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The first thing to hit Iain Couzin when he walked into the Oxford lab where he kept his locusts was the smell, like a stale barn full of old hay.
One of the oddest bits of news to emerge from the economic collapse of Cyprus is a corresponding rise in the value of Bitcoin, the Internet’s favorite, media-friendly, anarchist crypto-currency.
Federal investigators in Northern California routinely used a sophisticated surveillance system to scoop up data from cellphones and other wireless devices in an effort to track criminal suspects—but failed to detail the practice…
The Home Exploring Robot Butler (HERB) can get a meal out of the fridge, microwave food, clean up after a mess, and even separate an Oreo.
Computer scientists have discovered that a virtual shrinking blob might help find a solution to the renowned traveling salesman quandary.
Researchers are using the Gordon supercomputer to develop techniques that can be used to guide the development of treatments for mental disorders.
Two-thirds of all available jobs in all fields of science and engineering this decade will be in computer science.
The criminals behind recent cyberattacks on U.S. financial companies seem intent on destroying their targets, instead of simply disrupting business operations.
It was a case for a digital Sherlock Holmes.
If you're a vehicle owner and happen to have a car accident in the near future (we hope you don't), it's likely the crash details will be recorded.
Ads pay for the Internet, or at least for what most of us do online.
Supercomputers are enabling unprecedented scientific discoveries by providing high-speed computational capabilities, extreme storage capacities, and the ability to produce high-resolution simulations.
Researchers say they have developed a virtual integrin snippet that responds to changes in energy and other stimuli just as integrins do in real life.
A new method for getting semiconducting polymers to line up could lead to less expensive, greener, and "paint-on" plastic electronics.
Australia's National Museum has launched a trial that enables schoolchildren to remotely navigate its galleries via robots that contain telepresence technology.
In cancer parlance, metastasize is a four-letter word.
The U.S. is applying money-laundering rules to "virtual currencies," amid growing concern that new forms of cash bought on the Internet are being used to fund illicit activities.
Corporations and government agencies are scrambling to find new ways to attract people to jobs in information security, thanks to a growing gap between the demand for IT security specialists and the number of people entering…
Before Napster and LimeWire, before Megauploads and the Pirate Bay, media companies' epic struggle against copying, piracy and generally losing control over their creations can be traced to a legal fight more than 30 years ago…
Microsoft has finally joined Google and a small group of Internet firms that voluntarily reveal how often governments demand they hand over their users’ private data.
A new cloud architecture provides all necessary infrastructure, platform, and software services in the cloud through the cooperation of peers within the system.
Researchers have found that only four spatio-temporal points are needed to uniquely identify 95 percent of individual cellphone users.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano says her department is in dire need of computer hackers.
Artificial intelligence in videogames should improve to incorporate more intelligent characters into games.
The mHealth infrastructure currently under development incorporates computer informatics, smartphones, and energy-efficient and miniaturized electronics and sensors.
Alan Turing's Universal Machine has been voted the top British innovation of the past 100 years.
A federal court has sided with the Associated Press and the New York Times in a closely watched case involving a company that scraped news content from the Internet without paying for it.
Seventeen-year-old Nick D'Aloisio is taking some time off from school in London, where he lives with his parents. He will let mom and dad help manage his money.
In its ongoing quest to measure every aspect of U.S. troops' physiology, the Pentagon's esoteric research enclave wants to develop a durable, unobtrusive device that can track the body's physical response to stress.
A new project to automate the design and manufacturing of consumer robots uses two-dimensional desktop technology fabrication methods.