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Computer security experts are now focusing on cars as automakers increasingly include computers and electronic communication systems in their latest models.
Northwestern University researchers have developed a class of organic crystalline materials that have a ferroelectric property, which means they could be used in computer and cell phone memory applications such as cloud computing…
MIT researchers have developed a method for using molybdenum disulfide to make a variety of electronic components.
It is more than a year since Watson, IBM's famous supercomputer, opened a new frontier for artificial intelligence by beating human champions of the quiz show Jeopardy!. Now Watson is learning to use its language skills to help…
There are no cars in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Aside from a few trucks, snowmobiles are the preferred form of transportation for much of the year in the hamlet high in the Canadian Arctic.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun driving from its landing site, which scientists announced today they have named for the late author Ray Bradbury.
Today's unmanned robotic planes only seem advanced.
In late 2010, Sean Brooks received three e-mails over a span of 30 hours warning that his accounts on LinkedIn, Battle.net, and other popular Websites were at risk.
Cornell University researchers demonstrated a method for building simulated knitted fabric out of an array of individual stitches at the SIGGRAPH 2012 conference.
Microsoft's new research lab in Manhattan will focus on big data analysis, examining massive amounts of information created by the world's digital users, says lab director Jennifer Chayes.
Developing tools to promote citizen engagement, specifically direct participation by citizens in the political process, is the goal of CITRIS' Data and Democracy Initiative.
An optimization algorithm could help ensure that solar technologies are integrated with existing technologies such as energy storage and control systems.
The technology associated with wearable computers is growing quickly and could become a priority in the near future.
Experts predict that our cars will one day routinely "talk" to one another with wireless communication devices, possibly preventing huge numbers of traffic accidents.
NASA has reported its first setback in the Curiosity rover mission to Mars.
Make a mistake with your average office printer and the worst that happens is a paper jam and some wasted ink. Do the same with a 3D printer, though, and your newly realised creation—anything from a toy to a key piece of machinery—could…
The next-generation college textbook will undoubtedly be an "intelligent e-textbook."
ICANN expects to implement a new batching process for generic top-level domains by December.
University of Cincinnati researchers have developed an adaptive, active algorithm that enables the deployment of a rapid-response sound wave that could counter and significantly reduce the perceived road noise heard within a…
Google announced that it will pay up to $2 million for the discovery of major vulnerabilities in the Chrome browser at the Pwnium hacking contest.
Magnetic molecule complexes may solve a dilemma for quantum computing, which would use quantum effects and also would be susceptible to external influences.
When companies go to trial, as Apple and Samsung have learned, the public gets to hear corporate secrets. Among those revealed:
Tiburon, a small but wealthy town just northeast of the Golden Gate Bridge, has an unusual distinction: It was one of the first towns in the country to mount automated license plate readers (LPRs) at its city borders—the only…
A team of top hackers working for Intel Corp's security division toil away in a West Coast garage searching for electronic bugs that could make automobiles vulnerable to lethal computer viruses.
NASA has selected a new mission, set to launch in 2016, that will take the first look into the deep interior of Mars to see why the Red Planet evolved so differently from Earth as one of our solar system's rocky planets.
Two years ago, hackers gained access to an online voting system created by the District of Columbia and altered every ballot on behalf of their own preferred candidates.
Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies have developed Arepo, software that can accurately follow the birth and evolution of thousands of galaxies over…
U.S. National Science Foundation researchers have developed a smart, animated, digital double that can interact with other people via a screen when the user is not present.
MetaLAB at Harvard University's primary goal is to find new ways to access, annotate, remix, display, and share information from the humanities.
Researchers at Ciencia Viva's National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture have developed software that can classify any region in the world according to its pattern of development into one of five types, each with…