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Sohaib Athar
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Sohaib Athar

According to his Twitter stream @reallyvirtual, Sohaib Athar moved from Lahore, Pakistan to the resort town of Abbottabad to take a break from the rat race. It...

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The Ph.d. Problem: Are We Giving Out Too Many Degrees?

In developed nations, the number of Ph.D.s given in the sciences each year has grown by almost 40% since 1998, reaching about 34,000 doctorates in 2008. This...

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A Glimpse Inside Google's Beijing Headquarters

Google may appear to be under siege in China, but a sense of normalcy—Google style—pervades the company's headquarters here.

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Court Hears Arguments In Data Mining Case

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared split on Tuesday as it considered a case testing state limits on data mining. At issue is whether states can bar the buying, selling...

Cloud Computing and Internet ­se Suck Energy, Emit Co2, Says Greenpeace
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Cloud Computing and Internet ­se Suck Energy, Emit Co2, Says Greenpeace

If it were a country, the Internet would rank fifth in the world in electricity usage, according to a new report on cloud computing from Greenpeace.

Caterpillars Inspire New Movements in Soft Robots
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Caterpillars Inspire New Movements in Soft Robots

A strategy that caterpillars employ to escape predators could be used to improve the speed of soft-bodied search-and-rescue robots, say Tufts University researchers...

Mac vs. Pc: The Stereotypes May Be True
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Mac vs. Pc: The Stereotypes May Be True

Remember those Apple ads that cast the Mac as a 20-something, self-satisfied hipster while the PC was portrayed by an older, square-looking guy in a brown suit...

China: 900 Million Mobile ­sers Asking Themselves "iphone or Android"?
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China: 900 Million Mobile ­sers Asking Themselves "iphone or Android"?

In Apple's second quarter, iPhone sales in China surged nearly 250% year over year, making the country the iPhone's fastest growing market—a title it will retain...

The Really Smart Phone
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The Really Smart Phone

Researchers are harvesting a wealth of intimate detail from our cellphone data, uncovering the hidden patterns of our social lives, travels, risk of disease—even...

Joichi Ito Named Director of MIT Media Lab
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Joichi Ito Named Director of MIT Media Lab

MIT announced that Joichi (“Joi” — pronounced “Joey”) Ito has been selected as the next director of the MIT Media Lab.

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Iran Target of New Cyber Attack

Iran has been targeted by a new computer worm named Stars, the director of Iran's Passive Defense Organization announces.

Indie Truckers: Keep Big Brother Out Of My Cab
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Indie Truckers: Keep Big Brother Out Of My Cab

Terry Button is a fifth-generation farmer from upstate New York who also works as a long-distance trucker, hauling hay and produce up and down the East Coast.

Cybersecurity System Mimics Human Immune Response
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Cybersecurity System Mimics Human Immune Response

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Bruce McConnell recently released a white paper about a healthy ecosystem of computers  that can automatically recognize...

Michigan Police Use Device to Download Cellphone Data; Aclu Objects
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Michigan Police Use Device to Download Cellphone Data; Aclu Objects

A high-tech gadget that can quickly download information from a cellphone is at the center of a controversy that's pitting civil liberties advocates against state...

See Ancient Earth from Space
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See Ancient Earth from Space

Over the past 750 million years, our blue marble has gone through remarkable changes; continents have shifted, ice ages have come and gone, sea levels have risen...

Tech Jobs Boom Like It's 1999
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Tech Jobs Boom Like It's 1999

Technology companies recently have been on the biggest hiring binge in more than 10 years, with potential employees are being lured with big contracts, bonuses,...

Deus Ex Machina
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Deus Ex Machina

Computational metaphysics is helping philosophers answer age-old questions, such as whether God exists.

Data Optimization in Developing Nations
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Data Optimization in Developing Nations

Artificial intelligence and machine learning could expand access to health care, improve the quality of education, and respond effectively to natural disasters...

Online Cash Bitcoin Could Challenge Governments, Banks
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Online Cash Bitcoin Could Challenge Governments, Banks

Bitcoin is an open source distributed and anonymous digital currency created by Satoshi Nakamoto to enable people to exchange money without being traced.

In Online Games, a Path to Young Consumers
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In Online Games, a Path to Young Consumers

Deep into one of her favorite computer games, Lesly Lopez, 10, moves her mouse to click on a cartoon bee. She drags and drops it into an empty panel, creating...
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