Stories by Sharon Gaudin

Stanford 'high-rise' chip takes on IoT and big data

Stanford University researchers have built a multi-layered "high-rise" chip that could significantly outperform traditional computer chips, taking on the hefty workloads that will be needed for the Internet of Things and big data.

Atom smasher preps for renewed hunt for dark matter, God particle

The Large Hadron Collider, the atom smasher that has hunted for antimatter and the elusive Higgs boson, shut down in February 2013 for an overhaul and upgrade. Now, scientists are getting ready to fire up the collider, which has been called "one of the greatest engineering milestones of mankind," again.

Instagram gains user momentum, passing Twitter

Photo-sharing site Instagram said Wednesday that its active monthly user base reached 300 million, a dramatic 50% increase in the past nine months.

Twitter sees 2014 as year of the celebrity selfie

In 2014, people around the world were celebrating, mourning, protesting and connecting. And thanks to the approximately 500 million tweets being posted every day this year, they were largely doing it on Twitter.

Orion's lesson for IT: Test your systems, then test again (and again)

When NASA's new spacecraft, Orion, made its maiden voyage last week, it completed its successful 4.5-hour trip running on a 12-year-old processor and a computer that's far from state-of-the-art. tells customers, 'Make an offer' is going after online auction giant eBay just in time for the big holiday shopping season.

Mars once was warm, wet and humid

NASA scientists today touted new evidence of a warm, wet and humid Mars that lasted for millions of years and could have supported life.

Splashdown! Orion completes successful maiden voyage

After orbiting the Earth twice and climbing 15 times higher than the orbit of the International Space Station, NASA's new spacecraft, Orion, today completed its maiden voyage and returned safely to Earth.

Orion spacecraft makes historic launch

After various snags kept NASA's Orion spacecraft from lifting off Thursday, the next-generation spacecraft had a flawless launch at 7:05 this morning.

The Orion spacecraft is no smarter than your phone

Orion, NASA's next-generation deep space vehicle, is going to eventually fly to Mars - run by a computer that's no smarter than your smartphone.

NASA resets launch of Orion

Today wasn't the day for NASA's next-generation spacecraft Orion to lift off on its first test flight.

Google says bye bye, CAPTCHAs, well, mostly

Sick of typing those annoying, and barely readable, letters and numbers to prove to a website that you're not a robot or a spammer?

Stephen Hawking says AI could 'end human race'

Barely a month after Elon Musk called artificial intelligence a threat to humanity, another voice a much bigger voice in the scientific world warned that the technology could end mankind.

NASA's first Orion launch will test tech that could take humans to Mars

NASA will take a huge step this week in its efforts to build the technology, rockets and spacecraft needed to send astronauts to Mars.

Intel gives Google Glass a needed boost

Just weeks after speculation surfaced that Google was abandoning Glass, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Intel Corp. is going to supply chips for the wearable device.