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The idea of personal air vehicles has been around for decades. Now the concept is taking off.
Charles Kane never thought he would be cavorting with topologists. "I don't think like a mathematician," admits Kane, a theoretical physicist who has tended to focus on tangible problems about solid materials.
DARPA is known for issuing big challenges. Still, the mission statement for its new Neural Engineering Systems Design program is a doozy: Make neural implants that can record high-fidelity signals from 1 million neurons.
New software that can differentiate scenic views from blots on the landscape.
Python is now the top programming language, according to IEEE Spectrum's recently released fourth interactive ranking of the leading languages.
A growing number of cybersecurity camps are helping to prepare young women to work in this field, as women remain underrepresented in the information security workforce worldwide.
Northwestern University researchers say they have developed a new, non-destructive technology that reveals medieval texts hidden inside of ancient bookbindings.
Researchers at Brown University have developed a system designed to help robots better follow spoken instructions.
Nathan Twyman at the Missouri University of Science and Technology has created an automated screening kiosk to enhance safety at airports and border crossings.
Imagine a group of volunteers, their chests rigged with biophysical sensors, preparing for a mission in a military office building outfitted with cameras and microphones to capture everything they do.
The numbers didn't add up. Even as Earth grew warmer and glaciers and ice sheets thawed, decades of satellite data seemed to show that the rate of sea-level rise was holding steady—or even declining.
Researchers have collected more than 30 terabytes of geo-tagged tweets as part of a project they say could change the landscape of population research.
The Texas Advanced Computing Center last month hosted a week-long summer camp during which 34 students received instruction from five staff scientists and two guest high school teachers.
Researchers recently conducted a study examining the brains of athletes who had suffered concussions, and comparing them to athletes who had not suffered concussions.
As the world's great companies pursue autonomous cars, they're essentially spending billions of dollars to get machines to do what your average two-year-old can do without thinking—identify what they see.
"I can't define obscenity, but I know it when I see it." US Justice Potter Stewart's famous turn of phrase could also be an apt description of the Turing test, our judgment of whether an AI seems convincingly human.
The Ripple cryptocurrency is being used by global banks to speed cross-border payments.
Valerie Barr has been selected the first person to hold the Jean E. Sammet Chair in Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College.
Algorithms can dictate whether you get a mortgage or how much you pay for insurance. But sometimes they're wrong – and sometimes they are designed to deceive.
Chris McKay has fallen out of love with Mars. The red, dusty, corroded world no longer holds the allure it once did.
In the most nightmarish drone scenarios, one of the little whirlybirds flies into an airliner, or wanders into military airspace, or swoops down on the White House.
A recent study highlights the feasibility of incorporating human moral decision-making into machines.
U.S. President Donald J. Trump had to intervene to allow a team of teenage Afghani girls trying to enter the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge to enter the U.S.
Researchers have used sensors and artificial intelligence to create self-driving electric wheelchairs.
The Meow Generator is a collection of machine-learning algorithms that have created more than 15,000 disturbing cat faces.
"Home3D" allows users to watch three-dimensional movies without wearing special glasses.
Researchers at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria are developing a system in which customers order products that can be delivered via drones.
In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons – amazing imagery that inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds' icy terrain might be like.