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A newly developed two-dimensional sheet of gold nanoantennas has recorded the strongest signal yet of the photonic spin Hall effect.
A humanoid robot used to deliver speech and physical therapy to a stroke patient has resulted in noticeable improvement in quality of life.
Whether it's our location, contact lists, calendars, photo albums, or search requests, app developers, advertising companies, and other tech firms are scrambling to learn everything they can about us in order to sell us things…
Bored with classes? Carnegie Mellon University and one of the government's top spy agencies want to interest high school students in a game of computer hacking.
With more than seven million people squeezed in to around 1,100sq km of land space, and property prices regularly ranking among the highest in the world, Hong Kong has realised it needs to get inventive if it wants to attract…
The determination by Congress and President Obama to protect networks of critical U.S. industries from hackers and cyberspies is creating an explosive growth opportunity—for lobbyists.
The European Commission is funding a project to study complex living systems and apply its findings to technological systems, particularly robot swarms.
Researchers have developed a way to find people on Twitter who are tweeting useful information during a crisis.
The HiPEAC European Network of Excellence recently released its latest computer systems roadmap.
The gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers may be more due to greater career options than less ability in math and science.
The new NAO system of sensors, computers, and robots is designed to help children with autism spectrum disorder.
The Swiss National Supercomputing Center will upgrade its supercomputer to more accurately predict the weather in the mountains of the Swiss Alps.
Scientists in Europe and the United States are moving forward with plans to intentionally smash a spacecraft into a huge nearby asteroid in 2022 to see inside the space rock.
A fingernail-based display could revolutionize the way people use devices like smartphones.
Bitcoin is an unregulated, uncontrolled online currency—worth more than £500m, it's the world's fastest growing.
Radio frequency chip makers are set to gain as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc unveil ever more sophisticated smartphones and tablets to battle for the No. 1 spot in the global mobile devices market.
The Pentagon's blue-sky research agency is readying a nearly four-year project to boost artificial intelligence systems by building machines that can teach themselves—while making it easier for ordinary schlubs like us to build…
China is working with software firm Canonical on an open-source operating system customised for Chinese users.
The Planck space mission has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents and origins.
Georgia Tech’s Logistic Regression/Markov Chain (LRMC) computerized college basketball ranking system predicts the University of Florida will win this year's NCAA men's college basketball tournament.
Researchers recently demonstrated the application of control theory principles to formal verification, in a method that could benefit approximate computation.
A new rapid-fire crowdsourcing program could provide new ways to enhance voice-recognition applications.
NATO's cyberwarfare handbook says that civilian hackers who carry out cyberattacks during coordinated military campaigns can be targeted as combatants.
YouTube has a billion unique users visiting the video-sharing website every month, equivalent to one out of every two people on the Internet—and the generation that has grown up with it watches video on smartphones just as much…
Women in the information technology (IT) field now make as much as men, according to the latest salary survey from Dice.
On the pilot's computer screen, planted at ground level a few yards from the airport runway here, the data streaming across the display tracked an airplane at 1,300 feet above a small city on the coast, making perfect circles…
The Central Intelligence Agency has published for the first time "Some Far-Out Thoughts on Computers," a 1962 internal document that shows how eager the agency was to exploit the power of data for Cold War spying purposes.
Wander through the historic streets of the Roman city of Bath in the U.K., and you might sense that they are smarter than average. And you would be right.
Like archeologists carefully digging for fossils, scientists with the Planck mission are sifting through cosmic clutter to find the most ancient light in the universe.