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Phosphorene, which is structurally similar to graphene, is a natural semiconductor that could be used in the next generation of computers.
Robotics researchers have developed an active orthotic device that can duplicate the natural motions in a person's ankle.
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has released version 2.0 of the Agave application programming interface, and Gateway DNA.
When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular game application, and starts slinging birds at chortling green pigs, spies could be lurking in the background to snatch data revealing the player’s location, age, sex and…
Any aspiring science fiction writer looking for a good protagonist could do worse than ripping off the Wikipedia page for Demis Hassabis.
The Web cookie may be dying, but that doesn’t mean it is the end of consumers being tracked online.
Researchers vie for some of the billions of computer-hours available on two of the world’s fastest supercomputers.
Sebastian Thrun was instrumental in building Google's self-driving car and Glass projects, and helped launch the company's Google X wing to spearhead "moonshot" projects like Project Loon.
A plucky bunny on the moon may have just met an untimely end.
Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking are playing poker together.
On January 25, 2004, a strange object fell out of the sky on a distant planet—and when it hit the surface, it started to bounce.
Overall U.S. unemployment rates, while falling during 2013, were still double the rate for tech workers, according to the latest Tech Employment Snapshot from Dice.com.
New research could yield insight into monitoring a specific group of disease carriers to identify nascent outbreaks early and help prevent epidemics.
D-Wave says its D-Wave Two quantum computer's 509-qubit Vesuvius 6 (V6) processor can rival state-of-the-art semiconducting processors.
Researchers have developed a method to enable driver-assistance systems in vehicles to identify pedestrians and cyclists even if they are obscured by large obstacles.
As part of the Zero Robotics tournament, students across Europe write algorithms to control autonomous satellites that hover around the International Space Station.
A project at University of California, San Diego uses crowdsourcing to create maps of large-scale health problems and environmental damage.
Imagine this scenario: In the course of an hour this week, four different people involved in Super Bowl setup require emergency medical assistance, all for nausea, and all in separate incidents.
For all its success, Google's famous Page Rank algorithm has never understood a word of the billions of Web pages it has directed people to over the years.
A computer science doctoral student has developed a recommendation algorithm to help guide high school students in their choice of colleges.
A massive Internet failure in China on Tuesday prevented most of the country's 500 million Internet users from accessing websites for up to eight hours.
Last year, Edward Snowden turned over to the Guardian, a British newspaper, some 58,000 classified U.S. government documents.
Microsoft researchers have enabled elevators in a company building to detect the likelihood that a person walking by will want to board it.
The White House announced via blog post on Thursday that it's forming working group focused on understanding the promises and pitfalls of big data (with a heavy emphasis on privacy, apparently) and how they might affect government…
Ford Motor is working with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University to give self-driving cars intuition.
A new system called N2Sky sets up neural networks in the cloud so their services can be shared like other computing resources.
The Ksplice software automatically applies patches to an operating system without having to reboot.
Researchers have created tactile sensors similar to the highly sensitive whiskers of cats and rats from composite films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles.
Bitcoin speculators have made millions of pounds in the last few months as the value of the Internet-based virtual currency has exploded.
The FBI has warned U.S. retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks after discovering about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same kind of malicious software used against Target Corp in the holiday shopping…