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Robots face new test of creative abilities

<b>A US professor is proposing a new way to test whether artificial intelligence (AI) is on a par with that of humans.</b><p>Currently scientists use the Turing test - named after computer scientist Alan Turing - which evaluates whether an AI can convince a judge that it is human in a conversation.<p>Prof Mark …

Artificial Intelligence

Micro-rockets 'can destroy chemical weapons'

<b>A team has developed micro-rockets that can neutralise chemical and biological weapons.</b><p>Powered by seawater, the micrometre-sized rockets are capable of degrading agents like anthrax and sarin.<p>The rockets can "swim" in contaminated samples to decompose them, before eventually …

San Diego

Samsung accelerates wi-fi speeds

<b>Samsung claims to have found a way to make wi-fi data travel five times faster than it does currently.</b><p>It said its engineers had overcome two significant technical problems that had restricted the transfer of data at well below its theoretical limit of 4.6Gbps.<p>If the technology lives up to its …

Wi-Fi

Robot snake learns secrets of sidewinders

<b>With the help of a robot, US researchers have described for the first time precisely how "sidewinder" rattlesnakes climb up sand dunes.</b><p>By observing snakes on an artificial dune, they found that on steeper slopes the animals flatten themselves to increase their contact with the sand.<p>They then tested …

Robotics

Rosetta: Date fixed for historic comet landing attempt

<b>The date has been fixed for Europe's daring attempt to land on a comet: Wednesday 12 November.</b><p>It will see the Rosetta satellite, which is currently orbiting the huge "ice mountain" known as 67P, drop a small robot from a height of 20km.<p>If all goes well, the lander will free-fall towards the comet, …

Space

Captain Crunch's health problems prompt funding drive

<b>A fund has been started to help legendary hacker John Draper, aka Captain Crunch, recover after a long stay in hospital.</b><p>Mr Draper was in hospital getting treatment for a variety of age-related medical conditions.<p>Now 71, he was one of the first "phone phreaks" who hacked US phone networks.<p>Most …

Silicon Valley

FBI boss 'concerned' by smartphone encryption plans

<b>Plans by Apple and Google to do more to protect customers' privacy have made the FBI "very concerned".</b><p>Speaking to reporters, FBI boss James Comey said the plans to enable encryption by default could thwart law enforcement investigations.<p>Lives could depend on police forces continuing to get access …

Privacy

Who's afraid of bromine?

<b>Bromine looks sinister - like something you might find on Dr Frankenstein's workbench. But are people sometimes too hard on compounds made from element 35 of the periodic table?</b><p>As you read this article, you are probably surrounded by bromine - in the chair or sofa you are sitting on. In the carpet …

University College London

The companies vying to turn asteroids into filling stations

<b>Private companies want to mine asteroids for fuel, and build filling stations in space. A bill now in front of the US Congress would help by allowing them to own what they discover - but it might, if passed, meet stiff international opposition.</b><p>Chris Lewicki is trying to get water from a stone. A …

Space Exploration

Shellshock: 'Deadly serious' new vulnerability found

<b>A "deadly serious" bug potentially affecting hundreds of millions of computers, servers and devices has been discovered.</b><p>The flaw has been found in a software component known as Bash, which is a part of many Linux systems as well as Apple's Mac operating system.<p>The bug, dubbed Shellshock, can be …

Information Security

Plutonium: The scary element that helps probe space's secrets

<b>Plutonium may be the most feared and fearsome substance in the entire periodic table.</b><p>It's best known as the main ingredient of atomic bombs like the infamous Fat Man, dropped on Nagasaki on 9 August 1945, which killed some 70,000 people. Japan surrendered six days later, but the threat of nuclear …

Pulitzer Prize

Nato summit: Alliance 'stands with Ukraine'

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Russia

Finns on Russian border wary of Nato ties

<b>Finland is to sign a pact strengthening its ties with Nato on Thursday as the conflict in Ukraine re-awakens old fears about its neighbour Russia. The two countries share a 1,300km (800 mile) border, but while the Finnish prime minister wants to join Nato, a majority of Finns do not appear keen.</b><p>On …

Russia

Deep sea 'mushroom' may be new branch of life

<b>A mushroom-shaped sea animal discovered off the Australian coast has defied classification in the tree of life.</b><p>A team of scientists at the University of Copenhagen says the tiny organism does not fit into any of the known subdivisions of the animal kingdom.<p>Such a situation has occurred only a …

