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Meet Xiaoice. She’s empathic, caring, and always available—just not human.
Every day computers make many millions of electronic trades by performing delicate calculations aimed at eking out a tiny edge in terms of speed or efficiency.
In 2007, Cecilia Laschi asked her father to catch a live octopus for her seaside lab in Livorno, Italy.
U.S. and European regulators have agreed to a tentative deal, officials say, that would allow thousands of U.S. companies to continue moving the personal information of ordinary Europeans across the Atlantic.
Sean Andrist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed algorithms to help robots look at people at the right times and in the right ways.
Researchers analyzed 2013 flooding in Colorado and found 150,000 tweets from people affected by the disaster.
Researchers are developing new software that can predict, simulate, and analyze a major disease outbreak in the form of an intuitive, multiplayer game.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have modified an algorithm for processing three-dimensional camera data, with power conservation in mind.
Google has started hosting mobile apps and incorporating them into search results.
It seems intuitive that an opaque material should contain more stuff than a more translucent substance.
Three years ago, Edward Snowden leaked troves of previously classified information that laid bare the American government's widespread surveillance of its citizens.
Super Bowl 50 will be big in every way.
Cynthia Breazeal has committed herself to the development of socially intelligent robots.
A network surveillance and security issues expert built a miniature bulk surveillance system like the one used by the U.S. National Security Agency.
The prestige of a school offering science, technology, engineering, or math degrees may have little impact on how much its graduates earn.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers this week introduced a new chip that implements neural networks.
Concepts of human-machine interaction are undergoing a transformation thanks to advances in wearable technology.
Researchers are working to help ensure cybersecurity develops in conjunction with changes in technology and with emerging threats.
After hackers breached the computer network of the U.C.L.A. medical center last summer, Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, and her office moved to shore up security across the university system’s 10…
On a dark stretch of the chilly Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko the lander Philae has begun a lonely and silent vigil.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced the winners of the USDA-Microsoft Innovation Challenge.
Researchers are using near-real-time data collection to demonstrate how states can improve their ability to protect brittle roads from heavy vehicles at the end of winter.
A group of Russian and Italian scientists have used plastic memristors to create a neural network.
Levi's Stadium has been in beta since it opened a year and a half ago.
Applying support vector machines to predictive analytics.
Understanding how brains work is one of the greatest scientific challenges of our times, but despite the impression sometimes given in the popular press, researchers are still a long way from some basic levels of understanding…
Scientists in London have been granted permission to edit the genomes of human embryos for research, UK fertility regulators announced. The 1 February approval by the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) represents…
People are always forgetting names. That's because, at least in part, names are arbitrary. A name, in and of itself, doesn't offer much context.
The latest self-portrait from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the car-size mobile laboratory beside a dark dune where it has been scooping and sieving samples of sand.
U.S. intelligence agencies' persistent warning that encrypted communications will prevent them from tracking criminals is greatly distorted.