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Man With No Limbs Controls Robotic Hand ­sing Muscle Whispers
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Man With No Limbs Controls Robotic Hand ­sing Muscle Whispers

Sam Wilson, a Ph.D. student at Imperial College London, and supervisor Ravi Vaidyanathan are designing new ways for the human body to control prostheses. 

Blood Gushes from Virtual Leg Injury to Help Train Combat Medics
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Blood Gushes from Virtual Leg Injury to Help Train Combat Medics

If you're very squeamish, look away now.

Into the ­ncanny Valley: 80 Robot Faces Ranked By Creepiness
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Into the ­ncanny Valley: 80 Robot Faces Ranked By Creepiness

Recent experiments sought to determine the scope of the uncanny valley--the point at which a lifelike robot stops attracting people and instead repels them.

Smart Glasses Translate Video Into Sound to Help the Blind See
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Smart Glasses Translate Video Into Sound to Help the Blind See

Blind people have long relied on sound as a substitution for sight, and some even use echolocation to navigate around objects. But it turns out that sound can be...

Quantum Technology Set to Hit the Streets Within Two Years
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Quantum Technology Set to Hit the Streets Within Two Years

The United Kingdom kicked off an initiative in 2013 that could result in the development of the world's most powerful quantum computer by 2020. 

Inside China's Plan to Give Every Citizen a Character Score
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Inside China's Plan to Give Every Citizen a Character Score

Where you go, what you buy, who you know, how many points are on your driving licence, how your pupils rate you.

Virtual Human Built from More Than 5,000 Slices of a Real Woman
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Virtual Human Built from More Than 5,000 Slices of a Real Woman

She died two decades ago, but her body lives on in digital form.

Clumps of Gold Nanoparticals Can Evolve to Carry Out Computing
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Clumps of Gold Nanoparticals Can Evolve to Carry Out Computing

Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have found a loosely organized clump of gold nanoparticles can be made to do calculations.

Forget the Turing Test—there Are Better Ways of Judging AI
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Forget the Turing Test—there Are Better Ways of Judging AI

Last Saturday I took part in a battle of wits at Bletchley Park, the stately home that housed the U.K.’s codebreakers during the second world war.

­nhackable Kernel Could Keep All Computers Safe from Cyberattack
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­nhackable Kernel Could Keep All Computers Safe from Cyberattack

An autonomous helicopter gunship is flying over a military base in Arizona. Suddenly, officers on the ground lose radio contact: hackers have taken control of an...

Brain-Controlled Smart Home Lets You Turn the Tv On By Thinking
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Brain-Controlled Smart Home Lets You Turn the Tv On By Thinking

Feeling cold? Your home already knows, and turns up the heat. Sick of the TV show you are watching? Your home changes the channel.

AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game
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AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game

Who really calls the shots in team sports?

Computer-Human Hybrids Could Be Best at Scanning For Danger
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Computer-Human Hybrids Could Be Best at Scanning For Danger

In A world of algorithms, there are still a few places where humans reign supreme.

Cyber Attack: How Easy Is It to Take Out a Smart City?
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Cyber Attack: How Easy Is It to Take Out a Smart City?

When is a smart city not so smart?

The Rise of On-Body Cameras and How They Will Change How We Live
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The Rise of On-Body Cameras and How They Will Change How We Live

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision on marriage equality, a short YouTube video made the rounds online.

Facebook Can Recognise You in Photos Even If You're Not Looking
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Facebook Can Recognise You in Photos Even If You're Not Looking

Thanks to the latest advances in computer vision, we now have machines that can pick you out of a line-up. But what if your face is hidden from view?

Face Recognition Row Over Right to Identify You in the Street
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Face Recognition Row Over Right to Identify You in the Street

"If you are walking down the street, a public street, should a company be able to identify you without your permission?"

Cyber Citizen Tool Shows Which Countries' Laws Cover Our Surfing
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Cyber Citizen Tool Shows Which Countries' Laws Cover Our Surfing

"Where am I?" In the real world, it's an easy question to answer. Online, things can get more complicated.

Giving Physical Shape to Invisible Signals
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Giving Physical Shape to Invisible Signals

When a newly renovated apartment in San Francisco went on the market earlier this year for roughly $8.5 million, its asking price included a somewhat unexpected...

Gadgets Powered Wirelessly at Home With a Simple Wi-Fi Router
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Gadgets Powered Wirelessly at Home With a Simple Wi-Fi Router

A multi-university team of researchers has developed a system that can power electrical devices with just a wireless router's signal.
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