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Code.org recently launched a free, year-long course that is designed to provide more than 30,000 low-income students the opportunity to learn how to program.
Passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport were surfing their phones and drinking coffee, waiting to board a flight to Aruba recently when a JetBlue agent came on the loudspeaker, announcing: "Today, we do have a unique…
An artificial iris can open and close in response to sunlight without any other outside control, just like the ones in your eyes.
Industrial trends in high-performance computing are setting a foundation for the eventual pervasiveness of artificial intelligence and big data applications within the mainstream, according to a new Hyperion report.
Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a self-driving wheelchair currently undergoing testing on the MIT campus.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology say they have analyzed 2.5 million selfie posts on Instagram to determine what kinds of identity statements people make by taking and sharing selfies.
Researchers have developed a system for interpreting sarcastic statements in social media.
Adolescent boys say they are more likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields than girls, according to a survey from Junior Achievement and EY.
One of the great unanswered question in biology is why organisms have evolved to cooperate.
An analysis of four icy bodies discovered in the outer Solar System reveals no sign that they are being influenced by a large, unseen planet lurking beyond Neptune.
In July, researchers at the University of Tokyo will announce a universal algorithm for folding origami shapes that guarantees a minimum number of seams.
Researchers at the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab have found that bots they were training to negotiate with each other began conversing in a non-human language without human supervision.
Although progress has been made on providing more computer science education to K-12 students, the United States is still years away from providing adequate CS education in all schools so the field can realize its full potential…
The European Commission-funded Human Brain Project is on track to create a searchable model of the brain by building an infrastructure combining high-performance computing, data analytics, and simulation and modeling software…
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are studying how to accelerate the materials-to-device process through a new framework that links microscopes and other scientific instruments to a cloud infrastructure…
Researchers at MIT's Media Lab aim to nurture a lifelong enthusiasm for programming among young students, using the Scratch learn-to-code platform.
The world's biggest and most expensive time machine is running again.
As cars here on Earth begin to drive themselves and robots autonomously roam sidewalks delivering food and nearly running over dogs, over on Mars, the Curiosity rover very much remains a remotely piloted vehicle.
With Congress focused on reforming the tax code and replacing Obamacare—plus keeping the government open—there's little oxygen for other policy issues.
Google recently released an academic paper describing MultiModel, a template for how to create a single machine-learning model that is capable of addressing multiple tasks.
Researchers at MIT are developing smart fabrics as part of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AAFOA) alliance. At the grand opening of the Fabric Discovery Center, AFFOA CEO Yoel Fink showcased innovative fibers that…
Researchers at MIT have developed a device enabling photon-photon interactions at room temperature by applying a silicon crystal etched with patterns to introduce "nonlinearities" into optical-signal transmissions.
Ohio State University researchers are studying the security of wireless interfaces in vehicles, the use of which will only increase as autonomous vehicles come closer to reality.
The world we experience is not the real world. It's a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world change if we had new and different senses?
A NASA-led and NASA-sponsored study of potential future missions to the mysterious "ice giant" planets Uranus and Neptune has been released—the first in a series of mission studies NASA will conduct in support of the next Planetary…
Jerry Paros is worried about the geological time bomb ticking away just off the coast near his home in Washington state.
Researchers have demonstrated three-dimensional (3D) imaging of objects through walls using Wi-Fi signals.
A Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University professor has developed a prototype operating system for compiling different coding languages into one.
The 1.9 iteration of Google's Go language is expected to enhance performance, compilation, and scaling to large code bases.
Researchers are working to enable robots to learn human etiquette.