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‘We are at the beginning of a revolution in healthcare’

[ad_1] Image copyright Oxford Nanopore Image caption Oxford Nanopore's portable DNA sequencer has been used around the world Fifteen years ago this month, the full human genome sequence was published for the first time, heralding a new era of medicine. Since then technology has markedly speeded up genomic sequencing and reduced the cost. But have those hoped-for medical breakthroughs materialised?"We have embarked on one of the most exciting chapters of
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Video game loot boxes declared illegal under Belgium gambling laws

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fifa 18 is one of the games which is apparently contravening the law Video game loot boxes are "in violation of gambling legislation", according to the Belgium Gaming Commission.Loot boxes give random rewards and can be acquired either through gameplay or by spending real cash. Those that can be bought for real money must now be removed from video games in Belgium.Companies like
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Fake news ‘travels faster’, study finds

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A study of 126,000 rumours and false news stories spread on Twitter over a period of 11 years found that they travelled faster and reached more people than the truth.Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also found that fake news was more commonly re-tweeted by humans than bots.They said it could be because fake news tends to be "more novel".The most common subject matter
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Burger-flipping robot taken offline after one day

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Flippy the burger robot gets to work Flippy the burger-flipping robot that started work this week in a California restaurant has been forced to take a break because it was too slow.The robot was installed at a Cali Burger outlet in Pasadena and replaced human cooks.But after just one day at work the robot has been taken offline so it
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Obamas ‘in talks to make Netflix shows’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are in talks to produce shows for Netflix, according to the New York Times.The couple would make exclusive content for the US streaming site focused on uplifting stories, the paper suggested.If confirmed, the deal would give a global platform for the Obamas, bypassing mainstream US media such as Fox News.Netflix told the BBC it had no