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The Planck space telescope has been turned off after spending nearly 4.5 years soaking up the relic radiation from the Big Bang and studying the evolution of stars and galaxies throughout the history of the universe.
An appellate court has finally supplied an answer to an open question left dangling by the Supreme Court in 2012: Do law enforcement agencies need a probable-cause warrant to affix a GPS tracker to a target’s vehicle?
Jack Gallant perches on the edge of a swivel chair in his lab at the University of California, Berkeley, fixated on the screen of a computer that is trying to decode someone's thoughts.
Google hopes a little browser tool will help change the world.
Google is hoping to inspire children's interest in quantum computing by using one of their favourite digital pastimes: Minecraft.
The first tests of a laser communication system by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration have been surprisingly error-free.
IBM has released a prototype of a computer modeled after the human brain that uses liquid both to fuel and cool the system.
Few young adults are interested in cybersecurity careers, according to a new study.
Generating panOptic Turing Tests to Tell Computers and Humans Apart (Gotcha) is a password mechanism based on a randomized puzzle-generation protocol.
New software could be used to map unknown environments based on the movement of a swarm of insect cyborgs.
Researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are developing new strategies for managing large and complex data streams.
Dennis Gray suspected that workers in his pest-control company were spending too much time on personal issues during the workday.
Atlas doesn't shrug. But he teeters, loses his grip, stutters, and staggers.
In a staged simulation called Quantum Dawn 2, bank executives in charge of operations, technology, and crisis planning were tasked with detecting how a massive cyber attack was unfolding in the markets—but each one only got to…
A new research alliance that will focus on detecting, modeling, and responding to cyberattacks on networks in real time.
A free, Web-based mapping site allows users to access detailed demographic data for any location in the United States.
Groovy has cracked the Tiobe Index top 20 list of the most popular programming languages.
Given that student retention rates typically hover at just around 4-5% of those participating in free Web classes, some online courses have evolved to a sort of “MOOC 2.0” in an effort to retain more students.
HealthCare.gov, the Web site at the center of President Obama's federal health insurance exchange, has been plagued with problems since it opened for business Oct. 1.
Robots armed with automatic weapons, anti-tank missiles and even grenade launchers are marching, er, rolling ever closer to the battlefield now that they’ve shown they can actually hit what they’re supposed to.
Earlier this month, major credit card processors including MasterCard, Visa, and America Express announced they would stop processing payments to websites that collect and publish mug shots online.
Remember that 1995 Alanis Morissette song, "Ironic?"
A new framework that would enable Internet users to search for videos using images rather than text could lead to smarter searching and indexing.
German researchers have developed a method for wireless data transmission at a world-record pace of 100 Gbps.
A new system could make robotic space exploration faster and more efficient by predicting the robot's future movements.
A new method uses TV and radio channels to transmit cellular signals when cellular systems are pushed beyond capacity.
Researchers say they have developed a method for accessing the Internet using signals sent by light-bulbs (Li-Fi) instead of Wi-Fi.
Researchers have developed a method of predicting whether a Kickstarter project will succeed within four hours of its launch, with 76-percent accuracy.
The ACM History Committee is sponsoring a two-day workshop on professional archival practices on May 21-22, 2014, in Minneapolis, MN.
Federal contractors have identified most of the main problems crippling President Obama's online health insurance marketplace, but the administration has been slow to issue orders for fixing those flaws, and some contractors…