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Swiss Federal Institute of Technology researchers have developed a computer model that shows how large technological networks can be significantly improved by making a few small changes to multiply the informational pathways.
Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology researchers have developed a prototype seamless display that folds in half without a noticeable crease in the middle.
Researchers at Technische Universitat Darmstadt and the University of Kassel are collaborating on a joint research project aimed at developing sensors that receive, analyze, and send data.
Hewlett-Packard and University of California, Santa Barbara researchers have mapped out the basic chemistry and structure of what happens inside a memristor during its electrical operation.
After years of poring through images from space and debating where on Mars the next NASA rover should land, it comes down to four choices.
Big technology companies like Netflix and Facebook make clever use of the digital traces we leave online: their algorithms can make connections between data and then offer suggestions about movies to watch or people to get…
Math majors, rejoice. Businesses are going to need tens of thousands of you in the coming years as companies grapple with a growing mountain of data.
The Washington Technology Industry Association and the Technology Alliance—two of the largest technology member organizations in the state—have joined the fight to preserve the computer science department at Western Washington…
In the 1980s and '90s, competition in the computer industry was all about "clock speed"—how many megahertz, and ultimately gigahertz, a chip could boast. But clock speeds stalled out almost 10 years ago: Chips that run faster…
Google, a pioneer of self-driving cars, is quietly lobbying for legislation that would make Nevada the first state where they could be legally operated on public roads.
Using intermediaries and inexpensive computer disks, Osama bin Laden managed to send emails while in hiding, without leaving a digital fingerprint for U.S. eavesdroppers to find.
New data analysis from NASA's Galileo spacecraft reveals a subsurface ocean of molten or partially molten magma beneath the surface of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io.
New calculations of how atoms swell when they’re warmed up can help make the next generation of atomic clocks 10 times more precise.
At first glance, a diagram of the complex network of genes that regulate cellular metabolism might seem hopelessly complex, and efforts to control such a system futile.
Robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks says a new generation of industrial robots could be enabled by better machine vision.
A year ago, Ralph Langner was plugging away in relative obscurity, doing security consulting work for the industrial control system industry in his Hamburg headquarters. Then along came Stuxnet, the first malware targeting…
What would it feel like to ride on a roller-coaster that reacts to your emotional state? Visitors to amusement parks may soon be able to find out.
Researchers discussed the idea of building computers with human brains as the processing units at the recent CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
Over the past 30 years, designer, writer, researcher Bill Buxton has been collecting input and interactive devices whose design struck him as interesting, useful or important.
Ted Hoff saved his own life, sort of. Deep inside this 73-year-old lies a microprocessor—a tiny computer that controls his pacemaker and, in turn, his heart.
It was the last Tuesday of the month, and, like clockwork, the geeks arrived in droves.
Your grandmother's hobby is going high-tech. Amid sewing's pop-culture revival, makers of sewing machines are cutting no corners in their appeal to the next generation of seamstresses.
It's been about two months since Hewlett-Packard’s new CEO Léo Apotheker put the company on a new cloud-centric path as part of a big speech laying out a new strategy. But there haven't been a lot of specific announcements…
The machine looks like the offspring of an Erector Set and an inkjet printer. The "ink" feels like applesauce and looks like icing. As nozzles expel the pearly material, layer by layer, you imagine the elaborate designs this…
Scientists that previously relied on time-shared access to high-performance computers to analyze large datasets are now turning to cloud-based services from the likes of Amazon and Microsoft.
University of California, San Diego researchers estimate the world's 27 million business servers processed 9.57 zettabytes of information in 2008, with most of the information being "incredibly transient."
New U.S. graduates with bachelor's degrees will be hired at an increased rate of about 10 percent this year, the first increase in two years, according to a survey of 4,600 employers.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has obtained its first image of the giant asteroid Vesta, which will help fine-tune navigation during its approach. Dawn is expected to achieve orbit around Vesta on July 16, when the asteroid is about…
Advanced technologies, including stealth helicopters, helmet-mounted video cameras, and sophisticated data analysis, are helping find terrorists like Osama bin Laden and foil their deadly plans.
So Microsoft is buying Skype for $8.5 billion, its biggest deal ever. It’s too soon to make a pronouncement on whether the purchase is an idiot move, a brilliant one, or just something in between. All the geniuses who ripped…