How tech is changing animal conservation – tech podcast

Leigh Alexander finds out how animal tracking tech is changing understanding of our own species too. And how do you go about QR-coding a bumblebee?

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Tech and big data now have lots to teach us about climate conservation, species protection, animal behavior and more.

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Apple looking into video of exploding iPhone 7 Plus

Apparent battery fire of rose gold iPhone 7 Plus prompts investigation following Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fears

Apple is investigating claims that an iPhone 7 Plus “blew up” due to battery issues, following the posting of a video and photos of the destroyed smartphone on Twitter.

The video of the rose gold iPhone 7 Plus, owned by Brianna Olivas, 18, from Tuscon, Arizona, shows the phone’s back deformed by a swollen battery and smoke flowing out of a crack in the side where the screen has come away from the casing.

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Natalie Dormer takes starring role in Mass Effect: Andromeda

Game of Thrones actor on playing 600-year-old Asari, Lexi T’Perro, even though she doesn’t have time to play games herself

“I’m not a gamer per se … I don’t have a life where I can spend hours gaming,” says Natalie Dormer. It’s a bold admission for an actor who has just been revealed as having a starring role in the new Mass Effect game, and one that may not be met kindly by fans of the franchise, but she adds: “I know if I did, this is exactly the kind of thing that I would play.”

Mass Effect: Andromeda, the BioWare title which pairs combat with conversation, should be a good fit for Dormer. She is no stranger to backstabbing, high stakes and court intrigue from her TV work. The characters she plays in the Tudors, the Hunger Games and Game of Thrones are focused, conniving, manipulative. Hard-edged. She swishes silk skirts and allegiances fall; she rises up from the rubble with a shaved head and her fist in the air. To take these traits into the chromed expanse of the Mass Effect universe feels like a logical step. Dormer is voicing a 600-year-old Asari called Lexi T’Perro, one of several aboard the Tempest comprising what she calls “a motley crew”.

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