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We're all time travelers nowadays. We project ourselves mentally into the misty past and the risky future.
The wheat genome is finally complete.
Researchers have developed an approach to identify suicidal individuals by analyzing changes in how their brains represent concepts such as death, cruelty, and trouble.
Researchers in June released a major report summarizing the scientific and hazard results of the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast.
The security of the Internet of Things could depend on its constituent hardware being "patchable" so it can adapt to future threats, write several experts.
In 1985, when Carl Sagan was writing the novel Contact, he needed to quickly transport his protagonist Dr. Ellie Arroway from Earth to the star Vega. He had her enter a black hole and exit light-years away, but he didn't know…
Black holes are famous for being ravenous eaters, but they do not eat everything that falls toward them.
Secure multiparty computation protects privacy while sharing vital data.
Going viral used to be harmless.
Facebook has been happy to keep congressional investigators focused on the Russian-bought online ads that helped sway voters in last year's election—despite the many other ways that fake messages and bogus accounts spread on …
Researchers found women were much less likely than men to trust humanoid machines.
Major companies are testing autonomous car software within virtual reality simulations of cities.
Researchers have created a near-perfect streaming algorithm that operates by recalling only enough of what it has seen to relate what it has observed most often.
Researchers have developed a method of assessing a preterm infant's brain maturity from an electroencephalogram.
Libraries in Singapore are hosting special versions of the global Hour of Code movement to help seniors learn how to program in the Swift language.
A study by neuroscientists offers insights into whether computers may become conscious by deconstructing consciousness into three categories.
A small, recently discovered asteroid—or perhaps a comet&mdsah;appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy. If so, it would be the first "interstellar object" to be observed…
Yann LeCun chats about super-intelligent artificial intelligence and the future of virtual assistants.
Simon Peyton Jones describes functional programming languages like Haskell as a proving ground where programmers can test new ideas.
Alan Turing is one of the great pioneers of the digital age, establishing the mathematical foundations of computing and using electromechanical digital machines to break German ciphers at Bletchley Park, in England, during World…
Researchers at Princeton University have demonstrated that old smartphones can be used to build computer servers at much lower cost than high-end servers.
Researchers conducted a study of user preferences as an initial step toward developing an interactive movement rehabilitation protocol.
Researchers in Germany have developed a secure system for making online payments that that works anonymously and prevents misuse.
Researchers at the artificial intelligence company Vicarious say they have developed a computer model that can solve CAPTCHAs.
Researchers are developing software that measures automotive sounds and communicates any service requirements and other diagnostic information to drivers via a smartphone.
Twitter is banning two Russian government-affiliated news sites from advertising on its platform, the social network said Thursday.
Computer algorithms have gotten much better at recognizing patterns, like specific animals or people's faces, allowing software to automatically categorize large image collections. But we've come to rely on some things that computers…
The toolbox for editing genes expanded this week, as two research groups announced techniques that enable researchers to make targeted alterations to DNA and RNA.
A new machine-learning system can automatically creating the best possible avatar of a person's face from a photo by using a customized emoji generator.
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded two research teams more than $10 million to assess the feasibility of quantum architectures in addressing big science problems.