The victory comes 100 years after the birth of mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, whose "Turing test" stands as one of the foundational definitions of what constitutes true machine intelligence. Turing argued that we will never be able to see inside a machine's hypothetical consciousness, so the best measure of machine sentience is whether
Japanese auto giant Toyota has been working hard to improve battery technology to power electric vehicles. It's important research too, given the batteries used in such vehicles can account for up to half the cost to consumers.
NASA is planning to put humans back into its space missions, with a preliminary report detailing how it will use astronauts to aid the robotic exploration of Mars, and eventually lead to landing a man or woman on the red planet.
SPACE – The James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2018, is NASA's next big thing, and the planned replacement for the famous Hubble Space Telescope. Big, expensive, and ambitious, the telesope is exactly all that, but why does NASA need it?
American scientists have developed a material that beats the record for converting waste heat into power – something they hope will be incorporated into clean energy investment.
New research suggests a massive asteroid impact two and a half million years ago would have created a mega-tsunami and plunged the world into a severe ice age.
After a two-year study, scientists say the likelihood of its existence stands at 99.996% (or the same level of significance as the recent discovery of the Higgs boson).
Researchers claim to have crafted a 'nano-velcro' material that offers a swift, sensitive and low-cost way of detecting toxic mercury in water and fish, according to a study published in the journal Nature Materials.
Altering the degree to which a surface repels water can in turn alter how violently water boils, a finding that could help improve the efficiency of heating.
Researchers have created invisible Quick Response (QR) codes that could help fight a growing battle with counterfeit money and goods.
The European Space Agency's Mars Express, after taking some time out to assist in the recent landing of NASA's Curiosity rover, has returned to its primary mission of studying the diverse geology and atmosphere of the 'Red Planet' from orbit.
DARPA's Cheetah robot is already the fastest legged robot ever made. That apparently isn't enough though, as it has just broken its own land speed record of 28.8 km/h.
An extensive DNA database has generated a map of the genetic switches affecting everything from hair loss to cancer, and opened the door to revolutionary treatments for a host of diseases, according to researchers.
A multinational team of scientists has detected simple sugar molecules in the gas surrounding a young Sun-like star, around 400 light years away. While sugar has previously been detected in molecular gas clouds, this is the first time it has been seen close to a star.
In a long study led by Anne Jaskot from the University of Michigan, astronomers have been able to distinguish between different sources of the X-rays produced by so called "superbubbles".
A new "nano machine shop" that shapes nanowires and ultrathin films could represent a future manufacturing method for tiny structures with potentially revolutionary properties.
Dr. Michael Stevens of the Naval Research Laboratory is leading an international research team in tracking the rapid transport of the exhaust plume from the final launch of the space shuttle in July 2011. The team has found that the plume moved quickly to the Arctic, forming unusually bright polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs) there a
In Star Wars, Luke Skywalker gazed at a sky with two suns. Now scientists have discovered such a system. The discovery dramatically widens the range of environments and conditions in which planets could form.
While conventional radiation therapy delivers cell-killing radiation to all cells throughout a beam’s path, the new approach causes no damage to tissue surrounding a targeted tumor, so say researchers.
The historic discovery provides surprising new insights into how these spectacular stellar deaths occur, and allows astronomers to refine calculations which use these types of supernovae to determine cosmic distances.