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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.

Time-Lapse Code Wins Raspberry Pi Contest
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Time-Lapse Code Wins Raspberry Pi Contest

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has named Aaron Hill and Ashley Newson the winners of its summer coding contest for teenagers.

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...

Two-Ton Witch Computer Gets a Reboot
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Two-Ton Witch Computer Gets a Reboot

The world's oldest original working digital computer, the Witch, has been restored after a three-year effort and was recently put on display at The National Museum...

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.

Project Aims to Crowdsource What Makes a Happy City
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Project Aims to Crowdsource What Makes a Happy City

Cambridge University researchers will use crowdsourcing to rank the most peaceful and happy places in London.  

Google Adds Coral Reef Panoramas to Street View Maps
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Google Adds Coral Reef Panoramas to Street View Maps

Google recently added panoramas of coral reefs to its Street View services, enabling users to navigate their way around the sites.

Siemens 'flaw' Claim Sparks U.s. Power Plant Security Probe
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Siemens 'flaw' Claim Sparks U.s. Power Plant Security Probe

A security expert said that he had found a backdoor in hardware from a Siemens subsidiary, RuggedCom.

Mind Control Moves Into Battle
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Mind Control Moves Into Battle

Technology that taps into a soldier's thought patterns could soon see action on the battlefield.

England V Germany: Goal-Line Technology Decision Imminent
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England V Germany: Goal-Line Technology Decision Imminent

Football's world governing body Fifa and other organisations are preparing to vote on something many fans of the game have been crying out for: goal-line technology...

Minitel: The Rise and Fall of the France-Wide Web
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Minitel: The Rise and Fall of the France-Wide Web

Many years ago, long before the birth of the Web, there was a time when France was the happening-est place in the digital universe.

Blade Runner: Which Predictions Have Come True?
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Blade Runner: Which Predictions Have Come True?

Based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner—the tale of a hunt for four dangerous "replicant" humans—is a classic...

Flame Malware Makers Send 'suicide' Code
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Flame Malware Makers Send 'suicide' Code

The creators of the Flame malware have sent a "suicide" command that removes it from some infected computers.

Iran 'finds Fix' For Sophisticated Flame Malware
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Iran 'finds Fix' For Sophisticated Flame Malware

Iran says it has developed tools that can defend against the sophisticated cyber attack tool known as Flame.

London to Test 'smart City' Operating System
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London to Test 'smart City' Operating System

London is preparing to test an operating system designed to power the smart cities of the future.  

Web War Ii: What a Future Cyberwar Will Look Like
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Web War Ii: What a Future Cyberwar Will Look Like

How might the blitzkrieg of the future arrive? By air strike? An invading army? In a terrorist's suitcase? In fact it could be coming down the line to a computer...

The World's Five Biggest Cyber Threats
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The World's Five Biggest Cyber Threats

Criminals do not stop at stealing someone's personal data.

Programming Project Comes to Primary Schools
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Programming Project Comes to Primary Schools

A volunteer project in the United Kingdom is writing session plans for teaching the basics of computer programming to children between the ages of 10 and 11.  

Ancient Sites Spotted From Space, Say Archaeologists
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Ancient Sites Spotted From Space, Say Archaeologists

Computer science techniques have enabled archaeologists to discover about 9,000 possible early human settlements across 23,000 square miles in northeastern Syria...

The Spanish Link in Cracking the Enigma Code
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The Spanish Link in Cracking the Enigma Code

A pair of rare Enigma machines used in the Spanish Civil War have been given to the head of GCHQ, Britain's communications intelligence agency.
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