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Invention

ByBarryFoxJunkmenowSurgicalinstrumentshavetobedisposedofafteracertainnumberofheat-sterilisationcycles.Staffmaynotremembertomarkeveryinstrumenteverytime

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Media empires gang up on internet file sharers

ByPaulMarksIMAGINEPCswithoutdiscdrivesorCDorDVDburners.Forgetaboutdocumentscanners.Anddon’teventhinkaboutvideoingTVshows.Ifmoviestudios

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Police toy with 'less lethal' weapons

ByDavidHamblingDOYOUpreferyourpoliceofficerstobearmedwithagunoragoodold-fashionedtruncheonornightstick?Orperhapssomethinginbetween:sayaradio-frequencystunweapon

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Teamwork will beat the spammers

ByMarkBuchananMOREthantwo-thirdsofallemailtrafficisspam.Buttheproblemcouldbereducedifourcomputersworktogethertocontrolit.Today’santi-spamsoftware-filtersblockmessagesthathavecontentsuchasadvertisingsl

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Bunker-busting nukes could devastate civilians

ByJeffHechtNuclear“bunkerbusters”coulddestroyenemyhideoutshundredsofmetresundergroundbut

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Voters empowered by internet swap shop

ByCelesteBiever“EVERYtimeIvoteLabour

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Self-cloning robots are a chip off the old block

ByJustinMullinsBIRDSandbeesdoit–nowmachinescanreproducetoo.Thefirstscalablerobottohavebuiltanexactcopyofitselfcouldheraldafundamentalrethinkofhowrobotsmaybeusedtoexploreotherplanets.HodLipsonandcollea

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Centrifugal weapon could deliver stealth firepower

ByWillKnightAgunthatspitsoutballbearingsafterspinningthemtoextremespeedsisbeingdevelopedbyaUSinventor.Thenoveldesignhasalreadycaughttheimaginationofsomedefenceindustryexperts.Theweapon

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UK's Skylark rocket finally retires

THEUK’sSkylarkrocketroaredintospaceforthe441st–andlast–timeonMonday

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It's crunch time in the gold mine

ByMichelleKnottPICTUREyourselfatCadiaHillgoldmine.Ahornsounds

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Do not let a virus steal your songs

ByPaulMarksinAmsterdamCELLPHONEgiantNokiaisconsideringbuildingantivirussoftwareintoitslatestbatchofmultimediasmartphones

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Editorial: How to stop another North Korea

TheNuclearNon-ProliferationTreaty(NPT)isoneofthesuccessstoriesofarmscontrol.Thatmaysoundsurprising.Asthetreaty’s187membersstarttheirfive-yearlymeetinginNewYorkthisweek

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Full-length movies hit cellphones

Full-lengthfilmscannowbecompressedtightlyenoughtofitonmemorycardssotheycanbewatchedoncellphones.Theaward-winningtaleofamiscarriageofjusticeTheShawshankRedemptionbecamethefirstmovietogoonsaleona64-mega

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Google searches for quality not quantity

ByBarryFoxGOOGLEhasplansthatwilldramaticallyimprovetheresultsofinternetnewssearches

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'Personal supercomputer' goes on sale

ByWillKnightApersonalcomputerthatpackstheprocessingpunchofaminiaturesupercomputerhasgoneonsaleintheUS.TheDC-96computerwasdevelopedbyOrionMultisystemsinCalifornia

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To conquer Venus, try a plane with a brain

ByPaulMarksCRUSHINGatmosphericpressures

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Hot chips chilled with liquid metal

ByWillKnightPipinghotprocessorscouldbecooledmoreefficientlyandquietlyusingliquidmetalinsteadofusingfanstoblowawaytheheat

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Google blackout linked to internet infrastructure

ByWillKnightAbriefblackoutatinternetsearchgiantGooglehasdrawnattentiontothecreakingaddressingsystemthatunderpinstheworldwideweb.TheGooglesearchpagedisappearedfromviewforabout15minutesat2245GMTonSaturd

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The speedy way to capture a city

ByEmilySingerIMAGINEifthefirstsoldierstoenteranenemycitycouldmapitstreetbystreet

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Vacuum elevator gives users a gentle lift

ByWillKnight(Image:DaytonaElevator)(Image:DaytonaElevator)Aone-personvacuumelevatorthatslotsintobuildingswithaminimumoffusshasgoneonsaleintheUS.Thetube-shapedtransportercarriesapersonupwardsatast

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Bug-eyed lens may mean slimmer camera phones

ByWillKnightThemultitudeoflensesthatmakeupaninsect’seyeisprovidinginspirationforanewgenerationofsuper-slimcameraphone.Conventionalcameralensescannotbeshrunkbelowafewmillimetresinthicknessbeforereducin

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New radio telescope is super-smart

Oneoftheworld’smostpowerfulsupercomputersistobethebrainofarevolutionarynewradiotelescopecalledLOFAR–thelow-frequencyarrayforradioastronomy.ThetelescopewillmaptheMilkyWay’smagneticfieldandseeksourcesof

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To conquer Venus, try a plane with a brain

