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Usually, the only thing I can tell from another person's breath is whether they're drunk (or the last time they have brushed their teeth). But an international team of scientists has created a system that can diagnose disease solely from the chemicals you exhale. A disease fingerprint for your breath. A breathprint of death. A deathprint.

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Now I'm not a baby, but I can imagine it would be really cool if my parents just knew it was diaper changing time without me crying about it and disturbing everyone within a thirty-mile radius. A team at Ritsumeikan University in Japan gets it — they're working on a urine-powered diaper sensor that can tell when it's time for a changing.

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You may never again have use for that stud sensor buried in your kitchen's utility drawer. A new sensor for Android smartphones called the WalabotDIY promises to let your device peer right through walls, revealing everything from pipes, to wiring, to even unwanted pests hiding between rooms.

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From 1968 until 1973, the US military spent about $US1 billion a year on a new computer-powered initiative intended to end the war in Vietnam. It went by many names over the years — including Practice Nine, Muscle Shoals, Illinois City and Dye Marker. But today it's most commonly known as Operation Igloo White.