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The European Union's Seventh Framework Program is funding the Strands project, which is developing software for robot brains that can be used as security guards and care assistants.
Students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have developed a foosball-playing robot. The machine uses one computer to control the movement of its robotic arm and another to provide information about the…
Bertolt Meyer pulls off his left forearm and gives it to me.
On February 18, 2010, the FBI field office in Denver issued a "wanted" notice for two men known as "the High Country Bandits"—a rather grandiose name for a pair of middle-aged white men who had been knocking down rural banks …
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is testing new software-based approaches for creating cloud-like computing networks using smartphones and radios.
Despite recent concerns about information collection by the United States, law enforcement agencies in Europe and other nations appear to gather equal or greater volumes of data, according to a whitepaper by law firm Hogan Lovells…
The European Union-funded ADEPT project is exploring the energy-efficient use of parallel technologies. ADEPT aims to help high-performance computing software developers exploit parallelism for performance and assist with managing…
Nissan says it is on track to begin selling self-driving cars by the end of this decade.
A new mapping algorithm that creates real-time, detailed three-dimensional maps of indoor and outdoor environments.
More than 40 percent of U.S. adults say they can go a week without paying for something with cash, according to a survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports last year, but most of the roughly 5 million vending machines in the U.S.…
Late Tuesday morning, one of the engineers in CloudFlare's San Francisco office saw a message on Twitter saying that the New York Times Web site was down. Minutes later, more messages appeared, as security researchers and others…
In early May, news reports gushed that a quantum computation device had for the first time outperformed classical computers, solving certain problems thousands of times faster.
The retina is an enormously powerful tool. It sorts through massive amounts of data while operating on only a fraction of the power that a conventional digital camera and computer would require to do the same task.
More developers will trade a superior native experience for the lower cost of maintaining a common code base using HTML5 code in a native app container.
New software uses statistical probabilities to help identify mutations and more accurately pinpoint their source and their possible significance for health.
A new protocol for the creation of a "zero-knowledge proof" involves answering questions that depend on having a secret bit of knowledge.
A new method to solve the approaching broadcast spectrum deficit examines how cell networks could optimize spectrum use.
A hacking attack launched by the Syrian Electronic Army may have targeted the New York Timesand other U.S. media companies, but the weak link was Melbourne IT (MLB:AU), a domain registrar that directs Internet traffic to theTimes…
As he closed the door, leaving me alone at the controls of a 41,000-pound bulldozer with list price of nearly $432,000, a Komatsu Ltd. executive shouted, "No worries!"
Scientists and engineers are exploring alternative navigation systems against the possibility of GPS failing.
As President Obama weighed U.S. air strikes in Syria this week, a lone American hacker was waging his own attack on the Syrian government.
University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a…
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used autonomous navigation for the first time, a capability that lets the rover decide for itself how to drive safely on Mars.
If you want to understand the modern academy, it wouldn't hurt to start at "impact factor."
Just weeks after The Washington Post had our own run-in with the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), the New York Times is down, and the SEA is claiming responsibility.
Researchers used mobile phones to capture information in a study exploring the connection between environment and happiness.
The European Union-funded EYESHOTS project has developed a model robot that can acquire awareness of its surroundings and use its memory to reach for objects.
A few changes to a standard phone can block calls and text messages intended for nearby users of the same GSM cellular network.
State systems for certifying computer science teachers are fundamentally flawed, according to a report from the Computer Science Teachers Association.
A weakness in both the iOS and Android mobile operating systems makes it possible for hackers to steal sensitive user data and login credentials.