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Your Brain's ­nique Response to Words Can Reveal Your Identity
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Your Brain's ­nique Response to Words Can Reveal Your Identity

Watch your language. Words mean different things to different people—so the brainwaves they provoke could be a way to identify you.

Say Hello to Machines That Read Your Emotions to Make You Happy
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Say Hello to Machines That Read Your Emotions to Make You Happy

EmoSPARK is an artificial intelligence-based device that can gauge a person's mood based on what they say and how they say it. 

Human vs Machine As Top Poker Pros Take On AI
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Human vs Machine As Top Poker Pros Take On AI

It's humans versus machine at the Rivers casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Four professional poker players are squaring up to an artificial intelligence over...

Proto Quantum Computer Inspired By Victorians Gets a Speed Boost
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Proto Quantum Computer Inspired By Victorians Gets a Speed Boost

Quantum computers should theoretically outpace ordinary ones, but attempts to build a speedy quantum machine have so far come up short. Now an approach based on...

Robots Go Deep Inside Fukushima Nuclear Plant to Map Radiation
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Robots Go Deep Inside Fukushima Nuclear Plant to Map Radiation

In the dark abandoned shell of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Rosemary and Sakura shoot what looks like a dystopian first-person shooter game.

Human Cruise Control App Steers People on Their Way
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Human Cruise Control App Steers People on Their Way

For a few days last summer, a handful of students walked through a park behind the University of Hannover in Germany.

Brain Compass Implant Gives Blind Rats Psychic Gps
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Brain Compass Implant Gives Blind Rats Psychic Gps

Who needs sight to get around when you've got a digital compass in your head?

AI Interns: Software Already Taking Jobs from Humans
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AI Interns: Software Already Taking Jobs from Humans

Forget Skynet. Hypothetical world-ending artificial intelligence makes headlines, but the hype ignores what's happening right under our noses.

Five Medieval Alternatives to Sat Nav
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Five Medieval Alternatives to Sat Nav

During the Middle Ages, the Vikings set sail in longships to raid faraway settlements and plunder their riches, but how did they find their way?

#rosettawatch: New Clues About the Origin of Comet 67p
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#rosettawatch: New Clues About the Origin of Comet 67p

Philae, the European Space Agency probe that landed on and then bounced across the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in November, has provided researchers...

Pre-Crime Software Recruited to Track Gang of Thieves
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Pre-Crime Software Recruited to Track Gang of Thieves

They always choose the line at the bank farthest from CCTV—that's how the Felony Lane Gang got its name.

Facebook Invents an Intelligence Test For Machines
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Facebook Invents an Intelligence Test For Machines

John is in the playground. Bob is in the office. Where is John?

Google Wants to Rank Websites Based on Facts Not Links
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Google Wants to Rank Websites Based on Facts Not Links

The internet is stuffed with garbage.

The Four Main Roadblocks Holding ­p Self-Driving Cars
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The Four Main Roadblocks Holding ­p Self-Driving Cars

There are four major obstacles facing developers of autonomous vehicles. 

The Plan to Find Alien Life in Europa's Icy Seas
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The Plan to Find Alien Life in Europa's Icy Seas

How do you solve a problem like Europa?

Beijing Subway Swipe Data Betrays Social Class
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Beijing Subway Swipe Data Betrays Social Class

Beijing is an enormous city, sprawling over an area 10 times larger than Greater London.

The Computer that Crunches Cloud Data to Heat Your Home
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The Computer that Crunches Cloud Data to Heat Your Home

Each photo we "like", email we send, and search we run creates heat.

Portable Mind-Reader Gives Voice to Locked-In People
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Portable Mind-Reader Gives Voice to Locked-In People

You wake up in hospital unable to move, to speak, to twitch so much as an eyelid.

Laser Flight Path Caught On Camera For the First Time
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Laser Flight Path Caught On Camera For the First Time

Pew pew! Researchers have created the first video of a laser bouncing off a mirror.

What You 'like' on Facebook Gives Away Your Personality
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What You 'like' on Facebook Gives Away Your Personality

Be careful what you "like" on Facebook. You're opening a small window on your soul.
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