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As Russ Tedrake flings up the garage door to the dusty MIT lab, light whooshes in, revealing a 360-pound humanoid robot hanging from a rope.
For as long as we've existed, humans have looked up at the stars—and wondered.
Women have made many important and lasting contributions to software development, including the development of programming languages.
A false tweet sent from a hacked account caused the Dow Jones Industrial Average to fall and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index to lose more than $136 billion in seconds.
A new technique that can estimate and cancel out interference from a transmission allows a radio device to simultaneously transmit and receive data on the same channel.
Researchers have developed a system to track the facial expressions of users wearing a virtual-reality headset and transfer them to a virtual avatar.
University of Lincoln researchers have created a new framework designed to reduce delays, improve efficiency, and curb pollution at major international airports.
Demonstrations of augmented-reality displays typically involve tricking you into seeing animated content such as monsters and robots that aren’t really there.
People have long thought of astronomy as the science of looking to the stars, but discoveries in the cosmos increasingly come from a different kind of observational power.
A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).
Wolfram Research's artificial intelligence-based Language Identification Project is equipped with an ImageIdentify function.
A team of researchers has developed a method for forecasting the course of upcoming flu seasons by analyzing the views of Wikipedia articles.
Microsoft's age-guessing site, How-Old.net, is powered by Project Oxford, which now offers tools developers can use to incorporate intelligence into their apps.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotics Fast Track program aims to create a system for the rapid, cost-effective development of new robotics.
Computer scientists have long known that evolution is an algorithmic process that has little to do with the nature of the beasts it creates.
Watch your language. Words mean different things to different people—so the brainwaves they provoke could be a way to identify you.
In 1997 chess master Gary Kasparov went to battle against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in a landmark match. After six games Deep Blue prevailed, marking the first time that a computer defeated a reigning world champion under…
When Facebook bought Oculus VR back in March of 2014, many wondered exactly what the social network was going to do with it; let's face it, many of us are still wondering.
Owen Maroney worries that physicists have spent the better part of a century engaging in fraud.
NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed has begun science operations.
An international team has discovered an Internet bug that enables an attacker to trick a Web browser into believing it is using a regular key rather than the export version.
A new algorithm finds the smallest possible approximation of a matrix that guarantees reliable computations.
A new device that enables more electrodes to be placed on a chip could bring the field one step closer to a quantum computer that can perform complex algorithms.
A new ultra-low-power sensor enables real-time scanning of the contents of liquids such as perspiration.
Recent advances in machine learning such as deep convolutional neural networks are enabling the development of machines that perform pattern-recognition tasks.
The perfectibility of the human mind is a theme that has captured our imagination for centuries—the notion that, with the right tools, the right approach, the right attitude, we might become better, smarter versions of ourselves…
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will launch a major initiative to develop guidelines for editing human genomes, they said on 18 May.
A new ultracompact beamsplitter for dividing light waves into separate channels could lead to computers that work millions of times faster than conventional machines.
Medical treatment is on the verge of a "radical transformation" thanks to statistical data analysis techniques that predict future outcomes.
Cars can now drive by themselves. Automatic pilot systems can fly a jet airliner much of the time. Why is it so hard to make trains that can stop on their own?