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It is such an exciting time to be a filmmaker.
The latest leap second couldn’t have come at a worse time.
One of us first fought World War III from the backseat of a station wagon headed toward Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For the other, it was at an island cabin on the Puget Sound waters of Washington state.
More than 600 physicists have descended on Manchester, UK in the past few days for Graphene Week 2015.
In the past several decades, there has been a monumental shift in the distribution of wealth on the planet.
Having just orbited our way through another summer solstice, it feels like time to let slip some more speculative ideas before the hot days of the northern hemisphere shorten too much again and rational thinking returns.
My favorite story about American spying is one I've never been able to verify with the Central Intelligence Agency, and not for lack of trying.
Just when you thought the Internet of Things couldn't possibly live up to its hype, along comes a blockbuster, 142-page report from McKinsey Global Institute ("The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value Beyond the Hype") that…
There's this game I like to play when I'm out reporting. Whenever I’m doing an interview or attending a presentation about virtual or augmented reality, I count the time until a "Minority Report" reference.
The gearheads in Detroit, Tokyo, and Stuttgart have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Even the Google guys seem to have solved the riddle.
Given the amount of mobile phone traffic that cell phone towers transmit, it is no wonder law enforcement agencies target these devices as a rich source of data to aid their investigations.
Internet companies make billions of dollars by capturing one of the world's most precious commodities: your attention.
Every decade or so since the first cellular networks appeared the companies that make mobile devices and the networks linking them have worked out new requirements defining transmission speeds, capacity and other technical characteristics…
No group needs social network software more than the elderly.
Facebook has decided not to offer its photo-sharing app Moments in Europe because of regulator concerns over its facial recognition technology.
When I was little, I was enamored with the idea of being a pioneer; I was drawn to the thought that I could be the first to do something—be a trailblazer, the forerunner of a movement.
We've been conditioned by television and movies to accept the likelihood of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.
One of my great pleasures in life is attending conferences on fields I'm intrigued by, but know nothing about.
Virtual reality and its viability as a consumer technology is a huge theme at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, a Los Angeles convention for the video game industry.
Two major cybersecurity scandals are currently making headlines: One is the hack of an internal network belonging to a Major League Baseball team, allegedly by officials of another team. The other is a hack of the Office of Personnel…
The world of education has become a rapidly expanding universe.
The way Hod Lipson describes his Creative Machines Lab captures his ambitions: "We are interested in robots that create and are creative."
A concentration on realizing exascale computing performance to the exclusion of all else will not address the grand societal and scientific challenges, according to Harvard University lecturer Sadasivan Shankar.
Consider a question that we have been puzzling over at the World Economic Forum.
It seems there's nowhere to hide these days from cyberattacks.
If it's not already a maxim, it should be: Every big hack discovered will eventually prove to be more serious than first believed.
Being anonymous in public might be a thing of the past.
I am not fond of depressing you. So I'm going to leave it to a new study performed by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School For Communication.
The humanoid robot, built like a linebacker with an oversized head, tiptoes on two feet through the dirt.
James Bond-like spies have been eclipsed by a new generation of operatives who don't travel the world (not physically, anyway) …
Finding errors is not the same strategy as making sure that a product works.
Each World Cup, the sportswear giant Adidas designs an official …
The city of Portland, OR, hopes to reduce traffic-related fatalities …
Fewer children in the U.K. are developing the digital skills …