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Scientists report the development of the first fuel cell designed to produce electricity with biochemical technology borrowed from the biological powerhouses that energize humans and other animals.
MIT scientists reported progress in using a common virus to develop improved materials for high-performance, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that could be woven into clothing to power portable electronic devices.
Online gambling experts are warning Canadian provinces to brace themselves for hackers, cheats and criminal gangs that target gaming sites. The warning comes after British Columbia's online gambling site was marred by a series…
Authorities investigating the 2008 crash of Spanair flight 5022 have discovered a central computer system used to monitor technical problems in the aircraft was infected with malware.
Google’s App Inventor, which lets people with no previous programming experience build applications for mobile phones, draws on decades of MIT research.
Say goodbye to those wimpy, eight-letter passwords. The 12-character era of online security is upon us, according to a report published this week by the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The Information Technology Industry Council, representing leading technology industry firms, recently held a closed-door meeting to discuss the future of the open Internet.
Developers of the 14 semifinalist algorithms for the new SHA-3 Secure Hash Algorithm standard will defend their work at a U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conference. NIST's final selection of a new…
Researchers have developed a prototype platform that promises to support adaptive software capable of automatic contextual reconfiguration. Middleware developed by the project combines dozens of factors to make an educated guess…
The World Wide Web Consortium's Web Fonts Working Group has launched version 1.0 of the Web Open File Format (WOFF), compression technology that will provide a platform for providers to make their fonts easily available across…
Looking to develop new methods for virtual haptic interaction, ETH Zurich researchers have developed a way to produce virtual copies of real objects, which can be "touched" and sent over the Internet.
Toshiba says it has achieved a breakthrough in data storage technology that could lead to hard drives with much higher capacities than are currently available.
His prospects of answering one of the biggest questions in mathematics may be fading, but Vinay Deolalikar of Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California, may still have made his mark. His proposed proof of the "P versus…
The U.S. for the first time is publicly warning about the Chinese military's use of civilian computer experts in clandestine cyber attacks aimed at American companies and government agencies.
Virtual reality is allowing scientists to ask difficult questions about human behaviour that were previously not possible or were thought too unethical.
Four participants in the upcoming Kavli Futures Symposium discuss what science needs from computing, how current computing advances are impacting research, and how the future of computing is looking extreme and green.
Providing developers with machine learning on tap could unleash a flood of smarter apps.
Three new $10 million awards continue the NSF's Expeditions program pursuing ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information science.
Intel Corp. agreed to buy security-software specialist McAfee Inc. Thursday for $7.68 billion, a surprise transaction that underscores the company's determination to expand beyond its stronghold in chips that power most of…
Daniel Spielman of Yale University, New Haven, CT, has been chosen for the 2010 Rolf Nevanlinna Prize "for smoothed analysis of Linear Programming, algorithms for graph-based codes and applications of graph theory to numerical…
Google's Android developer advocate Reto Meier recently described where computer interfaces are headed, predicting that in five years there will be widely available flexible displays and built-in high definition projectors.
University of California, Davis researchers are using the virtual reality equipment to study earthquake damage and predict whether faults are likely to move again in the near future.
A novel use of encryption by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks could "challenge the legal system for years to come," according to an influential observer of the hacking community.
Scientists can now study climate change in far more detail with powerful new computer software. The Community Earth System Model will be one of the primary climate models used for the next integovernmental regional climate change…
A team led by the Georgia Institute of Technology has received a $10 million award from the U.S. National Science Foundation to apply computer science to the analysis of autism and other childhood behaviors.
Smartphones with dual-core Arm processors could add faster processing, video capabilities.
Computers are everywhere these days—even on surfboards. University of California, San Diego mechanical engineering undergraduates outfitted a surfboard with a computer and accompanying sensors.
Fast quantum computers made of atoms trapped by beams of light could be a step closer, thanks to the first images of the individual atoms in such a grid.
A proposed "proof" is probably a bust—but even failed attempts can advance computer science.
Moments after Facebook introduced a new feature called Facebook Places on Wednesday that allows its users to share their location and find their friends, advocates raised flags over online privacy.