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Holding a children's picture book up to his computer screen, a researcher for the Auckland Bioengineering Institute Laboratory for Animate Technologies in New Zealand coos and croons into the microphone and webcam.
The search for the fundamental units of space and time has officially begun.
The big data era is being propelled by massive amounts of unstructured data, continuously produced and stored at a decreasing cost. That has resulted in scientific advances that are more data-driven, researchers say.
Registration has begun for New York University's Polytechnic School of Engineering Cyber Security Awareness Week, which the school says is the largest set of student cybersecurity competitions in the world.
Dueling keynote speeches opening the first two days of ACM's Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining conference in New York this week demonstrated different visions of what the future of data science should look like.
Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo and the University of British Columbia have developed Spheree, a spherical display that enables users to see and interact with three-dimensional objects.
The U.S. National Science Foundation recently announced a new $10 million project to create a cloud computing testbed called Chameleon, an experimental platform for cloud architecture and applications.
College students across the United States have been developing their own apps, sometimes to great success.
A prototype transistor can operate on lower voltage than standard CMOS devices while maintaining high performance and power efficiency.
Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction.
The Internet might be a useful tool for activists and organizers, in episodes as momentous as the Arab Spring or as trivial as the Ice Bucket Challenge. But overall, it has largely diminished rather than enhanced political participation…
Physicists have devised a way to take pictures using light that has not interacted with the object being photographed.
For all the talk about using big data and data science to solve the world’s problems—and even all the talk about big data as one of the world’s problems—it seems like we still have a long way to go.
Industry-specific technology tracks how quickly kegs are drained and help purveyors charge for every last drop.
Researchers on the Validation of Advanced, Collaborative Robotics for Industrial Applications project are trying to incorporate robots into the building of airplanes.
University of Washington researchers believe they have developed the thinnest-possible semiconductor.
Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the Android mobile operating system that could permit attacks on apps running on the same device.
The University of Southern Maine has launched a cybersecurity curriculum that will examine issues relevant to the collection, sharing, and theft of sensitive data.
The Association for Computing Machinery, a leading professional association in computer science, is holding its annual conference this week, focusing on what we’re now calling data science — though the ACM still clings to the…
The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig, is a large, mostly glass building shaped a bit like a banana.
In the four years since the car service Uber launched, it has been beset by criticism from myriad groups, including city officials annoyed by its sometimes cavalier attitude toward regulation and taxi companies annoyed by increased…
A weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows, and iOS mobile operating systems could be used to obtain personal information from unsuspecting users.
The new Knowledge Integration Toolkit will help research scientists make better use of the massive volumes of scientific research that is available in public databases.
HealthMap, an international mapping tool that detects and tracks diseases, identified the Ebola virus just over a week before it spread.
A researcher suggests computers have the potential to sift through the big data of history to help spot patterns.
Microsoft says its upcoming Skype Translator app will translate multilingual conversations in real time.
Birds are nice enough, unless you work at places like airports, farms, and landfills, in which case they’re the sworn enemy.
The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a "Google-like" search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations…
Researchers have developed an Android app to crack a cryptographic system by enabling thousands of smartphones to work together on the task.
Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent.