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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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Slapping a tax on playtime

Gamers more used to battling demons, giants and dragons may soon be tackling another mortal enemy – the tax man.

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Tower of power lights up London

Artists are lighting up London’s South Bank with 1200 wind-powered lights as part of a digital arts festival.

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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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Texting bug hits the Google phone

The bug was discovered when an owner of the phone typed the word “reboot” into a text message after restarting the phone.

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Websites set government data free

The finalists included ideas for a map site showing school catchment areas and a service telling people where to find the nearest public toilet.

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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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