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Researchers have found genetic signatures among Britons that betray their historical roots in particular locales of the United Kingdom, leading to the finest-scale map of genetic variation yet created.
Air-gapped systems, which are isolated from the Internet and are not connected to other systems that are connected to the Internet, are used in situations that demand high security because they make siphoning data from them difficult…
The IceCube detector, located at the South Pole, monitors a cubic kilometer of ice for the flashes of light produced as energetic particles traverse the ice.
On October 16, 2011, the early evening weather on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California, was almost unspeakably gorgeous—mild as a warm bath, a cloudless sky above, a full moon beaming benevolently on the 300…
Drones offer an inexpensive way to capture three-dimensional scans of buildings, terrain, and other objects.
New software can identify houses in rural villages from satellite images, potentially saving time that would otherwise be spent sending teams from village to village.
Aarhus University researchers are using computer games to help them tackle some of the fundamental problems of quantum computing.
A new smart bandage uses electrical currents to detect tissue damage from pressure ulcers before they are visible and while recovery is still possible.
Researchers have used robot models of infants to study how "objects of cognition," such as words or memories of physical objects, are connected to the position of the body.
Researchers have demonstrated the effectiveness of a suite of traffic analysis attacks that deanonymize Tor users.
When Sagi Kfir meets people and tells them he is a "space attorney," they usually think he has a strange way of saying he is in real estate.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is exploring ways analog approaches to speed up computation of the mathematics in scientific computing.
Programming pioneer Edsger W. Dijkstra's namesake algorithm remains one of the cleverest things in computer science.
It's a technological arms race, pure and simple.
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft caught up with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last August, then dropped a lander onto the comet in November. Now Rosetta will follow the rubber-duck-shaped comet as it swings closer…
How much can your tweets reveal about you? Judging by the last nine hundred and seventy-two words that I used on Twitter, I'm about average when it comes to feeling upbeat and being personable, and I'm less likely than most people…
The California Energy Commission has released a set of draft standards aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of desktop computers and monitors.
The director of the U.S. National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command advocated development of cyberweapons as a means of deterring cyberattacks.
Experts on artificial intelligence discussed the future of the field this week at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX.
The director of Google's self-driving car project says he wants self-driving cars to be standard on roads within five years.
A researcher compared Uber's prices with those of New York City's Yellow Cabs.
If you're into magic tricks, stop by an Apple Store and park yourself in front of a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Click around on the trackpad for a while. Voila!
Susan Mueller, a flutist and the chairwoman of the Nevada-Las Vegas music department, examined the referee's whistle in her hand.
Edward Snowden wants to come home.
Researchers used the Extreme Science and Discovery Environment to discover the nature of the adhesion complex of cellulosomal proteins.
University of California, Berkeley researchers are studying cyborg insects to learn more about a muscle used by beetles for finely graded turns.
Mitsubishi Electric says its new noise suppression technology can improve the quality of hands-free phone communication in cars.
Tel Aviv University researchers have found a way to ex-filtrate complex encryption data using side-channel technology.
Society stands at a crossroads of artificial intelligence: We can design computers that sharpen our wits or we can let our machines turn us into ignoramuses.
Germany's main telco, tech and manufacturing companies have formed an alliance to make sure that when devices do start speaking to each other over the Internet in the so-called Internet of Things market—they'll be speaking German…