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On its way to the biggest planet in the solar system—Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft took time to capture its home planet and its natural satellite—the moon.
How long does it take to simulate the Milky Way? The answer is about nine months, if you're using a powerful supercomputer.
University of Texas at Dallas professor Cuihua Shen has led a study of SourceForge, the Internet's largest open source community, using social network analysis to test social drivers that shape collaboration dynamics among users…
University of California, Los Angeles researchers have developed the first fully stretchable organic light-emitting diode.
Although testing and static code analysis are used to detect and remove bugs in a system during development, problems can still occur once a software system is in place and is being used in a real-world application.
Current projects at the University of California Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society's Social Apps Lab include eradicating dengue fever, reducing asthma, and engaging citizens in local urban…
Arizona State University researcher Pritam Gundecha has developed a method for determining which Facebook friends are most likely to leak private information.
Online reviews are many, but it's often difficult to tell the real ones from the fakes. To help sort the genuinely delighted customers from profit-driven praise, researchers at Cornell University have developed software that…
Researchers hope a new system could automatically scan the hours of CCTV footage police have to comb through to identify suspects without invading privacy.
The technology in question starts with "gigapixel" photography. Gigapixel photos are giant panoramas that themselves consist of hundreds of component mega-pixel digital shots.
More than 113 million Internet users were redirected to malicious pages due to search engine poisoning in May 2011, according to Trend Micro.
Researchers at MIT and Princeton University have developed SignalGuru, a system that uses a network of smartphones mounted on a car dashboard to collect information about traffic signals and to tell drivers when slowing down…
More than anything else, Jobs's genius is in managing the creative process. Here's his playbook.
Pasadena City College professor Ron Chang Lee has developed interactive robots that help students learn English as a second language.
Oregon State University researchers have developed an AI-based tool that combines computer vision, machine learning, and automated planning to create a system that could improve a variety of fields.
An algorithm developed by a team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has the potential to make an electrocardiogram more effective.
University of Southern California researchers have developed a system for testing the security of computer networks by making computers simulate the type of human errors that leave networks vulnerable.
Sometimes life really does imitate art. In the battle to compete with Apple's iPad, Samsung has channeled the spirit of Stanley Kubrick, the director of "2001: A Space Odyssey."
The ancestry of modern humans has gotten much more interesting in recent years.
Now you see it, now you don’t. A Chinese documentary that showed off the military’s ability to conduct a cyberattack against a U.S.-based site appears to have been removed from the Web site of state-run TV.
It is now more difficult to identify malicious Web sites and attacks as antivirus software is proving to be an ineffective defense against new threats, according to a Google study.
Argonne National Laboratory researchers have developed an improved etching method that involves shooting beams of electrons at computer chips, which could lead to new advanced technologies.
The U.S. National Science Foundation recently announced a competition for Sustainability Research Networks as part of the organization's broader focus on Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability.
A new wireless security scheme from MIT protects against man-in-the-middle attacks does not require password protection or some additional communications mechanism.
Tel Aviv University professor Eytan Ruppin and colleagues have developed the first computerized genome-scale model of cancer cell metabolism.
The Linux Foundation and FOSSBazaar have released the Software Package Data Exchange, a data exchange specification that tracks license information in a standardized way, allowing it to travel across the software supply chain…
Inside the headquarters of networking giant Cisco in San Jose, California, lies a technology showcase where executives can test out advanced technologies like high-definition videoconferencing, a digital avatar named Halie…
Steve Jobs's departure as chief executive officer this week leaves Apple Inc. without the full- time attention of its technology visionary, putting pressure on head product designer Jonathan Ive to fill that gap.
When people in the technology industry speak of Steven P. Jobs’s knack for design, they often have Apple’s iconic products in mind: the early all-in-one Macintosh computers, the first iMacs with their brightly colored and…
Researchers at Kingston University have created a system that uses artificial intelligence to recognise specific types of behaviour, such as someone holding a gun.