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Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?
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Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?

The fragile apparition endured only long enough to say: "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope" before flickering out.

Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?
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Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?

In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to...

Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?
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Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?

The speculation around cryptocurrencies has obscured the fact that blockchain, the decentralised, open-source ledger that drives bitcoin, could radically change...

Robots Could Destabilise World Through War and ­nemployment, Says ­n
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Robots Could Destabilise World Through War and ­nemployment, Says ­n

The UN has warned that robots could destabilise the world ahead of the opening of a headquarters in The Hague to monitor developments in artificial intelligence...

Give Robots 'personhood' Status, Eu Committee Argues
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Give Robots 'personhood' Status, Eu Committee Argues

The European parliament has urged the drafting of a set of regulations to govern the use and creation of robots and artificial intelligence, including a form of...

Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs, and We're Not Ready For It
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Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs, and We're Not Ready For It

The McDonald's on the corner of Third Avenue and 58th Street in New York City doesn/t look all that different from any of the fast-food chain's other locations...

Earth's Day Lengthens By Two Milliseconds a Century, Astronomers Find
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Earth's Day Lengthens By Two Milliseconds a Century, Astronomers Find

There may never be enough hours in the day to get everything done, but at least the forces of nature are conspiring to help out.

Theory Challenging Einstein's View on Speed of Light Could Soon Be Tested
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Theory Challenging Einstein's View on Speed of Light Could Soon Be Tested

The newborn universe may have glowed with light beams moving much faster than they do today, according to a theory that overturns Einstein's century-old claim that...

Genevieve Bell: 'humanity's Greatest Fear Is About Being Irrelevant'
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Genevieve Bell: 'humanity's Greatest Fear Is About Being Irrelevant'

Genevieve Bell is an Australian anthropologist who has been working at tech company Intel for 18 years, where she is currently head of sensing and insights.

Apple Issues Global Ios ­pdate After Attempt to ­se Spyware on Activist's Iphone
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Apple Issues Global Ios ­pdate After Attempt to ­se Spyware on Activist's Iphone

A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has triggered a global upgrade of Apple's mobile operating...

Your Battery Status Is Being Used to Track You Online
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Your Battery Status Is Being Used to Track You Online

A little-known web standard that lets site owners tell how much battery life a mobile device has left has been found to enable tracking online, a year after ...

­se of Police Robot to Kill Dallas Shooting Suspect Believed to Be First in ­S History
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­se of Police Robot to Kill Dallas Shooting Suspect Believed to Be First in ­S History

For what experts are calling the first time in history, US police have used a robot in a show of lethal force.

Face Recognition App Taking Russia By Storm May Bring End to Public Anonymity
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Face Recognition App Taking Russia By Storm May Bring End to Public Anonymity

If the founders of a new face recognition app get their way, anonymity in public could soon be a thing of the past.

Your Phone Number Is All a Hacker Needs to Read Texts, Listen to Calls and Track You
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Your Phone Number Is All a Hacker Needs to Read Texts, Listen to Calls and Track You

Hackers have again demonstrated that no matter how many security precautions someone takes, all a hacker needs to track their location and snoop on their phone...

Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'could Leave Half of World ­nemployed'
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Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'could Leave Half of World ­nemployed'

Machines could put more than half the world's population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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...
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