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A recent Chartered Institute for IT worldwide survey found there are positive links between access to technology and feelings of well-being. Access to communication devices was found to be the most valued.
NASA is developing a six-legged robot called Athlete that can walk or roll on wheels, and ultimately aims to have it help set up a habitat on Mars for future astronauts.
U.S. Department of Defense official James Miller says authorities have failed to stay ahead of the cyberattacks, which have resulted in the loss of an enormous amount of data.
Computer scientists at the universities of Hertfordshire and Southern Denmark are on track to finish building technology that would bring virtual reality to Europe's classrooms.
Columbia University scientists have developed a chip design that prevents microprocessors from being equipped with malicious backdoors that could be used to steal sensitive information or receive instructions from adversaries…
A three-year, Georgia Tech-sponsored program called Operation Reboot is helping 30 information technology professionals reenter the work force as high school computer science teachers.
A team from Michigan State University will study how large-scale social networks such as YouTube and Wikipedia change as users come and go over time in order to understand how interaction on social networks benefits users.
MIT researchers have developed a system that automatically finds parts of computer code where accuracy can be traded for significant increases in speed.
The W3C has released XProc, an XML pipeline specification that "provides a standard framework for composing XML processes [and] streamlines the automation, sequencing, and management of complex computations involving XML."
A federal court judge has likely dealt a death blow to LimeWire, one of the most popular and oldest file-sharing systems, according to legal experts.
When Google launched Buzz, a microblogging social network, several months ago, the company boasted that the network had been generated automatically, by algorithms that could connect users to each other based on communications…
She taps out her grocery lists, records voice memos, listens to music at the gym, tracks her caloric intake and posts frequent updates to her Twitter and Facebook accounts.The one thing she doesn’t use her cellphone for? Making…
Tennis has adopted Hawk-Eye's line-calling technology with (mostly) open arms. Why are other sports resisting the more accurate, high-tech refs?
Foxconn Technology, the world's biggest contract maker of electronics, has been forced to answer allegations about the welfare of employees in China after its sixth worker committed suicide this year.
Automobiles, which will be increasingly connected to the Internet in the near future, could be vulnerable to hackers just as computers are now, two teams of computer scientists are warning in a paper to be presented next week…
Experts say that the net's entire existing address space will be exhausted about a year after that date. A newer scheme is being rolled out but many firms and countries are being slow to switch, experts warn.
Online tools developed in Europe have created completely new approaches in pedagogy – the science of education.
The iPad has been hailed as an interface triumph. But one usability expert has published an exhaustive critique of the iPad, taking it to task for the inconsistency and obscurity of its apps’ interfaces.
For the first time, microscopic robots made from DNA molecules can walk, follow instructions and work together to assemble simple products on an atomic-scale assembly line, mimicking the machinery of living cells, two independent…
A group of Northeastern University student researchers have developed a wireless wrist device that monitors a user's vital signs and may serves as an automated emergency alert system for elderly people.
The decline of basic research at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration jeopardizes the agency’s ability to study and explore the cosmos, a review panel of scientists and engineers said Tuesday.
Cost-effective computerized systems can successfully screen diabetic patients to detect early eye problems related to the disease, University of Iowa analysis shows.
How angry is the world at Facebook for devouring every morsel of personal information we are willing to feed it?
NIST has issued the final draft of its Guide for Assessing Security Controls in Federal Information Systems and Organizations and is seeking public comments.
Virtual computing has moved closer with the unveiling of a new client-based hypervisor that allows users to run multiple virtual machines on a single laptop.
Researchers have created and programmed robots the size of single molecule that can move independently across a nanoscale track. This development marks an important advancement in the nascent fields of molecular computing and…
Duke University professor Chris Dwyer has mixed customized parts of DNA and other molecules to produce tiny, waffle-like structures that can be used as building blocks for computational applications.
Beginning in October 2010, the National Science Foundation plans to require that all proposals for funding include a data management plan. The changes are designed to address the needs of data-driven science.
University of Southampton professor Nigel Shadbolt, speaking at a recent conference on the emerging discipline of Web science, says the Internet has become such an important technology that it needs its own field of study.
Researchers are developing error-prone stochastic processors in the hope that their looser architecture will make their mass production much less expensive and simpler.