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Flexible sheet camera (screen grab via YouTube/Columbia Engineering video)

This invention could revolutionise photography and videos

CAMERAS MADE OUT OF FLEXIBLE SHEETS CAN SNAP IMAGES THAT CONVENTIONAL CAMERAS CANNOT MANAGE INVENTED. Bend to change the field of view In a video posted to YouTube, a team from Columbia University in the US has set out how they developed a sheet camera. The sheet features an array of lenses where the focal length of each lenses adapts to how much it is being flexed. And the researchers achieved that using an elastic material. And one very cool potential prospect is a credit card-sized…

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The AMAZING computer that launched with the first manned space flights

YURI GAGARIN BLASTED OFF FROM EARTH 55 YEARS AGO WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY DEVICE THAT LET HIM KNOW HIS LOCATION. 12 April 1961 – the first manned space flight It took less than an hour and a half to orbit the Earth, but Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made history as the first person in space aboard his Vostock spacecraft. And while the total mission only lasted 108 minutes, it was an extraordinary triumph of science – especially considering the technology that was…

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Clocks go forward – but why have we been doing this for 100 years?

British Summer Time starts on the last Sunday in March, with clocks going forward one hour at 1am in the UK – here’s the story why. 100 years anniversary No, it’s not because of a Time Lord, but it is because of a chap called William Willett who campaigned for British Summer Time (BST) from 1907 and the First World War. He wanted to stop people from wasting hours of light during summer mornings. Mr Willett proposed advancing the clocks…

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Britain’s tallest mountain has just GROWN. Here’s why…

Ben Nevis is the UK’s highest mountain and has just grown a metre taller – but don’t worry, it’s not down to a volcano exploding or an earthquake shifting the earth. It’s down to technology. Experts at the Ordnance Survey (OS), the country’s mapping agency, recently climbed to the top of the mountain and used the latest GPS equipment to resurvey the mountain. And the new official height is 1,345m and not 1,344m. The Scottish mountain was last surveyed in…

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18 amazing space photos by British astronaut Tim Peake from orbit

Incredible photos taken by British astronaut Tim Peake from on board the International Space Station, which is orbiting the Earth. Tim, a former British Army Air Corps officer, has since been taking amazing photos from space and posting them to his Twitter account @astro_timpeake.  You can see them in their full glory by clicking on the images in the gallery above a wide-screen view. Tim beat more than 8,000 other hopefuls to secure one of six places on the European Space…

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The ‘worst passwords’ of 2015 – starwars is a new entry!

Latest annual list of the ‘worst passwords’ released – and you may want to change yours if it’s on this chart. Top of the list for 2015 is 123456, which was also in the number one spot on the list compiled by SplashData, a company that offers password managements applications. The number two spot is also unchanged with password. In at number 25 is starwars – although the company suggests the force isn’t strong in this type of password when it comes…

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David Bowie performs at Tweeter Center outside Chicago in Tinley Park,IL, USA on August 8, 2002. Photo by Adam Bielawski

David Bowie set up his own high speed internet service – Bowienet

Not only was David Bowie a music innovator, he was also one in the field of technology and business. The rock star, whose death has just been announced, launched BowieNet on 1 September 1998. A world-record The internet service provider was even recognised by the Guinness World Records as the first musician created internet service provider. The musician launched it with Ultrastar Internet Services, initially in North America and then the world. It offered users a range of services from…

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Thousands of HP printer ink cartridges wash up on beaches!

The cartridges have been making landfall in following a cargo spill during an Atlantic storm. They have been washing up on beaches around the UK and Ireland from the Chanel Islands to the Hebrides. More than 50 have been found in the Azores and Portugal, according to a Facebook page Lego Lost at Sea set up to track flotsam that has contributions coming in around the world. The BBC reported that HP said the spill was due to an Atlantic storm more than a…

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Mega £57m Lottery Jackpot Up For Grabs – 4 Things To Buy If You Win

Britain’s gone lotto crazy with an estimated £57.8m jackpot this Saturday. Here’s 4 things you could buy if you win! Most of Gareth Bale – the world’s most expensive footballer You could go in dibs with Manchester United to try and land Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. The Daily Mirror reports that the Manchester club is ready to relaunch a £75million-plus bid to land the footballer. A warehouse of flash drives How about 7,133,917 flash drives from Kingston.  You can store up…

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8 Awesome Toys From the 1980s and 1990s

Do you remember Rubik’s Cube, Care Bears and other great toys from the 1980s? Here’s a quick trip down memory lane. Rubik’s Cube The actual story of this most famous toys actually began in 1974 when it was created by a Hungarian professor of architecture, Erno Rubik. At the time, Hungary was behind the Communist Iron Curtain so getting it to a wide audience was tough. That was thanks to mathematicians taking it to international conferences and an expat Hungarian entrepreneur took it…

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