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Ziggy Stardust would love this: Spiders could help find life on Mars.
Russians submarines and spy ships are "ggressively operating" near the undersea cables that are the backbone of the global Internet—worrying some U.S. intelligence and military officials who fear the Russians may sabotage them…
Researchers have created a photon contact, a key development in the effort to develop quantum computer networks.
The fact that automated cars can never be perfectly safe raises ethical issues, such as how they should be programmed to act in the event of an unavoidable collision.
The RoboBee is smaller than a paperclip, and can flap its tiny wings 120 times per second.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will sample the ocean of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Wednesday, Oct. 28, when it flies through the moon's plume of icy spray.
Lawmakers want to know more about Volkswagen's massive cheat—how the automaker used software to crank up the power on a vehicle, and then hide the fact.
When Google-parent Alphabet Inc. reported eye-popping earnings last week its executives couldn’t stop talking up the company's investments in machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently presented a study about users' susceptibility to, and ability to detect, certain cyberattacks.
The Unicode Consortium, founded in the late 1980s to create a standardized code for text characters, is attracting interest as the arbiter of new emojis.
Johns Hopkins University researchers say they have spent more than eight months studying spider crickets in order to develop a new generation of jumping robots.
University of Washington (UW) researchers have developed a model they say can predict which genetic mutations significantly change how genes splice.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to develop an easy-to-use toolset to detect altered images.
Marie desJardins of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, sees a great need to expand computer science education in the K-12 grades.
Researchers have designed an artificial neural network to identify scenes in photographs taken by people using wearable cameras or mobile phones.
Enthusiastic Tesla owners cheered last Wednesday when the company enabled the use of an automated driving system, called Autopilot, in its Model S all-electric sedans.
The two mobile robots Spirit and Opportunity were launched from Earth in 2003 and arrived on opposite sides of Mars in 2004. A suite of cameras, instruments, and tools allows them to traverse the landscape for several kilometers…
Researchers have created the first ultrathin, flat lens able to focus light just as well as its curved counterparts, potentially enabling big breakthroughs in camera and microscope technology.
Dartmouth College researchers have used three-dimensional modeling to confirm the authenticity of a photo of Lee Harvey Oswald holding a rifle.
A New York University researcher and colleagues are working to make user privacy an integral part of the software development process.
New algorithms could help people better understand sound quality on phones, video recorders, and dictaphones.
A team of Stanford University engineers have built an autonomous, drifting DeLorean powered by electricity to research the physical limits of self-driving systems.
Delft University of Technology scientists report validating quantum theory's fundamental claim of the phenomenon of spooky action.
On October 23, a Hurricane Warning was in effect from San Blas to Punta San Telmo.
In August, National Security Agency officials advised US agencies and businesses to prepare for a not-too-distant time when the cryptography protecting virtually all sensitive government and business communications is rendered…
In a landmark study, scientists at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands reported they have conducted an experiment they say proves one of the most fundamental claims of quantum theory—that objects separated by…
Scientists at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio say they’ve used electronics to get around a paralyzed man's spinal injury, permitting him to use an implant in his brain to move his arm and hand.
It was August 15, 2012, when Jeremy Maddamma left Afghanistan on a stretcher.
What started as an effort to build a database on traumatic brain injury at the U.S. National Institutes of Health has grown into something more significant.
Microsoft researchers say a working quantum computer, capable of outperforming traditional computers by orders of magnitude, could be available within 10 years.