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Mudslides could be predicted with acoustic sensors

ByAndyCoghlan(Image:2014WashingtonStateDeptofTransportation/Getty)Hearthat?Acousticsensorsthatdetectsoilmovementinslopespriortolandslidesmay

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Invisible: The high-vis trick that blinds the eye

ByEdYongThebest-hiddencreatureswearhigh-visoutfits(Image:JimRichardson/NationalGeographicCreative)Foranimalslikezebras

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Wanted: voice donors for people who can't speak

ByAvivaRutkin(Image:KenDavies/Corbis)IAMlockedinaquiet

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UV wristband helps you get vitamin D without sunburn

ByCatherinedeLangeNowyoucanmeasureeverythingunderthesunwiththetechnologyyoucarry.AwristbandthatmonitorsexposuretoUVraysallowsuserstosoakupthelightneededtomakevitaminDwithoutgettingburned

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Roomba creator: Robot doubles need more charisma

ByCelesteBiever(Image:Bloomberg/Getty)ColinAngleisco-founderandCEOofiRobotinBedford

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Stuff: The bare necessities, then and now

ByGeoffreyMiller(Image:NathanSchroder)Whatisthesmallestsetofthingsthatweneedinamodernconsumersociety?ONSOCIALmediasiteInstagram

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Metal-eating plants could mine riches through roots

ByKatiaMoskvitchWhymineformetalswhenwecancultivatethem?(Image:PierluigiLongo)Plantsthatabsorbmetalsfromthesoilcouldcleanupoldminesandallowfarmerstoharvestvaluableresourceswithoutruiningtheenvironme

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Invisible: How to see beyond sight

ByMichaelBrooksWecan’tseemostoftheuniversewiththenakedeye

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Invisible: Photo of a landscape no human can ever see

BySallyAdee(Image:SeanLynch/CatersNews)YOUarelookingatacolournoonecansee.IfyouvisitedthesegrassyfieldsinNepal’sAnnapurnaHimalayanrange

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Google Flu Trends gets it wrong three years running

ByHalHodsonBIGdataisbigbusiness.Everymajorfirmintheworldisbusyamassinginformationaboutyou

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One per cent

Video:AnimatedcybereyesmaskyourexpressionTheglassesyoucanhidebehindStuckinaboringmeeting?ThenyouneedAgencyGlass:gogglesthatmakeyoulookwide-eyedwithwonder

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Stuff: Goodbye to the disposable age

ByChrisBaraniuk(Image:PhilippeLopparelli/TendanceFloue)Fromself-repairingphonestoaweightlesscollectionofdigitalpossessions

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Data not debris shows Malaysia plane crashed into sea

ByPaulMarks(Image:GofChaiHin/AFP/GettyImages)TheBoeing777airlinerthathasbeenmissingformorethantwoweekscrashedintothesouthernIndianOcean

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Invisible: Beyond the invisibility cloak

ByJeffHechtMerelygoingunseenwon’tsilenceyourfootstepsorneutraliseyourbodyheat.NowresearchersareworkingontruestealthThemostcunningpaintjobmaybenouseascamouflage.Itwon’tdomuchtohideyoufromthepryingeyeof

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Invisible: A visitors' guide to the dark web

ByHalHodson(Image:IstvanSzugyiczky)Whetherforprivacyorprofit

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The robot tricks to bridge the uncanny valley

ByPaulMarks(Image:ErikTham/Corbis)IFArobotbleepedandsqueakedwithpersonalitylikeR2D2fromStarWars

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Europe's home-grown space shuttle gears up for launch

ByJacobAroninTurin

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Facebook almost as good as humans at recognising faces

ByHalHodson(Image:PaoloCirioandAlessandroLudovico)WhenyouarecalledFacebook

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Flight MH370: The allure of the conspiracy theory

ByRobBrotherton(Image:CourtesyEverettCollection/REX)Whenalackofconclusiveinformationleavesafactualvacuumafteraheadline-grabbingevent

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Missing Malaysian jet can be found, even in deep ocean

ByPaulMarks(Image:MassCommunicationSpecialist2ndClassEricA.PastorviaTheNewYorkTimes/Eyevine)WiththesearchforthemissingMalaysiaAirlinesflightinitssecondweek

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Rise of robot reporters: when software writes the news

ByAvivaRutkin(Image:SuzannePlunkett/Reuters)JustthreeminutesafteranearthquakehitCaliforniaonMonday

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Will robots doing TED talks spark an AI breakthrough?

ByAvivaRutkin(Image:JamesDuncanDavidson/TEDx)StephenHawking

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Drone-powered HoverBall could spice up games

ByPaulMarks(Image:UniversityofTokyo)WEHAVEfiddledwiththerulesofmostballgamesasmuchaswecan–nowit’stimetomaketheballitselfawholelotmoreinteresting.SayhellototheHoverBall.DevelopedbyJunRekimotoattheUn

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Dolphin whistle instantly translated by computer

ByHalHodson(Image:GeorgeKarbus/Getty)ITwaslateAugust2013andDeniseHerzingwasswimmingintheCaribbean.Thedolphinpodshehadbeentrackingforthepast25yearswasplayingaroundherboat.Suddenly

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Turkey's Twitter takedown can't stop citizens tweeting

ByPaulMarks(Image:Boracan/SIPA/REX)Turkey’sprimeminister

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Technology: Detector sniffs out stowaways

