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Maths Quiz Helps Paralyzed People Talk With Their Eyes
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Maths Quiz Helps Paralyzed People Talk With Their Eyes

Giving fully conscious but paralysed people hard sums to do might seem like adding insult to injury. But because such brain teasers make the pupils of the eyes...

A Phone, or an All-Seeing Sentry at Your Command?
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A Phone, or an All-Seeing Sentry at Your Command?

A new form of smartphone interaction could be effected by outfitting the device with peripheral vision though a depth-sensing camera. 

Sensor Knows When You're Lying Through Your Teeth
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Sensor Knows When You're Lying Through Your Teeth

The mouth could provide doctors with information on a variety of health issues with the aid of a sensor that sends data on mouth motion to a smartphone. 

New Language Helps Quantum Coders Build Killer Apps
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New Language Helps Quantum Coders Build Killer Apps

Quantum software has finally left the dark ages with the creation of the first practical, high-level programming language for quantum computers.

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

A team of mathematicians has devised a new mathematical framework that forces people to think more like machines to check perfect proofs in collaboration with computers...

Overprotection May Be Hampering Hunt For Mars Life
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Overprotection May Be Hampering Hunt For Mars Life

There are aliens on Mars—and they came from Earth.

Submarine Internet Cables Are a Gift For Spooks
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Submarine Internet Cables Are a Gift For Spooks

It's a golden age for spying. The subsea fibre-optic cables that carry telephone and Internet traffic are a technological marvel—and a gift to intelligence agencies...

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...

Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton Lets Paralyzed People Walk
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Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton Lets Paralyzed People Walk

MindWalker is the first exoskeleton that aims to allow paralyzed people to walk using only their minds. 

Tingly Projections Make Beamed Gadgets Come Alive
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Tingly Projections Make Beamed Gadgets Come Alive

Researchers have developed a system that can beam the outline of computer keyboards or cellphones onto any surface, including the hand.

AI Gets Involved With the Law
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AI Gets Involved With the Law

The application of artificial intelligence to the law aims to let automated systems handle arguments in which the logic is not clear. 

Face-Reading System Watches You Watching Ads
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Face-Reading System Watches You Watching Ads

Researchers have developed a system assess how muscles in the face move in response to watching a video. 

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...

App Helps Blind Photographers Take the Perfect Snap
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App Helps Blind Photographers Take the Perfect Snap

Researchers are developing a smartphone application that helps visually impaired users take pictures. 

Kinect Plus Projector Makes Anything a Remote Control
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Kinect Plus Projector Makes Anything a Remote Control

WorldKit is a system under development that combines cameras, projectors, and computers to allow everyday surfaces to host controllers for electronic devices. 

E-Tattoo Monitors Brainwaves and Baby Bump
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E-Tattoo Monitors Brainwaves and Baby Bump

A transparent patch containing electronic circuits as thin as a human hair  could be used to monitor rudimentary brain activity. 

Wireless Smart Meter Measures How Much Power You Use
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Wireless Smart Meter Measures How Much Power You Use

An inexpensive wireless device  can monitor the power consumption of home appliances. 

Virtual Reality Creates Infinite Maze in a Single Room
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Virtual Reality Creates Infinite Maze in a Single Room

A new virtual reality system enables users to step into a labyrinth and wander an endless maze of rooms and corridors, but without actually leaving their living...

Software Uses Linkedin Network to Guide Your Career
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Software Uses Linkedin Network to Guide Your Career

New software provides career guidance based on the profiles of LinkedIn users. 
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