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When Edward Snowden leaked highly classified secrets about government spying, he changed the way the world thinks of cybersecurity.
Silicon Valley may be powered by organic kale, but when Chinese tech gurus gather at 3W, a coffee shop-slash-incubator in the Chinese capital, they want sunflower seeds. And they want them fast.
Larry Stap's fifth-generation family dairy farm has come a long way since his great grandfather established it in Lynden, Wash., in 1910.
The energetic researchers who grounded the new "Ghostbusters" in hard science—giving it "geek cred"—are using a flurry of media attention to alter public perceptions.
A failed coup attempt in Turkey, which began during the evening of July 15, was apparently coordinated using the WhatsApp mobile messaging service, according to reports from Turkish media.
When historians look back at the turmoil over prejudice and policing in the U.S. over the past few years, they're unlikely to dwell on the case of Eric Loomis.
The Juno space probe is now in orbit around Jupiter, meaning space buffs around the world are eagerly awaiting whatever new data the probe sends back.
If you've installed the iOS 10 public beta since it came out last week, you’ll know that compatible iPads come loaded with the "Swift Playgrounds" app that Apple announced at WWDC.
It started as an April Fool's joke.
Hanns Tappeiner types a few lines of code into his laptop and hits "return."
Is it such a bad thing that women are underrepresented in tech and big data?
Memory-foam mattresses. The breathing devices firefighters wear. And infrared ear thermometers that give near-instant readings.
Just how smart can an airplane be?
The new documentary about Stuxnet, 'Zero Days,' says the U.S. had a far larger cyber operation against Iran called Nitro Zeus that has compromised the country's infrastructure and could be used as a weapon in any future war.
When a police robot killed suspect Micah Johnson in Dallas early Friday morning, it was likely an unprecedented event.
The public is increasingly aware of the health and economic costs of air pollution.
John Holdren is no stranger to the spotlight. Over his long career in science, Holdren—a physicist by training—has worked on controversial issues such as climate change and nuclear non-proliferation.
By all accounts, technology has made us safer.
Alex Gibney's new documentary, Zero Days, looks at the Stuxnet worm—a cyber weapon developed by the U.S. and Israel.
Tesla's Autopilot feature is now under investigation after the first known fatality involving a Tesla car using "Autopilot" mode was reported. The car automation technology appears to have been misused.
His 1963 Integrated Data Store set the template for all subsequent database management systems.
Reconsidering traditional research ethics given the emergence of big data analytics.
A proposal for a law to prevent artificial intelligence systems from being mistaken for humans.
Seeking a market-based solution to the problem of a person's unjustified inaccessibility to their private information.
Assessing an important recent design patent infringement court decision.
In November, I encouraged CS departments to create AP CS equivalent classes. I tried to make one at my institution …
Does nature use databases? Does nature use data structures?
What are students learning in K-12 CS?
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is now selecting rock targets for …
Chinese scientists are on the verge of being first in …
China's Sunway TaihuLight in June topped the Top500 list as …