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A district court judge has ruled the U.S. National Security Agency's daily collection of virtually all Americans' phone records is almost certainly unconstitutional.
A new type of transistor could make possible fast and low-power computing devices for energy-constrained applications.
Harvard University professor Woodward Yang says the personal technology market will experience business disruptions due to constant innovation.
The Koopman Mode Analysis is an algorithm that could predict future instabilities in the power grid and make power outages a thing of the past.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's robotics competition is aimed at developing a robot that can function in disaster zones.
Google has introduced a new feature to its Google Glass, which allows users to take a photo with a "wink of the eye."
You step inside Walmart and your shopping list is transformed into a personalized map, showing you the deals that'll appeal to you most.
Over the years, some science fiction has popularized the notion that our world might not be what it seems—that we might all be living in the Matrix (to use perhaps the most well-known version of the concept).
Smartphones could be the key to building low-cost, autonomous drones.
Microsoft has joined the Fast IDentity Online Alliance, which seeks to develop standards to curb corporate reliance on passwords.
The Multiscale Coupling Library and Environment 2 project is aimed at implementing and executing multiscale models with feedback loops.
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A federal judge made headlines Monday by declaring that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is likely unconstitutional.
Picture a person reading these words on a laptop in a coffee shop.
When Robert Hooke first looked at a piece of cork under a microscope in 1665, he was looking for scientific reasons–but that didn’t keep him from seeing the intrinsic beauty in the slides.
American intelligence and law enforcement investigators have concluded that they may never know the entirety of what the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden extracted from classified government computers…
The European Union is funding a project that intends to use high-tech sensors to get young people to adopt healthy lifestyles.
Researchers have shown that an important class of artificial intelligence algorithms could be implemented using chemical reactions.
The U.S. National Security Agency is able to crack the A5/1 encryption technology used on most cellphones worldwide.
The nw Wide-Angle Virtual Environment (WAVE) display is a curved wall array of 35 55-inch LG commercial liquid crystal display monitors.
Technology companies are experimenting with physical keys to take the place of passwords.
WiTrack is a new a three-dimensional (3D) motion-tracking technology that uses radio signals to track a person through walls and other obstacles.
Additions to the Wassenaar Arrangement will require technology companies to get permission from governments to sell a range of security and surveillance software.
BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat, and Atlas have joined Google's growing robot menagerie.
Critics of the U.S. National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. residents' telephone records should offer a better way to track terrorists and protect the country against attacks, the agency's director said Wednesday.
Planetary geologist Ellen Stofan joined NASA in August as the agency's chief scientist, an overarching role in which she advises on the science of all NASA programmes.
When the Curiosity rover landed in Gale crater 16 months ago, its goal was to find a place on Mars that was habitable 4 billion years ago.
The AllSeen Alliance has developed an open source framework to enable systems to discover, connect, and interact with each other, regardless of manufacturer or OS.
Researchers are developing an algorithm that uses group pictures to determine what urban tribe a specific person belongs to, with up to 48-percent accuracy.