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Harald Geisler wants to make you as brilliant as Albert Einstein. Or at least let you write like him. Or at least write in his handwriting.
Around 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 last year, Duval Arthur, director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, got a call from a resident who had just received a disturbing text message…
A multi-university team of researchers has developed a system that can power electrical devices with just a wireless router's signal.
In the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage, scientists at a U.S. laboratory shrink a submarine called Proteus and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject the vessel into an ailing scientist.
Data collected by NASA's Alice instrument aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft reveal that electrons close to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko—not photons from the sun, as had been believed—cause…
If you think about virtual reality, you probably think of it as the place where gamers don an Oculus headset and go shoot up enemies in 3D or travel space.
The Supreme Court on Monday made it harder to prosecute people for threats made on Facebook and other social media, reversing the conviction of a Pennsylvania man who directed brutally violent language against his estranged wife…
An international team of researchers have developed a nanotechnology that promises to make surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy simpler and cheaper.
A newly demonstrated protocol for estimating unknown optical processes, called unitary operations, features precision enhanced by quantum mechanics.
Researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode that can perform 50 times better than prior designs.
A machine-learning technique that has already given computers an eerie ability to recognize speech and categorize images is now creeping into industries ranging from computer security to stock trading.
Researchers have demonstrated the emission of extreme ultraviolet radiation from thin dielectric films using ultrashort laser pulses.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its final close approach to Saturn's large, irregularly shaped moon Hyperion on Sunday, May 31.
Nicole Keplinger, 22, had long seen ads on Facebook promising financial relief, but she always ignored them and assumed that they were scams.
University of Wyoming and Pierre and Marie Curie University researchers are developing robots that find ways to adapt and keep moving after an injury.
A new biosensor chip can simultaneously monitor the concentration of a number of molecules and certain drugs in a person.
Researchers have developed a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.
To help elderly people navigate busy public places, an European Union research project has developed a robotic cognitive walker.
Gigantic jets of gas that leap out of galaxies at nearly the speed of light occur only after two galaxies merge, a survey of the distant Universe shows.
By the time a pair of engineers sat down for lunch together in Austin, the Internet's growing pains had become dire.
The Internet’s founders saw its promise but didn’t foresee users attacking one another.
Scientists are developing dynamic nanomaterials whose structure and associated properties can be switched on demand.
Klaus Tschira, the entrepreneur, software pioneer, and patron and supporter of scientific research who died unexpectedly on March 31st, 2015, made numerous lasting contributions to the scientific community.
The growth of structural biology brings new challenges for the world's protein data archive.
Michael Stonebraker didn't realize at the outset that it would take six years to create INGRES, one of the world's first relational databases.
Over the next decade, the population of Estonia is expected to soar more than 600% as the country becomes the first in the world to open its borders to an influx of e-residents.
Smartphone apps are driving changes in the way people park. Sensors, crowdsourcing, and big data are making it easier to find open parking spots.