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University of Leeds robot worm
The University of Leeds, meanwhile, revealed its latest creation - a super-sized worm robot based on the C elegans nematode worm.
The worm bot is the result of engineering fellow Dr Jordan Boyle's research into how the nervous system of the worm works to propel the creature along. Boyle envisages a developed version of his worm bot one day being used to locate and help victims of natural disasters.
To learn what makes the worm bot different from other snake-like robots and how it could potentially be used in medicine, check out Giant robot worm to the rescue.
Photo: University of Leeds
Chikanta village chief
Further afield, July saw silicon.com catching up with the progress of Computer Aid's Zubabox internet cafés.
Computer Aid International has delivered three of these solar-powered cyber cafés housed in old shipping containers so far and is now appealing for organisations to sponsor 10 more to go to other rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa and to be used in disaster zones.
Pictured above is the ZubaBox cyber café recently delivered to the village of Chikanta in Zambia.
To learn more about the ZubaBoxes, see The solar-powered internet cafés connecting rural Africa.
Photo: Computer Aid International
Ofcom broadband UK speed map broaband take-up
silicon.com also took a look at the broadband situation closer to home last month when telecoms regulator Ofcom published an interactive map of the UK showing broadband data for each local authority.
The city with the highest take-up of fixed broadband services is Brighton and Hove, with an 80 per cent take-up rate, according to Ofcom's report.
To see more maps showing how broadband coverage differs in the UK, click Broadband Britain mapped - the high-speed and the not-spots revealed.
Image: Ofcom/Google/Tele Atlas