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University of Navarre researchers have developed algorithms to reduce and optimize images. Using a reduced image with between 1 and 10 percent of the original information, the researchers say the algorithms enable 100 percent…
As a diplomatic row rages between the United States and Europe over spying accusations, state-backed Deutsche Telekom wants German communications companies to cooperate to shield local Tnternet traffic from foreign intelligence…
It seems the cruellest and most unnecessary of deaths—to be crushed in the midst of a crowd.
USC has released a study showing that Google search has greatly expanded and increased in speed over the past 10 months. Google search has increased by about 600 percent the number of worldwide locations from which it serves…
Three years ago, McGill University researchers launched Phylo, an online puzzle game with more than 300,000 users worldwide that helped with genomic research. Now the researchers are making this crowd of players available to…
A research team from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology won an international artificial intelligence contest at a recent conference with software that replicates a human-like way of playing the Angry Birds video game.
Consumer trust is a vital currency for every big Internet company, which helps to explain why the giants of Silicon Valley have gone to great lengths in recent months to show how hard they are fighting back against government…
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently hosted a competition in which graduate students designed two mobile apps, called FoodFeed and FL•U, to fight the threats of food-related illnesses and the flu, respectively.
The shape of a person's social network is a powerful signal that can identify one's spouse or romantic partner, according to Cornell University's Jon Kleinberg and Facebook engineer Lars Backstrom.
It's a view as good as gold. A loop high above Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed this stately view of the golden-hued planet and its main rings.
"It depends on what you mean by artificial intelligence."
Ed Terebus was an 18-year-old high school student when he and his big brother Jim, a laid-off auto worker, decided to build their first haunted house 34 years ago.
Alton Towers in Staffordshire has just opened the world's first 14-loop roller coaster, called The Smiler, while in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World claims to have the world's fastest coaster.
Machine intelligence could make it easier to spot illicit cargo among the goods that move through the world's ports.
Researchers in the initial phase of the Semiconductor Synthetic Biology program will distribute $2.25 million in funding over three years.
Facebook is turning to deep learning to teach computers to more closely imitate the human brain, with the goal of gaining greater insight into individual users.
Emerging printing technologies are enabling high-quality reproductions of art masterpieces that copy color, brushstrokes, and paint thickness precisely.
When he read about the technical failures plaguing HealthCare.gov, Mike Bracken said it felt like a real-life version of the movie Groundhog Day.
Researchers say they have developed an improved method of creating noise pollution maps that uses crowdsourced smartphone data.
From the front of his classroom, University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate professor Barney McCoy noticed that students’ smart phones were making regular appearances during his classes.
It's hard to miss the rocket engine in Paulo Lozano's MIT office.
NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits per second…
Often dismissed as a laggard in the global cyberarms race, North Korea has long been seen as a chronic cyber-superpower wannabe.
Money laundering is increasingly becoming a cybercrime.
Google Shield, a product of the Google Ideas initiative, will offer certain websites free protection from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
A chat with Arjun Kumar, winner of the 2012 Massachusetts Institute of Technology App Inventor contest in the K-8 division for his EZ School Bus Locator.
An international team of researchers from seven institutions are teaching two-legged robots a stable, robust human way of walking.
Check it out, I'm working on a reboot of The Graduate, set in 2013.
Gamification, the use of game mechanics and game design techniques in non-gaming contexts, is beginning to grab hold in many industries.