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In the summer of 2011, while he was fighting an indictment for alleged computer crimes, Aaron Swartz, an information activist, read Kafka’s "The Trial" and commented on it at his Web site.
Researchers are working with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop ballistic limit curves.
Indiana University's new five-petabyte Data Capacitor "will accommodate our storage requirements for a while."
Researchers have used computing models to show how different types of red blood cells interact to cause sickle cell crisis.
A robot fish is ready to be programmed for specific functions, such as exploring the nooks and corners of wreckage for underwater archeology.
Before heading to lunch, Kirsten Keary-Taylor, 29, uses an iPhone app to request $20 from a nearby ATM. Passing the cash machine on her way out, she scans it with her phone to retrieve the bill.
Our homes will get a lot smarter in the coming years, allowing us to use a smartphone to manage an integrated system of appliances and other electronics from any room—a kind of universal remote control for the "Internet of things…
As Superstorm Sandy bore down on the East coast last year, companies with data centers in its path needed another location fast. But moving computer servers is tricky, and usually planned over days or weeks.
For the first time, encryption is thwarting government surveillance efforts through court-approved wiretaps, U.S. officials said Friday.
NASA has turned off its Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) after a decade of operations in which the venerable space telescope used its ultraviolet vision to study hundreds of millions of galaxies across 10 billion years of cosmic…
Facebook has developed a system called The Association of Objects (TAO) that facilitates the balance between data stored in MySQL and more frequently accessed data stored in Memcached.
The technological limits of surveillance during the American Civil War dictated that commanders often decided where to deploy their troops based largely on what they could see.
A team of mathematicians has devised a new mathematical framework that forces people to think more like machines to check perfect proofs in collaboration with computers.
The increasing use of computer technologies in automobiles has turned Detroit into a growing center for information technology employment.
Wi-Vi is a new system under development that uses wireless Wi-Fi technology to track moving objects through walls.
SRI International has created a predictive assistant called Bright that reduces cognitive overload by providing specific information at the right time.
The mental healthcare field is seeking to use artificial intelligent agents to provide training, consultation, and treatment services.
Google has created a Cloud Playground environment in which developers can quickly try out new ideas.
Even the state of California can't quite figure out what the bitcoin Internet currency phenomenon is all about—or whether it's legal in California.
3-D printing has come of age. It promises to revolutionize a wide range of industries and profoundly change the way people buy and consume.
New techniques could cut the power required to avoid overheating.
Hacker spaces are spreading around the world, though some government funding is raising questions.