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'bullet Time' to Stop Cyber Attacks on Power Grids
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'bullet Time' to Stop Cyber Attacks on Power Grids

In The Matrix, the famous "bullet time" effect showed how Keanu Reeves's character Neo was able to sway out of the path of incoming bullets, as time appeared to...

Driverless Cars Ready to Hit Our Roads
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Driverless Cars Ready to Hit Our Roads

Driverless cars are moving closer to becoming a reality, as politicians in several U.S. states rush to get such cars on the roads.

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Telepathy Machine Reconstructs Speech from Brainwaves

When you read this sentence to yourself, it's likely that you hear the words in your head. Now, in what amounts to technological telepathy, others are on the verge...

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Cyberwar Storm Clouds Are Gathering

Cyberspace. Some call it the new domain of war, after land, sea, air, and space.

Casino Cheats Snared by Smart Camera System
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Casino Cheats Snared by Smart Camera System

People trying to cheat in casinos may soon be taking more of a gamble than they realise. Grosvenor Casinos, a major UK chain, is assessing software that can spot...

Revealed
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Revealed

As protests against financial power sweep the world, science may have confirmed the protesters' worst fears. An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational...

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Light Is Not Fast Enough For High-Speed Stock Trading

Every microsecond counts in stock trading. The New York Stock Exchange handles a third of the world's stock trading—around 22 billion messages a day. But NYSE Euronext...

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Cops on the Trail of Crimes that Haven't Happened

The patrol car comes to a stop in a sleepy neighbourhood of small, earth-coloured homes. A woman saunters past pushing a stroller. It is daytime in the artsy beach...

Face Recognition Technology Fails to Find U.k. Rioters
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Face Recognition Technology Fails to Find U.k. Rioters

The response was as aggressive and swift as the riots themselves. Within a few hours of the worst of the looting across London and other English cities, attempts...

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Why Bitcoin Is Not As Anonymous As Most ­sers Think

People who use Bitcoin to ensure their purchases remain anonymous may want to reconsider their reliance on the online peer-to-peer currency, say researchers who...

Interview with Key Lulzsec Hacker
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Interview with Key Lulzsec Hacker

It was early May when LulzSec's profile skyrocketed after a hack on the giant Sony corporation. LulzSec's name comes from Lulz, a corruption of LOL, often denoting...

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Spies Can Send Messages Hidden in a Google Search

The peculiar list of search options that Google suggests as you type in a query could be hijacked to let people communicate secretly.

The Defenders: Inside an Online Siege
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The Defenders: Inside an Online Siege

In a quiet, windowless auditorium in Bristol, in the west of England, Lucy Robson and her team hunch over their laptops as the seconds on a giant clock above...

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Internet Probe Can Track You Down to Within 690 Metres

Online adverts could soon start stalking you. A new way of working out where you are by looking at your internet connection could pin down your current location...

Surveillance Robots Know When to Hide
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Surveillance Robots Know When to Hide

The spy approaches the target building under cover of darkness, taking a zigzag path to avoid well-lit areas and sentries. He selects a handy vantage point next...

AI Lie Detection Could Help Crack Terror Cells
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AI Lie Detection Could Help Crack Terror Cells

In A bar in Maastricht University in the Netherlands, 12 students are each given an envelope marked "Top Secret." Inside are plans for a terror attack somewhere...

GPS Chaos: How a $30 Box Can Jam Your Life
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GPS Chaos: How a $30 Box Can Jam Your Life

Signals from GPS satellites now help you to call your mother, power your home, and even land your plane – but a cheap plastic box can jam it all.

Will Goal-Line Technology Bring Justice to Soccer?
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Will Goal-Line Technology Bring Justice to Soccer?

A sporting miscarriage of justice that occurred last summer triggered a series of experiments that could this weekend see soccer (that's football to the rest...

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.

Criminals Find the Key to Car Immobilizers
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Criminals Find the Key to Car Immobilizers

For 16 years, car immobilisers have kept car thieves at bay, but that may now be changing.
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