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NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered an approach phase in which it will continue to close in on Ceres, a Texas-sized dwarf planet never before visited by a spacecraft. Dawn launched in 2007 and is scheduled to enter Ceres orbit…
The characters in Gary Shteyngart's novel "Super Sad True Love Story" inhabit a continuously surveilled and scored society.
Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has been exploring the Martian surface for over a decade, an amazing 10 years longer than the 3-month primary mission it began in January 2004.
The holy grail of artificial intelligence—creating software that comes close to mimicking human intelligence—remains far off. But 2014 saw major strides in machine learning software that can gain abilities from experience.
When your family gathered for the holidays this year, did you take note of the technology everyone was using?
In 1950, Nobel prizewinning physicist Enrico Fermi posed his famous paradox: if extraterrestrial intelligence exists, why haven't we found it?
Teams of roboticists from around the world will be competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge next year, seeking a $2 million prize for advancements that one day could yield robots capable of carrying out rescue and recovery activities…
Stanford University researchers have added a security system called COWL to Firefox and Chrome to manage how data is shared, which prevents malicious computer code from leaking sensitive information.
Google again this year enabled kids of all ages to use its Santa Tracker website and app to follow St. Nick and his elves as they deliver presents around the world. Google also uses the software to test other development tools…
The structures of spider webs and leaves could serve as a design model for next-generation light-manipulating networks, according to researchers at Boston College and South China Normal University.
Pennsylvania State University researchers have used data analytics to identify a network of influence among major fashion designers and track how style trends move through the industry.
When in 2012 a computer learned to recognize cats in YouTube videos and just last month another correctly captioned a photo of "a group of young people playing a game of Frisbee," artificial intelligence researchers hailed yet…
Lizard Squad. That's the hacker group whose name is suddenly on everyone's lips after it took credit for ruining Christmas for PlayStation and Xbox gamers everywhere.
It's been a little while since we checked in with Team Astrobotic.It's been a little while since we checked in with Team Astrobotic.
"Too late" might be the two most tragic words in English, but what if you could rewind the clock?
The landing of the Philae Lander—on a comet travelling at 135,000km/h (84,000mph)—has been hailed as the start of a new chapter in space exploration.
University of California, Berkeley researchers say they have made the first direct observation of a phenomenon known as "negative capacitance."
Six disruptive technologies could change the face of computing in 2015.
Automated code or bots currently account for 56 percent of all of website visits, and a recent analysis of 20,000 websites found bot traffic can run as high as 80 percent.
If someone did just knock North Korea off the Internet for half a day, it wouldn't have taken much.
For the first time, a mission designed to set its eyes on black holes and other objects far from our solar system has turned its gaze back closer to home, capturing images of our sun.
In July 1965, Mariner 4 became the first space probe to send back pictures of another world from space. Fifty years on, not only do several spacecraft orbit the same red planet, but there are also two active rovers on the Martian…
The biggest threat to the Internet is that it evolved over time with various protocols, very few of which were designed with security in mind.
Researchers have successfully used an electric field to reverse the magnetization direction in a multiferroic spintronic device at room temperature.
Bielefeld University researchers have developed Hector, a robot based on a stick insect that has passive elastic joints and an ultralight exoskeleton.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have found the most recent version of deep neural networks match the primate brain.
Google is seeking auto industry partners in its efforts to produce a fully autonomous car.
President Barack Obama promised at his year-end news conference Friday that the U.S. will respond "proportionally" to North Korea's cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, but the conventional options available to him…
Every day, researchers add hundreds of new papers to ArXiv, the massive public database of scientific writing and research.