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On a pebbled field built next to a parking lot, a small rover scoots forward and expels a long sheet of polyimide plastic from its backside, the third film the probe has deployed.
Raymond Laflamme can't yet sell you a quantum computer. But he'll sell you a $13,000 logic board for measuring entangled photons.
The Open Tree of Life project aims to develop an open source compendium of existing knowledge on thousands of plant and animal species.
A new biometric security technique is based on the way people walk and their silhouette.
The X-Rhex Lite robot can do a handstand, jump over gaps, and climb over rocks, all movements that could be used in hazardous situations.
Researchers are studying the ability of kindergarten-aged children to program computers using a graphics-based coding language called ScratchJr.
A typical family can save a lot of money by making things with a 3D printer instead of buying them off the shelf.
Facebook says it has developed a virtual machine that can run the PHP Web programming language nine times as fast as PHP natively on large systems.
In a major victory for the Justice Department over privacy advocates, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that government agencies can collect records showing the location of an individual's cell phone without obtaining a warrant…
In Hollywood, there are umbrella holders. Outside corner offices, there are people who know exactly how much cream to pour in the boss's coffee. In British castles, royals have their valets.
The news out of Moscow of late has been dominated by Edward Snowden, the American leaker of secret state documents who is currently seeking temporary asylum in Russia.
As a result of PRACE’s 7th Regular Call for Proposals to use Europe's high-performance computing resources, just 42 proposals were awarded.
The Prism application analyzes a user's own SMS messages and displays them in a colorful diagram with a timeline.
CreepyDOL is a new monitoring system that uses a network of inexpensive sensors to track people by their mobile devices.
To understand how much television could soon change, it helps to visit an Intel Corp. division here that runs like a startup.
In the fall of 1957, the Soviet Union's newly launched Sputnik satellite would regularly streak across the Los Angeles sky, a bright dot in the black night.
We don't have a mind reading machine.
During the sweltering heat wave earlier this month, it seemed too hot to wear much, carry much or do much of anything at all.
The last few years have presented an unprecedented shift in the computing world as PCs are being replaced with mobile devices. But now that a large portion of the market has already shifted, what comes after it?
A recently published study describes a computer algorithm that enables machines to infer stochastic reaction models without human intervention.
Researchers have developed a computer-aided method that uses electronic medical records to provide rapid advances in health care.
With Google Translate's new handwriting tool, users can draw an unfamiliar word or character on their Android smartphone or tablet and get a translation.
A new program seeks to boost the number of women in computing and engineering programs.
A new cloud computing facility in Australia will be used for research in areas that require big-data analysis, such as climate change and earth system science.
This year's SIGGRAPH conference featured SIGGRAPH 2013 Studio, which provided an opportunity for attendees to explore a wide array of new techniques and media.
Cellphone metadata offers real-time information in emergency situations that could help first responders and protect the public.
Car hacking is not a new field, but its secrets have long been closely guarded.
Digital artist and designer Jer Thorp finds the art in data.
Are you an aspiring scientist with quantitative chops and a strong desire for a faculty career?
Twelve years later, the cranes and earthmovers around the National Security Agency are still at work, tearing up pavement and uprooting trees to make room for a larger workforce and more powerful computers.