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She is known as Xiaoice, and millions of young Chinese pick up their smartphones every day to exchange messages with her, drawn to her knowing sense of humor and listening skills.
2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Michael Stonebraker says the future of big data usage hinges on several factors.
A new mirror can assess the health of someone looking into it by analyzing facial expressions, fatty tissue, and how flush or pale the person is.
A researcher is working with neuroscientists to better understand how the brain searches its store of knowledge while reading a text document.
Argonne National Laboratory researcher Stephen Wu has found it may be possible to generate spin current from insulators without a magnetic material.
Researchers have demonstrated a vulnerability in Tor's design.
The United States is now committed to building an exascale computer, some 30 times more powerful than today’s top machine.
There is a gaping hole in the latest effort to reinvigorate the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), one so big it could hold an estimated 357 million boxes of cornflakes.
Complex molecules that could be key building blocks of life, the daily rise and fall of temperature, and an assessment of the surface properties and internal structure of the comet are just some of the highlights of the first…
Academics face legal proceedings for allegedly extorting research grants.
By hijacking the cellular machinery that makes proteins, bioengineers have developed a tool that could allow them to better understand protein synthesis, explore how antibiotics work and convert cells into custom chemical factories…
Two scientists at a German university have developed a tool which recognises a person's face in complete darkness.
Intel and Micron have unveiled what appears to be the holy grail of memory.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say they have developed gallium nitride transistors to power electronic circuits.
University of California, Los Angeles researchers say they have developed a mobile phone-based device that can read enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay plates.
Duke University researchers say they have developed an ultrafast plasmonic device that could form the basis of optical computing.
Within the burgeoning big data realm, the R programming language will likely merge with Python, a developer-friendly generalist data language.
"I have a hard time saying this with a straight face, but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another," says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at the University of Maryland.
President Obama has established a new initiative across multiple government agencies that will focus entirely on creating the fastest supercomputers ever devised.
Our ancestors were not a picky bunch.
The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics will work to advance U.S. capabilities in integrated photonic technology.
Baylor College of Medicine researchers claim to have modeled a theorized cause of autism in an artificial neural network.
Researchers in Greece say they have designed the world's first encrypted electronic voting system in which voters can confirm their votes go to the intended candidate.
China's government aims to redraft the rules of the global Internet so it can regulate the Internet on its own terms.
Massively open online courses have taken off in a big way in India, where they are meeting a need for education, particularly technical education.
China's new Sky Eye 1 supercomputer is expected to be the fastest astronomical supercomputer in the world, topping Japan's Aterui.
Put a computer on a sniper rifle, and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman.
After Paul Minton graduated from college, he worked as a waiter, but always felt he should do more.
It's been almost a decade since the debut of the Netflix Prize, a $1 million bounty for the person or group that could best improve the company’s movie suggestion algorithm.
After a two-year shutdown, the atom-smashing machine known as the Large Hadron Collider has embarked on a renewed quest to probe some of the biggest puzzles about the universe, such as dark matter and the possible presence of…