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Encryption used in Apple's iMessage chat service has stymied attempts by federal drug enforcement agents to eavesdrop on suspects' conversations, an internal government document reveals.
Automated systems that analyze gestures and facial expressions could make the challenging task of diagnosing depression somewhat easier.
The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium has announced the final specifications for 3D dynamic random-access memory.
President Barack Obama is launching a research initiative to record and map the brain's circuitry.
Researchers are working to program a group of 40 robots as part of a robot swarms project that could benefit the medical field, industry, and the military.
For the first time since the financial crisis, U.S. employers are expected within days to reach a limit on the yearly allotment of applications for coveted skilled-worker visas, a sign of the strengthening economy that means…
The Roadrunner supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be decommissioned this week.
Researchers have used a mathematical analysis to compute the number of regular season games each Major League Baseball team should win in 2013.
d Boyden tilts his head downward, remaining still except for his eyes, which dart back and forth between blinks for a full 10 seconds. Then, as if coming up for air from the sea of knowledge, he takes a breath, lifts his head…
Every month, the Federal Trade Commission receives 200,000 complaints about illegal robocalls, making it the most common problem reported to the FTC.
President Obama on Tuesday will announce a broad new research initiative, starting with $100 million in 2014, to invent and refine new technologies to understand the human brain, senior administration officials said Monday.
A 170-lb. autonomous robotic jellyfish is part of a multi-university project funded by the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center and the Office of Naval Research.
A computer program has defeated an active shogi professional for the first time.
The U.S. National Science Foundation's Stampede supercomputer is the most powerful within the NSF Extreme Digital environment.
Few things are more precious, intimate, and personal than the data on your smartphone.
Venture capitalists are pouring millions of dollars into startups that are betting their futures on the powerful data tool called Hadoop. The tool holds promise for companies and government agencies that are trying to solve their…
I recently watched my sister perform an act of magic.
A psychologist sees potential for a dominant search engine to sway close elections without most voters noticing.
A researcher in Italy is combining holograms with thermal imaging to make fighting fires safer.
Google Australia is providing funding to 12 universities to develop workshops to help high school teachers promote computer science in their curricula.
Two supercomputers recently moved closer to their goals of advancing major human-centered scientific projects.
A new initiative aims to build low-cost artificial hands using widely available products such as cellphone cameras and sensors.
Bioengineers have created a biological transistor they call a transcriptor, which is made from genetic material instead of gears or electrons.
The company behind the LiveCode development tool has used crowd-funding to raise the money it needs (and more) to create an open source edition of its software.
MOOCs are being pressed to come up with revenue-producing business models. Are they being held to a higher standard than other Internet startups?
As computational tools open up new ways of understanding history, historians and computer scientists are working together to explore the possibilities.
Scientists at the Blue Brain Project are using supercomputers to simulate neural connections in a 3-D model of a slice of mammalian brain.
In a new approach to making computers more efficient, called "inexact," "probabilistic," or "approximate" computing, errors are not avoided; they are welcomed. Some call it "living dangerously."