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Thought Control Makes Robot Arm Grab and Move Objects
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Thought Control Makes Robot Arm Grab and Move Objects

A woman paralysed from the neck down can now grab a ball with a robotic arm—just by thinking about it.

The Sun and Jupiter Could Reveal Space-Time Ripples
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The Sun and Jupiter Could Reveal Space-Time Ripples

Ripples in space-time could squeeze and stretch the sun and Jupiter, forming a gigantic gravitational-wave detector in our own celestial backyard.

Haptic Holograms Let You Touch the Void in Vr
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Haptic Holograms Let You Touch the Void in Vr

Feeling is believing. A system that uses sound waves to project "haptic holograms" into mid-air—letting you touch 3D virtual objects with your bare hands—is poised...

Google and Nasa Ride D-Wave to a Quantum Future
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Google and Nasa Ride D-Wave to a Quantum Future

They could be the most powerful computers in the world—so perhaps it's no surprise that the biggest internet company on the planet is testing one out.

Time Cloak ­sed to Hide Messages in Laser Light
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Time Cloak ­sed to Hide Messages in Laser Light

A "time cloak" that conceals events rather than objects can hide secret messages through a trick of light, making information invisible to all but the intended...

Polite Drones Do Awkward Dance to Avoid Crashing
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Polite Drones Do Awkward Dance to Avoid Crashing

No, I insist, after you.

Human Thoughts ­sed to Switch on Genes
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Human Thoughts ­sed to Switch on Genes

Could a futuristic society of humans with the power to control their own biological functions ever become reality? 

Ghost Universes Kill Schrödinger's Quantum Cat
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Ghost Universes Kill Schrödinger's Quantum Cat

The wave function has collapsed—permanently.

Brain Decoder Can Eavesdrop on Your Inner Voice
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Brain Decoder Can Eavesdrop on Your Inner Voice

Talking to yourself used to be a strictly private pastime.

Computers Are Learning to See the World Like We Do
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Computers Are Learning to See the World Like We Do

What animal is in the picture above?

Found: Closest Link to Eve, Our ­niversal Ancestor
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Found: Closest Link to Eve, Our ­niversal Ancestor

A man who died in 315 BC in southern Africa is the closest relative yet known to humanity’s common female ancestor—mitochondrial Eve.

Snowflake-Shaped Networks Are Easiest to Mend
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Snowflake-Shaped Networks Are Easiest to Mend

Networks shaped like delicate snowflakes are the ones that are easiest to fix when disaster strikes.

Hong Kong Protesters ­se a Mesh Network to Organise
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Hong Kong Protesters ­se a Mesh Network to Organise

Hong Kong's mass protest is networked. Activists are relying on a free app that can send messages without any cellphone connection.

Gaze-Tracker Lets You Connect to Devices with a Glance
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Gaze-Tracker Lets You Connect to Devices with a Glance

An eye-tracking camera calculates where the wearer is looking, and transmits it to all the nearby Internet-connected devices, such as stereos and TVs, via Wi-Fi...

Quantum Internet Could Keep ­S Safe from Spying Eyes
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Quantum Internet Could Keep ­S Safe from Spying Eyes

Quantum networks are quietly spreading across the world.

No Easy Parking Spot For First-Ever Comet Landing
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No Easy Parking Spot For First-Ever Comet Landing

Landing on a comet will be even harder than we thought.

Google's Fact-Checking Bots Build Vast Knowledge Bank
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Google's Fact-Checking Bots Build Vast Knowledge Bank

Google is building the largest store of knowledge in human history—and it's doing so without any human help.

Proof Confirmed of 400-Year-Old Fruit-Stacking Problem
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Proof Confirmed of 400-Year-Old Fruit-Stacking Problem

A computer-verified proof of a 400-year-old problem could pave the way for a new era of mathematics.

Traffic Light Hackers Could Cause Jams Across the US
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Traffic Light Hackers Could Cause Jams Across the US

Branden Ghena pulls his car up under a traffic light in a city in Michigan.

Messaging App Lets You Leave Secrets on Street Corners
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Messaging App Lets You Leave Secrets on Street Corners

It's your birthday and a message from a friend suggests you go to a nearby street corner.
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