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Robots: Is the Uncanny Valley Real?
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Robots: Is the Uncanny Valley Real?

Mick Walters opens a door in his lab and points his computer's camera towards the small, blurry, tan-coloured object he has just revealed. "This is Kaspar Two,"...

Why Video Games May Be Good For You
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Why Video Games May Be Good For You

Games have long been accused of making players violent, but evidence has been building over the years that they can have positive effects.

Laser Listening: Could You Eavesdrop on the Guardian?
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Laser Listening: Could You Eavesdrop on the Guardian?

The U.K. government has warned the Guardian newspaper that foreign agents could use laser technology to eavesdrop on them, in the wake of recent surveillance leaks...

How Wearable Technology Could Transform Business
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How Wearable Technology Could Transform Business

Once upon a time seeing your life flash before your eyes was something people did their best to avoid. The arrival of Google Glass seems to have changed that.

Bigshot Diy Camera Aims to Teach Kids Tech Basics
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Bigshot Diy Camera Aims to Teach Kids Tech Basics

Owners of Bigshot's device need to assemble its parts in a specific sequence to make it work. An online guide explains the science behind them.

Helping the Deaf to 'See' and 'Feel' Sound
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Helping the Deaf to 'See' and 'Feel' Sound

Earlier this summer in a packed and freezing-cold auditorium in Doha, the all-female team of students from Qatar University burst into cheers and tears as theyINJAZ...

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.

Computational Photography: The Snap Is Only the Start
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Computational Photography: The Snap Is Only the Start

Imagine a camera that allows you to see through a crowd to get a clear view of someone who would otherwise be obscured, a smartphone that matches big-budget lenses...

Touchscreens 'a Small Step' in Innovation
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Touchscreens 'a Small Step' in Innovation

The way we use digital devices has become big news.

Unmasking Organized Crime Networks with Data
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Unmasking Organized Crime Networks with Data

One of the big challenges in fighting organized crime is precisely that it is organized. It is run a bit like a business, with chains of command and responsibility...

Future Cops: How Technology Is Set to Change Policing
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Future Cops: How Technology Is Set to Change Policing

The sci-fi vision of police officers rushing to the scene of a crime before any crime has even been committed may be rather far-fetched but technology is increasingly...

Huge Holograms Offer Medics More Memorable Classes
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Huge Holograms Offer Medics More Memorable Classes

A system which uses giant holograms to help medical students master their subject has been pioneered by two London-based junior doctors.

3D Printing Powered By Thought
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3D Printing Powered By Thought

It's definitely not a bird. Nor is it a plane. The garish orange piece of plastic, small enough to hold in the palm of a hand, could pass for a missing limb of...

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.

Thought-Powered Helicopter Takes Off
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Thought-Powered Helicopter Takes Off

Experimental subjects have powered a remote-controlled helicopter through an obstacle course with their thoughts. 

U.S. Spy Chief Clapper Defends PRISM and Phone Surveillance
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U.S. Spy Chief Clapper Defends PRISM and Phone Surveillance

U.S. spy chief James Clapper has strongly defended government surveillance programmes after revelations of phone records being collected and internet servers being...

Wisee ­ses Wi-Fi Signals to Recognize Body Gestures
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Wisee ­ses Wi-Fi Signals to Recognize Body Gestures

Researchers say they have found a way to detect and recognize human gestures based on how they affect Wi-Fi signals.

German Railways to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones
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German Railways to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones

The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute vandals who deface property at night.

How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure
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How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure

I'm watching a live video feed of people visiting a cafe in London.

Better Origami ­sing Nature and Maths
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Better Origami ­sing Nature and Maths

Paper folding isn’t just an art, it can help fit everything on spacecraft from solar panels to telescope mirrors.
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