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One night in late July 2014, a journalist from the Chinese newspaper Southern Weeklyinterviewed a 17-year-old Chinese girl named Xiaoice (pronounced Shao-ice).
A study by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, shows, in detail, the reason why global temperatures remain stable in the long run unless they…
The University of Washington's Computer Science and Engineering Department is working to provide the developing world with some basic financial instruments.
Researchers have developed an algorithm which they say greatly increases accuracy in diagnosing the health of complex mechanical systems.
A research team at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has designed an application to estimate air quality by analyzing a large number of photos of a city.
There's a battle raging over whether academic research should be free, and it’s overflowing into the dark web.
Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative "represents the culmination of more than a decade of effort initiated by the ACM."
When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach.
In the latest Daily Dozen, Gina Smith reconnects with Google vice president and original Internet pioneer Vint Cerf. Here’s what he had to say about Internet security, critical thinking, and too much email.
The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched.
It was late on 8 February 1941 when four Americans arrived at Bletchley Park.
Twenty-five years ago U.S.-led Coalition forces launched the world’s first "space war" when they drove Iraqi troops out of Kuwait.
King's College London researchers recently conducted a study to discover how much of Tor is devoted to illegal content.
Research on senior citizens indicates they would likely accept robots as helpers and entertainment providers, but worry about giving up too much control to them.
Researchers interviewed 10 women who successfully transitioned into university faculty after working as corporate scientists or industry or government researchers.
A new development in artificial intelligence harnesses the power of social interactions to learn more about the world.
University of Southampton researchers have developed a prototype "smart" thermostat that lets users control their heating on a cost basis, rather than by temperature alone.
Eight separate research projects into autonomous vehicles will receive financial support from the U.K. government.
The U.S. National Science Foundation is funding an initiative to integrate computing with elementary school mathematics.
Google DeepMind just entered the 90s. Fresh off their success in playing the ancient game of Go, DeepMind’s latest artificial intelligence can navigate a 3D maze reminiscent of the 1993 shooter game Doom.
Machine learning is an extremely clever approach to computer programming.
The free flow of data across the Atlantic, the lifeblood of modern business dealings, faces an uncertain future, despite a belated, high-level deal between European and U.S. officials this week.
Every afternoon, crowds of Cubans gather outside Havana's top hotels—mob boss Meyer Lansky's favorite Nacional de Cuba, Ernest Hemingway's old haunt Ambos Mundos, and the Habana Libre (the former Hilton, which served as Fidel…
Columbia University researchers are using home-built software to examine Google Street View images to identify locations in New York City where pedestrians are at risk.
Researchers from ETH Zurich Switzerland have fabricated the world's first single-atom optical switch.
Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology researchers have developed software that significantly improves the intelligibility of speech.
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have developed a soft robotic gripper that can bend and pick up delicate objects using electroadhesion.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Texas Instruments have developed a virtually hack-proof radio-frequency identification chip.
Europe's highest court is considering whether every hyperlink in a Web page should be checked for potentially linking to material that infringes copyright, before it can be used.