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Robot 'learns to Keep Going with Broken Leg'
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Robot 'learns to Keep Going with Broken Leg'

Engineers have taken a step towards having machines that can operate when damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg.

Cheering Robots Replace Real Fans at Korean Baseball
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Cheering Robots Replace Real Fans at Korean Baseball

The Hanwha Eagles Korean baseball team has equipped its stadium with robots that fans who are unable to attend the games can control over the Internet. 

Russia Offers $110,000 to Crack Tor Anonymous Network
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Russia Offers $110,000 to Crack Tor Anonymous Network

Russia has offered 3.9m roubles ($110,000; £65,000) in a contest seeking a way to crack the identities of users of the Tor network.

Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Froze Time
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Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Froze Time

Every time you use the flash on your smartphone or camera, you should give silent praise to Harold Eugene Edgerton.

Neuroscience: 'i Can Read Your Mind'
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Neuroscience: 'i Can Read Your Mind'

Jack Gallant can read your mind. Or at least, he can figure out what you're seeing if you're in his machine watching a movie he's playing for you.

MIT Scientists Develop Sensor-Operated Robotic Fingers
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MIT Scientists Develop Sensor-Operated Robotic Fingers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a robotic extension to the human hand that could make common, everyday tasks easier.

Hamas and Israel Step ­p Cyber Battle For Hearts and Minds
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Hamas and Israel Step ­p Cyber Battle For Hearts and Minds

Sites such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook have been inundated with posts seeking to win the hearts and minds of people in the Middle East and elsewhere in the...

Bell Labs Transmits Data at 10 Gbits/second Over Copper Lines
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Bell Labs Transmits Data at 10 Gbits/second Over Copper Lines

Researchers at Bell Labs have developed a technology that enables them to transmit data over traditional copper telephone lines at a record speed of 10 Gbits/second...

Will Workplace Robots Cost More Jobs Than They Create?
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Will Workplace Robots Cost More Jobs Than They Create?

The UK unveiled its robotics strategy last Tuesday, revealing a plan drawn up by the Technology Strategy Board that aims to spur the country on towards capturing...

Rediscovered Plans Aid Edsac Reconstruction
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Rediscovered Plans Aid Edsac Reconstruction

The National Museum of Computing's reconstruction of an early British digital computer will benefit from the resurfacing of circuit diagrams of the machine. 

E-Voting Experiments End in Norway Amid Security Fears
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E-Voting Experiments End in Norway Amid Security Fears

Norway is ending trials of e-voting systems used in national and local elections.

Goosebump Sensor Developed By Korean Research Team
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Goosebump Sensor Developed By Korean Research Team

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology researchers have developed a sensor that can measure goosebumps on the human body in real time. 

Mind-Control: 'i Drove a Car with My Thoughts'
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Mind-Control: 'i Drove a Car with My Thoughts'

Henrik Matzke is in the driving seat of a car, poised to make a very unusual manoeuvre.

Female Tech Staff 'in Decline' in the U.k.
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Female Tech Staff 'in Decline' in the U.k.

A new report finds the gender gap in the U.K. information technology industry is getting worse.

World Cup 2014 to Be Most Hi-Tech Football Event Ever
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World Cup 2014 to Be Most Hi-Tech Football Event Ever

Football is full of "what ifs".

How Online 'chatbots' Are Already Tricking You
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How Online 'chatbots' Are Already Tricking You

Sometimes it's the promise of sex that fools you.

Teenager Unleashes Computer Power For Cancer Diagnosis
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Teenager Unleashes Computer Power For Cancer Diagnosis

Duke University undergraduate Brittany Wenger recently spoke about her research into using artificial intelligence to teach computers to diagnose cancer. 

Pixar to Give Away 'toy Story' 3D Renderman Software
From ACM TechNews

Pixar to Give Away 'toy Story' 3D Renderman Software

Pixar plans to make a non-commercial version of RenderMan freely available to students, institutions, researchers, developers, and for personal use. 

Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?
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Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?

Joss Wright is training a robot to freak people out.

'killer Robots': Are They Really Inevitable?
From ACM News

'killer Robots': Are They Really Inevitable?

The robot tank is moving rapidly through the scrub on its caterpillar tracks.
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