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Bletchley Park's contribution to WW2 'over-rated'

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He was given extensive access to the secret files of the intelligence agency, although some limits were placed on what he could see and write about, including more recent interceptions of other country's diplomatic messages and some of the technical secrets of code-breaking.


Alphabet Mineral reveals crop-inspecting robots

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"Over the past few years, the plant buggy has trundled through strawberry fields in California and soybean fields in Illinois, gathering high quality images of each plant and counting and classifying every berry and every bean," it said.


Ada Lovelace Day: '2020 has been a hard slog'

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My young daughter caught Covid in July. And she recently had a temperature again. But it took six days to get a test result, so my son was off school again. And my husband was working until midnight to fit everything in.


Apple iPhone 12: The chip advance set to make smartphones smarter

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But in the years to come, some applications of the gains 5nm and then 3nm tech promise should be become obvious beyond smartphones - smart glasses that don't look too bulky, smart watches that last longer between charges, and perhaps affordable self-driving cars.


Second false positive Covid-19 test for Republic

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Four other squad members, who were close contacts, also missed the game and that followed Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah sitting out Thursday's Euro 2020 play-off as being close contacts of the member of the backroom staff, who it was later discovered had a false positive test.


May attacks 'ill-conceived' planning reforms

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Theresa May has criticised the government's proposed changes to the planning system for being "ill-conceived" and "mechanistic". The former prime minister said the use of a formula to assess housing need in England "does not guarantee a single extra home being built". The Commons is debating a motion from another Tory MP, asking ministers to think again about its reforms. The government said the plan was "still part of a consultation". A Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) spokeswoman added that the algorithm would be designed to "set up to deliver the new homes the country needs".


Oscars update rules to allow drive-in screenings

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"With the gradual re-opening of theatres, an addendum was added to clarify the two methods for qualification in the best picture and general entry categories moving forward through the end of this exceptional awards year " the organisers said in a statement on Variety.


Sir Roger Penrose: The man who proved black holes weren't 'impossible'

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This was the cauldron into which Sir Roger jumped when he started applying some of the principles trained up in topology - a mathematical concept describing the properties of geometric objects as they are twisted or stretched - to black holes. Before his seminal 1965 paper, models could describe how these objects might form but they were often dismissed as being idealised situations with perfect symmetry that would be unlikely to occur in the "real world".


The robot shop worker controlled by a faraway human

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In a quiet aisle of a small supermarket in Tokyo, a robot dutifully goes about its work. It looks like a well-integrated autonomous mechanical worker, but that is something of an illusion. This robot doesn't have a mind of its own. Several miles away, a human worker is controlling its every movement remotely and watching via a virtual reality (VR) headset that provides a robot's eye view. This is the work of Japanese firm Telexistence, whose Model-T robot is designed to allow people to do physical labour in supermarkets and other locations from the comfort of their own homes.