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If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won't look like little green men, or spiny insectoids.
The European Space Agency's orbiting Rosetta spacecraft is expected to come within four miles (six kilometers) of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in February of next year. The flyby will be the closest the comet…
The U.K. government launched a £6 billion Science and Innovation strategy, including the funding of an independent review into computer science degree accreditation to improve quality and graduate employability.
German researchers have discovered security flaws that could enable hackers, spies, and criminals to listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages. The revelation is the most recent indication of widespread insecurity…
When a cyber breach goes down…who you gonna call? Many different U.S. government agencies, it turns out.
Earlier this month, a mysterious group that calls itself Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer systems and began revealing many of the Hollywood studio’s best-kept secrets, from details about unreleased…
Stanford University researchers say they have developed a method for creating high-rise chips that could outperform conventional single-story logic and memory chips.
Disney researchers used player-tracking data from more than 600 basketball games from the NBA to develop models that can make accurate in-game predictions of what each player is likely to do next in a game situation.
NASA has developed air traffic management software that could make flights more efficient. The software assists pilots with precise spacing of planes by delivering specific speed information and guidance.
Since the days of 19th century remedies such as castor oil laxatives and mercury syphilis tablets, pharmacists and patients have had a tacit understanding: Whatever you buy is confidential. No longer.
Computers, like people, understand what they see in the world based on what they've seen before.
More than a month after the Philae spacecraft bounced to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, European Space Agency scientists still have not been able to figure out where it came to rest.
Researchers at the University of Twente have used quantum mechanics to develop a method for protecting financial data and personal information. The method can confirm the identity of a person or object even if essential data…
Student researchers at California State University, Fullerton are developing new biometric security technologies, including those based on facial recognition, fingerprints, and heartbeat sensors.
Microsoft plans to open source Project Orleans, a distributed computing research framework for building cloud services. The company will release the code under an MIT license and publish it on the GitHub site in early 2015.
Brown University researchers used an algorithm that analyzes genetic data to identify networks of genes that, when hit by a mutation, could play a role in the development of multiple types of cancer.
Diogo Mónica once wrote a short computer script that gave him a secret weapon in the war for San Francisco dinner reservations.
Replacement limbs that completely replicate the functions and abilities of real limbs are the current white whale of prosthetics, and we're getting closer: mind-controlled robotics are becoming much more common, tapping into…
A woman paralysed from the neck down can now grab a ball with a robotic arm—just by thinking about it.
Creating lifelike animated characters is hard.
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has partnered with the U.K. European Space Agency and U.K. space companies to offer an Astro Pi competition that will challenge students to use Raspberry Pi computers to devise and code apps for experiments…
Stanford University will spearhead a century-long initiative to study and predict the impact of artificial intelligence in all aspects of people's lives.
Economists and technologists have long said the march of technological progress and increased automation will create new jobs and opportunities that offset the jobs they make obsolete, but experts are increasingly less sure this…
By 2040, the United States will have a non-white majority, a demographic trend that is spurring tech companies to increase the diversity of their workforces. CODE2040 wants to help Silicon Valley companies make the industry as…
University of Edinburgh researchers have applied machine-learning techniques and a vast database of games to train a neural network to find the next move in a game of Go.
ESA's Venus Express has ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life. The spacecraft exhausted its propellant during a series of thruster burns to raise its orbit following the low-altitude aerobraking earlier…
While 2014 has not been kind to rockets, it has been a banner year for robots of all stripes.
Inside the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, known as AI2, everything is a gleaming architectural white.
Using a gene-editing system originally developed to delete specific genes, MIT researchers have now shown that they can reliably turn on any gene of their choosing in living cells.