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'Fluid Cloak' to Help Submarines Leave No Wake
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'Fluid Cloak' to Help Submarines Leave No Wake

Super-stealthy submarines may one day glide through the water without creating a wake, if a plan to channel fluid intelligently around objects can be made to...

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Welcome to the Age of the Splinternet

Openness is the Internet's great strength—and weakness. With powerful forces carving it up, is its golden age coming to an end?

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Robots ­se Kinect to ­nderstand Our World

Picture the scene, a few years from now. "Robot, fetch me that pillow over there," you say to your ever-willing butlerbot. "Certainly sir," it replies. "What's...

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How to Be in Two Places at the Same Time

An ambitious experiment to make a glass sphere exist in two places at once could provide the most sensitive test of quantum theory yet.

Mining Social Networks to Predict Your App Choices
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Mining Social Networks to Predict Your App Choices

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab have analyzed the smartphone use of students on social networks in an attempt to determine...

Autopiloted Glider Knows Where to Fly For a Free Ride
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Autopiloted Glider Knows Where to Fly For a Free Ride

Hawks and albatrosses soar for hours or even days without having to land. Soon robotic gliders could go one better, soaring on winds and thermals indefinitely...

The Million-Dollar Puzzle That Could Change the World
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The Million-Dollar Puzzle That Could Change the World

The single biggest problem in computer science, for which the Clay Mathematics Institute is offering a $1 million prize, is determining whether P equals NP, which...

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Covert Hard Drive Fragmentation Embeds a Spy's Secrets

Good news for spies. There is now a way to hide data on a hard drive without using encryption. Instead of using a cipher to scramble text, the method involves...

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The Search Engine That Predicts What You Want

In the future the news will find you—at least according to Futureful, a Finnish startup building a predictive discovery iPad app that will deliver personalised...

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Evolutionary Babel Was in Southern Africa

Where did humanity utter its first words? A new linguistic analysis attempts to rewrite the story of Babel by borrowing from the methods of genetic analysis—and...

Bye-Bye Electrons? Circuit Made From Flowing Atoms
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Bye-Bye Electrons? Circuit Made From Flowing Atoms

Kevin Wright and colleagues at NIST chilled 100,000 sodium atoms then used lasers to shape the blob of atoms into a torus and give it enough energy to circulate...

Quantum Trickery Could Lead to Stealth Radar
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Quantum Trickery Could Lead to Stealth Radar

Stealthy radar systems and the ability to transmit large amounts of data over long distances are a step closer thanks to a technique that could improve the efficiency...

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Flying Robots Team ­p to Juggle

Our flying robot overlords seem to have a fun side after all. In this video, watch two quadrocopters team up to skillfully juggle a ball, thanks to software developed...

Surveillance Robots Know When to Hide
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Surveillance Robots Know When to Hide

The spy approaches the target building under cover of darkness, taking a zigzag path to avoid well-lit areas and sentries. He selects a handy vantage point next...

Invisible Wi-Fi Signals Caught on Camera
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Invisible Wi-Fi Signals Caught on Camera

Computer icons can give you an idea of your Wi-Fi signal strength. But now Timo Arnall and a team of designers from the Oslo School of Architecture & Design have...

Better Than Human? What's Next for Jeopardy! Computer
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Better Than Human? What's Next for Jeopardy! Computer

A medical robot; a Google-killer; a financial advisor; a tool for trawling legal documents; an aide for the intelligence services. These are just some of the...

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First Silicon Entanglement Will Aid Quantum Computing

The state of entanglement has been created in silicon for the first time. The feat could lead to quantum computers made like ordinary computer chips.

Make Way for Mathematical Matter
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Make Way for Mathematical Matter

We already have solid, liquid, gas, plasma and Bose-Einstein condensate. Now it seems we may be on the verge of discovering a whole host of new forms of matter...

Wireless at the Speed of Plasma
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Wireless at the Speed of Plasma

A new type of antenna could dramatically change high-speed wireless communications, miniature radar, and energy weapons. The antenna consists of thousands of diodes...

World's First Ice Touchscreen Virtually Burns
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World's First Ice Touchscreen Virtually Burns

Nokia researchers have built a computer touchscreen using a block of ice. The researchers say the screen is a step toward a world in which all sorts of surfaces...
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