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The wheel, invented sometime before the 4th millennium BC, is one of the most ubiquitous and important technologies. This detail of the "Standard of Ur", c. 2500 BCE., displays a Sumerian chariot

Technology is the application of knowledge for achieving practical goals in a reproducible way. The word technology can also mean the products resulting from such efforts, including both tangible tools such as utensils or machines, and intangible ones such as software. Technology plays a critical role in science, engineering, and everyday life.

Technological advancements have led to significant changes in society. The earliest known technology is the stone tool, used during prehistoric times, followed by the control of fire, which contributed to the growth of the human brain and the development of language during the Ice Age. The invention of the wheel in the Bronze Age allowed greater travel and the creation of more complex machines. More recent technological inventions, including the printing press, telephone, and the Internet, have lowered barriers to communication and ushered in the knowledge economy. (Full article...)

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February 1, 2023 – Western Australian radioactive capsule incident
A search team from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and WA Fire and Emergency Services announces that they have found the missing caesium-137 capsule around 74 km (46 mi) south of Newman. (ABC News Australia)
November 28, 2022 –
The Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland fines American technology company Meta for 265 million (US$275 million) for a data breach on its international users. (AFP via The Philippine Star)
November 18, 2022 – United States v. Elizabeth A. Holmes, et al.
Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes is sentenced by a court in the U.S. state of California to more than 11 years in prison on four counts of fraud, and for misleading investors on the reliability of her company's technology. Her sentence will begin on April 27, 2023. (BBC News)

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