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A new highly scalable software can dramatically cut both research times and energy costs in simulating seismic hazards.
Researchers are focusing their study of cybercrime on how end users' susceptibility to be victimized is shaped by their online routines.
Internet traffic volume doubles every three years, yet this increase in usage has not been matched by a similar increase in network energy efficiency.
Researchers claim they are just five years away from having all of the tools and the knowledge needed to market a fully autonomous vehicle.
Researchers are working to prove that graphene will enable significant advances in material science, although skeptics question its commercial potential.
New software provides career guidance based on the profiles of LinkedIn users.
Two fledgling technologies could dramatically reshape the $60 billion-a-year television broadcast industry as they challenge the business model that has helped keep broadcasters on the lucrative end of the media spectrum.
Researchers suggest a framework for dealing with gracefully retiring someone's digital identities when they pass on.
You are the founder and C.E.O. of Zynga, a company responsible for addictive games like FarmVille and the forthcoming Draw Something 2. You know, every time I see my 4-year-old son playing Angry Birds on my phone, I imagine that…
Kids love Angry Birds, but will Angry Birds love them back?
John Wilkes spent a year negotiating his move to Google, and when he finally agreed to join the company, he still didn’t know what he’d be working on.
In today's science-so-weird-it-absolutely-must-be-science-fiction contest, we have a clear winner: a new study in which a team of scientists use an MRI machine, a computer model, and thousands of images from the Internet to figure…
If we go way back to the 18th century, we find ourselves in the heyday of mechanics.
Researchers are investigating whether it is possible to take an educated guess at someone's name with just one look at their face.
Researchers have nudged electrons to change their spin in just quadrillionths of a second, a breakthrough that could lead to faster computers.
Bitcoin virtual currency is booming as it is used to pay for goods and services directly over the Internet without requiring intermediaries such as banks.
Google and others are developing smarter search apps designed to generate more customized and relevant results.
Researchers say they have developed the world's most detailed 3D computer models of the heart's upper chambers.
Before the Internet, there was the ARPANet, a closed computer network that pretty much shut down on weekends and over holidays.
Imagine taking a college exam, and, instead of handing in a blue book and getting a grade from a professor a few weeks later, clicking the "send" button when you are done and receiving a grade back instantly, your essay scored…
NASA's Kepler space telescope has witnessed the effects of a dead star bending the light of its companion star. The findings are among the first detections of this phenomenon—a result of Einstein's general theory of relativity—in…
The voice of the foreign military commander is sinister and gloating.
The virtual currency Bitcoin isn't backed by any assets or central authority.
The Underhanded C Conference calls on developers to create software that performs some kind of malicious activity but looks innocuous even under scrutiny.
A new model of the structure of the protein most commonly associated with Parkinson's disease could lead to a new way to treat the disease.
A new method of manipulating microwave signals could aid in the development of a quantum computer.
Researchers have developed a computer model that predicts how a silicon wafer deforms when computer chips are crowded together too closely.
It's hard to believe that just a few decades ago, touchscreen technology could only be found in science fiction books and film. These days, it's almost unfathomable how we once got through our daily tasks without a trusty tablet…
Neuroscientist William Newsome of Stanford University is one of two scientists tapped by President Obama to lead a new brain research initiative, which the administration hopes to launch with $100 million of public funding and…
Everybody's talking about Bitcoin these days, which is quite remarkable given the highly technical nature of the crypto-currency. So why is it such a big deal?