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Water Plumes Spark a Race to Jupiter Moon Europa
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Water Plumes Spark a Race to Jupiter Moon Europa

Let's put Mars in our rear-view mirror.

The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak
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The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak

Physicist John Pendry talks about the profound physics obscured by his invisibility cloak and how metamaterials could help realise the perfect lens.

Eye-Tracker Lets You Drag and Drop Files With a Glance
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Eye-Tracker Lets You Drag and Drop Files With a Glance

Bored of using a mouse?

'Soft' Biometrics Is the New Way to Monitor People
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'Soft' Biometrics Is the New Way to Monitor People

Cameras are strewn around our environment, catching glimpses of our faces everywhere we go, yet even the best facial recognition technology still has a hard time...

Europa's Choppy Ocean Looks Friendly to Life
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Europa's Choppy Ocean Looks Friendly to Life

As moons go, Europa is doing pretty well in the looks department.

Sunny Fix Would Let Defunct Kepler Hunt Planets Again
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Sunny Fix Would Let Defunct Kepler Hunt Planets Again

NASA's champion planet-hunter, which recently suffered a fatal breakdown, is now looking on the sunny side.

Social Media Helps Aid Efforts After Typhoon Haiyan
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Social Media Helps Aid Efforts After Typhoon Haiyan

Ten million people affected. Half a million displaced. Ten thousand feared dead.

Five Fascinating Things Revealed By Twitter Data
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Five Fascinating Things Revealed By Twitter Data

When technology companies get floated on the stock market, it prompts all kinds of analytical soul searching.

Will India Get to Mars? A Guide to the Dangers Ahead
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Will India Get to Mars? A Guide to the Dangers Ahead

With the successful launch just hours ago of its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), India has passed the first test in its bid to orbit the Red Planet. Next up is a nail...

Sticky Memory May Turn Post-It Notes Into Flash Drives
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Sticky Memory May Turn Post-It Notes Into Flash Drives

The National Taiwan University's Yang-Fang Chen and colleagues have developed a self-adhesive memory card using a layer of graphene coated with conductive polymers...

Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes
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Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes

How has the definition of life changed during your lifetime?

Smuggler-Spotting Software Sniffs Out Dodgy Shipments
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Smuggler-Spotting Software Sniffs Out Dodgy Shipments

Machine intelligence could make it easier to spot illicit cargo among the goods that move through the world's ports. 

What Our 3d-Printed Future Looks Like
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What Our 3d-Printed Future Looks Like

On-demand organs, Terminator-style arms, and aviation nostalgia—the best of 3D printing is on show in 3D: Printing the Future at London's Science Museum.

Silk Road Bust Hints at Fbi's New Cybercrime Powers
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Silk Road Bust Hints at Fbi's New Cybercrime Powers

The biggest drug marketplace on the Internet has been busted.

Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats
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Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats

Everyone knows that to have a private chat in the NSA era, you go outdoors.

Early Humans Saw Black Hole Light in the Night Sky
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Early Humans Saw Black Hole Light in the Night Sky

Some 2 million years ago, around the time our ancestors were learning to walk upright, a light appeared in the night sky, rivalling the moon for brightness and...

Man Controls New Prosthetic Leg ­sing Thought Alone
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Man Controls New Prosthetic Leg ­sing Thought Alone

A man missing his lower leg has gained precise control over a prosthetic limb, just by thinking about moving it—all because his unused nerves were preserved during...

Coding For Brain Chips Gives Cognitive Computing Boost
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Coding For Brain Chips Gives Cognitive Computing Boost

It's a cognitive leap forward. IBM can now program an experimental chip they unveiled two years ago.

Maths Quiz Helps Paralyzed People Talk With Their Eyes
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Maths Quiz Helps Paralyzed People Talk With Their Eyes

Giving fully conscious but paralysed people hard sums to do might seem like adding insult to injury. But because such brain teasers make the pupils of the eyes...

Overprotection May Be Hampering Hunt For Mars Life
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Overprotection May Be Hampering Hunt For Mars Life

There are aliens on Mars—and they came from Earth.
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