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Researchers say they can dramatically increased the capacity of optical fibers by reducing the space required between pulses of light that transport data.
Researchers say they have built one of the first chips to implement the new high-efficiency video-coding standard for ultrahigh-definition TVs.
"I've never loved anyone the way I've loved you," swoons Joaquin Phoenix, in the movie Her.
NASA's Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars' past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions.
Electronic textiles and smart clothing promise to weave new, improved computing capabilities into the fabric of our lives.
Scientists have been trying to develop room-temperature superconductors—materials that conduct electrons with zero resistance, and do so without cumbersome, energy-sucking supercooling—for more than three decades.
Vint Cerf goes inside the online revolution in education
The Supreme Court agreed last Friday to rule on the divisive issue of what kinds of software are eligible for patent protection in a case being closely watched by the technology industry.
Not limiting their activities to the earthly realm, American and British spies have infiltrated the fantasy worlds of World of Warcraft and Second Life, conducting surveillance and scooping up data in the online games playedclassified…
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has passed the milestone of 100,000 shots fired by its laser. It uses the laser as one way to check which chemical elements are in rocks and soils.
Updates to an extensive toxicology database should make it easier to track information about the unintentional toxic effects of therapeutic drugs.
Researchers are developing brain-computer interfaces that will allow them to control robots with their minds.
Eight major technology companies on Monday called on the Obama administration and Congress to set limits on government surveillance activities.
As the importance of programming as a life skill grows, parents are beginning to seek coding education for their children.
Researchers have developed an algorithm for dating sites that uses a person's contact history to recommend compatible partners.
A new version has been released of the Alice Project, free educational programming software that enables beginners to create animations.
Eight former pro football players learned this year that they have signs of a degenerative brain disorder called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition linked to depression, dementia, and memory loss.
At a wine bar in San Francisco on Wednesday, Broadcom Chairman and CTO Henry Samueli delivered some sobering news: Moore's Law isn't making chips cheaper anymore.
In 2008, two security researchers at the DefCon hacker conference demonstrated a massive security vulnerability in the worldwide internet traffic-routing system—a vulnerability so severe that it could allow intelligence agencies…
A new algorithm can rank the questions and answers on question and answer websites, while weeding out off-topic and irrelevant entries.
Robots are expected to play an increasingly large role in daily life over the next 50 years.
Researchers have tested the feasibility of creating a covert acoustical mesh network between multiple laptops to exchange data using near-ultrasonic frequencies.
Much of the repetitive manual work involved in the classic squash and stretch animation technique has been automated in a new software program.
Google this week released version 1.2 of its Go open source programming language, designed to improve on certain aspects of languages similar to C.
There have been remarkable mechanical advances in prosthetic limbs in recent years, including rewiring nerve fibers to control sophisticated mechanical arms (see "A Lifelike Prosthetic Arm"), and brain interfaces that allow for…
Lidar rangefinders, which are common tools in surveying and in autonomous-vehicle control, among other applications, gauge depth by emitting short bursts of laser light and measuring the time it takes for reflected photons to…
China's government banned financial institutions from trading in bitcoin on Thursday, in what analysts said was a restrained first step towards regulating the digital currency that has exploded in popularity in China and soared…
An easy, inexpensive way to transmit large software packages rapidly without using the Internet utilizes a self-replicating bootable USB stick.
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