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Wearable Submarine to Hunt for 2000-Year-Old Computer
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Wearable Submarine to Hunt for 2000-Year-Old Computer

The world's most advanced robotic diving suit is getting ready to help search for one of the world's oldest computers.

Sex Harassment App Helps Women Map Abuse
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Sex Harassment App Helps Women Map Abuse

A team of researchers has created a smartphone app designed to combat sexual harassment. 

Skinny Wormholes Could Send Messages Through Time
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Skinny Wormholes Could Send Messages Through Time

Like some bizarre form of optical fibre, a long, thin wormhole might let you send messages through time using pulses of light.

My Duolingo Learning App Can Reshape Education
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My Duolingo Learning App Can Reshape Education

Carnegie Mellon University professor Luis von Ahn says he believes his Duolingo venture is determining what next-generation education will look like. 

Kindergarten Bots Teach Language to Tots
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Kindergarten Bots Teach Language to Tots

A series of experiments is aimed at determining how well children retain new words learned from robots over time. 

Quantum Positioning System Steps In When Gps Fails
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Quantum Positioning System Steps In When Gps Fails

In 2016 a British submarine will slip its moorings and set sail under the guidance of the quantum world.

Sentient Robots? Not Possible If You Do the Maths
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Sentient Robots? Not Possible If You Do the Maths

So long, robot pals—and robot overlords.

Cheap Gadget Lets You Steer a Wheelchair with Your Eyes
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Cheap Gadget Lets You Steer a Wheelchair with Your Eyes

Put some "crap" technology with some smart software and you get one life-changing solution.

Cyborg Angst: 5 Ways Computers Will Perplex ­S in 2039
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Cyborg Angst: 5 Ways Computers Will Perplex ­S in 2039

Brain chips mean we are struggling to distinguish our own thoughts from ideas implanted by advertisers.

Watson in Your Pocket: Supercomputer Gets Own Apps
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Watson in Your Pocket: Supercomputer Gets Own Apps

If you could quiz Watson, IBM's all-knowing supercomputer, from an app on your phone, what would you ask it?

When the Internet Dies, Meet the Meshnet That Survives
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When the Internet Dies, Meet the Meshnet That Survives

A nonprofit recently staged a small-scale drill mimicking the outages that affected New York after Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012. 

Virtual Earth Plays Out Fate of Life on the Planet
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Virtual Earth Plays Out Fate of Life on the Planet

We can simulate the climate and we can even simulate babies. Now, we can simulate life on Earth, too—the vast and complex interactions of the living organisms on...

Criminal Gang Connections Mapped via Phone Metadata
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Criminal Gang Connections Mapped via Phone Metadata

Software has been used to tap metadata from phones to map links between a criminal network in Sicily. 

Atomic Time Lord to Battle Sneaky High-Speed Trades
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Atomic Time Lord to Battle Sneaky High-Speed Trades

Welcome to the room where time lives. I am standing in a space bristling with atomic clocks at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, U.K., which generates...

Command a Glowing Robot Horde to Do Your Bidding
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Command a Glowing Robot Horde to Do Your Bidding

Researchers have built palm-sized glowing robots that can scurry along the ground at the command of someone using a tablet or a gesture-sensing camera. 

Meet Your Unborn Child—before It's Even Conceived
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Meet Your Unborn Child—before It's Even Conceived

Will my baby be healthy?

Dolphin Whistle Instantly Translated By Computer
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Dolphin Whistle Instantly Translated By Computer

The Wild Dolphin Project is developing algorithms to analyze animal sounds to determine if information is transmitted, in an attempt to understand animal behavior...

The Robot Tricks to Bridge the Uncanny Valley
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The Robot Tricks to Bridge the Uncanny Valley

If A robot bleeped and squeaked with personality like R2D2 from Star Wars, would you like it better?

Space Diaries Reveal 6 Things on an Astronaut's Mind
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Space Diaries Reveal 6 Things on an Astronaut's Mind

While you are in space, could you keep a diary?

Hot on the Trail of Consciousness in Brain and Machine
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Hot on the Trail of Consciousness in Brain and Machine

"Nowhere in science have so many devoted so much to create so little consensus," writes physicist, author, and TV presenter Michio Kaku of consciousness research...
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