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Why Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots
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Why Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots

On 3 June, FBI agents arrived at the house of government contractor Reality Leigh Winner in Augusta, Georgia.

The Most Promising Route to 'Mental Superpowers'
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The Most Promising Route to 'Mental Superpowers'

Many of us have our special ways of dealing with our feelings and emotions.

How a Cyber Attack Transformed Estonia
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How a Cyber Attack Transformed Estonia

Cyber-attacks, information warfare, fake news—exactly 10 years ago Estonia was one of the first countries to come under attack from this modern form of hybrid warfare...

The Next Era of Drones Will Be Defined by 'Swarms' 
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The Next Era of Drones Will Be Defined by 'Swarms' 

What do you picture when you think of a drone?

Geeks v Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography
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Geeks v Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography

Two graduate students stood silently beside a lectern, listening as their professor presented their work to a conference.

Why is Russia So Good at Encouraging Women Into Tech?
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Why is Russia So Good at Encouraging Women Into Tech?

Irina Khoroshko, from Zelenograd near Moscow, had learned her times tables by the age of five.

Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion
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Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion

Canadian researchers have been behind some recent major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Now, the country is betting on becoming a big player in one of...

Lies, Propaganda and Fake News: A Challenge for Our Age
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Lies, Propaganda and Fake News: A Challenge for Our Age

Who was the first black president of America?

Could Your Robot Go to Work Instead of You?
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Could Your Robot Go to Work Instead of You?

Getting yourself out of bed and into work can feel like one of the toughest parts of the day.

The AI that Learns Our Habits and Knows When People Cheat
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The AI that Learns Our Habits and Knows When People Cheat

For people who play the video game Counter Strike online, it's hard enough watching your back at the best of times. In the fast-paced first-person shooter, there...

Inside the Big Dish that Brought Us TV from the Moon 
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Inside the Big Dish that Brought Us TV from the Moon 

The Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia, is one of the most elegant scientific instruments ever built.

The Many Ways Lasers Help Us See the World More Clearly
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The Many Ways Lasers Help Us See the World More Clearly

Think of lasers and what springs to mind?

What Trump Means for Tech
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What Trump Means for Tech

Barack Obama's policies on technology were considered pro-innovation, with a view to using technology expertise to improve government systems and services.

Webcams Used to Attack Reddit and Twitter Recalled
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Webcams Used to Attack Reddit and Twitter Recalled

Chinese electronics firm Hangzhou Xiongmai issued the recall soon after its cameras were identified as aiding the massive web attacks.

The Amazing Cloud Cities We Could Build on Venus
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The Amazing Cloud Cities We Could Build on Venus

It's hot enough to melt lead, the acid rain will scorch the flesh from your bones – and it's the perfect place to raise a family. Venus, not Mars, might be the...

The Surprisingly Easy Way to Visit Mars
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The Surprisingly Easy Way to Visit Mars

It's midday on Mars. The scarlet skies are clear and it's a balmy zero degrees—the perfect conditions for a day out.

Cybathlon: Battle of the Bionic Athletes
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Cybathlon: Battle of the Bionic Athletes

Bionic arms, robotic legs, powered exoskeletons, brain-controlled computer interfaces and supercharged wheelchairs - all took centre stage to compete at this weekend's...

How the Street Light Has Been Given a Hi-Tech Makeover
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How the Street Light Has Been Given a Hi-Tech Makeover

Not only are light bulbs getting sharper and more energy efficient as they are upgraded to LEDs, but they increasingly help fight crime, promote safe cycling and...

Google, Facebook, Amazon Join Forces on Future of AI
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Google, Facebook, Amazon Join Forces on Future of AI

The world's biggest technology companies are joining forces to consider the future of artificial intelligence.

Alan Turing's Homosexual Court Files Go on Display
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Alan Turing's Homosexual Court Files Go on Display

Turing's 1952 conviction meant he lost his security clearance and had to stop work at GCHQ, the post-war successor to Bletchley Park.
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