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  • Scientists link two rats' brains over web to create remote control rodents
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    Scientists link two rats' brains over web to create remote control rodents

    By 1 March 2013

    In a sort of bizarre high-tech version of the Shining, scientists have successfully linked a pair of rats' brains over the internet, allowing one to control the other remotely. The experiment, carried out by Duke University in North Carolina, sees electrodes...

  • Brit boffins to send Google Nexus phone into space to drive Satellite
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    Brit boffins to send Google Nexus phone into space to drive Satellite

    By 8 February 2013

    Scientists have built a Google Nexus One smartphone into a satellite due to launch into space on 25 February. Barring software changes, the Android phone is completely unmodified and will be used in the heart of the orbiting spacecraft during its six-month...

  • New software shows just how much celebs are photoshopped
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    New software shows just how much celebs are photoshopped

    By 2 December 2011

    Researchers from the Department of Science at Dartmouth College have developed a software tool for rating the extent to which a photo has been Photoshopped, aiming to bring a bit of honesty back into images of celebrities and models. This kind of unrealistic...

  • Government aims for video games dominance with ICT reform
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    Government aims for video games dominance with ICT reform

    By 29 November 2011

    UK schools may be getting widespread reform in computer science lessons, in the hope it'll provide a foundation to take advantage of the multi-billion video games and visual effects industry. The decision to target computer science comes in response to...

  • Augmented reality contact lenses almost here: focus on emails and gaming
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    Augmented reality contact lenses almost here: focus on emails and gaming

    By 22 November 2011

    A leap in augmented reality could be just around the corner as developments in nano-projection have enabled scientists at the University of Washington to say that such tech would be not only feasible, but also safe. After testing on rabbits, the researchers...

  • Honda Asimo slims down, grows up and goes it alone
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    Honda Asimo slims down, grows up and goes it alone

    By 8 November 2011

    The "all-new" Asimo has been shown off,  equipped with what Honda describes as "autonomous behaviour control technology". The new system allows Asimo to continue moving without input from a controller, whilst its new, slimmer body gives the automaton...

  • Artificial skin could pave the way for true AI
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    Artificial skin could pave the way for true AI

    By 25 October 2011

    Boffins at Stanford University have posted a rather interesting video that shows off a flexible artificial skin, which makes use of nanotubes in order to deliver very accurate capacitive feedback whilst maintaining flexibility. The skin consists of an...

  • Jelly batteries all set for cheaper and thinner gadgets
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    Jelly batteries all set for cheaper and thinner gadgets

    By 12 September 2011

    With the Ultrabook fad in full-swing, and smartphone makers always keen to stress just how skinny their new devices are, there becomes a point where the power being supplied is compromised because smaller batteries simply aren't up to the job. But that's...

  • Soldiers to get smarter with uniform-based antenna
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    Soldiers to get smarter with uniform-based antenna

    By 9 September 2011

    BAE Systems has developed a system that can integrate vital battlefield communications technology into the fabric of a soldier’s uniform.  The British defence contractor is calling the futuristic comms kit the Body Wearable Antenna and it is designed...

  • Invisible tanks coming in 2013
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    Invisible tanks coming in 2013

    By 6 September 2011

    British defence contractor BAE Systems, in collaboration with the Swedish Defence Material Administration, has created and successfully trialled a technology that renders tanks invisible to night-vision goggles and infrared scopes. Adaptiv is an "invisibility...

  • Falcon HTV-2: The fastest plane ever prepares to take flight
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    Falcon HTV-2: The fastest plane ever prepares to take flight

    By 11 August 2011

    DARPA’s Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV2) will take to the skies on Friday (its 11 August flight was cancelled due to the weather) for its second, and final, test flight - where it will reach speeds of 13,000mph. A speed that makes it easily...

  • Water boatman uses singing penis to enter record books
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    Water boatman uses singing penis to enter record books

    By 1 July 2011

    The 2mm water boatman insect is the loudest creature on Earth in relation to its size, according to scientists in Scotland and France. In addition, the feat is achieved through the frantic rubbing of its, ahem, penis. The insect can reach a volume of...

