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The growing chasm between Silicon Valley's next-generation of technology workers and the old guard might limit the creation of truly meaningful technology.
This year's winner of the Turing Award—often referred to as the Nobel Prize of computing—was announced yesterday as Leslie Lamport, a computer scientist whose research made possible the development of the large, networked computer…
Researchers are analyzing big data to identify patterns in what motivates people to become interested in particular things, and what causes them to lose interest.
There are few places where you would less expect to find answers about the digital age than Iquitos, Peru.
Florida International University School of Computing and Information Sciences director S.S. Iyengar joins top scientists and innovation leaders elected 2013 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.
We use Jonathan Ive's products to help us to eat, drink and sleep, to work, travel, relax, read, listen and watch, to shop, chat, date and have sex.
Microsoft's Lamport Contributed to Theory and Practice of Building Distributed Computing Systems that Work
How did "The Lion King" turn around its once-shaky fortunes and become the top-grossing show on Broadway in 2013, an unprecedented feat for long-running musicals, which usually cool after a few hot seasons?
Stanford University researchers have developed a process to create flexible chips that can tolerate power fluctuations in much the same way as silicon circuitry.
Researchers say they have developed a method of using lasers to cool atoms, a process that could be applied to quantum computing and advanced simulations.
Fraunhofer Institute researchers are developing three new tools to evaluate or enhance the security of mobile apps.
Asked whether two unfamiliar photos of faces show the same person, a human being will get it right 97.53 percent of the time.
Scientific studies of selfies have yielded interesting insights on personalities, gender differences, and national moods, but scientist F. Levent Degertekin has invented a new camera that can providehigh-def, 3-D images of your…
Ken Schwencke, a journalist and programmer for the Los Angeles Times, was jolted awake at 6:25 a.m. on Monday by an earthquake.
What would you give for a retinal chip that let you see in the dark or for a next-generation cochlear implant that let you hear any conversation in a noisy restaurant, no matter how loud?
When Jeremy Drake was beginning his career in the late 1980s, the question of whether or not we are alone in the universe still seemed beyond the realm of scienc
Astronomers are announcing today that they have acquired the first direct evidence that gravitational waves rippled through our infant universe during an explosive period of growth called inflation.
The U.S. National Security Agency's telephone metadata program can yield details of the familial, political, professional, religious, and sexual associations of callers.
The United States will give up its role overseeing the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
World Wide Web Consortium CEO Jeff Jaffe discusses how the Web will evolve to meet the challenge of smartphone users moving to closed apps.
A new sensor-based approach to soil testing promises to offer a more suitable method for measuring changes over time.
Researchers say they have created a robotic fish that is the first self-contained autonomous soft robot capable of rapid body motion.
IBM recently announced its first-ever "Master the Mainframe" world championship.
The uncertainties surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s disappearance are enormous, but naval strategists have been unraveling lost-at-sea mysteries as far back as the U-boat battles of World War II, and perhaps most dramatically…
A University of California, Berkeley professor says he works "at the intersection of algorithms, machine learning, and collaborative crowdsourcing."
Workers with statistics backgrounds have long been in healthy demand for academic, actuarial, pharmaceutical, or government jobs.
Over the past six months or so, a huge amount of attention has been paid to government snooping, and the bulk collection and storage of vast amounts of raw data in the name of national security.
A few weeks ago, scientists announced an intriguing finding about the ancestors of today's Native Americans.
When it comes to hacking, it turns out that greed really is good.
University of Washington researchers say they have developed the thinnest-known light-emitting diode that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.