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Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist's thirst for knowledge with a philosopher's quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet…
Researchers are performing supercomputer simulations in an attempt to determine how much water levee systems can withstand before breaking, leading to flooding.
The U.S. Department of Energy is funding research into clothing that can change its thermal properties to adapt to the environment, as well as to the body of the wearer.
Deception has been used to thwart cyberattacks before, mostly in "honeypot" strategies, but what sets a new operating system apart is inconsistent deception.
The flow of pedestrians is a critical part of the design of buildings, stadiums, and much more.
University of Washington researchers say they have developed a low-cost way to harness useful data from bus passengers' mobile device Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals.
The Wozniak Lounge, located on the northern side of campus at the University of California, Berkeley, looks like it was decorated by engineers, to the extent that one could say it’s decorated at all.
Computer scientist John Tromp has discovered the total number of legal positions on Go's standard 19x19 board.
The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has invested more than $28 million in grants toward the development of advanced machine-learning algorithms.
The latest standoff between Europe and American tech companies runs through a quiet street just north of the Louvre Museum, past chic cafes and part of the French national library, to the ornate office of Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin…
Researchers have developed a new technique for using block copolymers and mesh structures to find new ways to build processors for memory and optical chips.
Scientists in Italy are developing "smart materials" that will enable robots to biodegrade like a human body once they have reached the end of their life span.
The Science of Deep Specification project is aimed at helping developers build bug-free programs.
At its current location for inspecting an active sand dune, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is adding some sample-processing moves not previously used on Mars.
In the fall of 2013 a young software engineer named Charles Pratt arrived on Howard University's campus in Washington.
Three years ago, Charles Chase, an engineer who manages Lockheed Martin's nuclear fusion program, was sitting on a white leather couch at Google's Solve for X conference when a man he had never met knelt down to talk to him.
A researcher charges the protocol created by a U.K. governmental group to encrypt voice calls has a weakness built into it by design that could enable mass surveillance.
Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence machine that learned how to write political speeches that are very similar to real speeches.
Japan's automakers aim to meet the challenge of aging drivers with few transportation options by testing self-driving vehicles on roads.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to create a chip to implant in a soldier's brain to connect it directly to computers.
NutriRay3D is a new laser-mapping technology/smartphone app that lets users point a smartphone at food and get an accurate count of its total calories and nutrition.
Within just three years since the discovery of its gene-editing potential, the new technique Crispr has become the hottest, and most controversial, development in genomics research. And now it's more than just a science—it's…
Implantable mobile phones. 3D-printed organs for transplant. Clothes and reading-glasses connected to the Internet.
In 1996, IBM'S Deep Blue became the first supercomputer to defeat a chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, in a game.
Nothing beats talking to another person face-to-face, but a group of researchers are considering whether a life-size projection of a person that appears to be sitting across from you in an actual chair might be a close second…
A spirits company equips its bottles with customizable LED message bands.
Researchers report they can control the phase and electrical properties of a thin-film material by applying a small voltage.
The VTT Technical Research Center of Finland developed the roll-to-roll overmolding manufacturing process now being used by the Printed Into Products 2 project.
Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers developed machine-learning technology that played a key role in the discovery of supernova ASASSN-15lh.
Fewer software security vulnerabilities were reported worldwide in 2015 than in 2014, but the number of published vulnerabilities with a high level of severity has increased.