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Forty years ago this week, in the case of Parker v. Flook, the US Supreme Court came close to banning software patents.
Pain is an indispensable tool for survival.
A team of engineers has created an electronic skin that, when layered on top of prosthetic hands, provides a real sense of touch through the fingertips.
A new modular flying robot powered by ducted fans can change shape while in flight.
An international team created an algorithm for generating lifelike three-dimensional avatars of four-legged animals solely from photos.
A new smart power outlet can analyze electrical current usage from single or multiple outlets.
A new method invented by University of Texas at Austin researchers can correct the errors that creep into DNA barcodes.
Early on in the study of quantum computers, computer scientists posed a question whose answer, they knew, would reveal something deep about the power of these futuristic machines.
Getting robots to do things isn't easy: Usually, scientists have to either explicitly program them or get them to understand how humans communicate via language.
A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations.
Connecting electronic thermometers to smartphones permits the capture of instant, anonymized fever readings as leading indicators of influenza outbreaks.
Microsoft has added a research mode to its HoloLens mixed-reality smartglasses so researchers and developers can access a broader spectrum of sensor-captured data.
Researchers used machine learning techniques and a supercomputer to develop the most accurate models to date for simulations of water.
Research at the University of Nottingham in the U.K. validates the ability to three-dimensionally print advanced materials with molecules that can switch states.
A new study suggests big-data analysis may yield inaccurate representations about people.
Each World Cup, the sportswear giant Adidas designs an official ball to be used in the tournament.
A team from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University received first prize in the third annual 2018 agBOT Challenge in Indiana.
Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based system that uses input video to create photorealistic reanimations of portrait videos.
Fewer children in the U.K. are developing the digital skills that employers and government say are vital.
The city of Portland, OR, hopes to reduce traffic-related fatalities by equipping streetlights with sensors programmed to constantly detect speed and motion data.
Researchers used a robot developed to can perform eye surgery on humans to help six patients who needed a membrane removed from their retina to improve their vision.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers reduced the size and power consumption of a computer chip they designed in 2017 to help honeybee-sized drones navigate.
One of the earliest attempts to estimate the number of genes in the human genome involved tipsy geneticists, a bar in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, and pure guesswork.
The Iowa Board of Education has adopted suggested computer science standards, which set new learning goals for students.
Harvey Mudd College researchers have developed a novel autonomous underwater vehicle that can explore the sea floor looking for signs of wrecked ships.
A new machine learning algorithm can spot specific patterns in mathematical structures and apply them to extract interesting sequences from randomly generated ones.
Robotic management can help ensure that plants and trees in public spaces grow in desired shapes and sizes.
"Before we work on artificial intelligence, why don't we do something about natural stupidity?" computer scientist Steve Polyak once joked.
For the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a fast-moving jet of material ejected when the powerful gravity of a supermassive black hole ripped apart a star that wandered too close to the…