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The number of undergraduate students enrolled in computer science programs rose 9.6 percent in the 2011-12 school year, the fourth consecutive annual increase, according to the Computing Research Association's Taulbee Survey.…
The image of the geeky techie is fading in real life, thanks to the legacy of industry giants such as Apple founder Steve Jobs and the increasing dependence of more Americans on the skills of those who know how electronic devices…
MIT researchers have established theoretical limits on the efficiency of packet-switched on-chip communication networks, and have presented measurements from a test chip that comes close to reaching several of those limits.
Mac fans recently got a little taste of what it's like to be a Windows user.
To create machines that can always tell when someone is lying, we need to know much more about what goes on in our brains.
The Linux Foundation has updated its progress report on Linux kernel development for the fourth time.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed a computational model called cell graphs that links the structure of human tissue to its corresponding biological function.
Iran topped a recent list of repressive regimes that most aggressively restrict Internet freedom. The list, published by Reporters Without Borders, is a part of the 2012 edition of the organization’s Enemies of the Internet report…
The swirling flows of Earth's perpetually changing ocean come to life in a new NASA scientific visualization that captures the movement of tens of thousands of ocean currents.
June 2011 appears to be the first time people in the U.S. spent more time online with apps than with the Web.
The auto industry has already developed all the technology necessary to create truly autonomous vehicles, Ford engineers claim.
In the event of another disaster at a nuclear power plant, the first responders may not be humans but robots.
Big data is everywhere we look these days.
Phone service was spotty in Chambers before the two new nearby cell towers.
Already surrounded by machines that allow him, painstakingly, to communicate, the physicist Stephen Hawking last summer donned what looked like a rakish black headband that held a feather-light device the size of a small matchbox…
Stanford University's Capri project aims to motivate people to avoid rush hour traffic by offering a chance at a large reward instead of a guaranteed small payout.
Researchers at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Pennsylvania are developing technology that could make it possible for users to design, customize, and print a specialized…
Driverless cars are moving closer to becoming a reality, as politicians in several U.S. states rush to get such cars on the roads.
Sand in an hourglass might seem simple and straightforward, but such granular materials are actually tricky to model.
As companies increasingly allow workers to use personal smartphones and tablets on the job, they are confronting a potential new security threat: malicious software embedded in games and apps.
Researchers have released two new exploits that attack common design vulnerabilities in a computer component used to control critical infrastructure, such as refineries and factories.
Computer scientists from Rice University will participate in a project to create intelligent software agents that help people write code faster and with fewer errors.
Although the latest flexible display technologies are likely to take the form of personal devices, they also could find their way into larger surface displays, such as furniture and wallpaper.
Within reach is a smart home that is responsive to residents' wishes and needs due to technological advances that support ambient intelligence, including sensors, computer networks, databases, and intelligent agents, writes Washington…
Google’s Project Glass has put new focus on Google X, the lab at the tech giant where engineers work to develop the next big thing.
Tucked away in a new office block in Waltham, Massachusetts, is a kind of wireless Tomorrowland.
Vlad Sejnoha is talking to the TV again.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI have developed the Multiphysical Network Simulation Framework, which can be used to analyze and optimize transport grids for electricity, gas…
A team affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology won the U.S. State Department's social media contest, the TAG Challenge, which required participants to locate and photograph actors posing as thieves who roamed…