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‘Drone bees’ could help pollinate crops as natural population declines

Swarms of bio-inspired drones could be called upon to help fertilise wildflowers and crops, as the natural bee population teeters onto the list of endangered species. Around 70% of global crops rely on cross-pollination by bees and other insects. But climate change and a rise in pesticides among other factors have led to an alarming decline in… Read More


Sony to take £780mn goodwill charge on film business

Sony has warned that it will mark a 112.1bn yen (approx. £782mn) write-down on the value of its film business, blaming poor returns at the box office and a faster-than-expected decline in DVD and home entertainment sales. Despite the goodwill charge, the Japanese firm confirmed that it had no plans to sell its movie and… Read More


Huawei announces ground-breaking graphene-assisted Li-on battery

Huawei has announced a significant breakthrough in heat-resistant, long-life Lithium Ion (Li-on) battery technology, with a new prototype that can remain functional at environmental conditions up to 60°C (10°C higher than previously attained in Li-on research), with the promise of notably extended battery life for IoT-based field packs. The global telecommunications and networking company, based… Read More


Hitachi launches open prototyping laboratory in Japan

Multi-national tech conglomerate Hitachi has announced the launch of an open laboratory for customer prototyping in Japan. The operation, which begins next month, and is a collaboration with the Yokohama Research Laboratory, will comprise of five laboratories, each specialising in a specific business area. The primary Monozukuri* Open Automation launch begins in December, exploring environments… Read More


Japanese to pay utility bills using bitcoin

Japanese citizens will soon be able to pay their utility bills using bitcoin. The facility is being provided by Coincheck Denki, a new service offered by the Japanese bitcoin company, which will be available to users in November. Coincheck outlined the new plan on its website. Also called ‘Coincheck Electricity’, it will allow users to… Read More



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