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The Women Who Rule Pluto
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The Women Who Rule Pluto

For all the firsts coming out of the New Horizons mission—color footage of Pluto, photos of all five of its moons, and flowing datastreams about Pluto's composition...

How Stargazing Became a Numbers Game
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How Stargazing Became a Numbers Game

People have long thought of astronomy as the science of looking to the stars, but discoveries in the cosmos increasingly come from a different kind of observational...

Hacking the Brain
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Hacking the Brain

The perfectibility of the human mind is a theme that has captured our imagination for centuries—the notion that, with the right tools, the right approach, the right...

Facebook Is Eating the Internet
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Facebook Is Eating the Internet

Facebook, it seems, is unstoppable. The social publishing site, just 11 years old, is now the dominant force in American media.

Nasa Went to Space and All Humans Got Was This Acne Treatment
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Nasa Went to Space and All Humans Got Was This Acne Treatment

Earlier this week, researchers from Imperial College London announced that they had developed a way to make dialysis more effective for patients with kidney failure—inspired...

How Isis Succeeds on Social Media Where #stopkony Fails
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How Isis Succeeds on Social Media Where #stopkony Fails

Social networks offer an incredible tool for tapping into the collective unconscious, a virtual Jungian arena in which competition might be expected to amplify...

The Attention Machine
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The Attention Machine

Human attention isn't stable, ever, and it costs us: lives lost when drivers space out, billions of dollars wasted on inefficient work, and mental disorders that...

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.

A Visit to the Corporate-Industrial Robotics Competition For Teenagers
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A Visit to the Corporate-Industrial Robotics Competition For Teenagers

Sometimes I think of school as an overlapping set of calendars.

Hacking a ­niverse's Worth of Data
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Hacking a ­niverse's Worth of Data

On a Friday night in New York City you can find just about anything. And this past Friday about 130 hackers gathered in the Hayden Planetarium to participate in...

Dudes With Drones
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Dudes With Drones

No one knows exactly how many personal drones are buzzing through our skies, but Chris Anderson, the longtime editor of Wired magazine who now heads a drone manufacturer...

Helen Keller and the Glove That Couldn't Hear
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Helen Keller and the Glove That Couldn't Hear

On the second day of March 1950, Helen Keller showed up at MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics. There, she encountered Norbert Wiener, the mathematician and...

How Two Men ­nlocked Modern Encryption
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How Two Men ­nlocked Modern Encryption

In September of 1974, when he was 30 years old, Whitfield Diffie was obsessed with cryptography.

The Coming Age of the Internet Naturalist
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The Coming Age of the Internet Naturalist

Three years ago, Shaun Winterton was looking at photos of bugs on Flickr.

The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets
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The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets

The first rule of riding in Google's self-driving car, says Dmitri Dolgov, is not to compliment Google's self-driving car.

Remembering Mit, When There Were Just 50 Women in a Class of 1,000
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Remembering Mit, When There Were Just 50 Women in a Class of 1,000

When Radia Perlman attended MIT in the late '60s and '70s, she was one of just a few dozen women (about 50) out of a class of 1,000.

When Will Genomics Cure Cancer?
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When Will Genomics Cure Cancer?

Since the beginning of this century, the most rapidly advancing field in the life sciences, and perhaps in human inquiry of any sort, has been genomics.

The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think
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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

"It depends on what you mean by artificial intelligence."

The Nobel Prize in Physics Is Really a Nobel Prize in Math
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The Nobel Prize in Physics Is Really a Nobel Prize in Math

This year's Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs for the prediction of the Higgs boson, which was experimentally confirmed...

Why Today's Inventors Need to Read More Science Fiction
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Why Today's Inventors Need to Read More Science Fiction

How will police use a gun that immobilizes its target but does not kill? What would people do with a device that could provide them with any mood they desire? What...
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