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Imperial College London's Matthew Lai has developed a new artificial intelligence machine which he says can play chess at a master level.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's new "Brandeis" program seeks to shield individual privacy instead of infringing on it.
Researchers at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences are developing a methodology to identify a person's emotional state based on the way they walk.
The ability to digitally simulate physical systems such as the brain to avoid the ethical dilemmas of experimentation on living subjects creates new dilemmas.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a machine-learning system that can learn to distinguish spoken words.
In August, 2010, researchers using images from LRO's Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) reported the discovery of 14 cliffs known as "lobate scarps" on the moon's surface, in addition to about 70 previously known from the limited high…
Some of the dark sandstone in an area being explored by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows texture and inclined bedding structures characteristic of deposits that formed as sand dunes, then were cemented into rock.
I woke up on Saturday to a heartbreaking front-page article in the New York Times about a terminally ill young woman who chooses to freeze her brain.
A World Economic Forum report contains predictions about what impacts technology will have on the world by 2025.
At a conference in July, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency presented a robot arm that can be controlled by a human brain, and two months later DARPA says the technology now can enable the wearer to actually feel…
Researchers at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology in Japan have developed a photon gun and a single photon detector that uses the laws of physics to make decisions, instead of complex algorithms…
Organic electronics are inexpensive, flexible, and lightweight, but their weakness is speed. However, researchers at Linköping University in Sweden say they have developed new polymers that conduct better.
As guards were going so far as to check inside NFL fans' wallets as part of routine security measures before a recent preseason game at Levi's Stadium, a different form of surveillance was taking place on the inside of the San…
Much rightful snark and scorn has been thrown at the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter, the multi-multi-multi-billion dollar jet meant to be the mainstay of allied air superiority for the next half-century.
It may not look like much at first glance, but a map created by University of Wisconsin computer science professor Paul Barford and about a dozen colleagues took around four years to produce.
Engineers at Xerox PARC have developed a chip that can self-destruct upon command, making it potentially suitable for high-security applications.
Allegheny College computer science major Cody Kinneer has published a pair of papers about his research into methods of evaluating software performance. He developed a tool that evaluates the performance limitations of database…
A new computer program developed by the University of Toronto's Alex Graves applies his work on recurrent neural networks to convert typed text into organic-like handwriting.
The University of Michigan has received a $2.42 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation for ConFlux, a new computing resource that will enable supercomputer simulations to interface with large datasets while running…
The European Union-funded IRIS project has developed new photonic silicon chips offering higher bandwidth, and data center operators will be key potential end users.
New close-up images of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveal a bewildering variety of surface features that have scientists reeling because of their range and complexity.
The robot moves slowly along its track, pausing regularly to reach out an arm that carefully scoops up a component.
Over the PA system a voice tells us not to be alarmed. What we are about to see is just a demonstration, courtesy of the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of the Interior.
Google chief Internet evangelist and former ACM president Vint Cerf is starting a new project to solicit ideas from the public about how to improve the Internet.
University of California, Berkeley professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli predicts the world will be completely suffused with tiny sensors within 10 years.
University of Washington researchers have developed wearable technology that can sense what devices and vehicles the user interacts with throughout the day.
Computer chips used in spaceships need to be robust to withstand excessive radiation from high-energy sources such as the sun or cosmic rays.
Scientists at Facebook AI Research say it is time for the image recognition field to turn to its next great challenge: occlusion.
In an investigation involving guns and drugs, the Justice Department obtained a court order this summer demanding that Apple turn over, in real time, text messages between suspects using iPhones.
The ultimate nightmare for critics of the Iran nuclear deal being debated in Congress is that somehow, despite the agreement and all its built-in safeguards, Iran will still manage to design and build a nuclear weapon, escaping…