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In developed nations, the number of Ph.D.s given in the sciences each year has grown by almost 40% since 1998, reaching about 34,000 doctorates in 2008. This type of expansion sounds great in theory: interest in the sciences…
University of California, San Diego researchers working on the GreenDroid project have developed software that scans the Android operating system and its most popular applications to create a processor design tailored to their…
Rutgers University researchers recently launched MondoNet, a wireless network initiative designed to create a more open alternative to the Internet.
Google may appear to be under siege in China, but a sense of normalcy—Google style—pervades the company's headquarters here.
In early 2008, in the early days of the iPhone era, Google engineers began noticing something unusual in the search engine’s logs. Owners of these new phones were doing a huge number of Web searches.
While the primary job of DNA in cells is to carry genetic information from one generation to the next, some scientists also see the highly stable and programmable molecule as an ideal building material for nanoscale structures…
More than 30 years after they left Earth, NASA's twin Voyager probes are now at the edge of the solar system.
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared split on Tuesday as it considered a case testing state limits on data mining. At issue is whether states can bar the buying, selling and profiling of a doctor's prescription records without…
If it were a country, the Internet would rank fifth in the world in electricity usage, according to a new report on cloud computing from Greenpeace.
A strategy that caterpillars employ to escape predators could be used to improve the speed of soft-bodied search-and-rescue robots, say Tufts University researchers.
University of Arizona researchers have patented a process for building microscopic wiring circuits made of copper insulated by proteins known as microtubules.
Stanford University's Human Computer Interaction group creates tools to help Web designers take advantage of open source programs to improve and adapt designs more quickly.
Although Apple was silent for several days after researchers raised issues about location information being stored on the iPhone, that wasn’t because it was ignoring the issue.
Remember those Apple ads that cast the Mac as a 20-something, self-satisfied hipster while the PC was portrayed by an older, square-looking guy in a brown suit?
In Apple's second quarter, iPhone sales in China surged nearly 250% year over year, making the country the iPhone's fastest growing market—a title it will retain for some time to come given soaring mobile phone adoption rates…
An MIT-produced interactive game, "Vanished," now being played by thousands online, offers a novel experiment in alternative science education.
Inside a darkened theater a viewer floats in a redwood forest displayed with Imax-like clarity on a cavernous overhead screen.
Mars is a dry, frigid, dusty, nearly airless place. A couple of billion years ago, though, it wasn't much different from Earth.
Researchers are harvesting a wealth of intimate detail from our cellphone data, uncovering the hidden patterns of our social lives, travels, risk of disease—even our political views.
Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines circuit design with nanotechnology, University of Southern California researchers have built a circuit that acts like a neuron.
University of Arkansas physicist Jak Chakhalian is seeking a new miniature building block for quantum computers, using a new class of nanomaterials known as topological insulators.
Chemical computers can solve certain problems in computational geometry, according to University of West England professor Andrew Adamatzky and colleagues.
While current expert-finding methods provided the best expert in six out of 10 searches, a new user-oriented method finds the best one nine times out of 10, according to the researchers.
MIT announced that Joichi (“Joi” — pronounced “Joey”) Ito has been selected as the next director of the MIT Media Lab.
Google lost some ground in its effort to catch Apple's lead in the effort to attract mobile developer interest, but other rivals aren't even close, survey data released today show.
Iran has been targeted by a new computer worm named Stars, the director of Iran's Passive Defense Organization announces.
Information overload is a headache for individuals and a huge challenge for businesses. Companies are swimming, if not drowning, in wave after wave of data—from increasingly sophisticated computer tracking of shipments, sales…
Terry Button is a fifth-generation farmer from upstate New York who also works as a long-distance trucker, hauling hay and produce up and down the East Coast.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Bruce McConnell recently released a white paper about a healthy ecosystem of computers that can automatically recognize and react to threats.
Microsoft software design specialist Bill Buxton wants developers to focus on innovations that can improve humans' quality of life.