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DARPA researchers want to embed stacked microchips with tiny fluid channels to circulate small drops of water as microfluidic cooling systems.
The Obama administration is planning a project to create a comprehensive map of the human brain.
Researchers are conducting experiments with CAVE2, a virtual world consisting of eight-foot-high screens and 72 stereoscopic LCD panels.
MIT researchers have developed a processor chip that can quickly create more realistic or enhanced lighting in a photograph.
Community colleges are stepping up efforts to turn out science, technology, engineering, and math graduates.
A congressman gets an earful from his neighbor after church about a tax bill. A senator suddenly finds old high school classmates calling her about an upcoming vote on a small business bill.
The number of smartphones, tablets and other network-connected gadgets will outnumber humans by the end of the year.
The story of how the Colossus computer at Bletchley Park aided the allied code-cracking effort during World War II is becoming well known. Its claim to be a forerunner of modern-day computers is also well established.
The Pentagon's mad scientists have concocted a plan to keep the miniature, stacked brains of tomorrow's advanced computers cool enough to power next-gen technological advances.
A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites.
Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers have demonstrated rapidly switching on and off "slow light" in specially designed materials at room temperature.
Aalto University researchers have taken the first step toward creating exotic mechanical quantum states.
Software developed by a team at the University of Maryland at College Park makes use of crowdsourcing to report road problems to local governments.
On the outskirts of Shanghai, in a run-down neighborhood dominated by a 12-story white office tower, sits a People's Liberation Army base for China’s growing corps of cyberwarriors.
Brown University will offer a massive open online course (MOOC) aimed at drawing high school students to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
The Pentagon sparked an uproar among troops and veterans when it revealed that a new high-level medal honoring drone pilots will rank above some traditional combat valor medals in the military’s "order of precedence."
A new assistive system to help senior citizens live at home embeds a tablet computer in the wall for centralized information access.
Drones can't just destroy, they can create.
Thomas Pynchon said it best, years before: "A screaming comes across the sky." Midmorning today, near the city of Chelyabinsk in western Siberia, a meteor came in from the northeast.
NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14.
The U.S. National Energy Technology Laboratory has acquired a 500-teraflop SGI supercomputer to advance energy and environmental research.
Harvard University researchers have developed a soft robot that can leap up to one foot in the air using small explosions.
The Mapping the Underworld project is developing a multi-sensor platform that can locate, map in three dimensions, and record the position of buried utility assets.
Oxford University researchers have developed a self-driving car that uses lasers and small cameras, rather than GPS, to direct the vehicle along regular routes.
The Open Invention Network, a community set up by an IBM-led consortium in 2005 to foster a safe patent environment for developers and users of the free, open-source software operating system Linux, now has more than 500 signatories…
A 1-billion euro research prize will be dedicated to the Human Brain Project, aimed at recreating the human brain in a supercomputer to advance neuroscience.
Researchers say the collective movement of concert-goers in a mosh pit is mathematically similar to that of a disordered 2-D gas.
Every summer, computer security experts get together in Las Vegas for Black Hat and DEFCON, conferences that have earned notoriety for presentations demonstrating critical security holes discovered in widely used software. But…
What do computer programmers and illegal immigrants have to do with each other?
The large asteroid Vesta is a true relic of our Solar System's early history.