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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.

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 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...

The Quiet Rise of the Satellite Spy Agency
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The Quiet Rise of the Satellite Spy Agency

As far as intelligence agencies go, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has remained relatively low profile—attracting neither the intrigue of, say, the...

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.

Listening In: The Navy Is Tracking Ocean Sounds Collected By Scientists
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Listening In: The Navy Is Tracking Ocean Sounds Collected By Scientists

In a retired shore station for transpacific communications cables on the western coast of Vancouver Island sits a military computer in a padlocked cage.

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.

What the Obama Campaign's Chief Data Scientist Is Up to Now
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What the Obama Campaign's Chief Data Scientist Is Up to Now

By all accounts, Rayid Ghani's data work for President Obama's reelection campaign was brilliant and unprecedented.
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