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When Will Genomics Cure Cancer?
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When Will Genomics Cure Cancer?

Since the beginning of this century, the most rapidly advancing field in the life sciences, and perhaps in human inquiry of any sort, has been genomics.

The Lost Ancestors of ASCII Art
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The Lost Ancestors of ASCII Art

ASCII art is as much a part of the Internet as emoticons, cats, or lol.

I See You: The Databases That Facial-Recognition Apps Need to Survive
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I See You: The Databases That Facial-Recognition Apps Need to Survive

Privacy concerns have been ignited by "NameTag," a facial-recognition app designed to reveal personal information after analyzing photos taken on mobile devices...

What If Your Autonomous Car Keeps Routing You Past Krispy Kreme?
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What If Your Autonomous Car Keeps Routing You Past Krispy Kreme?

On a future road trip, your robot car decides to take a new route, driving you past a Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop.

Why Google Bought Nest: A Theory
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Why Google Bought Nest: A Theory

Google is acquiring Nest, makers of a smart thermostat, for a reported $3.2 billion.

8 Hypotheses About Tech in 2014
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8 Hypotheses About Tech in 2014

If there was a feeling that defined the cultural backdrop for 2013, it was technoanxiety.

Stanford Researchers: It Is Trivially Easy to Match Metadata to Real People
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Stanford Researchers: It Is Trivially Easy to Match Metadata to Real People

In defending the NSA's telephony metadata collection efforts, government officials have repeatedly resorted to one seemingly significant detail: This is just metadata—numbers...

2013: The Year 'the Stream' Crested
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2013: The Year 'the Stream' Crested

The Stream has been the organizing metaphor for the web for the past several years.

Could a $500 Gadget Have Prevented the Metro-North Tragedy?
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Could a $500 Gadget Have Prevented the Metro-North Tragedy?

Investigators are still studying what caused the derailment of a Metro-North commuter train on its way to Grand Central Terminal just over a week ago, killing four...

All Can Be Lost: The Risk of Putting Our Knowledge in the Hands of Machines
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All Can Be Lost: The Risk of Putting Our Knowledge in the Hands of Machines

On the evening of February 12, 2009, a Continental Connection commuter flight made its way through blustery weather between Newark, New Jersey, and Buffalo, New...

The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think
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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

"It depends on what you mean by artificial intelligence."

The Battle for Power on the Internet
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The Battle for Power on the Internet

We're in the middle of an epic battle for power in cyberspace.

Ron Wyden: Lonely Hero of the Battle Against the Surveillance State
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Ron Wyden: Lonely Hero of the Battle Against the Surveillance State

When historians write about the civil-liberties crisis of this decade, the story will be full of vivid figures—Bradley, now Chelsea, Manning, the fragile soldier...

The Nobel Prize in Physics Is Really a Nobel Prize in Math
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The Nobel Prize in Physics Is Really a Nobel Prize in Math

This year's Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs for the prediction of the Higgs boson, which was experimentally confirmed...

Playing War: How the Military Uses Video Games
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Playing War: How the Military Uses Video Games

According to popular discourse, video games are either the divine instrument of education’s future or the software of Satan himself, provoking young men to carry...

Rage Against the Algorithms
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Rage Against the Algorithms

When was the last time you read an online review about a local business or service on a platform like Yelp?

Students Are 'Hacking' Their School-Issued iPads: Good for Them
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Students Are 'Hacking' Their School-Issued iPads: Good for Them

Almost immediately after receiving their new school-issued iPads this fall, students in Indiana and in California (and probably elsewhere) managed to bypass the...

Why Today's Inventors Need to Read More Science Fiction
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Why Today's Inventors Need to Read More Science Fiction

How will police use a gun that immobilizes its target but does not kill? What would people do with a device that could provide them with any mood they desire? What...

Civics for a Digital Age
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Civics for a Digital Age

Over half of the world’s population lives in urban environments, and that number is rapidly growing according to the World Health Organization.

The Message Voyager 1 Carries for Alien Civilizations
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The Message Voyager 1 Carries for Alien Civilizations

The year was 1977.
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