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Researchers are using computers to study social networks, in order to identify the next revolution in social science.
A new type of semiconductor technology under development is based on two-dimensional nanocrystals layered in sheets less than a nanometer thick.
Ultra-short laser pulses and special materials can be used to switch magnetism about 1,000 times faster than current storage devices, say researchers.
Law enforcement officials could have something very different on their hands as they investigate the dual bomb blasts that struck the Boston Marathon finish line today: a potential abundance of photo and video evidence from the…
Eight years of work, thousands of researchers around the world, $1 billion spent—and finally it was done.
The Supreme Court is poised to take up the highly charged question of whether human genes can be patented. But another question could trump it: Has the field of genetics moved so far so fast that whatever the court decides, it…
The surface of Jupiter's moon Europa exposes material churned up from inside the moon and also material resulting from matter and energy coming from above.
The new Web and mobile application Taarifa could give millions of people in Africa the power to instantly report problems with poor sanitation.
Researchers are developing interactive computer games to train miners to avoid fatal accidents and potential emergencies while working in mines.
Chipmakers are engaged in projects to greatly accelerate personal computer speed and power, despite coming up against the limits of Moore's Law.
A new report warns that the growing use of cellular and Wi-Fi networks to access cloud services is more of an ecological threat than the energy consumption of cloud data centers.
An inexpensive wireless device can monitor the power consumption of home appliances.
NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate have issued a call for R&D into a next-generation computer system for spacecraft.
A new near-field communication tag can be placed discreetly near the entrance of a property, and prospective buyers can touch it with their smartphone to access information on the house.
Could this be the deadliest smartphone app ever?
Last week I attended what was, I think it is fair to say, the oddest conference I have been to yet. It was the first world congress of the Digital Olfaction Society (tagline: "The Smell of Digital"), the stated goal of which…
Anthropologist E. Gabriella Coleman, author of Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking, is fascinated by hacker culture, and with its notion that software should be free and treated as free speech.
In Issac Asimov's classic science fiction saga Foundation, mathematics professor Hari Seldon predicts the future using what he calls psychohistory.
Replete with its own thriving news portals, social media, and gaming sites, the Chinese Internet could take a major step toward becoming fully Chinese by the end of the year.
The Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler—Olympic rowers, nemeses of Mark Zuckerberg—are laying claim to a new title: bitcoin moguls.
A new virtual reality system enables users to step into a labyrinth and wander an endless maze of rooms and corridors, but without actually leaving their living rooms.
An artificial, muscle-based computer could have significant potential for the field of robotics.
Lancaster University scientist Eduardo Velloso is building on the technology behind his augmented reality-based feedback system to link computers to emotions.
Researchers say they have developed a more efficient single-photon emitter than can be made using traditional semiconductor processing techniques.
The smartphone application MyHalal uses Android-based mobile devices to scan the barcode of a product to confirm its halal status from a database. I
Under a microscope, four slivers of silicon—electronic circuits called chiplets—perform an elaborate, jerky dance as if controlled by a hidden puppet master.
The White House released its requested federal budget yesterday, which includes NASA funding.
President Barack Obama proposed on Wednesday increased spending to protect U.S. computer networks from Internet-based attacks in a sign that the government aims to put more resources into the emerging global cyber arms race.
A new technique generates one-atom-thick sheets of germanium that it conduct electrons more than 10 times faster than silicon.
A new method increases the distance that large amounts of data can travel through a fiber-optic connection.