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Human attention isn't stable, ever, and it costs us: lives lost when drivers space out, billions of dollars wasted on inefficient work, and mental disorders that hijack focus.
In November 2012 a 28-year-old woman plunged 15 meters from a bedroom window to the pavement in New York City, a devastating fall that left her body broken but alive.
The bulk of the press release announcing a March 10 release for the PC port of Assassin's Creed Rogue is strictly boilerplate.
Trinity College Dublin researchers are studying Bitcoin in an effort to make the cryptocurrency more transparent and reduce the risk of fraud.
New York University researchers have developed an algorithm that can correctly identify colorful monkeys called guenons by their faces.
Society needs to change the way it presents and views information technology careers if more women are to be encouraged to join the industry.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University students and the U.S. Navy recently unveiled a fire-fighting humanoid robot.
Cars these days have more in common with smart phones than the Model-T. But a new reportfrom Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) warns that the increasing technical complexity of vehicles is leaving drivers' security and privacy at risk…
This summer, people will cruise through the streets of Greenwich, U.K., in electric shuttles with no one's hands on the steering wheel—or any steering wheel at all.
The second bite of a Martian mountain taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover hints at long-ago effects of water that was more acidic than any evidenced in the rover's first taste of Mount Sharp, a layered rock record of ancient…
Stefan Thurner is a physicist, not a biologist. But not long ago, the Austrian national health insurance clearinghouse asked Thurner and his colleagues at the Medical University of Vienna to examine some data for them.
A research team at the University of California, San Diego says it has refined and improved the predictions of Google Flu Trends.
Uber and Carnegie Mellon University are jointly creating a robotics research lab and technology center at the RIDC Chocolate Factory in Pittsburgh.
Stanford University researchers are working to identify hospital patients who may have a genetic disease that causes a deadly buildup of cholesterol in their arteries.
Crowdsourced cybersecurity is gaining ground.
The European Commission is funding an interactive mixed reality downhill ski race as part of the 3D LIVE project.
Within a few weeks we’ll have a huge document full of legalese on the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, to replace the near-200-page order from 2010 that was mostly overturned by a court ruling last year…
At large news agencies where speed is crucial, template-style stories have long been used for company results, allowing journalists to simply key in the relevant facts and numbers and fire off the dispatch.
Hot gas, dust and magnetic fields mingle in a colorful swirl in this new map of our Milky Way galaxy.
For more than 20 years, Ivan H. Deutsch has struggled to design the guts of a working quantum computer.
Each photo we "like", email we send, and search we run creates heat.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst professor Shlomo Zilberstein has been investigating ways of helping semi-autonomous systems to better make decisions.
An original part of one of the United Kingdom's pioneering computers has been donated to a project that is working to rebuild the machine.
Researchers have made a discovery that could lead to the more precise transfer of information in computer chips.
Experts in high-performance computing and science policy called for more funding for supercomputing resources and research.
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft will not make a dedicated flyby to search for the lost comet lander Philae any time soon, according to a post on the agency's Rosetta blog.
Seven years ago, silicene was little more than a theorist's dream.
The British army is creating a special force of Facebook warriors, skilled in psychological operations and use of social media to engage in unconventional warfare in the information age.
To chat with Andrew Ng I almost have to tackle him.
Last month, Adina Howe took up a post at Iowa State University in Ames. Officially, she is an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering.