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Controlling computers with gestures offers greater potential than a mouse ever could.
Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available information sources such as YouTube.
Can you tell the difference between a human and a soda can?
A recent survey found that 80% of enterprises are forming partnerships with groups such as citizen developers to close to the skills gap for application development.
A recent survey gauging the popularity of statistical software programs found the R programming language is rapidly gaining on traditional statistics packages.
The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to computer science professor Patricia Johann to support her research in relational parametricity.
If you've used the Internet for longer than the iPhone has been around, you're probably familiar with cookies, those little packets of personal data that help load websites you frequent and tell the websites' owners who you are…
With the planned launch of two satellites aboard a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana later this month, Europe is pushing ahead with its own satellite-navigation system, known as Galileo.
NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015.
Using detailed information collected by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft during its first two weeks at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, five locations have been identified as candidate sites to set down the Philae lander in November—the…
Researchers are developing software that instructs small, wheeled robots to work together in searching an area for a particular material.
Researchers are developing an indoor navigation system to help improve people's experiences at supermarkets, hospitals, and parks.
Privately owned surveillance companies are offering systems capable of tracking the location of any cellphone user to governments around the globe.
The future of Google's pursuit of fully autonomous vehicles is being put into question by new California rules that forbid such vehicles from driving on public roads.
Nearly all the hype around virtual reality—much of it fanned by Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, the headset maker—is about how the technology can be used for games.
Methods being developed to electronically manipulate the flight muscles of moths could lead to remote-controlled "biobots" for emergency search and rescue operations.
Security researchers with permission from local road authorities hacked into nearly 100 wirelessly networked traffic lights and were able to change the lights on command.
edX CEO Anant Agarwal says the online education platform is using open source and big data to help educate millions of people.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II this week granted a Royal pardon for internationally acclaimed British codebreaker and computer scientist Alan Turing, who took his own life in 1954 after being convicted two years earlier of having…
Punk bands from Blondie to the Ramones once played in Broadway Studios, an age-worn 95-year-old neoclassical building surrounded by strip clubs in San Francisco’s North Beach.
The U.S. Department of Transportation this week announced a plan to eventually require that vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications systems be installed in all U.S. cars and trucks.
The future of computer-aided design tools, in light of recent developments in 3-D printing and additive manufacturing, was the focus of a recent workshop by DARPA's Information Science and Technology group.
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first close-up look at Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989.
Columbia University researchers have developed XRay, a tool that seeks to reveal what personal data is being mined to craft online advertisements, product recommendations, and special pricing offers.
Internal documents leaked by activists earlier this month show police clients from several nations complaining to FinFisher GmbH, a seller of spyware to government clients, that the company's products were being thwarted by antivirus…
The onset of dementia can lead to an inability to navigate a neighborhood or building, and a new virtual reality-based tool is being developed at the University of California, San Diego to address the problem.
Here's something you probably didn't expect in your inbox: Researchers have now developed a way to email brainwaves.
The BBC has interviewed Andrew Lewman, executive director of the Tor Project.
In a fast-moving war with an elusive foe like the Islamic State militants, information is as important as guns, jet fighters and bombs.