NSF-supported Stampede opens the gates of advanced computation to thousands of research teams
A National Science Foundation-supported, world-class supercomputer called Stampede—which has already enabled research teams to predict where and when earthquakes may strike, how much sea levels could rise ...
Knowing the unknown: Researchers work to build robots' awareness of their own limitations
Robot butlers that tidy your house or cook you a meal have long been the dream of science-fiction writers and artificial intelligence researchers alike.
Erasing electronic footprints to protect victims of domestic violence
A 'cleaner app' which allows those at risk from domestic violence to seek help online without leaving an electronic trail behind them has been developed by experts at Newcastle University, UK.
British teenage whiz strikes deal with Yahoo
At 17, he's a tech whiz, he's rich—and he can even offer some advice on how to raise your kids. Teenage programmer Nick D'Aloisio's decision to sell his news application Summly to Yahoo for what's rumored to ...
Curiosity resumes science investigations
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has resumed science investigations after recovery from a computer glitch that prompted the engineers to switch the rover to a redundant main computer on Feb. 28.
Mars rover back in action after computer problems
The Mars rover Curiosity is humming again after being sidelined by back-to-back computer problems.
Curiosity is back! Snapping fresh Martian vistas
Curiosity is back! After a multi week hiatus forced by a computer memory glitch, NASA's mega rover is back to full operation.
When energy-saving becomes a game
(Phys.org) —A smartphone application bringing gaming dimensions to energy awareness has helped householders in Finland, Sweden and Italy reduce their electricity consumption by up to 19%.
More efficient and reliable robotic-control systems
When a robot is moving one of its limbs through free space, its behavior is well-described by a few simple equations. But as soon as it strikes something solid—when a walking robot's foot hits the ground, ...
BlackBerry founders start quantum computing fund
BlackBerry co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin reunited on Wednesday to fund advances in quantum computing, which promises to vastly increase the speed of computers.
Curiosity rover exits 'safe mode'
(Phys.org) —NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has returned to active status and is on track to resume science investigations, following two days in a precautionary standby status, "safe mode."
Computer models show how deep carbon could return to Earth's surface
Computer simulations of water under extreme pressure are helping geochemists understand how carbon might be recycled from hundreds of miles below the Earth's surface. The work, by researchers at the University ...
Mars rover Curiosity stands down after new problem (Update)
The Mars rover Curiosity is sidelined again, further delaying the restart of science experiments, after recovering from a computer problem.
'Metasurfaces' to usher in new optical technologies
(Phys.org) —New optical technologies using "metasurfaces" capable of the ultra-efficient control of light are nearing commercialization, with potential applications including advanced solar cells, computers, ...