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'virtual Lolita' Aims to Trap Chatroom Pedophiles
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'virtual Lolita' Aims to Trap Chatroom Pedophiles

Negobot, a "virtual Lolita" robot, poses as a 14-year-old girl and tries to identify pedophiles in online chatrooms. 

Predicting Earthquakes and Saving Lives--With Smartphones
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Predicting Earthquakes and Saving Lives--With Smartphones

A new app called CrowdShake provides early earthquake warnings by converting a smartphone's accelerometer into a seismometer. 

Computational Photography: The Snap Is Only the Start
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Computational Photography: The Snap Is Only the Start

Imagine a camera that allows you to see through a crowd to get a clear view of someone who would otherwise be obscured, a smartphone that matches big-budget lenses...

Touchscreens 'a Small Step' in Innovation
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Touchscreens 'a Small Step' in Innovation

The way we use digital devices has become big news.

Unmasking Organized Crime Networks with Data
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Unmasking Organized Crime Networks with Data

One of the big challenges in fighting organized crime is precisely that it is organized. It is run a bit like a business, with chains of command and responsibility...

Future Cops: How Technology Is Set to Change Policing
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Future Cops: How Technology Is Set to Change Policing

The sci-fi vision of police officers rushing to the scene of a crime before any crime has even been committed may be rather far-fetched but technology is increasingly...

Huge Holograms Offer Medics More Memorable Classes
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Huge Holograms Offer Medics More Memorable Classes

A system which uses giant holograms to help medical students master their subject has been pioneered by two London-based junior doctors.

3D Printing Powered By Thought
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3D Printing Powered By Thought

It's definitely not a bird. Nor is it a plane. The garish orange piece of plastic, small enough to hold in the palm of a hand, could pass for a missing limb of...

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.

Raspberry Pi Gets Easier to Use With Noobs Software
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Raspberry Pi Gets Easier to Use With Noobs Software

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is offering downloadable software that makes its mini-computer easier to use. 

Google Facial Password Patent Aims to Boost Android Security
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Google Facial Password Patent Aims to Boost Android Security

A recent Google patent application suggests users stick out their tongue in place of a password, to keep the Face Unlock facility from being fooled by photos.

Thought-Powered Helicopter Takes Off
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Thought-Powered Helicopter Takes Off

Experimental subjects have powered a remote-controlled helicopter through an obstacle course with their thoughts. 

U.S. Spy Chief Clapper Defends PRISM and Phone Surveillance
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U.S. Spy Chief Clapper Defends PRISM and Phone Surveillance

U.S. spy chief James Clapper has strongly defended government surveillance programmes after revelations of phone records being collected and internet servers being...

Wisee ­ses Wi-Fi Signals to Recognize Body Gestures
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Wisee ­ses Wi-Fi Signals to Recognize Body Gestures

Researchers say they have found a way to detect and recognize human gestures based on how they affect Wi-Fi signals.

Html5 Webpage Locks 'would Stifle Innovation'
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Html5 Webpage Locks 'would Stifle Innovation'

The Electronic Freedom Foundation objects to the World Wide Web Consortium's plans to include ways to digitally lock media in HTML5. 

Light-Beam 'twins' Take Data Farther
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Light-Beam 'twins' Take Data Farther

Researchers have developed a method involving paired light beams that can increase the data-carrying properties of fiber-optic cables. 

German Railways to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones
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German Railways to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones

The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute vandals who deface property at night.

How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure
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How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure

I'm watching a live video feed of people visiting a cafe in London.

Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'
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Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'

Imagine a computer that can teach your mobile phone to recognize any object it sees, or one that can instantly find optimal travel routes for thousands of planes...

Better Origami ­sing Nature and Maths
From ACM News

Better Origami ­sing Nature and Maths

Paper folding isn’t just an art, it can help fit everything on spacecraft from solar panels to telescope mirrors.
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