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The Many Ways Lasers Help ­S See the World More Clearly
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The Many Ways Lasers Help ­S See the World More Clearly

Think of lasers and what springs to mind?

Webcams ­sed to Attack Reddit and Twitter Recalled
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Webcams ­sed to Attack Reddit and Twitter Recalled

Chinese electronics firm Hangzhou Xiongmai issued the recall soon after its cameras were identified as aiding the massive web attacks.

The Surprisingly Easy Way to Visit Mars
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The Surprisingly Easy Way to Visit Mars

It's midday on Mars. The scarlet skies are clear and it's a balmy zero degrees—the perfect conditions for a day out.

Cybathlon: Battle of the Bionic Athletes
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Cybathlon: Battle of the Bionic Athletes

Bionic arms, robotic legs, powered exoskeletons, brain-controlled computer interfaces and supercharged wheelchairs - all took centre stage to compete at this weekend's...

How the Street Light Has Been Given a Hi-Tech Makeover
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How the Street Light Has Been Given a Hi-Tech Makeover

Not only are light bulbs getting sharper and more energy efficient as they are upgraded to LEDs, but they increasingly help fight crime, promote safe cycling and...

How It Feels to Live in Darkness
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How It Feels to Live in Darkness

I know there isn't one dot of light, but I frantically scan the pitch-black area surrounding me out of habit nonetheless.

­S Ready to 'hand Over' the Internet's Naming System
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­S Ready to 'hand Over' the Internet's Naming System

The US has confirmed it is finally ready to cede power of the internet's naming system, ending the almost 20-year process to hand over a crucial part of the internet's...

Can Machines Keep ­S Safe from Cyber-Attack?
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Can Machines Keep ­S Safe from Cyber-Attack?

Best known for its part in bringing the internet into being, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency has more recently brought engineers together to tackle...

Australia Plans New Co-Ordinates to Fix Sat-Nav Gap
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Australia Plans New Co-Ordinates to Fix Sat-Nav Gap

Australia is to shift its longitude and latitude to address a gap between local co-ordinates and those from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).

The Secret History of X-Ray Specs
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The Secret History of X-Ray Specs

"I have seen my death!" Anna Bertha Röntgen is said to have exclaimed upon seeing the first X-ray photograph ever made–an image of the bones in her hand. It was...

The Toughest Spaceship We've Ever Built
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The Toughest Spaceship We've Ever Built

It's been a long time since anyone tried landing on Venus,

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?
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How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?

And it's not just gamers who are benefiting from the immersive possibilities it offers.

How a Woman Trapped in Her Body 'spoke' Once Again
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How a Woman Trapped in Her Body 'spoke' Once Again

Around six years have now passed since Waltraut Faehnrich last opened and closed her eyes without assistance.

The Detectives Watching You from Space
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The Detectives Watching You from Space

Fans of crime writer Raymond Chandler's wise-cracking prose would no doubt be pleased that there's a real-life private detective agency run by two men called Raymond...

Supercomputer Simulates Whole-Body Blood Flow
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Supercomputer Simulates Whole-Body Blood Flow

A new supercomputer simulation of the circulation of blood throughout the entire human body correlates very closely with real-world flow measurements.

What Would Happen If Aliens Contacted Earth?
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What Would Happen If Aliens Contacted Earth?

Nearly 40 years ago, radio astronomer Jerry Ehman was scanning a part of the sky hoping to detect a signal from an alien civilisation.

Ted 2016: Hololens ­nveils 'teleportation' to Mars
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Ted 2016: Hololens ­nveils 'teleportation' to Mars

HoloLens creator Alex Kipman has shown off Microsoft's augmented reality technology at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference.

How the British and Americans Started Listening In
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How the British and Americans Started Listening In

It was late on 8 February 1941 when four Americans arrived at Bletchley Park.

Facewatch 'thief Recognition' Cctv on Trial in ­k Stores
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Facewatch 'thief Recognition' Cctv on Trial in ­k Stores

Until now, Facewatch has provided local groups of businesses with a way to share their CCTV images of shoplifters and other potential offenders.

How Thermal Imaging Tech Is About to Become Hot Stuff
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How Thermal Imaging Tech Is About to Become Hot Stuff

Although it's already been used by industry, the military and some emergency services, it was expensive and therefore had a limited market.
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