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MIT chemists have devised a new way to wirelessly detect hazardous gases and environmental pollutants, using a simple sensor that can be read by a smartphone.
Almost immediately after NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft made their brief visits to Saturn in the early 1980s, scientists were hungry for more.
A scientist working on a novel approach to encrypting nuclear weapons says the concept also could offer security in areas such as communications and the IT supply chain.
An international team of researchers have developed a polymer designed to mimic the elastic and high-resolution sensory capabilities of real skin.
Fujitsu says its new radio frequency identification tag technology can work on surfaces such as metal, which can otherwise impede radio waves.
Researchers have developed Aiko Chihiro, a lifelike communication android.
Eggs and sperm do it when they combine to make an embryo.
As computing evolves and becomes increasingly mobile, apps are fundamentally changing actions…and interactions.
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has found the water vapour from its target comet to be significantly different to that found on Earth.
In the popular telling, the dawn of personal computing begins in the summer of 1976, when Steve Wozniak showed off the Apple I at a meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club in Silicon Valley.
In February of 2012, a medical team at the University of Michigan's C. S. Mott Children's Hospital, in Ann Arbor, carried out an unusual operation on a three-month-old boy.
This week is Computer Science Education Week and Code.org hopes unprecedented numbers of students and ordinary people take part in its Hour of Code event.
Ripples in space-time could squeeze and stretch the sun and Jupiter, forming a gigantic gravitational-wave detector in our own celestial backyard.
New technology is helping animators convert moving dots into detailed body shapes that move like real humans.
Smart textiles developed at Laval University in Canada could benefit people suffering from chronic diseases and the elderly, as well as first responders.
The POSEIDON project will use information technology to help people with Down's syndrome achieve a greater level of independence in their lives.
BBC NewsPolytechnic University of Catalonia researchers have developed software that can identify the important parts of a soccer match and edit them together to make a short summary of the game. The program looks for moments…
Some high-tech prosthetic limbs can be controlled by their owners, using nerves, muscles, or even the brain. However, there's no way for the wearer to tell if an object is scalding hot, or about to slip out of the appendage's…
Three U.K. universities are teaming up to ensure future autonomous robots and systems will be safer, and capable of making decisions based on laws and ethics.
Smartphone apps emerge to support better weather forecasting.
Observations by NASA's Curiosity Rover indicate Mars' Mount Sharp was built by sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years.
Long sand dunes that ripple across Saturn's moon Titan may have been there for thousands of years, results from NASA's Cassini spacecraft suggest.
University of Texas at Dallas researchers have applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to help amputees walk.
A University of Michigan research team is leading a project to provide free, automated, open, and ubiquitous website HTTPS Transport Layer Security encryption.
Transparent films containing carbon nanobuds—molecular tubes of carbon with ball-like appendages—could turn just about any surface, regardless of its shape, into a touch sensor.
Google recently announced it has starting phasing out its CAPTCHAs in favor of using its reCAPTCHA service.
After a voyage of nearly nine years and three billion miles—the farthest any space mission has ever traveled to reach its primary target—NASA's New Horizons spacecraft came out of hibernation Saturday for its long-awaited 2015…
Last month in Silicon Valley, biologists Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier showed up in black gowns to receive the $3 million Breakthrough Prize, a glitzy award put on by Internet billionaires including Mark Zuckerberg…
Even if you're a devoted fan of video games, there's a decent chance you're not familiar with the name Ralph H. Baer.
The Dawn spacecraft has delivered a glimpse of Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, in a new image taken 740,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from the dwarf planet.