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Pluto, get ready for your closeup.
Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) are debating whether to change part of the Rosetta mission in what would probably be the last attempt to find lost comet-lander Philae—but the shift would mean sacrificing long-planned…
A few months before she died, my grandmother made a decision.
A symposium on emerging trends in voting has been scheduled for Feb. 9-10 in Washington, D.C.
The use of information-rich phishing scams can alter recipients' cognitive processes, making them more likely to fall victim to the emails, according to a new study.
IBM researchers have developed a new way to rapidly manufacture three-dimensional transistors.
Long-standing concerns about the "supercookies" Verizon Wireless uses to tag its users for advertising purposes have resurfaced.
University of British Columbia students will launch a robotic sailboat this summer, hoping it will be the first sailbot to complete a transatlantic race.
It's hard to predict what startups Andreessen Horowitz wants to get behind.
Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble—the same style of roar that Americans have associated with auto power and performance for decades.
Cars are running out of screens.
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.
A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached in its 11 years on Mars includes the U.S. flag at the summit.
Photographs and data from the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft have provided an unprecedented close-up examination of a comet, but there is one thing that has not shown up yet: the small lander that bounded to the surface…
A security vulnerability in the iPhone 5 series of smartphone could be exploited by malicious software and compromise a user's personal information via Siri.
A research project dubbed Open Worm seeks to develop artificial intelligence technology by focusing on worm intelligence.
Fujitsu researchers are integrating psychology into profiling software to make computer security more personalized.
Researchers have presented a way to generate a sequence of simplified functions that ensure the best approximation optimization algorithms can offer.
Boston Robotics has rebuilt its robot to be used in the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotics Challenge finals in June.
Before you blast off to the moon in search of $30 million offered as part of the Google Lunar XPrize—or the juicy $20 million grand prize for being the first to get to the moon—you must make sure all your systems are ready for…
NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens.
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?
Advances in computer image recognition aspire to provide "a reasonable description in plain English."
You wouldn't think hellbenders would be hard to find: The gargantuan salamanders, the biggest amphibians in North America, can grow up to 30 inches long.
A new facial recognition app will make checking attendance faster and easier for college professors.
A new algorithm developed by Microsoft researchers can eliminate user tracking in Web searches without the overheads of existing technology.
Next-generation wearable electronics could be powered by a device in footwear.
Mechanical engineer Kristen Railey, founder of Girls Who Build, recently hosted a pilot workshop for high school girls at a federally funded research and development center.
The NASA-funded Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer, or LBTI, has completed its first study of dust in the "habitable zone" around a star, opening a new door to finding planets like Earth.
Does anybody really know what time it is?