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A new wave of robots is replacing workers around the world in the manufacturing and distribution industries as many factories that utilize robots are becoming more efficient than those that rely on hundreds of thousands of low…
Just as remarkable as the power of mobility, over everything from love to learning to global development, is how fast it all happened. It is hard to think of any tool, any instrument, any object in history with which so many…
At the Philips Electronics factory on the coast of China, hundreds of workers use their hands and specialized tools to assemble electric shavers. That is the old way.
This week, nine jurors are expected to hunker down in a federal courthouse here to decide a case that could change how the world's smartphones and tablet computers look and work.
Mike Olson runs a company that specializes in the world’s hottest software. He's the CEO ofCloudera, a Silicon Valley startup that deals in Hadoop, an open source software platform based on tech that turned Google into the most…
A new information processing principle has been developed by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization.
It sounds like an air traveler's nightmare: a sophisticated software attack that allows hackers to access internal airport computer systems and manipulate data as if they were authorized employees.
The Khan Academy, which has provided free video lectures on subjects such as mathematics, biology, and history since 2006, recently launched a computer science section.
A*STAR has printed a color photo measuring just 50 micrometers across.
ORNL supercomputers running models to assess climate change ramifications and mitigation tactics are rapidly generating a wide variety of big data in vast volumes.
A team of researchers have developed a way of modeling dynamic objects, such as expressions on faces, gesticulations on bodies, and the draping of clothes.
By tricking live fish into attacking computer-generated "prey," scientists have learned that animals like birds and fish may indeed have evolved to swarm together to protect themselves from the threat of predators.
Newly received images from NASA's Curiosity rover are filling out the high-resolution view of its surroundings at Gale Crater on Mars—and providing an up-close look at the six-wheeled craft's nuclear power source. But there are…
In the latest effort to contend with exploding quantities of digital data, researchers encoded an entire book into the genetic molecules of DNA, the basic building block of life, and then accurately read back the text.
Scientists from Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have used electrical resistance to examine the spin properties of electrons in graphene.
A recent U.S. National Research Council report defines research priorities that would lead to advances in optics and photonics, highlighting five challenges facing the nation that can be addressed with such advances.
A new device known as a rectenna could lead to large-scale adoption of near-field communication technology at low cost.
When Americans are displeased with their politicians, they like to threaten to move to Canada. But if you're tempted to move north—or even further afield—to get away from plans for increased Internet surveillance by the government…
The Moving Picture Experts Group has announced a new international standard for a video compression format.
If you think it's tough to keep your computer or smartphone's software updated, try keeping a space robot updated from 350 million miles away.
This has been the crossover year for Big Data—as a concept, as a term, and, yes, as a marketing tool.
NASA's Curiosity Rover has had a historic week on the surface of Mars, executing a flawless landing on the Red Planet and firing up for its mission. But under the hood, the interplanetary explorer is powered by a pair of computers…
NTU researchers have developed Social Cloud TV, which they say is a multi-screen mobile social TV experience that enables users to have video and chat sessions on any number of connected mobile devices.
Researchers have developed an algorithm that can find the source of a computer virus, malware, or spam attack by checking only a small percentage of connections in a network.
The Federal Aviation Administration is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar upgrade of the nation's air traffic control system.
More than 5,400 developers have downloaded Webinos, an open source operating system developed with the support of more than 30 organizations that is designed to enable digital devices to communicate with each other.
UCSD researchers say they have developed a new approach to secure browsing design.
NYU researchers followed Olympic swimmers and divers during their training sessions and used motion-capture techniques to reveal their movement above and below the water's surface.
What's next for NASA now that Curiosity has touched down on Mars? For a sneak peek into what the space agency has in store, take a look at the 28 proposals for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, which gives out awards…
Small, cheap smart-tag devices that are printed as digital circuits in rolls like newspapers could help kickstart the wireless payment industry. The devices, known as rectennas, combine a rectifier—which converts current from…