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Klaus Tschira, co-founder of German software giant SAP and creator of the foundation that helped to launch the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, died today.
A new model of a monolithic 3D stack could boost logic, memory bandwidth.
If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment.
One telescope finds the treasure chest, and the other narrows in on the gold coins.
Steven Keating's doctors and medical experts view him as a citizen of the future.
A joint academic and industry research team has found that two-factor authentication schemes depending on user names and passwords are inherently flawed.
New artificial intelligence software developed by Facebook can process text and then answer questions about it.
New crowd-modeling research describes a mathematical law that helps characterize a person's ability to move through crowds without running into another person.
An ambitious plan is afoot to build the world's largest public catalogue of neuronal structures.
The family of animal robots created by German robotics company Festo is growing. As part of its Bionic Learning Network, the company has introduced two new robots: a swarm of ants that can operate cooperatively, and a butterfly…
Shortly before the dreadful crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, I happened to be reading part of "The Second Machine Age," a book by two academics at M.I.T., Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, about the coming automation of many…
The tech geeks are coming to the oil industry's rescue.
An Icelandic genetics firm has sequenced the genomes of 2,636 of its countrymen and women, finding genetic markers for a variety of diseases, as well as a new timeline for the paternal ancestor of all humans.
Gender bias appears to be a key contributor to the scarcity of U.S. women in science, technology, engineering, and math, according to new studies.
New research raises concerns about the effectiveness of password strength meters, the bars that turn red, yellow, or green to rate the strength of new passwords.
Software programs that generate nonsense computer science papers have become sources of embarrassment for major academic publishers.
Arkansas took the lead in pushing computer science in schools last month when it passed a law requiring all public and charter schools to offer computer science courses.
Researchers analyzed the motions of sidewinder rattlesnakes and tested their observations on snake robots.
Makers of computer, automotive, and other high-tech hardware components increasingly are adopting an open source model.
The team operating NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity learned Thursday that the long-lived rover experienced a brief amnesia event related to its flash memory, the first since a reformatting of that nonvolatile type of…
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing more advanced position- and navigation-tracking technology.
For the first time, quantum entanglement of a single particle has been observed by researchers—an event that Albert Einstein believed to be impossible under the contemporary quantum mechanics definition of physical reality, calling…
For the past year or so genetic scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have been collaborating with a specialist from another universe: Daniel Kohn, a Brooklyn-based painter and conceptual artist.
As cars get smarter and creep ever-closer to driving themselves, the software that makes infotainment systems and adaptive cruise control work is becoming as important as hardware like engines.
The brilliant explosions of dead stars have been used for years to illuminate the far-flung reaches of our cosmos.
Teams from around the world will engage in a dress rehearsal next month for the U.S. Pentagon's Cyber Grand Challenge, a competition to develop automated hacker-fighting software.
Oregon State University professor and Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence president Thomas Dietterich says he is more concerned about potential ways artificial intelligence might fail or be abused than…
Researchers at Israel's Ben Gurion University say they have developed a method of retrieving data from or sending simple commands to an air-gapped computer using heat emissions and a computer's built-in thermal sensors.
Clemson University researchers found universities with locally available supercomputers are more efficient in producing research in critical fields than universities that do not have supercomputers.
A report from the American Association of University Women warns that the gender gap in the technology sector is widening.