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Erasing memories and landing on a comet

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2014’s accomplishments have uncovered new facts from Earth’s early days, as well as opened new horizons – in tiny cells and vast space exploration, affecting the planet’s and its inhabitants’ future. How did it all go? #Cometlanding and exploring origins of life Ten years on Earth might be a speck of sand in the hour glass of the galaxy, but not for the European Space... 

Computer glitch prevents US’ most advanced F-35 fighter jet from firing until 2019

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The Pentagon’s fighter jet F-35 may not be fully operational until 2019 due to a newly discovered computer glitch. The $400 billion ultra-sophisticated jet, the most expensive in US history, was expected to enter service in 2015. F-35 is the fifth generation combat aircraft which is designed in three variations for US Air Force, Navy and Marines to replace out of date aircraft. It was planned to... 

Google’s self-drive cars to hit streets in 2015

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Google’s famed self-drive car is ready to go. The first fully-functioning automated vehicles will be seen on Californian roads starting 2015. “Today we’re unwrapping the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined: the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype,” the search engine giant said on its website on Monday. Initially, the world got to see a different car, with co-founder... 

Newly-found security hole facilitates cellular spying

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Researches find security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers that allows spying on mobile phone traffic. Researchers have found a security hole in a system used by global cellphone carriers that can open the door for hackers to eavesdrop on private phone calls, text messages and data traffic on a large scale. The security flaws discovered by the Berlin-based Security Research Labs could affect... 

China's controversial ray gun inflicts unbearable pain

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Poly WB-1 China has presented Poly WB-1, a non-lethal ray gun that can be used for crowd dispersal, by making its targets feel like their skin is on fire. The US version of the weapon was shelved due to practical difficulties and the potential public backlash. According to the authoritative Jane’s magazine, the WB-1, presented at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai last month, has a current range of... 

Cicret bracelet aims to turn your arm into 'new tablet'

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Reading emails on your skin may sound wacky, but not for the French designers working on a bracelet that projects your smartphone content onto your arm. To turn the surreal Cicret device into reality, the designers are seeking funding. A video explaining how the device works has gone viral, racking up 4,222,427 views on YouTube at the time of this article’s publication. The Cicret website says... 

Huawei cancels all Windows Phone plans

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Huawei has announced it is dropping all plans to make future Windows Phone smartphones. The reason is quite simple, it didn’t make any money from manufacturing Windows Phone devices. Huawei’s spokesman went even further, stating that nobody has made any money from the Microsoft’s OS. We guess it is referring to Microsoft’s newest partners (Blu, Lava, Micromax, Prestigio, Yezz,... 

Romanian Experts Reveal Android Watches Vulnerability

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For this proof-of-concept, a Nexus 4 Android phone equipped with Android L Developer Preview and Samsung Gear Live (pictured) were used – and hackers could read messages sent to the watch. They are touted as the next bit thing in technology smartwatches that can keep you up to date right from your wrist. However, Romanian experts from famous Bitdefender Antivirus have warned they could also be... 

German Miracle Machine Turns Water into Gasoline

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There is as yet no method to mimic Jesus Christ and turn water into wine, but German chemical engineers have proved they can perform miracles of alchemy. They are now finalizing the assembly of a rig that changes water into gasoline. The German company says it has developed an engineering installation capable of synthesizing petroleum-based fuels from water and carbon dioxide. The ‘power-to-liquid’... 

Germans invent revolutionary elevator, going up and sideways

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An elevator every 30 seconds will be a feature of future skyscrapers, promises German tech giant ThyssenKrupp. They have unveiled technology that allows more than one car in a single shaft and the lifts can go sideways as well as up and down. The company says its invention will revolutionize modern architecture, because central blocks of elevator shafts, a necessary element of today’s buildings,... 

New graphene discoveries can lead to green energy revolution

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Scientists discover a new property of graphene that could have major new applications. An unexpected property of a form of carbon graphite the material in pencil lead could revolutionize green energy development. Positively charged hydrogen atoms or protons are allowed to pass through graphene although it remains totally impermeable to all other gases, including hydrogen itself, said a report by The... 

New Artificial Intelligence Software Capable of 'Near Human-Level' Image-Recognition

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Stanford software analyzing individual items Scientists with Stanford University and Google have developed two new artificially intelligent software programs capable of describing images with near human-level accuracy. Stanford’s research paper, entitled “Deep Visual-Semantic Alignments for Generating Image Descriptions,” explains how specific details found in photographs and videos can be translated... 

Russia to build its own space station

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During the coming years, Russia may begin deploying its own high-latitude space station, Kommersant newspaper wrote with reference to a source close to the administration of the Central Research Institute of Machine Engineering. The construction of the station in orbit, the newspaper wrote, is a key aspect of the project for the development of manned space exploration for the period up to 2050. At... 

Samsung ‘Smart TV’ Records “Personal” Conversations & Sends Them to Third Parties

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Samsung’s new global privacy policy for its line of Smart TVs states that a user’s personal conversations will be recorded by the device’s microphone and transmitted to third parties. A 46-page privacy policy which is now included in all newly purchased Samsung Smart TVs states that voice recognition technology “may capture voice commands and associated texts” in order to “improve the... 

USA deliberately pushes Russia into China's arms

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The United States refused to negotiate with Russia on the deployment of GLONASS navigation system on its territory, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said. According to him, there are no negotiations being conducted on the subject. “We made the statement in spring. I offered to initiate talks with the United States to deploy GLONASS infrastructure on their territory. For the time of the... 
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