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for almost six years. More details on the website. Now on

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BBC News, Click. Technology. One small step for a man

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but one giant leap for... Welcome to the best of Click 2013,

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part two. The best technology is not always the stuff that takes you into

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orbit. Often, it is a specific solution to a specific problem in a

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specific place. What this week 's programme is all about. The world

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tour, 2013. We look at the technology that put problems first.

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From the morning commute to the fashion conscious young in Vietnam

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to a -- gardening in Japan's older population. The toilet is pinning up

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in Singapore. Falling in love can be more dangerous in Iceland. Strapped

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in and fasten your seatbelts. That is when we begin. With a trip up

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north. Time for Click to get up and go.

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This time, towards the top of the world. 67 degrees north, just

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nudging the Arctic Circle, Iceland is home to 320,000 people living on

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top of a limb of superheated rock in the middle of the Atlantic. The

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volcanic activity that form the island 50 million years ago still

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churns away today, changing a landscape that is both otherworldly

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and completely spectacular. The visitors enjoyed one natural

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resource. The locals are taking full advantage of another. Iceland has an

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unlimited supply of heat. Water seeps just a short distance down

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into the crust, bursting back to the surface as superheated steam and

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mud. The first benefit for Iceland, free central heating. The warm water

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is stored in these suitably futuristic looking tanks,

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overlooking the capital. It also means extremely cheap and

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environmentally friendly power. The high pressure steam is used to turn

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turbines at geothermal power stations hiding away in the

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sulphurous mists. Iceland might be looking outwards but it is also

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looking inwards. We might be created in strictly in this world but on

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this isolated island, that is not the case. There has not been much

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immigration here. There is not much genetic diversity as on larger

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landmasses. Go back a few generations, most as lenders will

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find they are related to each other. -- Icelanders. It is the same old

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story. Boy meets girl, girl like boy, they bump smartphones. The girl

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checked out if she is the related to the boy. App says no. Go for it.

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This woman is one based lender who has found new ways to use this app

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to avoid, shall we say, embarrassing situations? Is convenient to look up

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the guise you need when you have downtime. You meet a cute guy that

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is interesting. Looking up. And see whether he is related to you or not.

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How close are related is too closely related? Third cousin. You would not

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want to marry the third cousin and have babies. So third cousin is just

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for... Fourth cousin is fine. Yeah. After all, this is Iceland. Or the

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information for the outcome comes from the genealogy records. It is a

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series and other. Accurate records go back to 1703. The book allows

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people to discover how they are linked to almost anyone else from

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Iceland. In the past, the publishing dipped to 30,000. There is useful

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information dating back to over 1000 years. The boss of DNA analysts said

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the database helps us understand many conditions across the world

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like schizophrenia, diabetes and cancers. We can trace everyone who

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has a particular disease to a relative and a few individuals who

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lived a few centuries back. The recent deceased is like -- is likely

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to be the same. A large section of the population has given blood to

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the firm to help it assist research globally. Once these samples are

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taken, they are kept for weeks, months, for as long as is possible

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for research or pattern matching that might happen years in the

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future. That is why the blood of ice land and appear, in his bio bank of

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500,000 samples. The oldest of which was taken 15 years ago. The reason

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that even the sample is still good today is because the temperature in

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here is -26 Celsius. Or as Icelanders call it, mild. As the

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robots continue to serve up these samples, hopefully, those

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discovering the personal connections to each other will not get a frosty

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reception. Avoiding the wedding to your third

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cousin in Iceland. It is that application of technology which is

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different in each country that can be so fascinating. As we found in

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Vietnam. From picking up dinner to picking up

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a date. It is more than a few steps, you might as well write. This is the

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ethos of many destinies urbanites. With entrepreneurs on every street

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corner and motorbikes everywhere, and entrepreneurs on motorbikes,

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this is Ho Chi Minh City. Over the past year, the government has rolled

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out a new environmentally friendly eBay Gascoyne. It has selected 30 of

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its workers to test them out. -- electronic like skin. TRANSLATION:

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It is light and travels smoothly. Every charge lasts for 40

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kilometres. It is sufficient because our live near my work. In order to

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convince the nation, the government has a long journey ahead. The bike

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is a major status symbol in Vietnam. No one, not even burgeoning middle

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class with their disposable income, will splash the cash on a green

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motorbike unless the bike looks the part. What better way to entice

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tech-savvy consumers than crow barring an iPod dock on the

