Solar panels, used in the past Mars missions, were passed up in favor of a space battery for powering the car-size Curiosity robot.
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Criminals are increasingly using the internet to turn dirty money into a spotless shade of green. Now a report written for the United Nations lifts the lid on many of these increasingly popular techniques.
Google can identify and transcribe all the views it has of street numbers in France in less than an hour, thanks to a neural network that’s just as good as human operators. Now its engineers reveal how they developed it.
Cheap, simple water filters made of plant xylem could dramatically reduce the incidence of water-borne diseases in places without access to clean drinking water, say engineers.
How the news feed on Facebook decides what you get to see.
An Apple engineer discloses how the company’s premier recommendation engine parses millions of iTunes libraries.
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Cheap green laser pointers can emit dangerous levels of infrared radiation, according to an investigation carried out by physicists in the US