Stories by Sharon Gaudin

NASA spacecraft to be full of 'dazzling' data after Pluto flyby

After a journey of nine years and 3 billion miles, the New Horizons spacecraft re-established contact with NASA and was furiously collecting data and what are expected to be "dazzling" images of the dwarf planet Pluto.

Facebook reportedly working on 'Moneypenny' virtual assistant

Facebook is reportedly working on a virtual assistant for its Messenger app.

Amazon, Walmart go toe-to-toe with Black Friday-like smackdown

Looking for some Black Friday kind of deals in the middle of July? If you are, this is your week.

Here's how to follow NASA's Pluto flyby

As NASA'S New Horizons spacecraft closes in on its Pluto flyby early Tuesday morning, stargazers interested in the historic mission can use a number apps to track it and even print out a 3D model of the spacecraft.

AWS pushes out new services at Cloud Summit

Amazon Web Services continues to pile on the new features and services for its enterprise customers.

Longtime Microsoft partner Yahoo tests search with Google

Just months after Yahoo extended its long-term search agreement with Microsoft, Yahoo is testing a search partnership with Google.

Google's A.I. system gets its snark from humans

A Google computer recently made headlines for appearing to become agitated and verbally lashing out at the human working with it.

NASA readies test for first Mars airplane

NASA scientists are working on a plane that would be deployed from a rover's landing system to fly across the Martian surface and take images of potential landing sites for future astronaut missions.

SpaceX rocket explodes after lift-off on resupply mission

A SpaceX rocket carrying a resupply spacecraft bound for the International Space Station exploded less than two minutes after launch earlier today.

NASA to use holographic glasses on space station

The International Space Station is going to be getting a little more like Star Trek.

Researchers to use Google cloud to aid in genome analysis

Researchers at MIT and Harvard are partnering with Google to use its cloud platform to take genomic data and use it to find cures to diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

Google goes after Apple with its own free music service

Google is launching a free music service in a move that pits it against Apple, Pandora and Spotify.

Separating science fact from science fiction in robotics (with video)

Science-fiction movies often show robots freely running across the screen, either wreaking havoc or saving the world.

Researcher finds redemption, possible hotel deal after robotics challenge

A professor not only found redemption at the finals of the DARPA Robotics Challenge earlier this month, he might have found his robot a job at a Las Vegas hotel.

Robots compete in NASA challenge

A robotics team from West Virginia won $100,000 in this year's NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge, held this week at WPI in Worcester, Mass.