Why Does Your Microwave Oven Mess With The Wi-Fi Connection?

Wireless devices often lose Internet connectivity whenever the microwave oven is running. Here's why it happens and what you can do to fix it. » 12/03/14 9:20am 12/03/14 9:20am

Brain-inspired Microchips Simulate One Million Neurons In Real Time

By modeling a circuit board on the human brain, Stanford bioengineers have developed microchips that are 9,000 times faster than a typical PC. Called Neurogrid, these energy-efficient circuits could eventually power autonomous robots and advanced prosthetic limbs. » 4/29/14 8:15am 4/29/14 8:15am

Breakthrough: The World’s First Carbon Nanotube Computer

It’s only got 178 transistors, but it’s an important proof-of-concept that’s poised to keep Moore’s Law right on track. The breakthrough, in which a basic computer was powered by microscopic chains of carbon atoms, means we may have finally found a viable alternative to silicon chips. » 9/25/13 12:00pm 9/25/13 12:00pm

Human teleportation is far more impractical than we thought

Physics students from the University of Leicester have calculated the time and energy required to beam a complete person from the Earth’s surface to a location in space. Their results were discouraging, to say the least. » 8/01/13 8:00am 8/01/13 8:00am

The Pentagon Wants a Computer That Can Teach Itself

In an effort to pick up the pace of research and development in AI, the U.S. military’s advanced concepts research wing is launching an initiative to design automated tools that will make it easier to not just program computers, but to help computers teach themselves. » 3/25/13 8:10am 3/25/13 8:10am

Could someone really destroy the whole Internet?

In just 40 years, our whole civilization has become dependent on the Internet, in more ways than we could count. So when you hear activist groups threatening to crash the whole thing, or doomsday preppers warning of a global Internet failure, it's pretty scary. » 9/19/12 11:40am 9/19/12 11:40am

Paul Otlet Predicts the Internet in 1934

In 1895, Paul Otlet invented the first search engine: he accepted factual queries by mail, and combed through his collection of over 400,000 index cards for the answers. But even more impressive are Otlet’s remarkably prescient essays on the future information technology. In his 1934 work, “Traité de documentation,”… » 10/13/08 8:40am 10/13/08 8:40am