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A Conversation With the Only Scientist in Congress
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A Conversation With the Only Scientist in Congress

How does it feel to be the only scientist in Congress? Lonely.

China's Scientific Revolution
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China's Scientific Revolution

An old Chinese proverb says: "If you're planning for the year, cultivate rice; if you're planning for the decade, cultivate trees; if you're planning for the century...

What the History of Math Can Teach Us About the Future of AI
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What the History of Math Can Teach Us About the Future of AI

Whenever an impressive new technology comes along, people rush to imagine the havoc it could wreak on society, and they overreact. Today we see this happening with...

I Am a Roboticist in a Cheese Factory
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I Am a Roboticist in a Cheese Factory

Most people think about robots as autonomous machines guided by artificial intelligence.

Profile of Claude Shannon, Inventor of Information Theory
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Profile of Claude Shannon, Inventor of Information Theory

Claude Shannon couldn't sit still.

Students Are Better Off Without a Laptop in the Classroom
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Students Are Better Off Without a Laptop in the Classroom

As recent high school graduates prepare for their migration to college in the fall, one item is sure to top most students' shopping wish lists: a laptop computer...

Trump's Plans to Shake Up the Tech World
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Trump's Plans to Shake Up 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...

Richard Dawkins and Other Prominent Scientists React to Trump's Win
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Richard Dawkins and Other Prominent Scientists React to Trump's Win

This week the U.S. elected businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump as its 45th president. As Scientific American has reported in the run-up to the election...

Rise of the Ag-Bots Will Not Sow Seeds of Unemployment
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Rise of the Ag-Bots Will Not Sow Seeds of Unemployment

Larry Stap's fifth-generation family dairy farm has come a long way since his great grandfather established it in Lynden, Wash., in 1910.

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.

The Internet Archive, Bricks and Mortar Version
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The Internet Archive, Bricks and Mortar Version

A heavily rusted cast iron ring sits on a bookshelf inside a neoclassical church a few blocks north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The ring is about an inch...

Why We Love the Games That Enrage US Most
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Why We Love the Games That Enrage US Most

One afternoon last fall a Reddit user with the handle "FranktheShank1" was enjoying a new video game on his PlayStation 4.

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.

Using Technology to Break the Speed Barrier of Reading
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Using 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.

Why Neuroscience Needs Hackers
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Why Neuroscience Needs Hackers

There was a time when neuroscientists could only dream of having such a problem.

How to Choose the Form of an Infographic: It's All About Context
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How to Choose the Form of an Infographic: It's All About Context

As a graphics designer, I have a love/hate relationship with circles.

Nanotech Pioneer Langer Wins Award By Thinking Small
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Nanotech Pioneer Langer Wins Award By Thinking Small

Bioengineer Robert Langer has spent his career looking for the next not-so-big thing.

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...

Beyond Classic Brain Illustrations That Make US Drool
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Beyond Classic Brain Illustrations That Make US Drool

I threw down a bit of a challenge last month at the Association of Medical Illustrators Conference in Minnesota.

Asimov's Predictions from 1964: A Brief Report Card
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Asimov's Predictions from 1964: A Brief Report Card

Predictions about technology's future are almost always doomed.
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