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For household robots ever to be practical, they'll need to be able to recognize the objects they're supposed to manipulate.
Take a hammer to a mirror and you will fracture the image it produces as well as the glass.
After completing two drives this week, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has paused to photograph the panoramic vista from the highest point the rover has reached during its 40 months of exploring the western rim of Mars'…
One of the best Twitter accounts inside the Beltway or out—belongs to former representativeJohn Dingell (D-Mich.), who announced his retirement with self-effacing posts such as "Added the 'F' word to my Twitter bio" and "Also…
A newly developed flexible electronic implant hashe same ability to bend and stretch as the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has announced a research and development program to reverse-engineer the algorithms brains use.
University of Sheffield professor Tony Prescott says the day people create dangerous artificial intelligence is far off.
Since passage of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has played an ever-larger role in the warrantless wiretapping program.
Physicists from Australian National University and the University of Otago have developed a prototype quantum hard drive.
Nissan and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration have announced a five-year research and development partnership to produce an autonomous vehicle.
Descendants of the Intel 8080 microprocessor, which gave rise to the personal computer industry, promise to lead to further computer technology evolution.
The tech industry is doing its best to topple the Tower of Babel.
The Future of Life Institute wants humanity to tread lightly while on the road to really smart, and not so cuddly, robots.
The Qantas Airways computers started crashing just after midnight.
In an on-camera interview with James Bamford for an upcoming episode of PBS' NOVA, Edward Snowden warned that the U.S. Department of Defense and National Security Agency have over-emphasized the development of offensive network…
Scientists have paired NASA's Cassini spacecraft with the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) radio-telescope system to pinpoint the position of Saturn and its family of moons to within about 2 miles…
Amid all the noise the Sony hack generated over the holidays, a far more troubling cyber attack was largely lost in the chaos. Unless you follow security news closely, you likely missed it.
The Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces, and Novel Architectures wants to use the spin of electrons on nanomagnets to encode zeros and ones in computers.
Technology shown by Intel at the Consumer Electronics Show is largely oriented around a depth-sensing camera that could transform human-computer interaction.
A Dresden University of Technology professor anticipates the "Tactile Internet" as one potential result of the speed of next-generation G5 wireless technology.
A professor working to bolster smart-home security says now is the time to start thinking about cybersecurity nightmares.
A leap second will be added to the year this summer, and many Internet companies are concerned this will cause problems for websites.
By Dec. 30, when search teams began to recover debris and bodies from the apparent crash site of AirAsia flight QZ8501, the airline industry had begun to hear renewed calls from flyers and regulators for more precise, consistent…
Card sharks, beware. A new program cannot be beaten at a variety of poker called heads-up limit Texas Hold 'em—at least in a human lifetime—a team of computer scientists reports.
Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) stand ready to battle ever-more-sophisticated cyberthreats.
Mapping a galaxy isn't easy when you live inside it.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking the position that court warrants are not required when deploying cell-site simulators in public places.
Computing is a fragmented field, writes Brian Hayes, looking at three professionals who use and develop software on a daily basis, from different perspectives.
The University of California, Berkeley's Open Infrastructure for Network Computing program enables PCs to work together to create a virtual supercomputer.
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology doctoral student is studying how Google Glass can improve the quality of life of people on the autism spectrum.