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Wi-Fi Could Be Used to Detect Weapons and Bombs
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Wi-Fi Could Be Used to Detect Weapons and Bombs

Wireless signals can penetrate bags to measure the dimensions of metal objects or estimate the volume of liquids, researchers claim.

The Cameras that Know If You're Happy, or a Threat
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The Cameras that Know If You're Happy, or a Threat

Facial recognition tech has been around for decades, but it has been progressing in leaps and bounds in recent years due to advances in computing vision and artificial...

'We Can Build a Real Time Machine'
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'We Can Build a Real Time Machine'

Travelling in time might sound like a flight of fancy, but some physicists think it might really be possible.

Digital Skills Gap Opens Up in English Schools
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Digital Skills Gap Opens Up in English Schools

Fewer children in the U.K. are developing the digital skills that employers and government say are vital.

Are You Scared Yet? Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI
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Are You Scared Yet? Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI

Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock's Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world.

Who Controls Your Data?
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Who Controls Your Data?

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change how companies and individuals collect, store and share data.

How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs
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How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs

In Ridley Scott's seminal blockbuster Blade Runner, humanity has harnessed bio-engineering to create a race of replicants that look, act and sound human—but are...

The Quest to Map the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor
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The Quest to Map the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor

Geologists have charted mountain ranges and forests and desert tundras, astronomers the heavens above, yet our planet's oceans remain largely unexplored; it's often...

The Secret Science That Rules Crowds
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The Secret Science That Rules Crowds

Sometimes, being part of a large crowd can be worse than uncomfortable: it can turn lethal. Deadly crowd crushes that occurred in 2017 include incidents in an Angolan...

Quantum Computers 'One Step Closer'
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Quantum Computers 'One Step Closer'

Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the development of a programmable quantum processor made with silicon.

How to Control a Machine Using Your Mind
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How to Control a Machine Using Your Mind

Bill Kochevar's life was changed, seemingly irrevocably, when he was paralysed from the shoulders down following a cycling accident nearly a decade ago.

The (almost) Complete History of 'fake News'
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The (almost) Complete History of 'fake News'

In record time, the phrase morphed from a description of a social media phenomenon into a journalistic cliche and an angry political slur.

Psychedelic Toasters Fool Image Recognition Tech
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Psychedelic Toasters Fool Image Recognition Tech

Researchers say they have created psychedelic stickers that can fool image-recognition software into seeing objects that do not exist.

The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare
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The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare

Several months after the WannaCry cyber-attack, much of the world still seems to be asleep to the potential catastrophic effects of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure...

AI Early Diagnosis Could Save Heart and Cancer Patients
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AI Early Diagnosis Could Save Heart and Cancer Patients

Ultromics is a new artificial intelligence system that can diagnose heart scans with much greater accuracy than conventional methods, picking up details physicians...

Google's 'superhuman' Deepmind AI Claims Chess Crown
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Google's 'superhuman' Deepmind AI Claims Chess Crown

Google says its DeepMind unit's AlphaGo Zero algorithm defeated world-leading specialist software Stockfish 8 in a chess match within hours of teaching itself the...

Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?
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Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?

Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it.

How Do You Build the Next-Generation Internet?
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How Do You Build the Next-Generation Internet?

Imagine super-fast computers that can solve problems much quicker than machines today.

How the Search For a 'death Ray' Led to Radar
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How the Search For a 'death Ray' Led to Radar

You can trace the extent of our reliance on air travel to many inventions. The jet engine, perhaps, or the aeroplane itself. But sometimes inventions need other...

The World's Oldest Scientific Satellite Is Still in Orbit
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The World's Oldest Scientific Satellite Is Still in Orbit

From his desk at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, space debris analyst Tim Flohrer keeps track of the 23,000 or so catalogued objects...
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