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The Internet is routinely described as borderless, and that is often how it feels.
When Chinese scientists announced in April they had edited human embryos using a new genetic tool called Crispr, the headlines blared "designer babies," and the world woke up to Crispr's power.
At 11:59 P.M. on Saturday night, the U.S. National Security Agency supposedly yanked the cord on its bulk telephone records collection, thereby ending an expansive surveillance program that the nation's intelligence community…
. . . and why it will have to wait.
On repositories of patches and tension between security professionals and in-house developers.
Lessons learned from a decade of practice.
Until we moderate our fascination with creating ideas, we will not achieve the rate of innovations we seek.
Critical reflection on value choices.
Ban the bots? Considering both sides of the argument for and against.
Let me unequivocally state: The status quo with respect to innocent civilian casualties is utterly and wholly unacceptable.
Experiences with a successful school program in Scotland.
Computers should not treat their owners as adversaries.
We have a lot to learn from standards efforts in science and mathematics education.
ETH's Torsten Hoefler walks through a week of workshops, tutorials, papers, and his reactions to a week at SC.
The HPC Matters program is a multi-year effort to communicate the benefits — from the development of new medical therapies …
Online mega-retailer Amazon appears to be exploring the use of …
A new machine-vision strategy for data-mining a massive database of …
A team at Sandia National Laboratories has developed software that …