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Heather Dewey-Hagborg was sitting in a therapy session a while ago and noticed a painting on the wall. The glass on the frame was cracked, and lodged in the crack was a single hair. She couldn't take her eyes off it.
The trophy high-rises on Madison, Park, and Fifth Avenues in Manhattan have long commanded the top prices in the country for commercial real estate, with yearly leases approaching $150 a square foot.
A new school for programmers stands behind the ability of its students to find jobs — if you can't find one within a year, tuition is free.
The Web browser you're probably using to read this article is a small marvel of engineering.
Sitting motionless in her wheelchair, paralysed from the neck down by a stroke, Cathy Hutchinson seems to take no notice of the cable rising from the top of her head through her curly dark hair.
Gender stereotypes that discourage women from pursuing STEM careers are among the most formidable barriers holding them back in community colleges.
Researchers are developing a smartphone application that helps visually impaired users take pictures.
A recent research paper suggests Google can achieve significant cost savings by using specific processors for particular software tasks.
An Amherst College researcher recently tested the speed of a quantum computing system against conventional computing methods.
Some computer scientists believe the singularity at which artificial intelligence can match and overtake human intelligence could take place in only 16 years.
Leave it to the quantum physicists at Los Alamos National Labs to have run for the past two years something that sounded like science fiction: a quantum Internet that promises perfectly secure online communications.
Linux topped open source software in quality in a study of the defects that occur in the software development process.
New technologies will enable networks to use much less energy by 2020, even though they will be carrying much more traffic.
Last month the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the unmanned systems industry's largest trade organization, released its first economic study detailing just how an expected $82 billion in economic impacts…
Paper folding isn’t just an art, it can help fit everything on spacecraft from solar panels to telescope mirrors.
It was a high-tech speed-dating session, Silicon Valley-style: I would sit in the storied memorabilia-laden Room 2306 in the bowels of PARC, the former Xerox research and development center in Palo Alto that gave us the "ball''…
Your next elevator pitch might actually come from data derived from your elevator.
Even as the U.S. government confronts rival powers over widespread Internet espionage, it has become the biggest buyer in a burgeoning gray market where hackers and security firms sell tools for breaking into computers.
The Syrian Electronic Army launched a successful cyberattack on the main infrastructure system of Haifa, one of the most important ports in Israel, disrupting the operation of the servers in charge of urban management systems…
The long-sought quantum computer, a machine potentially far ahead of today's best supercomputers, is almost as hard to define as it is to build.
At a computer in her office at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, epidemiologist Caroline Buckee points to a dot on a map of Kenya's western highlands, representing one of the nation's thousands of cell-phone towers…
Among defense contractors, QinetiQ North America is known for spy-world connections and an eye-popping product line.
The U.K. information technology sector is trying out apprenticeships as a means of training more young people for jobs in the industry.
The OpenWorm Project is working to create the first computer model of the Caenorhabditis elegans nematode worm.
To get more students interested in writing software code, advocates are working to eliminate the idea that computer science is too hard.
Researchers say they have developed in vivo silicon-based flexible large-scale integrated (LSI) circuits for biomedical wireless communications.
Why do most smartphones make a clicking noise, like a camera shutter closing, when you take a picture with them? Why do the virtual pages of a book on a tablet appear to turn as you swipe across the screen?
On a normal weeknight, Netflix accounts for almost a third of all Internet traffic entering North American homes. That's more than YouTube, Hulu, Amazon.com, HBO Go, iTunes, and BitTorrent combined.
Don't be surprised if Stephen Wolfram, the renowned complexity theorist, software company CEO, and night owl, wants to schedule a work call with you at 9 p.m. In fact, after a decade of logging every phone call he makes, Wolfram…
How do you reduce distractions to office workers, while satisfying their need to stay current?