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A CAR sprouting a dome containing a spinning laser sensor and festooned with cameras barely draws a second glance as it edges through the crowded streets of Berkeley. Self-driving cars are no longer a rare sight on Californian roads. Over 100 autonomous vehicles from a dozen manufacturers are now being tested in public, covering hundreds of...

Thursday, 14 April 2016 |

Sonic scarecrow | The Economist

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BIRDS were an inspiration for early aviators, but they are a pilot’s nightmare. Collisions with birds are reckoned to cost America’s airlines almost $1 billion in repairs and flight delays annually. When a multiple bird-strike knocked out both engines of a US Airways Airbus A320 taking off from LaGuardia Airport, New York, in 2009 all...

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imageThe best news for consumers looking to take the plunge into buying a hybrid Windows tablet-laptop is that there are now plenty of options. The new Lenovo Miix 700 has a lot to offer for those looking for something between the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4....
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SPACEX and Blue Origin, two American space companies, can now return their rockets to Earth and reuse them, which promises to reduce launch costs. But what if, instead of bringing the boosters back to Earth, you could build one that never leaves it? Your propulsion system could be arbitrarily large and powerful, since you...

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SUPERHEROES with powers that come from mutations in their genomes are, like the X-Men, a staple of comic books and movies. Now an extensive study of the genetics of more than 500,000 people has revealed a different kind of mutant superhero: a small number of individuals who seem to be perfectly healthy despite carrying in their DNA a mutation...

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imageSamsung is announcing its new 10nm class of DDR4 products, with increased clock speeds, lower power consumption, and next-generation manufacturing techniques....
Thursday, 07 April 2016 |

The litmus test | The Economist

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ALTHOUGH surveillance has increased around the world following March 22nd’s bombings in Brussels, it remains extremely difficult to detect explosives carried into railway stations, shopping malls and other public places. The bombs used in Belgium might well have been picked up after the check-in desks at Zaventem Airport, but the...

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