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Grit-blasting threatens aircraft

ByGerryByrneSEVERALversionsoftheBoeing737aircraftmaybesusceptibletocriticaldamagecausedbyincorrectmaintenanceprocedures

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Radio chip heralds the smarter home

ByDuncanGraham-RoweAWIRELESSnetworkdesignedtoletpeopleremotelycontroleveryelectricalapplianceintheirhomecouldfinallymakethedreamofthesmarthomeareality.CalledZigBee

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Europe's green energy policy is a disaster for the environment

BorisHorvat/AFP/GettyByMichaelLePageTheEuropeanUnion’sproposalsforrevisingitsrenewableenergypoliciesaregreenwashinganddon’tsolvetheseriousflaws

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Paradox that unmasks rabbi's literary lie

ByJennyHoganAHISTORICALpuzzleovertheauthorshipofa19th-centuryreligiousworkhasbeensolvedwithaparadoxicaltrick:throwingawaywhatlookslikethebestdata.MosheKoppelandJonathonSchlerfromBar-IlanUniversityinR

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Bug-based sensors raise the fire alarm

ByCelesteBieverASENSORfoundinabeetle’s“armpit”istheinspirationforanovelheatdetectorthatcouldonedaygiveearlywarningsofforestfires.Thejewelbeetle

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Microsoft prepares largest ever software upgrade

ByWillKnightOneofthelargestsoftwareupgradeseverisbeingpreparedbyUSsoftwaregiantMicrosoft.ServicePack2(SP2)fortheWindowsXPoperatingsystemshouldbereleasedinlateAugustandwillbeavailabletoatleast233millio

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Fighter pilots could command drone 'swarms'

ByWillKnightJetfighterpilotscouldcommandawholeswarmofplanesfromtheair

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Cutting edge

DEEPGREENPLAYSCOOLPOOLWhileIBM’sDeepBluesupercomputerhadtheloftyaimofbeatingaworldchesschampion

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Cutting edge

MEMORYCUBEBREAKSRECORDThepromiseofpocket-sizedstoragedevicesthatcanholdnotonlyyourmusiccollectionbutyourentireDVDlibrarytoohasbeenaroundforoveradecade

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Cutting edge

USBWITHOUTCOMPUTERSItwouldbealotlesshassleifitwerepossibletomovesongsandpicturestoandfromMP3playersordigitalcameraswithouthavingtofireupacomputertohandlethetransfer.ICIntracomofFloridaplanstomakeitpos

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Shape-shifting aerial gets the best reception

ByDuncanGraham-RoweAMETALobjecthasbeenmadetoevolveinasimilarwaytoasimplelivingcreature.SiavashHarounMahdaviandPeterBentleyatUniversityCollegeLondonhavecreatedanantennathatcanoptimiseitsshapetoachievet

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Robot guard will smoke out villains

ByJohnBoydinYokohamaROBOCOPitisnot

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Handheld computer 'Trojan' discovered

ByWillKnightAmalevolentprogramdesignedtoremotelytakecontrolofhandheldcomputershasbeendiscoveredbyRussiananti-virusexperts.The“Trojanhorse”program

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Robotic hand exoskeleton lets quadriplegic people use cutlery

M.Cortese/SurjoR.Soekadar

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Modified mice ease the strain

ByBarryFoxScrollingthroughpageafterpageoftextonacomputerscreenisoneofthosetediousactivitiesthathasensuredthepaperlessofficeremainsadream.Oneofthereasonswhypeopleprefertoprintdocumentsoutisbecauserepea

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Blast of air sends fireworks sky high

ByBarryFoxANYONEvisitingDisneylandinAnaheim

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A pump to get the heart racing

ByAnnaGoslineANEWtypeofpumptohelpfailingheartswillundergoclinicaltrialsthisautumnintheUK.Itsdesignisintendedtosolvetheproblemsofmechanicalfailureandbloodclottingthathavebedevilledartificialheartsandpu

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X-rays show how gas ‘pillows’ make lithium-ion batteries explode

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Games get more touchy-feely

ByBarryFoxItdoesn’thurt

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Need your roof repaired? There’s a space-based app for that

TS/KEYSTONEUSA/REX/ShutterstockByPeterNowakRoofrepairshavemovedintothespaceage.Twofirmshaveturnedtosatelliteimagerytogethomeownersmoreaccurateestimatesforconstructionwork.Theideaistohelpdemystifyprici

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Old toys will self-destruct thanks to vanishing plastic

StevenWilsonBySandrineCeurstemontYOUNG

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Software to identify your mother tongue

ByDuncanGraham-RowePEOPLEwholearnEnglishasasecondlanguagetendtowritewitha“foreignaccent”.NowsoftwarecanexamineapieceofwrittenEnglishandmakeaprettygoodguessatthewriter’smothertongue.Thesystemworksbyloo

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Email harvesting virus crashes Google

ByCelesteBieverTheGooglewebsitewasdisabledformuchofMondayafteranewvirusfloodeditsserverswithsearchrequestsforemailaddresses.MyDoom.o

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Stealth wallpaper keeps company secrets safe

ByBarryFoxATYPEofwallpaperthatpreventsWi-FisignalsescapingfromabuildingwithoutblockingmobilephonesignalshasbeendevelopedbyaBritishdefencecontractor.Thetechnologyisdesignedtostopoutsidersgainingaccesst

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Sandpit for viruses

ByBarryFoxComputervirusesandtrojansarearoutinepartoftheelectronicworld

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Press 'print' for a light-emitting T-shirt

ByMichaelFitzpatrickELECTRONICdisplaysthatcanbeprintedontovirtuallyanysurface

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Unknown internet 6: Where are the net's dark corners?

