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Security experts are pushing back against what they see as alarmist rhetoric from U.S. Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano and Department of Defense secretary Leon Panetta, who warn about the potential…
Registration is open for the 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, which challenges high school, college, and university students around the world to build and race fast, lightweight "moonbuggies" of their own design.
In the end, big data won.
While Google's self-driving car is getting heaps of attention, a lesser-known effort that would employ Silicon Valley technologies to make regular automobiles safer is fast gaining traction.
Apple Inc. is exploring ways to replace Intel Corp. processors in its Mac personal computers with a version of the chip technology it uses in the iPhone and iPad, according to people familiar with the company’s research.
The lack of verifiable security in online voting systems due to unresolved fundamental problems is the main reason such systems are impractical, according to computer security experts at a recent Princeton University symposium…
Texas State University researchers have developed ocular biometric software that can be used in the medical field to identify eye movements associated with concussions and traumatic brain injury patients.
Johns Hopkins University researchers have developed a tool that can teach computers how to identify commonalities in DNA sequences known to regulate gene activity, and use those commonalities to predict other regulatory regions…
Mathematician Yuri Matiyasevich is focusing on finding a solution to the challenging mathematical problem of the Riemann Zeta Function hypothesis.
Intel researchers are developing Display without Borders, a system to display photos and videos in order to make them more social and collaborative.
Interactive print technology could change the way you read and interact with documents, newspapers, and more.
Congratulations, Barack Obama: You have prevailed in the nerdiest election in the history of the American Republic.
It's 9am on a lovely autumn morning at Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, just outside Geneva.
A new networking technique could accelerate video downloads and other forms of Internet content delivery.
Researchers at Stanford and Harvard universities have developed the Stanford Election Atlas, an online interactive data visualization tool that enables users to inspect the precinct-by-precinct results of the 2008 presidential…
University of Oxford researchers have developed technology that enables devices such as mobile phones to charge and transmit data without cables and could eventually eliminate power and data cables altogether.
U.S. government agencies, universities, and technology companies have contributed tens of millions of dollars to increase the number of female computer scientists, but their efforts have had limited success.
The Johns Hopkins University Institute of Computational Medicine is using powerful computers to analyze and mathematically model disease mechanisms. The technique enables researchers to offer a new perspective to medical diagnosis…
For decades scientists have backed the idea of sending robots to collect Martian rocks and return them to Earth, a project that should be possible well before humans crunch their boots into the distant dunes of the Red Planet…
A decade and a half into the Web revolution, we do much of our banking and shopping online. So why can't we vote over the Internet? The answer is that voting presents specific kinds of very hard problems.
Five years from now, says Intel, your phone could double as a supercomputer. That's the goal of Intel's experimental Single-chip Cloud Computer project, or SCC.
Powering cellular base stations around the world will cost $36 billion this year—chewing through nearly 1 percent of all global electricity production. Much of this is wasted by a grossly inefficient piece of hardware: the power…
In an era when shadowy hackers can snatch secret government files and humble big businesses with seeming ease, it's an unavoidable question as Election Day approaches: When we go to the polls, could our very votes be at risk?
A new research paper out of Google describes in some detail the data science behind the the company's speech recognition applications, such as voice search and adding captions or tags to YouTube videos.
Twitter's home page features a regularly updated list of topics that are "trending," meaning that tweets about them have suddenly exploded in volume.
Next Tuesday's presidential election will likely be extremely close, magnifying the potential impact of vote-counting errors.
Quantum entanglement stands as one of the strangest and hardest concepts to understand in physics.
A robot that learns to play ping-pong from humans and improves as it competes against them could be the best robotic table-tennis challenger the world has seen.
On the night of Oct. 11, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stood inside the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, housed in a former aircraft carrier moored at a New York City pier, and let an audience of business executives in on…
Eric Horvitz joined Microsoft Research 20 years ago with a medical degree, a Ph.D. in computer science and no plans to stay. "I thought I’d be here six months," he said.