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Google’s Go-playing computer system has beaten one of the world’s top players in the first game of a five-game match in Seoul.
Researchers say a new facial recognition software package is fast, computationally efficient, and robust enough for state-of-the-art results.
One year ago, on March 6, 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft slid gently into orbit around Ceres, the largest body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
The Pentagon is inviting vetted hackers to the Hack the Pentagon initiative, the U.S. government's first "bug bounty" program.
The U.S. military is spending millions on an advanced implant that would allow a human brain to communicate directly with computers.
A University of Michigan team is developing a three-dimensional camera that should be smaller than current models while supporting higher resolutions.
Researchers have discovered a significant risk for the three-dimensional printing process, in that the machines emit acoustic signals that contain a lot of information.
Whenever a paper about CRISPR–Cas9 hits the press, the staff at Addgene quickly find out.
Richard Socher appeared nervous as he waited for his artificial intelligence program to answer a simple question: "Is the tennis player wearing a cap?"
At the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, astronomers are busy tinkering with a high-tech instrument that could discover a variety of objects both far from Earth and closer to home.
In a Congress where lawmakers have trouble performing even the most basic functions of the legislative branch—funding the government or approving judicial nominees, to name two—bipartisan issues are a rarity.
Cornell ChronicleCornell University researchers have developed electroluminescent "skin," which stretches to more than six times its original size while still emitting light. The hyper-elastic light-emitting capacitor (HLEC)…
A new study makes eight core recommendations for boosting diversity and advancing and retaining women in the technology sector.
Eindhoven University of Technology researchers say they have solved the energy issue of magnetic random-access memory by using a "bending current."
The new Eyebrowse system enables Web users to share self-selected aspects of their online activity with their friends and the general public.
Osaka University roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro explains why offloading a humanoid robot's intelligence to a data center or a cloud computer is impractical.
U.S. politicians have long threatened America's enemies with tanks, planes, submarines, and nuclear missiles. Last week defense secretary Ashton Carter leveled a new kind of threat at the Islamic State: hackers.
To Amit Yoran, a digital security veteran, the fight between Apple and the F.B.I. over access to an iPhone can be viewed in black-and-white terms: What law enforcement authorities want is "so misguided, they simply boggle the…
The CRA Board of Directors is pleased to announce its selections for the 2016 CRA Awards.
The inventor of email suffered an apparent heart attack on Saturday, according to reports. He was 74 years old.
Computer scientists say they have assembled the first five quantum bits of a quantum computer that could someday factor any number.
It was 3:30 p.m. last December 23, and residents of the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Western Ukraine were preparing to end their workday and head home through the cold winter streets.
One of Pluto's most identifiable features, Cthulhu (pronounced kuh-THU-lu) stretches nearly halfway around Pluto's equator, starting from the west of the great nitrogen ice plains known as Sputnik Planum.
University of Southern California researchers are developing high-speed language-processing systems that rival the speed and efficiency of human speakers.
Many U.S. voters rely on outdated electronic voting machines at least 10 years old, which threatens massive voter disenfranchisement in the event of breakdowns.
A teapot has the distinction of being one of the most influential objects in the history of computer graphics, dating back to 1974.
A panel of leading cryptographers at this week's RSA Conference agreed inserting backdoors to unscramble encrypted communications is a threat to confidentiality.
Florida senators have approved a bill allowing high school students to take computer coding classes in place of foreign language requirements.
Even if the Justice Department loses its legal showdown with Apple Inc. over access to a killer's iPhone, the government might still be able to extract the data locked away inside it, computer-security experts say.
Making friends with software.