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Apple has worked out a way in which the power cords for computers or smartphones can help people recover their forgotten login passwords—or the answers to secret questions (like "what was the name of your first pet?") that…
Ann Rosenbaum, a former military police officer in the Marines, does not shrink from a fight, having even survived a close encounter with a car bomb in Iraq.
It was an epic space rescue that, in audacity and risk, echoed NASA's campaign to save the astronauts aboard the doomed Apollo 13 moon mission.
The networking of vehicles to the Internet and each other over the next decade will spark new technological and societal trends, such as lower accident rates, reduced emissions, on-demand entertainment for passengers, and in-vehicle…
While people on Earth have just finished celebrating the arrival of a new year, two NASA robots a world away are marking a big milestone of their own: eight years on the surface of Mars.
U.S. military academies have been developing potential cyberwarriors for years, but has difficulty finding them positions that use their cyberskills. Most graduates go into tactical signal work and only find positions at the…
The beginning of a transformation in day-to-day business decisions informed by real-time analytics mined from immense databases is in store for this year, as computers become sufficiently powerful and nuanced to help reduce human…
Ten cutting-edge programming languages aim to address a specific problem or a unique shortcoming of the more popular languages.
Researchers at Japan's Defense Ministry are developing a computer virus that can track, identify, and disable sources of cyberattacks. Since the launch of the virtual cyberweapon three-year project in 2008, the weapon has been…
IBM fellow Grady Booch recently launched a transmedia project that he says will "teach the essential science of computing, present the stories of the people, events, and inventions of computing, examine the strong connections…
An organization of computer hackers is planning to launch its own communication satellites and bypass satellites controlled by governmental bodies and used to censor certain aspects of the Internet.
Swipe to unlock could be a thing of the past for next-gen iOS devices. Like current Galaxy Nexus users, iOS users could soon be using facial recognition technology to lock or unlock their iDevices.
That Kindle Fire you got for Christmas may be pretty cool, but what if it could flip the book pages without requiring you to lift a finger?
Five open source projects could become the basis for new businesses and industries in 2012.
A body-tracking camera system built into Microsoft's Kinect gaming sensor could be used to monitor the weight of astronauts in space, says Eurecom computer scientist Carmelo Velardo.
Social roboticists are developing ways to make robots seem more human like and overcome the uncanny valley, which is the reaction humans have to robotic appearance or behavior when it is perceived as almost human.
The next big advances in technology include the replacement of desktop computers with smartphones, the emergence of nanotech batteries, and the rise of augmented reality.
If you thought Japan was merely the master of miniaturization, tentacles, and creepy robots, think again: A group of Japanese scientists have built a massively-parallel, brain-like computer out of an organic molecule called…
After a U.S. airstrike mistakenly killed at least 15 Afghans in 2010, the Army officer investigating the accident was surprised to discover that an American civilian had played a central role: analyzing video feeds from a…
The Stuxnet virus that damaged Iran's nuclear program was likely one of at least five cyber weapons developed on a single platform whose roots trace back to 2007, according to new research from Russian computer security firm…
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign researchers have created a self-healing method that fixes cracks or failures in the circuits of computer chips.
Who invented Siri?
Grayscale pixels—up close, they look like black, white or grey squares. But when you zoom out to see the bigger picture, they can create a digital photograph.
Winner of the 1971 A.M. Turing Award, John McCarthy was a founder of artificial intelligence and inventor of the Lisp programming language.
Researchers untangle the complex web of Apple's global supply chain — and offer lessons for managers and policymakers trying to chart the future course of U.S. industry.
Computers that tease out patterns from clinical data could improve patient diagnosis and care.
International law has always been a murky and Byzantine area. However, the Internet and digital technology have raised the stakes, the risks, and the challenges.
The centennial celebrations of Alan Turing's birth might help turn a quiet British genius into an iconic global hero.
Great strides are being made in finding fast alternatives to the slow disks that dominate storage systems, but fast media are not nearly enough.