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Researchers are investigating how papayas could be harvested mechanically using algorithms and computer vision.
Today is Pi Day, an annual celebration of the famous mathematical concept that has fascinated people for millenia. But what exactly is π (pronounced like the word "pie"), and where did the concept originate?
Developer Q&A site Stack Overflow performs an annual survey to find out more about the programmer community, and the latest set of results has just been published.
Behind the U.S. move to block Singapore-based Broadcom's hostile bid for U.S. chip maker Qualcomm lies a new global struggle for influence over next-generation communications technology—and fears that whoever takes the lead could…
Seventy-two may not be a large number, but in quantum computing terms, it's massive.
Deep neural network software driving innovation in consumer gadgets and automated driving is vulnerable to sabotage by hallucination, experts say.
Researchers have created a novel machine learning method that enables scientists to derive insights from highly complex systems in record time.
The Space Test Program-Houston 6 hybrid and reconfigurable space supercomputer will board the International Space Station in about a year.
Fog computing offers a more effective way to address the challenges of distributed systems and Internet of Things devices.
As the United States and China look to protect their national security needs and economic interests, the fight between the two financial superpowers is increasingly focused on a single area: technology.
Predicting the winners and losers of March Madness is such a daunting challenge that it attracts math nerds like Starfleet voyagers lining up at Comic-Con.
A maverick group of astronomers is proposing to radically reshape one of NASA's most successful missions in the modern era, the New Horizons probe that flew by Pluto in 2015 and is now continuing its voyage into the depths of…
Researchers are exploring how seemingly dissimilar concepts in scientific disciplines can be combined to become universal approaches.
Researchers say they have used a new holistic multiscale modeling technique to demonstrate the application of tensegrity principles within living cells.
Female engineers contributing to open source software websites are less likely than males to self-report their coding skills in job candidate profiles.
A new algorithm plays Atari games and advances within them either by baiting an enemy to kill itself, or by exploiting bugs that allow the algorithm to cheat.
A new machine learning algorithm is capable of identifying pieces of music from functional magnetic resonance imaging scans of the listener's brain.
A Columbia University student has created a new system to help the visually impaired play racing video games.
At a highway check point on the outskirts of Beijing, local police are this week testing out a new security tool: smart glasses that can pick up facial features and car registration plates, and match them in real-time with a …
Tech companies are rushing to infuse everything with artificial intelligence, driven by big leaps in the power of machine learning software. But the deep-neural-network software fueling the excitement has a troubling weakness…
Ouliana Trofimenko and Annie Rihn, who work for different technology companies on the West Coast, are both on the front lines of one of the biggest challenges to U.S. economic growth right now: a scarcity of technology talent…
University of Illinois researchers say they have found a way to predict the selection of basketball teams for the National Collegiate Athletic Association's annual Tournament.
Stanford University researchers have developed laser-based imaging technology that can produce images of objects hidden from view around corners.
U.S. Army and university scientists are seeking to create social sensing as a scientific discipline.
The U.S. National Science Board says the number of international students enrolling in U.S. universities is falling for the first time in years.
What if the scourge of false news on the internet is not the result of Russian operatives or partisan zealots or computer-controlled bots? What if the main problem is us?
Every day, the human hippocampus, a brain region involved in learning and memory, creates hundreds of new nerve cells—or so scientists thought.
Data collected by NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter indicate that the atmospheric winds of the gas-giant planet run deep into its atmosphere and last longer than similar atmospheric processes found here on Earth.
The U.S. Department of Defense needs to upgrade its often-antiquated technology as a matter of urgent national security, and Pentagon leaders insist the program has the attention of the agency's top leaders.
A new open source set of models has allowed climate research to become more collaborative, efficient, and reliable.