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I&T Weekly is taking a holiday break. We will be back on Friday, January 12, 2018 with a fresh selection of innovation and technology news. On behalf of the entire UNU-MERIT team, we wish our readers an excellent 2018!

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  • France announces landmark ban on fossil fuel production
  • Extreme laser bursts may lead to practical nuclear fusion
  • Gene editing staves off deafness in mice
  • Integrated circuits could make quantum computers scalable
  • 'Water cloak' uses electromagnetic waves to eliminate turbulence
  • Cold cigarette lighter will power satellite
  • Press Association wins Google grant to create automated news stories
    Robots will soon help UK's Press Association to produce up to 30,000 local news stories every month, in partnership with Urbs Media.

    The news agency has won a Google grant worth EUR 706,000 to run localised stories with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and a few human journalists. The Press Association (PA), which supplies copies to news outlets in the UK and Ireland, wants to meet the increasing demand by the regional media outlets and other publishers, for consistent and fact-based local stories.

    The grant comes from Google's Digital News Initiative (DNI), which aims at supporting innovation in European digital journalism. The journalists will source stories from national open databases, including the government departments, local councils and National Health Service (NHS) trusts, and create story templates for the various categories. Multiple versions of each story will also be written with the help of the Natural Language software.

    RADAR will auto-generate graphics and videos that will added to the stories. The grant money will also be used to combine datasets and 'editorial intelligence' to guide the automation of the stories. It will also help in boosting PA's distribution platforms to cater to the local customers.    July 07, 2017