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It's one of the greatest tropes in movies, literature, and television shows: the idea that we could travel back in time to alter the past.
A new NASA tool links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice, such as southern Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula. It is intended to help coastal planners prepare for rising …
Virginia has completed a series of computer science standards designed to configure the curriculum and what instructors are expected to teach at each grade level.
Harvard University's Pooja Chandrashekar founded the ProjectCSGIRLS coding competition, now the largest such competition for middle-school girls in the U.S.
Researchers have found skillful voice impersonators are able to fool state-of-the-art speaker recognition systems, posing a significant security risk.
A new method for writing magnetic information in any pattern uses a very small magnetic probe known as a magnetic force microscope.
Robot missions to Venus could become routine within the next decade by sending exploratory probes with highly durable computer chips that can handle the planet's extreme environment.
Dark features on Mars previously considered evidence for subsurface flowing of water are interpreted by new research as granular flows, where grains of sand and dust slip downhill to make dark streaks, rather than the ground …
The 2017 AAAS Fellows will be honored at the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, Feb. 15-19, 2018.
Internet freedom is on the decline for the seventh consecutive year as governments around the world take to distorting information on social media in order to influence elections, a new report says.
Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence that can skillfully play a Battleship-like game by determining how to ask questions as efficiently as possible.
Researchers have developed two new uses for machine learning--reconstructing a hologram to form a microscopic image of an object, and improving optical microscopy.
An international team of researchers could advance the use of organic electronics by facilitating a breakthrough in organic semiconductors.
By 2020, the reign of the von Neumann architecture will begin fading away after 75 years of dominance.
They seem an odd couple. J. D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy," his best-selling memoir of growing up in the postindustrial Midwest and his journey of escape. And Steve Case, the billionaire co-founder of America Online.
Steve Desch can see the future of exoplanet research, and it's not pretty.
Researchers have found a connection between young people's ability to perform well at two popular video games, and high levels of intelligence.
New software searches mainstream websites and the Dark Web to identify sites that contain terrorist ideologies that encourage people to cause harm.
New algorithms are designed to combat crowdturfing, in which masses of online workers are paid to post phony reviews, circulate malicious tweets, and spread fake news.
Pennsylvania State University researchers are training computers to produce original design ideas, in order to determine whetyer they are technically feasible.
Researchers are developing a bioengineered robotic hand that will grow and adapt to its environment, with its own peripheral nervous system linking to sensors and actuators.
Princeton University professor Margaret Martonosi says quantum computing has reached an inflection point.
The prospect of blockchain technology remaking financial services just moved a step closer to reality after banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. completed a successful six-month test in the $2.8 trillion…
The inventor of the World Wide Web remains an optimist but sees a 'nasty wind' blowing amid concerns over advertising, net neutrality and fake news.
The software algorithms that decide our news feed are programmed to prioritize user attention over truth to optimize for engagement, which means optimizing for outrage, anger and awe.
After the Russian hacking of the 2016 election, many people worry that technology has gone too far.
One of the most spectacular achievements in physics so far this century has been the observation of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that result from masses accelerating in space.
A new deep-learning algorithm that evaluates chest x-rays for signs of disease and can outperform radiologists at diagnosing pneumonia.
Johan Kwisthout of Radboud University in the Netherlands' discusses efforts to use robots to replicate the brains infants in order to better understand their learning process.