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Project aims to grow a ‘city of trees’

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Mark Kinver / A project aims to plant three million trees – one for every man, woman and child – in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years. Those behind City of Trees hopes the effort will not only green the region but improve our understanding of the benefits trees provide to society. These include […]

Distinctive brain pattern may underlie dyslexia


Jan 22: A distinctive neural signature found in the brains of people with dyslexia may explain why these individuals have difficulty learning to read, according to a new study from MIT neuroscientists. The researchers discovered that in people with dyslexia, the brain has a diminished ability to acclimate to a repeated input — a trait […]

Twitter mostly meets its modest diversity goals


Jan 20: Twitter released its annual diversity report on Thursday, revealing that it mostly met its modest goals in 2016. The company announced it slightly improved the number of women and minorities in leadership roles. Amid an exodus of Twitter executives, representation of underrepresented minorities on its leadership team rose from 0% to 6% in […]

NT officially launches 4G mobile service


Kathmandu / Jan 1: Nepal Telecom (NT) has launched 4G (fourth generation) wireless mobile phone service from Sunday. The Company which has been providing the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) services for 18 years has brought the new service based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard. The service in the beginning is available only […]

Twitter users’ 2017 wish list: Get rid of harassment


Selena Larson / Dec. 31: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wants to know how to make the social platform better in 2017. The cofounder asked his 3.9 million Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) followers on Thursday to chime in on how it can improve in the year ahead. “… what’s the most important thing you want to see […]

China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017


Dec. 31: China has announced a ban on all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017. Conservation groups hailed the decision as “historic” and a “game-changer” for the future of elephants. The move follows a resolution at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in South Africa in October. China […]

Investors wipe $6.6 billion off Toshiba’s market value


Sherisse Pham / Dec. 31: Toshiba’s dreams of becoming a nuclear energy leader have turned into a nightmare. Rattled investors have wiped $6.6 billion off the company’s market value after it warned of huge losses tied to its 2015 acquisition of a U.S. nuclear construction business. Shares in the Japanese firm tumbled another 17% on […]

ESO Image of the Week – Planets in the Making


Dec. 30: This newly released ESO image shows a disc of rotating, leftover material surrounding the young star HD 163296. Our Solar System formed out of a huge, primordial cloud of gas and dust. The vast majority of that cloud formed the Sun, while the leftover disc of rotating material around it eventually coalesced into […]

How Smartphones Are Becoming Hacking Targets

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Dec. 24: In the wake of last month’s “Gooligan” attacks, which targeted more than a million Android devices and gained access to the users’ Google accounts, experts are suggesting that a flood of similar smartphone hacking incidents may be on the way in 2017. The Chinese hackers behind Gooligan were making as much as $500,000 […]

Amazon, Google offer 99-cent movie rental deal


Dec. 24: Amazon and Google Play are offering up a few thousand possible distractions for those seeking cheap entertainment for the holidays. The retailers have unveiled promotions that allow users to rent movies for as low as 99 cents. The offer is redeemable on Amazon using a promotional code — “MOVIE99.” Google, meanwhile, requires a […]

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