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Researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London have found that several million Internet hosts are still vulnerable to the FREAK flaw in the SSL/TLS encryption protocol disclosed earlier this month.
Although intuition says searching for data in a network would be fastest in a highly connected database, this logic does not hold for quantum computing, according to research by Tom Wong at the University of Latvia and UCSD professor…
Google chairman Eric Schmidt suggested fear over artificial intelligence (AI) is overblown during a keynote address at the South by Southwest Conference with author Walter Isaacson and U.S. chief technology officer Megan Smith…
The 28-member Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering Working Group has developed a seven-point plan for achieving gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Object recognition makes up one part of autonomous car technology, but then comes the question of what the car does in response to what it detects.
Philae, the European Space Agency probe that landed on and then bounced across the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in November, has provided researchers with a wealth of data that they are now eagerly digging through…
Researchers funded by the European Union have developed a state-of-the-art robot capable of organizing fabrics, textiles, and garments, then folding them neatly.
An intelligent keyboard can tell who you are, and power itself from your typing.
NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is set to plunge to its doom on 30 April, ending nearly four years of exploration of Mercury. Before it goes, the mission is sending back the best images of the planet ever taken.
Google's open source Go programming language has its pros and cons.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded its first contracts to vendors to build an automated system designed to reduce pilot fatigue.
To reduce conflicts within the Linux development community, the group has adopted a new code of conduct that comes in the form of a Linux patch.
Arguably the most alarming part of concerns over artificial intelligence's potential to end human civilization is the voices that are speaking out.
A powerful new surveillance tool being adopted by police departments across the country comes with an unusual requirement: To buy it, law enforcement officials must sign a nondisclosure agreement preventing them from saying almost…
It's show time for NASA's planetary programme.
Search for "vaccines." At least within our filter bubble, the top item in Google's "In the news" section earlier this week was an anti-vax column about the "feds' plan to force vaccines on adults."
Google's Pagerank algorithm has become one of the most famous in computer science. It was originally designed to rank websites according to their importance by assuming that a site is important if it is linked to by other important…
Researchers have developed a way to enhance graphical simulations, which they say may soon be used for medical and engineering applications and video games.
The BBC plans to offer a coding device to more than 1 million U.K. schoolchildren as part of its Make it Digital Initiative.
Researchers are developing a system that enables young children to program interactive robots by placing stickers on laminated sheets of paper.
The number of people working as electrical engineers declined by 29,000 last year, even as the number of software developers increased by 132,000.
Startups as well as large tech firms now realize their products need to be both visually appealing and deliver great user experiences.
A new iPhone app called MyHeart Counts enables researchers to collect data about users' physical activity and cardiac risk factors.
Twice a year, members of the Research Data Alliance meet face-to-face at plenary meetings worldwide to coordinate activities and advance their efforts.
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its robotic arm Wednesday, March 11, to sieve and deliver a rock-powder sample to an onboard instrument. The sample was collected last month before the team temporarily suspended rover arm movement…
Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles—a technique allowing direct stimulation of neurons, which could be an effective treatment…
Beautiful mathematical patterns are hidden in the chaos of Jackson Pollock’s famous drip paintings.
If you like numbers, you will love March 14, 2015.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is launching a program aimed at developing a system to keep personal and proprietary information private.
Researchers have demonstrated they could bypass security protections to induce electromagnetic leakage in the dynamic random access memory of some laptops.