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In the golden age of data visualization, he helps designers think like programmers, and vice versa.
The energy of human motion could be used soon to power cell phones and other portable devices, according to University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers Tom Krupenkin and J. Ashley Taylor.
Researchers have developed a laptop-sized device that emits a jamming signal whenever it detects an unauthorized wireless link being established between a medical implant and a remote terminal, in an attempt to stop hackers from…
Ohio State University researchers have developed software that can fix global positioning system errors by taking a more accurate measurement of altitude.
Leeds University researchers have developed tactile feedback technology that combines computer virtualization with a hand-held haptic device that gives doctors a virtual sense of feeling tumors during an operation.
If you were expecting some kind warning when computers finally get smarter than us, then think again.
A one-atom-thick layer of carbon may one day help International Business Machines Corp. and the U.S. military build more precise radar and computers that operate at near the speed of light.
During the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Level Exercise 2011, emergency preparedness officials and first responders used iPads and SUMMIT, which allowed them to view and modify accurate models of building…
Industry research and academic labs will present the latest big data techniques during the 17th ACM conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD).
University of Maryland, Harvard University, and U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers are close to developing a method for steering photons accurately through microchips, which could lead to more efficient…
Cambridge University researcher Frank Stajano recently presented a paper on the Pico, a tiny, portable computer that functions as the authenticator for potentially thousands of different services or devices.
A recent National Institutes of Health-funded computational study analyzing genomic and drug data has been able to predict new uses for existing medicines.
In recent years, the courts have struggled to decide whether the government needs a warrant to access historical records about a cell phone user's location. Some courts have found that when users turn on their cell phones,…
After months of patiently snoring away in its storage bag, Robonaut 2—the first dexterous humanoid robot in space—finally got its wakeup call on Monday.
The personal computer recently celebrated its 30th birthday. Then last week, Silicon Valley staged the PC's funeral.
Throughout history there is a recurring theme of like-minded individuals coming together to create a shared "hive mind" intelligence that is greater than its constituent parts.
Cornell University researchers are using their new, interactive EndlessForms.com Web site to allow anyone online to guide the evolution of printable, three-dimensional objects in an attempt to revolutionize the design of art,…
Stanford professors will offer popular computer science courses online for free in the autumn, and are launching an experiment that could radically change the delivery of online education.
Ohio State University researchers are working on a new way to incorporate radio antennas directly into clothing, in an effort to improve communications reliability and the mobility of soldiers.
University of California, Berkeley's TRUST is developing a cybersecurity "science base"– a principled approach to developing trustworthy systems in which security is an integral part and not "bolted on like an afterthought."
Hundreds of framed patents hang on two separate walls at the headquarters of Motorola Mobility in Libertyville, IL. They testify to the pride in innovation at Motorola, a luminary of American business that has survived corporate…
For several years now, Google has been following a vow made by former CEO Eric Schmidt: mobile first. New CEO Larry Page is taking that dictum to a new level by announcing a deal to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn.
Chip maker Intel has commissioned leading science fiction authors to pen short stories that imagine future uses for the firm's technology.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected a patent on a method of detecting credit card fraud. The result was unsurprising, but the court broke new ground with its reasoning. Citing the Supreme Court's…
In an effort to introduce, inform, and inspire readers about NASA, the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, has partnered with Tor-Forge Books to develop and publish a series of science-fiction-themed books…
University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a haptics-based robotic wire system designed to help golfers with putting.
Even minimally competent hackers can hijack the computer systems that control critical industrial machinery to deadly effect, according to security researchers.
The World Wide Web Consortium recently announced a new track, called W3C Community Groups, that makes it easier for developers and businesses to create Web technology within W3C's international community of experts.
A recent U.S. Department of Energy workshop concentrating on exascale challenges and current gaps in research and ideology offered insight for those seeking a disruptive approach to exascale computing.
Rice University researchers have developed a smartphone application that allows users to search images on other users' phones that have been transmitted by a centralized server.