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Members of the military’s new Cyber Command insist that they’ve got no interest in taking over civilian Internet security--or even in becoming the Pentagon’s primary information protectors.
Wireless technology is often credited with making us more productive. Now it looks like it could also improve the inner workings of our computers. Wireless transmission may become the most efficient method of moving data the…
Congressional staffers in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 20 were wondering why a robot was roaming the halls. Those who followed the robot were led to further surprises: an igloo-shaped life raft, long socks full of…
Rice University researchers have developed thin films of nanotubes made with ink-jet printers that offer a new way to make field-effect transistors (FETs).
Students at the new Hughes STEM High School, in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati, learn concepts of science, technology, engineering and math by using their hands. The school mirrors a national trend aimed at…
The Tokyo Institute of Technology announced that the TSUBAME 2.0 supercomputer, a green, cloud-based supercomputer system with a top speed of 2.4 petaflops, will begin operation this fall.
Oregon State University researchers say they have made a fundamental advance in robotics that could lead to robots that use little energy to walk and run effectively.
U.S.-owned businesses and U.S. affiliates of foreign companies had worldwide R&D expenses of $330 billion in calendar year 2008 and worldwide sales of $11 trillion, according to the U.S. National Science Foundation.
A supercomputer that runs at more than one quadrillion calculations per second in practical use has been developed in Tianjin, making it the fastest one in China, its developers said.
An ambitious $2.2 billion project in the works at JAXA, the Japanese space agency, plans to put humanoid robots on the moon by 2015, and the Japanese could have an unmanned lunar base up and running by 2020.
The debut of Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer in Japan is generating a level of hype and excitement rarely seen these days for a new electronics product in the gadget-loving nation, underscoring the paucity of buzz-worthy…
Researchers in Japan used Fujitsu's T2K Open Supercomputer to successfully compute with high precision an optimization problem to reveal the molecular behavior of ethane (CH3), ammonia (NH3) and oxygen (O2).
Despite U.S. government warnings on exploding energy consumption, data centers are not getting more power-efficient.
Google recently gave away a piece of intellectual property the company gained after its $120 million acquisition of On2 three months ago.
Cell phone companies are finding that they're sitting on a gold mine--in the form of the call records of their subscribers.
Wall Street has called the end of an era and the beginning of the next one: The most important technology product no longer sits on your desk but rather fits in your hand.
The next submission deadline for the Green500 List, which ranks the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world, will be June 7.
At its greatest depths, the sea floor is a dark, tranquil, and foreboding place, beyond the reach of both sunlight and human divers. Yet the area around the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, nearly a mile below the surface of the Gulf…
Researchers at Indiana University's Data to Insight Center have released XMC Cat, software that makes sorting the massive amounts of data produced by advanced scientific instruments and supercomputers more manageable.
University of Reading scientist Mark Gasson has deliberately infected himself with a computer virus in order to study the potential risks of implanting electronic devices in humans.
Researchers at the University of Bristol and Katholieke University have developed a new system for encrypted data computing that they say could have a broad impact on areas such as database access, electronic auctions, and…
A new generation of medical devices using wireless communications, sophisticated software and data center-driven "cloud" computing promises to deliver health care in ways previously limited to the confines of fancy hospital rooms…
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working with industry to develop the National Cyber Range, a cybersecurity testbed for researching network attack-and-defend strategies on a wide scale.
Silicon chips that are allowed to make mistakes could help ensure computers continue to get more powerful, say US researchers.
Stanford University researchers have developed an onboard power source for paper transistors and paper displays.
Georgia Tech Research Institute is designing, fabricating and testing planar ion traps that can be more readily combined into large, interconnected trap arrays. In the future, these arrays may be used to create a useful quantum…
Moving from the inner circles of professional automotive racing to the halls of academia has given Andrew Borme the second life he's wanted—teaching a new generation of motorsports engineers.
The 3-D movies on today's cinema screens rely on visual tricks to cope with fast action. A new generation, produced at lower cost but delivering higher quality with real-time action, is soon to follow.
Mark Gorton is a confident guy. He’s confident about his ideas. He’s confident about his enthusiasms. And he’s confident that his successes--like making money on Wall Street and promoting alternative transportation in New York…
At some point, scientists think, you’ll be able to point a lens at almost any object and get information about what you’re seeing.