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Is Blockchain the Most Important It Invention of Our Age?
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Is Blockchain the Most Important It Invention of Our Age?

There are not many occasions when one can give an unqualified thumbs-up to something the government does, but this is one such occasion.

Meet the Woman Leading the Race to Build the World's First Quantum Computer
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Meet the Woman Leading the Race to Build the World's First Quantum Computer

The University of New South Wales in Australia continues to make strides in developing the world's first practical quantum computer. 

Erica, the 'most Beautiful and Intelligent' Android, Leads Japan's Robot Revolution
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Erica, the 'most Beautiful and Intelligent' Android, Leads Japan's Robot Revolution

Researchers at Osaka and Kyoto universities and the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International call "Erica" their most advanced humanoid.

How Software Developers Helped End the Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone
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How Software Developers Helped End the Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone

A team of software developers helped solve the problem of distributing wages to healthcare workers fighting the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. 

Robot Revolution: Rise of 'thinking' Machines Could Exacerbate Inequality
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Robot Revolution: Rise of 'thinking' Machines Could Exacerbate Inequality

More than one third of U.K. employees and nearly half of U.S. workers could lose their jobs to "thinking" machines over the next 20 years, according to a study.

A Manifesto For Algorithms in the Environment
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A Manifesto For Algorithms in the Environment

Researchers at Stockholm University researcher are developing a Biosphere Code Manifesto.

Lovin' Their Elevator: Why Germans Are Loopy About Their Revolving Lifts
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Lovin' Their Elevator: Why Germans Are Loopy About Their Revolving Lifts

As the paternoster cabin in which he was slowly descending into the bowels of Stuttgart's town hall plunged into darkness, Dejan Tuco giggled infectiously.

Connecting Artificial Intelligence With the Internet of Things
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Connecting Artificial Intelligence With the Internet of Things

Oblong Industries CEO John Underkoffler does not believe a connection between the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence will become a threat to mankind...

The Square Kilometre Array: Radio Silence in Western Australia For Most Powerful Telescope in History
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The Square Kilometre Array: Radio Silence in Western Australia For Most Powerful Telescope in History

In outback Western Australia, around 350k northeast of the small town of Geraldton, lies an area of land about the size of the Netherlands, but with only 100 humans...

Cockroach Robots? Not Nightmare Fantasy but Science Lab Reality
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Cockroach Robots? Not Nightmare Fantasy but Science Lab Reality

Texas A&M University researchers have fused a computer onto the back of a live cockroach in order to control the insect. 

British Army Creates Team of Facebook Warriors
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British Army Creates Team of Facebook Warriors

The British army is creating a special force of Facebook warriors, skilled in psychological operations and use of social media to engage in unconventional warfare...

From Google to Amazon: Eu Goes to War Against Power of ­S Digital Giants
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From Google to Amazon: Eu Goes to War Against Power of ­S Digital Giants

Within the salons of the Elysée Palace, along the corridors of the European parliament and under the glass dome of the Reichstag, Old Europe is preparing for a...

The Game Theory of Life
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The Game Theory of Life

An insight borrowed from computer science suggests that evolution values both fitness and diversity.

Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit
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Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit

My legal saga started last summer with a knock at the door, behind which stood two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation...

Eugene Kaspersky: Major Cyberterrorist Attack Is Only Matter of Time
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Eugene Kaspersky: Major Cyberterrorist Attack Is Only Matter of Time

A major, global cyberterrorist attack has long been the stuff of fiction, the threat that a malevolent hacker could bring down businesses, sabotage power plants...

The Telescope Big Enough to Spot Signs of Alien Life on Other Planets
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The Telescope Big Enough to Spot Signs of Alien Life on Other Planets

Cerro Armazones is a crumbling dome of rock that dominates the parched peaks of the Chilean Coast Range north of Santiago.

Trouble with Russia, Trouble with the Law: Inside Europe's Digital Crime Unit
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Trouble with Russia, Trouble with the Law: Inside Europe's Digital Crime Unit

Four black brick towers search upwards to an empty grey sky.

Five Wonder Materials That Could Change the World
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Five Wonder Materials That Could Change the World

"The history of materials is a history of mistakes," says Mark Miodownik, a materials scientist at University College London, who traces his own fascination with...

Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'oversight'
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Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'oversight'

The developer who introduced the "Heartbleed" vulnerability to the open-source code used by thousands of websites has told the Guardian it was an "oversight"—but...

NSA Performed Warrantless Searches on Americans' Calls and Emails
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NSA Performed Warrantless Searches on Americans' Calls and Emails

The U.S. National Security Agency has performed warrantless searches of its databases to obtain data from Americans' phone calls and emails. 
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