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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.
It's generally wise to take demonstrations of new technologies with a grain of salt.
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?
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.
Do you know what you really want?
It's a rare thing to see a movie about science that takes no prisoners intellectually.
You won't have Glass to kick around anymore. At least not for a while.
Algorithms are everywhere, supposedly.
During one scene in the upcoming hacker action movie Blackhat, a team is sent into the control room of a burned-out nuclear power plant to gather clues about the evil computer saboteur who sparked its catastrophic meltdown.
When he was in grad school, the roboticist Daniel Wilson installed 150 binary sensors in his house.
Design is in flux.
The tech industry once again can't decide: When it comes to the home of the future, will it have a centralized computer telling you when to mop floors, clean windows and cook breakfast, or will there be an all-in-one robot doing…
Ross Ulbricht is finally getting his day in court, 15 months after plainclothes FBI agents grabbed him in the science fiction section of a San Francisco library and accused him of running the billion-dollar online drug bazaar…
Imagine it's a Sunday in the not-too-distant future.
One of the best Twitter accounts inside the Beltway or out—belongs to former representativeJohn Dingell (D-Mich.), who announced his retirement with self-effacing posts such as "Added the 'F' word to my Twitter bio" and "Also…
In an on-camera interview with James Bamford for an upcoming episode of PBS' NOVA, Edward Snowden warned that the U.S. Department of Defense and National Security Agency have over-emphasized the development of offensive network…
The leap second is the rare and obscure practice of occasionally adding a second to the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) system that most of us use to set our watches.
It's challenging enough to sustain any scientific study for a decade. Now Eric Horvitz, managing director of the Microsoft Research lab in Redmond, Washington, is launching a project he wants to last a century.
Dynamic scoring, as adopted on Jan. 6 by the House of Representatives, seems like the ultimate no-brainer.
The twin fixations of CES this year are, to no one's surprise, wearable technology and the internet of things.
To mathematician Amir Aczel the most important number of all might just be zero.
If you think your office needs a lick of paint and some new furniture, spare a thought for fighter pilots.
Speaking at the 102nd Indian Science Congress at Mumbai University, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India needs to nurture future generations of scientists. "Digital connectivity should become as much a basic right as access…
In 1880 a Bavarian priest created a language that he hoped the whole world could use.
Roughly a year and a half since the first Snowden disclosures, there's already been a judicial order to shut down the National Security Agency's bulk metadata collection program.
As the clock strikes midnight on the new year, so begins the countdown to a new round of security threats and breaches that doubtless will unfold in 2015. But this year will be a little different.
When more work means less done.
Searching for an answer to the question of how much responsibility search engine operators should bear for privacy-related issues connected to search engine results.
Rapid increase of enrollment in CS classes in the US might undermine efforts to improve diversity.
In the NIPS experiment, 10% of papers submitted to the Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation went through its review process …
Some musings on practices that can help create a positive educational environment for all students in a class.
In 2010 two physicists at Manchester University in the U.K …
A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA's …
Photographs and data from the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft …