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Has Chip and Pin Had Its Day?
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Has Chip and Pin Had Its Day?

Go to a cash machine in Japan or Poland and there's a good chance you'll find a finger-sized scanner next to the keypad.

Lens-Less Camera Emerges from Metamaterials Work
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Lens-Less Camera Emerges from Metamaterials Work

U.S. scientists have used metamaterials to build the imaging system, which samples infra-red and microwave light.

Graphene: Patent Surge Reveals Global Race
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Graphene: Patent Surge Reveals Global Race

Latest figures show a sharp rise in patents filed to claim rights over different aspects of graphene since 2007, with a further spike last year.

Learn English Online: How the Internet Is Changing Language
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Learn English Online: How the Internet Is Changing Language

Online, English has become a common language for users from around the world. In the process, the language itself is changing.

North Korea: On the Net in World's Most Secretive Nation
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North Korea: On the Net in World's Most Secretive Nation

There's a curious quirk on every official North Korean Website: a piece of programming that must be included in each page's code.

Robots Ride the Ocean Blue
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Robots Ride the Ocean Blue

When superstorm Sandy was rampaging across the Caribbean and mid-Atlantic, heralded by gale force winds, torrential rain, and surging tides, people rushed to get...

Can Disguises Fool Surveillance Technology?
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Can Disguises Fool Surveillance Technology?

Stick on a fake moustache. Add some glasses. Dye your hair. And perhaps pop on a hat.

Bend Me, Shape Me: Flexible Phones 'out By 2013'
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Bend Me, Shape Me: Flexible Phones 'out By 2013'

Imagine treating your phone like a piece of paper.

Risk of Robot ­prising Wiping Out Human Race to Be Studied
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Risk of Robot ­prising Wiping Out Human Race to Be Studied

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk will study dangers posed by biotechnology, artificial life, nanotechnology, and climate change.

Risk Profiling Software Tackles the Terrorist Threat
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Risk Profiling Software Tackles the Terrorist Threat

The U.K. branch of an American company has developed a hi-tech software programme it believes can help detect and prevent potentially dangerous passengers and cargo...

X-37b: Secrets of the ­.s. Military Spaceplane
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X-37b: Secrets of the ­.s. Military Spaceplane

In the early morning of 16 June, 2012, a top-secret spaceplane made a picture-perfect landing at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Two-Tonne Witch Computer Gets a Reboot
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Two-Tonne Witch Computer Gets a Reboot

The world's oldest original working digital computer is going on display at The National Museum of Computing in Buckinghamshire.

Almost Being There: Why the Future of Space Exploration Is Not What You Think
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Almost Being There: Why the Future of Space Exploration Is Not What You Think

Mocup is a tiny, adorable remote-controlled robot built from a Lego Mindstorms set with an off-the-shelf Beagleboard computer for a brain and a webcam for an eye...

Mars to Earth: How to Send Hd Video Between Planets
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Mars to Earth: How to Send Hd Video Between Planets

"It once was a small step... now it's six big wheels," exclaimed Curiosity's Twitter account after the Nasa rover landed on Mars in early August. The message itself...

The End For Keyboards and Mice?
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The End For Keyboards and Mice?

Apple's iPhone and its rivals may have introduced touchscreens to the masses, but now a raft of technologies promise to change the way we interact with computers...

Faster Chips 'cut Cloud-Computing Bills'
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Faster Chips 'cut Cloud-Computing Bills'

Researchers at Deutsch Telekom Laboratories and Aalto University have found that customers of Amazon's EC2 cloud service do not receive the same level of performance...

Why Modern Maps Put Everyone at the Centre of the World
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Why Modern Maps Put Everyone at the Centre of the World

Got truly and outstandingly lost recently? Enjoy the feeling while you can, for it's becoming an increasingly difficult task.

Can We Trust the Code That Increasingly Runs Our Lives?
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Can We Trust the Code That Increasingly Runs Our Lives?

Imagine how different the first pictures sent from the Mars Rover would have been if there had been a software failure.

Controlling Curiosity: How Do You Drive a Mars Rover?
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Controlling Curiosity: How Do You Drive a Mars Rover?

Engineers at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, have the ultimate iPhone app.

Microsoft Xbox 3D-Projected Games Outlined in Patent
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Microsoft Xbox 3D-Projected Games Outlined in Patent

Details of an immersive video games display system that projects images of the title's environment around a player's room have been revealed in a U.S. patent belonging...
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