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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.

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.

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.

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.

Google's Fact-Checking Bots Build Vast Knowledge Bank
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Google's Fact-Checking Bots Build Vast Knowledge Bank

Google is building the largest store of knowledge in human history—and it's doing so without any human help.

Traffic Light Hackers Could Cause Jams Across the US
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Traffic Light Hackers Could Cause Jams Across the US

Branden Ghena pulls his car up under a traffic light in a city in Michigan.

Messaging App Lets You Leave Secrets on Street Corners
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Messaging App Lets You Leave Secrets on Street Corners

It's your birthday and a message from a friend suggests you go to a nearby street corner.

Twitter Bots Grow ­p and Take On the World
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Twitter Bots Grow ­p and Take On the World

On 18 July, someone in the Russian government edited Wikipedia.

U.s. Government Chatbot Gets You to Tell All
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U.s. Government Chatbot Gets You to Tell All

Want access to the U.S. government's secrets? Talk to the robot.

Meet Jibo, the Cute Social Robot that Knows the Family
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Meet Jibo, the Cute Social Robot that Knows the Family

In suite 712 of the Eventi Hotel, high above the sticky June bustle of Midtown Manhattan, New York, one of the world's most advanced consumer robots awaits command...

Disco-Era Spacecraft Not Dead, Just Out of Gas
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Disco-Era Spacecraft Not Dead, Just Out of Gas

A citizen science effort to revive a middle-aged spacecraft has come to a close after the probe's rockets failed to fire.

Tibetan Altitude Gene Came from Extinct Human Species
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Tibetan Altitude Gene Came from Extinct Human Species

Tibetans are comfortable at high altitudes where the air is thin.

Make Robots ­seful By Teaching Them to Talk Like ­S
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Make Robots ­seful By Teaching Them to Talk Like ­S

When Ashutosh Saxena wants some coffee or ice cream, he can ask a robot to make it for him.

Computer Spots Rare Diseases in Family Photos
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Computer Spots Rare Diseases in Family Photos

Doctors faced with the tricky task of spotting rare genetic diseases in children may soon be asking parents to email their family photos.

Pluto-Bound Craft Seeks Manhattan-Sized Lump of Ice
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Pluto-Bound Craft Seeks Manhattan-Sized Lump of Ice

Desirable destinations at the fringes of the solar system can be hard to find.
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