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It looked like a child's playroom: toys in cubbies, a little desk for doing homework, a whimsical painting of a tree on the wall.
As the costs of genetic sequencing fall, oncologists are starting to prescribe expensive new drugs that target the genetic profiles of their patients' tumours, even when those treatments have not been approved for the particular…
A brain-to-computer technology that can translate thoughts into leg movements has enabled a man paralyzed from the waist down by a spinal cord injury to become the first such patient to walk without the use of robotics, doctors…
An academic says he and his colleagues have demonstrated a major breakthrough in the quest for invisibility, and he has the military’s attention.
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has released its Draft Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems.
New research projects by University of Arkansas computer scientist Xintao Wu could help ensure the identities of participants in genomic studies are shielded.
Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have found a loosely organized clump of gold nanoparticles can be made to do calculations.
A team of drones has autonomously built a rope bridge, according to researchers at ETH Zurich.
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has provided evidence for a daily water-ice cycle on and near the surface of comets.
For decades, automakers have been caught between building an engine that squeezes a lot of energy out of the fuel it burns and one that has low emissions.
The power it takes to drive petaflop machines could supply a small city with electricity.
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) from Coursera can yield tangible benefits to learners, according to a new longitudinal study of open online learning outcomes published in Harvard Business Review.
Despite the media furor over reports last year that a chatbot had "passed" the Turing test, most artificial intelligence (AI) researchers no longer view the test, first outlined by Alan Turing more than half a century ago, as…
Oregon State University professor Tom Dietterich sees vast potential for collaboration between humans and artificial intelligence (AI), contrary to popular assumptions that AI will replace people in jobs.
Not only are the algorithms that determine what people see on the Web — search results, status updates, or product recommendations — inscrutable to users, the engineers who develop the underlying software also do not know…
The technologies and techniques developed at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies, launched in 1999 with a $45-million grant from the U.S. Army, have made a significant impact in several…
Experts offer their views of how personal computers will evolve over the next two decades.
Developments in portable devices and affective computing could help detect mental health issues earlier.
August 11, the National Security Agency updated an obscure page on its website with an announcement that it plans to shift the encryption of government and military data away from current cryptographic schemes to new ones, yet…
Computational linguistics has dramatically changed the way researchers study and understand language.
Researchers at the University of Western Ontario believe artificial intelligence can help remove the guesswork from breast cancer treatment.
Researchers at the University of Liverpool say they have developed a new material that combines both electrical and magnetic order at room temperature.
Researchers have determined how physicists could exploit a molecule's energy to advance computers and storage devices.
Last Saturday I took part in a battle of wits at Bletchley Park, the stately home that housed the U.K.’s codebreakers during the second world war.
An artificial intelligence software program capable of seeing and reading has for the first time answered geometry questions from the SAT at the level of an average 11th grader.
In 1965, Ivan Sutherland, a computer-graphics pioneer, addressed an international meeting of techies on the subject of virtual reality.
The French now have the "right to be forgotten" worldwide.
During its recent 2015 Dreamforce conference, Salesforce launched its first Women's Leadership Summit.
Quantum key distribution is an emerging area of study in the effort to create secure computer messaging systems.