ByPaulMarksCRUSHINGatmosphericpressures

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The filthy truth about diesel 'mules'

ByMickHamerLOADEDdownwithgoodsandlivestock,

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World's most powerful battery created

Whatdoyougetifyouconnect13

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Traffic phone-in spots jams

YOURmobilephonecouldsoonhelpeasetrafficcongestion.Cellphonesconstantlyemitsignalsthatallowthenetworkstokeeptrackofthem

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Interview: Agent for change

ByJamesMartinWhytrytopredictthefuture?Haven’tmostattemptsfailedmiserably?Worryingaboutthefuturealoneinyourroomcanseriouslydamageyourhealth.Worryingaboutthefutureandsettingupamultimillion-poundres

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Gizmo

Studentsindevelopingcountriesaretogetfreeelectronictextbookswrittenusing“wiki”technologythatletsanyoneaddtooreditanonlinedocument.RickWatsonattheUniversityofGeorgia

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Introduction: Aviation

ByMickHamerJustover100yearsaftertheWrightbrothersfirstflewintohistory

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Butterfly wings may inspire new flat panel displays

ByJustinMullinsCopyingthewaybutterfliescreatetheextraordinarymetalliccolouringontheirwingscouldleadtonewkindsofdyes

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Rusty rind adds magnetic allure to nanotubes

ByPaulMarks(Image:Huiqun/Meifang/Yaogang)Engineersareusedtocombiningtwoormorematerialstomakeacompositewithsuperiorproperties

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Timeline: The Nuclear Age

ByJohnPickrellE=mc2

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Sound blaster cleans contaminated soil

ByTomSimonite(Image:AndreaSosaPintos)Soilpollutedbyorganictoxinscanbeblastedcleanwithultrasound

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Glossary: Weapons Technology

ByDuncanGraham-RoweAnti-tankroundswhichcontainextremelydensematerialstohelppenetratearmourplating.Typicallythedensematerialisdepleteduranium(DU)

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FAQ: Genetics

ByPhilipCohen1.WhatisDNA?DNAisthestorehouseofgeneticinformationforeveryknownorganism

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Introduction: Weapons Technology

ByDavidHamblingViolenceandconflicthavebeenafeatureofhumanlifethroughouthistory.Startingwithsimpleweapons

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'Nano-flowers' show promise for alcohol detection

ByTomSimonite(Image:IOP/HarbinEngineeringUniversity)(Image:IOP/HarbinEngineeringUniversity)Spectacularflower-likenanostructuresgrowninalaboratoryinChinacandetectalcoholandmightalsobeusefulascata

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Top 10: Weapons of the future

ByJeffHechtWewentfromswordstomachinegunsandnuclearbombs

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Invention: Long-range stunner

ByBarryFoxTherangeofTaserstungunscouldbedramaticallyincreasedbyallowingthemtogeneratethevoltagetheyneedtodisablevictimsinmid-flight

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Introduction: Energy and Fuels

ByJohnPickrellAccesstocheapenergyisalinchpinofmodernindustryandcivilisation.Energy

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Software learns new words from Wikipedia

ByTomSimoniteAprogramthatworksoutthemeaningofnewlycoinedwordsusingtheonlineencyclopaediaWikipediacouldhelpmachinesunderstandtheslangusedinblogsandotherinformaltexts

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Relativity drive: The end of wings and wheels?

ByJustinMullinsNote:Youcanreaddebatesonthearticleandmakecommentshere

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Introduction: Robots

ByDuncanGraham-RoweEversincetheCzechwriterKarelÈapekfirstcoinedtheterm“robot”in1921

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FAQ: Nanotechnology

ByJohnPickrell1.Whatisnanotechnology?ThetermnanocomesfromaGreekwordmeaningdwarf.Nanotechnologyisscienceandengineeringatthescaleofatomsandmolecules.Itisthemanipulationanduseofmaterialsanddevicessotiny

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Sensors find the freshest air in town

ByMichaelReillyAnthonySteedwantedtoknowhowpollutedtheairwasonhisdailycyclecommute.SoinApril2005hepackedabackpackwithacarbonmonoxidesensor

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New NASA capsule goes retro

NASAisgoingretro.TheagencylastweekcommissionedaerospacefirmLockheedMartintobuildthespacecapsuleforitscrewedmoonandMarsmissions.TheOrionCrewExplorationVehiclebearsastrikingresemblancetotheApollocapsule

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Introduction: The Nuclear Age

ByJohnPickrellTheEarthexplodedintothenuclearageon16July1945.Onthatday

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Molecular logic gates help sort cells

ByMasonInmanHOWdoyoucolour-codeawholebunchofdifferentobjectsusingonlyonecolour?Itsoundsimpossible

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Video Top 10: Robots

ByJohnPickrell1.Qrio–theall-dancingbipedalrobotQrio–shortforquestforcuriosity–isSony’s58-centimetre-tall

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Look out! Nuclear waste below

BySallyPalmerOnedayagroupofpeoplewalkedintoacaveandpaintedhandprintsalloverthewalls.Tenthousandyearslater

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