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A team at Harvard University has developed a robotic device to restore movement for sufferers of neuromuscular disorders that affect the foot and ankle.
The flashing lights, cool sound effects and high-speed bouncing ball action have made pinball simulators a hugely popular genre of video game, not to mention big business for the software houses that develop them.
There are many conflicting opinions about what troubled Web giant Yahoo must do to turn itself around, but critics and company leaders at least agree on one thing: fresh ideas must be part of the solution.
With a Ph.D. in neuroscience and a love of Asian art, it may have been inevitable that Greg Dunn would combine them to create sparse, striking illustrations of the brain.
A group of high-level, nation-state attackers has been targeting government agencies, embassies, diplomatic offices and energy companies with a cyber-espionage campaign for more than five years that researchers say is the most…
U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Dan Kaufman says an innovation gap exists as the private sector advances in areas in which the government was once primarily responsible for research breakthroughs.
Edward Snowden used inexpensive and widely available software to "scrape" the U.S. National Security Agency's (NSA) networks, according to intelligence officials.
If someone asked you to predict the number of medals each country is going to win in this year's Olympics, you'd probably try to identify the favored athletes in each event, then total each country's expected wins to arrive at…
The Wikipedia Foundation formed a team of software developers to focus on developing the site for use with mobile devices.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee called on the public to refocus on a decentralized, open Internet.
It's hard to pinpoint the moment Pittsburgh began its three-decade climb back from the dead, but Red Whittaker marks the comeback from the instant he heard the ominous clack of a door closing behind him when he entered a secured…
The U.S. National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, a division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, recently accepted Edison, a new flagship supercomputer designed for scientific productivity.
Auto makers have long downplayed the threat of hacker attacks on their cars and trucks, arguing that their vehicles' increasingly networked systems are protected from rogue wireless intrusion.
In an interview, Google engineering chief Ray Kurzweil discussed a new type of search engine that he is developing, noting that search engines will have increasingly human-like problem-solving capabilities in the years to come…
The Hubble Space Telescope is still operating, but its successor is already waiting in the wings.
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a computational model to assess the viability of websites and social networks and predict which sites are sustainable and which are not.
In 2011, the Indian government launched the UIDAI program to collect the iris patterns and fingerprints of all of its 1.2 billion citizens within three years. The program relies on algorithms developed by University of Cambridge…
Since the beginning of this century, the most rapidly advancing field in the life sciences, and perhaps in human inquiry of any sort, has been genomics.
The PROSE Awards, one of the most prestigious competitions in professional and scholarly publishing, praised the work as a fitting tribute to the life of the legendary mathematical and scientific genius.
Two U.S. companies are joining a military research program to develop sensitive electronic components able to self-destruct on command to keep them out of the hands of potential adversaries who would attempt to counterfeit them…
A Dutch man who lost his left hand in a fireworks accident nine years ago is now able to feel different kinds of pressure on three fingers of a prosthetic, robotic hand.
Shooter and victim were just a pair of pixels, dark specks on a gray streetscape.
As a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996, Amit Sahai was fascinated by the strange notion of a "zero-knowledge" proof, a type of mathematical protocol for convincing someone that something is…
A kinder, gentler approach to one of the most dreaded exams in medicine is on the way: U.S. regulators have cleared a bite-size camera to help screen patients who have trouble with colonoscopies.
Somewhere, in a glass building several miles outside of San Francisco, a computer is imagining what a cow looks like.
Iain Couzin does not have fond memories of field research.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it's finally ready to consider regulations that might require "light vehicles" to communicate with each other about…
Back in 2011, the aerospace giant Lockheed Martin paid a cool $10 million for the world's first commercial quantum computer from a Canadian start up called D-Wave Systems.
Expert witnesses in computing sciences navigate complex issues and sometimes-hostile lawyers in order to bring focus and resolution to high-profile legal disputes.
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