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Electrical or electronic scrap (e-scrap) has been gradually increasing in the recent years which includes old electronic devices and large home appliances such as air conditioning systems, refrigerators, computers, consumer electronics, and even smartphones. So far, reuse of such waste has only been limited to the separation of valuable materials. Researchers around the world have been looking for ways to reuse the electronic wastes that would not only provide several

Microsoft to Rollout Legislations on Facial Recognition Technology

Microsoft has revealed a new set of principles that it would be following to effectuate facial recognition technology, and the company is vehemently urging competitors to follow the same convention for this technology. Furthermore, the company is also making assertions with regards to the need to incorporate new laws that could help in revolutionising facial recognition technology. The president of Microsoft, Brad Smith, while addressing a gathering at Brookings Institution,

Researchers Develop Microstructures Capable of Making Better Solar Cells

Geckos have particularly sticky feet that are covered with microscopic, hear-like edifices with a distinct physical and chemical composition and a high level of flexibility. Microstructures, called setae, allow geckos to grip ceilings and walls effortlessly. Several times, scientists have tried to replicate such structures in labs using a variety of materials. However, most designs have turned out to of limited functionality, not aptly replicating the flexibility of setae. However

Car Sharing Holds Immense Promise for Future, says Chinese Execs

Transportation and auto leaders in China are betting high on the possibility of car sharing rather than people individually owning cars being the future of the country’s transportation sector in the near future. According to Freeman Shen, the CEO and founder of electric car firm WM Motor, the new generation is more interested in accessibility of vehicles as compared to owning vehicles. Several technological developments in the past few years

Researchers Develop New Class of Multi-functional Polymers

A group of researchers at the Imperial College, London, have fabricated a new multi-functional polymer having an impressive molecular precision. The sequence-defined new class of polymer could open up new opportunities in areas such as nanotechnology, drug delivery, and information storage. The researchers have used a new way of synthesis, called Nanostar Sieving, which is a combination of liquid-phase synthesis and molecular sieving. The new method enables researchers to completely

German Cartel Office Launches Probe into Amazon's Conduct with Sellers

E-commerce giant Amazon is being investigated by the German antitrust officials regarding several complaints about Amazon’s conduct with sellers on the website amazon.de. The probe has been launched to investigate whether the company is preventing fair competition; The EU is already examining how the e-commerce company is using the data gathered from online sellers. The German Cartel Office has stated in a recent press release that an abuse proceeding is

WeBank Banks on AI and Virtual Robots for Improved Customer Care

China’s first bank that operates only through a web interface and does not have a physical, brick and mortar establishment – WeBank – seems to be on the way to incorporating artificial intelligence and virtual robots for improving customer service. The bank hopes that with the help of technologies such as speech recognition, facial recognition, and natural language processing, it can bring greater efficiencies in several banking roles. In roles

New Organic Solar Cells Show Highest Certified Conversion Efficiency

Scientists at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg have a designed a new organic, single-junction solar cell that has set a new record in terms of performance. With the help of a series of optimizations, the researchers have achieved an efficiency of 12.25% on a surface area of one square centimeter. This non-fullerene-based cell is a new benchmark in the field of organic solar cells, which have continued to witness vast advancements over

British Parliament Seizes Facebook Documents Ahead of Crucial Trial

Legal troubles don’t seem to die down for Facebook and the company finds itself further embroiled in user data misuse scandal. The legal dispute between Facebook and the app developer Six4Three has now come cross-roads with an ongoing British enquiry into the social-media giant’s privacy practices. This has resulted in a strange twist — the British parliament has seized internal documents of the company; this is said to be an

Helped Create World’s First Genetically Altered Babies - Chinese Scientist

A scientist, Dr He Jiankui, from China claims to have helped make the world’s first genetically-edited humans – twin girls whose DNA he claims to have altered during fertility treatments of the parents. According to Dr He, the DNA of the twin girls was altered by him with using a powerful new gene editing tool. He claims that the girls, born a few weeks ago, are resistant to the HIV