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'Optical Tweezers' and Tools ­sed for Laser Eye Surgery Snag Physics Nobel
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'Optical Tweezers' and Tools ­sed for Laser Eye Surgery Snag Physics Nobel

Optical physicists Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics for "groundbreaking inventions in the field of...

Robots, Start Your Engines!
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Robots, Start Your Engines!

There's nothing like a throw-down to push new technologies out to the masses.

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism
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When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism

On New Year's Eve in 2015 local and federal agents arrested a 26-year-old man in Rochester, N.Y., for planning to attack people at random later that night using...

How to Learn Morse Code—semiconsciously
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How to Learn Morse Code—semiconsciously

Learning Morse code, with its tappity-tap rhythms of dots and dashes, could take far less effort—and attention—than one might think.

Trump's Plans to Shake ­p the Tech World
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Trump's Plans to Shake ­p the Tech World

Donald Trump's ascension to the White House had very little to do with his views on the spread of high-speed broadband, wireless spectrum allocation—or any number...

New Take on an Ancient Method Improves Way to Find Prime Numbers
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New Take on an Ancient Method Improves Way to Find Prime Numbers

Mathematician Harald Helfgott at Germany's University of Gottingen has proposed a way to improve an ancient method for finding prime numbers.

Human Brain Map Gets a Bold New Update
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Human Brain Map Gets a Bold New Update

Most of us think little of hopping on Google Maps to look at everything from a bird's-eye view of an entire continent to an on-the-ground view of a specific street...

­nveiling the Hidden Layers of Deep Learning
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­nveiling the Hidden Layers of Deep Learning

A new method for visualizing the mechanisms and hidden layers of neural networks could provide insights into deep learning. 

Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him
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Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him

Scott Aaronson has one of the highest intelligence/pretension ratios I’ve ever encountered.

Pentagon Paying Techies to Think Like Terrorists
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Pentagon Paying Techies to Think Like Terrorists

To stop a terrorist, it helps to think like one.

Wikipedia Turns 15
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Wikipedia Turns 15

It must be difficult for the roughly half a billion people who visit Wikipedia every month to remember a world without the free online encyclopedia.

­sing Technology to Break the Speed Barrier of Reading
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­sing Technology to Break the Speed Barrier of Reading

I grew up in a tiny New York City apartment, packed in alongside our four cats and my father's immense personal library of some 3000 books.

"molecular Tweeting" Could Hold the Key to Busting Superbugs
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"molecular Tweeting" Could Hold the Key to Busting Superbugs

Researchers are using the metaphor of Twitter to help them better understand the ways communication among bacteria can lead to antibiotic resistance. 

Congress Probes Possible Bias Against Women in ­.s. Science Funding
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Congress Probes Possible Bias Against Women in ­.s. Science Funding

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has launched an investigation into whether gender bias is influencing the awarding of research grants, which would be...

A Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs
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A Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs

Believe it or not, I do have friends who would describe themselves as not liking math, and every so often one of them will share this meme on Facebook: And then...

Computer Models Help ­nravel Mystery of Puebloans' Disappearance
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Computer Models Help ­nravel Mystery of Puebloans' Disappearance

Remember playing "The Oregon Trail" computer game in middle school?

How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success
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How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success

When Microsoft launched its research labs in 1991, the personal computer was just beginning to blossom into a worldwide phenomenon, thanks in no small part to Windows...

2013 Chemistry Nobel Goes to Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions
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2013 Chemistry Nobel Goes to Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions

What is actually happening at the atomic scale when two elements react?

Science in an Election Year
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Science in an Election Year

More than a dozen science and engineering organizations worked with ScienceDebate.org to draft 14 top science questions to ask the two main presidential candidates...

Intel Futurist on Why We Should Not Fear the Future
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Intel Futurist on Why We Should Not Fear the Future

Much of Intel's success as a microprocessor manufacturer over the past four decades has come from the company's ability to understand and anticipate the future...
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