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Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it does today. What went wrong?
Spotting gravitational waves is due to become an almost hourly event in the next decade. Starting around 2023, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) will undergo its most significant upgrade since 2015…
Here's some breaking fake news … Russia has declared war on the United States after Donald Trump accidentally fired a missile in the air.
“Hard” borders could potentially become invisible in the next few years, but practical applications could carry high costs and intrusive electronic surveillance.
A survey on the use of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and gaming devices found girls on equal footing with boys in terms of technology, or exceeding them in some respects.
Retired National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist Warren Washington will receive the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.
New open source software can predict the risk of potentially deadly heart maladies.
The Pentagon has launched a program to use artificial intelligence to analyze data collected by drones to improve how wildfires are fought.
The Trump White House has accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran's missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials, who described it as part of an expanding campaign by the United…
After 15 years, the mission of NASA's Opportunity rover has come to an end, but its successes on Mars have earned it a spot in the robot hall of fame. Here's what you need to know about our intrepid Martian overachiever:
The final version of a controversial new EU copyright law has been agreed after three days of talks in France.
As recently as Wednesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo had brokered a meeting between Amazon executives and union leaders who had been resistant to the deal.
The global Internet is splitting in two between China and most of the rest of the world.
An artificial intelligence designed by Google's DeepMind unit recently won the Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction competition.
The U.S. Defense Department's Defense Digital Services has been tasked "to recruit non-traditional technical talent."
University of Michigan researchers are teaching self-driving cars to recognize and predict pedestrian movements with greater precision than conventional systems.
The Web-based AmpleHarvest.org platform connects home and community gardeners to nearby food pantries, to help individuals in need.
One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA's return to…
A 40-nation coalition has agreed to mandate the inclusion of automated braking systems in new cars and light commercial vehicles, beginning as soon as next year.
Disney Research computer programmer Derek Bradley won a Technical Achievement Oscar for his work on motion-capture technology used in the film "Avengers: Infinity War."
Last fall, the National Trust for Scotland commissioned a drone survey of the Small Isles archipelago, to precisely locate archaeological features.
Russia is considering a brief disconnection from the worldwide Internet to test its cyber defenses.
A pair of startups are developing technologies to enhance the in-store experience for customers, retailers, and manufacturers.
A new IBM Corp. system uses data from satellites, drones, aerial flights, sensors, and weather models to monitor the state of the power grid.
You already have a lot to worry about. Climate change, fake news, inequality, the stability of democracy. But I feel obliged to point out yet another threat: soldiers whose capabilities are enhanced by electronic devices implanted…
Investment in research is at an all-time high, yet the rate of scientific breakthroughs isn't setting any records. To resolve this quandary, scientists are turning to artificial intelligence and crowdsourcing for help in identifying…
Blockchain network provider Ripple has added 11 universities to its University Blockchain Research Initiative.
The U.K.'s National Air Traffic Services is testing an artificial intelligence system at London's Heathrow Airport to help guide airplanes in low visibility.
A new computer program helps surgeons identify and label spinal segments during real-time operating room procedures, to help prevent surgical errors.
Hyper-scale datacenters need more efficient control of their electrical use.