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The comic-book hero Superman uses his X-ray vision to spot bad guys lurking behind walls and other objects.
When I was a teen-ager, I spent many nights gazing through a telescope at an amateur observatory in Cranford, New Jersey. Saturn, to the naked eye, is a shining white dot.
In a small, dark, room off a long hallway within a sprawling complex of buildings in Silicon Valley, an array of massive flat-panel displays and video cameras track Grit Denker’s every move.
When the Large Hadron Collider went online in 2009, most scientists saw it as an unprecedented opportunity to conduct experiments involving the building blocks of the physical world.
Data from Voyager 1, now more than 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from the sun, suggest the spacecraft is closer to becoming the first human-made object to reach interstellar space.
New virtual-reality peripherals are garnering attention as they enable users to feel truly present in a VR environment by addressing the challenge of movement.
Coding camps for children are becoming increasingly popular amid an expanding initiative to inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees.
Researchers hope to guide cockroaches through collapsed buildings to search for survivors.
Therapeutic robot companions improve anxiety and the quality of life for people with mid- to late-stage dementia, according to a pilot study.
Researchers have developed a method to identify which emotion a person is experiencing based on brain activity.
Yoshua Bengio recently had a vision—a vision of how to build computers that learn like people do.
Mark Costa has a higher-than-average risk of stomach cancer, a lower-than-average risk for Alzheimer's, and he metabolizes caffeine very slowly.
There are aliens on Mars—and they came from Earth.
New methods promise to correct the problems of steroscopic panoramas, yielding high-quality panoramas at megapixel resolutions.
Mozilla is creating a science lab that will enable researchers to explore ways to make research faster, more agile, and collaborative.
President Barack Obama should formulate a deterrence policy for cyberspace, says the Senate Armed Services Committee in a legislative report.
Passwords have proliferated so broadly that it is a daily struggle for users to cope with dozens of them, a syndrome known as password fatigue.
Hugh Rienhoff says that his nine-year-old daughter, Bea, is "a fire cracker", "a tomboy" and "a very sassy, impudent girl". But in a forthcoming research paper, he uses rather different terms, describing her hypertelorism (wide…
Coverage of the 23rd Annual Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference, titled "Our Computers, Our Freedom: Can You Trust Anyone in the Digital Age?"
It's a golden age for spying. The subsea fibre-optic cables that carry telephone and Internet traffic are a technological marvel—and a gift to intelligence agencies.
Looking down from 500 miles above Earth's surface, you could watch the FedEx Custom Critical Delivery truck move across the country along 3,140 miles of highway in 47 and a half hours of nonstop driving.
The ROSPHERE spherical robot has no wheels or legs, but is able to scroll by itself to conduct missions in wild environments, and is inherently stable.
The Display as a Service (DaaS) wireless technology enables a single screen image to be shown on a wall of displays all working as parts of a large display.
A newly developed vehicle-routing algorithm is designed to help rebalance one-way vehicle-sharing systems.
Researchers have developed a technique that increases the data capacity of a single DVD from 4.7 gigabytes to one petabyte.
A researcher is working to enable more accurate predictions of a person's risk of fraudulent behavior by linking social media data with government data.
The new Resource Investment Optimization System (RIOS) is an open source program designed to help identify cost-effective investments for clean and reliable water.
It's official: Americans may freak out when government collects their data to track terrorists, but they would happily have banks use it to catch some jerk trying to hack into their accounts.
Ram Sriharsha works in the engine room powering one of Silicon Valley's most influential companies. He’s an engineer at Yahoo.