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At precisely three minutes and thirty seconds before two o'clock on the afternoon of Friday, April 10, 1896, on a bridge in the Greek town of Marathon, an army officer named Papadiamantopoulos fired a revolver into the air and…
These days, we're having a harder and harder time trusting each other.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has cited the need to support and invest in women and girls who want to pursue careers in scientific research.
Researchers have found that angling the rotor blades of a quad-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle can reduce pitching when attempting to fly into headwinds.
Researchers used advanced real-time tracking software and robotics to design and test the first closed-loop control system featuring a bioinspired robotic replica interacting in three dimensions with live zebrafish.
Jueying is a quadruped robot dog that can run up a steep slope, walk on thick snow, and regain its balance after receiving a heavy blow.
Geoffrey Hinton spent 30 years hammering away at an idea most other scientists dismissed as nonsense. Then, one day in 2012, he was proven right.
What if you could grow vegetables in half the time? What if a surgeon could see cancerous cells throughout an entire operation? What if solar panels could become significantly cheaper and easier to make?
The cohort is creating a union of concerned experts called the Center for Humane Technology.
The Chinese government is equipping its police with real-time facial-recognition sunglasses to instantly locate criminals in crowds.
The University of Southampton in the U.K. recently launched the Center for Machine Intelligence.
Researchers have developed a social robot to promote creativity and collaboration in the workplace.
Researchers are using machine learning to identify and classify wildlife caught on camera.
Researchers recently examined the anti-ad blocking environment and what can be done to improve it.
A recent study demonstrated terahertz frequency data links can bounce around a room without losing too much data, which could make terahertz wireless data networks more feasible.
After atmospheric scientist Ivana Cvijanovic began pushing a computerized climate simulation to its limits, she noticed a disturbing result: as Arctic sea ice nearly disappeared, massive high-pressure systems built up thousands…
More than 300 Olympics-related computer systems have already been hit, with many of them compromised.
The field of cybersecurity is obsessed with preventing and detecting breaches, finding every possible strategy to keep hackers from infiltrating your digital inner sanctum.
In deep space, accurate timekeeping is vital to navigation, but many spacecraft lack precise timepieces on board.
Researchers at the University at Buffalo have developed Lecture Buddy, a smartphone application that translates lectures into text using a continuous speech recognition program.
Researchers at Clemson University have developed the ultra-simple tirboelectric nanogenerator (U-TENG) designed to take mechanical motion and transform it into electricity.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are working on small aerial drones that purposefully collide with obstacles and then move on to perform various functions.
An international team led by Northwestern University professor James Rondinelli has demonstrated the coexistence of multiple quantum interactions in a single material, and a means of controlling them via an electric field.
John Perry Barlow has one of those resumes that seems too surreal to be true: poet turned Grateful Dead lyricist; lifelong activist; columnist for Communications of the ACM; co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation—arguably…
In most respects, Jong Hyok looks like any other middle-aged male tech worker you might see on the skyscraper-shadowed streets of Seoul's Gangnam district: smartphone in hand, dark-blue winter coat over a casual, open-collared…
The world of artificial intelligence has exploded in recent years. Computers armed with AI do everything from drive cars to pick movies you'll probably like.
Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin have developed new methods for robots or computer programs to learn how to perform tasks by interacting with a human instructor.
When it comes to black boxes, there is none more black than the human brain. Our gray matter is so complex, scientists lament, that it can't quite understand itself.
Scientists have confirmed a form of water that is simultaneously solid and liquid. It is the latest advance in the study of water, a seemingly simple substance that can shift between many different configurations.
Researchers have used the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment to gain access to more than 975,000 compute hours on the Maverick supercomputing system.