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Augmented Reality Iphone Helps Police Track Suspects
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Augmented Reality Iphone Helps Police Track Suspects

Picture the scene: armed police officers are warned on their radios that a suspected male terrorist has been tracked to a crowded football stadium.

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I, Algorithm: A New Dawn For Artificial Intelligence

The field of artificial intelligence (AI) is undergoing a revival, spurred by probabilistic programming that merges classic AI's logical principles with the power...

Make Way for Mathematical Matter
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Make Way for Mathematical Matter

We already have solid, liquid, gas, plasma and Bose-Einstein condensate. Now it seems we may be on the verge of discovering a whole host of new forms of matter...

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Virtual Spheres Speed Up Skimming Through Mobile Video

With more than 35 hours of video uploaded to YouTube each minute, finding the right video without downloading it first is difficult. And video searching on mobile...

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Cryptographers Chosen to Duke It Out in Final Fight

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has selected five Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-3) entrants as finalists for its competition to find a replacement...

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Cryptographers Chosen to Duke It Out in Final Fight

A competition to find a replacement for one of the gold-standard computer security algorithms used in almost all secure, online transactions just heated up.

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Part Moth, Part Machine: Cyborgs Are on the Move

Researchers are developing methods to produce complex behavior from robots by tapping into the nervous system of living organisms and using algorithms that already...

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Prizewinning Chatbot Steers the Conversation

A chatbot named Suzette recently won the Loebner prize, awarded for a version of the Turing Test, because the system successfully fooled a human judge into thinking...

Better Hands May Help Robots Grasp Meaning
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Better Hands May Help Robots Grasp Meaning

Two recent studies show that roboticists are applying some fresh thinking to the building and operation of robot hands, and a third suggests why the work is so...

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Body Organs Can Send Status ­pdates to Your Cellphone

For cardiac patients such as myself, too much excitement can be a shocking experience. If my heart rate gets too high the implanted defibrillator in my chest can...

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You Too Can Have a Dream Body

If you dislike the way you look on video, a new kind of image-manipulation software could make you feel better about yourself.

Shape-Shifting Robot Compensates For Damaged Limb
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Shape-Shifting Robot Compensates For Damaged Limb

European roboticists have developed software that enables a modular robot to adapt when one part stops working. 

The Mind's Eye: How the Brain Sorts Out What You See
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The Mind's Eye: How the Brain Sorts Out What You See

Can you tell a snake from a pretzel? Some can't—and their experiences are revealing how the brain builds up a coherent picture of the world.

Atom Images Raise Quantum Computer Hopes
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Atom Images Raise Quantum Computer Hopes

Fast quantum computers made of atoms trapped by beams of light could be a step closer, thanks to the first images of the individual atoms in such a grid.

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Tide Turns Against Million-Dollar Maths Proof

Initially hailed as a solution to the biggest question in computer science, the latest attempt to prove P ≠ NP—otherwise known as the "P vs NP" problem—seems to...

Future on Display: Technology You'll Want to Stroke
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Future on Display: Technology You'll Want to Stroke

Whatever you might expect from the latest computer technology, fur is unlikely to be one of them.

Artificial Life Forms Evolve Basic Intelligence
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Artificial Life Forms Evolve Basic Intelligence

For generations, the Avidians have been cloning themselves quietly in a box. They're not perfect, but most of their mutations go unnoticed. Then something remarkable...

Team-Working Robots Huddle Together to Boost Comms
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Team-Working Robots Huddle Together to Boost Comms

When you are in hostile territory, it pays to stick together—especially if you are a robot. Falling into line will be easier with an innovative communication system...

Perfecting Synthetic Sounds For Animated Worlds
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Perfecting Synthetic Sounds For Animated Worlds

If computers can generate the imagery in animated movies like Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me, why can't they also generate the sound effects to go with them?

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Google May Know Your Desires Before You Do

Google attempts to return relevant search results in the blink of an eye. But in future it could go one better, delivering search results to its users even before...
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