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HTC hints at Half-life VR game

The chairwoman of HTC says it is "co-operating" with Half-life - but the BBC understands Valve is not planning to announce a sequel.

Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list

Bill Gates is declared the richest man in the world for the 16th time by Forbes magazine's annual ranking of global billionaires.

Millions share new Chinese character

More about the strange new word that has taken the internet by storm in China.

Ikea debuts phone-charging furniture

Furniture giant Ikea has unveiled a range of furniture fitted with wireless charging spots for mobile devices.

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DNA documents ancient mass migration

DNA analysis has revealed evidence for a massive migration into the heartland of Europe 4,500 years ago.

UK to pioneer lagoon power plants

Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons are unveiled in the UK, with sites proposed in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria.

Bloodhound car begins to take shape

Good progress is being made on construction of the world's fastest car - the Bloodhound supersonic vehicle, which aims to run at over 1,000mph.

SpaceX launches electric satellites

US rocket company SpaceX performs a dual-launch of all-electric satellites - what is expected to become a big trend in future spacecraft design and deployment.

Signs of spring 'shifting' in trees

Scientists say climate change will lead to a shift in the timing of when trees come into leaf in British woodlands.

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