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YouTube Kids to give parents more control over output

YouTube Kids to give parents more control over output

Technology
Google says it will add new parental controls to its YouTube Kids app, after inappropriate videos were repeatedly discovered on the service.One of the new options prevents channels that have not been vetted by human moderators appearing on the app.Parents will be able to choose between human-curated playlists and letting YouTube's algorithms decide what children get to watch in the app.But one expert said the changes were "still nowhere near good enough".Children's presenter and parent Ed Petrie, who has hosted programmes for Nickelodeon and the BBC, asked: "Why are these features only an option?'Ethical need'"Nickelodeon shows don't have an option for your kids to stumble across an animation of SpongeBob SquarePants having his liver removed."YouTube just can't get their heads around the f...
The Voice UK coaches give us the lowdown on the upcoming final

The Voice UK coaches give us the lowdown on the upcoming final

Entertainment
PRCLASH: The judges chosen acts will deck it out in a huge finalBut it seems no one can predict who will be the winner of The Voice UK, including the coaches. As a first-timer to the panel, Olly Murs, 33, is desperate to see his act win, but Jennifer Hudson, 36, took the glory last year and will want to keep her winning streak.Sir Tom Jones, 77, is also keen to bag the crown, but Will.i.am, 43, is feeling extra competitive.Away from the competition, these guys are all getting on like a house on fire – as we found out when we caught up with them before the live shows kicked off.Here, they talk winning, losing and why The Voice UK is one of the best on TV…PRTOUGH: The judges are getting more competitive as the final approaches “I let it slip last year, I didn’t know the came
'Data breach': MP wants Zuckerberg to give evidence

'Data breach': MP wants Zuckerberg to give evidence

Technology
Mark Zuckerberg will be asked to give evidence at a Commons committee examining allegations of unauthorised sharing of Facebook user data, an MP has said.Damian Collins, chair of the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee, said the Facebook chief executive must provide answers after an investigation alleged Cambridge Analytica, a British political campaigns firm, acquired and kept information about users."Data has been taken from Facebook users without their consent, and was then processed by a third party and used to support their campaigns," Mr Collins wrote on the House of Commons website."I will be writing to Mark Zuckerberg asking that either he, or another senior executive from the company, appear to give evidence in front of the Committee as part our inquiry."Image:Damia...
All that pecking may give woodpeckers brain damage

All that pecking may give woodpeckers brain damage

Science
Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Turns out, woodpeckers do get brain damage. All that pecking comes at a price, new research shows -- or does it?Until now, many assumed woodpeckers had a remarkably resilient brain. Woodpeckers absorb 1,200 to 1,400 g's of force every time they slam their head and beak into a tree. Just 60 to 100 g's is enough to cause a concussion in humans."There have been all kinds of safety and technological advances in sports equipment based on the anatomic adaptations and biophysics of the woodpecker assuming they don't get brain injury from pecking," Peter Cummings, researcher at the Boston University School of Medicine, said in a news release. "The weird thing is, nobody's ever looked at a woodpecker brain to see if there is any damage."When scientists analyzed the brains of woodpec...
Rocket rumbles give volcanic insights

Rocket rumbles give volcanic insights

Science
What do volcanoes and rockets have in common? "Volcanoes have a nozzle aimed at the sky, and rockets have a nozzle aimed at the ground," explains Steve McNutt, a geosciences professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It explains why he and colleague Dr Glenn Thompson have installed the tools normally used to study eruptions at the famous Kennedy Space Center. Comparing the different types of rumblings could yield new insights. In the case of rockets, the team thinks their seismometers and infrasound (low-frequency acoustic waves) detectors might potentially be used by the space companies as a different type of diagnostic tool, to better understand the performance of their vehicles; or perhaps as a way to identify missiles in flight. In the case of volcanoes, the idea is to take...