  • Mitsubishi to unveil giant 'digital earth' in Tokyo science musuem
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    Mitsubishi to unveil giant 'digital earth' in Tokyo science musuem

    By 1 June 2011

    As you can imagine the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo is already chock-full of some of the most outrageous technology available. The latest addition however, a 10,000 OLED screen packing 'digital globe' puts most of the other...

  • Stephen Hawking: There is no heaven or afterlife
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    Stephen Hawking: There is no heaven or afterlife

    By 16 May 2011

    Professor Stephen Hawking has dismissed the idea of heaven or an afterlife as a "fairy story", and admits that while he has no desire to die yet, he is not afraid of the idea either. Talking to the Guardian newspaper, the world famous physicist Hawking,...

  • Branson's Virgin Oceanic Sub to explore ocean's depths
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    Branson's Virgin Oceanic Sub to explore ocean's depths

    By 6 April 2011

    A new project, called Virgin Oceanic, headed up by entrepreneur and adventurer Richard Branson aims to explore new areas of the deep ocean using an 18-foot submersible. Made from carbon fibre and titanium the Virgin Oceanic Sub has an operating depth...

  • Augmented reality in action - maintenance and repair
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    Augmented reality in action - maintenance and repair

    By 1 March 2011

    Picture the scene. It’s late. You’re driving down the motorway on a snowy Christmas Eve when disaster strikes and that ratting somewhere in your engine reaches breaking point. Your car slows to a stop and with it your dream of getting home in time...

  • University of Glasgow creates world's smallest Christmas card
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    University of Glasgow creates world's smallest Christmas card

    By 23 December 2010

    Engineers based at the University of Glasgow have created the world's smallest Christmas card using nanotechnology, and it's so small that they could fit 8,276 of them on a single first class postage stamp. The Christmas tree image and message is invisible...

  • Royal Society celebrates its 350th anniversary
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    Royal Society celebrates its 350th anniversary

    By 30 November 2010

    The Royal Society, one of the oldest scientific institutions in the world, has recently celebrated its 350th anniversary (its official foundation date being 28 November 1660) and with it has surveyed 2000 people in order to find out their views on the...

  • VIDEO: Potato dressed as Santa launched into space by schoolkids
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    VIDEO: Potato dressed as Santa launched into space by schoolkids

    By 19 November 2010

    Pupils from Landscove C of E Primary School in Devon, UK have shot a potato dressed as Santa into space, inside an empty 2 litre plastic fizzy pop bottle. It managed to make it to 90,000-feet (17 miles) before the helium balloon it was tied to popped....

  • Electric shocks improve your arithmetic
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    Electric shocks improve your arithmetic

    By 5 November 2010

    Now we're not saying that you should go and lick that exposed wire in the cupboard under your stairs, we're merely presenting the facts from the science bods at Oxford University who have revealed that gentle electrical stimulation to your brain can improve...

  • Metamaterial paves the way for invisibility cloak
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    Metamaterial paves the way for invisibility cloak

    By 4 November 2010

    A flexible metamaterial has been developed that has the property to manipulate light in such a way that it could begin the path in enabling objects to become invisible. Perhaps even helping in the manufacture of an invisibility cloak. Metamaterials are...

  • Intel breakthrough means "speed of light" computing
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    Intel breakthrough means "speed of light" computing

    By 27 July 2010

    Intel has announced a new breakthrough in technology that it claims could revolutionize computer design, while at the same time dramatically increasing performance and saving the planet, all within 5 years. What could this new fangled technology be? Light...

  • It's official, chicken came first!
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    It's official, chicken came first!

    By 15 July 2010

    Along with "how do bees fly?" and "why is Jeremy Kyle still on telly?", "what came first, the chicken or the egg?" is one of the major mysteries in the world today. Or, at least, it was. Boffins at Sheffield University believe that they've found the answer....