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dashboard? You have your computer. The integrated technology offers the

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rider statistics on the battery life, Mr temperature and fuel

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efficiency. Any bike is better than no bike. The constant threat of

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theft hangs over all of Vietnam's 35 million riders. Thousands are stolen

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each year. A few blocks away, one start-up is addressing this serious

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problem. It is building a nimble looking device that once installed

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is invisible to would-be thieves. Essentially, a small computer with a

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SIM card and a GPS transmitter. When a bike is stolen, it reacts to the

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location and caused its owner. The owner uses a smartphone app to

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locate the missing motorbike. The precise location is worked out from

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GPS co-ordinates and nearby mobile phone masts. Owners can trigger the

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alarm and flashlights. This can be lost in the city. They can shut down

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the bike completely, leaving the safe with no option to abandon it.

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Smart thinking from an increasingly tech-savvy country. City congestion

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is a problem in the developed world. The UN predicts by 2050, seven out

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of ten, 9 billion people, will live in cities. Ireland is one country

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attempting to lead the way in how we might make things flow and little

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more freely. We have come here, to Dublin. It has

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plenty of sense is about the place. Traffic cameras, sensors under the

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time at the attack traffic flow. Bosses report positions back to

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base. Crucially, the city has volunteered itself to be a testbed

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to see what happens when you gather information together and to see

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whether it can be used to predict the future.

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At IBM's Dublin research centre, any traffic management system is

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analysing the city's circulation, spotting patterns in the ad and flow

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of traffic. Incidents, accidents, closures and whether they have

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knock-on effect is beyond their surroundings and by watching what

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happens after particular combinations of events, the system

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can advise officials on how a future problem might affect the city's

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nervous system. The ultimate goal, to use a city's infrastructure will

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intelligently rather than expanding it. A train is delayed, the bus

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outside the station should know it has to wait it does not and the end

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the next one to be overcrowded. This app in the early stages of the --

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development uses the addiction algorithms to minimise any time and

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waiting times between each mode of transport. It will know about any

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congestion. It is historical data to show how it might affect your

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journey and make an more reliable estimate of the rubble time. It

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should know if there is any -- is the art any hiring bicycles

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available. Getting in the flow of things in

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Dublin. We moved over to Japan. The land of

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robots. A place where people are happy to use them in their everyday

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life. The country has the world's oldest population. Robotics is being

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used to make the life of Japanese seniors easier. First, the moment I

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discovered a hidden robotic list for Tokyo's cyclists.

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In such a crowded city where everyone lives and works on top of

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each other, bike racks are few and far between. Well, Bob the ground

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anyway. -- above. A subterranean park that restores bikes and returns

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each want to its rightful owner in seconds. 11 metres down, this method

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-- metal silo does a robot dance. It is under them being among it all. --

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unnerving. You have no idea this is done here. At the top, no sign there

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are to the bikes underneath. -- 200 bikes.

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Harvest season. Four a la strike from Tokyo. This meant's Apples are

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ripe for the picking. A job which he will help to himself. It is the

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suit. The metalware is not a Japanese fashion statement. It has

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been designed by Tokyo's University of agriculture and technology to

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give his 68 -year-old his own power up. TRANSLATION: The robot helps

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support my knees by taking away any burden. This model has springs,

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braces and grips to strengthen the man's movements and support his

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posture. I have come to one of 400 care homes and Japan has a special

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robot designed not to physically meet older people but the

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emotionally moved them. This is a seal, with 13 senses. This is with

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three microphones and knows which way up it is. It is onboard computer

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determines how it should respond. Nurses at the camp said the seal

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sparks conversation where there were some before, getting residents

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thinking and caring. Many say he has become so much more than a robot.

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TRANSLATION: He is my friend. I like that he seems to understand human

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feelings. These seals were introduced 80 years ago. And the

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higher still the most popular robots used by people. Perhaps that is

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because there are not metallic and hard, but rather cute and cuddly.

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They are easy for humans to connect with. Using their expertise in

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robotics, the Japanese hope to improve life for later years. If

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they achieve that, then everyone in Japan will sleep easier.

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A dream or nightmare? Japan and its use of technology to help record all

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political 's. Our travels have taken us to many places over the past

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year. But none richer than downtown Singapore. There are more

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millionaires per head in Singapore than any other country on Earth?

