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Each year it seems a little less like science fiction to ask your phone for advice about local chinese food or trust your car to get you to a new location.
Mediators appointed to analyse the rifts within Europe’s ambitious €1-billion (US$1.1 billion) Human Brain Project (HBP) have called for far-reaching changes both in its governance and its scientific programmes. Most significantly…
MIT researchers have demonstrated that entanglement can improve the performance of optical sensors, even when it does not survive light's interaction with the environment, a development that furthers the progress toward quantum…
President Barack Obama is embarking on a 20-city drive to intensify job-specific training in the high-tech sector. The administration aims to place 50,000 graduates into high-paying jobs by harnessing the potential of skills-specific…
Purdue University researchers have created a set of software tools that can predict the future behavior of nanoscale transistors. The software simulates the phenomena that occur when an electric charge passes through a few-atoms…
Managers of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover mission expect to approve resumption of rover arm movements as early as next week while continuing analysis of what appears to be an intermittent short circuit in the drill.
Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, plans to live to be 120. Compared with some other tech billionaires, he doesn't seem particularly ambitious.
Eben Upton, the inventor of the Raspberry Pi computer, got his start coding games in BASIC on a BBC Micro when he was 10.
Rutgers University professor Vivek Singh has found that information taken from just four credit card transactions can uniquely identify a person.
Researchers have developed BrainX3, a platform for visualizing, simulating, analyzing, and interacting with massive amounts of data.
SIM cards used by mobile phones to connect to phone networks will soon be 25 years old, and have been found to be vulnerable.
New research from the University of Waterloo suggests a link between heavy smartphone use and lower intelligence.
"If you ask me today, is it possible to live to be 500? The answer is yes," Bill Maris says one January afternoon in Mountain View, California.
As I stepped into the Brain Observatory, I didn't really see what I expected from a brain bank.
If anyone had devised a way to create a genetically engineered baby, I figured George Church would know about it.
Thanks to Ericsson, I can check off operating heavy machinery from my bucket list.
Few technologies have generated more attention than virtual reality, which promises to immerse people in 3-D games and video.
Researchers working on the iSkin project are studying the potential use of the human body as a touch-sensitive surface for controlling mobile devices.
In an interview, Jackie Kern, general chair of the SC15 conference, shares her agenda for the year and plans for the event.
Artificial intelligence researchers want to develop more comprehensive exams to test their systems.
A $20-million grant is aimed at developing computer tools to help local governments prepare for extreme weather and recover quickly in the aftermath of natural hazards.
Young children can use a new program to teach a humanoid robot how to write letters and improve their writing skills at the same time.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet.
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity climbed last month to an overlook for surveying "Marathon Valley," a science destination chosen because spectrometer observations from orbit indicate exposures of clay minerals.
It's "Groundhog Day" in the cosmos.
If NASA plans to send robots to other planets, it's going to need some new designs: ones that are easy to land, easy to move around, and easy to fix.
When the humanoid robot SAFFiR gets a shove, it reflexively moves to maintain its balance. SAFFiR can also walk over uneven terrain, turn its head to scan its surroundings and—with the help of a human operator—reach out to grasp…
John is in the playground. Bob is in the office. Where is John?
There is still a shortage of qualified Linux professionals, according to the Linux Foundation's 2015 Linux Jobs report.
Researchers say they have developed semiconductor technology that could make night vision and thermal imaging affordable for everyday use.