Armchair cybersleuths on the trail of the PlayStation Network hackers have been focusing attention on a chat log that shows technically sophisticated PlayStation tinkerers discussing Sony’s security vulnerabilities just two months before the breach.
Google and Apple have both been in the news lately over details of how both companies’ mobile operating systems store and transmit geolocation data. Google is facing a similar class action lawsuit filed in Detroit on Wednesday.
Physicists at the University of Geneva in Switzerland have devised a new kind of quantum experiment using humans as photon detectors, and in doing so have made the quantum phenomenon of entanglement visible to the naked eye for the first time.
Marcia Angell, M.D., former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at pharmaceutical companies’ profits in the Fortune 500 list of the world’s most profitable companies. She found that the top 10 pharmaceutical companies’ comb
Two separate research teams using different methods have topped the 100 terabits per second mark through a single optical fiber. That’s enough data flow to download three seamless months worth of HD video in a single second.
UC San Diego researchers have struck upon a novel idea that could make Android phones 11 times more efficient than they are currently: a custom-tailored processor that is optimized to run the most widely used apps on a given phone.
TenKsolar says it can increase the amount of solar power generated on rooftops by 25 to 50 percent, and reduce the overall cost of solar power by changing the way solar cells are wired together and adding inexpensive reflectors to gather more light.
Imagine a swarm of microrobots—tiny devices a few hair widths across—swimming through your blood vessels and repairing damage, or zipping around in computer chips as a security lock, or quickly knitting together heart tissue.
The embodiment of our biological and cultural diversity, the link between the past and the future of evolution, the common property of past, present and future generations of farming communities who have been seed breeders, is being stolen...
Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in men and the seventh most common cancer in women. It is estimated that 68,130 people in the United States were diagnosed in 2010, and 8,700 died. With proper screening, melanoma can often be caught early eno
With some genetic sleuthing, scientists have fingered a likely culprit in the spread of leprosy in the southern United States: the nine-banded armadillo. DNA tests show a match in the leprosy strain between some patients and these prehistoric-look
The last time an ocean submersible took a crew down to Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in the Mariana Trench (about 36,000 feet below the surface), it was 1960.
An MIT study argues that keeping it in temporary storage for decades, rather than permanently burying it, has many benefits.
In the year 2020, cars will fly, cities will power themselves with sunlight, biofuels, and minerals mined from the moon, computers will be more powerful than the human brain, and everything will be a touchscreen! Perhaps.
That means companies like Monsanto, which provides about 90 percent of the world’s transgenic crops, will help the government decide whether their own products should be approved.
The timing couldn't be worse, say SETI scientists. After millenniums of musings, this spring astronomers announced that 1,235 new possible planets had been observed by Kepler, a telescope on a space satellite. They predict that dozens of these plane
The SETI Institute has been forced to temporarily shut down operations at its telescope array due to federal and state funding cutbacks.
Fire ants might be infuriating little beasts, an invasive species we'd all be pleased to see banished to its native Brazil, but it turns out a fire ant colony has some pretty amazing properties.
Using a aluminum foil, gelatin, milk protein, and a cheap LED light--items that collectively sell for under a buck--he’s created a fast, one-hour test for acute pancreatitis.
The sweet potato has become an unsung hero against malnutrition in Africa. High in vitamin A and suited to a variety of climates, it hass championed by advocates of biofortification, a movement to improve global health by breeding nutrient-rich crops
They’re all perfectly capable of transforming electrons into motive power. And some, like Chip Yates’ 190.6-mph beast, are blindingly quick. But in their pursuit of powertrain innovation, the people building these machines have overlooked...
They explained bone fractures, didn’t ask cause of lacerations, and called the hallucinations routine. Medical professionals entrusted with the care of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay turned a blind eye when there were clear indications of abuse.
The FBI’s unprecedented effort to behead the Coreflood botnet. The bureau has tracked a dramatic decline in the number of pings from the botnet since the takedown operation began earlier this month.
Georgia Tech engineers believe they’ve developed the next weapon in the ongoing challenge of detecting concussions and other traumatic brain injuries: deployable radar systems that could be tucked away on any NFL sideline.
It is no wonder we have such a positive association with sweets. They viscerally evoke memories of happiness and make us feel like good people. Each taste of sugar harkens back to feelings of love, approval, security and good times. We are Pavlovian
The growing role of complex software provides increased functionality and value for consumers. From gadgets to cars to the power industry, we’re seeing more industries embrace software that tailors products to our individual needs.
Physicists have detected the heaviest bit of weird antimatter ever found -- a nucleus that is the antimatter partner to helium. For every particle of matter, a matching antimatter particle is thought to exist with the same mass, but an opposite charg
Joi Ito, the multi-talented investor and thinker who has just been announced as the new head of MIT's media lab, than his account of how he became so addicted to World of Warcraft that he became a Guild Master in the game.
A new nerve-cell-support design could give amputees better control over prosthetic limbs.
Specifically, researchers recently sang the praises of potatoes with yellow flesh -- like Yukon Gold. In a small study of men, eating a cup of yellow potatoes every day for 6 weeks helped lower blood levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), a compound that pr