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The Chef That Can Make a Gourmet Burger Every 30 Seconds
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The Chef That Can Make a Gourmet Burger Every 30 Seconds

A restaurant in San Francisco employs two robots to prepare gourmet burgers for diners.

Inside Sellafield's Death Zone With the Nuclear Clean-­p Robots
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Inside Sellafield's Death Zone With the Nuclear Clean-­p Robots

The defunct Thorp nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield, Cumbria in the U.K. is a toxic environment that must be cleaned up by robots.

Hologram Phone Calls; Sci-Fi or Serious Possibility?
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Hologram Phone Calls; Sci-Fi or Serious Possibility?

High-speed 5G networks could lead to big changes in how we use our mobile phones, allowing us to enjoy virtual reality on-the-go, interactive live broadcasts, and...

Wi-Fi Could Be ­sed to Detect Weapons and Bombs
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Wi-Fi Could Be ­sed to Detect Weapons and Bombs

Wireless signals can penetrate bags to measure the dimensions of metal objects or estimate the volume of liquids, researchers claim.

The Cameras that Know If You're Happy, or a Threat
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The Cameras that Know If You're Happy, or a Threat

Facial recognition tech has been around for decades, but it has been progressing in leaps and bounds in recent years due to advances in computing vision and artificial...

'We Can Build a Real Time Machine'
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'We Can Build a Real Time Machine'

Travelling in time might sound like a flight of fancy, but some physicists think it might really be possible.

Who Controls Your Data?
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Who Controls Your Data?

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change how companies and individuals collect, store and share data.

How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs
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How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs

In Ridley Scott's seminal blockbuster Blade Runner, humanity has harnessed bio-engineering to create a race of replicants that look, act and sound human—but are...

The Quest to Map the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor
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The Quest to Map the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor

Geologists have charted mountain ranges and forests and desert tundras, astronomers the heavens above, yet our planet's oceans remain largely unexplored; it's often...

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 ­sing Your Mind
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How to Control a Machine ­sing 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.

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...

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...
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