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The Last Places on Earth Without the Internet
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The Last Places on Earth Without the Internet

It can be easy to forget what life was like before the Internet.

Avalanche Science: ­ncovering Snow's Deadly Secrets
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Avalanche Science: ­ncovering Snow's Deadly Secrets

Dr Alec Van Herwijnen has buried microphones under the deep snow in order to listen for avalanches.

Inside the Google Earth Satellite Factory
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Inside the Google Earth Satellite Factory

Behind a long rectangular window, in a high white room tended by ghostly figures in masks and hats, a new satellite is taking shape.

Virtual Games Bring Pinball to New Audiences
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Virtual Games Bring Pinball to New Audiences

The flashing lights, cool sound effects and high-speed bouncing ball action have made pinball simulators a hugely popular genre of video game, not to mention big...

Bitcoins and Virtual Currency: How Do Businesses Cope?
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Bitcoins and Virtual Currency: How Do Businesses Cope?

Bitcoin speculators have made millions of pounds in the last few months as the value of the Internet-based virtual currency has exploded.

Google's Schaft Robot Wins DARPA Rescue Challenge
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Google's Schaft Robot Wins DARPA Rescue Challenge

Team Schaft's machine carried out all eight rescue-themed tasks to outscore its rivals by a wide margin.

Bots Now 'account For 61 Percent of Web Traffic'
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Bots Now 'account For 61 Percent of Web Traffic'

Nearly 62 percent of all website traffic is currently produced by automated software tools, according to an Incapsula study. 

Google Glass Update Lets Users Wink and Take Photos
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Google Glass Update Lets Users Wink and Take Photos

Google has introduced a new feature to its Google Glass, which allows users to take a photo with a "wink of the eye."

Hi-Tech Sensors Aim to Help Prevent Obesity
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Hi-Tech Sensors Aim to Help Prevent Obesity

The European Union is funding a project that intends to use high-tech sensors to get young people to adopt healthy lifestyles. 

Bots Now 'account For 61% of Web Traffic'
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Bots Now 'account For 61% of Web Traffic'

If you are visiting this page the chances are that you are not a human, at least according to research.

Sony Files Patent For 'smartwig'
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Sony Files Patent For 'smartwig'

Sony has filed a patent application for a device called a SmartWig with hopes of becoming a major player in the wearable technology sector. 

How Do Game Companies Share Massive Files?
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How Do Game Companies Share Massive Files?

Electronic Arts' multi-player shooter "Battlefield 4" exploded onto the computer games scene earlier this month, giving players a realistic taste of military combat...

Tim Berners-Lee Says 'surveillance Threatens Web'
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Tim Berners-Lee Says 'surveillance Threatens Web'

The Internet is threatened by a "growing tide of surveillance and censorship," warns Sir Tim Berners-Lee. 

Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed
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Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed

A team of researchers has achieved a breakthrough that brings quantum computing closer to real-world use. 

Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed
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Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed

"Qubits" of information encoded in a silicon system persisted for almost 100 times longer than ever before.

Superfast Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot 'wins' Every Time
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Superfast Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot 'wins' Every Time

Japanese scientists have developed a robot that can choose a hand shape for the rock-paper-scissors game almost at the same time as a human.

Google Launches Build-Your-Own-Phone Project Ara
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Google Launches Build-Your-Own-Phone Project Ara

Motorola wants to allow users of its smartphones to customize the device's components. The company has been working on Project Ara for more than a year, and has...

'li-Fi' Via Led Light Bulb Data Speed Breakthrough
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'li-Fi' Via Led Light Bulb Data Speed Breakthrough

Several U.K. institutions are collaborating on the ultra-parallel visible light communications project. The researchers have used a micro-LED light bulb to transmit...

Can Technology Help Avoid Stampedes?
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Can Technology Help Avoid Stampedes?

It seems the cruellest and most unnecessary of deaths—to be crushed in the midst of a crowd.

Roller Coaster Technology: 'bigger! Faster! Scarier!'
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Roller Coaster Technology: 'bigger! Faster! Scarier!'

Alton Towers in Staffordshire has just opened the world's first 14-loop roller coaster, called The Smiler, while in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World claims to have the...
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