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Scientists from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are challenging the conventional wisdom about light, and they didn't need to go to a galaxy far, far away to do it.
As we neared the threshold of the gates in front of the walkway to the home of the New York Mets, a message popped up on developer Chad Evans' space-gray iPhone 5S.
The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence will recruit reservists as computer experts to work alongside regular forces in its new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit.
Tantalized by images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based data, scientists thought the giant asteroid Vesta deserved a closer look.
When the soccer video game FIFA 14 went on sale last week, it boasted a ball that, at long last, could sail smartly through the air.
In a double dose of irony, the National Security Agency's prying has given a big helping hand to Phil Zimmermann's business, Silent Circle.
The U.S. National Security Agency in 2010 started creating sophisticated graphs of some Americans' social networks.
A group of theoretical physicists is using supercomputers to try to understand why the early universe ended up with an excess of matter.
Advocates for the visually impaired say smartphones and tablets could be the most helpful assistive aid to emerge since the invention of Braille.
The formula underlying Google's search engine has been overhauled as part of its Hummingbird update, to yield better answers to increasingly complex queries.
Santander, Spain, has become a model for high-tech smart cities worldwide.
Roboy is a four-foot-tall humanoid robot with a set of muscles inspired by the human musculoskeletal system.
New York City's economy has traditionally been dominated by finance, real estate, and media.
Is Google about to do to online privacy what body scanners did to airline travelers?
Robots usually look rigid and nonhuman, with joints engineered to avoid the elasticity that can make their movements less predictable and harder to control.
The head of the National Security Agency delivered a vigorous defense Wednesday of his agency's collection of Americans' phone records for counterterrorism purposes, asserting that the program was helpful in investigations of…
The news that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates now says it was a mistake to long ago force Windows PC users to type "Ctrl-Alt-Delete" at start-up is getting tons of attention because his public mea culpas are rather rare.
Have rover, need payload. That's the state of things for NASA, which is planning to launch its next rover to Mars in 2020.
Researchers have developed mathematical formulas and computer simulations to discover how complex societies evolved.
Harvard University is moving beyond massive open online courses to small private online courses.
Scientists have created a new photon-based matter that is essentially like the light sabers in the movie Star Wars.
Climate models are improving with each generation of supercomputer, enabling more precise predictions of extreme weather events.
Researchers are implementing the cognitive process of the human brain in robots, which could lead to the development of the latest version of the iCub robot.
Google Inc has overhauled its search algorithm, the foundation of the Internet's dominant search engine, to better cope with the longer, more complex queries it has been getting from Web users.
NASA's Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its interior to the current interaction between the Martian surface and atmosphere.
"You will not be touching anything."
Bringing "common sense" to artificial intelligence is one of the biggest challenges in computer science: It entails equipping computers with the shared knowledge that humans use to infer meaning, make connections, and communicate…
A team from Stanford University has built a basic computer using carbon nanotubes.
A new, secure method may dramatically cut the risk that an implanted medical device could be altered remotely without authorization.
A NEW computer simulation could improve the treatment of dangerous reactions to medical implants such as stents, catheters, and artificial joints.