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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.

Project Aims to Crowdsource What Makes a Happy City
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Project Aims to Crowdsource What Makes a Happy City

Cambridge University researchers will use crowdsourcing to rank the most peaceful and happy places in London.  

Google Adds Coral Reef Panoramas to Street View Maps
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Google Adds Coral Reef Panoramas to Street View Maps

Google recently added panoramas of coral reefs to its Street View services, enabling users to navigate their way around the sites.

Microsoft Xbox 3D-Projected Games Outlined in Patent
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Microsoft Xbox 3D-Projected Games Outlined in Patent

Details of an immersive video games display system that projects images of the title's environment around a player's room have been revealed in a U.S. patent belonging...

Bae's Striker Helmet Gives Fighter Pilots 'x-Ray Vision'
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Bae's Striker Helmet Gives Fighter Pilots 'x-Ray Vision'

When a pilot in a Eurofighter Typhoon jet glances down, he doesn't see a steel-grey floor. Instead he sees clouds, and maybe sheep and cows in green fields below...

Wind Sensor Damaged on NASA's Curiosity Rover
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Wind Sensor Damaged on NASA's Curiosity Rover

NASA has reported its first setback in the Curiosity rover mission to Mars.

Voice Algorithms Spot Parkinson's Disease
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Voice Algorithms Spot Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's is a devastating disease for those living with the condition, and currently there is no cure. Diagnosis can also be slow, as there are no blood tests...

The Future of Medical Visualization
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The Future of Medical Visualization

Medical visualization is the use of computers to create 3D images from medical imaging data sets. It's a relatively young field of science, relying heavily on advances...

London to Test 'smart City' Operating System
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London to Test 'smart City' Operating System

London is preparing to test an operating system designed to power the smart cities of the future.  

Programming Project Comes to Primary Schools
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Programming Project Comes to Primary Schools

A volunteer project in the United Kingdom is writing session plans for teaching the basics of computer programming to children between the ages of 10 and 11.  

How to Predict the Future
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How to Predict the Future

Imagining the future, we naturally think of it as a different place to the one we live in now. It is populated with new technologies, advanced science, and perhaps...

Wales' Rugby World Cup Team ­sing Swansea ­ni App
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Wales' Rugby World Cup Team ­sing Swansea ­ni App

The Wales national rugby team is using MatchPad, a Swansea University-developed iPad application, to simplify match information and help understand the team's performance...

Will We All Be Tweaking Our Own Genetic Code?
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Will We All Be Tweaking Our Own Genetic Code?

You have to wonder what's going on in the DNA of Harvard genetics professor George Church. What extra bit of code does he have that the rest of us don't? If genes...

New Emotion Detector Sees When We're Lying
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New Emotion Detector Sees When We're Lying

A sophisticated new camera system can detect lies just by watching our faces as we talk, experts say. The computerized system uses a simple video camera, a high...

Virtual Touch Helps Keyhole Surgeons to 'feel' Tumours
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Virtual Touch Helps Keyhole Surgeons to 'feel' Tumours

Leeds University researchers have developed tactile feedback technology that combines computer virtualization with a hand-held haptic device that gives doctors...

Implanted Chip 'allows Blind People to Detect Objects'
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Implanted Chip 'allows Blind People to Detect Objects'

A man with an inherited form of blindness has been able to identify letters and a clock face using a pioneering implant, researchers say.

German Radar Satellites Fly Tight Space Waltz
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German Radar Satellites Fly Tight Space Waltz

It is a remarkable acrobatic display. Two German radar satellites are now flying in tight formation as they prepare to make the most detailed ever 3D map of the...

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Mobile Chips Battle For Processing Power

Inside your smartphone, a battle is raging. As tiny chips with big ambitions fight for processing power, is there anything the phones of the future will not be...

Virtual Reality Tackles Tough Questions
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Virtual Reality Tackles Tough Questions

Virtual reality is allowing scientists to ask difficult questions about human behaviour that were previously not possible or were thought too unethical.

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Wikileaks Encryption ­se Offers 'legal Challenge'

A novel use of encryption by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks could "challenge the legal system for years to come," according to an influential observer of the...
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