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Posted by: Megan Troster
15/04/2016

1- Jeremy Corbyn makes Labour case for staying in EU in his first major intervention in the referendum campaign.
"So Europe needs to change. But that change can only come from working with our allies in the EU. It's perfectly possible to be critical and still be convinced we need to remain a member." said Corbyn. He went on to declare that it was in the "best interests" of the British people to remain in the EU, which he said had created investment and jobs, guaranteed workers' rights, including maternity and paternity leave and paid holiday and brought benefits for consumers and the environment. (Source: BBC News)

2- Can technology play a role in making housing more affordable and better suited to our needs?
Alastair Parvin certainly thinks so as the brains behind the WikiHouse, an open source building system that aims to give people the digital tools to create cheap homes. Parvin hopes that his project can do for buildings what Uber and AirBnB have done for the taxi and hotel industries respectively. (Source: BBC Technology)

3- The “Your Face Is Big Data” project has demonstrated that our right to privacy is endangered by the development of digital technologies. Rodchenko Art School student, Egor Tsvetkov, began his project by photographing about 100 people who happened to sit across from him on the subway at some point. He then used FindFace, a facial-recognition app that taps neural-network technology, to track them down on a Russian social media site. (Source: PC World)

4- Graduates from wealthy families "earn significantly more" in their careers than less well-off counterparts. This was found to be the case even if the same course is studied at the same university, according to a research based on 260,000 graduates in England. Researchers from the Institute for Fiscal Studies at Cambridge University and the Institute of Education at Harvard University found graduates from the wealthiest 20% of families were typically earning 30% more than the remaining 80% of the graduate population, a decade after they left university. (Source: BBc Education)

5- Neurolife: the revolutionary brain implant that gives a paralysed man functional control of arm. Six years ago, Ian Burkhart was paralysed in a diving accident. Today, he can play a guitar video game with his own fingers and hand. Thanks to NeuroLife - a chip placed in the left side of the 24-year-old, Ian’s brain now lets him relay signals down to his right arm. The technology, which isn’t yet available to other patients, has allowed Burkhart to grasp cups and even move his fingers independently. (Source: NeurolifeScience)

 

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