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Ad system that can spot an online shopper

NEWS: 11:00 11 July 2010

Fed up of sponsored links cluttering up online searches? A new system promises to reduce frustration by only serving up ads to shoppers

Animated 3D models extracted from single-camera videoMovie Camera

NEWS: 11:00 10 July 2010 | 1 comment

People in video footage can be transformed into 3D computer animations, opening up the prospect of cheap motion capture

Innovation: Shrewd search engines know what you want

16:10 09 July 2010 | 2 comments

The next generation of search engines will pay more attention to users to help everyone get what they're after – except for computer hackers

Stabilisers will let deep-sea wind turbines stand tall

NEWS: 16:05 09 July 2010

Objections to offshore wind farms will disappear if the turbines can be built to float far out at sea

Nanoparticle bandages could detect and treat infection Movie Camera

15:34 09 July 2010 | 1 comment

A new kind of medical dressing uses bacteria's own toxins to trigger defence against infection

Google should answer some searching questions

COMMENT AND ANALYSIS: 15:10 09 July 2010

The search engine's claims that its results are impartial are not supported by research, argues John M. Simpson

Wanted: little levers to probe the quantum divide

THIS WEEK: 17:58 08 July 2010 | 9 comments

We could probe the boundaries of the divide between the quantum and everyday-scale worlds by "entangling" two simple, tiny levers

Darwinian algorithm cuts the need for surgery

13:18 08 July 2010 | 1 comment

A genetic algorithm has reduced the power use of brain implants and thus the need for operations to replace their batteries

US cellphone expansion could deafen radio astronomers

UPFRONT: 11:48 08 July 2010 | 1 comment

A plan to expand the wireless spectrum could pull the curtains further over radio astronomers' window on the sky

Star wars: a new hope for arms control in space

THIS WEEK: 18:00 07 July 2010

The regulation of space weapons and satellite interceptors is back on the US agenda, but will everyone agree before Earth is caged in orbiting junk?

COMPUTING

Clouds add depth to computer landscapes

Hidden depths (Image: Matthew Taylor/Millennium)

A single camera watching the shadows of clouds moving across a landscape can allow a computer to calculate topography

MUSIC

Computerised critics to find music you'll like

Never easy to categorise (Image: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

For music sites to be better at suggesting sounds we will like, their computers need to be able to tell trance from tango

FROM THE BLOG

Signs of hope in the Gulf: the final fix?

12:15 09 July 2010

News suggests it could be sooner rather than later that the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is stopped - but there potential pitfalls to navigate

First piloted solar-powered night flight

17:00 08 July 2010 - updated 17:29 08 July 2010

Solar Impulse's first plane flies for 26 hours straight, circling over Switzerland through the night on nothing but sunshine

Microwave universe: Planck's first hi-res image

15:19 05 July 2010 - updated 13:02 06 July 2010

The Planck telescope gives us a view of the oldest light in the universe, with a tenfold increase in resolution over the last telescope, says Kate McAlpine

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