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How New Technology Is Illuminating a Classic Ethical Dilemma
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How New Technology Is Illuminating a Classic Ethical Dilemma

On a pleaant Friday afternoon in April, the grassy quadrangle at the center of the Carnegie Mellon University campus is buzzing with activity.

To Beat the Blues, Visits Must Be Real, Not Virtual
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To Beat the Blues, Visits Must Be Real, Not Virtual

Imagine being stranded on a desert island with a roof over your head and sufficient provisions—but no human contact other than what you can get from your smartphone...

Smart Tampon? The Internet of Every Single Thing Must Be Stopped
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Smart Tampon? The Internet of Every Single Thing Must Be Stopped

Let's play a game. Which of the following is a real smartphone-connected product?

What If Facebook Gave ­S an Opposing-Viewpoints Button?
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What If Facebook Gave ­S an Opposing-Viewpoints Button?

Imagine if you could flip a switch on Facebook, and turn all the conservative viewpoints that you see liberal, or vice versa. You'd realize your news might look...

Is the Tech Bubble Popping? Ping Pong Offers an Answer
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Is the Tech Bubble Popping? Ping Pong Offers an Answer

Twitter's gloomy quarterly report last week unsettled investors. They might have anticipated trouble more than a year ago had they noticed one key indicator.

Is Predictive Policing the Law-Enforcement Tactic of the Future?
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Is Predictive Policing the Law-Enforcement Tactic of the Future?

As big data transforms industries ranging from retailing to health care, it’s also becoming a more important tool for police departments, which are turning to data...

Telegraph to the Iphone: A Short History of Corporate Defiance
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Telegraph to the Iphone: A Short History of Corporate Defiance

The high-stakes stalemate between Apple and the Justice Department isn’t the first time that Washington and Silicon Valley have come to a showdown over security...

The Language Barrier Is About to Fall
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The Language Barrier Is About to Fall

It used to be the case when I traveled abroad that I would take a little pocket dictionary that provided translations for commonly used phrases and words.

Sarah Parcak, Space Archaeologist
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Sarah Parcak, Space Archaeologist

Sarah Parcak can see looting at ancient sites—from space.

'crispr' Breaks Out Of the Lab
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'crispr' Breaks Out Of the Lab

A new gene-editing technology has been relentlessly hyped over the past year, and it goes by a catchy if rather incongruous acronym: Crispr.

Max Levchin Wants to School Lawmakers on Encryption
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Max Levchin Wants to School Lawmakers on Encryption

PayPal Inc. co-founder Max Levchin wants to make sure lawmakers know "what the hell they're talking about" when they talk about encryption.

Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems
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Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

One of the most exciting parts of data science is that it can be applied to many domains of knowledge, given our newfound ability to gather valuable data on almost...

How the Science in 'star Wars’ Is Actually Real
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How the Science in 'star Wars’ Is Actually Real

For a story that takes place "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" a great deal of the technology in the "Star Wars" series actually has parallels today on...

Get Ready For Your Digital Model
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Get Ready For Your Digital Model

Entrusting your money to a bank once seemed strange and risky.

The Myth of Basic Science
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The Myth of Basic Science

Innovation is a mysteriously difficult thing to dictate. Technology seems to change by a sort of inexorable, evolutionary progress, which we probably cannot stop—or...

Max Schrems, Who Torpedoed Safe Harbor 1, Sees No Safe Harbor 2
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Max Schrems, Who Torpedoed Safe Harbor 1, Sees No Safe Harbor 2

He's just helped bring down a longstanding trans-Atlantic data-transfer pact used by thousands of businesses and Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems is already...

What Celebrities Can Teach Companies About Social Media
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What Celebrities Can Teach Companies About Social Media

Let's face it: Corporate America's social presence could use a celebrity makeover.

Review: Littlebits Makes Robot Building Easier For Junior Engineers
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Review: Littlebits Makes Robot Building Easier For Junior Engineers

In the recent surge of electronic building toys, my early favorite was LittleBits. The individual pieces each have a specific job, and they magnetically interlock...

Pluto Is Just a Baby Step For Humankind
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Pluto Is Just a Baby Step For Humankind

As it advances now beyond Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is sending back data from its historic encounter with the dwarf planet like a long sigh of relief.

Moxie Marlinspike: The Coder Who Encrypted Your Texts
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Moxie Marlinspike: The Coder Who Encrypted Your Texts

In the past decade, Moxie Marlinspike has squatted on an abandoned island, toured the U.S. by hopping trains, he says, and earned the enmity of government officials...
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