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Scientists have confirmed a form of water that is simultaneously solid and liquid. It is the latest advance in the study of water, a seemingly simple substance that can shift between many different configurations.
Researchers have used the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment to gain access to more than 975,000 compute hours on the Maverick supercomputing system.
Researchers say they have developed a system that can numerically specify the properties designers want in a material, then generate a microstructure that matches the specification.
Researchers have advanced spintronics via new methods to detect signals from spintronic components made of inexpensive metals and silicon.
The quest for "quantum supremacy" – unambiguous proof that a quantum computer does something faster than an ordinary computer – has paradoxically led to a boom in quasi-quantum classical algorithms.
Why is the Arctic warming faster than the rest of the planet?
After decades of heavy slog with no promise of success, quantum computing is suddenly buzzing with almost feverish excitement and activity.
Researchers at the University of Maryland' Center for Environmental Sciences' Appalachian Laboratory have received a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to use augmented reality design experiences to pique teenaged girls' …
China is planning to enhance its nuclear submarines' computer systems with artificial intelligence to augment the potential thinking skills of commanding officers, according to a senior scientist involved with the program.
Researchers at the Center for Quantum Technologies in Singapore propose a "quantum linear system algorithm" to help crunch numbers on a wide array of problems.
Stanford University professor Michal Kosinski is using deep neural networks to illustrate the use of facial-recognition technology for invasive monitoring
The HumanDrive initiative in the U.K. seeks to refine driverless automobile navigation systems for conditions that include country roads and high-speed roundabouts, via a new autonomous car trial.
Bill Kochevar's life was changed, seemingly irrevocably, when he was paralysed from the shoulders down following a cycling accident nearly a decade ago.
Researchers have exploited the twisty nature of topological physics to produce a high-quality beam of laser light—a step that could lead to the first practical application of this burgeoning field.
What if your employer made you wear a wristband that tracked your every move, and that even nudged you via vibrations when it judged that you were doing something wrong?
In an office at Tsinghua University in Beijing, a computer chip is crunching data from a nearby camera, looking for faces stored in a database.
MIT has launched the MIT Intelligence Quest, an agenda to coordinate the efforts of MIT's many experts to train computers to think in a more human-like manner.
Vanderbilt University's MarmotE team has won the first round of the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge, which focuses on using machine intelligence to allocate bands for use on the radio frequency spectrum.
Disabled students are often shortchanged in computer science education, and Sheryl Burgstahler, director of the University of Washington's DO-IT Center, is working with others to make it more widely available.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say they have found a way to precisely control a combination of optical signals, producing outputs with a near-perfect contrast and extremely large on/off ratios.
An experiment by researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China used quantum computers to calculate Betti numbers. The work "suggests that data analytics may be an important future application for quantum computing…
In early 2014, Srikanth Thirumalai met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
In a vacuum like space, the speed of light is just over 186,280 miles per second. Scientists have now shown it's possible to slow it down to zero miles per second without sacrificing its brightness, regardless of its frequency…
Berkeley Lab scientists and their collaborators used neural networks to analyze simulations of heavy ion collisions.
Researchers at Facebook's FAIR lab have developed Persona-Chat, a dataset of more than 160,000 lines of dialogue taken from workers on Amazon's Mechanical Turk marketplace, to train chatbots to be more lifelike when they interact…
Researchers at the University of Arizona are investigating transition metal dichalcogenides' potential for enabling new techniques for data processing and storage.
The U.S. Army and the U.S. Office of Naval Research are working with University of Central Florida researchers to help push the limits of additive manufacturing with metallic alloys.
More than a million followers have disappeared from the accounts of dozens of prominent Twitter users in recent days as the company faces growing criticism over the proliferation of fake accounts and scrutiny from federal and…
Two projects in China demonstrate the possibility of global quantum key distribution networks.
Serverless computing lets businesses and application developers focus on the program they need to run, without worrying about the machine on which it runs, or the resources it requires.