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That is the financial district of the country. But it is not all about

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making money. There is a flourishing academic scene. This is a

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technological University, full of Labrador is. Inside the impressive

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architecture there is some equally impressive thinking going on. The

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question is, how do you find the research that is going to change

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lives? One team has a grand plan to make our towns more sustainable. By

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creating localised waste treatment centres that take all forms of waste

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from nearby housing and converting it into energy. That is one I find

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myself staring down a toilet. Researchers have found that pretty

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much everything that goes down here can be turned into something useful.

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The process works best if you can keep solid and liquid separate. This

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has been called the no mix toilet. With divided sections to keep one

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away from, well, two. Solid waste is mixed with food waste to create

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biogas that can be used for cooking and generating electricity. And

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leftover water is used to grow microscopic algae that produces bio

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diesel. So only one question remains. How would we take to a

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toilet that requires, shall we say, a little more discipline? The first

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one has been installed in the University. It is time for me to try

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it out. While I am in here, Kate Russell will take care of you with a

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round-up of the best applications and websites of the last 12 months.

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Getting ready to travel can be a busy time.

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Keeping up-to-date with your flight status could not be easier with the

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help of the simple new Twitter account. Just give it your flight

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number and the free service will send you a series of real-time

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messages leading up to departure. It will even send a friendly welcome

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once you land at the destination. This service is simple and

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brilliant. But it comes with a huge caveat. That is, are you happy for

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Twitter at large to know that you are potentially going abroad? If

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there is any chance your account can be linked to an address, for

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example, if you have publicly posted photographs from home, think very

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carefully about whether your security is at risk.

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Few things in life are completely safe. But you can improve your odds

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against hackers are using an incredibly safe password. Check your

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secure password creation skills on this website. And then go and make a

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new one to use that you have not just given to a random website. Just

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in case. And it seems a lot of us are using

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ridiculously unset examples. Like 12345 and password. A password

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generator like this can help when you are struggling to come up with

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something original. If you are worried about remembering all the

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details, the password manager might be worth looking into. They offer a

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safe and secure lock-up for your logins.

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My name is Ted Ed and I am a symbol for a website with billions of

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videos free on you Tube. This website lets you turn any video from

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YouTube into a complete lesson. Adding context, objectives,

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questions and notes to really engage students. The lesson delivered by

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the video clip. It has been going since 1984. Originally a conference

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designed to bring together the greatest thinkers from the world 's

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of technology, entertainment and design. It has become synonymous

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with the mind expanding lectures and world changing ideas. This education

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initiative sits perfectly inside that ideal.

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Keeping track of your finances and get compensated, especially if you

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share expenses with friends or flatmates. This is an application

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that could stop it coming to blows. -- get compensated.

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When it comes to incentives, most of the fitness and motivational

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applications I have tested have failed. Sorry, but I grew out of

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badges, cups and screen pets when I was about ten. It is the

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applications that make it a game that I have gotten the most out of

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it. This one plays out an ongoing drama in between tracks your

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favourite playlist. We need whatever you can find. Kate Russell with some

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of the best websites and applications from the past 12

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months. Before we go, there is just time to

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take you to one more country we visited. Switzerland, famous for its

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clocks, Army knives, chocolates and, as it turns out, its domes.

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Welcome to park. A festival dedicated to the projection of

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light. Forget stages, it is domes that Rainier. And the DJs inside

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engineer the programmes. What is the fuss about? A near-perfect 360

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degrees life project had later. A place where music beats visuals,

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programmes and its performance. Six perfectly aligned project --

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projections. Each portion adjusted by millimetre precision. It is one

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vast digital sky. The patterns dance in time to be beat. The colours and

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intensity during the year to the music. At the helm, the skies. These

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are specially developed software to develop various elements. It allows

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them to programme on the fly, so they can design on impulse and go

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with the flow. And by manipulating existing 3-D animation software,

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they can create high resolution video files that can be mixed

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together and displayed. And now the immersive nature of the dome is

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spreading out onto the main stage, applying the same curve theory to a

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much wider and mainstream audience. If taken up by headline acts, that

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could be picked -- big business. Switzerland, proving there is no

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place like home. I am sorry. -- dome. That is it for our look around

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the world. But the tour begins in earnest next week. We had to

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lossmakers for the world's largest technology show. We expect to find

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everything. I can't wait. -- Las Vegas.

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It looks as though we are going to see further spells of white and

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windy weather over the next couple of days. If you have concerns about

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the flooding

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