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Everything Flora at New Scientist

Much of Flora’s work at New Scientist is not bylined, but don’t let that stop you! Here’s a link to everything Flora in date order:

Solving MRI mystery sets stage for portable scanners

Physicists have only just cleared up why MRI scans seem to defy established physics, knowledge that could make the devices smaller.

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Voice recognition software reads your brain waves

Just by monitoring brain activity, a new program can work out who is speaking to you and what they are saying.

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Mummy, that robot is making faces at me

Robotics engineers at the University of Bristol, UK, have been grimacing a lot recently, thanks to their copycat robotic head, Jules, which can mimic the facial expressions and lip movements of a human being.

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Robot spyplanes get new role as medical couriers

Technology developed for war has been turned to the saving of lives. Engineers have converted uncrewed military aircraft into robotic carrier pigeons to ferry medical samples or even snake antivenom from remote regions to labs for testing.

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Artificial retina brings curvature to cameras

Even images from the most expensive cameras don’t yet rival the view of the world we get from our own eyes. The secret lies in the curved retina at the back of the eyeball – and now there is an artificial equivalent.

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GPS gadgets can reveal more than your location

We know GPS gadgets can tell where you are. But researchers at Microsoft are developing ways for them to know what you are doing too — even down to which mode of transport you use to get to work.

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New Scientist Technology Blog: Boost for social networking goldrush

The big-money investments in social networking sites like Facebook are based on the notion that it will be possible to spin users’ networks of friends into gold. But as a Google co-founder admitted today, no one has yet perfected it.

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Shooting clouds with lasers triggers electrical discharge

In a step towards gaining the God-like ability to call down lightning bolts on a whim, researchers used an ultra-high-power laser to trigger electrical activity in storm clouds over New Mexico, US.

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Sweat ducts may act as giveaway ‘antennas’

(This article got Slashdotted.)

Our skin may contain millions of tiny “antennas” in the form of microscopic sweat ducts, say researchers in Israel. In experiments, they found evidence that signals produced by bouncing electromagnetic waves off the tiny tubes might reveal a person’s physical and emotional state from a distance.

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