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Researchers have decoded the genomes of mammoths and a 700,000-year-old horse using DNA fragments extracted from fossils in the past few years. DNA clearly persists far longer than the bodies for which it carries the genetic…
Ingredients regarded as crucial for the origin of life on Earth have been discovered at the comet that ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has been probing for almost two years.
Scientists using radar data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found a record of the most recent Martian ice age recorded in the planet's north polar ice cap.
Three computer scientists have announced the largest-ever mathematics proof: a file that comes in at a whopping 200 terabytes1, roughly equivalent to all the digitized text held by the US Library of Congress.
The traditional way of developing vehicles may not work when developing future autonomous vehicles.
The optical fibers that transmit data throughout the Internet have almost reached their capacity limits.
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories say they have devised a possible first step toward the creation of a practical quantum computer.
Researchers recently led a study showing how human mobility patterns contributed to the spread of a cholera epidemic in Senegal in 2005.
Australian National University researchers have developed an algorithm that can recreate the movements of a typical tsunami to determine its threat level.
After a rampage that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, key U.S. lawmakers pledged to seek a law requiring technology companies to give law enforcement agencies a "back door" to encrypted communications and electronic devices…
A U.S. jury handed Alphabet’s Google a major victory in a long-running copyright lawsuit against Oracle Corp.
Never mind Terminator-like killer robots. Artificial intelligence researchers are grappling with more realistic questions like whether their creations will take too many jobs from humans.
Athletic footwear is about to be customized in the extreme, through a combination of computer vision-enabled scanning and three-dimensional printing.
Biophysicist Joerg Bewersdorf says that 2006 was fluorescence microscopy's annus mirabilis—a 'miraculous year' as momentous in its own way as 1905, when Albert Einstein revolutionized physics in the realms of relativity, quantum…
"Why don't you click on the tennis court?" Golan Levin, an associate professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University, suggested.
Researchers have released a Japanese version of an application that crowdsources ground-shaking information from smartphones to detect earthquakes.
Social media data could be used to detect and track at-risk youth and mental health patients.
The trend of using shortened URLs offers a new opportunity for hackers to invade users' privacy, according to Cornell Tech researchers.
Researchers have created rewritable magnetic charge ice, which could lead to new computing technologies.
Unit 8200 is Israel's most mysterious agency. No one outside knows exactly how it operates, who works there, or how they learn.
Ever wanted to pound your PC as it crawls through a restart or fumed that your phone takes much too long to launch an e-book app?
If the founders of a new face recognition app get their way, anonymity in public could soon be a thing of the past.
An interactive virtual reality simulation allows users to inhabit the perspective of a 74-year-old man with sensory impairments.
Researchers say they have developed the first available software to evaluate the security protocol for Quantum Key Distribution.
Most U.S. drivers do not want to own a fully self-driving car in the future, according to a University of Michigan survey.
Researchers are developing an "artificial robot nervous system to teach robots how to feel pain" and quickly react in order to avoid potential damage.
More than 70% of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist's experiments, and more than half have failed to reproduce their own experiments. Those are some of the telling figures that emerged from Nature…
Researchers have moved closer to enabling symbolic execution of applications written via programming frameworks.
University of Louisville researcher Roman Yampolskiy and hacktivist Federico Pistono are examining worst-case scenarios for a potential malevolent artificial intelligence.
Imagine a tissue-box sized device, with blades a few feet long, whirring to life after charging for a full Sol on Mars.