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A team of researchers is developing algorithms to let photographers use camera-mounted controls to guide drone-mounted lights into just the right position.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released the first major redesign of Raspberry Pi, its credit card-sized computer. The new model is known as B+.
A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says steps have been taken to stop future incidents. But he says there's no way for the NSA to be entirely secure.
Researchers say they have developed a phase change material that could eventually lead to low-energy, thin, flexible displays.
A San Francisco neurosurgeon says he is working toward building a wireless brain-machine interface that could translate brain signals directly into audible speech.
A "telekinetic" app has been launched to enable Google Glass users to control the device using only their thoughts.
The fields of data communication, fabrication, and ultrasound imaging share a common challenge when it comes to improving speed and efficiency: light's diffraction limit. Nicholas Fang thinks his group at MIT might have found…
IBM plans to spend $3 billion over the next five years to research and develop new fundamental computing technologies, focusing specifically on the possibilities of using graphene and carbon nanotubes as replacements for silicon…
Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are more likely than other graduates to be employed, but also are unlikely to have a job in a STEM field, according to a new…
Researchers at Bell Labs have developed a technology that enables them to transmit data over traditional copper telephone lines at a record speed of 10 Gbits/second, using two pairs of 30-meter-long standard phone cables.
Building a brain sounds like a worthy goal, one that makes it seem as though the future is within reach.
MIT researchers have developed openPDS (personal data store), a prototype system that stores data from digital devices in a single location specified by the user.
Princeton University computer science professors Arvind Narayanan and Edward Felten have published a rebuttal to a June paper which concluded de-identification tools did a sufficient job of ensuring data privacy.
A citizen science effort to revive a middle-aged spacecraft has come to a close after the probe's rockets failed to fire.
On March 17, a panel of four astrophysicists held a press conference at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., to announce that they had discovered features in the cosmic microwave background (CMB)…
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.
Washington DC-area residents with a hankering for lion meat lost a valuable source of the (yes, legal) delicacy last year when a restaurant called the Serbian Crown closed its doors after nearly 40 years in the same location.
DARPA has selected two universities to initially lead the agency's Restoring Active Memory program, which aims to develop and test wireless, implantable "neuroprosthetics" that can help servicemembers, veterans, and others overcome…
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent an email to all employees today outlining the company’s ambitions for the new financial year.
We are surrounded by imperfect screens.
When a chatbot called Eugene Goostman passed Alan Turing's famous measure of machine intelligence in June by posing as a Ukrainian teenager with questionable language skills, the world went nuts for about an hour before realizing…
The RoboCup international robot soccer tournament aims to create a robot soccer team that can defeat the human World Cup champions by 2050.
A new means of computing the optimal timings for city stoplights can significantly reduce drivers' average travel times.
Google is sharing some its most influential research papers to expand discussions and observations on topics being studied around world.
Newly developed technology allows the spin of electrons to be used to boost the speed of data storage.
Could a person who is paralyzed and unable to speak, like physicist Stephen Hawking, use a brain implant to carry on a conversation?
If the stakes are big enough, companies will compete even for something that is supposed to be free to all comers.
The New York Police Department's Facebook page has taken on a role that was once largely limited to the city's press corps: publishing news articles.
Researchers are hoping to harness facial-recognition and age-progression technology to estimate people's life spans and future health based on a photograph.