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Museum Switches on Historic Computer
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Museum Switches on Historic Computer

A project to recreate one of Britain's pioneering computers has reached a key milestone.

:-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.

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.

'more Diverse' Emoji Faces Planned
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'more Diverse' Emoji Faces Planned

Emoji face icons could soon reflect greater racial diversity.

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...

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...

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.

Ebola: Can Big Data Analytics Help Contain Its Spread?
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Ebola: Can Big Data Analytics Help Contain Its Spread?

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has now claimed more than 4,000 lives.

Nobel Prize: How English Beat German as Language of Science
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Nobel Prize: How English Beat German as Language of Science

Permafrost, oxygen, hydrogen; it all looks like science to me. 

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.

Shellshock: 'deadly Serious' New Vulnerability Found
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Shellshock: 'deadly Serious' New Vulnerability Found

A "deadly serious" bug potentially affecting hundreds of millions of computers, servers and devices has been discovered.

Camouflage: Can We Ever Create True Invisibility?
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Camouflage: Can We Ever Create True Invisibility?

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we humans have been doing our best to compliment other animals for centuries.
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