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Researchers in the United States have developed a robotic arm controlled directly by thought with a level of agility closer than ever to a normal human limb.
It's been fashionable in military circles to talk about cyberspace as a "fifth domain" for warfare, along with land, space, air, and sea.
In the 1983 sci-fi/comedy flick The Man with Two Brains, Steve Martin played Michael Hfuhruhurr, a neurosurgeon who marries one of his patients but then falls in love with the disembodied brain of another woman, Anne.
In the end, the tweets told the tale.
The U.S. National Counterterrorism Center implemented a new program in March that allows the agency to copy entire government databases and examine information about U.S. citizens in order to detect possible terrorist activity…
IBM says it has developed a low-cost technique for manufacturing silicon-based electronics on a flexible plastic substrate.
With the looming fiscal cliff, the big issue for the IT industry is that the sequestration cuts affect all aspects of the government, including the NSF and the NIH, which award grants and drive the IT industry in the United States…
Design-class projects have come a long way. That's the only conclusion I can draw from this brilliant video of a robotic desk lamp that squeaks, swivels, and mugs for attention like the Pixar mascot come to life.
The United States, Canada, and several European countries formally rejected a treaty proposed by Russia, China, and several developing countries that would have altered how international communications are governed.
The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently released a report that outlines potential worldwide scenarios over the next 15 to 20 years. It predicts that by 2030 Asia will have surpassed North America and…
Cracks have begun to appear on Apple's road to invincibility.
When superstorm Sandy was rampaging across the Caribbean and mid-Atlantic, heralded by gale force winds, torrential rain, and surging tides, people rushed to get out of its way.
For pirates in China, where illegal software sales greatly outmatch legal ones, a new version of Windows typically means a new treasure ship to plunder.
When architect James Law looks in the mirror each morning his reflection is not all that greets him—he can also see the weather report, email messages, and his heart rate.
A password-cracking expert has unveiled a computer cluster that can cycle through as many as 350 billion guesses per second.
Stick on a fake moustache. Add some glasses. Dye your hair. And perhaps pop on a hat.
The lack of next-generation lithography could mean that chips made at the 14-nm process node will deliver as little as half the performance boost of a new node and still come with a significant cost premium, according to researchers…
Researchers are making strides in developing wearable computer technology, particularly high-tech glasses that double as computer displays.
There's a simple answer: people.
Big data offers vast potential to disrupt existing businesses and create new ones, but to realize its potential inexpensive storage, faster processing, smarter software, and larger and more diverse data sets are needed.
University of Texas at Dallas professor Xiaohu Guo is researching the theoretical foundations of a type of spectral transformations for 3-D models and is developing techniques to enable more efficient transmission of 3-D and…
It's no secret how America's stealth warplanes primarily evade enemy radars.
US Airways Flight 27 was roaring down Runway 15R at Boston's Logan Airport when a pickup truck suddenly pulled into its path.
After the explosion, Cpl. Sebastian Gallegos awoke to see the October sun glinting through the water, an image so lovely he thought he was dreaming.
When it comes to satellite navigation systems, everybody's gotta have one.
We take it for granted now, but the fact that you can flip your phone from portrait to landscape mode depends on accelerometers. As everyone knows, though, the damn things often get it wrong, leaving you staring at a screen that…
University of Bath researchers say they have developed a vector-based video codec that could lead to the death of the pixel within five years.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed integrated circuits that can stick to the skin and in some cases dissolve in water when they are no longer needed.
Over the next eight years more than 40 zettabytes of digital data will be produced, which is equal to 5,200 gigabytes of data for every person on Earth, according to IDC's latest Digital Universe study.
Engine Advocacy and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute have released a report that details key findings on how technology sector jobs impact the overall U.S. economy.