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IBM ­nveils Computer Fed By 'electronic Blood'
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IBM ­nveils Computer Fed By 'electronic Blood'

IBM has released a prototype of a computer modeled after the human brain that uses liquid both to fuel and cool the system. 

Electric Cars: Hidden Habits You Are Sharing with Firms
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Electric Cars: Hidden Habits You Are Sharing with Firms

You wouldn't think that anybody would care about your drive to the supermarket to buy milk.

Bbc Plans to Help Get the Nation Coding
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Bbc Plans to Help Get the Nation Coding

The British Broadcasting Corporation will launch an initiative in 2015 promoting software programming in the United Kingdom. 

­k to Create New Cyber Defence Force
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­k to Create New Cyber Defence Force

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence will recruit reservists as computer experts to work alongside regular forces in its new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit. 

Harvard Plans to Boldly Go With 'spocs'
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Harvard Plans to Boldly Go With 'spocs'

Harvard University is moving beyond massive open online courses to small private online courses. 

Why Space Telescope Mirror Is Most Complex Ever Built
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Why Space Telescope Mirror Is Most Complex Ever Built

"You will not be touching anything."

Empty F-16 Jet Tested By Boeing and ­.s. Air Force
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Empty F-16 Jet Tested By Boeing and ­.s. Air Force

Boeing has revealed that it has retrofitted retired fighter jets to turn them into drones.

Music Site Chatbot Wins AI Loebner Contest
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Music Site Chatbot Wins AI Loebner Contest

A chatbot called Mitsuku was judged most convincingly human artificial intelligence program of the contestants in the Loebner contest. 

Disney Develops 'magical' Device to Make Fingertips Sing
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Disney Develops 'magical' Device to Make Fingertips Sing

The Inshin-Den-Shin technology developed at Disney Research transmits sound through the human body, and turns fingertips into speakers. 

The Maps Transforming How We Interact With the World
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The Maps Transforming How We Interact With the World

The modern map is no longer an unwieldy printed publication we wrestle with on some blustery peak, but digital, data-rich, and dynamic.

Why Bluetooth ­se Is On the Rise
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Why Bluetooth ­se Is On the Rise

Bluetooth has been with us for around 15 years. Named after Denmark's King Harald "Bluetooth" Blatand, who reigned in the first century AD, it is a technology that...

Robots: Is the Uncanny Valley Real?
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Robots: Is the Uncanny Valley Real?

Mick Walters opens a door in his lab and points his computer's camera towards the small, blurry, tan-coloured object he has just revealed. "This is Kaspar Two,"...

Strands Project Develops Robot Security Guards
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Strands Project Develops Robot Security Guards

The European Union's Seventh Framework Program is funding the Strands project, which is developing software for robot brains that can be used as security guards...

Why Video Games May Be Good For You
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Why Video Games May Be Good For You

Games have long been accused of making players violent, but evidence has been building over the years that they can have positive effects.

Laser Listening: Could You Eavesdrop on the Guardian?
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Laser Listening: Could You Eavesdrop on the Guardian?

The U.K. government has warned the Guardian newspaper that foreign agents could use laser technology to eavesdrop on them, in the wake of recent surveillance leaks...

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.

Bigshot Diy Camera Aims to Teach Kids Tech Basics
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Bigshot Diy Camera Aims to Teach Kids Tech Basics

Owners of Bigshot's device need to assemble its parts in a specific sequence to make it work. An online guide explains the science behind them.

Helping the Deaf to 'See' and 'Feel' Sound
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Helping the Deaf to 'See' and 'Feel' Sound

Earlier this summer in a packed and freezing-cold auditorium in Doha, the all-female team of students from Qatar University burst into cheers and tears as theyINJAZ...

Users of Hidden Net Advised to Ditch Windows
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Users of Hidden Net Advised to Ditch Windows

Legitimate users of the Tor anonymous browsing service are being advised to stop using Windows if they want to keep their identity hidden.

Optical Lattice Atomic Clock Could 'Redefine the Second'
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Optical Lattice Atomic Clock Could 'Redefine the Second'

We currently use atomic clocks to count the seconds, but tests on an alternative atomic timekeeper have revealed that it is more precise.
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