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Until the day it dies, a cell that has become a skin cell remains a skin cell—or so scientists used to think.
High-speed internet service can be defined as a utility, a federal court has ruled in a sweeping decision clearing the way for more rigorous policing of broadband providers and greater protections for web users.
Before the opening match of the 2014 World Cup in São Paulo, Juliano Pinto, a young paraplegic Brazilian, was brought out onto the sidelines wearing a huge exoskeleton.
A U.S. National Science Foundation program aims to advance and integrate robotics into people-centered service systems in homes, hospitals, and elder-care facilities.
Yale University scientists have used the power of sound to significantly boost the intensity of light waves on a silicon microchip.
Ruhr University Bochum researchers are developing a way to detect and fix vulnerabilities in applications that run on different devices, regardless of processor.
Queen Mary University of London researchers have found magicians could use computers to create new magic effects and find new ideas for their performances.
Researchers at Denmark's Radboud University have trained a deep convolutional neural network to convert hand-drawn sketches of faces into photorealistic portraits.
A major underground marketplace acting like an eBay for criminals is selling access to more than 70,000 compromised servers allowing buyers to carry out widespread cyber-attacks around the world, security experts said on Wednesday…
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has analyzed its 12th drilled sample of Mars. This sample came from mudstone bedrock, which the rover resumed climbing in late May after six months studying other features.
When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he pushed to keep his BlackBerry.
A simple low-tech solution appears to compensate for the vergence-accommodation conflict.
At least one U.S. bank has started supplying its customers with credit and debit cards that contain a physically unclonable function.
The U.S. National Science Foundation is funding several robotics-related projects across the U.S. designed to improve people's safety and well-being.
Stanford University researchers are using satellite data to determine groundwater levels across larger areas than ever before.
In the early 1970s, at Silicon Valley's Xerox PARC, Alan Kay envisioned computer software as something akin to a biological system, a vast collection of small cells that could communicate via simple messages.
Discerning secret crypto keys in computers and gadgets by spying on how they function isn't new, although the techniques used are often considered impractical.
Australian computer scientists were among those recognized in this year's Queen's Birthday Honors.
To prepare for the possibility that it will one day deploy swarms of uncrewed drone submarines, the U.S. Navy is developing a system that will allow the global positioning system (GPS) to function deep below the ocean's surface…
Last week, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and other cutting-edge companies, took a surprising question at the Code Conference, a technology event in California.
Data scientists at Harvard University have found that the government of the People's Republic of China generates an estimated 448 million fake social media posts per year.
Singapore Management University researchers have developed an automated approach for debugging software that combines elements of previous solutions.
Researchers want to replace optical communications systems about to hit a bandwidth limitation.
A group of eighth-grade girls participating in the U.S. National Science Foundation's Co-Robots for CompuGirls event programmed a pair of humanoid robots.
The U.S. National Science Foundation-funded Health and Environmental Tracker project recently unveiled a functional prototype.
Tongue input technology using glossokinetic potential is capable of directing motorized wheelchairs and could lead to successful silent speech-recognition technology.
A 2,000-year-old astronomical calculator used by ancient Greeks to chart the movement of the sun, moon and planets may also have had another purpose—fortune telling, say researchers.
Researchers have discovered a sheet of graphene can cause an electric current to surpass the speed of decelerated light and rapidly generate a focused beam.
There are many different schemes for making quantum computers work (most of them evil). But they pretty much all fall into two categories.
Before entering the cleanroom in D1D, as Intel calls its 17 million-cubic-foot microprocessor factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, it's a good idea to carefully wash your hands and face.