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Two people who are unable to move their limbs have been able to guide a robot arm to reach and grasp objects using only their brain activity, a paper in Nature reported yesterday.
When Instapaper developer Marco Arment updated his popular offline reading app for the iPad, something was different. Instapaper's normal pagination action—rendering single pages of text in place of scrolling—could be swapped…
University of California, Berkeley researchers have developed the Floating Sensor Network project, which offers a network of mobile sensors that can be rapidly deployed to provide real-time, high-resolution data in hard-to-map…
Observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have led to the best assessment yet of our solar system's population of potentially hazardous asteroids.
Tel Aviv University researchers have found that smartphones are challenging traditional concepts of privacy, especially in the public arena.
The Internet2 NET+ project recently announced the addition of 16 cloud services to its NET+ program, which is aimed at reducing the barriers to research.
With a peak in the cycle of solar flares approaching, U.S. electricity regulators are weighing their options for protecting the nation's grid from the sun's eruptions—including new equipment standards and retrofits—while keeping…
Astronomers are taking a long, deep look at one of the best-known galaxies beyond our own Milky Way, to learn more about what happened when it gobbled up another agglomeration of stars that got too close.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief, has managed to amass more information about more people than anyone else in history. Now what?
Researchers at the St. Andrews and Calgary universities have developed FatFonts, a font that offers a way to write numbers so that their areas equal their numerical value.
Xerox PARC's Van Jacobson and Pollere's Kathleen Nichols have developed Controlled Delay, a queue management mechanism designed to solve the "bufferbloat" problem, which happens when packet buffering causes high latency and jitter…
Researchers at MIT, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Technology in Munich have shown that in a wired network, network coding and error-correcting coding can be handled separately without causing a…
A federal appeals court last Friday upheld the National Security Agency's decision to withhold from the public documents confirming or denying any relationship it has with Google concerning encryption and cybersecurity.
Bethesda Softworks has released a free, browser-based version of the iconic first-person shooter, Wolfenstein 3D.
The human body is regularly augmented with technology, from pacemakers and hearing aids to magnets people embed under their skin to give them a new sense. However, these implants typically don't provide any means to directly…
IBM researcher Dimitri Kanevsky was recently honored at the White House to celebrate his achievements in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math for people with disabilities.
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has awarded a $1.4 million contract to a team that plans to develop software that can automatically recognize metaphorical speech in five languages.
Cornell University researchers have developed a algorithm that enables a robot to learn grasping skills from experience and apply them to new situations.
Mark Zuckerberg is ready for his close-up.
Four weeks into the academic tussle between computer science students and the administration of the University of Florida, the controversy surrounding a drastic restructuring of the school's CS department remains unresolved.
Much of Intel's success as a microprocessor manufacturer over the past four decades has come from the company's ability to understand and anticipate the future of technology.
Iran on Saturday criticized Google for leaving the body of water separating it from the Arabian peninsula nameless on its online map service, saying it would hurt the Internet giant's credibility and creditability.
When race cars whiz around a track at 200 miles per hour, driving ability isn't the only factor that determines who wins the race.
For the CEOs of companies such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard, talk of cyberweapons and cyberwar could have been abstract. But at a classified security briefing in spring 2010, it suddenly became quite real.
Penn State University researchers have found that providing users with a certain amount of freedom to express themselves could help designers develop more interactive Web portals and online communities.
Bruno Kessler Foundation researchers Carlo Strapparava and Gozde Ozbal have developed artificial intelligence-based branding software that can mimic the process of naming companies with effective brand names.
Researchers at the universities of Munich and Toronto have developed ShoeSense, a type of wearable computing system for smartphones.
Conversations between people include a lot more than just words. All sorts of visual and aural cues indicate each party's state of mind and make for a productive interaction.
The controller for the next Xbox might be able to take biometric readings of your hand, according to a recent Microsoft patent.
When Facebook goes public in the coming weeks, there will be a lot of winners. Among them is one of the stalwarts of the tech industry, Microsoft, which has a small stake in the company.