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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.

The Wearable Device That Could ­nlock a New Human Sense
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The Wearable Device That Could ­nlock a New Human Sense

In March, the neuroscientist David Eagleman stood on stage to give a TED talk on sensory substitution, the idea of replacing the duties of one sense by using another...

­.s. Supreme Court: Gps Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure
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­.s. Supreme Court: Gps Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment...

Finding Out What the Past Smelled Like
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Finding Out What the Past Smelled Like

It was the smell that hit me first, a heady mixture of roasting meat, woodsmoke, and farmyard manure.

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.

How to Fool a Computer With Optical Illusions
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How to Fool a Computer With Optical Illusions

Computers, like people, understand what they see in the world based on what they've seen before.

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.

How to Invent a Person Online
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How to Invent a Person Online

On April 8, 2013, I received an envelope in the mail from a nonexistent return address in Toledo, Ohio.

How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works
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How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works

Four experts at Applied Research Associates discuss the augmented reality system they created for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

A Rare Look Inside the Air Force's Drone Training Classroom
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A Rare Look Inside the Air Force's Drone Training Classroom

Learning how to drop bombs and fire Hellfire missiles is more like sitting in a regular college classroom than you might expect.

Skip the Humans: Drug Discovery By Simulating Cells
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Skip the Humans: Drug Discovery By Simulating Cells

The future of medicine, we're often told, will be personalized.

The Military Is Building Brain Chips to Treat Ptsd
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The Military Is Building Brain Chips to Treat Ptsd

How well can you predict your next mood swing?

How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works
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How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works

Six years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) decided that they had a new dream. The agency wanted a system that would overlay digital tactical...

Should ­.s. Hackers Fix Cybersecurity Holes or Exploit Them?
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Should ­.s. Hackers Fix Cybersecurity Holes or Exploit Them?

There's a debate going on about whether the U.S. government—specifically, the NSA and United States Cyber Command—should stockpile Internet vulnerabilities or disclose...

The Not-So-Distant Future When We Can All ­pgrade Our Brains
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The Not-So-Distant Future When We Can All ­pgrade Our Brains

In a decade, cognitive enhancement may have gone mainstream.

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.

Everything We Know About How the Nsa Tracks People's Physical Location
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Everything We Know About How the Nsa Tracks People's Physical Location

Glenn Greenwald is back reporting about the NSA, now with Pierre Omidyar's news organization FirstLook and its introductory publication, The Intercept.
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