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Why Is Science Fiction So Hard to Define?
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Why Is Science Fiction So Hard to Define?

Time Out, the weekly listings magazine, recently ranked the 100 best sci-fi movies of all time.

Want to Learn Quicker? ­se Your Body
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Want to Learn Quicker? ­se Your Body

Ever got to grips with a problem? Picked up a new skill? Grasped a difficult concept? The language of learning is full of references to parts of the body outside...

Is Google Autocomplete Evil?
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Is Google Autocomplete Evil?

"Women shouldn't have rights." "Women shouldn't vote." "Women shouldn't work."

Twitter: Tweets and Hashtags Will Shape How We Think
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Twitter: Tweets and Hashtags Will Shape How We Think

One day, a user of Twitter decided to do something no else had tried before.

Picture This: Is There Life After Photoshop?
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Picture This: Is There Life After Photoshop?

For almost all its 23-year existence, Photoshop has dominated the digital retouching and design world.

How Wearable Technology Could Transform Business
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How Wearable Technology Could Transform Business

Once upon a time seeing your life flash before your eyes was something people did their best to avoid. The arrival of Google Glass seems to have changed that.

What Would Happen If All Satellites Stopped Working?
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What Would Happen If All Satellites Stopped Working?

We may not always realise it, but we depend on space technology orbiting the Earth.

Apple: An End to Skeuomorphic Design?
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Apple: An End to Skeuomorphic Design?

Why do most smartphones make a clicking noise, like a camera shutter closing, when you take a picture with them? Why do the virtual pages of a book on a tablet...

Bruces Sterling's Vision of the Future City
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Bruces Sterling's Vision of the Future City

In 2050, the Earth's population is expected to hit 10 billion, and 75% of those people will live in cities.

Qwerty Keyboards: Time For a Rethink?
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Qwerty Keyboards: Time For a Rethink?

Q-W-E-R-T-Y. Six letters that define so much of our waking lives.

Are We Really Facing Cyberwar?
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Are We Really Facing Cyberwar?

A few weeks ago I was standing by a railway track in the small town of Gaithersburg in Maryland as a CSX freight train blasted through the level crossing; its horn...

Becoming Biohackers: Learning the Game
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Becoming Biohackers: Learning the Game

When you have lunch courtesy of the FBI, you are offered chicken Caesar salad, hamburger, or fish.

The Small Business of 2063
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The Small Business of 2063

Our world is changing faster than ever and, in recent years, a number of transformative technologies have moved from science fiction and the research and development...

How Hackers Exploit 'the Seven Deadly Sins'
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How Hackers Exploit 'the Seven Deadly Sins'

This isn't the high tech wizardry of Hollywood but is a good, old-fashioned confidence trick.

The Psychology of Tetris
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The Psychology of Tetris

Shapes fall from the sky, all you have to do is to control how they fall and fit within each other.

James Bond Fails the Tech Test in Skyfall
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James Bond Fails the Tech Test in Skyfall

As a self-confessed technology geek, there have been numerous occasions when my enjoyment of a movie has been marred by technological impossibilities.

Can Schools Survive in the Age of the Web?
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Can Schools Survive in the Age of the Web?

If you fancy a top-class education but can't afford the fee or the time, there is now an alternative.

Stuxnet Shifts the Cyber Arms Race ­p a Gear
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Stuxnet Shifts the Cyber Arms Race ­p a Gear

Over the last 25 years we've seen a massive change in how we think about information.

'barcode Everyone at Birth'
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'barcode Everyone at Birth'

If I were empress of the Universe I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached—a barcode if you will—an implanted chip to provide...

Pinterest: Hot New Network or Another Quora?
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Pinterest: Hot New Network or Another Quora?

After a decade of struggle, the social networking battlefield has quietened down. Facebook is the undisputed champion, while Twitter serves for instant news and...
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