International team of students explores how working memory may help us learn second languages
Learning a new language can be a challenge, as new vocabulary and grammatical rules can be hard for some people to grasp. To address this issue, a group of linguistics graduate students are examining how a person's working ...
The RSA algorithm (or how to send private love letters)
A couple of days ago on The Conversation, I set myself up with a task: to defend the usefulness of so-called "useless" maths. Today, that defence continues, with a look at the RSA algorithm.
Domain name group plans satellite office in China
(AP)—The agency that oversees Internet domain names says it will open a satellite office in China, home of the world's largest Internet population.
New technology for animation film experts: Movie heroes to be transferred to virtual worlds more easily, realistically
Hollywood devotes great effort to chasing monsters through realistic-looking environments. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken have now developed a technology that greatly ...
Tech rival not getting Taiwan New Year's spotlight
South Korea's high-tech sector won't be taking the spotlight at Taiwan's biggest annual extravaganza.
Chinese typewriter anticipated predictive text, finds historian
(Phys.org)—By reorganizing the typewriter's characters into ready-made clusters of commonly used words, Mao-era Chinese typists solved problems that cell phones only came to recently.
Australian 'Dumb Ways to Die' safety clip goes viral
An online video featuring cartoon creatures killing themselves in a variety of ways as part of an Australian transport safety campaign has gone viral, with almost 12 million YouTube views in a week.
Virtual reality 'beaming' technology transforms human-animal interaction
Using cutting-edge virtual reality technology, researchers have 'beamed' a person into a rat facility allowing the rat and human to interact with each other on the same scale.
Obama gets sudden spike in Facebook 'likes'
US President Barack Obama got an exceptional spike of more than one million "likes" on Facebook this week in his battle with Republican Mitt Romney in the social media space, a monitoring site showed.
Robots using tools: With new grant, researchers aim to create 'MacGyver' robot
Robots are increasingly being used in place of humans to explore hazardous and difficult-to-access environments, but they aren't yet able to interact with their environments as well as humans. If today's ...
CAPTCHA evokes sympathetic (aka correct) response
Hackers slay characters in 'Warcraft' online game
Hackers staged a surprise attack on the online role-playing game World of Warcraft and "killed" some virtual characters, the company operating the game said Monday.
Capturing movements of actors and athletes in real time with conventional video cameras
Within milliseconds, and just with the help of mathematics, computing power and conventional video cameras, computer scientists at the Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken can automatically ...
Animation research could offer unparalleled control of characters without skeletons
(Phys.org) -- Computer-generated characters have become so lifelike in appearance and movement that the line separating reality is almost imperceptible at times. "The Matrix" sequels messed with audiences' ...