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Tiny, biocompatible electronic devices could be implanted into the body to relieve pain or battle infection for a specific period of time before dissolving.
The COmpliant huMANoid (COMAN) robot features joints with variable stiffness.
Imagine cruising down a three-lane highway and rounding a bend to find four trucks rolling along in single-file. They are all traveling close together—perhaps too close—but otherwise everything seems normal.
Early attempts at driverless cars have had little difficulty gathering the loads of data required to operate autonomously.
To be a good coder in Silicon Valley is to be among the pampered elite.
"The mission to find, capture and redirect an asteroid robotically, and then visit it with astronauts to study it and return samples takes advantage of expertise across all of NASA in an integrated approach to exploration..."
Visualize the TV service you've always wanted: a gorgeous interface that does away with clunky (and often ad-strewn) programming grids; a simple remote that isn't a crushing array of buttons; a cloud-based DVR that doesn't require…
Oculus VR captured the attention of the this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco with the Oculus Rift, its VR headset that's more like a pair of ski goggles than those bulky gaming helmets of the 1990s that…
The NASA budget would shrink slightly under President Obama's budget proposal. The White House is asking for $17.7 billion in funding, down about $50 million from what the agency received in 2012.
Los Angeles has completed the Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control system, synchronizing its 4,400 traffic lights.
Many tech firms are collaborating to develop an open source software-defined networking project known as OpenDaylight.
CodeSpells is an immersive, first-person player video game designed to teach students how to program in Java.
Connected baseball equipment, in combination with sensors and transmitters located through a stadium, could deliver much more precise verdicts than umpires.
Software developed by a Japanese research institute can determine what people are dreaming about by analyzing their brain waves.
The British Library is archiving every British website and e-book for future researchers.
Professor Peter Turchin is the driving force behind a field where scientists analyze history in the hopes of finding patterns they can then use to predict the future. Unless something changes, he says, we're due for a wave…
Researchers at AT&T have devised a way to increase the distance that large amounts of data can travel through a fiber-optic connection. The technique should allow 400-gigabit-per-second signals to make more efficient ocean-spanning…
The 27 largest U.S. companies reporting cyber attacks say they sustained no major financial losses, exposing a disconnect with federal officials who say billions of dollars in corporate secrets are being stolen.
The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year—triple the number just four years earlier.
The scientists who were recruited to appear at a conference called Entomology-2013 thought they had been selected to make a presentation to the leading professional association of scientists who study insects.
Researchers have demonstrated a method for storing visual images within a thin vapor of rubidium atoms.
Researchers have designed a new service-engineering platform to help accelerate the development of information technology services.
Uruguay has distributed more than 500,000 free laptops to its students and teachers over the last five years as part of its Plan Ceibal.
Mars has lost much of its original atmosphere, but what's left remains quite active, recent findings from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity indicate. Rover team members reported diverse findings today at the European Geosciences Union…
Far from slowing, the market for fake Twitter followers seems to be taking off.
Instead of typing your password, in the future you may only have to think your password, according to School of Information researchers. A new study explores the feasibility of brainwave-based computer authentication as a substitute…
In a lab at Harvard Medical School, a man is using his mind to wag a rat's tail.
Steve Jobs was a stickler for detail, requiring final approval on everything from ads to wording on his Keynote presentations. It's no surprise then that the company he built places similar attention to detail when choosing apps…
New software is determining the dates of British documents from approximately 1066 to the 1400s, based on popular words or phrases they contain.