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Mathematicians Think Like Machines For Perfect Proofs
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Mathematicians Think Like Machines For Perfect Proofs


Echolocating App Will Let You Map a Room with Sound
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Echolocating App Will Let You Map a Room with Sound

Bats, dolphins, and even some blind people use echoes to create a mental 3D map of their environment and where they are in it. A smartphone's chirp could soon let...

Kepler Telescope's Planet-Hunting Days Crunch to a Close
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Kepler Telescope's Planet-Hunting Days Crunch to a Close

"Kepler was my North, my South, my East and West, my working week, no weekend rest, my noon, my midnight, my talks, my song; I thought Kepler would last forever...

Curiosity's Discoveries Hint at Life's Cradle on Mars
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Curiosity's Discoveries Hint at Life's Cradle on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has found what it was looking for in its very first taste of Martian rock—much to everyone's surprise.

Controversial Quantum Computer Aces Entanglement Tests
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Controversial Quantum Computer Aces Entanglement Tests

A few days ago, I held a quantum computer in my hand—or did I?

The Father of All Men Is 340,000 Years Old
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The Father of All Men Is 340,000 Years Old

Albert Perry carried a secret in his DNA: a Y chromosome so distinctive that it reveals new information about the origin of our species.

Ford's Open-Source Kit Brings Era of Smart Car Apps
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Ford's Open-Source Kit Brings Era of Smart Car Apps

Ford Motor Co. recently released OpenXC, an open source hardware and software toolkit that will allow the hacker community to experiment with the computer systems...

Kinect Sensor Poised to Leap Into Everyday Life
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Kinect Sensor Poised to Leap Into Everyday Life

When Microsoft's Kinect gaming sensor first exploded onto the gaming scene in 2010, it wasn't long before people started getting excited about what it might make...

Mapping Malware's Genome to Fight Future Attacks
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Mapping Malware's Genome to Fight Future Attacks

Every year a computer worm emerges to stalk the Internet, each one seemingly bigger and badder than the last (see diagram).

Silent Skype Calls Can Hide Secret Messages
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Silent Skype Calls Can Hide Secret Messages

Got a secret message to send? Say it with silence.

Warning, Speedsters: You Can't Fool Quantum Radar
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Warning, Speedsters: You Can't Fool Quantum Radar

Is it a bird, a plane, or a speeding car?

'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'
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'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'

Soon we'll be able to engineer living things with mechanical precision, says Tom Knight, father of synthetic biology.

Brain-Like Chip Outstrips Normal Computers
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Brain-Like Chip Outstrips Normal Computers

Computer chips that mimic the human brain are outstripping conventional chips in crucial ways. They could also revolutionise our understanding of how the brain...

Will We Ever ­nderstand How Our Brains Work?
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Will We Ever ­nderstand How Our Brains Work?

When it comes to the human brain, many scientists believe that we are incapable of understanding how it works because we lack the tools and intelligence to measure...

Ping-Pong Robot Learns to Play Like a Person
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Ping-Pong Robot Learns to Play Like a Person

A robot that learns to play ping-pong from humans and improves as it competes against them could be the best robotic table-tennis challenger the world has seen.

Robots Get Around By Mimicking Primates
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Robots Get Around By Mimicking Primates

Give a friend directions, such as, "it's across the street from a petrol station, just after a red brick building on the right..." and you can be pretty sure they'll...

Patent Could Shackle 3D Printers with Drm
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Patent Could Shackle 3D Printers with Drm

One of the greatest benefits of 3D printing technology—the ability to make replacements or parts for household objects like toys, utensils and gadgets—may be denied...

Graphics Chips Are For More Than Just Eye Candy
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Graphics Chips Are For More Than Just Eye Candy

Chances are there is a graphics chip in your desktop computer, and it is fuelling a revolution.

The Real Tron: It Security As a Shoot 'em ­p
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The Real Tron: It Security As a Shoot 'em ­p

Alert to a sudden threat, you race down a virtual corridor of servers, hot on the tail of malicious software.

Mimicry Beats Consciousness in Gaming's Turing Test
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Mimicry Beats Consciousness in Gaming's Turing Test

The Turing test might still be too hard for software to crack—but two programs have already aced video gaming's answer to this famous evaluation of machine intelligence...
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