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"Big data" means big computers, and good news for Cray Inc.
For NASA and its dozens of missions, data pour in every day like rushing rivers.
New software can use the graphics processors found on everyday computers to process torrents of data more quickly than is normally possible, opening up new ways to visually explore everything from Twitter posts to political donations…
The latest work in the realm of artificial intelligence by scientists, roboticists, and others could potentially transform the world within the next five years.
IBM is seeking insights about biological and artificial computing by building next-generation systems that meld concepts from both worlds.
Stack is a new system that automatically combs through programmers' code, identifying those lines that compilers might discard, but that could be functional.
You wouldn't think that anybody would care about your drive to the supermarket to buy milk.
A deep-sea Internet framework could lead to better tsunami detection, offshore oil and natural gas exploration, surveillance, pollution monitoring, and other activities.
A new approach to computation is required for managing big data because of the shift to a decentralized, distributed computer architecture.
Even as America’s economic uncertainty over the government shutdown ends, the fate of Supercomputing remains undecided.
As the world's second-largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment, Huawei plays a part in the technology industry's efforts to ensure network security around the world. But last year, some U.S. lawmakers called Huawei…
Despite a strong philosophical connection, computers and brains inhabit separate realms in research.
In a large university full of lecture classes, it can be hard to pinpoint the students who are falling through the cracks.
Hurricane Sandy devastated this barrier island community of multimillion-dollar homes, but in Peter Flihan's view, Verizon Communications has delivered a second blow: the telecommunications giant did not rebuild the landlines…
Measurement in quantum systems is an inherently challenging problem.
Twitter users are communicating with fewer and shorter words, researchers have found.
A new method for targeting mutated cells could lead to a major breakthrough in a personalized medicine approach to treat cancer.
The University of Strathclyde's Mark Dunlop is launching a project to study the effects of aging on the use of smartphones and other mobile devices.
Google is looking for great young software developers to participate in its Google Code-in 2013 and Google Summer of Code 2014 events.
The director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, said in an interview that to prevent terrorist attacks he saw no effective alternative to the N.S.A.'s bulk collection of telephone and other electronic metadata…
Biometrics hold promise, but haven’t yet paid off in consumer devices.
In this email message to colleagues, Israeli cryptographer Adi Shamir recounts the difficulties he faced in getting a visa to attend the 2013 Cryptologic History Symposium sponsored by the National Security Agency.
As revelations about the depth and breadth of the NSA's digital eavesdropping program continue to come to light, Ohio-based Battelle Memorial Institute is rolling out a new kind of network encryption designed to be virtually…
A gaggle of Harry Potter fans descended for several days this summer on the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for the Leaky Con gathering, an annual haunt of a group of predominantly young women who immerse themselves in a…
When subatomic particles smash together at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, they create showers of new particles whose signatures are recorded by four detectors.
Cities across the United States increasingly are using big data for law enforcement, raising concerns about government tracking the details of citizens' lives.
Nico Sell, the cofounder of a secure communication app called Wickr, has appeared on television twice.
The increasing in cybercrime has created a growing need for cybersecurity specialists, but demand far outpaces the number of those qualified to do the job.
The U.S. National Security Agency harvests hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts worldwide.
Ada Lovelace wrote the first computer program in 1842, a feat that is commemorated on Oct. 15.