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When NASA scientists announced that instruments on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter sensed signs of liquid water seeping on the Martian surface, they meant a solution salty enough to kill most living things on Earth.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has returned the best color and the highest resolution images yet of Pluto's largest moon, Charon—and these pictures show a surprisingly complex and violent history.
For months, police trying to solve a Long Island robbery spree had little more to go on than grainy surveillance footage of a man in a hoodie and black ski mask holding up one gas station or convenience store after another.
Researchers have developed an algorithm that can automatically tune powered prosthetic legs.
One of the centerpieces of the recent World Maker Faire in New York City was SeeMore, an animatronic sculpture designed to illustrate the concept of parallel computing.
IBM scientists on Thursday reported they have found a method to make transistors from parallel rows of carbon nanotubes.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is funding a pair of parallel projects to understand the nature of intelligence.
Disney is considering using light-emitting diode lightbulbs to create an Internet of Toys in which toys could be accessed, monitored, and acted on remotely.
NASA has selected five science investigations for refinement during the next year as a first step in choosing one or two missions for flight opportunities as early as 2020.
Can you devise a series of steps to avoid hazards two paces to either side of you, even if you are forced to take every second, third or Nth step in your series?
The two men pecked out messages on opposite sides of the country.
The ruling underscores corporate responsibility to protect consumer data.
Videos of Google-owned robots, some that look like mechanical bulls and others resembling humanoids from sci-fi movies, have been viewed more than 90 million times online.
Earth's concentric layers scale remarkably well to those of a peach.
University of California, Los Angeles professor Christine Borgman and her team are studying how researchers handle and share information in a data-intensive setting.
University of Maine researchers will use the popular open-world video game Minecraft to introduce the basics of programming to rural fifth-to-eighth graders in the state.
Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore are developing a robot that will be able to assemble an IKEA chair.
McGill University researchers have developed a software suite designed to accelerate the process of drug discovery for a wide range of diseases.
Over the last summer, the security research community has proven like never before that cars are vulnerable to hackers—via cellular Internet connections, intercepted smartphone signals, and even insurance dongles plugged into…
A growing number of companies are taking out cybersecurity insurance policies to protect themselves from the costs of data breaches.
Experiment sheds new light on wave-particle duality.
Automotive infotainment systems are driving changes to automobiles, and to driver behavior.