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It takes the average reader just seven hours to read the final book in Suzanne Collins's "Hunger Games" trilogy on the Kobo e-reader—about 57 pages an hour.
American researchers took control of a flying drone by hacking into its GPS system—acting on a $1,000 (£640) dare from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The short figure creeping around the Carnegie Mellon University campus store in a hooded sweatshirt recently isn't some shoplifter, but a robot taking inventory.
MIT researchers have developed the mobile shell remote-login program, which addresses the lack of mobility of the popular SSH program.
Stanford University researchers have developed an interactive map of the Roman Empire called ORBIS that features roads, rivers, and sea routes.
AIR.U, a consortium of higher education associations, public interest groups, and technology companies, has launched an effort to bring more super Wi-Fi broadband service to university towns in rural areas.
Stanford University's computer science faculty embarked on an initiative to reinvent its core curriculum about five years ago.
Life sciences researchers for the first time will be able to examine the spread of cancer cells in a three-dimensional environment and determine how effectively viruses and targeted drugs enter cells.
Leap Motion's not the household name Kinect is, but it should be; the company's motion-tracking system is more powerful, more accurate, smaller, cheaper, and just more impressive.
Production of computer and video games with Iranian and Islamic contents has become a source of concern for the western states, a senior Iranian cultural official said Sunday.
The world is about to get a well-earned long weekend but don't make big plans because it will only last an extra second. A so-called "leap second" will be added to the world's atomic clocks as they undergo a rare adjustment to…
Many years ago, long before the birth of the Web, there was a time when France was the happening-est place in the digital universe.
Google is attempting to teach computers to recognize human faces without telling the computing algorithms which faces are human.
University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a method for creating phase change materials, which could lead to more efficient and faster memory storage devices.
A group of computer scientists dubbed Team Prosecco says it has found a way to extract a security key from a widely used RSA electronic token in 13 minutes.
A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics researchers have integrated two transistors onto a single vertical silicon nanowire, which they say could further push the areal density limit of nanowire transistors.
Intrinsic to the U.S. Pentagon's development of cyberarsenals is the challenge of staffing the Cyber Command.
Texas A&M University professor Robin Murphy recently released "Computing for Disasters: A Report from the Community Workshop," which details the role of computing in disaster management, including preparedness, prevention, response…
Parkinson's is a devastating disease for those living with the condition, and currently there is no cure. Diagnosis can also be slow, as there are no blood tests to detect it.
Joe Britt hands me his latest creation, a black ball with glittering LED lights around the middle, and implores me to examine it.
Based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner—the tale of a hunt for four dangerous "replicant" humans—is a classic envisioning of a dystopian future, set in 2019 Los Angeles.
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and Yahoo! Research recently completed a large migration database based on the global flow of millions of emails.
The Graph500 executive committee recently announced new specifications for a more representative way to rate large-scale data analytics in high-performance computing.
MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for finding an almost perfect approximation of the optimal design of a multi-item auction.
The chatbot Eugene Goostman fooled Turing test judges 29 percent of the time into thinking it was human to take first place in the recent contest in the United Kingdom.
DARPA recently collaborated with Raytheon BBN researchers to develop a system that can follow global news events and provide intelligence analysts with useful summaries in close to real time.
At first glance, Thad Starner does not look out of place at Google. A pioneering researcher in the field of wearable computing, Starner is a big, charming man with unruly hair. But everyone who meets him does a double take, because…
Inside Google’s secretive X laboratory, known for inventing self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses, a small group of researchers began working several years ago on a simulation of the human brain.
Jay Parikh is happy to never get a call from Mark Zuckerberg. Why? It means he's doing his job well. As the vice president of infrastructure engineering at Facebook, Parikh is charged with the enormous task of keeping the machines…
Researchers at Louisiana State University and Red Bull are working on Project X, which involves using computer-vision technology and high-speed motion-capture cameras to analyze athletes' movements to improve their performance…