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The Scene Chronology system enables an observer to navigate a virtual 3D space while using a slider control to move forward and backward in time.
American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according…
Logically, I know there isn’t a hulking four-armed, twisty-horned blue monster clomping in circles in front of me, but it sure as hell looks like it.
When Andrew Ng trained Google's army of computers to identify cat videos using artificial intelligence, he hit a few snags.
News that a hacking group within or associated with the National Security Agency compromised the firmware of hard drive controllers from a number of manufacturers as part of a 14-year cyber-espionage campaign has led some to…
Financial traders are in a race to make transactions ever faster.
A new algorithm increases the small time step required to create real-time simulations of ultrafast phenomena.
Researchers are developing a system that takes light from optic fiber, amplifies it, and beams it across a room to deliver data at more than 100 Gbps.
Ohio State University researchers are developing ways to turn germanium into a potential replacement for silicon in electronics.
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a fourth round of grants for developing online identity verification systems that help improve the privacy, security, and convenience of online transactions…
Taking a page from Silicon Valley's playbook, the White House said on Wednesday it had appointed the nation's first chief data scientist.
Time is money—and never was this clearer than at 09:59:59.985 Eastern Time, on 3 June 2013.
Long the domain of science fiction, researchers are now working to create software that perfectly models human and animal brains.
A growing number of organizations think technology holds the potential to improve the efficiency of government.
In recent months, Sir Jonathan Ive, the forty-seven-year-old senior vice-president of design at Apple—who used to play rugby in secondary school, and still has a bench-pressing bulk that he carries a little sheepishly, as if…
A recently discovered stellar neighbour of the Sun penetrated the extreme fringes of the Solar System—the closest encounter ever documented—at around the time that modern humans began spreading from Africa into Eurasia.
On 14 February 2015, Rosetta swooped over the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko at a distance of just 6 km. The closest approach took place at 12:41 GMT over a region known as Imhotep, which is on the larger of the comet’s…
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on a new project that would visualize the often highly abstract world of cyberoperations.
A new system can geolocate videos by comparing their audiovisual content with a worldwide multimedia database.
Stanford University researchers have developed iBrailler Notes, an iPad app they say is the world's first Braille writing platform designed for a tablet computer.
Apple reportedly has several hundred of its employees working on a project to create a new Apple-branded electric vehicle.
Two decades after its discovery, a rare handwritten journal belonging to computing pioneer Alan Turing will be auctioned off this spring in San Francisco.
Computer chips' clocks have stopped getting faster. To keep delivering performance improvements, chipmakers are instead giving chips more processing units, or cores, which can execute computations in parallel.
President Barrack Obama has called on the private sector to take greater steps to share information about cybersecurity threats.
Our computers have become too easy to use.
Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world?
Google's research arm, Google X, is called the company's Moonshot Factory. One reason the company picked the word "Moonshot" was to remind people to tackle big problems that may well blow up in their faces.
How young is too young to learn to write software?
Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
In February 2009 the U.S.'s Iridium 33 satellite collided with the Russian Cosmos 2251, instantly destroying both communications satellites.