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The thermometer showed a 103.5-degree fever, and her 10-year-old's asthma was flaring up. Mary Bolender, who lives in Las Vegas, needed to get her daughter to an emergency room, but her 2005 Chrysler van would not start.
Static electricity is known to play an important role on Earth's airless, dusty moon, but evidence of static charge building up on other objects in the solar system has been elusive until now.
A new technology could dramatically reduce the power consumption of computers.
A new social media-based platform will allow San Diego County's Office of Emergency Management Services to disseminate emergency-related messages quickly.
A new osseointegrated, or bone-anchored, artificial limb implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily lives.
The SHERPA project involves cooperation between human rescue workers, a ground robot with a robotic arm, and flying robots.
A survey says U.S. women working in science, technology engineering, and math fields are 45 percent more likely than males to leave the industry over the next year.
The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has now claimed more than 4,000 lives.
FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice…
ESA has given the green light for its Rosetta mission to deliver its lander, Philae, to the primary site on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November, in the first-ever attempt at a soft touchdown on a comet.
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers chief Fadi Chehade says the organization is on course to break free of U.S. oversight next year.
Samsung says it is developing 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology that uses the 60GHz frequency band to increase network speeds fivefold, to 4.6Gbps.
Research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Hawaii Center for Advanced Communications seeks to improve wireless communication in remote areas.
Businesses should brace for a new crop of so-called "accessibility" lawsuits alleging that their commercial websites fail to comply with federal disabled-access law, lawyers say.
Researchers have improved the ability of a snake-like robot to traverse sandy slopes by examining how real-life snakes move.
A bug appears in places people didn’t think to look, or patch.
Using the CIVA camera on Rosetta’s Philae lander, the spacecraft have snapped a "selfie" at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from a distance of about 16 km from the surface of the comet.
On July 2, 1967, a network of satellites designed to detect tests of nuclear weapons recorded a flash of gamma rays coming from the wrong direction—outer space.
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, produced unprecedented ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen…
A surprising phenomenon has been found in metal nanoparticles: They appear, from the outside, to be liquid droplets, wobbling and readily changing shape, while their interiors retain a perfectly stable crystal configuration.
Many artificial intelligence researchers believe one of the major breakthroughs in AI will be creating systems that are effective story-tellers.
About 60 high school and college-age women participated in the 2014 International Women's Hackathon on the campus of California State University San Marcos.
A project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation aims to create a Web-based system for hosting, processing, analyzing, and sharing geospatial data.
One of the most difficult tasks at next year's U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency robotic challenge finals will be having a robot drive and then get out of a car.
Top universities graduate minority computer science and engineering students at twice the rate that leading technology companies hire them, according to USA Today.
University of New South Wales researchers say they have developed two types of quantum bits that each process data with an accuracy of greater than 99 percent.
Permafrost, oxygen, hydrogen; it all looks like science to me.
NASA's extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19.
For anyone who has wondered how it’s possible to get so much stuff from web companies free or at too-good-to-be-true prices—whether Google searching, Facebook socializing, Uber riding or Amazon shopping—Jean Tirole, the new Nobel…
New tools not only make farmers' calculations more accurate and their lives less labor-intensive, but also portend of better dissemination of data about agriculture’s impact literally downstream.