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There were no known eyewitnesses to the murder of a young woman and her 3-year-old daughter four years ago. No security cameras caught a figure coming or going.
Guido van Rossum speaks exclusively with CACM about the computer language Python, which he created a quarter-century ago.
Last year, in a lab at the University of Barcelona, an anonymous woman was fitted with headphones, a microphone, a head-mounted virtual-reality display, a motion-capture suit, and a small remote-triggered vibrator, which was…
A new statistical technique can detect when changes to words' pronunciations most likely occurred in the history of related languages.
The leaders of the U.S. Defense Department, National Security Agency, and Cyber Command have all warned of the potential for a cyber 9/11.
Christine Chung helped develop the K-Zone effect system, a computer-generated, on-screen rectangular box that serves as a strike zone for those watching TV.
A newly disclosed National Security Agency document illustrates the striking acceleration of the use of cyberweapons by the United States and Iran against each other, both for spying and sabotage, even as Secretary of State John…
In 2013, London's Natural History Museum acquired a rare Stegosaurus skeleton.
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Today nearly all computers, tablets, and cell phones have Wi-Fi capabilities, receiving and transmitting data over a range of radio frequencies.
"The Imitation Game" does a poor job of accurately portraying pioneer Alan Turing's contributions to computer science.
This week at the 2015 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), Intel will provide an update on its new 10nm manufacturing process and new research on how it's maintaining the march of Moore's law to 7nm and beyond…
Noah is a six-year-old suffering from a disorder without a name.
The Internet of Things started in the mid-1990s, when a quirky young brand manager in the U.K. puzzled over why a shade of brown lipstick kept disappearing from store shelves.
A new semiconductor compound may be the first to incorporate spintronic properties into a material that is stable at room temperature.
Michigan State University professor Rick Walsh is studying the reasoning process behind the decisions people make that lead to computer security breaches.
A new app can assess how well someone's online persona matches their true nature.
A new wireless transmitter design reduces off-state leakage 100-fold while providing adequate power for Bluetooth or 802.15.4 transmissions.
A new paper from a team of researchers found it is possible to determine an Android phone's location and movement by monitoring and analyzing its power consumption.
Pennsylvania State University researchers are researching ways to maintain privacy on social networks.
Citizenfour is filmmaker Laura Poitras' account of the first meetings between herself, Glenn Greenwald, and Edward Snowden.
Freeman Dyson, 91, the famed physicist, author and oracle of human destiny, is holding forth after tea-time one February afternoon in the common room of the Institute for Advanced Study.
Beijing is an enormous city, sprawling over an area 10 times larger than Greater London.
Smartphone users might balk at letting a random app like Candy Crush or Shazam track their every move via GPS. But researchers have found that Android phones reveal information about your location to every app on your device…
The sequencing of the human genome laid the foundation for the study of genetic variation and its links to a wide range of diseases. But the genome itself is only part of the story, as genes can be switched on and off by a range…
All kinds of gadgets, from toasters to sprinklers, fridges to domestic heating systems, are now boasting sensors, actuators and low-powered embedded chips.
The U.S. National Park Service used algorithms to predict the loudness of a typical summer day from coast to coast.
A Georgia Institute of Technology researcher has studied engagement on social media, focusing on the phases people experience as they transition from singles to couples.
Umea University researchers have found an analysis of how people edit content on Wikipedia can reveal what matters to them and with whom they have most in common.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say their new tablet-operated system serves as a visual embodiment of their latest work in distributed computing.