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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...

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...

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.

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...

Virtual City Walkthroughs Help to Find Pedestrian Death Traps
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Virtual City Walkthroughs Help to Find Pedestrian Death Traps

Columbia University researchers are using home-built software to examine Google Street View images to identify locations in New York City where pedestrians are...

Glowing 4d-Printed Flowers Could Pave Way For Replacement Organs
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Glowing 4d-Printed Flowers Could Pave Way For Replacement Organs

This delicate, glowing flower could one day save your life. It’s the latest example of "4D printing"–3D printed objects that change their shape over time—and it...

Future Delivery Drones Start Learning How to Fly on Their Own
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Future Delivery Drones Start Learning How to Fly on Their Own

Boston University researchers are developing ways to enable drones to learn how to fly on their own. 

Scenic Sat-Nav Will Take You on the Prettiest Route
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Scenic Sat-Nav Will Take You on the Prettiest Route

Autobahn is an artificial intelligence system that can use Google Street View images to optimize a driving route for a particular type of scenery. 

Race of World's Tiniest Cars Set to Drive Nano-Robot Revolution
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Race of World's Tiniest Cars Set to Drive Nano-Robot Revolution

Scientists from around the world will meet in Toulouse, France, in November for the world's first car race conducted at the nanoscopic level. 

Philae Lander Fails to Respond to Last-Ditch Efforts to Wake It
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Philae Lander Fails to Respond to Last-Ditch Efforts to Wake It

Farewell, Philae. The space lander that touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (and in our hearts) in November 2014 has not responded to a last-ditch attempt...

Taskmaster Robots Watch While You Work in Case You Miss a Step
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Taskmaster Robots Watch While You Work in Case You Miss a Step

Researchers have developed a robot that can watch people work, learn the steps that make up the task, and remind people when they forget a step. 

Want a Computer That Never Crashes? Don't Let Bugs Freak It Out
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Want a Computer That Never Crashes? Don't Let Bugs Freak It Out

Developers' perception of software bugs must shift from something that must be found and removed at all costs to an unavoidable fact of life. 
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