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The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding research at institutions working on desktop and mobile authentication technologies.
U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency program manager Randy Garrett warns the advent of the Internet of Things will create a large number of new threat vectors that could be exploited by malicious hackers.
Public libraries have started partnering with local schools to provide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to students. A recent survey found that one in six libraries host maker spaces focused on STEM…
We've all made the standard paper airplane, that elongated triangle made up of six simple folds.
Subhash Khot's bold conjecture is helping mathematicians explore the precise limitations of computation.
To hack or not to hack?
In the computer and network security industry, few people are as well known as Dan Geer.
New software from Microsoft researchers can stabilize shaky video taken while cycling, climbing, kayaking, or engaging in some other high-speed sport, and speed the footage up to make it more watchable.
Industry demand for data scientists is exploding with many businesses looking for people skilled in sifting through massive volumes of data streaming in from different sources for patterns into customer habits and in crafting…
The acquisition and processing of digital information has become the dominant industrial ecosystem, which calls for new and improved ways of collecting, shipping, and processing data.
Google says its big-data architecture, Mesa, can store petabytes of data, update millions of rows of data per second, and field trillions of queries daily across multiple servers, enabling continuous operation of the data warehouse…
University of Michigan researchers are developing a wearable vapor sensor that could offer continuous disease monitoring for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia, or lung disease.
The Federal Trade Commission is at one of the world's biggest hacker conferences this weekend, where hackers are competing to help save us all from robocalls.
IBM researchers have developed a new kind of computer chip that tries to mimic the way brains recognize patterns, relying on densely interconnected webs of transistors similar to the brain's neural network.
Branden Ghena pulls his car up under a traffic light in a city in Michigan.
A study of malware operating on corporate and government networks suggests that the communication patterns of these programs could warn of major conflicts.
For some it seems, the world is not enough.
Def Con is one of the world's biggest hacker conventions, an annual gathering of security experts, cryptographers and at least a few people who could surreptitiously drain your bank account if they wanted.
University of California, Santa Barbara researchers are using Wi-Fi signals to look through solid walls and see what is on the other side.
A new breed of mobile wireless device does not need a battery or other energy storage to send data over Wi-Fi. Researchers have developed prototype gadgets that obtain power by using the Wi-Fi, TV, radio, and cellular signals…
Researchers at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Transportation Institute are exploring the idea of moving traffic signs from the side of the road and into vehicles via dashboard screens.
The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program's Summer Bridge program included more than 20 high school students who took college-level math courses and interned with STEM-oriented agencies or companies.
IBM researchers are experimenting with a room where executives can go to discuss business problems with a version of the Watson supercomputing system.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will execute the largest planned maneuver of the spacecraft's remaining mission on Saturday, Aug. 9. The maneuver will target Cassini toward an Aug. 21 encounter with Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
For years, a team of researchers at MIT and Harvard University has been working on origami robots—reconfigurable robots that would be able to fold themselves into arbitrary shapes.
It's your birthday and a message from a friend suggests you go to a nearby street corner.
In faded photographs from the 1960s, organic-chemistry laboratories look like an alchemist's paradise.
In the depths of night on August 5th 1914 the British Cable Ship Alert took the first significant action of World War I, severing the five German submarine cables that ran through the English Channel.
Wi-Fi backscatter uses RF signals as a power source and reuses Wi-Fi infrastructure to provide Internet connectivity to Internet of Things-linked devices.
A new framework derives algorithms for distributed contraction of arbitrary dimensional tensors on the IBM Blue Gene/Q Mira supercomputer.