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Optimization algorithms, which try to find the minimum values of mathematical functions, are everywhere in engineering. Among other things, they're used to evaluate design tradeoffs, to assess control systems, and to find patterns…
It's the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of rain are just beginning to let up.
If you think the latest enterprise and consumer network and computer technologies rolling into your data center and being snuck into your offices by end users are advanced, wait until you see what's cooking in the labs at universities…
We've always known that the ATLAS DRC humanoid robot was due for some serious upgrades before the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, because having a robot that's tethered for power and safety is just not in the spirit of what:…
On clear, moonless evenings, most of the biggest optical telescopes around the world begin the night's observations by firing a golden laser beam at the sky.
A new patent application titled Planar Waveguide Apparatus with Diffraction Element(s) and System Employing Same sounds like a scientific snoozefest, but just also might provide a playbook for the next decade of interaction design…
Documents provided by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden outline the agency's efforts to carry out covert cyberwarfare.
Microsoft researchers in Beijing have developed AutoCharge, a prototype automatic wireless charging system for smartphones.
Princeton University researchers have developed a rice grain-sized laser powered by single electrons tunneling through artificial atoms known as quantum dots.
Researchers have developed a chemical sensor platform that can smell more accurately than humans.
The third pilot of the Internet accessibility CLOUD4ALL project will kick off in Athens, Berlin, and Madrid in the coming months.
At least 50 local law enforcement agencies—and the United States Marshals—have acquired a type of handheld radar that allows cops to scan through walls to detect a human target.
Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a colony of aliens incubating in his laboratory.
University of Innsbruck researchers have improved an interface between quantum processors and optical fiber-based communication channels.
The US and UK are soon to take part in cyber war games, testing each other out for when the inevitable real cyberwar kicks off.
As NASA's Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, new images show the dwarf planet at 27 pixels across, about three times better than the calibration images taken in early December. These are the first in a series of images that…
Floor tiles that generate electricity when people walk on them. Streetlamps that transmit data to people passing beneath them.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute has been awarded a $4.4-million grant to develop a program to prepare professionals to address cybersecurity challenges and threats.
University of California, Los Angeles professor Terence Tao is using computers to help him solve a tricky mathematical question.
The creator of Boolean algebra and Boolean logic is remembered.
From France to Nigeria, the world is reeling from a wave of deadly terrorist attacks.
The hackers behind the devastating attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment late last year exploited a previously undisclosed vulnerability in its computer systems that gave them unfettered access and enabled them to reach…
Intelligentsia of AI will gather to come up with a battery of alternatives to the traditional Turing test.
Get in your car and drive.
The Beagle 2 Mars Lander, built by the United Kingdom, has been thought lost on Mars since 2003, but has now been found in images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Today marks the beginning of the world’s encounter with Pluto, as a NASA spacecraft that has journeyed for nine years begins its first phrase of approach to the dwarf planet.
An IBM study on the future of automotive technologies found self-healing cars and connections to the Internet of Things are the wave of the future.
Cornell University researchers have developed algorithms and data analysis tools to help rebalance the New York City Citi Bike system as efficiently as possible.
A cyber security researcher wonders if information technology, the Internet, and social media could determine whether a suspicious person is likely to commit a crime.
Fujitsu Laboratories recently demonstrated a prototype for a ring-type computing device that would enable users to "write" words in the air.