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The navy said the test flight from HMS Mersey demonstrated the potential use of small, unmanned aircraft at sea. Cdr Bow Wheaton said the navy was "very interested" in possible uses of unmanned and highly automated systems...
For a few weeks in July, groups of people can be found wandering English woods carrying strange produce - including rotting fish, Stinking Bishop cheese and dirty nappies.
Scientists have come up with an improved method for building tiny 3D structures out of strands of DNA. Using an approach from computer science, they were able to calculate the best way to fold almost any given shape out of a long, continuous strand.
An artificial intelligence system has beaten humans at a sketch-recognition task. The software - called Sketch-a-Net - correctly identified a sample of hand drawings 74.9% of the time compared with the volunteers' score of 73.1%...
Two separate genetic analyses have found evidence for a surprising genetic link between the native populations of the Americas and Oceania. The DNA of some native Amazonians shows significant similarity to indigenous inhabitants of Australia and Melanesia.
Two separate genetic analyses have found evidence for a surprising genetic link between the native populations of the Americas and Oceania. The DNA of some native Amazonians shows significant similarity to indigenous inhabitants of Australia and Melanesia.
The Brains Kids, from the Chiba Institute of Technology, beat rivals ZJUDancer, from China's Zhejian University, 1-0. The division contained England's only team of custom-built robots to qualify for the humanoid football play-offs...
GoPro has launched a new site to help video-makers license their footage. The firm suggests advertisers and news providers will be among those keen to pay for the rights to use clips and stills captured by its action cameras.
A study into the safety of surgical robots has linked the machines' use to at least 144 deaths and more than 1,000 injuries over a 14-year period in the US...
The 41 nations in the Wassenaar arms-control arrangement want it updated to stop oppressive regimes acquiring net-based surveillance systems. But Google says their definition of "intrusion software" is "dangerously broad and vague" including information about bugs and vulnerabilities...
Playing computer games can help make the world a safer place. Yes, really. Maybe not blockbusters like Grand Theft Auto, but a new type of game designed to perform another function while you're playing it...
Eyes are everywhere online. The websites you visit often track where you came from and watch where you head off to next.
Video games - a childish and sometimes dangerous pursuit, not worthy of being spoken of in the same breath as music or movies, either in cultural or economic terms? Until recently, that was quite a common view in Britain, not just in certain newspapers but among many politicians.
People are being sent fewer spam emails than at any time in the past 12 years, according to security firm Symantec. It said that fewer than 50% of emails which it scanned during June were junk - the lowest percentage it had seen in over a decade.
The whistle blows and the beautiful game begins, but this is no ordinary football match - it is a training session for a team of robots, which on 19 July will compete at the RoboCup World Championships, hosted this year in the Chinese city of Hefei.
He works as a social media strategist at the US software firm Autodesk and is taking part in a company-led health challenge. Staff teams equipped with pedometers are competing to see who can achieve the most steps over 100 days.
The American space agency's New Horizons probe has returned further images of Pluto that include a view of the dwarf planet's strange icy plains. At the edges of these 20-30km-wide features are troughs filled with dark material and even small mounds...
New research suggests that mosquitoes track down something to bite using a sequence of three cues: smell, then sight, and finally heat. Biologists recorded the movement of hungry mosquitoes inside a wind tunnel.
Polar bears are unable to adapt their behaviour to cope with the food losses associated with warmer summers in the Arctic. Scientists had believed that the animals would enter a type of 'walking hibernation' when deprived of prey...

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