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China rolls out surveillance system to identify people by their body shape and walk

China has begun rolling out new surveillance software capable of recognising people simply by the way that they walk. The “gait recognition” technology, developed by Chinese artificial intelligence firm Watrix, is capable of identifying individuals from the shape and movement of their silhouette from up to 50 metres away, even …

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Diwali: What is the festival of lights – and how is it celebrated around the world?

One of the most significant festivals in Indian culture, Diwali, the festival of lights, sees millions attend firework displays, prayers and celebratory events across the world every autumn. The festival is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for a variety of reasons, although the main theme which runs throughout is …

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Orangutans declining despite ‘impossible’ Indonesian government report claiming they are on the rise, scientists say

Claims by the Indonesian government that populations of critically endangered orangutans are recovering have been dismissed by scientists as “impossible”. A recent report from the nation’s environment ministry concluded orangutan populations in Indonesia had increased by more than 10 per cent in just two years. However, international scientists have concluded these figures are not accurate, …

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