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A security researcher was able to locate and map more than 10,000 industrial control systems hooked up to the public internet, including water and sewage plants, and found that many could be open to easy hack attacks, due to…
Google researchers want to overhaul the Internet's Transmission Control Protocol transport layer and have suggested ways to reduce latency.
The next generation of exascale supercomputers could complete one billion billion calculations per second, which would be 1,000 times faster than today's most powerful supercomputers.
A group of freelance Web researchers have created a Twitter bot, called a socialbot, that can fool users into thinking the bots are real people and serve as virtual social connector, accelerating the natural rate of human-to-human…
U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency researchers are developing security technologies that go beyond recognizing complex passwords.
The northern goshawk is one of nature’s diehard thrill-seekers.
The year is 2015, and in a government-owned data centre somewhere in southern England thousands of servers are humming away, hard at work keeping the country running smoothly.
Crowdsourcing facilitates service improvements, higher sales volumes, and engagement promotion, according to IBM research.
In an interview, the U.S. NASA's William Eshagh and Sean Herron discuss the open.nasa initiative, a response to President Obama's Open Government Directive, which challenges federal agencies to be more transparent, participatory…
Anant Agarwal, director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, recently launched Tilera, a company that specializes in squeezing cores onto computer chips.
The sun erupted late on January 22, 2012 with an M8.7 class flare, an earth-directed coronal mass ejection, and a burst of fast moving, highly energetic protons known as a "solar energetic particle" event.
U.S. researchers have developed a new, open source robot — said to be the first of its kind — that is now facilitating robotic laparoscopic surgery research at seven different universities.
Professor Sebastian Thrun has given up his Stanford position to start Udacity—an online educational venture. Udacity's first two free courses are Building a Search Engine and Programming a Robotic Car.
Even as Google tests its small fleet of self-driving vehicles on California highways, legal scholars and government officials are warning that society has only begun wrestling with the changes that would be required in a system…
Writing is a craft whose basic purpose is to transmit meaning, but there are certain writers who seem to have different goals in mind: patent lawyers, many poets, authors of banking regulations and, of course, the writers of…
Tucked away in the basement of an iconic office tower shaped like four engine cylinders, engineer Werner Huber is telling me about the joy of driving.
New York City will create its first public high school dedicated to training students in software development.
The United Nations has approved new standards for the IMT-advanced system, which should make the next generation of mobile technology 500 times faster than 3G smartphones.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing Crowdsourced Formal Verification, a set of computer games designed to refine the way weapons systems are tested to ensure they are free from software errors…
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) recently introduced the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act, which he says provides stronger intellectual property (IP) rights for U.S. artists and innovators while protecting…
University of Texas at Austin researchers have developed systematic power profiles of microprocessors, which they say could help lower the energy consumption of both small cell phones and giant data centers.
The push to move the nation from paper to electronic health records is serious business. That's why a first look at the campus of Epic Systems comes as something of a jolt.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that law enforcement authorities need a probable-cause warrant from a judge to affix a GPS device to a vehicle and monitor its every move.
When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley's top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president.
Car design is in a state of flux. The designer's job used to be about tail fins and chrome. Then it was all about cup holders and plastics.
Chief Scientists of the Air Force usually spend their time trying to figure out how to build better satellites or make jets go insanely fast. Which makes Dr. Mark Maybury, today's chief scientist, a bit of an outlier.
A novel high-speed, high-security computing technology will be compatible with the "cloud computing" approach popular on the Web, a study suggests.
Universidad Carlos III in Madrid (UC3M) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence technique that can automatically create plans and quickly solve problems in situations with limited resources.
Engagement is a big word in education. It combines both objective participation and subjective emotion. It's one of the few psychological terms in education that links students, teachers, and content.