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Back in the 1880s, the American astronomer Simon Newcomb noticed something strange about the book of logarithmic tables in his library—the earlier pages were much more heavily thumbed than later ones implying that people looked…
NASA is bringing together experts spanning a variety of scientific fields for an unprecedented initiative dedicated to the search for life on planets outside our solar system.
Researchers have developed a three-dimensional printer that layers laser-cut sheets of fabric to form soft, squeezable objects.
The U.S. National Science Foundation last month hosted a workshop that, it hopes, will result in new capabilities for understanding the Earth system.
Japanese researchers have used an experimental headset to simulate the vision and hearing of people with autism spectrum disorder.
Cesar Cerrudo, chief technology officer at IOActive Labs, says "smart city" technologies are vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Demand for students graduating with computer science, software engineering, and computer engineering degrees is on the rise.
A new study found that while interest in computer science among both men and women has fluctuated over the last four decades, women were consistently underrepresented.
When astronomers try to simulate colliding giant black holes, they usually rely on simplified approximations to model the swirling disks of matter that surround and fuel these gravitational monsters.
At the Global Conference on CyberSpace, Vint Cerf tested technology that lets a person control a drone’s movements with his or her brain.
An imposingly realistic vision of the old 1 World Trade Center, the ultimately doomed north tower, will begin appearing next month in a most unlikely place: the five special elevators servicing the observatory atop the new 1.…
Workers at a Navistar truck plant in Ohio weren't eager to make friends when a new colleague showed up on the factory floor nearly 40 years ago.
Google is close to launching thousands of balloons in an effort to provide Internet access from the sky.
Researchers have printed memory circuits directly on paper using roll-to-roll printing techniques and commercially available metallic inks.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Near Zero Power and Sensor Operations program is working to develop wireless, event-driven sensing capabilities.
Recognizing the vision and achievement of two leaders who have transformed the way the world views computing.
The bookshelves in Natasha Dow Schüll’s office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are punctuated here and there with kitchen timers: a windup orange plastic device, an egg-shaped stainless steel mechanical timer, a…
Some people are calling it Mobilegeddon.
What does glitter have to do with finding stars and planets outside our solar system?
Microsoft's Rashid and former Apple executive Tevanian were selected for their roles as lead developers of a pioneering operating system.
The technologies chip makers hope can keep Moore's Law alive.
Researchers conducted a large-scale study of email behaviors involving more than 2 million participants who sent 16 billion messages over several months.
Delegates to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons are meeting this week in Geneva to discuss fully autonomous weapons—machines that could decide to kill someone without any human input.
Pennsylvania State University researchers have found many video games can have meaningful entertainment experiences for players.
Researchers recently received a $3-million U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency grant to develop software that can identify a new kind of vulnerability.
Cornell University researchers have developed an algorithm-based automotive system to predict if the driver will turn, change lanes, or continue going straight.
The African-American Male Achievers Network encourages African-American and Latino students to enter science, technology, engineering, and math careers.
Rsearchers have found hackers can speculate PINs by interpreting video of people tapping their smartphone screens even when the display is not visible.
Quantum computers should theoretically outpace ordinary ones, but attempts to build a speedy quantum machine have so far come up short. Now an approach based on a Victorian counting device seems to be getting close.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is three months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system of large and small moons.