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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried: identifying civilians…
Crowdsourcing platforms developed to aid epidemiological investigations have been repurposed to catalog political strife in Syria.
A new human-recognition system designed for the Google Glass platform can recognize people by the clothes they wear.
A new algorithm can help strangers become 'friends' with people they do not know on social networks.
Researchers were able to bypass the encryption system of an Android smartphone by freezing it for an hour.
For a man that made his career out of helping millions of people find their way around, Lars Rasmussen is frank about his own navigational shortcomings.
Researchers found evidence of unreported prescription drug side effects before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did by analyzing search engine query data.
New, affordable robots are being developed that can perform advanced tasks and may threaten jobs.
In April 2003, British and U.S. researchers declared the Human Genome Project complete.
Predicting the future of technology often seems a fool's game.
A new global initiative is aimed at accelerating data-driven innovation worldwide.
The U.S Federal Trade Commission said today that it is cracking down on marketers that are allegedly bombarding consumers with hundreds of millions of unwanted spam messages on their cell phones in the hopes they will give away…
A few years ago when Bank of America Corp. wanted to study whether face time mattered among its call-center teams, the big bank asked about 90 workers to wear badges for a few weeks with tiny sensors to record their movements…
Microsoft Research this week showed off a demo application that allows for Kinect to recognize multi-touch gestures.
Depite a recent collision attack, the SHA-3 Secure Hash Algorithm implementation is still a long way from being broken.
A proposed wireless antenna made from graphene could enable terabit-per-second transfer speeds at short ranges.
A new toolkit can help guide the selection of the most energy-efficient server to meet specific needs.
Data science programs are gaining popularity as colleges and universities focus on preparing a new generation of data specialists to handle big data.
As the U.S. government draws up plans to use surveillance drones in domestic airspace, opposition to what many consider an unwarranted and significant invasion of privacy is mounting across the country, from rural Virginia to…
Albert Perry carried a secret in his DNA: a Y chromosome so distinctive that it reveals new information about the origin of our species.
When you buy a Raspberry Pi, the $35 computer doesn't come with an operating system.
Where static computer screens and smartphones suck in our gaze and extract us from the world around us, many of the most interesting new tech gadgets and ideas move us back out into the open.
With a red embroidered veil draped over her dark hair, Punam Chowdhury held her breath last month as her fiancé said the words that would make them husband and wife.
The Bay Bridge will never win a beauty contest against the Golden Gate, but for the next two years, it gets to set aside its inferiority complex for several hours each night while it's lit by the glow of 25,000 twinkling LED…
Privacy advocates fear linking cars with wireless networks may be giving automakers, software developers, and police officers access to such information.
Using a mathematical algorithm and a video camera, researchers project pixels onto a headset to improve vision for people with retinal implants.
GlassLab is an effort by Electronic Arts to use video games to inspire students to embrace careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
IBM wants to advance supercomputing technology in processing, optical communications, and memory by using the Square Kilometer Array radio telescope.
An international team of researchers have produced the most complete model of the human metabolic network available.
A grand coalition launched by the European Commission will address the IT skills shortage in the European Union.