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The Argo Project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy has enlisted 40 researchers to devise a new approach for extreme-scale system software.
Researchers have developed a new strategy combining crowdsourcing and machine learning for rapidly interpreting aerial images captured by camera drones.
Researchers plan to develop a computer agent imbued with both narrative and emotional intellect.
A robot developed at Stanford University is the first to combine flying, perching with passive attachment technology, and climbing.
The heated debate between the FBI and Apple over the encryption of the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the two people who massacred 14 people in San Bernardino in December, took an unexpected turn Monday when the FBI…
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A new map of Mars' gravity made with three NASA spacecraft is the most detailed to date, providing a revealing glimpse into the hidden interior of the Red Planet.
Less than 24 hours before a highly anticipated Tuesday court session where prosecutors and Apple lawyers would have squared off here in federal court, government attorneys suddenly got a judge to vacate that hearing and stay …
The secretive U.S. military research division DARPA has announced plans to create a device that could accelerate learning in the human brain.
Researchers at the University of Southampton have designed an insole to sit inside a person's shoe and harvest energy from their footsteps.
The victory of Google DeepMind's AlphaGo algorithm over a champion Go player is seen as a resurgence for deep learning.
Cryptozoic Entertainment is working to reimagine how people play video games with computer-controlled opponents.
Last summer, physician Yvonne Chan wondered how the wildfires raging through Washington state were affecting people with asthma—for whom smoke and heat can trigger breathing difficulties.
Intel former CEO and Chairman Andrew S. Grove passed away on Monday, March 21, at the age of 79.
The FBI may have found a way without Apple’s assistance to unlock the iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Justice Department officials said Monday.
Security researchers pretty much uniformly agree that letting people vote online is a very bad idea, one that is fraught with risks and vulnerabilities that could have unknowable consequences for the future of democracy.
Three years ago, Ladar Levison, the founder of the now-defunct secure email service known as Lavabit, was in the same position Apple finds itself today: facing off against a formidable government foe with unlimited resources…
A research team from Johns Hopkins University has successfully cracked Apple's iMessage encryption. Professor Matthew D. Green says this disproves the notion that strong commercial encryption is hack-proof for either hackers…
A new type of memory cell based on superconductors would be hundreds of times faster than the types of memory devices commonly used today, according to scientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Moscow…
Computer-coding "boot camps" are surging in popularity, but these non-accredited programs do not offer a college degree, so graduates who invest a lot of money in such courses are often denied the high-paying positions such boot…
Researchers last week rolled out a new smartphone app to enable former NFL players and the general public to collectively participate in a clinical study to evaluate how on-the-field injuries affect the long-term health of players…
Utah residents this week will be able to cast ballots in the Republican presidential contest using computers, tablets, and smartphones, representing the largest online presidential voting experiment since 2004.
From an evolutionary perspective, yeast has no business producing a pain killer. But by re-engineering the microbe's genome, Christina Smolke at Stanford University in California has made it do precisely that.
A year ago, Pluto was just a bright speck in the cameras of NASA's approaching New Horizons spacecraft, not much different than its appearances in telescopes since Clyde Tombaugh discovered the then-ninth planet in 1930.
Driverless cars should have a fairly easy time getting the green light to operate on U.S. roadways, as long as they look and act like the vehicles people have been driving for the past century.
Researchers at Florida State University's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have found a way to dampen qubits' susceptibility to magnetic disruptions, or "noise," using atomic clock transitions.
Researchers have developed a machine-learning method that involves making such systems forget the data's "lineage" so they can remove the data and undo its effects and allow future operations to run as if the data never existed…
In an interview, former Stanford University Graduate School of Business doctoral students Julie Oberweis and Monica Leas discuss the genesis of a survey detailing Silicon Valley's inhospitable culture toward women.
Researchers from Tel Aviv University and MIT have developed a socially assistive robot that can serve as a one-to-one peer for learning in the classroom or for play.