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The Former Secretary of Defense Outlines the Future of Warfare
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The Former Secretary of Defense Outlines the Future of Warfare

To an engineer in Silicon Valley, the Defense Department can look a little old, a little slow, and a little fat.

Inside Nat Geo's Incredible Documentary Mission to Mars
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Inside Nat Geo's Incredible Documentary Mission to Mars

A spaceship is preparing to land on Mars when the crew notices that one of the thrusters isn’t firing.

Obama's Concerned an AI Could Hack America's Nukes
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Obama's Concerned an AI Could Hack America's Nukes

During his eight years in office, President Barack Obama has seen hackers grow into a threat no president has faced before.

How One Journalist Uses Social Media to Get Inside the Minds of ISIS
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How One Journalist Uses Social Media to Get Inside the Minds of ISIS

Rukmini Callimachi is arguably the best reporter on the most impor­tant beat in the world. As a New York Times correspondent covering terrorism, her work explores...

Werner Herzog's Web
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Werner Herzog's Web

Werner Herzog gazes solemnly at the metal exoskeleton. The set of robotic arms lies slumped in a laboratory on the UCLA campus, surrounded by empty cardboard boxes...

The President's NSA Advisory Board Finally Gets a Tech Expert
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The President's NSA Advisory Board Finally Gets a Tech Expert

It's taken more than a decade, but a critical oversight board tasked with advising the president on the privacy and civil liberties implications of the NSA's surveillance...

It's Been 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independence
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It's Been 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independence

When digital dystopians and critics of Internet libertarians need a rhetorical dart board, they often pull out a document written by John Perry Barlow, co-founder...

Snowden's Chronicler Reveals Her Own Life Under Surveillance
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Snowden's Chronicler Reveals Her Own Life Under Surveillance

Laura Poitras has a talent for disappearing. In her early documentaries like My Country, My Country and The Oath, her camera seems to float invisibly in rooms where...

Huge MIT Media Lab Inventions That Transformed Our World
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Huge MIT Media Lab Inventions That Transformed Our World

For the last 30 years, the MIT Lab has been a breeding ground for technological progress that’s pushed the world into the future.

The Martian's Andy Weir Is All Buddy-Buddy with NASA
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The Martian's Andy Weir Is All Buddy-Buddy with NASA

When sci-fi author Andy Weir went to visit mission control at NASA's Johnson Space Center, the International Space Station was going through a crisis—an air leak...

Why AI Is Humanity's Last Hope
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Why AI Is Humanity's Last Hope

Alex Garland has one thought when it comes to the AI revolution: Bring it on.

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.

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.

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...

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.

Alibaba's Founder on Why His Company Is Killing It in China
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Alibaba's Founder on Why His Company Is Killing It in China

Alibaba founder Jack Ma and the Notorious BIG may seem like two very different people—OK, fine, they're polar opposites—but on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative’s...

The Man Who Will Build Google's Elusive Quantum Computer
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The Man Who Will Build Google's Elusive Quantum Computer

John Martinis is one of the world's foremost experts on quantum computing, a growing field of science that aims to process information at super high speeds using...

The Engineer of the Original Apple Mouse Talks About His Remarkable Career
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The Engineer of the Original Apple Mouse Talks About His Remarkable Career

Jim Yurchenco was responsible for squeezing the guts inside the impossibly slim Palm V.

This Sci-Fi Author Thinks Amazon Will Cause an Apocalypse
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This Sci-Fi Author Thinks Amazon Will Cause an Apocalypse

Charles Stross is an award-winning science fiction author whose books include The Bloodline Feud, about timeline-hopping narco-terrorists, Halting State, a near...

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's Future, From Virtual Reality to Anonymity
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Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's Future, From Virtual Reality to Anonymity

No one ever accused Mark Zuckerberg of standing pat.
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