ByTARAPATELinPARISIllegalimmigrantscouldfindithardertohideinthedepthsofcargocontainersasaresultofadevicethatdetectscarbondioxidefrompeople’sbreath.The‘humanoccupancydetector’

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Technology: Vapour tracker goes to sea

ByRICKGOULDAirpollutionfromoiltankerswhichloadupatseacannowbemonitoredbyatechniquesimilartoradar

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Technology: Lenses lose their lethal glint

ByJONATHANBEARDSnipersoftenaimatreflections.DuringtheNormandyinvasion50yearsago

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Technology: Taking the measure of the growing population

ByJONATHANBEARDinNEWYORKIfyouareatypicalhumanbeingbelowtheageof50

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Technology: Surgeons try out model operations

ByALISONGODDARDSparepartsforsurgicaloperationscouldsoonbemadeusingtechnologyoriginallydevelopedtomakecarcomponents.Thetechniquewillallowsurgeonstoplanandpractisetheiroperations

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Technology: Smart angle on stroke rehabilitation

ByROSIEMESTELinLOSANGELESCheap

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Technology: Laser guide for aerial crop sprayers

ByJEFFHECHTAmilitarylaserimagingsystemdesignedtowarnhelicopterpilotsofobstacleshasbeenadaptedtocontrolpesticidesprayinginorchards.Itcancutthevolumeofspraybyupto40percent

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Technology: Holographic movies come in from the cold

ByCHARLESARTHURThescience-fictiondreamoffilmsinthreedimensionshasbeenbroughtastepclosertorealitybyNTT

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Technology: Super vaccine crawls out of the slime

ByLEIGHDAYTONinSYDNEYSlimemoulds

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Technology: Can food additives eat up oil spills?

ByFABIANACKERTwoharmlessfoodadditivescouldworktogetherasacheapandcleanmethodofcleaningupoilspills.GuyKalocsai

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Technology: Giant effects a giant squeeze

AhighlysensitivemagneticdetectordemonstratedbyIBMscientistscouldbedevelopedtoreaddatathathasbeenpackedontocomputerharddiscs20timesmoredenselythanatpresent.That

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Technology: Better brakes for faster trains

ByVINCENTKIERNANinWASHINGTONDCTostopatypicalAmericanfreighttraincanrequireabrakingdistanceofthousandsofmetres

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Can burning plastics be good for the world?

ByANDYCOGHLANBurningwasteplasticsdoeslessdamagetotheenvironmentthananyothermethodsofgettingridofthem

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Technology: Seed bank builds on frozen assets

ByANDYCOGHLANExoticfruitsgrowinginaMalaysiangardenmarkabreakthroughinthetechnologyofpreservingseeds.Thissuccessmaypavethewayforbotaniststo‘bank’thegenesofmanyimportanttropicalplants

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Science: Surfing to the stars on warped space

ByALISONGODDARDThecreatorsofStarTrekapparentlyknewathingortwo.AccordingtooneresearcherinBritain

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Technology: And now, over to my front room

ByBARRYFOXIfyouwerethinkingupalistofoccupationsthatcouldbedonebytelecommuting

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Technology: Privacy software published on Internet

ByJEFFHECHTinBOSTONEncryptionsoftwarewhichtheUSgovernmenthasbannedfromexportisbeingmadeavailableontheInternettopeopleinNorthAmerica.Theencryptionprogram

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Technology: Great expectations for optical card trial

ByCHARLESARTHURTherisingtideofmalpracticesuitsinBritaincouldfinallyprovidethefinancialincentiveforthewideruseofpatientrecordsheldonmemorycardsandownedbythepatient.Inan18-monthclinicaltrialbeginningthi

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Technology: Pet reactor that eats solvents

ByANDYCOGHLANRussianbiotechnologistshavestruckadealwithaBritishcompanytomakeandsellnovelantipollutiondevicestoWesterncustomers.Thedevices

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Technology: Disappointing verdict on signature software

Testsofanautomaticsignatureverificationsystemthathadbeenexpectedtobeamajorweaponagainstfraudhavefallenshortofearlyexpectations

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Technology: Wall-to-wall muzak to blast across the airwaves

ByBARRYFOXThiswinterthefirstdigitalradiosignalswillbebeamedintoBritishhomesbysatellite

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Technology: Sticky start for world's largest telescope

ByJEFFHECHTinBOSTONTechnicalhitchesareholdingupthesmoothrunningoftheworld’slargestopticaltelescope.‘Thetelescopeattimeshasnotbeenbehavingverywell

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Technology: US military has designs on faster drugs

ByVINCENTKIERNANinWASHINGTONDCAnAmericannuclearweaponslaboratoryisturningitssupercomputerstothetaskofmodellingthebehaviourofpotentialdrugsagainstcancerandcardiovasculardisease.Usingsimulationsoftware

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Technology: Solved: the mystery of the speckled note

ByMICKHAMERThereisaclassicwhodunitplotthattracksdownthecriminalbymatchingatypedransomnoteorforgedlettertothemachinethatproducedit.Inreallifetoo

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Technology: Intel opts for simpler, speedier chips

ByJEFFHECHTinBOSTONPersonalcomputerslooklikelytobedominatedmoreandmorebythetechnologyalreadyadoptedbyAppleandIBM–reducedinstructionsetcomputing

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First private solar sail set for launch

ByKellyYoungThefirstprivately-financedsolar-sailspacecraftisscheduledtoliftoffonaconvertedSovietintercontinentalballisticmissilefromaRussiansubmarineintheBarentsSeaonTuesday.LouisFriedman

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