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Sauntering toward you like a mechanized zombie is the Army’s newest recruit: a robot with a blinking red light where its head should be.
Harvard University researchers have developed HemoVis, a method for visualizing human arteries that, in clinical testing, increased diagnostic accuracy from 39 percent to 91 percent.
Researchers at Columbia University and the City University of New York are developing computational methods to detect deception in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Arabic speakers.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced the $50,000 Shredder Challenge, which asks participants to devise new methods or techniques for piecing together a series of shredded documents.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers and international collaborators have developed the Cloud-Feedback-Model Intercomparison Project Observation Simulator Package, which will enable scientists to better represent…
Cornell University professor Juan Hinestroza was part of an international team that recently developed transistors using natural cotton fibers.
NASA hopes the James Webb Space Telescope, which can detect ancient light that its predecessors can’t, will reveal more information about the origins of the universe than the Hubble Space Telescope currently can.
Internet giants like Google and Twitter have had to beat a retreat from China after being blocked or restricted, and now, some tech lobbies are stepping up pressure on Congress and the White House to do more. They say companies…
China has made its first supercomputer based on Chinese microprocessor chips, an advance that surprised high-performance computing specialists in the United States.
How five friends engineered a small circuit board that’s taking the DIY world by storm.
One of the questions I wrestled with when writing about Steve Jobs was how smart he was. On the surface, this should not have been much of an issue.
Kevin Mitnick was hacking when the LulzSec kids were still in training pants.
Supercomputers can store more information than the human brain and can calculate a single equation faster, but even the biggest, fastest supercomputers in the world cannot match the overall processing power of the brain. Andas…
A consortium providing the technology for a large-scale smart grid project says the software is nearly complete.
Battelle researchers at the U.S. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed Anomalator, analytical software designed to recognize anomalous information that can help regulators, investors, and advisers better manage…
Women who start college aiming to become engineers are more likely than men to change their major and choose another career because they lack confidence, according to a recent American Sociological Review paper.
Edmund Seto, a researcher at the University of California, Davis, develops censor and cell phone technologies to connect people to relevant, real-time data about themselves and their environments.
Ruhr-University Bochum researchers have demonstrated a technique for breaking the encryption used to secure data in online transactions, posing a serious threat on all currently used implementations of XML encryption.
Forget relying solely on touch to control your Apple device. On future iPads, you may be able to control your tablet from across the room using 3D gestures, such as a swirl or swipe of the hand.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has agreed to reconsider a 2-1 ruling issued in April that critics said made it a crime to violate an employer's computer access policy.
Say what you will about Microsoft's execution in developing cool products and services consumers want, where rivals such as Apple and Google have stolen a beat or three on the software giant. One thing Microsoft doesn't lack…
From his 24th-floor corner office in midtown Manhattan, the veteran CBS research chief David Poltrack can gaze southward down the Avenue of the Americas, its sidewalks teeming.
There are few things in this world I despise more than software updates. Downloading hundreds of files, waiting for the progress bar to fill, restarting the device—it’s all a thankless chore. Usually.
NASA scientists will be tracking asteroid 2005 YU55 with antennas of the agency's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, Calif., as the space rock safely flies past Earth slightly closer than the moon's orbit on Nov. 8. Scientists…
Transistors have been combined with memory in a printed electronic device that offers an affordable way to read, write, and process small amounts of data by Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and Thinfilm Electronics.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology researcher Vadim Makarov has developed a quantum cryptography method to defend against attacks of quantum key distribution systems.
The email went to Eric14. His real name is Eric Baldeschwieler, but no one calls him that. At fourteen letters, Baldeschwieler is a mouthful, and he works in a world where a name takes a backseat to an online handle.
The U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, a nonprofit group that helps the U.S. government identify vulnerabilities for cyberattacks, has replicated the recent attack that sabotaged centrifuges used in Iran's nuclear program.
Columbia University professor Steven Bellovin says in an interview that he is working on the idea of private search, which allows users to work together, but not know what each person is specifically searching for.
A century ago, psychologists identified "the uncanny" as an experience that seems familiar yet foreign at the same time, causing some sort of brain confusion and, ultimately, a feeling of fear or repulsion. Originally no more…