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Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew in Virtual Reality
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Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew in Virtual Reality

You're having dinner in a virtual reality game. The banquet scene in front of you looks so real that your mouth is watering.

Pasta Spirals Link Neutron Stars and the Machinery of Your Cells
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Pasta Spirals Link Neutron Stars and the Machinery of Your Cells

The conditions are vastly different, but the pasta is the same.

Your Home's Online Gadgets Could Be Hacked By ­ltrasound
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Your Home's Online Gadgets Could Be Hacked By ­ltrasound

This may have happened to you. You idly browse a pair of shoes online one morning, and for the rest of the week, those shoes follow you across the Internet, appearing...

Exomars Spacecraft Splits in Two to Explore Mars Surface and Air
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Exomars Spacecraft Splits in Two to Explore Mars Surface and Air

Sometimes breaking up is the right thing to do. On Sunday at 17:20 GMT, the twin spacecraft of the first stage of the ExoMars mission split in two – one of the...

The Wikipedia Bots that Are Engaged in Spats that Never End
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The Wikipedia Bots that Are Engaged in Spats that Never End

Is. Isn't. Is. Isn’t. Is. Isn't.

Send Secret Messages Hidden in the Dna of Bacterial Spores
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Send Secret Messages Hidden in the Dna of Bacterial Spores

Humble bacterial spores are taking us closer to an age of DNA information storage, thanks to new ways of protecting archived data from corruption as well as from...

Revealed: Google's Plan For Quantum Computer Supremacy
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Revealed: Google's Plan For Quantum Computer Supremacy

Somewhere in California, Google is building a device that will usher in a new era for computing.

Expensive Drones Take Flying Lessons from Cheaper Stunt Doubles
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Expensive Drones Take Flying Lessons from Cheaper Stunt Doubles

Some of the best lessons come from the school of hard knocks. But some kit is too delicate or expensive to be subjected to this.

Troll Hunters: The Twitterbots That Fight Against Online Abuse
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Troll Hunters: The Twitterbots That Fight Against Online Abuse

Researchers are working to automate the detection of harassment, but one says humans do not agree on what constitutes harassment.

Libraries of Plastic Molecules Could Store Huge Amounts of Data
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Libraries of Plastic Molecules Could Store Huge Amounts of Data

One day your hard drive could just be a pile of plastic. Researchers have coded a word into short chains of plastic molecules, which could be used as a space-saving...

Crystal Mimics Brain Cell to Sift Through Giant Piles of Data
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Crystal Mimics Brain Cell to Sift Through Giant Piles of Data

There's nothing quite like the human brain. Today, researchers at IBM unveiled their latest attempt to mimic it: an artificial neuron that switches between crystal...

Now You See Me: True Invisibility Cloak Impossible to Build
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Now You See Me: True Invisibility Cloak Impossible to Build

Strike the invisibility cloak off your wish list. They are impossible to build for human-sized objects, says a new study.

Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions
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Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions

Baidu, China's internet giant, has shown what you can learn when you have access to enough location data.

Stitching a Drone's View of the World Into 3d Maps as It Flies
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Stitching a Drone's View of the World Into 3d Maps as It Flies

When you're buzzing through the air at 60 kilometres per hour, it can be hard to take in the view. But now drones can create highly detailed 3D maps as they fly...

Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions
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Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions

Baidu, China's internet search giant, has shown just what you can learn when you have access to enough location data.

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable
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Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable

Has your bank recently sent you a credit or debit card with a chip in it? If so, you may now be in possession of a little piece of tech that is quietly helping...

Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched
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Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched

The web is watching you. Chunks of code hide inside every website, tracking your online behaviour.

Scan Your Doodles to Find the Perfect Matching Photo Online
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Scan Your Doodles to Find the Perfect Matching Photo Online

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers say they have developed software that can scan hand-drawn sketches and search for a photograph that looks like them. ...

This Turing Machine Should Run Forever ­nless Maths Is Wrong
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This Turing Machine Should Run Forever ­nless Maths Is Wrong

One hundred and fifty years of mathematics will be proved wrong if a new computer program stops running. Thankfully, it's unlikely to happen, but the code behind...

Atomic Memory Could Store ­S Library of Congress in a Dust Speck
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Atomic Memory Could Store ­S Library of Congress in a Dust Speck

It's a memory so small you'll forget where you left it. A new data storage system uses single atoms as computer bits, and could hold the contents of the US Library...
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