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The U.S. government's retaliatory capability in response to cyberattacks on critical infrastructure is limited by a dearth of technology.
Researchers say spintronic technology could be used to make dilute magnetic semiconductors by adding a small amount of magnetic atoms to normal semiconductors, rendering them ferromagnetic.
Researchers at Sweden's Lulea University of Technology have developed LTU-CUDA, software for fast image-processing tasks.
European researchers working on the CONNECT project recently created the first atlas of white-matter microstructures in the human brain.
User interfaces have moved beyond mice and keyboards to touch screens, voice controls, and visual inputs like the Microsoft Kinect as was demonstrated at the recent 25th ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology…
A Des Moines television station has turned off the lights on the city's Weather Beacon, igniting a tempest among residents who were raised to look downtown for a forecast.
A few months ago Google shared with us another challenge it had taken on. It wasn't as fanciful as a driverless car or as geekily sexy as augmented reality glasses, but in the end, it could be bigger than both.
During the opening ceremonies of this summer’s Olympic games in London, a musical performance culminated with a stage-set house rising into the rafters to reveal Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, sitting at…
Two years ago, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie was working on a file synchronization technology that would make stashing and grabbing pictures, documents, and music from any device a cinch.
MSU researchers have found that Twitter can be an effective tool to improve student learning.
The overwhelming popularity of U.S.-backed programs to thwart online censorship is limiting access to the tools in repressive countries because demand is creating bottlenecks and there is insufficient funding to expand capacity…
A proliferation in hackathon events for student coders is occurring as tech firms seek talent and students look for hands-on experience.
Researchers at Autodesk Research, the University of Alberta, and the University of Toronto have presented a new device called Magic Finger, which enables a user's gestures to control smartphones or tablets.
Flakes of green paint are peeling from the third-floor windowsills.
Computer attacks that target undisclosed vulnerabilities are more common and last longer than many security researchers previously thought. The finding comes from a new study that tracked the number and duration of so-called…
Washington University in St. Louis professor Tae Seok Moon hopes to develop biological circuits made from genes and regulatory proteins.
If you're looking for the beating heart of the digital age—a physical location where the scope, grandeur, and geekiness of the kingdom of bits become manifest—you could do a lot worse than Lenoir, North Carolina.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has ingested its first solid sample into an analytical instrument inside the rover, a capability at the core of the two-year mission.
Denis Spitzer wants to beat dogs at their own game.
TechAmerica Foundation's Big Data Commission aims to prepare the United States for future high-tech jobs, especially those focused around data.
Pennsylvania State University researchers are using image recognition technology to develop an automated method of classifying histopathological images.
UPV/EHU-University researchers are studying how to improve robot behavior by means of perception models that are closer to those of humans.
The Federal Trade Commission is offering a cash reward of $50,000 to whoever develops a solution to block robotic calling on both landlines and mobiles.
Rice University researchers have found that women are twice as likely as men to use emoticons in text messages.
VTT researchers have developed several ubiquitous computing technologies, such as situation awareness for portable devices, mixed and augmented reality, and interoperability solutions enabling devices made by different vendors…
More than a dozen science and engineering organizations worked with ScienceDebate.org to draft 14 top science questions to ask the two main presidential candidates this election year.
You've probably never heard of graphene, a carbon-based material, but it might be stuffed into your pocket or wrapped around your wrist in the not-too-distant future.
Computerized hospital equipment is increasingly vulnerable to malware infections, according to participants in a recent government panel. These infections can clog patient-monitoring equipment and other software systems, at times…
One January day in 1998, Jon Postel emailed eight of the 12 organizations that handled the address books for the entire internet.
Have you ever noticed that wherever you are in the world, every telephone keypad looks the same? Or wondered why satellites don't crash into each other? Or why you dial 64 to reach New Zealand, but 65 for Singapore?