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Two years ago Stanford professor Andrew Ng joined Google's X Lab, the research group that's given us Google Glass and the company's driverless cars. His mission: to harness Google's massive data centers and build artificial intelligence…
One of the many promising applications of quantum mechanics in the information sciences is quantum key distribution (QKD) in which the counterintuitive behavior of quantum particles guarantees that no one can eavesdrop on a private…
Bob Metcalfe, Dave Boggs, and the rest of the scientists at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in 1973 were a lot like young developers at a Silicon Valley startup today.
Researchers have developed a method that allows a humanoid robot to receive an object handed to it by a person with a somewhat-natural human-like motion.
Researchers have made progress on the longstanding challenge of developing a band gap property in graphene, essential for using the material to make transistors.
New software will make it easier for engineers to develop real-world safety assessments of structures and foundations.
An international research team has exposed a vulnerability in the sensors used in medical devices, Bluetooth microphones, and computers.
A potential crowd-powered delivery system called TwedEx would deliver packages to consumers without requiring them to deviate from normal routes.
For all the talk of artificial intelligence and all the games of SimCity that have been played, no one in the world can actually simulate living things. Biology is so complex that nowhere on Earth is there a comprehensive model…
Anjan Contractor's 3D food printer might evoke visions of the "replicator" popularized in Star Trek, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor's company, Systems & Materials…
In 2009, Sean Gourley, an Oxford-trained physicist, gave a TED talk called "The Mathematics of War."
I'm watching a live video feed of people visiting a cafe in London.
Researchers say they have discovered the fundamental principles of locomotion that robot teams could use to quickly travel through underground tunnels.
U.S. education needs improved quality control if it is to produce better results, says the founder of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program.
Intel Labs is launching a data economy initiative to help consumers realize more of the value of their personal digital information.
Disney’s research arm has solved a problem that you probably didn’t even know robots have—their inability to accept objects from people in a natural way.
"Our imagination is stretched to the utmost," wrote Richard Feynman, the greatest physicist of his day, "not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things that are there."
Getting rid of obsolete data is getting more difficult, thanks to new regulations and more personal devices in the workplace.
Sometimes the connection between art and science is clear.
Her hair is brown and tied back into a professional-looking ponytail.
In the opening scene of the movie "Robot & Frank," which takes place in the near future, Frank, an elderly man who lives alone, is arguing with his son about going to a medical center for Alzheimer's treatment when the son interrupts…
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used the drill on its robotic arm to collect a powdered sample from the interior of a rock called "Cumberland."
Mobile phones, wearable devices, and self-driving cars are generating buzz as the future of technology. But the old Web browser is being reinvented too, in a trend with implications for how consumers work and entertain themselves…
Sharif loves using his mukhabera. "I use it daily, mostly at night time, because signals are clear at that time," he says. "I am in touch with most of my friends this way."
Researchers are using computer hardware and programming with genetic sequencing tools to help identify the sources of ailments at the genetic level.
A badminton-playing robot demonstrates methodology and tools under development for optimizing energy flows/losses throughout a machine.
A combination of x-rays and computer modeling offers historians a way to read ancient parchments so fragile they cannot be unrolled.
Henry Markram believes his Human Brain Project can simulate all 86 billion neurons in the human brain as well as the 100 trillion connections among them.
Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke says innovation and information technology are fueling economic change.
The UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country's IXA Group has enhanced the use of the vast Europeana digital library.