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Thanks to recent advances in synthetic biology—a hybrid discipline of engineering and biology that makes possible the manipulation of DNA of microorganisms such as yeast, bacteria, fungi and algae a new generation of "organism…
Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that has been on the cusp of becoming the next big thing for over 20 years.
Look no further than Kevin Mitnick's business card to see how some things never change.
Stanford University researchers have developed a manufacturing process that could significantly reduce the cost of producing gallium arsenide devices.
The U.S. intelligence community wants to develop insider threat-monitoring systems and new techniques for predicting cyberattacks.
Researchers are developing technology that would enable a bridge, dam, or building to sense a defect and alert officials before something bad occurs.
Researchers have unveiled the largest ever set of full genomes from a single population: Iceland.
Researchers have used a multilayer software framework for querying graph databases to customize distributed-memory high-performance computing clusters.
A team using the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite aboard NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first detection of nitrogen on the surface of Mars from release during heating of Martian sediments.
During the Middle Ages, the Vikings set sail in longships to raid faraway settlements and plunder their riches, but how did they find their way?
The dream for tomorrow's medicine is to understand the links between DNA and disease—and to tailor therapies accordingly.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is concerned about what rapid advancements in artificial intelligence will mean for the future of humanity.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday announced more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of science, technology, engineering, and math.
Researchers last week unveiled a new algorithm for identifying integer-overflow bugs.
North Carolina State University researchers are using cloud computing resources to analyze smart grid data.
Researchers at the University of Sheffield's Sheffield Robotics program are trying to give their iCub robot an artificial "self."
Crashing drones are spilling secrets about U.S. military operations.
Colleges and universities across the U.S. have been building new facilities to keep up with expanding science, technology, engineering, and math programs.
We have self-driving cars, knowledgeable digital assistants, and software capable of putting names to faces as well as any expert.
During my visit to General Electric's Global Research Centers in San Ramon, California, and Niskayuna, New York, last month, I got what amounts to an end-to-end tour of what GE calls the "Industrial Internet."
MIT’s Stonebraker brought relational database systems from concept to commercial success.
Plastics. Computers. Metamaterials?
Robots already stand in for humans in some of the dullest and most dangerous jobs there are, handling everything from painting cars to drilling rocks on Mars.
Jason Mars built his own Siri and then he gave it away.
Streaming video of developers as they code is gaining a growing audience.
Imagine, for a moment, that every Web search gave only accurate, verified information.
University of Rochester researchers have developed a way to transfer 2.05 bits per photon by using "twisted light."
A U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency project that will officially launch in May is an effort to aid interpreters by decrypting speech.
Polymorphic security warnings help reduce habituation in the brain, making computer users more likely to pay attention and not dismiss them outright.
After avoiding use of the rover's flash memory for three months, the team operating NASA's 11-year-old Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reformatted the vehicle's flash memory banks and resumed storing some data overnight…