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Last week, Starbucks joined forces with Square, a technology start-up that lets you pay for things with a smartphone. Coming from a company whose cafes seem to be on every corner, that's a powerful endorsement. Does that mean…
Researchers at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed Pleiades, a prototype system that can better detect Domain Name Generation (DGA)-based botnets without the normal time-intensive…
Researchers at the Karlsruhe Technical Institute, Disney Research, and the University of Montreal say they have developed a new and efficient way to simulate how light is absorbed and scattered in scenes filled with smoke or…
A team from IBM and ETH Zurich University have directly mapped the formation of a spin helix in a semiconductor for the first time, a development that could lead to spintronics replacing electronics and smaller computing devices…
As researchers continue to pull apart the Gauss malware code, looking for spreading mechanisms and infection vectors, there is still some work being done on Gauss's cousin Flame, as well.
NASA's Curiosity rover is almost fully reprogrammed for its two-year, $2.5 billion science mission on Mars, and mission managers say it should be ready to take its first short drive in about a week.
Engineers at Boeing Co. and Johns Hopkins University have devised technology that enables drones to function like a swarm of insects that can communicate and carry out tasks together in mid-flight.
The success of the nation’s first undergrad robotics engineering program has inspired two universities that are now experiencing the very same challenges.
The highest possible resolution images—about 100,000 dots per inch—have been achieved, and in full-color, with a printing method that uses tiny pillars a few tens of nanometers tall.
CMU researchers have developed visual data-mining software that can automatically detect the subtle features that make cities unique, such as street signs, street lamps, and balcony railings.
The U.S. National Science Foundation recently asked a team of researchers to develop the key components for a networking architecture that could serve as the backbone of a new Internet that gives users more choices about which…
BeOS, an operating system that was originally designed for Apple hardware but was passed over for NeXT's OpenStep, has found a new life thanks to Haiku.
A recent Excelencia in Education report featured an analysis of institutions awarding certificates or degrees to Latino students in STEM fields.
The electronic brain controlling NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has far less horsepower than the microchips typically found in a modern smart phone.
Drone makers and robotics manufacturers are looking for—and finding—new uses for devices that were once limited to the worlds of science and the military.
The San Gabriel Mountains rise over a rough patch of sun-baked volcanic boulders, dusty flagstones, and earthen slopes.
Picture doing a remote software upgrade. Now picture doing it when the machine you're upgrading is a robotic rover sitting 350 million miles away, on the surface of Mars.
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology researchers have developed a super-thin, flexible, all-solid-state battery that could one day lead to phones and gadgets that can be folded.
Ohio State University researchers have developed software to identify in-road loop detectors, which are used to monitor traffic, that are prone to splashover, and reprogram them to get more accurate numbers.
University of Tennessee at Knoxville researchers have designed a tiny microchip that is being used to help control the rover that recently landed on Mars.
Cornell University researchers have developed a new mathematical technique that allows for the sharing of large data sets of personal data without compromising any one individual's privacy.
As space geeks watched nervously to see if NASA's Curiosity rover would land safely on Mars, many found themselves wondering, "Hey, who's that cool dude with the stars-and-stripes mohawk?"
I was strolling down the hall to a meeting on a Wednesday afternoon when I suddenly blacked out, coming to a halt.
On Wednesday night I had the pleasure of dining at the exclusive Willow Garage in Menlo Park, Calif.
When you visit Manuela Veloso at Carnegie Mellon University, you're not guided to her office by a security officer or even issued instructions by a secretary at reception. Instead, one of Veloso's autonomous CoBots (short for…
When Google imagines the future of Web search, it sees a search engine that understands human meaning and not just words, that can have a spoken conversation with computer users and that gives users results not just from the…
Georgia Tech researchers are using computational models to design swimming micro-robots that can carry cargo and navigate in response to light.
An automated program has been created to buy and sell stocks based on superstition rather than logic.
Best Buy's Geek Squad Summer Academy has grown from a one-day, one-city, all-girls camp into a nationwide coed program that will host nearly 10,000 students in more than 20 U.S. states this summer.