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When Facebook bought Oculus VR back in March of 2014, many wondered exactly what the social network was going to do with it; let's face it, many of us are still wondering.
Owen Maroney worries that physicists have spent the better part of a century engaging in fraud.
NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed has begun science operations.
An international team has discovered an Internet bug that enables an attacker to trick a Web browser into believing it is using a regular key rather than the export version.
A new algorithm finds the smallest possible approximation of a matrix that guarantees reliable computations.
A new device that enables more electrodes to be placed on a chip could bring the field one step closer to a quantum computer that can perform complex algorithms.
A new ultra-low-power sensor enables real-time scanning of the contents of liquids such as perspiration.
Recent advances in machine learning such as deep convolutional neural networks are enabling the development of machines that perform pattern-recognition tasks.
The perfectibility of the human mind is a theme that has captured our imagination for centuries—the notion that, with the right tools, the right approach, the right attitude, we might become better, smarter versions of ourselves…
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will launch a major initiative to develop guidelines for editing human genomes, they said on 18 May.
A new ultracompact beamsplitter for dividing light waves into separate channels could lead to computers that work millions of times faster than conventional machines.
Medical treatment is on the verge of a "radical transformation" thanks to statistical data analysis techniques that predict future outcomes.
Cars can now drive by themselves. Automatic pilot systems can fly a jet airliner much of the time. Why is it so hard to make trains that can stop on their own?
How many types of cells are there in the human body? Textbooks say a couple of hundred. But the true number is undoubtedly far larger.
Rice University researchers have upgraded a microsupercapacitor they say could eventually be incorporated into personal and wearable electronics.
Statistical machine-translation technologies developed at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have helped the Army become less reliant on human translators.
Researchers have demonstrated switching ferromagnetic domains on and off with low voltage at near-room temperature in a structure made of ferroic materials.
Technology companies, trade associations, and security and policy experts are urging President Obama to reject proposals to weaken security of communication devices.
From the self-checkout aisle of the grocery store to the sports section of the newspaper, robots and computer software are increasingly taking the place of humans in the workforce.
Every night, our sky beats with the pulses of radio light waves, most of which go unseen.
One of the truly bright lights in tech education is the Maker Faire.
When Elizabeth Wright smacks her right leg on a table, she says "ow."
A security researcher kicked off a United Airlines flight last month after tweeting about security vulnerabilities in its system had previously taken control of an airplane and caused it to briefly fly sideways, according to…
Researchers at the University of Luxembourg have developed a new way for readers, viewers, and gamers to pay for online content without making cash payments.
EmoSPARK is an artificial intelligence-based device that can gauge a person's mood based on what they say and how they say it.
Artbot is a new mobile website app that mines both user preferences and event tags to provide users with connections to the local art scene.
Disney Junior wants a new show it is developing to help bury media stereotypes about science and programmers.
A group of engineers, software developers, and designers in Germany have developed a design for a electric micro car capable of driving sideways.
Liberty Science Center recently bestowed Genius Awards on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf, and SETI astronomer Jill Tarter.
Code.org is collaborating with College Board to work to increase the number of female and minority students taking computer science courses.