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Student researchers are working with Sandia National Laboratories to develop a robotic system that can be used to map rooms in three-dimensional space.
Researchers say they have demonstrated a new level of reliability in a five-qubit array, moving one step closer to making a quantum computer a reality.
Researchers have determined that Alzheimer's disease and glioblastoma multiform, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, share a pathway in gene transcription.
Researchers say they have developed a computational method that dramatically speeds up estimates of gene activity from RNA sequencing data.
Vulnerability underscored the issue of how projects like OpenSSL should be supported.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent application for an "Interactive three-dimensional display system," which details a method of presenting users with what appears to be a 3D image that can be manipulated…
The best way to think about Aereo, the company at the center of this week's Supreme Court battle over the future of computing, is as an example of legal performance art.
Technology news is full of incremental developments, but few of them are true milestones.
Using a form of krypton, a chemical element created when cosmic rays hit the planet, scientists have developed a new technique to more accurately date ancient Antarctic ice which could help them understand the forces that have…
Stories set in the future are often judged, as time passes, on whether they come true or not.
A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.
For six months each year, the perennially dark and wind-swept plains of the southern polar ice cap have an average temperature of about 58 degrees Fahrenheit below zero.
A practical "photonic transistor" for optical interconnects will be able to control light signals similarly to electronic transistors.
Stanford's Girls Teach Girls To Code program recently hosted more than 200 high school girls on campus for a "Code Camp."
Twitter can be useful for predicting up to 25 kinds of crimes, especially offenses like stalking, thefts, and certain kinds of assault, if the correct analysis is applied.
Researchers have developed a way to change profile photos to highlight a person's most memorable facial features.
In an interview, Heidelberg University professor Karlheinz Meier discusses the emerging field of neuromorphic computing.
A new algorithm mines data from Wikipedia to track flu cases across the United States.
Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of behaving in a "19th-century fashion" because of its annexation of Crimea.
The U.S. has agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names, hoping to satisfy countries that want more international control over the Internet.
A quantum computer is a device that could exploit the weirdness of the quantum world to solve certain specific problems much faster than we know how to solve them using a conventional computer.
Researchers are turning to computers, big data, and sophisticated algorithms to improve the odds of picking a winner.
Among the most exciting destinations in the Solar System are Jupiter's icy moons Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
A quasiparticle called an exciton—responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits—has been understood theoretically for decades. But exciton movement within materials…
A team of electrical and computer engineering students has created a virtual dressing room for a design project.
Brookhaven National Laboratory scientist Stephen Brooks is testing proposed designs for an electron accelerator for the lab's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.
The algorithm used by Google's Street View team to improve Google Maps also can beat CAPTCHAs with 99.8-percent accuracy.
The DNA sequences of Neanderthals and other extinct human relatives have exposed lost migrations, sexual escapades and even new species.
On Thursday, astronomers announced that they'd reached a new milestone in the search for Earth's "twin," or a planet much like ours that orbits in what's known as the Goldilocks Zone—not too close to its star, nor too far away…
Five weeks into the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, more than $30 million has been spent scouring great swatches of the southern Indian Ocean.