ByBenCrystallReadmore:Eightthingsyoudidn’tknowabouttheinternetThereareplentyofplacesonlinethatyouwoulddowelltosteerclearof.Abriefvisittosomeunsavourywebsites

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Can internal 'brain music' be used in therapy?

ByColinBarrasDoesthebrainnaturallycomposemelodiestorivalthosebyMozartorChopin?ResearchersattheUSDepartmentofHomelandSecurity(DHS)thinkso.What’smore

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Quantum computers get commercial – and hackable

ByColinBarrasQuantumcomputershavearrivedatlast

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Gallery: Flickr users make accidental maps

ByColinBarras(Image:DavidCrandall)Billionsofphotoshavenowbeenuploadedtotheinternet

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Bioengineering graft could lay ground for organ growth

ByBobHolmesAroll-your-ownbloodvessel

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Unknown internet 3: How big is the net?

ByColinBarrasReadmore:Eightthingsyoudidn’tknowabouttheinternet“Themindseemedtogrowgiddybylookingsofarintotheabyssoftime

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Unknown internet 1: Who controls the internet?

ByMichaelBrooksReadmore:Eightthingsyoudidn’tknowabouttheinternetTheofficialanswerisnoone

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At last, fake tan without the smell

GREATnewsforbeautyqueens.Self-tanninglotion’snastysmellcanbechemicallyneutralised.Usingestablishedtechniquescalledheadspaceandthermaldesorptionanalysis

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Unknown internet 2: Could the net become self-aware?

ByMichaelBrooksReadmore:Eightthingsyoudidn’tknowabouttheinternetYes

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Geothermal explosion rocks green energy hopes

ByRachelNowakThebidtoproducegreenpoweronacommercialscaleusingheatminedfromsubterraneanrocks–or“hotrocks”–hassufferedamajorsetback

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Cubist kitchen could stem gadget invasion

ByPaulMarksINVENTORJamesDyson

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Unknown internet 4: Did the credit crunch hit the web?

ByDuncanGraham-RoweReadmore:Eightthingsyoudidn’tknowabouttheinternetReal-estatepricescrashing

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Experts urge US to share data on satellite orbits

ByDavidShigaTheUSgovernment’sreluctancethusfartoreleaseprecisedataaboutthesatellitesitistrackingishamperingeffortstopreventcollisionsinspace

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Unknown internet 7: Could we shut the net down?

ByMichaelBrooksReadmore:Eightthingsyoudidn’tknowabouttheinternetAlmostcertainlynot.Muchoftheinfrastructure–theservers

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Robotic wheelchair controlled by thought alone

ByJessicaGriggsPARALYSEDpeoplecouldnavigatearoundbuildingsusingaroboticwheelchairthatcanbecontrolledbythoughtsalone.Thewheelchairisdesignedforpeoplewithsevereneuromusculardisabilities

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IBM computer aims to beat Jeopardy! quiz

ByColinBarrasFormorethanadecade

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Unknown internet 5: Is there only one internet?

ByBenCrystallReadmore:Eightthingsyoudidn’tknowabouttheinternetProbably–fornow.Theinternetisadisparatemixofinterconnectedcomputers

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Unknown web: Is the net hurting the environment?

ByDuncanGraham-RoweReadmore:Eightthingsyoudidn’tknowabouttheinternetSendinganemailacrosstheAtlanticOceandoesnotburnanyjetfuel

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Bloggers slow to pick up sound bites

POLITICIANSknowthatquotescantakeonalifeoftheirown.Nowamethodfortrackingutterancesastheycyclethroughonlinemediahasbeendevelopedbyagroupofcomputerscientists.Itturnsoutthatbloggersarerarelythefirsttopubl

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NASA gears up for its last mission to Hubble

ByRachelCourtlandAfterasix-monthdelay

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For super-tough spider silk, just add titanium

ByPaulMarksSPIDERsilkisalreadyoneofthetoughestfibresknown

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Glowing band aid to zap skin cancer

ByJonEvansTHEhumblestickingplasterisgettingahigh-techupgrade.Aswellassimplypatchingupsmallcutsandgrazes

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Chemical 'caterpillar' points to electronics-free robots

ByTomSimoniteAchemicalgelthatcanwalklikeaninchworm

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Why tweeters should beware of worms

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