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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?

Eek! How Your Face Reveals Your Body's Real Age
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Eek! How Your Face Reveals Your Body's Real Age

A new study used three-dimensional facial images to predict biological age in a human population, to detect those aging quickly and slowly. 

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?

Me, Myself, and Icub: Meet the Robot With a Self
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Me, Myself, and Icub: Meet the Robot With a Self

Researchers at the University of Sheffield's Sheffield Robotics program are trying to give their iCub robot an artificial "self." 

#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

Artificial intelligence researchers want to develop more comprehensive exams to test their systems. 

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.

NASA's Messenger Probe Ready for Final Tour of Mercury
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NASA's Messenger Probe Ready for Final Tour of Mercury

The first spacecraft to orbit Mercury is almost out of gas.

The Search For Et: How Close Are We?
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The Search For Et: How Close Are We?

In 1950, Nobel prizewinning physicist Enrico Fermi posed his famous paradox: if extraterrestrial intelligence exists, why haven't we found it?

Thought Control Makes Robot Arm Grab and Move Objects
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Thought Control Makes Robot Arm Grab and Move Objects

A woman paralysed from the neck down can now grab a ball with a robotic arm—just by thinking about it.
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