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A few months ago I borrowed a drone from a company called Parrot. Officially the drone is called an AR.Drone 2.0, but for simplicity's sake, we're just going to call it the Parrot. The Parrot went on sale last May and retails…
Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) researchers have developed an intelligent system that analyzes video surveillance camera images in real time, detects abnormal situations, and alerts nearby security agents. The platform…
Old Dominion University researchers have developed a system that uses an audio signal to reduce the power consumption of Wi-Fi components. Continuous Wi-Fi use is a main culprit in draining a smart device's power, notes OldView…
University of Innsbruck physicists have discovered a way to transfer quantum information stored in an atom onto a particle of light and then send it to a distant atom via an optical fiber. Although quantum computing has proven…
Processors that change configuration depending on workload to greatly increase central-processing unit (CPU) performance and energy efficiency are the focus of a research project at Intel Labs, the University of Texas, Carnegie…
British troops in Afghanistan are flying a drone that’s shrunk down to its essentials: a micro-machine that spies, built for a solitary user.
In the past few years, Zhou Hongyi, the 43-year-old co-founder of Chinese antivirus company Qihoo 360 Technology, has engaged in high-profile legal conflicts with Yahoo China and Tencent, which operates China’s QQ instant-messaging…
Words and phrases are fundamental building blocks of language and culture, much as genes and cells are to the biology of life.
A new wireless technique that uses a phenomenon known as Zenneck surface waves could permit wearable technology products to communicate with each other.
Intergovernmental organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union play a major role in Internet control and regulation, despite some calling for the United States to stop its ITU funding.
The Pentagon intends to add to the U.S. Cyber Command 4,000 troops and civilians capable of discovering cyberattacks and rapidly rewriting network defenses multiple times a day.
Jay Parikh sits at a desk inside Building 16 at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, and his administrative assistant, Genie Samuel, sits next to him. Every so often, Parikh will hear her giggle, and that means…
It may be one of central Miami's most recognisable buildings, yet only a few people know what goes on inside the sturdy concrete block with massive spheres on its roof.
Iran enjoys the world's fourth biggest cyber army, an official of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps announced on Saturday, stressing that the IRGC's power is seen as a major counterbalance to the U.S. and Israel in the region…
The University of Waterloo, in a city that people outside Canada would struggle to find on a map, is one of the world’s best technology schools.
Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Sematech, and Texas State University built and tested vertical Esaki tunnel diodes smaller than 120 nanometers in diameter.
University of Twente researchers are developing model-checking techniques to help remove the faults from computer systems and make them error-free.
Had Dr. Dipak Chowdhury known just how accident-prone I really am, he never would have handed over the 0.1-millimeter sheet of glass for me to bend between my fingers.
Yale University professor David Gelernter recently predicted the end of current Web and search technology as the focus shifts from a space-based Web to a time-based "worldstream."
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced Next Generation Connecticut, a plan to dedicate $1.5 billion to improving the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs at the University of Connecticut.
University of Southern California (USC) Shoah Foundation researchers are working on the New Dimensions in Testimony project, which involves developing 3-D holograms of nearly a dozen people who survived Nazi Germany's concentration…
The U.S. Federal Communications Committee recently submitted a proposal to create super Wi-Fi networks across the country that would enable users to make calls or surf the Internet for free.
The world's largest online ticket retailer is to stop requiring users to enter hard-to-read words in order to prove they are human.
Researchers have created software that predicts when and where disease outbreaks might occur based on two decades of New York Times articles and other online data.
Researchers at the Flanders' Mechatronics Technology Center have developed software for conducting an energy efficiency analysis of mechatronic systems and optimizing energy efficiency in machine design.
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is brutally clear: China is the most dangerous superpower on Earth.
An insidious, microscopic protein that has been found in the brain tissue of professional football players after death may now be detectable in living people by scanning their brains.
The Russian Revolution of 1917 was called the "Ten Days That Shook the World," the title of a book by foreign correspondent Jack Reed, Class of 1910. But how about the one day in Russia that shook the world, and still does?
What is the industrial Internet?
Science Live recently hosted an online chat with University of Tennessee professor Jack Dongarra and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory deputy director Horst Simon to discuss the coming class of exascale systems.