A prototype of a new robot face that teams in Germany and Japan have developed ingeniously solves the problem of how to make realistic human features from a variety of angles. A projector accurately beams a human face onto the back of the mask, changing the face on demand.
The merging of two technologies under development—plasmonics and nanophotonics—is promising the emergence of new quantum information systems far more powerful than today's computers. The technology hinges on using single photons for switching and routing in future computers that might harness the exotic principles of quantum mechanics.
A new report from the Global Information Industry Center at the University of California, San Diego examines the projected disconnect between U.S. wireless infrastructure capacity and consumer demand. According to "Point of View: Wireless Point of Disconnect," wireless use is growing rapidly and if present trends continue, demand will often outstrip capacity, causing congestion.
After having flummoxed cryptographers ever since it emerged from East Germany after the Cold War, the University of Southern California announced Tuesday that researchers had broken the Copiale Cipher—the writing used in a 105-page 18th-century document from Germany.
When the M-Cubed satellite, built by University of Michigan students, goes into orbit, it will become the first CubeSat to test a NASA instrument for major space missions. It is scheduled to be launched on October 28.
If quantum computers are ever to be realized, they likely will be made of different types of parts that will need to share information with one another, just like the memory and logic circuits in today's computers do. However, prospects for achieving this kind of communication seemed distant—until now.
The biggest study ever to examine the possible connection between cellphones and cancer found no evidence of any link, suggesting that billions of people who are rarely more than a few inches from their phones have no special health concerns.
The computer attack that hobbled Iran’s unfinished nuclear power plant last year was assumed to be the work of elite hackers backed by a nation-state. Alarming, however, key elements of the attack have been replicated in the laboratory by security experts, often with little time, money, or specialized skill.
In a bid to establish a system that is more precise and more reliable than the U.S.-established Global Positioning System, a Russian-French collaboration Friday launched the first two satellites of the European Union's Galileo navigation system.
Think the future of communication is 4G? Think again. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working on communication solutions for networks so futuristic they don't even exist yet. The team is investigating how to get devices a million times smaller than the length of an ant to communicate with one another to form nanonetworks.
Thirteen 12-m antennas manufactured by General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies have been installed at the 16,500-foot-high Chajnanator plateau in Chile, home to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) astronomical observatory.
At the Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit this week, researchers at the university released its latest report on the threats facing an interconnected world. Specific cyber threats include search poisoning, mobile web-based attacks, and stolen data used for marketing.
From the moment he saw Steve Wozniak’s homebuilt computer a pattern was set for Steve Jobs’ career. He moved technology from garages to pockets, took entertainment from discs to bytes and turned gadgets into extensions of the people who use them.
Detailed views of star formation in the Antennae galaxies are the first astronomical test images released to the public from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. Scheduled for completion in 2012, the array will look into the early history of the Universe and provide a better look at local planets and stars.
Wearing an antenna—without anyone knowing—is making a splash in the world of search and rescue. The European Space Agency has provided research and development guidance to Finnish company Patria, with the help of Tampere University of Technology, in designing a search and rescue radio antenna that can be sewn into a life vest.
A top Samsung executive says the company will take a bolder stance in its patent battle with smartphone and tablet rival Apple, which Samsung claims has been "free riding" on its patented wireless technologies.
A structure that is smaller than the wavelength of visible light should not be able to scatter light. But a new nanoantenna developed by researchers in Sweden does, using asymmetric materials that create optical phase shifts. The device could enable more accurate gas sensors.
Traits that make great software testers—intense focus, comfort with repetition, memory for detail—also happen to be characteristics of autism. This could be why Aspiritech, an Illinois-based nonprofit, has had repeated success in harnessing the debugging skills of people with autism to help companies solve software problems.
Human devices, from light bulbs to iPods, send information using electrons. Human bodies and all other living things, on the other hand, send signals and perform work using ions or protons. Materials scientists at the University of Washington have built a novel transistor that uses protons, creating a key piece for devices that can communicate directly with living things.
After years of lagging behind Japan, Mexico and other quake-prone countries, the U.S. government has been quietly testing an earthquake early warning system in California since February. Experts developing the systems say that even a 5-second advance notice can be precious.
Unbeknownst to most customers, AT&T Inc. has fired up a new wireless data network in five cities in the last few months, offering roughly double the speeds of its older network for a handful of devices.
A new University of Michigan-developed "subconscious mode" for smartphones and other WiFi-enabled mobile devices could extend battery life by as much as 54% for users on the busiest networks. The new power management approach is called E-MiLi, which stands for Energy-Minimizing Idle Listening.
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a way to measure how badly a Wi-Fi network would be disrupted by different types of attacks—a valuable tool for developing new security technologies.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University describe an experiment that allows a single photon to control the quantum state of another photon. The result could have wide-ranging consequences for quantum computing and quantum communication, the quantum analog to conventional telecommunications.
The days of waiting for smartphones to upload video may be numbered. Rice University engineering researchers have made a breakthrough that could allow wireless phone companies to double throughput on their networks without adding a single cell tower.