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After a two-year shutdown, the atom-smashing machine known as the Large Hadron Collider has embarked on a renewed quest to probe some of the biggest puzzles about the universe, such as dark matter and the possible presence of…
University of Pennsylvania researchers say they have discovered a property of silicon that combines aspects of photonic and spintronic computing.
University of Texas at Dallas researchers have developed electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to more than 14 times their initial length.
University of California, Santa Barbara professor Stephen D. Wilson is working to find the 21st century's equivalent of silicon.
The most sensitive work environments, like nuclear power plants, demand the strictest security.
Kepler-452b may be Earth's close cousin, but living on the newfound world would still be an alien experience.
The images of Pluto that the New Horizons probe beamed across 3 billion miles of hard vacuum are, in a word, breathtaking.
Flowing ice and a surprising extended haze are among the newest discoveries from NASA's New Horizons mission, which reveal distant Pluto to be an icy world of wonders.
Exploring how much information the Earth can store offers insights into the manifestation of order in the universe.
A new app unveiled last week at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Washington, D.C., could help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed cyborg cockroaches to serve as search-and-rescue scouts during disasters.
Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany have developed a method of matching infrared images and visible light images of the same face.
Oblong Industries CEO John Underkoffler does not believe a connection between the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence will become a threat to mankind.
Software developers at the University of Technology, Sydney have developed a three-dimensional, 360-degree data visualization room called the Data Arena.
Cylance researchers are using machine learning to improve malware detection.
Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision on marriage equality, a short YouTube video made the rounds online.
Technologists ask the UN to outlaw weapons that operate outside of human control.
DNA stores our genetic code in an elegant double helix. But some argue that this elegance is overrated.
Welcome to the age of hackable automobiles, when two security researchers can cause a 1.4 million product recall.
Yahoo, Facebook, and several other technology companies said they will inform job applicants that accessibility knowledge is "preferred" to land a job with them.
Michigan State University researchers are studying modern evolution in humans, nature, and computers at the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.
Java remains at the top of IEEE Spectrum's second annual ranking of programming languages.
Researchers studying the computer security habits of journalists across two continents found security weaknesses in their technological tools and ad-hoc workarounds.
Ramon Lopez de Mantaras is dubious human-like artificial intelligence is only a decade or two away.
Approaching the third anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has found a target unlike anything it has studied before—bedrock with surprisingly high levels of silica.
John Leonard's group in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile autonomous robots map their environments and determine their locations…
Among the many promises of the Internet of Things—a network of Wi-Fi-connected devices and equipment managed with smartphones—is the automation of everyday life, whether finding a parking space or discovering a discounted blouse…
Last week, United Airlines grounded nearly 5,000 flights when its computer system crashed.
Whether you're tracking your steps, monitoring your health or sending photos from a smart watch, you want the battery life of your wearable device to last as long as possible.
The 18th Computer Olympiad had programs vying against each other in strategic game-playing.