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A new NASA study modeling conditions in the ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa suggests that the necessary balance of chemical energy for life could exist there, even if the moon lacks volcanic hydrothermal activity.
Hearables are not your father’s earphones, limited to taking calls and listening to music.
On a bitter, soul-shivering, damp, biting gray February day in Cleveland—that is to say, on a February day in Cleveland—a handless man is handling a nonexistent ball.
New Orleans and surrounding areas continue to sink at highly variable rates due to a combination of natural geologic and human-induced processes, finds a new NASA/university study using NASA airborne radar.
Recently, United States Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work publicly confirmed that the Pentagon’s Cyber Command was "dropping cyberbombs," taking its ongoing battle against the Islamic State group into the online world.
Researchers have demonstrated that snoopers armed with little sophisticated technology can expose the home and workplace addresses of Twitter users.
Stanford University researchers have developed a computer-vision algorithm that predicts the movement of people in a busy space.
The key to instilling true workplace diversity within an organization is data, according to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.
Online music providers could use music fans' emotions to inform searches, recommendations, and playlists.
More than 30 states will be hosting online voting systems by the time of the U.S. presidential election in November, but experts warn such systems are still insecure.
The latest example of proof by computer enters a new realm: a proof 200 terabytes in size.
Harvard University researchers have programmed polarization into compact holograms.
Despite changes to the law, the U.S. National Security Agency can still request metadata from tens of thousands of private phones if they are indirectly connected to the phone number of a suspected terrorist, according to a new…
The cities continue to compete for as much as $50 million to improve safety, enhance mobility, boost economies, and address climate change.
Scientists are now contemplating the creation of a synthetic human genome, meaning they would use chemicals to manufacture all the DNA contained in human chromosomes.
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover completed its second Martian year since landing inside Gale Crater nearly four Earth years ago, which means it has recorded environmental patterns through two full cycles of Martian seasons.
Researchers have hypothesized a method to measure an individual's stress levels and determine whether they are being coerced into revealing a password.
A new study investigates how people use mobile phones at the dinner table and their attitudes toward other people doing so.
The CardBoardiZer system developed at Purdue University allows even beginning designers to transform static three-dimensional objects into moving robotic versions.
Call it a tall task: researchers have decoded the genomes of the giraffe and its closest relative, the okapi.
Harry Brignull, a user-experience consultant in Britain who helps websites and apps develop consumer-friendly features, has a professional bone to pick with sites that seem to maneuver people into signing up for services they…
Jon Johansen's program worked. The Norwegian teenager watched as it downloaded 200 megabytes of a recently released movie, The Matrix, from a DVD onto his computer.
About 35 high-school students sit at neatly arranged rows of tables in the university's gym. Another 115 college-level contestants surround the high schoolers.
Inadequate security is endemic to the Internet, and solving this problem will require effective trust and security mechanisms.
The looming obsolescence of Moore's Law is forcing scientists to look for other ways to improve computer performance and innovation.
Purdue University researchers have developed a prototype system that can tap into thousands of cameras located in numerous venues.
The bulbs from toy street lamps, among other things, are helping to reveal new insights into quantum computing.
Smartphones and other digital technology may be inducing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder-like symptoms, according to a new study.
It may soon be possible to charge mobile devices without even taking them out of one's pocket.
Say what you will about cybercriminals, says Angela Sasse, "their victims rave about the customer service".