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If you played Doom during its heyday in the 90s, I have some disappointing news: it's not as frightening as you remember.
The CEO of the gadget-repair site iFixit explains why tech groups are suing the U.S. government over the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
What the heck is going on at WikiLeaks?
It happens to the best of us. After looking closely at a bank statement or cable bill, suddenly a small, unrecognizable charge appears.
In 1816, a teenager began to compose what many view as the first true work of science fiction—and unleashed one of the most subversive attacks on modern science ever written.
Werner Herzog gazes solemnly at the metal exoskeleton. The set of robotic arms lies slumped in a laboratory on the UCLA campus, surrounded by empty cardboard boxes and abandoned shelving units.
It's been a lousy couple of years for researchers who study the effects of computerized brain training.
Emerging technologies that draw from biomedical technology, nanotechnology, information technology and other fields are developing at a rapid pace and may lead to any number of ways people might be able to "upgrade" themselves…
Apple's legal battle over encryption dominated headlines earlier this year, but another tech giant is fighting a quieter legal war over user privacy: Microsoft. It won a major victory last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals…
Wang Peixin has seen the future, and he's sure it features robots serving up fried dumplings.
Government needs to do away with out-of-date agencies and open ones with more relevance, like a Department of Tech Support.
When Edward Snowden leaked highly classified secrets about government spying, he changed the way the world thinks of cybersecurity.
Silicon Valley may be powered by organic kale, but when Chinese tech gurus gather at 3W, a coffee shop-slash-incubator in the Chinese capital, they want sunflower seeds. And they want them fast.
Larry Stap's fifth-generation family dairy farm has come a long way since his great grandfather established it in Lynden, Wash., in 1910.
The energetic researchers who grounded the new "Ghostbusters" in hard science—giving it "geek cred"—are using a flurry of media attention to alter public perceptions.
A failed coup attempt in Turkey, which began during the evening of July 15, was apparently coordinated using the WhatsApp mobile messaging service, according to reports from Turkish media.
When historians look back at the turmoil over prejudice and policing in the U.S. over the past few years, they're unlikely to dwell on the case of Eric Loomis.
The Juno space probe is now in orbit around Jupiter, meaning space buffs around the world are eagerly awaiting whatever new data the probe sends back.
If you've installed the iOS 10 public beta since it came out last week, you’ll know that compatible iPads come loaded with the "Swift Playgrounds" app that Apple announced at WWDC.
It started as an April Fool's joke.
Hanns Tappeiner types a few lines of code into his laptop and hits "return."
Is it such a bad thing that women are underrepresented in tech and big data?
Memory-foam mattresses. The breathing devices firefighters wear. And infrared ear thermometers that give near-instant readings.
Just how smart can an airplane be?
A recent fatal crash in Florida involving a Tesla Model S is an example of how a new technology designed to make cars safer could, in some cases, make them more dangerous.
The new documentary about Stuxnet, 'Zero Days,' says the U.S. had a far larger cyber operation against Iran called Nitro Zeus that has compromised the country's infrastructure and could be used as a weapon in any future war.
When a police robot killed suspect Micah Johnson in Dallas early Friday morning, it was likely an unprecedented event.
The public is increasingly aware of the health and economic costs of air pollution.
John Holdren is no stranger to the spotlight. Over his long career in science, Holdren—a physicist by training—has worked on controversial issues such as climate change and nuclear non-proliferation.
By all accounts, technology has made us safer.