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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.

NASA Aids Response to Nepal Quake
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NASA Aids Response to Nepal Quake

NASA and its partners are gathering the best available science and information on the April 25, 2015, magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal, referred to as the Gorkha...

Putting the Data Science Into Journalism
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Putting the Data Science Into Journalism

News organizations increasingly use techniques like data mining, Web scraping, and data visualization to uncover information that would be impossible to identify...

True or False?
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True or False?

A new Google algorithm would influence search results based on the "trustworthiness" of websites.

Security Professionals Stymied By Outdated Visualization Tools
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Security Professionals Stymied By Outdated Visualization Tools

Earlier this year, the film Blackhat got high marks for realistic scenes in which hackers and information security specialists work at their computers to hunt down...

How Click Farms Have Inflated Social Media Currency
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How Click Farms Have Inflated Social Media Currency

Every Morning, Kim Casipong strolls past barbed wire, six dogs, and a watchman in order to get to her job in a pink apartment building decorated with ornate stonework...

Google's Search ­pdated Will Remake the Web in Its Own Image
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Google's Search ­pdated Will Remake the Web in Its Own Image

Some people are calling it Mobilegeddon.

Air Force's Secret 'gorgon Stare' Program Leaves Terrorists Nowhere To Hide
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Air Force's Secret 'gorgon Stare' Program Leaves Terrorists Nowhere To Hide

In Greek mythology, Gorgons were creatures whose terrible visages could turn men to stone with a single glance.

Toolkits For the Mind
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Toolkits For the Mind

When the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto decided to create Ruby, a programming language that has helped build Twitter, Hulu, and much of the modern...

­.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...

A Gold Mine of Galaxy Nuggets
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A Gold Mine of Galaxy Nuggets

One telescope finds the treasure chest, and the other narrows in on the gold coins.

The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records
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The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records

Steven Keating's doctors and medical experts view him as a citizen of the future.

Neuron Encyclopaedia Fires ­p to Reveal Brain Secrets
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Neuron Encyclopaedia Fires ­p to Reveal Brain Secrets

An ambitious plan is afoot to build the world's largest public catalogue of neuronal structures.

Extreme Cryptography Paves Way to Personalized Medicine
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Extreme Cryptography Paves Way to Personalized Medicine

The dream for tomorrow's medicine is to understand the links between DNA and disease—and to tailor therapies accordingly.

Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet
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Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet

Jason Mars built his own Siri and then he gave it away.

What If Web Search Results Were Based on Accuracy?
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What If Web Search Results Were Based on Accuracy?

Imagine, for a moment, that every Web search gave only accurate, verified information.

­k Mapped Out By Genetic Ancestry
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­k Mapped Out By Genetic Ancestry

Researchers have found genetic signatures among Britons that betray their historical roots in particular locales of the United Kingdom, leading to the finest-scale...

Data Structures Influence Speed of Quantum Search in Unexpected Ways
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Data Structures Influence Speed of Quantum Search in Unexpected Ways

Although intuition says searching for data in a network would be fastest in a highly connected database, this logic does not hold for quantum computing, according...

So Sayeth Google
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So Sayeth Google

Search for "vaccines." At least within our filter bubble, the top item in Google's "In the news" section earlier this week was an anti-vax column about the "feds'...

Pagerank Algorithm Reveals World's All-Time Top Soccer Team
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Pagerank Algorithm Reveals World's All-Time Top Soccer Team

Google's Pagerank algorithm has become one of the most famous in computer science. It was originally designed to rank websites according to their importance by...
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