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Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing resources from innocent victims when there's so much free processing…
Sean Murray, one of the creators of the computer game No Man's Sky, can't guarantee that the virtual universe he is building is infinite, but he's certain that, if it isn't, nobody will ever find out.
A group of researchers say they have developed a new multi-bit magnetic random access memory storage paradigm with the potential to rival flash memory.
Computer science is benefiting the study of chemistry by adding a layer to analyze chemical processes.
Astronauts on the International Space Station will use two prototype Project Tango smartphones to collect visual data to generate a 3D model of their environment.
Researchers have developed a model that uses big data to help biologists understand the evolutionary history of life on Earth.
The future, it is often said, belongs to those who plan for it.
Every time you use the flash on your smartphone or camera, you should give silent praise to Harold Eugene Edgerton.
Thunderous applause greeted planetary cartographer Ken Tanaka of the US Geological Survey on 14 July as he unveiled a new geological map of Mars.
Researchers report a successful test of prototype software for diagnosing eye sensitivity.
Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot that has been working on the International Space Station since 2011, is getting a series of upgrades.
The U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council wants to partner with U.K. universities to establish the Alan Turing Institute.
A trio of Indonesians working for international tech companies have used crowdsourcing to calculate a result for Indonesia's contested presidential election.
Researchers have developed a successful way of identifying bird sounds from large audio collections.
A replacement for the ordinary transistor may make it to market by the end of this decade, an event that will herald a radical redesign of traditional computer architectures.
A recent study provides the first large-scale investigation of a previously undetected cookie-like tracking mechanism embedded in the "share" buttons of websites.
Over the weekend, the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy turned into a "Law and Order" episode on the international stage with Secretary of State John Kerry appearing on Fox News and other outlets to make a systemic case against…
Researchers have uncovered Duqu, an unusual form of steganography-based malware that embeds itself in Microsoft Windows machines.
A new method of stabilizing microwave signals in the gigahertz range uses a pair of laser beams as the reference instead of a crystal.
New software could be used to determine when athletes are at risk to suffer an injury.
A highly anticipated talk on how to identify users of the Internet privacy service Tor was withdrawn from the upcoming Black Hat security conference, a spokeswoman for the event said on Monday.
Steady, sufficient investments in basic research are necessary to ensure the continued success of the U.S. in the future, four expert witnesses testified to Congress.
The seemingly endless prairie that blankets this part of the United States would seem to be an unlikely place for one of the largest makers of sports video displays, Daktronics.
This philosophical question overlaps with real physics when hypothesizing what lies beyond the boundary of our observable universe.
Pro-Russian separatists may have shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine on Thursday because they mistook the civilian plane for something else.
When Iran's authorities started to block websites such as YouTube and Wikipedia in 2006, only a tenth of the population used the Internet.
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, which launched on July 2, will soon be providing about 100,000 high-quality measurements each day of carbon dioxide concentrations from around the globe.
An electronic-voting system that prints out a paper copy of the ballot and a take-home receipt is under development and could be in operation within three years.
Researchers are examining how people with high-status job assignments assess security and privacy, and how impulsive or patient they are in making decisions.
Scientists will be able to use software called the Virtual Finger to navigate three-dimensional images of biological structures on computer screens.