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Human Thoughts ­sed to Switch on Genes
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Human Thoughts ­sed to Switch on Genes

Could a futuristic society of humans with the power to control their own biological functions ever become reality? 

Ghost Universes Kill Schrödinger's Quantum Cat
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Ghost Universes Kill Schrödinger's Quantum Cat

The wave function has collapsed—permanently.

Computers Are Learning to See the World Like We Do
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Computers Are Learning to See the World Like We Do

On the website Park or Bird on Flickr, a computer makes an educated guess as to whether a photograph was taken in a national park or shows a bird. 

Brain Decoder Can Eavesdrop on Your Inner Voice
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Brain Decoder Can Eavesdrop on Your Inner Voice

Talking to yourself used to be a strictly private pastime.

Computers Are Learning to See the World Like We Do
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Computers Are Learning to See the World Like We Do

What animal is in the picture above?

Quantum Internet Could Cross Seas By Container Ship
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Quantum Internet Could Cross Seas By Container Ship

Container ships could be used to create a kind of international quantum Internet.

Future Scenarios Show How Easily Ebola Could Explode
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Future Scenarios Show How Easily Ebola Could Explode

Just how bad will the Ebola outbreak in West Africa get?

Wearable Tech Lets Boss Track Your Work, Rest and Play
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Wearable Tech Lets Boss Track Your Work, Rest and Play

Some jobs come with a uniform. For an increasing number of employees, that uniform will soon include a badge that tracks everything they do.

Automatic Authors: Making Machines That Tell Tales
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Automatic Authors: Making Machines That Tell Tales

Many artificial intelligence researchers believe one of the major breakthroughs in AI will be creating systems that are effective story-tellers. 

Wonder Stuff: Glass That Will Store Your Info For Ever
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Wonder Stuff: Glass That Will Store Your Info For Ever

New meticulously focused lasers are close to enabling a durable transparent material such as glass to serve as a long-term data storage solution. 

Found: Closest Link to Eve, Our ­niversal Ancestor
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Found: Closest Link to Eve, Our ­niversal Ancestor

A man who died in 315 BC in southern Africa is the closest relative yet known to humanity’s common female ancestor—mitochondrial Eve.

Real Holodeck Turns Your Living Room Into a Game
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Real Holodeck Turns Your Living Room Into a Game

Good news, Star Trek fans: Microsoft has created a prototype Holodeck that transforms an entire room into a virtual gaming environment.

Online Crowd Can Guess What You Want to Watch or Buy
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Online Crowd Can Guess What You Want to Watch or Buy

Crowds of online workers can be used to guess human preferences where there is little data to work with, according to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's...

Snowflake-Shaped Networks Are Easiest to Mend
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Snowflake-Shaped Networks Are Easiest to Mend

Networks shaped like delicate snowflakes are the ones that are easiest to fix when disaster strikes.

Hong Kong Protesters ­se a Mesh Network to Organise
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Hong Kong Protesters ­se a Mesh Network to Organise

Hong Kong's mass protest is networked. Activists are relying on a free app that can send messages without any cellphone connection.

Gaze-Tracker Lets You Connect to Devices with a Glance
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Gaze-Tracker Lets You Connect to Devices with a Glance

An eye-tracking camera calculates where the wearer is looking, and transmits it to all the nearby Internet-connected devices, such as stereos and TVs, via Wi-Fi...

Quantum Internet Could Keep ­S Safe from Spying Eyes
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Quantum Internet Could Keep ­S Safe from Spying Eyes

Quantum networks are quietly spreading across the world.

Ethical Trap: Robot Paralyzed By Choice of Who to Save
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Ethical Trap: Robot Paralyzed By Choice of Who to Save

Bristol Robotics Laboratory's Alan Winfield and colleagues recently tested an ethical challenge for a robot.

No Easy Parking Spot For First-Ever Comet Landing
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No Easy Parking Spot For First-Ever Comet Landing

Landing on a comet will be even harder than we thought.

Code Generation: Kids Who Program Before They Can Read
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Code Generation: Kids Who Program Before They Can Read

Schools in England this month are embarking on one of the most ambitious efforts in the ongoing campaign to teach children to code. 
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