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NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone," the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be…
The touted arrival this year of wearable gadgets such as computer displays strapped to wrists and in wrap-around glasses is just a step towards a bigger revolution in screens—those that can be bent, folded and rolled up.
Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM president Vint Cerf says that software-defined networking could benefit from lessons learned in creating the Internet.
Researchers have demonstrated a quantum bit based on the nucleus of a single atom in silicon, which could lead to mass production of quantum computers.
A new virtual reality system combines 3D glasses and a hack of Microsoft's Kinect to enable life-sized images of people to be recreated in a virtual space.
The World Bank's Sanitation Hackathon is designed to identify solutions to address the discrepancy in access to technologies in developing countries.
A NASA contest will present 50 challenges to developers from around the world, in the hope they will be able to develop apps for space exploration missions.
On Thursday afternoon, the FBI released photos and video of two persons of interest in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has decided to scrap the controversial Distinguished Warfare Medal that was intended to honor drone pilots and other high-tech troops.
Wireless operators have access to an unprecedented volume of information about users' real-world activities, but for years these massive data troves were put to little use other than for internal planning and marketing.
The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery—and then recharge the phone…
The Internet Archive now offers the largest collection of historical software in the world, incorporating terabytes of data.
More than 50 teams recently competed in an artificial intelligence competition at Michigan Technological University.
Researchers are developing robots with feet similar to those of tree frogs to crawl inside patients' bodies during keyhole surgery.
An artificial intelligence project could make it easier for amateur bird watchers to identify different species of birds.
Which is more intrusive: security screening and metal detectors every few blocks, or a drone flying high above it taking video of every little thing you do?
As a team of investigators led by the FBI begins deciphering the bombs that killed three people and wounded 150 more in Boston this week, a key clue is already in plain sight on countless videos taken during the blasts: the color…
As investigators try to figure out what happened during the bombings at the Boston Marathon, they'll turn to video taken at the scene of the explosions.
The Federated Archeological Information Management System Project aims to develop new archeological tools compatible with Android-based mobile devices.
Google activated the Google Person Finder website in Boston to help people connect after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Next-generation Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac will hit the market this year, but most people will have to wait to access to the increased throughput.
Google is restricting apps for Glass, its Internet-linked glasses, in an effort to gradually introduce the technology to the public.
The Cyber Defense Exercise is an annual cybersecurity contest in which teams from U.S. military academies compete against one from the National Security Agency.
A team of engineers and neuroscientists is using neurons cultured in a dish to control simulated power grids.
Like many of his colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., Shyam Bhaskaran is working a lot with asteroids these days.
One of the first computer scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, to focus on artificial intelligence, Robert Wilensky passed away recently at age 61.
When bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, there were nearly as many camera-equipped smartphones as people there in Copley Square.
Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) project, which President Obama announced in his State of the Union address in February, will be a decade-long effort to understand the nature of thought (See…
Ray Kurzweil must encounter his share of interviewers whose first question is: What do you hope your obituary will say?
It doesn't look like much.