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In 2010 two physicists at Manchester University in the U.K. shared a Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on a new wonder material: graphene, a flat sheet of carbon just one atom thick.
A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached in its 11 years on Mars includes the U.S. flag at the summit.
Photographs and data from the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft have provided an unprecedented close-up examination of a comet, but there is one thing that has not shown up yet: the small lander that bounded to the surface…
A security vulnerability in the iPhone 5 series of smartphone could be exploited by malicious software and compromise a user's personal information via Siri.
A research project dubbed Open Worm seeks to develop artificial intelligence technology by focusing on worm intelligence.
Fujitsu researchers are integrating psychology into profiling software to make computer security more personalized.
Researchers have presented a way to generate a sequence of simplified functions that ensure the best approximation optimization algorithms can offer.
Boston Robotics has rebuilt its robot to be used in the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotics Challenge finals in June.
Before you blast off to the moon in search of $30 million offered as part of the Google Lunar XPrize—or the juicy $20 million grand prize for being the first to get to the moon—you must make sure all your systems are ready for…
NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens.
Have you ever thought about why doorknobs are positioned at around two-fifths of the door's height, instead of right in the middle? Or why a washing machine is of its particular shape and size?
Advances in computer image recognition aspire to provide "a reasonable description in plain English."
You wouldn't think hellbenders would be hard to find: The gargantuan salamanders, the biggest amphibians in North America, can grow up to 30 inches long.
A new facial recognition app will make checking attendance faster and easier for college professors.
A new algorithm developed by Microsoft researchers can eliminate user tracking in Web searches without the overheads of existing technology.
Next-generation wearable electronics could be powered by a device in footwear.
Mechanical engineer Kristen Railey, founder of Girls Who Build, recently hosted a pilot workshop for high school girls at a federally funded research and development center.
The NASA-funded Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer, or LBTI, has completed its first study of dust in the "habitable zone" around a star, opening a new door to finding planets like Earth.
Does anybody really know what time it is?
Optimization algorithms, which try to find the minimum values of mathematical functions, are everywhere in engineering. Among other things, they're used to evaluate design tradeoffs, to assess control systems, and to find patterns…
It's the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of rain are just beginning to let up.
If you think the latest enterprise and consumer network and computer technologies rolling into your data center and being snuck into your offices by end users are advanced, wait until you see what's cooking in the labs at universities…
We've always known that the ATLAS DRC humanoid robot was due for some serious upgrades before the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, because having a robot that's tethered for power and safety is just not in the spirit of what:…
On clear, moonless evenings, most of the biggest optical telescopes around the world begin the night's observations by firing a golden laser beam at the sky.
A new patent application titled Planar Waveguide Apparatus with Diffraction Element(s) and System Employing Same sounds like a scientific snoozefest, but just also might provide a playbook for the next decade of interaction design…
Documents provided by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden outline the agency's efforts to carry out covert cyberwarfare.
Microsoft researchers in Beijing have developed AutoCharge, a prototype automatic wireless charging system for smartphones.
Princeton University researchers have developed a rice grain-sized laser powered by single electrons tunneling through artificial atoms known as quantum dots.
Researchers have developed a chemical sensor platform that can smell more accurately than humans.
The third pilot of the Internet accessibility CLOUD4ALL project will kick off in Athens, Berlin, and Madrid in the coming months.