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The computer game Minecraft, which depicts a world made up of retro, pixelated blocks that can be modified and rearranged in endless architectural configurations, has been praised for teaching young players about creativity,…
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Google are collaborating to turn the college campus into a living laboratory.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto.
Daniel Hartman, a Web developer for the MIT Technology Review, has used new mapping tools to provide a better view of the economic disparities in Boston.
The University of California, Berkeley is hosting a camp called CY-BEAR to teach 22 high school students about cybersecurity.
Microsoft Research has developed WearDrive, technology designed to extend the life of batteries used to power fitness bands.
NASA's New Horizons mission has answered one of the most basic questions about Pluto—its size.
In recent months, artificial-intelligence researchers have made giant strides in matching human performance in all kind of tasks that had, until recently, been thought of as almost impossible for computers. Things like face and…
In both the Anthem insurance hack and the two Office of Personnel Management hacks this year, attackers gained access to Social Security numbers, affecting 80 million and more than 22 million people, respectively.
Computer specialists are less concerned about computers doing away with the human race than with the threat of programs rapidly overdoing a single task.
Online voting systems lack sufficient security to ensure accurate vote counts, but election officials could take steps to improve their security and transparency.
University of North Carolina researchers are working with General Motors to create data for a more reliable, safe, and less expensive autonomous car.
Anyone can now create "bullet-time" movies using collaborative photography techniques on their smartphones.
Researchers say they have built the first working prototype of a memory-crunching computer (memcomputer).
A year-long study of first-time smartphone users by Rice University and the U.S. Air Force found users believed the devices were detrimental to their ability to learn.
Using three-dimensional printing, engineers at Harvard University have developed a robot that integrates rigid and soft materials and can move autonomously.
Dreadlocked programmer has spooked the FBI by creating a tool that police cannot crack.
Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens.
Neural network technology has advanced to the point where it underpins cutting-edge speech, text, and image-recognition systems, and scientists such as the University of Montreal's Yoshua Bengio believe the next frontier is human…
What's icy, has "wobbly" potato-shaped moons, and is the world's best-known dwarf planet?
Researchers from MIT are developing a new system that could enable flash-based servers to perform as well as RAM-based servers, but at less cost and using less energy.
An open source platform known as Project Jupyter will receive $6 million in grants over three years to strengthen the tool's capabilities for collaborative data science.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is rethinking the underlying mechanisms of cybersecurity to focus on preventive measures instead of simply breach detection.
The apps and games you use every day don't exist in a vacuum—someone, somewhere, wrote the code.
Researchers at IBM and the Delft University of Technology are working to develop computer systems that could help foster well-being among employees. The project is focused on creating systems that can help ensure employees are…
In another universe you might have become the president of Micronesia. Or a pauper, subsisting on ketchup.
For better or for worse, augmented reality (AR) is charging forward in the consumer space—but there's a place for AR in the industrial world as well.
After a more than nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to Pluto, it's show time for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, as the flyby sequence of science observations is officially underway.
The debate over encryption and backdoors for law enforcement has long had a surplus of opinions and a deficit of data.
Youngsters, retirees, and other non-traditional student populations have embraced massive open online courses (MOOCs), according to a new survey. Students reported taking MOOCs in topics not taught in their schools and to explore…