Can robots have social intelligence?
Visiting Eric Horvitz at Microsoft Research headquarters in Redmond, Wash., is a full-service experience.
The internet is on fire but Snowden's heroes can't save us
Just ahead of the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, Edward Snowden has sent what he hopes will be a strong message to the powers that control the internet in a video link streamed live to South by Southwest ...
Self-organizing robots: Robotic construction crew needs no foreman (w/ video)
On the plains of Namibia, millions of tiny termites are building a mound of soil—an 8-foot-tall "lung" for their underground nest. During a year of construction, many termites will live and die, wind and ...
Microsoft's Bing accused of Chinese-language censorship
Microsoft's search engine Bing appears to be heavily censoring its Chinese-language search results across the globe as well as inside China, a cyber-monitoring group said Wednesday.
Something old, something new... Grand Canyon surprises
The Grand Canyon as we know it was formed between five and six million years ago, which is youthful in geological terms, but parts of it could be as old as 70 million years, scientists said Sunday.
Chevrolet to roll out 4G-connected cars
The new Chevrolets coming out this year will be faster—on the information superhighway.
Is eating DNA safe?
Eating DNA sounds scary but it's completely safe. I do it every day. Let me explain.
Researchers examine the social networks of wild giraffes
(Phys.org) —New research from The University of Queensland reinforces the value of network analysis and long-term studies for examining the social systems of wild animals.
Ph.D. student names three new algae species in the Everglades
Sylvia Lee never intended on finding, let alone naming, three new species of algae in the Florida Everglades.
Watching the production of new proteins in live cells
Researchers at Columbia University, in collaboration with biologists in Baylor College of Medicine, have made a significant step in understanding and imaging protein synthesis, pinpointing exactly where and ...
Flatworms lose their heads but not their memories: Study finds memories stored outside the brain
(Phys.org) —Tufts University biologists using new, automated training and testing techniques have found that planarian flatworms store memory outside their brains and, if their heads are removed, can apparently ...
Antarctic science documentary is also a teaching tool for aspiring film students
An unusual Rutgers University program that involves undergraduates in making documentary films about science has released a three-minute trailer for a project that was filmed in the ice and beneath the frigid ...
Research into carbon storage in Arctic tundra reveals unexpected insight into ecosystem resiliency
When UC Santa Barbara doctoral student Seeta Sistla and her adviser, environmental studies professor Josh Schimel, went north not long ago to study how long-term warming in the Arctic affects carbon storage, ...
Combination of crowdsourcing and computer vision could identify individuals within endangered populations
Keeping track of individuals in an endangered population of animals is a cumbersome and time-consuming task. Conservationists physically tag animals in the wild to better follow them over time. But tagging ...