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Julian Assange’s mission for total transparency.
With controlled stretching of molecules, Cornell researchers have demonstrated that single-molecule devices can serve as powerful new tools for fundamental science experiments.
Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network and the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership have awarded grants for the design of an ultra-efficient data center as part of a program to promote 'green' IT initiatives…
Counterfeiting is a huge problem. Luxury goods are a favorite target, but so are vital products including medications and aircraft parts. European researchers have created a new way to stem the tide.
Researchers have found that flaws in the structure of magnetic nanoscale wires play an important role in determining the operating speed of novel devices using such nanowires to store and process information.
A computer science professor uses textual analysis of articles from Yahoo Finance to beat the market.
While waiting for an elevator at the Fair Oaks Mall near her home in Virginia recently, Janice Im, who works in early-childhood development, witnessed a troubling incident between a young boy and his mother.
The U.S. Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency is finalizing a draft report that discusses ways to expand the U.S. government's cybersecurity workforce.
"Microsoft has vast resources, literally billions of dollars in cash, or liquid assets reserves. Microsoft is an incredibly successful empire built on the premise of market dominance with low-quality goods." Who wrote those lines…
Researchers at the Electric Power Research Institute have developed a robot that can crawl along transmission lines to inspect electrical wires without the need for manned helicopter inspections.
In an advance that sounds almost Zen, researchers at NIST and JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, have demonstrated a new type of pulsed laser that excels at not producing light.
NIST will accelerate the U.S. government's secure adoption of cloud computing by leading efforts to develop standards and guidelines in close consultation with standards bodies, private sector, and others.
Security experts said this week that they were cheered by calls from General Keith Alexander, head of the new U.S. Cyber Command, for global rules of engagement for cyber-war, and for increased engagement with nations that are…
In 1968, pop artist Andy Warhol declared that in the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes. As with many other predictions, it has not quite turned out like that. Some fear that given what technology is about to…
Five Georgia Tech students will be the first team from the United States to participate in Dare to Be Digital, a 10-week challenge in the United Kingdom where teams compete to create the next big video game.
IBM Research India has launched the Spoken Web, a network designed to use phones, not computers, to bring information on the Web to mainly under-served populations.
Northeastern University professor Alan Mislove, whose research focuses on how people interact in the virtual world, says that many patterns of human interaction in the offline world are mirrored on social networking sites such…
German researchers are developing Imaginary Interfaces, an interface system for mobile devices that would replace the screen and keyboard with gestures supported by visual memory.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation have launched STAR METRICS, an initiative to measure the impact of federal investment in the sciences.
British historians have launched a project to digitize messages intercepted from Germany's Enigma machine during World War II. The encrypted messages were decoded by experts at Bletchley Park.
The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE) has partnered with the EU Pascal2 Network of Excellence to establish an artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory in Ghana.
University of Cambridge researchers recently completed a large study of password-protected Web sites and found that a lack of industry standards harms end-user security.
IBM announced that it will open a research laboratory in Brazil that will focus on developing technology systems for natural resource development and large-scale events. The lab will be IBM's ninth but its first in South America…
Fashion crime it may be, but a multicoloured dayglo glove could bring Minority Report-style computing to your home PC.
When Steve Jobs wrapped up his announcement of the new iPhone 4, another big Apple Inc. event had come and gone with no mention of Verizon Wireless.
Thanks to new 'intelligent traffic' technology developed by European researchers, drivers could be in for a chattier, more cooperative commute.
Scientists have imaged pore structures in insulation material at sub-nanometer scale for the first time. Understanding these structures could substantially enhance computer performance and power usage of integrated circuits.
Scientists have made a breakthrough toward creating nanocircuitry on graphene.
The Chinese government Tuesday published a white paper on its Internet policy, stressing the guarantee of citizens' freedom of speech on the Internet and more intensive application of it.
With 140 U.S. patents on energy storage to her name, University of Buffalo Distinguished Professor Esther Takeuchi brings a fresh perspective on coaxing better performance from the nation's electrical grid.