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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.

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-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...

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...

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.

Alan Turing's Cyber-Legacy Praised By Gchq Chief
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Alan Turing's Cyber-Legacy Praised By Gchq Chief

GCHQ director Iain Lobban recently gave a speech noting the many enduring lessons that could be drawn from Alan Turing's work.

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...

Malware Inserted on Pc Production Lines, Says Study
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Malware Inserted on Pc Production Lines, Says Study

Cybercriminals have opened a new front in their battle to infect computers with malware—PC production lines.

Bae's Striker Helmet Gives Fighter Pilots 'x-Ray Vision'
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Bae's Striker Helmet Gives Fighter Pilots 'x-Ray Vision'

When a pilot in a Eurofighter Typhoon jet glances down, he doesn't see a steel-grey floor. Instead he sees clouds, and maybe sheep and cows in green fields below...

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.

Wind Sensor Damaged on NASA's Curiosity Rover
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Wind Sensor Damaged on NASA's Curiosity Rover

NASA has reported its first setback in the Curiosity rover mission to Mars.

Robot Swarms Aim to Bring Buildings to Life
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Robot Swarms Aim to Bring Buildings to Life

Meet the man who wants to create architecture that understands everything about us — down to our emotional states — and learns from its mistakes.

Graphene Transistors in High-Performance Demonstration
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Graphene Transistors in High-Performance Demonstration

Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg researchers announced that they used silicon carbide to create graphene.  

'most Realistic' Robot Legs Developed
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'most Realistic' Robot Legs Developed

University of Arizona researchers say they have developed the most biologically accurate robotic legs by replicating the central pattern generator, a neuronal network...

Start-Up Attempts to Convert Prof Hawking's Brainwaves Into Speech
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Start-Up Attempts to Convert Prof Hawking's Brainwaves Into Speech

An American scientist is to unveil details of work on the brain patterns of Prof Stephen Hawking he says could help safeguard the physicist's ability to communicate...
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