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Nintendo's quirky online shooter is an ink-stant classic, spoiled slightly by a lack of options, writes Steven Wright....
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It is less striking than Deep Blue’s victory over chess champ Garry Kasparov, but Richard van der Linde says that his robotic hand’s mastery at picking up cabbage is something of a milestone for machines. With the aid of five cameras, plus sensors in its wrist to monitor the resistance it enc...

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While apps have turned smartphones into digital Swiss Army knives that can do everything from tracking your heartbeat to hailing you a cab, the phone part of the smartphone hasn’t gotten much better over the years.

We’re accustomed to mobile phone calls that sound muffled and choppy, making it hard t...

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Councils are risking crime rises with cutbacks to monitoring cameras, warns CCTV chief...
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In Silicon Valley, most pioneers pursue big ideas and giant personal fortunes with equal zeal. Then there’s Mozilla, an innovation dynamo that refuses to get rich.

More than 500 million people worldwide use Mozilla products. The company’s Firefox Internet browser is the top choice in countries r...

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Early man | The Economist

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This blade, together with almost 150 other stone artefacts unearthed recently in Kenya, to the west of Lake Turkana, pushes the age at which early humans are known to have made such tools back 700,000 years, for dating of the strata they were found in suggests they are 3.3m years old. Sonia Harmand of the West Turkana Archaeological Project, in...

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THAT people scour the pages of the world wide web searching for answers to medical problems is well known. Indeed, doctors label the most diligent seekers of online medical information “cyber-chondriacs”. Some frustrated individuals have even set up their own websites, replete with data about their conditions or those of family...

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Double take | The Economist

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THOSE who visit the Louvre, in Paris, hoping to get a good picture of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, “Mona Lisa”, are destined for disappointment. Their photos will almost certainly be ruined by reflections from the bulletproof glass that protects the work from vandals. Indeed, any snap taken through glass risks bearing a...

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Keith Larrabee’s farm sits on 4,000 acres of California’s Sacramento Valley, between a coastal range of mountains to the west and the tall Sierra Nevadas to the east. It’s an area that traditionally gets much more rain than most of the drought-stricken state. Even so, Larrabee is always worried abou...

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