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Researchers have been working to enhance the U.S. biosurveillance system, which alerts authorities to disease outbreaks.
Until April 15, here's a convenient excuse for any troubles in your life: It's all the fault of a quirk of the planetary dance that constantly unfolds across our solar system.
Next month, a comprehensive new data protection law goes into effect in the European Union, placing greater requirements on how companies like Facebook and Google handle users' personal information. It also strengthens individuals'…
A new smart ink turns three-dimensionally-printed structures into objects that change shape and color.
Researchers have used kirigami in their execution of a project to build malleable electronic circuits, which could enhance smart apparel.
Researchers say a new encryption method that maximizes mobile device security for users still gives authorities a way to gain "exceptional access" in special circumstances.
Researchers say they have discovered a novel laser light sensing technology that is more robust and less expensive than conventional systems.
Researchers are using an 1816 legal precedent to track down stolen bitcoins.
A team of researchers have constructed a computer model of weather and bird migration to help prevent bird deaths by wind farms and buildings.
Beijing has announced plans to build a brain-science centre that will rival in size some of the world's largest neuroscience organizations. It will also serve as a core facility for the country's long-awaited brain project—China's…
The shape on the screen appears only briefly—just long enough for the test subject to commit it to memory. At the same time, an electrical signal snakes past the bony perimeter of her skull, down through a warm layer of graybrain…
Geologists have charted mountain ranges and forests and desert tundras, astronomers the heavens above, yet our planet's oceans remain largely unexplored; it's often said that we have a more complete understanding of the Moon …
Ross Compton had no idea his pacemaker would finger him for arson.
A Brown University team develops a way to 'score' robots for being more (or less) like people.
After sailing through two friendly Senate hearings—one so uncontroversial that only six senators tops bothered to even show up at any given point in the hour—Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone seems set for confirmation as the …
John Bolton has spent years imploring the U.S. to go on the attack in cyberspace—a stance that some digital warfare experts caution could set up the nation for a conflict it would be better off avoiding.
More than halfway across the universe, an enormous blue star nicknamed Icarus is the farthest individual star ever seen.
A study of robot faces across 76 dimensions found that robots whose faces were rated less-friendly lacked a mouth and pupils, but had eyelids.
A new "computational microscope" can model the atomic and subatomic forces driving molecular interactions.
The Digital Life team at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has unveiled three-dimensional models of a loggerhead and a green sea turtle.
Researchers in Japan have synthesized helical nanographene, a breakthrough that could lead to nanoscale induction coils and molecular springs for use in nanomechanics.
Researchers are studying deep learning, with a focus on improving medical imaging and advancing the future of truly smart houses that will perform manual labor for occupants.
Northwestern University researchers are making qubits out of organometallic molecules.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Dina Katabi has been named recipient of the 2017 ACM Prize in Computing.
Researchers in Russia have demonstrated that physical activity data obtained from wearable computing devices can be used to generate digital biomarkers of aging and frailty.
Programming languages and frameworks associated with DevOps and machine learning are on the rise, and developers working in these areas garner the highest salaries.
Entrepreneurs, companies, and governments look to use databases like Blockchain—often independent of Bitcoin—to solve some of the most intractable issues facing society.
Tomorrow's wars will be fought with a lethal combination of soldiers, drones, and AI-powered systems. The Internet of Battle Things, as it's being called, is a vast battlefield network of machines and humans—and the US Army is…
Automation that helps doctors perform surgery also will help them learn to be better surgeons.
The University of Illinois' Naresh Shanbhag is pushing for a new computer architecture that blends computing and memory so devices can be smarter without consuming more energy.