More than 100,000 taxpayers have had their personal tax information stolen from an IRS Web site as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The information was stolen from a system called "Get Transcript," where taxpayers can get tax returns and other tax filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen...
Pope Francis, Once a Chemist, to Issue Document Laying out Moral Justification to Fight Global WarmingMay 27, 2015 2:47 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments
From Galileo to genetics, the Roman Catholic Church has danced with science, sometimes in a high...
‘Colouring Water’ — a photograph by Michael Angelo Richardson from the Netherlands — has won the...
Portable electronics — typically made of non-renewable, non-biodegradable, potentially toxic...
Today’s industrial robots are remarkably efficient — as long as they’re in a controlled environment where everything is exactly where they expect it to be. But put them in an unfamiliar setting, where they have to think for themselves, and their efficiency plummets. And the difficulty of on-the-fly motion planning increases exponentially with the number of robots involved. For even a simple collaborative task...
Scientists whose research projects would significantly benefit from enhanced global network connectivity are invited to submit a project proposal to 2015 Enlighten Your Research Program Global (EYR-Global). The deadline is June 7. The EYR-Global program represents an important step forward in helping researchers in all fields to incorporate advanced global research networks to significantly improve discoveries and collaboration.
What if handheld tools know what needs to be done and were even able to guide and help inexperienced users to complete jobs that require skill? Researchers have developed and started studying a novel concept in robotics - intelligent handheld robots.
Crucial to most designs for quantum computers is quantum error correction, which helps preserve the fragile quantum states on which quantum computation depends. Until now, codes that could make do with limited measurements could correct only a limited number of errors. But now, researchers have presented a new code that can correct errors afflicting - almost - a specified fraction of a computer’s qubits.
Typhoon Maysak strengthened into a super typhoon on March 31, reaching Category 5 hurricane status on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured this image while flying over the weather system on board the International Space Station.
The Internet contains a vast trove of information - sometimes called the "Deep Web" - that isn't indexed by search engines: information that would be useful for tracking criminals, terrorist activities, sex trafficking and the spread of diseases. Scientists could also use it to search for images and data from spacecraft.
Understanding how turbulence can alter the shape and course of a flock of birds, a swarm of insects or even an algal bloom could help us to better predict their impact on the environment. Now mathematicians have investigated for the first time how the surrounding fluid environment – such as air and water - can affect the shape of a model flock.
The mathematician John Nash, who died in a taxi accident at the weekend, is probably best known to the wider public through Russell Crowe’s portrayal of him in the 2001 movie A Beautiful Mind. Although his achievements spanned a huge number of fields in the mathematical sciences, he will likely be best remembered for his work in the development of game theory.
In case you haven’t caught them yet, here's a recap of this week's most popular stories. Looking at the universe as a hologram; diesel fuel from carbon dioxide and water; first observations of a rare subatomic process; a big data history of music charts; secrets of colossal, invisible waves; perceptions of dress colors; and more are among the top hits.
Paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a gunshot wound when he was 21, Erik G. Sorto now can move a robotic arm just by thinking about it and using his imagination. Sorto is the first person in the world to have a neural prosthetic device implanted in a region of the brain where intentions are made, giving him the ability to perform a fluid hand-shaking gesture, drink a beverage and even play “rock, paper, scissors.”
Computer simulations have predicted a new phase of matter, an atomically thin two-dimensional liquid. This prediction pushes the boundaries of possible phases of materials further than ever before. Two-dimensional materials themselves were considered impossible until the discovery of graphene around 10 years ago. However, they have been observed only in the solid phase, because the thermal atomic motion required for molten materials...
This 5x photo shows bread mold encapsulated into droplets. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken using fluorescence.
Everyone has heard the old adage that time is money. In today’s society, business moves at the speed of making a phone call, looking something up online via your cell phone, or posting a tweet. So, when time is money (and can be a lot of money), why are businesses okay with waiting weeks or even months to get valuable information from their data?
SC15’s Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase Program will provide a forum for the year's most instrumental movies in HPC. The Showcase Committee is “very interested in creating a repository of images and clips that can be used for education, motivation, and to explain science and engineering systems, particularly in HPC activities.” Participation is encouraged from people and areas that normally do not get involved with SC.
Anyone can suffer from an infection, for example in their stomach, urinary tract or skin. However, a new Danish study shows that a patient’s distress does not necessarily end once the infection has been treated. In fact, ensuing infections can affect your cognitive ability measured by an IQ test.