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Today's Internet runs on linked silicon chips, but a future quantum version might be built from diamond crystals.
For people of a certain age in the technology industry, one of the ways of establishing a connection with someone is by asking some version of the following question: How long have you been online?
Sensors originally designed to alert pilots of single-engine planes to the location of nearby aircraft are instead finding a military role locating unseen battle threats as far away as 40 kilometers.
Asked about assistive robots, more than half of healthcare providers would prefer assistance in the form of a robotic helper over a human.
Researchers have released a video that shows the evolution of a creature into a galloping, soft robot over 1,000 generations.
The touch-screen display and three-dimensional display have been combined to develop the Obake screen that users can pinch, poke, and stretch.
Monsters University, the new animated film from Disney's Pixar division that debuts on June 21, will serve as light summer entertainment for most audiences. But the light-hearted, character-driven film is also a technological…
The Herschel observatory, a European space telescope for which NASA helped build instruments and process data, has stopped making observations after running out of liquid coolant as expected.
The speed of light is constant, or so textbooks say. But some scientists are exploring the possibility that this cosmic speed limit changes, a consequence of the nature of the vacuum of space.
John C. Reynolds, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor emeritus John C. Reynolds passed away at age 77.
Video surveillance is big business. Expect it to get bigger. After law enforcement used closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to help identify last week's Boston bombing suspects, lawmakers and surveillance advocates renewed…
Researchers are developing an epidural simulator to aid in training doctors to perform epidurals and to increase patient safety.
Roboticist David Hanson says his latest creation is the "world's most human-like android head."
The 2013 edition of CareerCast's Jobs Rated report ranks software engineer as the third best job in the world.
NASA is using smartphones as microprocessors for satellites.
Big data is transforming the way people experience the world and enabling them to learn things that in the past would have been impossible.
IHS estimates that wearable-technology companies could sell up to 9.4 million devices by 2016.
As robots become more intelligent and aware, experts say people might develop emotional relationships with them.
One day, we may be able to check email or call a friend without ever touching a screen or even speaking to a disembodied helper.
Even after the identification of the Boston bombing suspects through grainy security-camera images, officials say that blanketing a city in surveillance cameras can create as many problems as it solves.
When Ray Kurzweil met with Google CEO Larry Page last July, he wasn't looking for a job.
In a viral YouTube video from October 2011 a one-year-old girl sweeps her fingers across an iPad's touchscreen, shuffling groups of icons.
Big Red II is the fastest supercomputer owned and funded by a U.S. university, and is likely one of the world's 50 fastest.
A new method of predicting whole stock market shifts is based on publicly available data on Google Trends search terms.
A new program unveiled this month can learn multiple games without any specialized prior knowledge.
A National Institute of Design post-graduate student has led the development of a smartphone for the visually impaired.
Researchers continue to improve and fine-tune an automated carer system for the elderly to make it useful, acceptable, and fun to use.
After hacking the Pentagon, NASA and Britain's Royal Navy for fun, TinKode got a real job as a computer security expert for a Romanian cyber safety consultancy.
Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn't have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field, joined the search giant late last year.
Drew Endy wants to build a programming language for the body.