Technology is a funny thing sometimes. For instance, The Manchester Evening News has reported that pigeons with mobile phones and GPS backpacks will be released into the sky over San Jose this August. The birds are going to 'send' text messages back to The University of California to let researchers know the state of pollution in the area.

It’s a clever use if technology, but it’s laden with the potential to go wrong. What if the birds start using the phones to organise their social lives? That could really screw up the research couldn’t it? “Hi M8, meet u @ the loft l8er?”

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