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Eight former pro football players learned this year that they have signs of a degenerative brain disorder called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition linked to depression, dementia, and memory loss.
At a wine bar in San Francisco on Wednesday, Broadcom Chairman and CTO Henry Samueli delivered some sobering news: Moore's Law isn't making chips cheaper anymore.
In 2008, two security researchers at the DefCon hacker conference demonstrated a massive security vulnerability in the worldwide internet traffic-routing system—a vulnerability so severe that it could allow intelligence agencies…
A new algorithm can rank the questions and answers on question and answer websites, while weeding out off-topic and irrelevant entries.
Robots are expected to play an increasingly large role in daily life over the next 50 years.
Researchers have tested the feasibility of creating a covert acoustical mesh network between multiple laptops to exchange data using near-ultrasonic frequencies.
Much of the repetitive manual work involved in the classic squash and stretch animation technique has been automated in a new software program.
Google this week released version 1.2 of its Go open source programming language, designed to improve on certain aspects of languages similar to C.
There have been remarkable mechanical advances in prosthetic limbs in recent years, including rewiring nerve fibers to control sophisticated mechanical arms (see "A Lifelike Prosthetic Arm"), and brain interfaces that allow for…
Lidar rangefinders, which are common tools in surveying and in autonomous-vehicle control, among other applications, gauge depth by emitting short bursts of laser light and measuring the time it takes for reflected photons to…
China's government banned financial institutions from trading in bitcoin on Thursday, in what analysts said was a restrained first step towards regulating the digital currency that has exploded in popularity in China and soared…
An easy, inexpensive way to transmit large software packages rapidly without using the Internet utilizes a self-replicating bootable USB stick.
The science and industry sectors are showing considerable interest in the Karlsruhe High Quality Partitioner.
Researchers have found that contactless payments are more vulnerable then previously believed.
Internet2 is working to bring a hybrid cloud environment to its community of research and educational institutions.
At some point in 2014, your friends are totally going to be into this Dutch DJ named Martin Garrix.
With Bitcoin interest (and prices) spiking, you might be considering investing in your own little cache of digital currency.
Cameras are strewn around our environment, catching glimpses of our faces everywhere we go, yet even the best facial recognition technology still has a hard time picking us out of the crowd.
Computer scientists have developed a malware prototype that uses inaudible audio signals to communicate, a capability that allows the malware to covertly transmit keystrokes and other sensitive data even when infected machines…
Women of color, especially black women, are significantly underrepresented in academic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics positions
Intel's perceptual computing technology incorporates gestures, facial recognition, and voice recognition to make devices more "natural, intuitive, and immersive."
Magnetic tape is being revived as a viable storage medium for the vast volume of data generated, which doubles every two years at its current rate.
Japanese researchers have developed a robot designed to provide assistance and companionship to human astronauts who spend months working in space.
The new Tongue Drive System is a wearable system that enables paralyzed people to control wheelchairs with flicks of their pierced tongues.
Codewebs, an artificially intelligent tutor for online students that can analyze and assess submitted code, can give students fast, tailored feedback and guidance.
It's going to be a ball when NASA's Dawn spacecraft finally arrives at the dwarf planet Ceres, and mission managers have now inked in the schedule on Dawn's dance card.
In an out-of-the-way Google office, two life-size humanoid robots hang suspended in a corner.
The Founding Fathers weren't big on texting.
One day last month, Jim Vidmar bought 1,000 fake Twitter accounts for $58 from an online vendor in Pakistan.
The Fleet Integrated Synthetic Training/Testing Facility software and gaming technology offers an affordable, adaptive way to train sailors for combat scenarios.