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The Room Where the Internet Was Born
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The Room Where the Internet Was Born

Starting a cross-country drive to New York in Los Angeles is pretty inconvenient, unless your cross-country drive is also a vision quest to see the Internet.

The Return of Seti
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The Return of Seti

For more than five decades, scientists of various stripes have been scanning the stars for technological civilizations, populated by thinking beings like us.

The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the ­gliest Corners of the Internet
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The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the ­gliest Corners of the Internet

When President Obama launched his Twitter account in May, people noticed his rapid accumulation of followers, a silly back-and-forth with President Clinton, but...

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...

The Secret Startup That Saved the Worst Website in America
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The Secret Startup That Saved the Worst Website in America

Loren Yu was on a weekend trip in Los Angeles when he received an urgent email from a friend. The friend, Kalvin Wang, had a proposition.

The Man Who Rebuilt 1920s Harlem in Virtual Reality
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The Man Who Rebuilt 1920s Harlem in Virtual Reality

Over the course of the last two decades, Bryan Carter has built a small city. Well, it’s more of a neighborhood, really.

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...

The Internet Mapmakers Helping Nepal
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The Internet Mapmakers Helping Nepal

The night after the earthquake hit Nepal, people feared to sleep in their homes, worrying about powerful aftershocks toppling the few buildings left standing.

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.

A Brief History of the Atm
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A Brief History of the Atm

Eyes glaze over when I mention my interest in researching automated teller machines.

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...

Watching the Universe in Real Time
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Watching the Universe in Real Time

Even though the sky looks about the same every night to those of us here on Earth, cataclysmic things happen in outer space constantly.

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 App Economy Is Now 'bigger Than Hollywood'
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The App Economy Is Now 'bigger Than Hollywood'

What is the major cultural force in America right now? It might just be apps and the web.

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.

The Anti-Plagiarism Machine
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The Anti-Plagiarism Machine

Every day, researchers add hundreds of new papers to ArXiv, the massive public database of scientific writing and research.

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...
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