Biology

EU set to tighten Russia sanctions 'within a week'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1104000/1104901_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522643113_e6f7918ea84968c9a9774b067e3c0f1a<p><b>The European Union has given Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions.</b><p>European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the …

Russia

Poroshenko: Ukraine 'close to point of no return'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1104000/1104710_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522660104_aaf17d8f17063dcfcbc19e859e56ccee<p><b>Ukraine's president has said his country is "close to a point of no return - full scale-war".</b><p>Petro Poroshenko was speaking in Brussels, where he said …

Russia

Ukraine crisis: EU 'must act on Russia aggression'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1104000/1104710_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522255170_2f92bacdf9e5c81f49cd7d73792c9bc1<p><b>EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, threatening to impose fresh sanctions against Russia.</b><p>EU foreign policy chief …

Russia

Scientists team with IBM to boost ‘super microscope’

A research center in Germany has teamed up with IBM to boost the storage capabilities of a super microscope which takes molecular level X-ray images.<p>The tech giant recently announced that it is working with the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) research center in Hamburg to speed up the …

Browsing speeds may slow as net hardware bug bites

<b>Browsing speeds could slow over the next week as old hardware is upgraded to handle the net's growth, says networking giant Cisco.</b><p>Some older kit has hit an upper memory limit in the number of routes it can use to despatch data around the world.<p>In the last few days the number of possible routes …

Royal Navy

Reversible USB cable design finished

<b>The design for the new reversible USB interface - the standardised connection for data transfers between electronic devices - has been finished.</b><p>It means users will no longer have to worry which way round the part is facing when plugging it into a device.<p>The new USB Type-C is small enough for …

Gear & Gadgets

Purer-than-pure silicon solves problem for quantum tech

<b>In a quantum computer, pure silicon is not enough - only one specific type of silicon atom will do.</b><p>The good stuff is silicon-28, and physicists in the US have worked out how to produce it with 40 times greater purity than ever before.<p>Even better, they can do it in the lab instead of relying on …

Quantum Mechanics

NASA tests Mars 'flying saucer'

LOS ANGELES — A saucer-shaped vehicle launched by balloon high into Earth's atmosphere has splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, completing a successful test of technology that could be used to land on Mars.<p>The $150 million experimental flight Saturday tested a novel vehicle and a giant parachute …

This Site Shows Who Is Hacking Whom Right Now — And The US Is Getting Hammered

U.S.-based computer security firm Norse has released a real-time animated map that illustrates ongoing cyberattacks around the world. Without a doubt, the U.S. is getting constantly hammered by hackers.<p>In just 45 minutes, the U.S. was the victim of 5,840 cyberattacks.<p>The Norse map does not …

Cybersecurity

Google’s Dart Programming Language Is Coming To The Server

A few days ago at its I/O developer conference, Google quietly announced that it is working on bringing its Dart programming language to App Engine soon.<p>This implementation will use the company’s recently launched managed virtual machines and the service’s custom runtime support. Because custom …

With Android One, Google is poised to own the entire world

New hardware rules for low-end phones should have Microsoft on high alert<p>In the developed world, smartphones are ubiquitous. They’re so common, many device makers have given up on selling non-smartphones entirely. But that’s not the case in the developing world, where consumers are still in …

Greater protection for ships lost in World War One

<b>Tens of thousands of sailors and merchant navy personnel lost their lives in World War One but now the huge number of ships sunk in the conflict are to be offered increased protection under a UN agreement.</b><p>Many of these wrecks are now threatened by salvage operations, deliberate destruction and …

History

Nasa 'flying saucer' tests Mars tech

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1088000/1088865_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522637523_626bed138aa2a8a676c72c50299f0b6c<p><b>A US space agency (Nasa) experiment on Saturday to test future Mars landing technologies proved largely successful.</b><p>A flying saucer-shaped vehicle was …

U.S. Navy

WW1: Was it really the first world war?

<b>We now call it the First World War or World War One, but is this really an accurate description? Was it really a global war? And was it really the "first"?</b><p>Contemporaries certainly thought it was a world war and called it that. The term "World War" (Weltkrieg) first appeared in Germany in 1914. The …

World History

Antibiotics to be focus of £10m Longitude prize

<b>Antibiotic resistance has been selected as the focus for a £10m prize set up to tackle a major challenge of our time.</b><p>Six themes were initially identified by organisers of the Longitude Prize; these were then put to a public vote.<p>The winning theme was announced on the BBC's One Show, broadcast on …

Medicine