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For Google, Everything Is a Popularity Contest
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For Google, Everything Is a Popularity Contest

When I saw that Google had introduced a "Classic Papers" section of Google Scholar, its search tool for academic journals, I couldn't help but stroke my chin professorially...

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics
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The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who...

How Trump's Immigration Rules Will Hurt the U.S. Tech Sector
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How Trump's Immigration Rules Will Hurt the U.S. Tech Sector

When President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday issuing a temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, it went into effect...

The Lopsided Geography of Wikipedia
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The Lopsided Geography of Wikipedia

Think about how often, in the course of a week, you visit Wikipedia.

Why Technological Innovation Relies on Government Support
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Why Technological Innovation Relies on Government Support

Andy Grove, the Silicon Valley pioneer who died last week at age 79, was many things: a survivor of the Nazi occupation of Hungary and refugee of Cold War Eastern...

The Long and Winding History of Encryption
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The Long and Winding History of Encryption

Never in history have more people had access to advanced encryption in their homes, offices, and pockets.

The Room Where the Internet Was Born
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The Room Where the Internet Was Born

Starting a cross-country drive to New York in Los Angeles is pretty inconvenient, unless your cross-country drive is also a vision quest to see the Internet.

The Coming Age of the Internet Naturalist
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The Coming Age of the Internet Naturalist

Three years ago, Shaun Winterton was looking at photos of bugs on Flickr.

Google Wants to Make 'Science Fiction' a Reality—And That's Limiting Their Imagination
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Google Wants to Make 'Science Fiction' a Reality—And That's Limiting Their Imagination

Self-driving cars, extreme life extension, and global wifi provided by weather balloons: Google makes projects that sound like science fiction into reality at its...

How to Win $1 Billion on NCAA Basketball: A Mathematician's Tips
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How to Win $1 Billion on NCAA Basketball: A Mathematician's Tips

Last Thursday, the underground classroom at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York was filled to capacity for a college professor's PowerPoint-aided lecture...

Remembering MIT, When There Were Just 50 Women in a Class of 1,000
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Remembering MIT, When There Were Just 50 Women in a Class of 1,000

When Radia Perlman attended MIT in the late '60s and '70s, she was one of just a few dozen women (about 50) out of a class of 1,000.

The Joy of Teaching Computer Science in the Age of Facebook
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The Joy of Teaching Computer Science in the Age of Facebook

Over the last two decades, it can be argued, no area of study has seen larger growth in span and general application than computer science.

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...

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...

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...

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.

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments
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Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Last year, while cleaning out the basement of my childhood home, I discovered a plastic storage bin marked "Calcusoft." Inside were piles of notebooks filled with...

The Meaning of (Making) Life
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The Meaning of (Making) Life

Christina Agapakis is a rising star among the new generation of biology researchers. Trained in the science of custom-building organisms known as synthetic biology...

Time and Navigation: How We Found Our Way in the World
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Time and Navigation: How We Found Our Way in the World

Type an address into your phone, and up will pop a step-by-step route from where you are to where you want to be. This is, in its way, magic—magic that has, at...
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