograph has been demonstrated by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The neural network was trained on a dataset of one million photos and one million recipes. The trial model worked best on desserts and found smoothies and sushi more challenging, the researchers said. The team has ...

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