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A CAMPAIGN by American and British lawmakers and security officials to get social-media companies to take more responsibility for handing over information about criminals and terrorists using their networks gathered pace this week. It is happening because, following the documents leaked by Edward Snowden, a former American spy, technology...
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What is Steve Jobs’s legacy? Here’s one measure: since his death in 2011 from pancreatic cancer, the former Apple CEO has won 141 patents. That’s more than most inventors win during their lifetimes.

Jobs was closely involved in the details of many Apple products, and some of his inventions are still...

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This circuit could allow cell phones and other devices to double their data bandwidth.

A relatively simple circuit invented by researchers at the University of Texas could let smartphones and other wireless devices send and receive data twice as fast as they do now.

The circuit makes it possible for...

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Two scientific teams this year patched together some well-known technologies to directly exchange information between human brains.

The projects, in the U.S. and Europe, appear to represent the first occasions in history that any two people have transmitted information without either of them...

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Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute install novel, flexible solar panels with an adhesive backing and quick-connect cables.

Ordinarily, installing and connecting a new array of rooftop solar panels takes days, weeks, or even months because the hardware is complex and various permits are...

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“YOU can take photos. But stay on the road. Don’t step onto the grass.” It is 28 years since......
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“Our job”, says Jan Kemper, “is to make cells happy.” Ms Kemper works at MedImmune, a subsidiary of AstraZeneca based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Her laboratory contains 40 bioreactors—fluid-filled tanks of about three litres’ capacity. Paddles within them whirl around a mixture of nutrient broth and specially...

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AS MIXED successes go, it was a spectacular one. On November 12th the European Space Agency (ESA) announced, with a mixture of relief and triumph, that Philae, a robotic probe, had landed on its target, a 4km-wide comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. But, as the minutes and hours passed, it became...
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 |

How Tibet was won: The barley mow

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THAT agriculture permitted the human population to expand its size is obvious. That it permitted the population to expand its range as well is a more subtle point. But a paper just published in Science, by Chen Fahu and Dong Guanghui of Lanzhou University, in China, and their colleagues, shows a fascinating example of just that. A new crop not...
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Cities around the globe, whether rich or poor, are in the midst of a technology experiment. Urban planners are pulling data from inexpensive sensors mounted on traffic lights and park benches, and from mobile apps on citizens’ smartphones, to analyze how their cities really operate. They hope the d...

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