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Using electrodes implanted in the temporal lobes of awake patients, scientists have decoded brain signals at nearly the speed of perception.
A colorful new animation shows a simulated flight over the surface of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
A reanalysis of markings on Babylonian tablets has revealed that astronomers working between the fourth and first centuries bc used geometry to calculate the motions of Jupiter—a conceptual leap that historians thought had not…
Computer scientist and author Jerry Kaplan contends a rethink of artificial intelligence may be necessary.
Companies are turning to private marketplaces of software developers to assemble teams for specific projects, rather than hiring permanent personnel.
The AlphaGo program beat European Go champion Fan Hui in a series of five matches and achieved a 99.8-percent winning rate against other Go programs.
A new machine-learning system can analyze repairs made to open source programs, learn their general properties, and produce new repairs for other programs.
Forensic probes of cyberattacks can uncover their modus operandi and severity, but finding perpetrators is a difficult proposition.
It was the talk most anticipated at this year's inaugural Usenix Enigma security conference in San Francisco and one that even the other speakers were eager to hear.
ACM sent more than 1,800 news abstracts to around 100,000 of its members last year via email, in the form of TechNews.
This week, NASA is set to reach a milestone on one of its most ambitious projects. If all goes to plan, workers will finish assembling the huge mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope—an $8 billion successor to the famous Hubble…
This delicate, glowing flower could one day save your life. It’s the latest example of "4D printing"–3D printed objects that change their shape over time—and it can move in a way that mimics natural processes.
A computer has beaten a human professional for the first time at Go—an ancient board game that has long been viewed as one of the greatest challenges for artificial intelligence (AI).
A recurrent neural network developed at the University of California, San Diego can mine patterns in reviews and write its own contextually relevant reviews.
The speed of today's underwater communication networks is comparable to the sluggish dial-up modems from 1990s.
North Dakota State University researchers are exploring the possibility of using direct current wind power grids.
Boston University researchers are developing ways to enable drones to learn how to fly on their own.
In the past, when parts of the accelerators have been upgraded or added to, engineers would often additionally replace the cables that connected them.
There are not many occasions when one can give an unqualified thumbs-up to something the government does, but this is one such occasion.
The brain was once considered a "black box," a device so mysterious that you could only guess what it was doing by observing human behavior.
For decades, the ancient game of Go has stood out as the one board game that computers couldn't crack.
University of Edinburgh researchers have developed Wee ARCHIE, a miniature supercomputer that powers virtual dinosaur races.
Researchers say they have taken a first step toward a universal quantum connection based on a nanomechanical device's quantum-mechanical vibrations.
Autobahn is an artificial intelligence system that can use Google Street View images to optimize a driving route for a particular type of scenery.
An increasing number of software developers are entering the job market lacking degree-level training, according to a VisionMobile survey.
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology plans a contest to make robots more agile, removing "a major obstacle" to their adoption by manufacturers.
Experts warned of the threat of autonomous weaponry at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
A pioneer in artificial intelligence, Minsky's impact was enormous.
A few years ago, a breakthrough in machine learning suddenly enabled computers to recognize objects shown in photographs with unprecedented—almost spooky—accuracy.
The next generation of multi-purpose ingestible technologies is emerging in proof-of-concept studies.