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Electromagnetic interference can screw up cell phone and radio reception. But it may also be the key to cheaply transforming regular LCD screens into touch- and gesture-sensing displays, according to recent research.
Researchers previously have shown that a depth camera system, such as Kinect, can be combined with a projector to turn almost any surface into a touchscreen. But now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated…
A gauge on the Voyager home page, http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov, tracks levels of two of the three key signs scientists believe will appear when the spacecraft leave our solar neighborhood and enter interstellar space.
University of Cambridge spinoff Cronto is helping to protect customers against the threat posed by man-in-the-browser Trojan malware.
Upgrades to the Thunderbolt and USB SuperSpeed specifications will double data transfer speeds and boost power transfer in both directions 10-fold.
A University of Texas at Austin professor says his study of adaptive finite elements may be applied to math and software related to wave propagation.
A new system of heart-rate monitors may be connected to a mobile phone system to monitor the collective heart rate of a crowd.
There once were two planets, new to the galaxy and inexperienced in life. Like fraternal twins, they were born at the same time, about four and a half billion years ago, and took roughly the same shape.
Drone pilots escape the physical demands and dangers of a traditional cockpit. There's no g-force pinning them to their seats, no uncomfortable pressure suit to wear and no panic because the aircraft they are sitting in is spiraling…
MIT's Imaging Group is studying the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology to identify chemical compounds.
A new computational model uses the presence of attractor metagenes to predict breast cancer survival.
A new algorithm forecasts player performance in video games and adjusts the challenge accordingly to help players learn new skills more quickly.
Online micro videos are enjoying a surge in popularity, despite a lack of advanced technology.
A new system adjusts text on a monitor to counteract the bobbing motion of a the head of a runner on a treadmill, so the text appears still.
Wearable displays post information in users' field of view, but the text will need to stand out from the constantly changing background.
Researchers are using the Ranger supercomputer to analyze diatom DNA data to help them understand what the diatom's original ancestor might have looked like.
A new Web-based tool uses crowdsourcing techniques to help solve difficult medical cases.
In a new multi-projector cave automatic virtual environment, users interact wirelessly with objects and the virtual environment through their gestures.
David Notkin, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, recently passed away after a long battle with cancer.
The organization at the heart of international soccer’s technological advancement is located in a generic two-story building just off the A4 highway here, a few steps up the street from a kitchen-design firm and a quick turn…
One year ago, a group of professors, librarians, and futurists gathered in San Francisco to discuss how they would go about building a Digital Public Library of America.
Harvard University's Clean Energy Project soon will release a list of organic compounds that could be used to make inexpensive, printable photovoltaic cells.
An app making the Islendingabok (Book of Icelanders) available to Android phones notifies Icelanders when people they meet are too closely related to date.
Wireless technology under development will monitor structures for strain, stress, and early crack formation using low-cost, low-power wireless sensors.
Similar processor requirements in high-performance computing, Web servers, and big data will lead to a convergence on heterogeneous multicore processors.
Popular Android apps have security flaws that could expose private information or allow forged fraudulent messages to be posted.
A new software system that wirelessly links smartphones together enables multiple users to share their phones' features with other devices around them.
Computational research is evolving as organizations seek to eliminate barriers that prevent collaborative teams from accessing data.
Researchers at Penn State say that datacenters can cut up to 40 percent off their energy costs by provisioning UPS battery backup devices to meet peak energy requirements that may never occur.
Since the bombs went off in Boston's Copley Square on Monday, the FBI and Boston Police Department have been enlisting the public's help with what may be the world's most crowd-sourced terrorist hunt, taking to Twitter and other…