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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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future
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Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future

For a man that made his career out of helping millions of people find their way around, Lars Rasmussen is frank about his own navigational shortcomings.

Behind the Scenes of Latin America's Internet 'brain'
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Behind the Scenes of Latin America's Internet 'brain'

It may be one of central Miami's most recognisable buildings, yet only a few people know what goes on inside the sturdy concrete block with massive spheres on its...

Ticketmaster Dumps 'hated' Captcha Verification System
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Ticketmaster Dumps 'hated' Captcha Verification System

The world's largest online ticket retailer is to stop requiring users to enter hard-to-read words in order to prove they are human.

Has Chip and Pin Had Its Day?
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Has Chip and Pin Had Its Day?

Go to a cash machine in Japan or Poland and there's a good chance you'll find a finger-sized scanner next to the keypad.

Graphene: Patent Surge Reveals Global Race
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Graphene: Patent Surge Reveals Global Race

Latest figures show a sharp rise in patents filed to claim rights over different aspects of graphene since 2007, with a further spike last year.

Risk Profiling Software Tackles the Terrorist Threat
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Risk Profiling Software Tackles the Terrorist Threat

The U.K. branch of an American company has developed a hi-tech software programme it believes can help detect and prevent potentially dangerous passengers and cargo...

Can We Trust the Code That Increasingly Runs Our Lives?
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Can We Trust the Code That Increasingly Runs Our Lives?

Imagine how different the first pictures sent from the Mars Rover would have been if there had been a software failure.

Controlling Curiosity: How Do You Drive a Mars Rover?
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Controlling Curiosity: How Do You Drive a Mars Rover?

Engineers at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, have the ultimate iPhone app.

Malware Inserted on Pc Production Lines, Says Study
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Malware Inserted on Pc Production Lines, Says Study

Cybercriminals have opened a new front in their battle to infect computers with malware—PC production lines.

Meet the 'bots' that Edit Wikipedia
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Meet the 'bots' that Edit Wikipedia

Wikipedia is written and maintained by tens of thousands of volunteers across the world. Those, in turn, are assisted by hundreds of "bots"—autonomous computer...

Mind Control Moves Into Battle
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Mind Control Moves Into Battle

Technology that taps into a soldier's thought patterns could soon see action on the battlefield.
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