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A star called KIC 8462852 has been in the news recently for unexplained and bizarre behavior.
The ethics of human-genome editing is in the spotlight again as a large international meeting on the topic is poised to kick off in Washington DC.
If you're very squeamish, look away now.
A new robotic leg prosthesis could help users recover their balance by using techniques based on the way human legs are controlled.
Data wisdom is needed to make discoveries and assure the significance of the results of data-intensive research, says a statistician and data scientist.
A new report observes that email security has improved significantly in the past two years, although widespread issues remain.
Three computer scientists have solved a problem central to a dozen far-flung mathematical fields.
Tracking balls in some sports--such as basketball, volleyball, and soccer--is significantly harder for machine-vision algorithms than it is in other sports.
Rice University researchers have developed FlatCam, a thin sensor chip with a mask that replaces lenses in a traditional camera.
Affectiva co-founder Rana el Kaliouby sees the use of computers to interpret human facial expressions as the next logical step in computer-user interaction.
The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday…
By the fall of 1915, Albert Einstein was a bit grumpy.
Alphabet Inc.'s Google on Wednesday said it has evaluated more than 1.2 million Web pages for compliance with Europe's "Right to Be Forgotten" ruling, and removed 42% of them from its search results. Facebook Inc.'s was the top…
Ruhr-University Bochum researchers can access the interior of transistors by manipulating the electron gas within them via application of resonators to produce rhythmic oscillation in the terahertz range inside.
Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have developed a breakthrough concept in the field of computer vision using curves and lines to represent image shapes and recognize objects.
Swedish researchers built a working electronic circuit from an ordinary garden rose by filling its veins with conductive polymer. This is the first step toward developing electronics that can interact directly with plants.
Heidelberg University physicists have devised a new way to study magnetism via quantum simulation, using four ultracold atoms at near absolute zero to build a model simulating the behavior of electrons in a solid.
Syracuse University researchers are planning to compile and analyze every tweet and Facebook post for every U.S. presidential candidate through the end of the 2016 election to assess what those posts augur for the campaign.
A new study suggests using smartphones to capture the sounds of brushing one's teeth, to determine if you are doing it right.
When you think about the Internet of Things, you probably think of smart refrigerators and smart electric meters, not smart pacemakers, insulin pumps, and x-ray machines.
Last year, a curious nonfiction book became a Times best-seller: a dense meditation on artificial intelligence by the philosopher Nick Bostrom, who holds an appointment at Oxford.
One day, Mars may have rings like Saturn does.
A biomedical imaging system developed by MIT researchers could ultimately replace a $100,000 microscope with components that cost only hundreds of dollars. The system employs fluorescence lifetime imaging.
Silicon's limited electrical conductivity holds back computer processing speeds and the efficiency of solar panels. Ordinary silicon enhanced with certain abilities could be an effective replacement, if it can be coaxed to form…
Brigham Young University computer science undergraduate Andrew Wallace is assisting efforts to build simulations to help improve the efficiency of air traffic controllers in increasingly crowded airspace.
We have all done it; put a rictus grin on our faces while inside we are burning with anger.
The agricultural revolution was one of the most profound events in human history, leading to the rise of modern civilization.
Apple created the new Swift programming language as a better way of building apps for the iPhone, and it was a welcomed thing.
A new study from a group of researchers in Austria shows programmers who participate in open source projects are motivated by a different set of values than money.
MIT Media Lab researcher Marcelo Coelho concentrates on developing wearable devices whose intelligence may exceed that of their wearer.