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A robot is set to become the first non-human to appear as a witness before the UK Parliament.

The Commons Education Select Committee invited Pepper the robot from Middlesex University to give evidence at a hearing taking place next week about artificial intelligence, robotics and the fourth industrial revolution.

"If we've got the march of the robots, we perhaps need the march of the robots to our select committee to give evidence," Committee chair Robert Halfon told Tes.
MPs invite robot to give evidence on AI
 
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"A new report published has shown that Great Britain reported a record-low share of generation from fossil fuels in the third quarter, dropping to 41% of total generation for the first time.

The UK-based energy analysts EnAppSys report – GB Electricity Market Summary for the third quarter of 2018 (July to September) says fossil fuels have fallen from 74% of the total back in the third quarter of 2010 as the Government closed coal plants and the share of renewable energy skyrocketed."

Great Britain hits record-low share of fossil fuel generation

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That's always good to hear.:thumb:

But we still have the problem of the wind-free and very cloudy days when fossil fuels just have to be used. I have always felt that we need many more nuclear plants.
 

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Today I learned planking is not only the stupid thing drunk people do with random street furniture, but is also a way of cooking meat over open coals.
 

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Today I learned planking is not only the stupid thing drunk people do with random street furniture, but is also a way of cooking meat over open coals.
Sounds intriguing... as in, cooking on a plank of wood?!
 
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Good stuff! :thumb: We're members of the National Trust, and when they send the magazine through it comes wrapped in what looks like plastic but is actually made from potato starch! It can be composted with everything else, which is pretty cool :cool:
 
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It can be composted with everything else, which is pretty cool :cool:
Also: Plastic free cupstock

A traditional single-use coffee cup includes a barrier layer made from plastic, which prevents absorption of liquids and greases. The barrier layer in ISLA® Duo products is a water-based dispersion coating instead of PE plastic. Being plastic-free enables the products to be easily recyclable in normal paper and board recycling, and the wood fibre can be reused fully. ISLA® Duo cupstock doesn't contain any waxes harmful for the health nor do they cumulate in the nature like plastic.
 

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Good stuff! :thumb: wrapped in what looks like plastic but is actually made from potato starch! It can be composted with everything else, which is pretty cool :cool:
Yes, just remembered, we had some ball point pens which came with a starch type case. I'm sure this is the way forward. :)
 
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