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For almost 30 years, Will Wright’s creations have attracted people who would never have played videogames. He's also managed the trick of developing games that enthrall hardcore fans while making rabid players out of novices.
U.S. and Japanese researchers will collaborate on developing fundamental advances in information technology to support disaster management under a new Science Across Virtual Institutes project.
MIT researchers have developed an approach to creating the array of wires on microchips that uses a system of self-assembling polymers. The process produces arrays of wires that meet at right angles, which are traditionally…
During a span of 40 years, since 1972, the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites has become a vital reference worldwide for understanding scientific issues related to land use and natural resources.
Iran's Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza Taqipour announced that Iran has successfully confronted sophisticated spy malwares and thwarted all cyber attacks against the country's infrastructures.
Scientists at Stanford University and the J. Craig Venter Institute have developed the first software simulation of an entire organism, a humble single-cell bacterium that lives in the human genital and respiratory tracts.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are changing the way we drive — and paving the way for cars that can drive themselves.
On June 19, when University of Texas researchers successfully hijacked a drone by "spoofing" it— giving it bad GPS coordinates–they showed the Department of Homeland Security how civilian drones could fall into the wrong hands…
The Obama administration has proposed a plan to invest $1 billion in fiscal year 2013 to increase U.S. students' participation in science, technology, engineering, and math by creating an elite corps of master educators through…
Indian researchers are developing computer models that could help predict the erratic movements of monsoons.
Princeton University researchers have developed SSDAlloc, software that could help organizations use a type of memory in their servers that requires much less energy than conventional systems.
Intel principal engineer and futurist Brian David Johnson discusses his presentation at the recent Euroscience Open Forum on a future world of computers that develop relationships with the humans they serve.
MIT and Harvard University are preparing to offer free online courses in the fall through the edX project, which is based on MIT's MITx platform.
In a world of high youth unemployment, where the supply of skilled labor often fails to match employer demand, Germany believes help can be found in its Dual Vocational Training System (TVET)—a time-tested economic model now…
For decades, autopilots have controlled how planes climb, cruise and descend in the air.
In the decade since 9/11, the U.S. government has used a wide variety of tactics against terrorists.
The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code recently issued "Practical Security Stories and Security Tasks for Agile Development Environments," a white paper that offers guidelines to lower the risk that vulnerabilities…
Stanford University's online education initiative is providing seed grants to professors for developing new online courses.
Georgia Tech recently provided computer science education to Atlanta area high school students via a musical summer camp.
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg researchers announced that they used silicon carbide to create graphene.
If you're a student of the privacy and tech law worlds (or you just read Ars) then you're probably familiar with last year's Supreme Court decision, Jones v. United States.
Despite advances in weather prediction technology, meteorologists must still qualify any hurricane forecasts with a "cone of uncertainty," which depicts just how far the center of a storm might deviate from its projected track…
Insurgencies are amongst the hardest conflicts to predict. Insurgents can be loosely organized, split into factions, and strike from out of nowhere. But now researchers have demonstrated that with enough data, you might actually…
Researchers at the University of Southampton plan to participate in the English Fantasy Football League with an artificial soccer manager.
Polytechnic University of Catalonia researchers have developed an algorithm based on the desynchronized form of calling used by Japanese tree frogs that assigns colors to network nodes, which can be applied to the development…
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed GraphChi, a framework for running large-scale computations on one personal computer.
Computer science is the only one of the science, technology, engineering, and math fields that has seen a decrease in student participation during the last 20 years, falling from 25 percent to 19 percent, according to a recent…
The western media sought to play down Iran's cyber and computer software capability by releasing hundreds of reports on the discovery of a new computer virus and attributing the semi-professional malware to Iran.
Tablets with paper-thin screens that can be folded and tucked into your back pocket, artificial intelligence and augmented reality—the stuff of science fiction may be coming to a store near you.
Both sides of the smartphone wars agree that the 25 patents granted Apple on Tuesday contain some powerful legal weapons.