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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...

Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . . How AI Protects US
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Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . . How AI Protects US

For some, the spread of artificial intelligence and robotics poses a threat to our privacy, our jobs – even our safety, as more and more tasks are handed over to...

The Ghostly Radio Station That No One Claims to Run
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The Ghostly Radio Station That No One Claims to Run

In the middle of a Russian swampland, not far from the city of St Petersburg, is a rectangular iron gate.

Deception Tech Helps to Thwart Hackers' Attacks
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Deception Tech Helps to Thwart Hackers' Attacks

In World War II, the Allies employed all kinds of sneaky tricks to deceive their enemies into thinking they had more troops and weapons at their disposal than they...

The Search For the Solar System's Most Likely Place For Life
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The Search For the Solar System's Most Likely Place For Life

Chris McKay has fallen out of love with Mars. The red, dusty, corroded world no longer holds the allure it once did.

The Hidden Signs that Can Reveal a Fake Photo
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The Hidden Signs that Can Reveal a Fake Photo

Take a look at the photograph below; it's just an ordinary picture of two people outside a building, right? One of them appears to be handing something to the other...

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?
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