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Pennsylvania State University researchers say they have given transistors a big boost by incorporating vanadium dioxide into the electronic devices.
Symantec researchers recently found requiring numbers and uppercase characters in passwords does not do much to make them stronger.
Think "electricity," green and cheap; no chilling required.
Scientists using NASA's repurposed Kepler space telescope, known as the K2 mission, have uncovered strong evidence of a tiny, rocky object being torn apart as it spirals around a white dwarf star.
Car infotainment systems that use voice commands may let drivers keep their hands on the wheel, but they're still highly distracting.
When it comes to automotive technology, self-driving cars are all the rage.
Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology CEO Telle Whitney said 2015 is "our time to lead."
It's safe to assume that most people have no idea that fonts, like music or movies, are protected by intellectual property laws, they usually come with a hefty price tag, and they are uncommonly vulnerable to unjust adaptation…
The search for signs of life in a mysterious star system hypothesized to potentially harbor an "alien megastructure" is now underway.
A new computerized question-answering system defeated former "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings in an exhibition trivia bowl match.
Having certain robots operate using the electronic equivalent of an endocrine system could present advantages, according to researchers.
Researchers this week presented papers on two fundamental problems in computer science at the IEEE symposium on Foundations of Computer Science.
Novel research could help overcome the barriers that are limiting progress in computing, according to a new report.
California Institute of Technology professor Steven Low believes the electric grid is on the verge of accommodating distributed, interconnected, and omnipresent intelligence.
In a brightly lit room on the third floor of the Museum of Natural History here, stacks of wooden drawers are covered in glass, some panes so dusty that it is difficult to discern exactly what’s inside. When the glass is removed…
The chip-enabled credit card system long used in Europe, a watered down version of which is rolling out for the first time in America, is meant to create a double check against fraud.
On Friday, a federal circuit court made clear that Google Books is legal.
U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency researchers are working on a program that aims to solve critical wireless technology problems.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University researchers have developed a program anomaly-detection approach to discovering stealth attacks on computers.
New technology promises to offer more accurate indoor location technology based on Wi-Fi.
An escalating number of available workers over 50 means lots of opportunity for training and engagement in computer occupations.
Despite increasingly heated rhetoric from opponents of government surveillance, a recent survey shows that most Americans would be okay with many kinds of Internet snooping as long as the snoopers told them first.
Apple Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer and the director of the National Security Agency squared off on Monday in a debate over how much access technology companies should afford U.S. intelligence agencies.
The behavior and interplay of two types of neurons in the brain helps give humans and other animals an uncanny ability to navigate by building a mental map of their surroundings.
The same techniques guided ancient Polynesians in the open Pacific and led Sir Ernest Shackleton to remote Antarctica, then oriented astronauts when the Apollo 12 was disabled by lightning, the techniques of celestial navigation…
In the Northern hemisphere's sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings outstretched in full flight, and Lyra, the harp that accompanied poetry in ancient Greece, from which we…
Famed mathematician and codebreaking pioneer Alan Turing's nephew, Sir Dermot Turing, is seeking to debunk myths about his uncle.
The U.S. Department of Energy Center for Securing Electric Energy Delivery Systems aims to help safeguard U.S. power utilities from cyberattacks.
A new mobile-phone navigation service promises to guide older people using public transportation to their destination, even when lost in a strange town.
Researchers are developing camera technology that could soon enable consumers to tell if fruits or vegetables are ripe or starting to rot underneath the surface.