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Better Than Human? What's Next for Jeopardy! Computer
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Better Than Human? What's Next for Jeopardy! Computer

A medical robot; a Google-killer; a financial advisor; a tool for trawling legal documents; an aide for the intelligence services. These are just some of the...

Smart Contact Lenses For Health and Head-up Displays
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Smart Contact Lenses For Health and Head-up Displays

Lenses that monitor eye health are on the way, and in-eye 3D image displays are being developed too—welcome to the world of augmented vision.

Make Way for Mathematical Matter
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Make Way for Mathematical Matter

We already have solid, liquid, gas, plasma and Bose-Einstein condensate. Now it seems we may be on the verge of discovering a whole host of new forms of matter...

Banknotes Go Electric to Outwit Counterfeiters
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Banknotes Go Electric to Outwit Counterfeiters

Researchers has created an electronic banknote that contains about 100 thin-film transistors. They have yet to determine how to program the electronic circuits...

Supercomputer Hunts Child Abusers
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Supercomputer Hunts Child Abusers

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are using the Jaguar supercomputer to analyze Internet traffic, looking for clues that will lead law enforcement officers...

Better Hands May Help Robots Grasp Meaning
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Better Hands May Help Robots Grasp Meaning

Two recent studies show that roboticists are applying some fresh thinking to the building and operation of robot hands, and a third suggests why the work is so...

Robot Limbs to Plug Into the Brain with Light
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Robot Limbs to Plug Into the Brain with Light

Imagine a bionic arm that plugs directly into the nervous system, so that the brain can control its motion, and the owner can feel pressure and heat through their...

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Body Organs Can Send Status ­pdates to Your Cellphone

For cardiac patients such as myself, too much excitement can be a shocking experience. If my heart rate gets too high the implanted defibrillator in my chest can...

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You Too Can Have a Dream Body

If you dislike the way you look on video, a new kind of image-manipulation software could make you feel better about yourself.

What's the Right Path for Indoor Satnav?
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What's the Right Path for Indoor Satnav?

Tracking down one of the last few parking spots in the cramped confines of a dimly lit multi-storey car park is not among life's pleasures. German car maker BMW...

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Navigation App Gives You Freedom to Explore

Swansea University's Simon Robinson and colleagues have developed a smartphone navigation application that gives pedestrians the opportunity to explore unfamiliar...

The Mind's Eye: How the Brain Sorts Out What You See
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The Mind's Eye: How the Brain Sorts Out What You See

Can you tell a snake from a pretzel? Some can't—and their experiences are revealing how the brain builds up a coherent picture of the world.

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Shake to Adjust Your Smartphone's Privacy Settings

Open University's Lukasz Jedrzejczyk led the development of Privacy Shake, an application that enables users with global positioning system-enabled smartphones...

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Flawed Proof ­shers In Era of Wikimath

His prospects of answering one of the biggest questions in mathematics may be fading, but Vinay Deolalikar of Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California, may...

'god Couldn't Do Faster': Rubik's Cube Mystery Solved
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'god Couldn't Do Faster': Rubik's Cube Mystery Solved

It has taken 15 years to get to this point, but it is now clear that every possible scrambled arrangement of the Rubik's cube can be solved in a maximum of 20...

Perfecting Synthetic Sounds For Animated Worlds
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Perfecting Synthetic Sounds For Animated Worlds

If computers can generate the imagery in animated movies like Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me, why can't they also generate the sound effects to go with them?

Shrewd Search Engines Know What You Want
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Shrewd Search Engines Know What You Want

For better or worse, search engines have become the gateway to the Web. They help users to find information, advertisers to sell products—they even help hackers...

Crunching Cancer With Numbers
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Crunching Cancer With Numbers

When Danny Hillis spent a day watching a top surgeon perform keyhole cancer surgery, he was left both exhilarated and depressed. The clinical precision with which...

19th-Century Tech Makes a Smarter iPhone
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19th-Century Tech Makes a Smarter iPhone

Rarely has 19th-century technology stirred an audience of 21st-century technophiles as it did last week when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revealed that the next-generation...

Invisibility Cloaks and How to ­se Them
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Invisibility Cloaks and How to ­se Them

The "invisibility cloaks" being made in labs today can hide objects when viewed from a wide range of directions and in visible light--both considered implausible...
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