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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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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. 

The Truth About Google X
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The Truth About Google X

Astro Teller is sharing a story about something bad. Or maybe it's something good.

This Algorithm Can Predict Your Success At ­niversity
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This Algorithm Can Predict Your Success At ­niversity

In a large university full of lecture classes, it can be hard to pinpoint the students who are falling through the cracks.

Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here's What It Takes
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Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here's What It Takes

Nico Sell, the cofounder of a secure communication app called Wickr, has appeared on television twice.

Emotion-Sniffing Is Next Trick Your Phone Is Learning
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Emotion-Sniffing Is Next Trick Your Phone Is Learning

Rice University scientists, working with Microsoft Research, have created something rather surprising—a long-term-mood detecting device that can ascertain a user's...

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How the 'internet Of Things' Is Turning Cities Into Living Organisms

When city services can autonomously go online and digest information from the cloud, they can reach a level of performance never before seen. First up, water...
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