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Aleksandr B. Vyarya thought his job was to defend people from cyberattacks until, he says, his government approached him with a request to do the opposite.
For a few lucky patients, 2016 was the year when gene therapy turned from promises to cures.
The U.S. election system is fraught with vulnerabilities, including antiquated electronic voting machines that can be hacked without leaving a paper trail.
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich in Germany have developed simulation software to improve training for helicopter pilots via real-time computational analysis of both fluid mechanics and flight dynamics.
Women's share of the computer science workforce continues to fall despite efforts to expand computing education for children and young adults, according to research from Accenture and Girls Who Code.
Scientists are using artificial intelligence to analyze neuroscientific data, to gain insight into how the human brain functions.
Technological developments in 2016 offer guidance as to how 2017 will unfold.
Machine-learning technologies are undergoing a transformation, appearing in products and systems that experts predict will be less expensive and more focused on deep-learning calculations.
When geneticist Daniel MacArthur checks into his lab, the first thing he does is fire up Slack, a workplace messaging app.
The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a series of retaliatory measures against Russia for hacking into U.S. political institutions and individuals and leaking information in an effort to help President-elect …
University of California, Riverside researchers say they have developed an ionic conductor that is transparent, mechanically stretchable, and self-healing.
Researchers have successfully demonstrated that multi-core technologies in principle could provide digital computation capacity for safety-critical applications.
The U.S. Office of Naval Research Global is sponsoring research by the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates on a new nanomaterial for solar cells and photodetectors.
University at Buffalo researchers have received a $1.2-million U.S. National Science Foundation grant to create a research center for self-driving and connected vehicles.
When police responded to a home in Bentonville, Ark., one Sunday morning last November, they discovered Victor Collins's dead body in the backyard.
The New Hope post-quantum algorithm to protect encryptions against quantum computers won its developers Facebook’s 2016 Internet Defense Prize (and $100,000); Google is experimenting with its use for part of its data traffic. …
Early on an unusually blustery day in June, Kevin Esvelt climbed aboard a ferry at Woods Hole, bound for Nantucket Island.
Driving your car until it breaks down on the road is never anyone's favorite way to learn the need for routine maintenance.
Researchers at Spain's University of Madrid have developed a tool that can identify a Facebook user's economic value on the advertising market in real time.
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology is asking the world's cryptographers to help stave off the potential decryption of digital information by quantum computers.
Snake robots that can assist astronauts are being investigated by researchers at Norwegian independent research organization SINTEF as part of a project with the European Space Agency.
More than 2.5 million people from more than 160 countries have shared their opinions about which algorithmic decisions are most ethical for a self-driving vehicle to make.
A smartphone application in development at Massachusetts' Worcester Polytechnic Institute tells users when they have had too much alcohol by monitoring changes in the way they walk.
The growth of structured and unstructured data is proceeding exponentially, yet a recent IBM study estimated more than 80% of all data is "dark," or unmanaged and unstructured.
The U.S. government on Tuesday issued rules for addressing cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices, providing manufacturers with guidelines for fixing security bugs in equipment, including pacemakers, insulin pumps and imaging…
On the west coast of Australia, Amanda Hodgson is launching drones out towards the Indian Ocean so that they can photograph the water from above.
On Sept. 12, 2016, there was a momentary realignment in the constellation of global business.
At Washington State University, archaeologists have developed computer simulations of the interactions between ancestral peoples in the American Southwest and their environment.
West Virginia University researchers have developed a genetic algorithm to mobilize unmanned aerial vehicles in team missions.
Sandia National Laboratories researchers have demonstrated the highest-bandgap transistor ever, a High Electron Mobility Transistor.