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The human brain is among the universe’s greatest remaining uncharted territories. And as with any mysterious land, the secret to understanding it begins with a good map.
Researchers say knowing where taxis travel and how people label points of interest on social media could aid analysts and police in understanding neighborhood crime rates.
Researchers have developed a transparent, stretchable, wearable touchpad that enables users to control apps and games.
A new technique for detecting Trojans hidden in a device's hardware has been developed by University of California, San Diego computer scientists.
The U.S. Department of Energy will invest $16 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials for a wide range of fields.
Beyond entertainment, applications for augmented and virtual reality are being developed for business.
When the NSA discovers a new method of hacking into a piece of software or hardware, it faces a dilemma.
Most summers since 1893, young developmental and evolutionary biologists have flocked to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to master the tricks of their trade.
Is it possible that the secret to building machine intelligence lies in spending endless hours reading Reddit?
Astronomers think they've discovered a new planet in our solar system.
Researchers at University College London have developed software that can analyze and mimic a person's handwriting.
The U.S. will move forward with its plan to transfer governance of the Internet domain name system to a multi-stakeholder entity on Oct. 1.
The online exposure of some of the most powerful hacking tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency could threaten the agency's operations and security.
Several labs from European and Israeli universities have together built a robot 0ctopus.
Researchers at Lancaster University think the world should consider ways to limit data growth on the Internet in order to prevent runaway energy consumption.
China launched the world's first quantum communications satellite from the Gobi Desert early Tuesday, a major step in the country’s bid to be at the forefront of quantum research, which could lead to new, completely secure methods…
Large genomic databases are indispensable for scientists looking for genetic variations associated with diseases. But they come with privacy risks for people who contribute their DNA.
Like many in Silicon Valley, technology entrepreneur Bryan Johnson sees a future in which intelligent machines can do things like drive cars on their own and anticipate our needs before we ask.
Researchers say they have set a new world record in spectrum efficiency for wireless communication using a form of 5G technology.
University of Texas at Arlington professor Heng Huang's data-mining efforts could help improve the diagnosis and treatment of depression.
IBM researchers have found that analyzing retail-scanner data from grocery stores against maps of confirmed cases of foodborne illness can speed early investigations.
China's quantum network could soon span two continents, thanks to a satellite launched earlier today. Launched at 1:40PM ET, the Quantum Science Satellite is designed to distribute quantum-encrypted keys between relay stations…
Patients paralyzed by a spinal cord injury can face a grim and grueling recovery process—one in which regaining function is far from a sure thing. But a new study published last week in Scientific Reports may provide some hope…
Ed Lazowska, University of Washington Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, was named Seattle Business magazine's Tech Impact Champion.
A new low-cost technique allows the use of light-emitting diodes to track people’s locations and gestures within a room.
Black holes are not actually black. Instead, these gravitational sinks are thought to emit radiation that causes them to shrink and eventually disappear.
Apple's refusal to comply with a court order to help the FBI crack an iPhone highlighted the pressure tech companies face to include backdoors in their software.
On a sleek white coffee table in Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth-floor office in late July, beneath framed posters of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson, a rose gold iPhone 6s sits in its original…
A new report from the World Economic Forum predicts that the underlying technology introduced by the virtual currency Bitcoin will come to occupy a central place in the global financial system.
Bacteria could be used to improve the electronic properties of graphene.