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Robot 'learns to Keep Going with Broken Leg'
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Robot 'learns to Keep Going with Broken Leg'

Engineers have taken a step towards having machines that can operate when damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg.

Cheering Robots Replace Real Fans at Korean Baseball
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Cheering Robots Replace Real Fans at Korean Baseball

The Hanwha Eagles Korean baseball team has equipped its stadium with robots that fans who are unable to attend the games can control over the Internet. 

Russia Offers $110,000 to Crack Tor Anonymous Network
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Russia Offers $110,000 to Crack Tor Anonymous Network

Russia has offered 3.9m roubles ($110,000; £65,000) in a contest seeking a way to crack the identities of users of the Tor network.

Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Froze Time
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Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Froze Time

Every time you use the flash on your smartphone or camera, you should give silent praise to Harold Eugene Edgerton.

Neuroscience: 'i Can Read Your Mind'
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Neuroscience: 'i Can Read Your Mind'

Jack Gallant can read your mind. Or at least, he can figure out what you're seeing if you're in his machine watching a movie he's playing for you.

Will Workplace Robots Cost More Jobs Than They Create?
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Will Workplace Robots Cost More Jobs Than They Create?

The UK unveiled its robotics strategy last Tuesday, revealing a plan drawn up by the Technology Strategy Board that aims to spur the country on towards capturing...

Rediscovered Plans Aid Edsac Reconstruction
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Rediscovered Plans Aid Edsac Reconstruction

The National Museum of Computing's reconstruction of an early British digital computer will benefit from the resurfacing of circuit diagrams of the machine. 

E-Voting Experiments End in Norway Amid Security Fears
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E-Voting Experiments End in Norway Amid Security Fears

Norway is ending trials of e-voting systems used in national and local elections.

Mind-Control: 'i Drove a Car with My Thoughts'
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Mind-Control: 'i Drove a Car with My Thoughts'

Henrik Matzke is in the driving seat of a car, poised to make a very unusual manoeuvre.

World Cup 2014 to Be Most Hi-Tech Football Event Ever
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World Cup 2014 to Be Most Hi-Tech Football Event Ever

Football is full of "what ifs".

How Online 'chatbots' Are Already Tricking You
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How Online 'chatbots' Are Already Tricking You

Sometimes it's the promise of sex that fools you.

Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?
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Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?

Joss Wright is training a robot to freak people out.

'killer Robots': Are They Really Inevitable?
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'killer Robots': Are They Really Inevitable?

The robot tank is moving rapidly through the scrub on its caterpillar tracks.

More Google 'forget' Requests Emerge After Eu Ruling
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More Google 'forget' Requests Emerge After Eu Ruling

A man who tried to kill his family is among the latest to request removal of search results from Google.

3D Printing Reveals the Power of Shark Skin
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3D Printing Reveals the Power of Shark Skin

Viewed up close, a shark's skin bristles with tiny teeth or "denticles" which aid swimming.

What Is the 'right to Be Forgotten'?
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What Is the 'right to Be Forgotten'?

Sixteen years ago, a Spaniard named Mario Costeja Gonzalez had hit financial difficulties.

Will We Ever… Control the Weather?
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Will We Ever… Control the Weather?

With 2,000 drummers, 15,000 other performers and vast quantities of fireworks, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics was a dazzling spectacle.

Internet of Things: The 'ghosts' that Haunt the Machine
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Internet of Things: The 'ghosts' that Haunt the Machine


Hard Disk Pioneer Stuart Parkin Wins Millennium Prize
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Hard Disk Pioneer Stuart Parkin Wins Millennium Prize

Prof Stuart Parkin developed a type of data-reading head capable of detecting weaker and smaller signals than had previously been possible.

Half-Century Milestone For Ibm Mainframes
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Half-Century Milestone For Ibm Mainframes

The IBM mainframe is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
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