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A brain-computer interface that plays music based on the mental state of the user is the focus of a new four-year project by researchers at the universities of Reading and Plymouth.
In recent months, I've met at least three people who have been the victim of hackers who've taken over their Gmail accounts and sent out emails to everyone in the address book.
Every day three-quarters of all e-mail that flies across the Internet is spam. Some of it tricks customers into installing a virus or forking over personal information to use illicitly. But many spam messages are advertisements…
Rep. Lamar Smith, whose congressional district in Texas encompasses the cropland and grazing land stretching between Austin and San Antonio, might seem like an unlikely ally for Hollywood on Internet piracy.
An American surveillance drone has been captured and filmed in Iran, where experts are apparently examining it.
Google's PageRank algorithm is the idea that the importance of a Webpage can be measured by the number of important papers that point toward it.
MIT researchers have developed a system that enables hardware designers to specify, in a single programming language, all of the functions they want a device to perform.
Georgia Tech researchers are developing the PRODIGAL system, which is designed to scan up to 250 million text messages, emails, and file transfers to identify insider threats or employees that are about to turn against the organization…
Researchers at Harvard and Purdue universities have developed a type of transistor made from indium-gallium-arsenide, a material that could replace silicon and have a three-dimensional structure.
Opening up data and digital assets is critical to accelerating low-carbon cities, according to a recent University of Nottingham report.
Zynga, the maker of Mafia Wars and FarmVille, is about to go public in the biggest tech stock offering since Google.
You don't need top military clearance or a degree from MIT to use some of today's most advanced robots.
It's been a tumultuous few weeks for Carrier IQ, the mobile analytics outfit at the center of a continuing privacy brouhaha over what its diagnostic software does and does not do.
Like many kids, Antonio Torralba began playing around with computers when he was 13 years old. Unlike many of his friends, though, he was not playing video games, but writing his own artificial intelligence programs.
More than 70 years ago, the MIT electrical engineer Harold (Doc) Edgerton began using strobe lights to create remarkable photographs: a bullet stopped in flight as it pierced an apple, the coronet created by the splash of…
How a save-the-earth maker of solar-powered aircraft became the world's most prolific manufacturer of military drones.
Documents point to a huge industry that provides online surveillance tools to governments and police agencies.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and IBM are leading a project to build a nationwide testbed for networking and networked cloud computing.
The 2008 discovery that a rogue program had penetrated a classified U.S. military network containing sensitive secrets by piggybacking on a thumb drive has had dramatic repercussions.
The White House has published a cybersecurity research and development roadmap developed by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The BioPreDyn project aims to develop computational tools that integrate and analyze the large amounts of data in biology and biotechnology, focusing on improving biotechnological processes and applications.
Virtual worlds do not disengage young people from real life, but rather provide unique environments for learning and negotiating new situations, according to academics participating in the Inter-Life project.
As the world awaits news of the possible discovery of the Higgs boson, there remains a lot of confusion about what it is, why we have had to work hard to find it—and why we should care.
2012 might be the most pivotal year in technology market developments in the past 25 years, with ramifications that may not be fully felt until the decade's end, according to IDC’s annual trends prediction report.
Prepare the dissection table. Iran says it’s planning to disassemble its prized acquisition: a CIA-operated drone that apparently crashed in its territory. Its goal: to learn how the drone, apparently a stealth RQ-170 Sentinel…
The privacy concerns around the tracking of consumers and targeted advertising online may be coming to the physical world.
Royal Holloway, University of London researchers are analyzing the Transport Layer Security system to identify weaknesses.
Researchers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center are exploring data-driven science, and early projects are showing the benefits of using advanced computing to find meaning in massive datasets.
China is outpacing the United States in terms of supercomputer development. In November the Chinese debuted the Tianhe-1A, a supercomputer with five times the processing power of the biggest computer at the U.S.'s Lawrence Livermore…
Uganda's growing economy has produced an expanding middle class that wants advanced training in science and engineering.