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Robot helps Jack McLinden, 14, to be Everton mascot

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A 14-year-old Everton fan has made history by becoming football's first "remote" match-day mascot - with the aid of a robot. Jack McLinden, who has multiple health conditions, experienced joining his heroes on the pitch before their game against Newcastle United on Monday. Everton captain Phil Jagielka carried the robot, which fed panoramic live images and sound back to Jack's tablet. A microphone enabled him to chat with players in the Goodison Park tunnel. The robot, called AV1, was made by Norwegian firm No Isolation and was designed to help youngsters with long-term illness battle loneliness and attend school from home.


How an asparagus farmer's death spurred robotic innovation

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It seems there are few jobs robots can't do these days, even the most delicate jobs, like picking asparagus or potting plant seedlings. But they're only needed because humans can't - or won't - do the work, farmers say. Marc Vermeer had a problem. He was struggling to attract workers to pick his white asparagus crop in the Netherlands. The workers he did hire moved on quickly, so he was always training new people.


Time 100: Millie Bobby Brown is youngest person ever on list

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Millie Bobby Brown has been named as one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine. The 14-year-old Stranger Things actress joins Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and rapper Cardi B on the 2018 list. She is the youngest person to be included in Time's top 100, which is published every year. Brown rose to fame with her role as the character Eleven in the hugely popular science fiction TV show. She starred in the first series when she was 12.


Google's 3D scans aim to preserve historical sites

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CyArk used cutting edge digital archaeology techniques including laser scanning and drones to capture the images which have been released by the Google Arts and Culture project.


ICYMI: A huge robot and presenter in the pool

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A Japanese engineer builds an 8.5m (28 ft) robot - and other stories you might have blinked and missed this week.


Are we on the brink of a US-China trade war?

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The US and China have imposed tariffs on each other's goods. But will a skirmish between the world's two biggest economies turn into a full-on trade war? Perhaps it has already started. Both sides have struck initial blows. The US has imposed tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium.


'Cambridge Analytica got my private data'

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BBC journalist Katie Hile has discovered that she's one of the millions affected by the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal.


BBC Radio 1 announces major schedule changes

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BBC Radio 1 has announced a major overhaul of its line-up, with the weekend schedule now starting on Fridays. Nick Grimshaw, Clara Amfo and Greg James will go down to hosting four shows a week as a result. New Friday shows have been announced for Maya Jama and The Saturdays' Mollie King as part of the changes, and Scott Mills will now host the chart show. Dev and Alice Levine will present the breakfast show from Friday to Sunday. Ben Cooper, controller of BBC Radio 1, said: "The weekend will start here at Radio 1 on a Friday morning giving our young audience that feel-good factor a day early.



Salford University robot 'is like one of us'

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A robot invented at Salford University can complete household chores, raise the alarm in an emergency and even detect a gas leak.