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The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed a resolution that calls on the U.S. government to oppose a United Nations effort to control the Internet.
Scientists unveiled today an unprecedented new look at our planet at night.
When, a few weeks ago, astronomers announced that an Earth-sized planet had been detected orbiting a Alpha Centauri B, a star in the closest system of stars to our own, and that this planet might, just might, mean that there…
Tin whiskers are tiny metal filaments that grow inside electronic devices, and they have been known to contribute to problems since the 1940s. New research sheds light on why they have interfered with everything from satellites…
Illinois Institute of Technology researchers have developed the Hybrid Terrestrial and Aerial Quadrotator (HyTAQ), a robotic vehicle that can move on land and through the air.
Princeton University's Linjie Luo and colleagues have developed Chopper, software that could enable home 3-D printers to print larger and more useful objects.
Just 15 years ago, New York City had 35,000 phone booths. Thanks to cell phones it now has just 11,000, most of which serve little purpose for anyone but Clark Kent. Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to change that.
University of Alabama in Huntsville researchers have developed the Mobile Air Quality Index (MobileAQI), a free mobile phone application that provides instant up-to-date local reports on key air pollutants.
Two years ago, President Obama told a crowd of more than 200 people assembled in Cape Canaveral, Fla., that a manned mission to an asteroid by 2025 would be among one of NASA's goals.
Paulo Shakarian, a professor at West Point's Network Science Center, has an algorithm that might one day help dismantle al-Qaida — or at least one of its lesser affiliates.
A trip to any big electronics store this fall will tell you that computer makers from Samsung to Microsoft think laptop and desktop computers need touch screens. But that notion could seem outdated by early next year—thanks to…
Weeks of international intrigue about the whereabouts of tech millionaire John McAfee ended Tuesday after the Internet pioneer made an elementary digital mistake that highlighted the fraught relationship Americans have with what…
University of Rochester researchers say they have developed software that gauges human feelings through speech, with significantly greater accuracy than conventional approaches.
DARPA's Vetting Commodity IT Software and Firmware program aims to develop systems that can verify the security of commercial IT devices.
Human factors/ergonomics researchers Varun Dutt, Young-Suk Ahn, and Cleotilde Gonzalez say the key to protecting online operations is a high degree of cybersecurity awareness. Their computer model gauges security analysts' ability…
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed milli-motein, a tiny robot that could lead to future devices that can fold themselves into almost any shape.
A high school student from Texas has won a $100,000 scholarship for a developing a computer algorithm that helps robots navigate around obstacles, an algorithm that could be used in applications like driverless cars.
General Motors and Daimler AG are developing new windshields that use augmented reality to display driving directions, text messages, or oncoming hazards, all without requiring the driver to look away from the road.
NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space.
The device doesn't look like much: a caterpillar-sized assembly of metal rings and strips resembling something you might find buried in a home-workshop drawer.
The U.S. Naval Academy plans to offer an accredited cybersecurity major by 2016, and also wants to build a $100 million cybersecurity facility on campus, says Vice Adm. Michael Miller.The Naval Academy would be one of …
You press a button and wait for your elevator. How long before you get impatient and agitated? Theresa Christy says 20 seconds.
Twitter, perhaps more than any other social media outlet, has become one of the most powerful tools to promote democracy in the Middle East.
Syrian rebels responded to the recent nationwide Internet shutdown by relying on satellite technology to coordinate within the country and to communicate with foreign activists.The rebels have spent months smuggling communications…
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil.
Next time you pull out your smartphone to use a popular application—whether it's to price check items in a store, to tweet or to check your cloud-based calendar—you might thank Martin Odersky.
Drilling down to more detail on a computer screen, or moving out to see the context, is basic. But it's hardly simple and, after 20 years, innovations are still occurring.
Three breakthrough experiments involving photons have extended coherence times and indicated scalable production.
As college tuitions soar, various online models vie to educate college students worldwide — at no cost.