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Galileo: What Does a More Accurate Sat-Nav System Mean?
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Galileo: What Does a More Accurate Sat-Nav System Mean?

With the planned launch of two satellites aboard a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana later this month, Europe is pushing ahead with its own satellite-navigation system...

Tor Project's Struggle to Keep the Dark Net in the Shadows
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Tor Project's Struggle to Keep the Dark Net in the Shadows

The BBC has interviewed Andrew Lewman, executive director of the Tor Project.

Do quantum computers threaten global encryption systems?
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Do quantum computers threaten global encryption systems?

The modern world is a house of cards built upon encryption.

The Best 'low-Tech' Spycraft Tricks
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The Best 'low-Tech' Spycraft Tricks

In the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the US National Security Agency’s activities around the globe, authorities in Russia and Germany declared they...

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.

Augmented Reality Gives Physical World a Vrtual Dimension
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Augmented Reality Gives Physical World a Vrtual Dimension

For some it seems, the world is not enough.

Robot 'learns to Keep Going With Broken Leg'
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Robot 'learns to Keep Going With Broken Leg'

Scientists used a methodology modeled on the behaviors of injured animals to help a six-legged robot relearn how to walk once one or more of its legs were damaged...

Robot 'learns to Keep Going with Broken Leg'
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Robot 'learns to Keep Going with Broken Leg'

Engineers have taken a step towards having machines that can operate when damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg.

Cheering Robots Replace Real Fans at Korean Baseball
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Cheering Robots Replace Real Fans at Korean Baseball

The Hanwha Eagles Korean baseball team has equipped its stadium with robots that fans who are unable to attend the games can control over the Internet. 

Russia Offers $110,000 to Crack Tor Anonymous Network
From ACM News

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.

Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Froze Time
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Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Froze Time

Every time you use the flash on your smartphone or camera, you should give silent praise to Harold Eugene Edgerton.

Neuroscience: 'i Can Read Your Mind'
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Neuroscience: 'i Can Read Your Mind'

Jack Gallant can read your mind. Or at least, he can figure out what you're seeing if you're in his machine watching a movie he's playing for you.

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...

Rediscovered Plans Aid Edsac Reconstruction
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Rediscovered Plans Aid Edsac Reconstruction

The National Museum of Computing's reconstruction of an early British digital computer will benefit from the resurfacing of circuit diagrams of the machine. 

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
From ACM News

How Online 'chatbots' Are Already Tricking You

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

Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?
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Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?

Joss Wright is training a robot to freak people out.

'killer Robots': Are They Really Inevitable?
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'killer Robots': Are They Really Inevitable?

The robot tank is moving rapidly through the scrub on its caterpillar tracks.
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