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While 2014 has not been kind to rockets, it has been a banner year for robots of all stripes.
Inside the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, known as AI2, everything is a gleaming architectural white.
Using a gene-editing system originally developed to delete specific genes, MIT researchers have now shown that they can reliably turn on any gene of their choosing in living cells.
The Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced three shock waves. The most recent shock wave, first observed in February 2014, still appears to be going on. One wave, previously reported, helped researchers determine that Voyager 1…
One of the most exciting changes influencing modern life is the ability to search and interact with information on a scale that has never been possible before.
Researchers say they can have computers examine body camera video footage and accurately identify a person wearing a body-mounted device in about four seconds, according to a recently released paper.
Microsoft has launched a preview of its Skype Translator technology as a Windows 8.1 Skype Translator app, which enables the translation of typed and spoken messages in close to real time.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has unveiled an open source version of IBM's Watson named DeepDive. The system's performance was ahead of or equal to humans performing identical tasks, researchers say.
Ohio State University researchers are using a National Multiple Sclerosis Society grant to develop and test a rehabilitation therapy video game that targets upper extremity motor impairment and could help stroke and multiple…
Physicists have a problem with time.
Until Andre Geim, a physics professor at the University of Manchester, discovered an unusual new material called graphene, he was best known for an experiment in which he used electromagnets to levitate a frog.
Long ago, in the largest canyon system in our solar system, vibrations from "marsquakes" shook soft sediments that had accumulated in Martian lakes.
Four groups have been developing IBM Watson-like systems based on open source work.
University of Wyoming researchers are studying algorithms working together that may resulting in a program that could generate creative pictures by itself.
A recent workshop on the interfaces between brain research and computer science brought together neuroscientists and computer scientists over speeches and panel discussions on topics including brain imaging and mapping, computing…
New York University professor Gary Marcus says "superintelligent" machines are unlikely to arrive soon, but we already place a great deal of power in the hands of automated systems and need to be certain those systems can handle…
Women are the majority in the workforce, in college, and as income earners, but they are being left out of innovating, says Reshma Saujani, who wants to introduce coding to more than 1 million girls over the next decade.
SINTEF researchers are developing Gribbot, a fully functional robot designed to automate the process of extracting breast fillets from chickens, a task normally performed by humans.
Long gone are the leather jackets, goggles, and silk scarves flung over the shoulders of aviators who wrestled with flight controls, furiously scanned instruments, and navigated using paper charts.
Games controllers can end up in the strangest places.
The MIT Media Lab's Personal Robots Group flanks the soaring atrium on the fourth floor of the Wiesner Building, a wall of metal panels along the southern edge of Cambridge, Mass.
You may know opals as fiery gemstones, but something special called OPALS is floating above us in space. On the International Space Station, the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) is demonstrating how laser communications…
Courtrooms typically lag in technological innovation.
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is developing robots that can enter dangerous places.
Technology industry representatives attended a summit on diversity in the tech workforce organized by Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition and hosted by Intel.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee this week discussed the need for governments to end mass online surveillance.
Researchers say they have begun to describe theoretical limits on the degree of imprecision that communicating computers can tolerate.
Google has joined with two nonprofits to create a new award for the best media portrayal of women in technology.
Last July, while touring a jelly bean factory, I came upon a startling sight.
What do you get when you ask a bunch of digital artists to dream up a state-of-the-art tool for fighting cybercrime?