By mining a vast database of high-school yearbook photos, a machine-vision algorithm reveals the change in hairstyles, clothing, and even smiles over the last century.
Researchers in Peru have a new way to capture electricity from plants and bacteria to help rainforest communities.
Self-driving cars are already cruising the streets. But before they can become widespread, carmakers must solve an impossible ethical dilemma of algorithmic morality.
Biologists have long puzzled over why neurons have thousands of synapses. Now neuroscientists have shown they are crucial not just for recognizing patterns but for learning the sequence in which they appear.
Government officials want us to believe that encryption is helping terrorists, but law enforcement still has plenty of tools to get the data.
The discovery of a stable form of one-dimensional diamond has scientists racing to understand its properties. The first signs are that diamond nanothread will be more versatile than anyone expected.
A pair of physicist-biologists show the many ways animals use hairs to keep clean – and how we might leverage nature’s design expertise.
A new kit called Amino promises home-brew bioengineering for less than the price of a MacBook.
In a world first, a machine plays chess by evaluating the board rather than using brute force to work out every possible move.