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Take a Virtual Voyage Into Darwin's Library
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Take a Virtual Voyage Into Darwin's Library

In his celebrated journey around the world on the HMS Beagle from 1831 to 1836, Charles Darwin collected a plethora of information on the geology, animals, plants...

NSA Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach
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NSA Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach

A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says steps have been taken to stop future incidents. But he says there's no way...

Harnessing the Speed of Light
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Harnessing the Speed of Light

The fields of data communication, fabrication, and ultrasound imaging share a common challenge when it comes to improving speed and efficiency: light's diffraction...

Early-Universe Explorer Looks for Answers
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Early-Universe Explorer Looks for Answers

On March 17, a panel of four astrophysicists held a press conference at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., to announce that they...

Forget Turing, the Lovelace Test Has a Better Shot at Spotting AI
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Forget Turing, the Lovelace Test Has a Better Shot at Spotting AI

When a chatbot called Eugene Goostman passed Alan Turing's famous measure of machine intelligence in June by posing as a Ukrainian teenager with questionable language...

The Hazards of Probing the Internet's Dark Side
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The Hazards of Probing the Internet's Dark Side

Late last year, hackers breached Target's data security and stole information from millions of credit cards.

Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer
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Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer

James H. Simons likes to play against type.

ARM Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories
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ARM Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories

Forest fire on the way? Building stress getting too high? Farmland too moist?

Keeping Time by Rubidium at the Naval Observatory
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Keeping Time by Rubidium at the Naval Observatory

You know when you dial a number, and a man reads you the exact time at the tone? That precise timekeeping starts at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

Snowden Asylum in Germany?
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Snowden Asylum in Germany?

Revelations by Edward Snowden about U.S. surveillance continue to shake Germany more than one year after he came forward as a National Security Agency whistleblower...

New N.S.A. Chief Calls Damage From Snowden Leaks Manageable
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New N.S.A. Chief Calls Damage From Snowden Leaks Manageable

The newly installed director of the National Security Agency says that while he has seen some terrorist groups alter their communications to avoid surveillance...

Ray Kurzweil Says He's Breathing Intelligence into Google Search
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Ray Kurzweil Says He's Breathing Intelligence into Google Search

The big announcements at Google's I/O event in San Francisco Wednesday didn't mention Web search, the technology that got the company started and made it so successful...

Larry Page on Google's Many Arms
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Larry Page on Google's Many Arms

One way to think of Google is as an extremely helpful, all-knowing, hyper-intelligent executive assistant.

Should We Fear the Robots of the Future?
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Should We Fear the Robots of the Future?

The world's oldest technology magazine is the MIT Technology Review.

Joseph LeDoux
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Joseph LeDoux

When it comes to the study of memory, we might be living in something of a golden age.

Searching for Answers in Very Old DNA
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Searching for Answers in Very Old DNA

As he puts it in the subtitle of his memoir, "Neanderthal Man," Svante Paabo goes in search of lost genomes.

Google's Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile
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Google's Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, Samsung introduced new software for its tablets, called the Magazine UX.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton Advocates for Security Cameras to Be Added to All City Subway Cars
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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton Advocates for Security Cameras to Be Added to All City Subway Cars

The NYPD could have dozens of new eyes in the transit system—without a cop setting foot on a train—if a plan to put surveillance cameras in subway cars gets the...

Three Questions with Amazon's Technology Chief, Werner Vogels
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Three Questions with Amazon's Technology Chief, Werner Vogels

In the eight years since Amazon.com rolled out its cloud-computing business, Amazon Web Services, this has grown from a side project that took advantage of the...
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