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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.

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. 

Closing the Last Loophole For ­nhackable Quantum Security
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Closing the Last Loophole For ­nhackable Quantum Security

The perfection of device-independent quantum cryptography will enable devices that guarantee the messages sent on them remain confidential. 

Inside China's Plan to Give Every Citizen a Character Score
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Inside China's Plan to Give Every Citizen a Character Score

Where you go, what you buy, who you know, how many points are on your driving licence, how your pupils rate you.

­nhackable Kernel Could Keep All Computers Safe from Cyberattack
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­nhackable Kernel Could Keep All Computers Safe from Cyberattack

An autonomous helicopter gunship is flying over a military base in Arizona. Suddenly, officers on the ground lose radio contact: hackers have taken control of an...

Brain-Controlled Smart Home Lets You Turn the Tv On By Thinking
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Brain-Controlled Smart Home Lets You Turn the Tv On By Thinking

Feeling cold? Your home already knows, and turns up the heat. Sick of the TV show you are watching? Your home changes the channel.

Cyber Attack: How Easy Is It to Take Out a Smart City?
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Cyber Attack: How Easy Is It to Take Out a Smart City?

When is a smart city not so smart?

The Rise of On-Body Cameras and How They Will Change How We Live
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The Rise of On-Body Cameras and How They Will Change How We Live

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision on marriage equality, a short YouTube video made the rounds online.

Facebook Can Recognise You in Photos Even If You're Not Looking
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Facebook Can Recognise You in Photos Even If You're Not Looking

Thanks to the latest advances in computer vision, we now have machines that can pick you out of a line-up. But what if your face is hidden from view?

Face Recognition Row Over Right to Identify You in the Street
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Face Recognition Row Over Right to Identify You in the Street

"If you are walking down the street, a public street, should a company be able to identify you without your permission?"

Giving Physical Shape to Invisible Signals
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Giving Physical Shape to Invisible Signals

When a newly renovated apartment in San Francisco went on the market earlier this year for roughly $8.5 million, its asking price included a somewhat unexpected...

Your Brain's ­nique Response to Words Can Reveal Your Identity
From ACM TechNews

Your Brain's ­nique Response to Words Can Reveal Your Identity

New research suggests security systems could use brainwaves to verify the identity of individuals. 

Can We Stop Killer Robots? U.N. Meets to Debate Possible Treaty
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Can We Stop Killer Robots? U.N. Meets to Debate Possible Treaty

The United Nations' Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons this week heard from experts on the subject of killer robots, or "lethal autonomous weapons systems...

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Lassie Text Home: Pooches Get Technological
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Lassie Text Home: Pooches Get Technological

Projects are underway to enhance dogs' ability to interact with technology in new ways, in the hope "we'll be able to make them even better at their jobs." 

Cleaning Bot Operators Get Censored View of Your Home
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Cleaning Bot Operators Get Censored View of Your Home

In the near future, it may be possible for household cleaning robots to be remotely controlled via the Internet, with privacy ensured by blurring the video feed...

Time Cloak ­sed to Hide Messages in Laser Light
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Time Cloak ­sed to Hide Messages in Laser Light

A "time cloak" that conceals events rather than objects can hide secret messages through a trick of light, making information invisible to all but the intended...
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