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Linguists are attempting to harness the power of crowdsourcing to help machines achieve perfect translations.
New products and jobs could be created through government support for the synthesis of IT, nanotechnology, and biotechnology, according to experts gathered at the inaugural meeting of the President's Innovation and Technology…
A new filter will enable soccer fans watching the 2010 World Cup online to remove the sounds of vuvuzelas playing in South Africa's stadiums.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Magellan cloud computing testbed has shown that commercially available clouds suffer in performance when operating message passing interface applications such as weather calculations.
The goal of the RoboCup 2010 competition in Singapore is to advance the real-world applications of robotics and eventually to build a robot team that can beat the human World Cup champions.
Sophisticated hackers aren't the only ones gaining access to sensitive data on the Internet. A large amount of personal information is being left exposed or poorly protected by companies and governments.
University of Sydney physicists have developed an on-chip, all-optical temporal integrator on a complementary metal oxide semiconductor, a development that eventually could enable all-optical computing and information processing…
Software that models the effects of suicide bombings has been developed by computer scientist Zeeshan-ul-Hassan Usmani, whose expertise could help inform the construction of a planned software park in Lahore, Pakistan.
Forecasts about social and economic trends could be generated through the analysis of blogs and tweets, building on earlier research by Google and others to mine the frequency of specific search terms to outline purchasing patterns…
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a simple new method for producing large quantities of the promising nanomaterial graphene. The new technique paves the way for cost-effective mass production of graphene…
As cell phones and computers continue to shrink, many companies are seeking better ways to store hundreds of gigabytes of data in small, low-power devices. A special type of liquid crystal, similar to those used in computer…
Researchers at Samsung and Sungkyunkwan University have developed a graphene-based flexible touch screen that eventually could lead to transparent electronics.
Four unmanned autonomous vehicles designed and built by a team of engineering students at Virginia Tech are headed to Hawaii to participate in the 2010 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) war games in July.
BC5, a diamond-like material with an extremely high boron content, offers exceptional hardness and resistance to fracture, but unlike diamond, it is a superconductor rather than an insulator.
Microsoft's long-awaited body-sensing technology, Project Natal, got a new name last week at the E3 expo in Los Angeles. Kinect, as it is now called, is a set-top add-on for the Xbox 360 console that allows gamers to become the…
Robots are already in use by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their variety and use is only growing.
It seems like mobile devices and platforms are innovating at about five times the pace of personal computers. There are deeper fundamentals driving the breathtaking pace of smartphone advancement.
The European Roundtable of Industrialists says that Europe needs to take action to encourage people to become engineers or risk losing out to India and China.
The federal government, education officials and giant military contractors are collaborating to recruit a new class of tech professional specifically trained to battle data thieves, online scammers and cyberspies.
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have applied the concept of self-healing materials to small-scale electronics.
Brad Cox, creator of the Objective-C programming language, says he co-developed the language with partner Tom Love as a reaction to the C language and its limitations for constructing reusable elements.
Two-thirds of the world's languages are being nudged toward oblivion and are in danger of extinction. A new mathematical model of language competition indicates that this threat can be countered.
Despite a wealth of security knowledge and developers' access to advanced tools, many software security risks remain. Analysts say that many software developers do not understand how to build security into their code.
Nathan Jacobs and colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis have used a single camera to create a depth map, which records the geography of a three-dimensional landscape and represent it in two dimensions.
In an effort to move more technology out of the laboratories and into the marketplace, Missouri University of Science and Technology is reinvesting its earnings from patents into research projects that hold promise for commercialization…
Lithium-ion batteries with nanotube electrodes could go longer between charges.
Oregon State University professor John Schmitt and his colleagues look to cockroaches and guinea hens as locomotion models for future robots that can easily run over rough surfaces.
Software engineer Thomas Sharpless and colleagues have developed Panini, software that can make wide-angled digital photos with perfect perspective using a technique first developed by 18th-century painters.
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology is seeking public input on how the U.S. government can best use information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology—what it calls the "golden triangle" of modern…
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission wants to overturn a 2002 commission ruling that designated broadband transmission as a lightly regulated service and instead classify it as a telecommunications service, which is more…