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It is perhaps the most daunting challenge facing experts in both the fields of climate and computer science—creating a supercomputer that can accurately model the future of the planet in a set of equations and how the forces…
The universe is a big place.
Christian Urban waves his hands to make a point, then looks at his nails and cracks wise about needing a manicure.
At a mock airport in an underground laboratory here at Northeastern University, students pretending to be passengers head through a security exit in the right direction, while a young man enters going the wrong way.
Four professional poker players beat a poker program in the recently concluded Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence poker tournament.
California officials have launched Digital Democracy, an online and interactive platform aimed at improving transparency in state government.
Google says its self-driving cars will be good for road safety because they can pay better attention to the road than humans do.
In a month's time, a motley assortment of robots will attempt to navigate a punishing obstacle course laid out in a fairground park in Pomona, California.
NASA has selected 15 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), a program that aims to turn science fiction into science fact through the development of pioneering technologies.
Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars now rolling around California have gotten into accidents since September, when the state began issuing permits for companies to test them on public roads.
As part of a series of experiments, a group of researchers at the University of Washington's BioRobotics Lab launched denial-of-service attacks against a remotely operated surgical robot, causing it to become difficult to control…
Mexican computer specialist Enrique Leon Villeda helped revolutionize advertising by developing software to assess the emotions of a person considering consumer products.
Researchers recently completed an investigation of how micro-scale wrinkling affects electrical performance in carbon-based, single-crystal semiconductors.
Researchers recently conducted a series of experiments to test how attackers could hijack remote-controlled surgical robots, and to make such operations more secure.
Google is placing engineers at a handful of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, where they teach, mentor, and advise on curriculum.
Several universities are experimenting with wearable technologies as a way to improve classroom instruction.
New devices can provide the average person with unprecedented access to quantifiable information about their bodies.
Ever since the European Space Agency's Philae lander ran out of batteries on 15 November, just three days after it bounced on to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, scientists have consoled themselves with the hope that the craft…
After decades as a sci-fi staple, artificial intelligence has leapt into the mainstream.
You can play a slot machine in Las Vegas before you've even reached baggage claim: there are tiny slots parlors in every terminal of McCarran International Airport.
On 11 May, a telescope aboard a NASA craft will turn and stare at Pluto—like a space-robot equivalent of a sailor watching for shoals that could take out his vessel.
New technology could serve as a text-entry system for wearable devices that have touchscreens.
Machine teaching is machine learning turned upside down.
Trace is a new app that turns a digital sketch a user draws on a smartphone screen, such as a boat or a leaf, into a walking route that can be sent to another user.
University of Pittsburgh researchers have developed a synthetic polymer gel that can utilize internally generated chemical energy to shift shapes and propel itself.
Researchers have developed a new approach to programming autonomous underwater vehicles that increases their "cognitive" capabilities.
In a 60-by-60-foot room in Salt Lake City, Ken Bretschneider is taking virtual reality experiences to another level.
Detailed new field studies, laboratory experiments, and simulations of the largest known "internal waves" in the Earth's oceans—phenomena that play a key role in mixing ocean waters, greatly affecting ocean temperatures—provide…
A new network of sensors in the bone-dry Texas hill country will produce detailed data on soil moisture—when there is any.
On a U.S. military base outside Gainesville, Florida, atmospheric scientists make lightning by shooting rockets into thunderstorms.