Facebook successfully completes first test of its ‘Aquila’ Internet drone

Facebook successfully completes first test of its ‘Aquila’ Internet drone

In an announcement made on Thursday, social network Facebook said that the first full-scale test of its solar-powered ‘Aquila’ drone has been successfully completed by the company.

The announcement is noteworthy because Facebook has developed the solar-powered Aquila drone with the objective of reaching Internet access to the hitherto-unconnected remote areas of the world.

FCC Chairman asks US phone companies to develop robocall-blocking technology

FCC Chairman asks US phone companies to develop robocall-blocking technology

On Friday, US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler sent out letters to the CEO of leading US phone companies, pressuring them to take the requisite measures to end the so-called robocalls --- the free, automated pre-recorded telephone calls which are often made to consumers from unknown numbers belonging to robot telemarketers or scam artists.

E.coli outbreak sickens 12, health officials suggest ways to prevent illness

E.coli outbreak sickens 12, health officials suggest ways to prevent illness

Investigation is on to find the source of E.coli outbreak, responsible for making at least 12 people sick. Strain of E. coli is generally linked with ground beef. Therefore, it is vital to avoid eating under-cooked ground beef either at home or at restaurant.

Simple method developed to develop bio-inspired robots

Simple method developed to develop bio-inspired robots

A simple, easy-to-be-adopted method has been developed to create micro-robots that can be used within the human body to deliver drugs and carry out certain medical operations.

The method developed by researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and ETH Zurich not only helps to come up with bio-inspired robots, but the ones that are full of advanced features.

China steals show by starting world’s first CRISPR trial next month

China steals show by starting world’s first CRISPR trial next month

It is official now that Chinese researchers will be the first ones to start the first-ever human trial using CRISPR gene editing. From the next month, the world’s first CRISPR trial will start at the West China Hospital, Sichuan University.

The trial is going to kick-start after the hospital’s ethics board gave the permission for the same. In the trial, Chinese researchers being led by You Lu of Sichuan University will use a new gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas-9.

Maximum Unlimited Data Users to be restricted by Verizon

Maximum Unlimited Data Users to be restricted by Verizon

Those customers of Verizon Wireless, who have taken unlimited data plans and recurrently use more than 100 GB of data every month, will now be restricted by the company. Verizon will obligate those users to either change their plans to the limited ones or get disconnected from the network on August 31, 2016.

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