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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its July flyby—and the best close-ups of Pluto that humans may see for decades.
Anonymity networks, which sit on top of the public Internet, are designed to conceal people’s Web-browsing habits from prying eyes.
Greg Hochmuth was one of the first software engineers hired at Instagram.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have unveiled an untraceable text-messaging system designed to foil even the most powerful adversaries.
Engineer Matt King is blind and works on Facebook's accessibility team, which helps the service make it easier for the visually impaired to interact with it.
There's the war on terrorism, and then there's the war on how to fight the war on terrorism.
Researchers say Uber and Lyft's automated management systems establish new dynamics between workers and their bosses that should garner regulatory attention.
Astronomers harnessing the combined power of NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have found the faintest object ever seen in the early universe. It existed about 400 million years after the big bang, 13.8 billion years…
Microsoft has released a collection of predictions from 16 leaders and leading thinkers within its Technology and Research organization.
Supercomputing needs to be extended beyond the limits of Moore's Law, says Sandia National Laboratories' Erik DeBenedictis.
Babies learn by watching and imitating what adults are doing, and robots can "learn" in much the same way, according to researchers at the University of Washington.
Uppsala University researchers recently used an online game to assess how good mathematical models were at reproducing the collective motion of real fish schools.
Two separate recent experiments have demonstrated the possibilities of encoding information in synthetic DNA molecules.
Sure, you might be able to tell whether a city is a city by just looking at it. But can you train a machine to be even better than humans at recognizing them?
Gene-editing technology should not be used to modify human embryos that are intended for use in establishing a pregnancy, an international summit declared in a statement issued on 3 December.
Jeff Carroll inherited the DNA mutation that causes Huntington's disease.
Unseen photographs of Alan Turing are to be published for the first time as part of a new biography written by his nephew.
A yellow robotic arm pauses over a pile of metal cylinders, snaps a photo, then proceeds to confidently pick pieces out of the jumble.
A new center to study the implications of artificial intelligence and try to influence its ethical development has been established at the U.K.'s Cambridge University, the latest sign thatconcerns are rising about AI's impact…
The creation of a stable quantum bit by Northwestern University researchers may bring quantum computers closer to practical realization.
Italian and Swiss researchers have created an experimental telepresence robot that can be operated by disabled people via brain signals.
A new mobile app enables doctors to remotely monitor psychotic outpatients' mental states and improve their adherence to treatment plans.
Google has been granted a patent on technology that would attempt to help its autonomous vehicles communicate their "intentions" to pedestrians.
"Today we sense we are close to be being able to alter human heredity," Nobel Laureate and California Institute of Technology virologist David Baltimore said December 1 at the opening of a much-anticipated human gene editing taking…
A prototype digital travel agent uses machine learning and optimization techniques, among others, to develop personalized travel "trajectories."
In the era of big data, when demand for statistics is higher than ever, a shadow of danger looms over the numbers revolution: People are increasingly refusing to provide them.
Google is teaching machines to play Atari games like Space Invaders, Video Pinball, andBreakout. And they're getting pretty good.
A new method of delivering data, which uses the visible spectrum rather than radio waves, has been tested in a working office.
Researchers say they have developed a humanoid robot that can operate tools and interact with its environment the same way a person would.
Financial companies are turning to machine learning and cloud computing to deal with a flood of big data from a multitude of transactions.