Why we need to teach robots to be good
Artificial intelligence is taking over more and more of the boring jobs in life. It is incredibly useful. But now that robots take so many decisions for us, they need to be moral as well.
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Africa suffers plague of locusts
Covering an area the size of a city and eating every green thing in their path, billions of locusts have been swarming across large parts of Africa. Scientists are blaming climate change.
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Nicest man in the world inspires us all
In the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, Tom Hanks plays a character who is deeply and completely kind and decent. Based on a true story, millions of people are flocking to see it.
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Siblings matter more than parents, say experts
Are siblings more important than parents? Some scientists say that your friendship with your brothers and sisters teaches you how to act towards others and shapes you more than anything else.
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Science and engineering ‘can save the world’
As a special science week starts, the world faces many environmental challenges. Scientists and engineers seem most likely to find the answers. But will they succeed?
How we can learn from ancient heroes
Are historical figures better role models than modern people? Ancient generals Alexander the Great and Hannibal reigned supreme in battle. Some say we could learn from their successes.
The living robot! Part-frog, part-machine
Using the cells of a frog and artificial intelligence, scientists have made a creature small enough to travel inside a human body. Half-machine, half-animal, it is an entirely new life form.
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Dwayne the spider helping to save lives
A deadly spider has been found in Australia, double the size of normal! Named Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson after the Hollywood movie star, it will now help to make vital medicine for humans.
I want to be the first woman on the Moon
Nasa astronaut Christina Koch just made history by breaking the record for the longest, single spaceflight by a female. Next, she says, she would love to be the first woman on the Moon.
Scientists plan oxygen factory on the Moon
The European Space Agency has announced that it is working on a scheme to support human settlements on the Moon. It aims to build an oxygen plant to make rocket fuel and breathable air.
Toughest man in Japan bursts into tears
Last week, a top sumo wrestler burst into tears of joy and relief when he won the famous Emperor’s Cup. It sparked a debate about whether athletes should try harder to hide their feelings.
JiffPom tops list of cutest social media stars
This cuddly creature is the most popular animal on Instagram in Britain. We human love our furry friends to bits. But some people say we should give more attention to humans in need.
Some heartening facts about the China virus
There is a lot of scary news about a new virus spreading from China. But scientists are pointing out that while we need to take the outbreak seriously, there is no reason to feel any panic.
Priceless oil painting ‘ruined’ by repairs
One of the world’s most famous paintings has been carefully restored by experts to look as it would have looked when it was new, 600 years ago. But many experts think it has been spoilt.
The cat who decided to move house
Ozzy the cat had a perfectly nice home. But a friendly neighbour offered him love, food and warmth, so he decide to move in with her. She was delighted – but his owners were furious.