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The day will officially be a bit longer than usual on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, because an extra second, or "leap" second, will be added.
For a field whose raison d'être is to chronicle the deep past, palaeontology is remarkably forward-looking when it comes to organizing its data.
In 1945, mathematician John von Neumann wrote down a very simple recipe for a computer.
Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a method for changing the electronic properties of materials that could lead to new, improved semiconductors.
Artificial intelligence tools developed by researchers at Arizona State University could tell scientists and environmental planners everything they want to know about terrain.
University of California, San Diego researchers have developed a new way to control the transport of electrical currents through high-temperature superconductors.
The cryptography behind bitcoin solved a paradoxical problem: a currency with no regulator, that nonetheless can't be counterfeited.
In 2013, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a once-clandestine warrantless surveillance program that gobbles up Americans' electronic communications—a project secretly adopted in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks on…
ACM Europe contributes to the successful implementation of Europe’s largest research program in several ways.
We'll need to wait for July just a shade longer, as the world's timekeepers have added a leap second June 30—to officially keep Earth and our precise, atomic clocks in sync.
Dark matter is to astrophysicists what sex is to kids in junior high school: Everybody is really interested, but nobody really knows what it looks like.
Wi-Fi can power connected devices using a new system developed by a team at the University of Washington.
University of Exeter researchers say they have discovered a new way to produce graphene that is significantly less expensive, and easier, than previous methods.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has launched the U.K. Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network to boost Britain's robotics research.
Some hospitals are using a big-data approach to mine intensive-care unit data to help providers and patients realize improved outcomes.
A Tufts University study analyzed about 24,000 Facebook posts on the Tufts Confessions page dating back to late 2013.
The LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge invites researchers, academics, and others to propose strategies for using LinkedIn data to address major economic problems.
At the Association for Computing Machinery's Programming Language Design and Implementation conference this month, MIT researchers presented a new system that repairs dangerous software bugs by automatically importing functionality…
The most secure computers in the world can't "Google" a thing—they are disconnected from the Internet and all other networks.
IBM's Watson supercomputer is being trained to find personalized cancer treatments.
Some 4.7 billion kilometres from Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft is heading for a historic rendezvous with Pluto. To achieve this, it will need to hit a very small target: an imaginary rectangle in space measuring just 100…
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is accelerating its efforts to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle communications, a step that could help lower the number of traffic deaths in the U.S., but also creates a major challenge…
A brand-new Xerox colour photocopier had just arrived at one of Cambridge's industrial labs.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he envisions artificial intelligence eventually controlling the world for the betterment of humanity.
A pair of identical paintings attributed to Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte has long mystified art experts as to which one is the original.
Iris-recognition technology could improve the security of smartphones, says Clarkson University professor Stephanie Schuckers.
Iowa State University researchers have developed spiraling microrobotic tentacles which they say will enable robots to handle delicate objects.
Iridescent's Technovation World Pitch Challenge is an opportunity for pre-college girls with an interest in technology entrepreneurship to win $20,000 in seed funding.
Vint Cerf is sometimes called the "father of the Internet." He helped develop TCP/IP (the communications protocol for the Internet) and later became chairman of ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers,…