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3 Questions: Dara Entekhabi on NASA's Soil-Moisture Mission
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3 Questions: Dara Entekhabi on NASA's Soil-Moisture Mission

Dara Entekhabi, an MIT professor of civil and environmental engineering and of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, is the science team leader of NASA's ...

Andreessen Horowitz Reveals the 16 Trends It's Closely Watching
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Andreessen Horowitz Reveals the 16 Trends It's Closely Watching

It's hard to predict what startups Andreessen Horowitz wants to get behind.

Hands-On With Microsoft's Unbelievable New Holographic Goggles
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Hands-On With Microsoft's Unbelievable New Holographic Goggles

It's the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of rain are just beginning to let up.

The Voice-Activated Video Game
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The Voice-Activated Video Game

When he was in grad school, the roboticist Daniel Wilson installed 150 binary sensors in his house.

9 of the World's Leading Designers Talk About What Matters Now
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9 of the World's Leading Designers Talk About What Matters Now

Design is in flux.

Snowden: U.S. Has Put Too Much Emphasis on Cyber-offense, Needs Defense
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Snowden: U.S. Has Put Too Much Emphasis on Cyber-offense, Needs Defense

In an on-camera interview with James Bamford for an upcoming episode of PBS' NOVA, Edward Snowden warned that the U.S. Department of Defense and National Security...

Linux's Creator Wants Us All to Chill Out About the Leap Second
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Linux's Creator Wants Us All to Chill Out About the Leap Second

The leap second is the rare and obscure practice of occasionally adding a second to the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) system that most of us use to set our watches...

A 100-Year Study of Artificial Intelligence? Microsoft Research's Eric Horvitz Explains
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A 100-Year Study of Artificial Intelligence? Microsoft Research's Eric Horvitz Explains

It's challenging enough to sustain any scientific study for a decade. Now Eric Horvitz, managing director of the Microsoft Research lab in Redmond, Washington,...

This Mathematician Figured Out How to Solve for Zero
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This Mathematician Figured Out How to Solve for Zero

To mathematician Amir Aczel the most important number of all might just be zero.

A Q&A With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network
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A Q&A With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network

Lizard Squad. That's the hacker group whose name is suddenly on everyone's lips after it took credit for ruining Christmas for PlayStation and Xbox gamers everywhere...

North Korea and Cyberterrorists Won Big in Sony Hack, Researcher Says
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North Korea and Cyberterrorists Won Big in Sony Hack, Researcher Says

It looks like the great cyber-war with North Korea has begun, at least by proxy.

William Gibson Sees the Future
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William Gibson Sees the Future

"The thing to keep in mind," William Gibson tells me when we meet in the quiet lounge of a Victorian-style hotel in Chicago, "is that I’m not actually predicting...

Forget Turing—I Want to Test Computer Creativity
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Forget Turing—I Want to Test Computer Creativity

What are the elements of the Turing test?

Boston Researcher Cynthia Breazeal Is Ready to Bring Robots Into the Home. Are You?
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Boston Researcher Cynthia Breazeal Is Ready to Bring Robots Into the Home. Are You?

The MIT Media Lab's Personal Robots Group flanks the soaring atrium on the fourth floor of the Wiesner Building, a wall of metal panels along the southern edge...

Father of Web Tells Russia's Putin: Internet Is Not a 'CIA Project'
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Father of Web Tells Russia's Putin: Internet Is Not a 'CIA Project'

The inventor of the World Wide Web said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was incorrect when he alleged the Internet was a project created by U.S...

Tech's Lost Chapter: An Oral History of Boston's Rise and Fall
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Tech's Lost Chapter: An Oral History of Boston's Rise and Fall

In the popular telling, the dawn of personal computing begins in the summer of 1976, when Steve Wozniak showed off the Apple I at a meeting of the Homebrew Computer...

The Last Astronauts to Fly to Hubble Talk About Their Wild Mission
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The Last Astronauts to Fly to Hubble Talk About Their Wild Mission

On a sunny afternoon in May, 2009, seven astronauts strapped themselves into the space shuttle Atlantis and rocketed toward the heavens.

Finding an Image with an Image and Other Feats of Computer Vision
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Finding an Image with an Image and Other Feats of Computer Vision

"We found that people were searching for squirrels just to favorite them, just to click 'like.' And the same with buses."

Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind
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Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind

He told the BBC: "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."
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