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Is Your Toaster a Silent Recruit in a 'thingbot' Army?
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Is Your Toaster a Silent Recruit in a 'thingbot' Army?

All kinds of gadgets, from toasters to sprinklers, fridges to domestic heating systems, are now boasting sensors, actuators and low-powered embedded chips.

Time Lords: The Clocks That Rule Our World
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Time Lords: The Clocks That Rule Our World

Time is money—and never was this clearer than at 09:59:59.985 Eastern Time, on 3 June 2013.

Taking the Robot Dog For a Walk
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Taking the Robot Dog For a Walk

It's a video which is bound to go viral. Spot sets off down an office corridor, and then out into the open air.

The Invisible Network That Keeps the World Running
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The Invisible Network That Keeps the World Running

It’s been just over 45 years since the Apollo Moon landings, and some would have it that we are failing to build big anymore; that we've since become too fascinated...

Not in Front of the Telly: Warning Over 'listening' Tv
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Not in Front of the Telly: Warning Over 'listening' Tv

Samsung is warning customers about discussing personal information in front of their smart television set.

Out of Control AI Will Not Kill ­s, Believes Microsoft Research Chief
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Out of Control AI Will Not Kill ­s, Believes Microsoft Research Chief

Microsoft Research chief Eric Horvitz thinks Artificial Intelligence systems eventually could achieve consciousness, but he doubts they could become a threat to...

AI Will Not Kill ­s, Says Microsoft Research Chief
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AI Will Not Kill ­s, Says Microsoft Research Chief

Microsoft Research's chief has said he thinks artificial intelligence systems could achieve consciousness, but has played down the threat to human life.

Back-­p Brains: The Era of Digital Immortality
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Back-­p Brains: The Era of Digital Immortality

A few months before she died, my grandmother made a decision.

The Daunting Challenge of Reporting on Cyberwar
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The Daunting Challenge of Reporting on Cyberwar

The US and UK are soon to take part in cyber war games, testing each other out for when the inevitable real cyberwar kicks off.

The Hidden Ways Traffic Flows Around ­s
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The Hidden Ways Traffic Flows Around ­s

Get in your car and drive.

Nasa to Hack Mars Rover Opportunity to Fix 'amnesia' Fault
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Nasa to Hack Mars Rover Opportunity to Fix 'amnesia' Fault

The Mars rover Opportunity is having memory problems that the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration will try to fix remotely. 

How to Design the Fighter Cockpit of Tomorrow
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How to Design the Fighter Cockpit of Tomorrow

If you think your office needs a lick of paint and some new furniture, spare a thought for fighter pilots.

Are These the Five Craziest Space Missions?
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Are These the Five Craziest Space Missions?

The landing of the Philae Lander—on a comet travelling at 135,000km/h (84,000mph)—has been hailed as the start of a new chapter in space exploration.

The 12 Missions of Christmas
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The 12 Missions of Christmas

In July 1965, Mariner 4 became the first space probe to send back pictures of another world from space. Fifty years on, not only do several spacecraft orbit the...

The Surprising ­ses of Games Controllers
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The Surprising ­ses of Games Controllers

Games controllers can end up in the strangest places.

Food: The Rarely Seen Robots That Package What We Eat
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Food: The Rarely Seen Robots That Package What We Eat

Last July, while touring a jelly bean factory, I came upon a startling sight.

Rosetta: Concerns For Comet Lander After ­neven Landing
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Rosetta: Concerns For Comet Lander After ­neven Landing

The lander bounced twice, initially about 1km back out into space, before settling in the shadow of a cliff, 1km from its intended target site.

Microsoft Headset to Help Blind People Navigate Cities
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Microsoft Headset to Help Blind People Navigate Cities

Microsoft is collaborating with a British charity to develop a headset that could help the blind and the visually impaired navigate urban locations.

Met Office to Build Supercomputer
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Met Office to Build Supercomputer

The British government will spend 97 million British pounds on a new supercomputer to improve the Met Office's weather forecasting and climate modeling. 

Met Office to Build £97m Supercomputer
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Met Office to Build £97m Supercomputer

The facility will work 13 times faster than the current system, enabling detailed, UK-wide forecast models with a resolution of 1.5km to be run every single hour...
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