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Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed the Snake Monster, a six-legged modular robot that can be reconfigured to meet a user's needs.
A man in Sweden says he will pay up to $2,000 to anyone who can break into his landlord’s website.
Researchers have developed a computer model that could help public health officials take steps to limit the dangers of a disease outbreak.
Google upgraded its Google Translate app last week, adding two new tools that expand the smartphone app's capabilities.
A rock target where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is using its sample-collection drill this week may have a salty story to tell.
Smartphones, tablets and PCs should appear this year that can send and receive data wirelessly more than 10 times faster than a Wi-Fi connection.
Stanford University researchers have automated analysis of the largest-ever set of solar observations to forecast solar flares using data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Researchers at the University of Missouri have used advanced three-dimensional imaging to identify the facial traits of children with autism.
Researchers have developed software that analyzes images showing the effects of potential drugs on parasites and measures their effectiveness.
When he was in grad school, the roboticist Daniel Wilson installed 150 binary sensors in his house.
Ten years ago, an explorer from Earth parachuted into the haze of an alien moon toward an uncertain fate.
When we were in Las Vegas last week, we unexpectedly ran into some representatives from Stern Pinball, who said the company would be announcing a brand new game (Wrestlemania) that had been built on a brand new system (SPIKE)…
Many roboticists are realizing autonomous robots inevitably will find themselves in situations that require a moral judgment.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to pass legislation designed to bolster cybersecurity across both the government and private sectors.
A new algorithm can aggregate perspectives and recognize four times as many objects as one that uses a single perspective, while reducing misidentifications.
Researchers say they have developed technology that could make data storage on hard drives faster and more efficient.
The recent increase in computer attacks at major corporations have pushed colleges and universities to educate more cybersecurity students and professionals.
A paradise on Earth could soon become the first ecosystem in the world to be replicated in digital form in painstaking detail, from the genes of its plants and animals to the geography of its landscape.
Three years ago, archivists at A.T. & T. stumbled upon a rare fragment of computer history: a short film that Jim Henson produced for Ma Bell, in 1963.
Researchers say a new program analyzes a user's likes on Facebook to characterize their personality with an accuracy rivaling that of a close family member.
Be careful what you "like" on Facebook. You're opening a small window on your soul.
Unmanned aerial vehicles, long used by the military, are entering the commercial sector in growing numbers. Who is going to fly them?
Astronomers are enlisting the help of machines to sort through thousands of stars in our galaxy and learn their sizes, compositions and other basic traits.
Ross Ulbricht is finally getting his day in court, 15 months after plainclothes FBI agents grabbed him in the science fiction section of a San Francisco library and accused him of running the billion-dollar online drug bazaar…
In the last few years, two-dimensional crystals have emerged as some of the most exciting new materials to play with.
Researchers in India have developed an Internet-based application that diagnoses and treats common psychiatric disorders in adults and children.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is launching a program which focuses on transduction, the conversion of energy from one form to another.
A new method developed by Disney Research scientists should enable automated cameras to produce video imagery that is smooth and aesthetically pleasing.
Whenever the terrorist threat is increased, as it has been since the tragic events in Paris last week, so too are the calls from politicians to increase the powers of the people they employ to protect the public from such threats…
There was little change among the largest recipients of U.S. patents in 2014. But two big Silicon Valley names—Google and Apple—continued climbing the charts.