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Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable
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Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable

Has your bank recently sent you a credit or debit card with a chip in it? If so, you may now be in possession of a little piece of tech that is quietly helping...

Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched
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Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched

The web is watching you. Chunks of code hide inside every website, tracking your online behaviour.

The Pipes Powering the Internet Are Nearly Full--What Do We Do?
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The Pipes Powering the Internet Are Nearly Full--What Do We Do?

The optical fibers that transmit data throughout the Internet have almost reached their capacity limits.

Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI
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Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI

University of Louisville researcher Roman Yampolskiy and hacktivist Federico Pistono are examining worst-case scenarios for a potential malevolent artificial intelligence...

Scan Your Doodles to Find the Perfect Matching Photo Online
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Scan Your Doodles to Find the Perfect Matching Photo Online

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers say they have developed software that can scan hand-drawn sketches and search for a photograph that looks like them. ...

This Turing Machine Should Run Forever ­nless Maths Is Wrong
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This Turing Machine Should Run Forever ­nless Maths Is Wrong

One hundred and fifty years of mathematics will be proved wrong if a new computer program stops running. Thankfully, it's unlikely to happen, but the code behind...

Atomic Memory Could Store ­S Library of Congress in a Dust Speck
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Atomic Memory Could Store ­S Library of Congress in a Dust Speck

It's a memory so small you'll forget where you left it. A new data storage system uses single atoms as computer bits, and could hold the contents of the US Library...

The Buzz of Your Skull Can Be ­sed to Tell Exactly Who You Are
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The Buzz of Your Skull Can Be ­sed to Tell Exactly Who You Are

You will know me by the buzz in my head. Biometric systems, which identify people by their physiological features, can use everything from ear shape to walking...

Wireless Signal Sent Through Meat Fast Enough to Watch Netflix
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Wireless Signal Sent Through Meat Fast Enough to Watch Netflix

Andrew Singer from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and colleagues have successfully sent a wireless signal through slabs of pork and beef.

Robots Infiltrate Insect World to Learn Their Ways
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Robots Infiltrate Insect World to Learn Their Ways

Paris Diderot University researchers have developed a way to generate a robot cockroach's behavior automatically.

To Make Computers Better, Let Them Get Sloppy
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To Make Computers Better, Let Them Get Sloppy

Rice University's Krishna Palem wants to address the trade-off between computing performance and energy efficiency.

Security Missed Brussels Bombs–But Could Sensors Spot Them?
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Security Missed Brussels Bombs–But Could Sensors Spot Them?

After terrorists attacked Paris last November, nearby Brussels, home of many of the attackers, posted heavily armed soldiers in public places.

Planet Nine Hunters Enlist Big Bang Telescopes and Saturn Probe
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Planet Nine Hunters Enlist Big Bang Telescopes and Saturn Probe

The fate of an entire world is at stake. Astronomers are enlisting every telescope and space probe they can think of in the hunt for the solar system's potential...

Brain Scan For Artificial Intelligence Shows How Software Thinks
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Brain Scan For Artificial Intelligence Shows How Software Thinks

Israel Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new technique for taking snapshots of neural networks as they work through a problem. 

Four Big Cosmology Secrets Gravitational Waves Could ­ncover
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Four Big Cosmology Secrets Gravitational Waves Could ­ncover

On 11 February, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave observatory, or LIGO, announced it had spotted gravitational waves, the stretching and squeezing of...

Australia's Plan to Make a Digital Representation of Everything
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Australia's Plan to Make a Digital Representation of Everything

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization will build a "historical, current, and future digital representation of everything" in...

Mind-Reading Tech Helps Beginners Quickly Learn to Play Bach
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Mind-Reading Tech Helps Beginners Quickly Learn to Play Bach

Every potential virtuoso needs a mentor. It just so happens that this one is a computer.

3D-Printed Display Lets Blind People Explore Images By Touch
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3D-Printed Display Lets Blind People Explore Images By Touch

Blind and partially sighted people often use tactile displays to interact with computers.

Pic-Scanning AI Estimates City Air Pollution From Mass of Photos
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Pic-Scanning AI Estimates City Air Pollution From Mass of Photos

A research team at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has designed an application to estimate air quality by analyzing a large number of photos of a...

Google Deepmind AI Navigates a Doom-Like 3D Maze Just By Looking
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Google Deepmind AI Navigates a Doom-Like 3D Maze Just By Looking

Google DeepMind just entered the 90s. Fresh off their success in playing the ancient game of Go, DeepMind’s latest artificial intelligence can navigate a 3D maze...
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