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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.

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.

Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind
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Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking says he worries about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence.

:-O: The Surprising Power of Emoticons
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:-O: The Surprising Power of Emoticons

It all started with an awkward moment online. In the early 1980s, computer scientist Scott Fahlman realised his words were failing him.

Seven Steps to Creating a Brain Implant
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Seven Steps to Creating a Brain Implant

The brain is one of the most delicate and complex objects in the universe, so tinkering with its activity may seem like a fool's errand.

Dark Net Experts Trade Theories on 'de-Cloaking' After Raids
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Dark Net Experts Trade Theories on 'de-Cloaking' After Raids

The hidden web community has started trying to find out how services and identities were compromised after police raids led to 17 arrests.

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.

The Rise of Human-Like Robots, Cars and Drones
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The Rise of Human-Like Robots, Cars and Drones

Ginger is only a couple of feet tall, but she soon commands attention as she takes to the stage. "I would like to say it's a pleasure to be here," she tells the...

How Movie-Makers Read Your Mind
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How Movie-Makers Read Your Mind

Why is there such interest in finding new ways to gauge audience reactions?

­.k. Child Coders Triumph in European Contest
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­.k. Child Coders Triumph in European Contest

Microsoft recently brought together young programmers from across Europe for a gaming competition based on Kodu, the company's visual programming language.

How the World Came to Be Run By Computer Code
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How the World Came to Be Run By Computer Code

From the scythe to the steam engine, we've always used technology to control the world around us.

Why Astronauts Get the 'space Stupids'
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Why Astronauts Get the 'space Stupids'

As he was hurtling into orbit, Cosmonaut Gherman Titov had the distinct feeling that his body was cartwheeling through the air.

Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?
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Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?

"This is already so real, I don’t know if I even want to do this anymore," I say out loud.

How Scammers Trick Your Mind
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How Scammers Trick Your Mind

None of us likes being scammed, and David Modic is no different.

The Defenders of Anonymity on the Internet
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The Defenders of Anonymity on the Internet

You may not realise it, but every time you open up your laptop or switch on your phone, you are at the heart of one of the greatest battles now taking place in...

Can Computers Replace Historians?
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Can Computers Replace Historians?

A researcher suggests computers have the potential to sift through the big data of history to help spot patterns.

Robotic Brain 'learns' Skills from the Internet
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Robotic Brain 'learns' Skills from the Internet

Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available information sources such as YouTube.

Robotics: How Machines See the World
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Robotics: How Machines See the World

Can you tell the difference between a human and a soda can?
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