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What are the consequences of the same searches yielding different results for different people?
Where can scientists find clues to help them locate and understand life beyond Earth?
It may not be able to do grocery shopping or hang out laundry to dry, but a project involving current telepresence technology could help people with limited mobility get around in the form of a robotic avatar.
The gearheads in Detroit, Tokyo, and Stuttgart have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Even the Google guys seem to have solved the riddle.
University of California, Berkeley researchers are trying to emulate in robots the ability of cockroaches to roll and scoot through gaps.
Research conducted at Morgan State University promises to make devices that make up the Internet of Things safer.
Researchers have developed an experimental infrastructure to dynamically create, deploy, and manage virtual clusters of heterogeneous nodes within a cloud.
GameNet and GameSage are two Web-based tools to help game players find new games suited to their individual tastes.
Given the amount of mobile phone traffic that cell phone towers transmit, it is no wonder law enforcement agencies target these devices as a rich source of data to aid their investigations.
For the U.S., the extradition of Ercan Findikoglu shows the value of patience when it comes to pursuing suspected hacker kingpins.
The face of a killer constructed from DNA left at the scene of a crime: it sounds like science fiction. But revealing the face of a criminal based on their genes may be closer than we think.
With the help of neural networks—vast networks of machines that mimic the web of neurons in the human brain—Facebook can recognize your face.
Young children can look at whatever is in front of them, and describe what they see—but for artificial intelligence systems, that's a daunting task.
University of Toronto Scarborough researchers say they have developed a new way to determine the actual shapes of biological molecules such as proteins and viruses.
Teams of researchers are using Kirigami, the Japanese art of paper cutting, as inspiration for developing flexible and stretchable electronics.
An innovative VR training program could help prepare security personnel in Europe to respond to physical threats and cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are testing a new method of programming autonomous underwater vehicles.
Researchers think a database of psychological scores and social media data could be used to usher in a new era of psychological big data.
Ceres, the largest asteroid in the Solar System, is finally getting its close-up. NASA's Dawn spacecraft arrived in March, and is now taking photographs from as close as 4,400 kilometres above the asteroid's surface.
The importance of tracking motorist behavior will grow as more automated vehicles are rolled out, especially as it relates to the issue of assigning liability in accidents.
LOpht's warnings about the Internet drew notice, but little action.
Thanks to the latest advances in computer vision, we now have machines that can pick you out of a line-up. But what if your face is hidden from view?
Researchers and engineers are exploring ways to help Unmanned Aerial Vehicles choose to fly themselves, and to fly more safely.
Government officials have been vague in their testimony about the data breaches—there was apparently more than one—at the Office of Personnel Management.
Every decade or so since the first cellular networks appeared the companies that make mobile devices and the networks linking them have worked out new requirements defining transmission speeds, capacity and other technical characteristics…
There are simple steps that can be taken to make software more secure and resilient, writes Carnegie Mellon University professor Jean Yang.
Indiana University researchers are working with colleagues in Switzerland to track the spread of information across the human brain.
University of Texas at Austin researchers used supercomputers to discover a surprising link between cross-shaped pieces of DNA, or cruciforms, and human cancer.
Over the past two years, breakthroughs in ancient genomics and archaeology have revolutionized the story of the first humans in Europe—who are thought to have appeared some 45,000 years ago—and their relationship with the Neanderthals…
Facebook and Google are building enormous neural networks—artificial brains—that can instantly recognize faces, cars, buildings, and other objects in digital photos. But that’s not all these brains can do.