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  • 02 Sep 14: Modi’s Twitter vs Mainstream; Virtual Surgery; Ring the Changes+

    Tue, 2 Sep 14

    36 mins

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    Is India's Prime Minister spurning mainstream media for an easier time on social media?; Medical students learn how to operate virtually; The deaf choreographer who is visualising music

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  • 26 Aug 14: Superfast Internet; Simpleye; The Dark Net; Saudi Smart City

    Tue, 26 Aug 14

    38 mins

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    How to build a superfast internet and conserve energy too; An app enabling blind people to better use touchscreens; Jamie Bartlett discusses what lurks behind the dark net; Building a Saudi smart city from scratch

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  • 19 Aug 14: Ebola Goes Viral; SmartCane; Filming at Speed of Light; Breton and Wikipedia

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

    37 mins

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    Tolu Ogunlesi reports on how social networks help and hinder the fight against Ebola; Rohan Paul demonstrates a smart cane for people with visual impairment; Jonathan Leach discusses the development of a camera that can see around corners; A report on how Wikipedia aims to help preserve minority languages

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  • 12 Aug 14: X-rays for Robots; Open Knowledge; Editing Wikipedia and the Law; 3D-Printed Saxophone

    Tue, 12 Aug 14

    32 mins

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    Yasamin Mostofi discusses how robots use WiFi technology to see through brick walls; Elizabeth Marincola argues for scholarly articles to be made accessible to the public; Tobias Lutzi on the perils of editing Wikipedia; Olaf Diegel demonstrates the world's first 3D-printed saxophone

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  • 05 Aug 14: Ushahidi's BRCK Launched; Global Impact Challenge Winners; Spanish 'Google Tax'; Drones to the Rescue

    Tue, 5 Aug 14

    35 mins

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    BRCK, a router which copes with variable signals and intermittent electricity is released; Winners of Google's competition to fund technology development for UK charities; Spain's new 'Google tax' will charge websites like Google that link to news content; Drones to locate missing people via their mobile phones

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