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The United States has opened a new line of combat against the Islamic State, directing the military’s six-year-old Cyber Command for the first time to mount computer-network attacks that are now being used alongside more traditional…
University of Michigan researchers have developed Sirius, an open platform for intelligent assistants such as Siri, Cortana, and Google Now.
Researchers say algorithms and open source machine-learning tools are as effective as human reviewers in detecting cancer cases using data from free-text pathology reports.
The new Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform is a combination sensor and computing chip that can operate without a battery or a wired power source.
On one end of a dock at America's busiest port, tractor-trailers haul containers through dense, stop-and-go traffic. Sometimes they collide.
What the legendary matches between supercomputer Deep Blue and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov reveal about today’s artificial intelligence and machine learning fears.
Scott Aaronson has one of the highest intelligence/pretension ratios I’ve ever encountered.
In the late 90s, Sam Schmidt had a promising career as an IndyCar driver, finishing fifth in the championship in 1999 after taking his first win in Las Vegas.
It's a memory so small you'll forget where you left it. A new data storage system uses single atoms as computer bits, and could hold the contents of the US Library of Congress in a cube just 100 micrometres across—little more…
Michigan State University researcher Sean Pue is studying the role of sound in modern South Asian poetry.
The University of Florida last week hosted what it called the world's first drone race involving brain-computer interfaces.
The U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking public comment on the Internet of Things.
Computers have a persistent problem representing fractional numerical values, but high-performance computing scientist John Gustafson has proposed a solution.
The next frontier for game-playing artificial intelligence could be the popular real-time strategy game "StarCraft."
The Obama administration is continuing its campaign to advance math and science education.
Your gadgets could be providing a window that any hacker could see right through to spy on you.
The U.S. Justice Department on Friday dropped its effort to force Apple Inc to help unlock an iPhone in a drug case in New York after someone provided authorities the passcode to access the device.
Humanity has fallen to artificial intelligence in checkers, chess, and, last month, Go, the complex ancient Chinese board game.
The European Commission has quietly announced plans to launch a €1-billion (US$1.13 billion) project to boost a raft of quantum technologies—from secure communication networks to ultra-precise gravity sensors and clocks.
You will know me by the buzz in my head. Biometric systems, which identify people by their physiological features, can use everything from ear shape to walking gait to tell who you are. Now we can add our skull’s ability to conduct…
Aftershocks continue shaking the cities of Kumamoto, Japan and Muisne, Ecuador, almost a week after earthquakes rocked the two cities, frightening residents still reeling from the devastation and hampering relief efforts.
Tel Aviv University researchers say "dynamic visibility" diminishes privacy.
Researchers from ETH Zurich, Disney Research Zurich, and Carnegie Mellon University are developing a software tool that lets users custom-design a robot on a computer.
Researchers have compiled a massive public dataset for self-driving vehicles culled from thousands of hours of data from a single stretch of road over a 12-month period.
A joint effort by researchers from Russia, Nebraska, and Switzerland seeks a "universal" non-volatile memory composed of an ultra-thin ferroelectric film grown on silicon.
Researchers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute say their robot is ready to teach both kids and adults how to code.
A painstaking re-engineering of the CRISPR gene-editing system has given researchers the ability to alter individual DNA letters efficiently in a given gene.
When Defense Secretary Ashton Carter landed in Iraq for a surprise visit this week, he came armed with this news: More than 200 additional U.S. troops are headed to that country.
There is something special happening in a generic office park in an uninspiring suburb near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
A course in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory aimed to create a fleet of duckie-adorned self-driving taxis.