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A researcher wants to provide greater clarity about low completion rates for massively open online courses by examining the intent of those who sign up.
A new paper from scientists based in China, the U.S., and Israel examines how the world has come to be dominated by interconnected networks.
A group of minority students identified eight major themes in ways to enhance their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) training.
The U.S. National Security Agency has been intercepting the internal communications of operators and trade groups, and infiltrating mobile networks around the world.
Projects are underway to enhance dogs' ability to interact with technology in new ways, in the hope "we'll be able to make them even better at their jobs."
The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is doing research for its Future Applications of Sense Technology for Fidelitous Wearable Devices program.
Researchers are adapting tools developed for massive astronomy data sets into online big data storage and analytics tools that can be used across scientific disciplines.
Year-end technology prediction lists can be dull fodder devoted to pie-in-the-sky concepts, outlandish marketing claims or rehashes of familiar trends.
Demis Hassabis started playing chess at age four and soon blossomed into a child prodigy.
Feeling is believing. A system that uses sound waves to project "haptic holograms" into mid-air—letting you touch 3D virtual objects with your bare hands—is poised to bring virtual reality into the physical world.
On a sunny afternoon in May, 2009, seven astronauts strapped themselves into the space shuttle Atlantis and rocketed toward the heavens.
Stanford University researchers have developed a device that can split and bend a beam of light, which they say could lead to computers that use optics to carry data.
In late November, people gathered at the University of California, Berkeley to participate in a Social Innovation Hackathon.
In the near future, it may be possible for household cleaning robots to be remotely controlled via the Internet, with privacy ensured by blurring the video feed.
Silicon Valley could be more innovative if it drew from an even richer pool of ideas, suggests media start-up Vyv co-founder Laura Gomez.
Brown University professor John Savage offered a working paper on tackling Internet governance at this week's fifth Global Cyberspace Cooperation Summit in Berlin.
Paul Kocher, one of the country's leading cryptographers, says he thinks the explanation for the world's dismal state of digital security may lie in two charts.
The Hour of Code event alone could have as many as 100 million participants worldwide.
If you're wondering what scientists can do with a camera that captures 100 billion frames per second, you're not alone.
On the final stretch of a speedy nine-year trek through the solar system, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will be awakened from hibernation Dec. 6 for an encounter with Pluto, a mysterious world that has captured imaginations…
Quoc Le sees the world as a series of numbers.
"We found that people were searching for squirrels just to favorite them, just to click 'like.' And the same with buses."
The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to a University of Texas at Arlington computer scientist studying ways to strengthen computer privacy.
Researchers have developed the System-Aware Cybersecurity concept and Secure Sentinel technology to improve defenses for unmanned drones against cyberattacks.
Researchers say they have developed software that can identify DNA from viruses in all parts of the Tree of Life.
Robots deployed at Carnegie Mellon University have collectively reached 1,000 kilometers of autonomous operation.
They could be the most powerful computers in the world—so perhaps it's no surprise that the biggest internet company on the planet is testing one out.
When asked what he likes best about working for Google, physicist John Martinis does not mention the famous massage chairs in the hallways, or the free snacks available just about anywhere at the company's campus in Mountain…
When Alan Turing first conceived of the Turing Test in 1947, he suggested that a computer program’s resemblance to a human mind could be gauged by making it answer a series of questions written by an interrogator in another room…
Somewhere dark and icy on a comet 320 million miles away, the history-making, comet-bouncing Philae spacecraft is sleeping.