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Over the course of thousands of years, dogs have evolved alongside humans to be awesome.
On 15 November, Argentina's Navy lost contact with the ARA San Juan, a small diesel-powered submarine that had been involved in exercises off the east coast of Patagonia.
As debate rumbles on about how and how much poor statistics is to blame for poor reproducibility, Nature asked influential statisticians to recommend one change to improve science. The common theme? The problem is not our maths…
The intersection of quantum computing and espionage may feel like a faraway future. But in his latest novel, David Ignatius, Washington's own John le Carré, tackles just that.
Back in 2005, a small phone company based in North Carolina named Madison River began preventing its subscribers from making phone calls using the internet application Vonage.
Amazon may well be one of the companies with the strongest data security in the world.
Can tech companies take the actions necessary to prevent their companies from becoming social pariahs?
Princeton University professor Margaret Martonosi says quantum computing has reached an inflection point.
Neurotechnology is one of the hottest areas of engineering, and the technological achievements sound miraculous: Paralyzed people have controlled robotic limbs and computer cursors with their brains, while blind people are …
The author of "The Martian" and, most recently, "Artemis" has never read Frank Herbert's "Dune": "Yes, I know. I'm the worst sci-fi fan in the universe."
It's 6 p.m. in Tempe, Arizona and pitch-black outside. I'm standing in the middle of a five-lane thoroughfare, among a group of people too numerous for the narrow median.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee's optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a "nasty storm" of issues including the rollback of net neutrality protections, the proliferation of fake news, propaganda and the …
The personal data that users give to a company in exchange for a product or service is worth by some estimates $1,000 per person per year. Companies shouldn't be the major, and often the only, beneficiaries of this largess.…
In an interview, Prabhat of the U.S. National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's (NERSC) discusses deep learning, machine learning, and the challenges of applying them to science.
Wednesday was supposed to be the triumphant launch of a free, driverless shuttle in downtown Las Vegas.
Bitcoin ≠ blockchain. Blockchain ≠ bitcoin. This message bears repeating: You can be pro-blockchain and anti-bitcoin.
Maureen Dowd: You often get confused for the lead singer of Korn.
Jaron Lanier: No, never. I'm often confused with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I'm kidding.
In May 2016, a Facebook page called Heart of Texas urged its nearly 254,000 followers to rise up against what it considered to be an urgent cultural menace.
Stop me if you've heard this before.
The outcome of the 2016 presidential election is history. But allegations of voter fraud, election interference by foreign governments, and intrusions into state electoral agencies' systems have since cast a pall over the system…
When i brought the robot home from the Apple Store, I knew I was inviting a new kind of strangeness into our lives.
Kai-Fu Lee, one of China's best-known technologists and investors, thinks artificial intelligence is about to supplant many millions of the country's office workers.
Pundits have been fretting a lot lately about robots leaving humans behind, taking our jobs and possibly a lot more, as in The Matrix and Terminator films.
"We reject: kings, presidents, and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code." So declared MIT professor David D. Clark in 1992.
At Mental Work, an exhibition at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne ArtLab (EPFL), visitors can drive simple machines using the force of their own thoughts.
Sooner or later, the US will face mounting job losses due to advances in automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics.
Google, Facebook and Twitter took a beating on Wednesday testifying in front of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees about their role enabling Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
What makes good science? And how do Nature's editors select papers to publish?
The ambitious systems that we develop today need a proper requirements structure. The plan defined here organizes requirements specification along …
The circular slide rule was widely used until the 1970s.
The focus is on executable exams for an Introduction to Computer Science course.