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Think You Know the World’s Most Popular Websites? Think Again
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Think You Know the World’s Most Popular Websites? Think Again

See the chaos of the Internet in this ridiculously detailed world map.

25 Moments in Tech that Defined the Past 25 Years
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25 Moments in Tech that Defined the Past 25 Years

From the obvious (Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone) to the obscure (AT&T stops charging an hourly rate for internet access), these events were landmarks.

This Unheard Steve Jobs Tape is Part of an Amazing Trove of Tech History
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This Unheard Steve Jobs Tape is Part of an Amazing Trove of Tech History

When Steve Jobs demoed his NeXT computer at a 1988 user meeting, Charles Mann was there to record it—along with dozens of other talks by computing pioneers.

3D-Printed Tiles Helping Restore Devastated Coral Reefs
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3D-Printed Tiles Helping Restore Devastated Coral Reefs

Marine scientists and architects created three-dimensionally-printed terra-cotta tiles to function as artificial coral reefs, in order to help restore devastated...

How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became the Web’s Best Weapon against Misinformation
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How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became the Web’s Best Weapon against Misinformation

In the Facebook era, the volunteer editors behind the archaic-looking website have built Wikipedia into a formidable force for truth.

Google Just Got Better at Understanding Your Trickiest Searches
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Google Just Got Better at Understanding Your Trickiest Searches

Google is rolling out an update to its English-language search engine that vice president of search Pandu Nayak calls "the single biggest change we've had in the...

Mozilla, Creative Commons Want to Reimagine the Internet Without Ads, and They Have $100M to Do it
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Mozilla, Creative Commons Want to Reimagine the Internet Without Ads, and They Have $100M to Do it

The Grant for the Web program will give roughly $20 million per year for five years to content sites, open source infrastructure developers, and others.

Can We Print a New Set of Coral Reefs Before They're Gone?
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Can We Print a New Set of Coral Reefs Before They're Gone?

Scientists at three Israeli institutions are collaborating to restore dying coral reefs via three-dimensional printing.

Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers?
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Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers?

MIT's Harpreet Sareen suggests using plants as a new building material for computer circuits.

Tactile Blocks Teach Blind Kids to Code
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Tactile Blocks Teach Blind Kids to Code

Microsoft is testing an educational programming kit for visually impaired children that uses differently-shaped blocks or "pods" that each embody a line of code...

Schools in China Track Students With GPS-Enabled 'Smart' ­niforms
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Schools in China Track Students With GPS-Enabled 'Smart' ­niforms

Students at 11 schools in the Chinese province of Guizhou are wearing "smart uniforms" incorporating computer chips to ensure they attend classes and behave properly...

Disaster Relief Is Dangerously Broken. Can AI Fix It?
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Disaster Relief Is Dangerously Broken. Can AI Fix It?

The use of artificial intelligence in disaster relief is gaining favor as weather-related catastrophes grow in frequency and severity.

NASA Astronauts Will Get to Use This Extraterrestrial Supercomputer
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NASA Astronauts Will Get to Use This Extraterrestrial Supercomputer

A standard Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Apollo 4000-series business computer is being used to conduct science experiments on the International Space Station.

Mozilla's Ambitious Plan to Teach Coders Not to Be Evil
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Mozilla's Ambitious Plan to Teach Coders Not to Be Evil

Several organizations last week jointly launched an academic contest to incorporate ethics into undergraduate computer science education.

A Google Intern Built the AI Behind These Shockingly Good Fake Images
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A Google Intern Built the AI Behind These Shockingly Good Fake Images

Google researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that generates incredibly realistic fake images.

The Machines Have Taught Themselves to Make Mario Levels
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The Machines Have Taught Themselves to Make Mario Levels

Using an artificial intelligence technique, researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz discovered a way to create new levels of Super Mario Bros by...

Here's a Peek at the Iphone's Next Big Trick
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Here's a Peek at the Iphone's Next Big Trick

We've all heard about the promise of augmented reality coming to the iPhone. With iOS 11 due later this year, Apple is releasing ARKit–a software that allows developers...

Tech's Big Gender Diversity Push, One Year In
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Tech's Big Gender Diversity Push, One Year In

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the representation of women in computer and mathematical operations is slightly worse than it was in 2010...

President Obama: The Fast Company Interview
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President Obama: The Fast Company Interview

In an interview, U.S. President Barack Obama discusses "digital teams" of technologists he brought in to improve technology across the executive branch of government...

The Golden Age of Quantum Computing Is Upon US (once We Solve the Tiny Problems)
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The Golden Age of Quantum Computing Is Upon US (once We Solve the Tiny Problems)

IBM researchers recently announced a breakthrough in the quest to develop a functional quantum computer. 
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