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Vienna University of Technology researchers have developed a quantum technique that makes it possible to store quantum information over a sufficiently long period, and could be used to help develop global quantum networks based…
Google plans to provide free Internet access to disaster-stricken, rural, or poor areas using giant helium balloons that beam Wi-Fi signals to the ground below.
Danger Maps, a crowdsourced mapping project, is helping users locate China's high pollution areas.
Modern computer-memory technologies come with a trade-off. There is speedy but short-term storage for on-the-fly processing—random-access memory, or RAM—and slow but enduring memory for data and programs that need to be stored…
The European Union is funding Multilingual On-Line Translation, a project designed to create an online tool that will enable Web-content providers to automatically produce high-quality translations without specific training.
New smartphone apps can virtually place 9-1-1 operators at the scene of an emergency. The software enables operators to remotely control smartphone cameras so they can view an emergency scene.
In a secret court in Washington, Yahoo's top lawyers made their case.
It took eight years after artist Jim Sanborn unveiled his cryptographic sculpture at the CIA's headquarters for someone to succeed at cracking Kryptos's enigmatic messages.
Two weeks ago, Jack Dongarra flew to Changsha, China for a meeting with researchers at the National University of Defense Technology, home to the country's top supercomputing program.
MESSAGES SENT WITHIN THE U.S. NAVY NO LONGER HAVE TO BE WRITTEN OUT IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
People could learn to control robotic or prosthetic limbs without ongoing concentration, thanks to the way the human brain approaches brain-computer interfaces.
Current concerns for privacy and access shows a disconnect between the disposition of digital legacies and the technological advancements for generating them.
The technologies already exist to allow vehicles to communicate with each other, with an ultimate benefit of safer roads.
Technology currently under development could lead to low-cost electronic devices that work in direct contact with living tissue inside the human body.
Researchers have developed a method for tracking the locations of multiple individuals in complex, indoor settings using a network of video cameras.
Ten years ago, few people would have heard of a social network.
With school districts rushing to buy computers, tablets, digital white boards, and other technology, a new report questions whether the investment is worth it.
Every now and then, someone asks "Who’ll be the Google of big data?"
Invisibility cloaks are all the rage these days.
Researchers have made two important changes that will allow them to combine manganese and gallium nitride, which could allow them to create spintronics.
Researchers want to enable people to create quick response (QR) codes on the spot, like graffiti.
Researchers are developing semiconductors grown on graphene, which is 200 times stronger than steel, conducts electricity 100 times faster than silicon, and is the best known material for conducting heat.
Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology are creating a computer-aided method for developing standards.
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that human genes isolated from the body can't be patented, a victory for doctors and patients who argued that such patents interfere with scientific research and the practice of medicine…
The revelation that the National Security Agency is collecting our phone records has generated considerable outrage, but phone call metadata is just the beginning of what our nation’s spooks could gather from our mobile carriers…
Therapists and researchers are experimenting with robots to interact with children with autism; the technology, and the technique, could revolutionize the field.
It's a staple of science fiction: people who can control objects with their minds.
Small electrodes placed on or inside the brain allow patients to interact with computers or control robotic limbs simply by thinking about how to execute those actions.
America's intelligence agencies have long prodded the frontiers of computing and data analysis as the most demanding of customers, willing to pay whatever it takes for advanced surveillance technology.
Chinese search giant Baidu has served up its first ever visual search engine, which allows users to finally query the web using only images as input instead of keywords.