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The MIT Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines has launched an initiative to develop intelligence incorporating the ability to intuit basic concepts of psychology or physics.
Older and younger people have varying preferences for whether a personal robot should have a robotic, human, or mixed human-robot face.
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg took aim at the gender gap in the technology industry at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
The 55 miles from Campbell to San Francisco make for one of the nicest commutes anywhere.
It sounds like a science administrator’s dream—or a scientist's worst nightmare: a formula that predicts how often research papers will be cited.
Science fiction writers have fantasized for years about the government monitoring everything we do.
Everyone knows that to have a private chat in the NSA era, you go outdoors.
Rapid7 chief research officer HD Moore is developing ways of identifying vulnerable Internet-facing systems and devices through scans of the Internet.
A new method of printing fine lines of electronic circuitboards onto paper uses an inkjet printer loaded with ink containing silver nanoparticles.
M-Blocks are cube-shaped robots that can climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground, and move while suspended upside down.
Computer scientists have developed a "mathematical obfuscation" scheme to prevent hackers from reverse-engineering software.
Information technology is causing the rate at which the world is changing to accelerate, says Ray Kurzweil.
Even as he installed the landmark camera that would capture the first convincing evidence of dark energy in the 1990s, Tony Tyson, an experimental cosmologist now at the University of California, Davis, knew it could be better…
One day last May, Ladar Levison returned home to find an F.B.I. agent's business card on his Dallas doorstep.
Is the world's first commercial quantum computer the real deal or not?
A new approach combines computer vision and hardware optimization to sort cells up to 38 times faster than is currently possible.
Researchers are developing a video game called Chill Out to help students learn stress management.
Researchers have used graphics processing units to demonstrate how to crunch certain astrophysics calculations much more quickly than conventional methods.
The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency is using cloud computing to foster innovation among government agencies, industry, and academia.
After years of scarce activity, laying fiber is big business once again.
Technology writer Clive Thompson believes technology is improving human intelligence.
Some 2 million years ago, around the time our ancestors were learning to walk upright, a light appeared in the night sky, rivalling the moon for brightness and size.
It could be time to bid the Big Bang bye-bye. Cosmologists have speculated that the Universe formed from the debris ejected when a four-dimensional star collapsed into a black hole—a scenario that would help to explain why the…
A new strategy for verifying the solutions of quantum computers relies on a blind quantum computing technique.
The FIDO Alliance is aggressively pushing a new standard of biometric identification for consumer access to mobile payments and other services.
Foreign tourists visiting this city have long encountered translation help.
The United States, Italy, the United Kingdom, India, and Australia have the highest rates of government surveillance of Facebook accounts.
A project called WIFIRE aims to develop a cyberinfrastructure to improve wildfire predictions and simulations.
A transparent, elastic organic light-emitting diode could give rise to a new class of smartphones, smart clothing, and wallpaper-like lighting panels.
Seven years ago, when David Schimel was asked to design an ambitious data project called the National Ecological Observatory Network, it was little more than a National Science Foundation grant.