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American and French officials say the terrorists appeared to have been highly sophisticated in their planning and used encryption to stop their plot being discovered...
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After implanting this micro-LED in mice, researchers used it to manipulate neurons responsible for the sensation of pain.

Chronic pain is often tough to understand, much less treat. But a new flexible, implantable electronic device could illuminate why certain parts of your body hurt. And down the...

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The very foundation of the free Web is at risk, and Wladimir Palant is partly to blame. Now he thinks he can fix it.

The problem, as he sees it, is an “outright war” between online advertisers and the rest of us. As intrusive online advertising has proliferated—in banners, pop-ups, and videos that di...

Thursday, 12 November 2015 |

The observer corps | The Economist

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IF YOU want to build an atom bomb, land men on the Moon or work out the exact order of the 3 billion chemical “letters” in the DNA of the human genome, then Big Science, a large-scale project backed by a budget in the billions, will do it for you. But will it also do it for the brain, the understanding of which is, perhaps, the biggest...

Thursday, 12 November 2015 |

Knockout jab | The Economist

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FEW vaccines have been so successful, so quickly, as MenAfriVac. It was introduced into Africa in 2010, to immunise people against meningitis A—a bacterial infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and the spinal cord, which can cause death or brain damage within hours of the onset of its flu-like symptoms. Since then, the caseload of...

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Requests for personal data increase to 3,384 in the first six months of 2015, the social network reveals...
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imageQualcomm has officially unveiled the Snapdragon 820 and its Kryo CPU. The company is promising up to 2x better performance, thanks to second-generation 14nm technology, as well as improved thermals and power consumption....
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Apple giant 12.9-inch iPad Pro, smart keyboard and Apple Pencil stylus have arrived. Rhiannon Williams puts the pad and pencil of the digital age through their paces...
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“WHEN you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Though that maxim of Sherlock Holmes would rarely withstand scrutiny in the everyday world, where facts can be fuzzy and the truth is often protean, it is not a bad one for fundamental physics—a field where there really is...

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