Particles of dark matter should trigger nanoexplosions in certain materials, an idea that could lead to an entirely new generation of detectors, say physicists.
The successful test of a soft touchdown demonstrates a capability that could cut the cost of space launches significantly.
An iPad accessory launching later this year will bring transparent morphing buttons to the device’s screen to aid touch-typing.
A new optogenetic protein gives neuroscientists more control over brain circuits.
Automation is reducing the need for people in many jobs. Are we facing a future of stagnant income and worsening inequality?
Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. But the models may hide rather than reveal the deepest sources of social ills.
Creating artificial intelligence turns out to be far more challenging than anyone expected. But the new Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines is ready to try again. This time, computer scientists, biologists, and neuroscientists will be tackling the problem together.
Microsoft says the AI systems behind its new personal assistant will allow it to quickly become much smarter as more people use it.