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A pockmarked, icy landscape looms beneath NASA's Cassini spacecraft in new images of Saturn's moon Dione taken during the mission's last close approach to the small, icy world.
The National Security Agency is advising U.S. agencies and businesses to prepare for a time in the not-too-distant future when the cryptography protecting virtually all e-mail, medical and financial records, and online transactions…
Educating students to pass standardized tests, which command most school administrators' time, leaves little room for computer science classes to train the next generation of coders, according to a Google/Gallup study published…
Predictive and decision-making Web technologies are susceptible to the unconscious social biases of their designers and programmers, to a degree that can reflect those prejudices in their functions.
D-Wave Systems, which makes computers with some quantum properties, claims its latest device, the D-Wave 2X, is up to 15 times faster than regular PCs. As with many of D-Wave's claims, many experts are skeptical.
The iconic image of the American farmer is the man or woman who works the land, milks cows and is self-reliant enough to fix the tractor. But like a lot of mechanical items, tractors are increasingly run by computer software.
The biggest planets in the Solar System may have gotten their start from the smallest of rocks: centimetre-sized pebbles that formed 4.5 billion years ago from dust and ice swirling around the newborn Sun.
Pressure-sensitive screens, haptic feedback: Why should you care?
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation collaborated with the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology to find a better way to search for matching tatoos.
Researchers say they have developed a solution to the problem of lithium-ion batteries overheating and burning that also would extend battery life.
U.S. researchers led by Duke University faculty have produced two new studies to lay the groundwork for the emerging discipline of nanoinformatics.
University of Massachusetts Lowell researcher Holly Yanco will collaborate on several projects designed to help save lives and help people with mobility issues.
As Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to the historic drought, the California Department of Water Resources today released a new NASA report showing land in the San Joaquin Valley is sinking faster than ever…
Google Inc., Tuesday, outlined its decade-long journey with software-defined networking in a new paper that it presented at the ACM SIGCOMM 2015 conference in London.
Genes, like people, have families—lineages that stretch back through time, all the way to a founding member.
Pluto has a problem: Its thin, nitrogen atmosphere shouldn't be there.
Pennsylvania State University researchers have developed a method for addressing individual neutral atoms without changing surrounding atoms.
Robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs.
IBM researchers say they have built the digital equivalent of a rodent brain using 48 TrueNorth chips, an experimental processor designed to emulate neurons.
A team of researchers have developed a prototype robot-based environmental-measuring system from commercially available components.
Researchers warn of the possibility of cyberattackers crippling a city because of urban centers' increasing reliance on technology.
It was about 10 seconds into the robotic spider dance that you had to remind yourself you were watching a presentation by the world's largest chipmaker, Intel.
Hydrogen sulfide—the compound responsible for the smell of rotten eggs—conducts electricity with zero resistance at a record high temperature of 203 kelvin (–70 °C), reports a paper published in Nature.
Researchers say they have developed a multipurpose, reprogrammable optical chip that can carry out in hours experiments that previously would have taken months.
The theory of natural selection popularised by Charles Darwin has now been demonstrated in robots.
Scientists trying to build a better robot are encouraged by the latest steps, however tentative, of a humanoid named Atlas.
A team of researchers has used a detailed computer analysis of the 2013-2014 Spanish football league to better understand various teams' different patterns of play.
A team from the University of California, Riverside, has found that men and women use social media and online health forums for different purposes.
Startups are beginning to empower toys with child-friendly speech recognition technology.
Who really calls the shots in team sports?