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Research on the brain is surging.
The giants of the connected world are finally waking up to one of the biggest obstacles in their stated missions of connecting billions more people to the internet: The language barrier.
Whatever Magic Leap is working on, it could revolutionize the fields of augmented and virtual reality.
In its 10-year chase of a comet, the European Space Agency’s ambitious Rosetta mission has pushed the edges of engineering ingenuity.
A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal…
The efforts of website administrators tasked with correcting security holes exploited by the Heartbleed bug may have fallen short.
The latest Tiobe index for language popularity features several statistical programming languages.
Emoji face icons could soon reflect greater racial diversity.
The newest node in NASA's Mars telecommunications network—a radio aboard the MAVEN orbiter custom-designed for data links with robots on the surface of Mars—handled a copious 550 megabits during its first relay of real Mars data…
On a Friday night in New York City you can find just about anything. And this past Friday about 130 hackers gathered in the Hayden Planetarium to participate in the American Museum of Natural History's very first hackathon.
U.S. and European law enforcement agencies last week launched a massive, coordinated strike on the so-called Dark Web.
Claudia Alexander has spent the last 15 years of her life waiting for this moment: landing a spacecraft the size of a washing machine on the surface of a speeding comet.
Google has announced a new open source tool for massive data sets based on differential privacy, a technique developed in the 1960s.
Rice University researchers have launched an $11-million initiative to create a tool that will both autocomplete and autocorrect code for programmers.
The hidden web community has started trying to find out how services and identities were compromised after police raids led to 17 arrests.
Microsoft is collaborating with a British charity to develop a headset that could help the blind and the visually impaired navigate urban locations.
Researchers have developed a belt-based system designed for the elderly that triggers an alarm if the user falls down.
Researchers say an algorithm they developed can accurately determine whether a patient is suffering from emphysema or heart failure based on their breath.
Rutgers University researchers are training a computer to analyze thousands of paintings to understand which artists influenced others.
As the search engine approaches its 10th birthday, Nature speaks to the co-creator of Google Scholar.
EFF files Amicus Brief on behalf of tech pioneers in Oracle v. Google court battle.
European police Friday said they had figured out how to pierce an Internet privacy tool used by dissidents, journalists and online drug dealers.
On Aug. 25, 1989, the Voyager 2 spacecraft slipped over the north pole of Neptune, then the most distant planet in the solar system, swerved south at Neptune’s big moon Triton and left the known worlds forever.
Nowadays, if you start typing something into Google, it tries to guess what you’re looking for.
Dinosaur fossils are valuable resources—yet access to them can be tricky.
The University of Southern California's Cyber Defense Technology Experimental Research Project oversees the DETERLab Education Site, a free global resource.
A flaw in Visa's EMV-based contactless payment card system could enable hackers with Android smartphones to approve unlimited cash transactions without a PIN.
Researchers at the University of Washington say they have replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection they first demonstrated in August.
A new robot can grasp an unattached USB cable and insert it into a USB port.