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Do Quantum Computers Threaten Global Encryption Systems?
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Do Quantum Computers Threaten Global Encryption Systems?

Make a mobile phone call and encryption is there to stop eavesdroppers listening in.

­.k. to Allow Driverless Cars on Public Roads in January
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­.k. to Allow Driverless Cars on Public Roads in January

The United Kingdom has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads starting in January 2015, and the government has invited cities to compete...

Russia Offers $110,000 to Crack Tor Anonymous Network
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Russia Offers $110,000 to Crack Tor Anonymous Network

Russia has offered 3.9m roubles ($110,000; £65,000) in a contest seeking a way to crack the identities of users of the Tor network.

Will Workplace Robots Cost More Jobs Than They Create?
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Will Workplace Robots Cost More Jobs Than They Create?

The UK unveiled its robotics strategy last Tuesday, revealing a plan drawn up by the Technology Strategy Board that aims to spur the country on towards capturing...

E-Voting Experiments End in Norway Amid Security Fears
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E-Voting Experiments End in Norway Amid Security Fears

Norway is ending trials of e-voting systems used in national and local elections.

Mind-Control: 'i Drove a Car with My Thoughts'
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Mind-Control: 'i Drove a Car with My Thoughts'

Henrik Matzke is in the driving seat of a car, poised to make a very unusual manoeuvre.

World Cup 2014 to Be Most Hi-Tech Football Event Ever
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World Cup 2014 to Be Most Hi-Tech Football Event Ever

Football is full of "what ifs".

How Online 'chatbots' Are Already Tricking You
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How Online 'chatbots' Are Already Tricking You

Sometimes it's the promise of sex that fools you.

More Google 'forget' Requests Emerge After Eu Ruling
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More Google 'forget' Requests Emerge After Eu Ruling

A man who tried to kill his family is among the latest to request removal of search results from Google.

What Is the 'right to Be Forgotten'?
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What Is the 'right to Be Forgotten'?

Sixteen years ago, a Spaniard named Mario Costeja Gonzalez had hit financial difficulties.

Hard Disk Pioneer Stuart Parkin Wins Millennium Prize
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Hard Disk Pioneer Stuart Parkin Wins Millennium Prize

Prof Stuart Parkin developed a type of data-reading head capable of detecting weaker and smaller signals than had previously been possible.

Comet Lander Checks In with Earth
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Comet Lander Checks In with Earth

The Philae lander, which Europe hopes to put on the surface of a comet later this year, has been re-activated after three years in deep-space hibernation.

Russia and ­kraine in Cyber 'stand-Off'
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Russia and ­kraine in Cyber 'stand-Off'

As diplomatic efforts are stepped up to ease tensions in Ukraine, security experts have warned that Kiev and Moscow are locked in a cyber stand-off.

Inside the Google Earth Satellite Factory
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Inside the Google Earth Satellite Factory

Behind a long rectangular window, in a high white room tended by ghostly figures in masks and hats, a new satellite is taking shape.

Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed
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Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed

A team of researchers has achieved a breakthrough that brings quantum computing closer to real-world use. 

Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed
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Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed

"Qubits" of information encoded in a silicon system persisted for almost 100 times longer than ever before.

IBM ­nveils Computer Fed By 'electronic Blood'
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IBM ­nveils Computer Fed By 'electronic Blood'

IBM has released a prototype of a computer modeled after the human brain that uses liquid both to fuel and cool the system. 

Why Space Telescope Mirror Is Most Complex Ever Built
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Why Space Telescope Mirror Is Most Complex Ever Built

"You will not be touching anything."

Users of Hidden Net Advised to Ditch Windows
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Users of Hidden Net Advised to Ditch Windows

Legitimate users of the Tor anonymous browsing service are being advised to stop using Windows if they want to keep their identity hidden.

What Would Happen If All Satellites Stopped Working?
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What Would Happen If All Satellites Stopped Working?

We may not always realise it, but we depend on space technology orbiting the Earth.
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