Smarter, safer robots could expand automation to new areas of production work and help many manufacturers regain a competitive edge against those using low-cost labor.
Key moments in the rover's journey from NASA's JPL to the surface of the red planet.
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In August, a study of 50,000 people in Italy concluded that online social networks have a significant negative impact on individual welfare.
If you prefer beautiful routes over short ones, GPS mapping algorithms are of little use. But In July, Yahoo researchers came up with an approach that could change that.
Food shortages in developing countries have always been difficult to monitor in real time. But mobile phone data is changing that, say demographers.
The ebb and flow of geolocated Twitter activity is a “social microscope” that reveals the heartbeat of a city, say complexity scientists.
The digital chatter of smart meters could soon replace human communications on the GSM mobile phone network, say network engineers.
The best way to build a global quantum internet will use containerships to carry qubits across the oceans, say physicists.
Last year, the news media reported on 195,000 disasters around the world. The ones you heard about depend crucially on your location.
A computer-controlled text message service could direct Ebola cases to appropriate medical facilities and track the spread of the disease in the process--provided it can raise the necessary funding.
Apple's SIM card that lets you switch wireless carriers on the fly could lead to cheaper communications.
Urban "Fingerprints" Finally Reveal the Similarities (and Differences) Between American and European Cities
Travelers have long noticed that some American cities "feel" more European than others. Now physicists have discovered a way to measure the "fingerprint" of a city that captures this sense.