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Why the Silk Road Trial Matters
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Why the Silk Road Trial Matters

Ross Ulbricht is finally getting his day in court, 15 months after plainclothes FBI agents grabbed him in the science fiction section of a San Francisco library...

Linux's Creator Wants Us All to Chill Out About the Leap Second
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Linux's Creator Wants Us All to Chill Out About the Leap Second

The leap second is the rare and obscure practice of occasionally adding a second to the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) system that most of us use to set our watches...

Why Cheap Cameras and Boring Sensors Make the Best Smart Home Stuff
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Why Cheap Cameras and Boring Sensors Make the Best Smart Home Stuff

The twin fixations of CES this year are, to no one's surprise, wearable technology and the internet of things.

The Biggest Security Threats We'll Face in 2015
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The Biggest Security Threats We'll Face in 2015

As the clock strikes midnight on the new year, so begins the countdown to a new round of security threats and breaches that doubtless will unfold in 2015. But this...

This Year's 8 Smartest ­i Design Ideas
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This Year's 8 Smartest ­i Design Ideas

When your family gathered for the holidays this year, did you take note of the technology everyone was using?

The Best Science Visualizations of the Year
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The Best Science Visualizations of the Year

Here at Wired Science, we're big fans of science graphics. And not just the fancy, big-budget ones, but charts and figures and visualizations: the folk art of scientific...

The Last Astronauts to Fly to Hubble Talk About Their Wild Mission
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The Last Astronauts to Fly to Hubble Talk About Their Wild Mission

On a sunny afternoon in May, 2009, seven astronauts strapped themselves into the space shuttle Atlantis and rocketed toward the heavens.

Sure, Artificial Intelligence May End Our World, But That Is Not the Main Problem
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Sure, Artificial Intelligence May End Our World, But That Is Not the Main Problem

The robots will rise, we're told.

Algorithms Are Great and All, But They Can Also Ruin Lives
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Algorithms Are Great and All, But They Can Also Ruin Lives

On April 5, 2011, 41-year-old John Gass received a letter from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

The Simple Question Nobody's Asking About Net Neutrality
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The Simple Question Nobody's Asking About Net Neutrality

President Obama rattled the internet this week when he unloaded his opinion on net neutrality, the notion that all internet traffic should be treated equally.

A Sad Fact of Life: It's Actually Smart to Be Mean Online
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A Sad Fact of Life: It's Actually Smart to Be Mean Online

I'm generally upbeat on Twitter. Many of my posts are enthusiastic blurts about science or research in which I use way too many exclamation points!!

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally ­nleashed AI on the World
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The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally ­nleashed AI on the World

A few months ago I made the trek to the sylvan campus of the IBM research labs in Yorktown Heights, New York, to catch an early glimpse of the fast-arriving, long...

Alibaba's Founder on Why His Company Is Killing It in China
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Alibaba's Founder on Why His Company Is Killing It in China

Alibaba founder Jack Ma and the Notorious BIG may seem like two very different people—OK, fine, they're polar opposites—but on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative’s...

Is Apple Watch's Pressure-Sensitive Screen a Bigger Deal Than the Gadget Itself?
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Is Apple Watch's Pressure-Sensitive Screen a Bigger Deal Than the Gadget Itself?

Forget about the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay and even the company's bold step into wearables.

On Death and Ipods: A Requiem
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On Death and Ipods: A Requiem

Have you ever loved a car? Maybe it was an old truck you drove for hundreds of thousands of miles, or maybe it was your very first car: where you had your very...

The Man Who Will Build Google's Elusive Quantum Computer
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The Man Who Will Build Google's Elusive Quantum Computer

John Martinis is one of the world's foremost experts on quantum computing, a growing field of science that aims to process information at super high speeds using...

Robot Servants Are Going to Make Your Life Easy. Then They'll Ruin It
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Robot Servants Are Going to Make Your Life Easy. Then They'll Ruin It

Jibo, the "world's first family robot," hit the media hype machine like a bomb.

How to Save the Net: Keep It Open
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How to Save the Net: Keep It Open

For all of its history, the Internet has enjoyed the fruits of an openness principle: the idea that anyone can reach any site online and that information and data...

The Engineer of the Original Apple Mouse Talks About His Remarkable Career
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The Engineer of the Original Apple Mouse Talks About His Remarkable Career

Jim Yurchenco was responsible for squeezing the guts inside the impossibly slim Palm V.

How to Save the Net: Don’t Give In to Big Isps
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How to Save the Net: Don’t Give In to Big Isps

The Internet has already changed how we live and work, and we're only just getting started. Who'd have thought even five years ago that people would be streaming...
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