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Blue Waters Opts Out of Top500
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Blue Waters Opts Out of Top500

The NCSA Blue Waters system is one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, but it won't appear on the TOP500 list—nor will it be taking part in the HPC Challenge...

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Was Petraeus Borked?

In 1987, when Judge Robert Bork was enmeshed in a partisan struggle over his Supreme Court nomination, a reporter for an alternative weekly in Washington, D.C.,...

Bluebrain: Noah Hutton's 10-Year Documentary About the Mission to Reverse Engineer the Human Brain
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Bluebrain: Noah Hutton's 10-Year Documentary About the Mission to Reverse Engineer the Human Brain

"Nothing quite like it exists yet, but we have begun building it," Henry Markram wrote in the June 2012 issue of Scientific American. He was referring to a "fantastic...

Instead of 'dead Dropping,' Petraeus and Broadwell Should Have ­sed These Email Security Tricks
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Instead of 'dead Dropping,' Petraeus and Broadwell Should Have ­sed These Email Security Tricks

Having an extramarital affair in 2012 is not an easy task if you’re the chief of the world’s most renowned spy agency.

Will We Ever ­nderstand How Our Brains Work?
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Will We Ever ­nderstand How Our Brains Work?

When it comes to the human brain, many scientists believe that we are incapable of understanding how it works because we lack the tools and intelligence to measure...

Data Doesn't Belong to the Democrats
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Data Doesn't Belong to the Democrats

One of the leading narratives of the 2012 campaign is that data trumped all.

How Star Wars Tech Changed Silicon Valley
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How Star Wars Tech Changed Silicon Valley

When Oren Jacob was a teenager, he hung up Star Wars posters on his bedroom wall. In his early 20s at a college dorm at Berkeley, he replaced them with a smallPixar...

Why Nate Silver and Others Predicted the Election Perfectly
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Why Nate Silver and Others Predicted the Election Perfectly

Guess what, accurately predicting the outcomes of elections really isn't a partisan affair.

Inside the Secret World of the Data Crunchers Who Helped Obama Win
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Inside the Secret World of the Data Crunchers Who Helped Obama Win

In late spring, the backroom number crunchers who powered Barack Obama's campaign to victory noticed that George Clooney had an almost gravitational tug on West...

Wrath of the Math: Obama Wins Nerdiest Election Ever
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Wrath of the Math: Obama Wins Nerdiest Election Ever

Congratulations, Barack Obama: You have prevailed in the nerdiest election in the history of the American Republic.

Probability Versus Prediction in Volcanic Hazards (and Elections)
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Probability Versus Prediction in Volcanic Hazards (and Elections)

Unless you've been living on the far side of the moon for the past two years, you'll know that the U.S. presidential election is next week. Now, I'm by no means...

Q&a: What's Needed to Get a Big Data Job?
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Q&a: What's Needed to Get a Big Data Job?

Big data will change training in all corporate units, says Michael Rappa, who created the first U.S. post graduate program in data analytics.

Can We Trust Voting Machines?
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Can We Trust Voting Machines?

Last week, a congressional report claimed that using Chinese telecommunications companies’ goods and services in the United States could threaten national security...

Learning to Teach Computer Science
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Learning to Teach Computer Science: The Need For a Methods Course

A multipronged approach to preparing computer science teachers is critical to success.

And the Firewalls Came Tumbling Down
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And the Firewalls Came Tumbling Down

There's much to like about "This Machine Kills Secrets," Andy Greenberg's well-reported history of WikiLeaks and the many projects it has inspired, but one unintentionally...

Technology Helps Track a Terrorist in 'the Finish'
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Technology Helps Track a Terrorist in 'the Finish'

In late summer 2010, at the end of a morning briefing, one of President Obama's security advisers said, "Mr. President, Leon and the guys at Langley think they...

Patent Could Shackle 3D Printers with Drm
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Patent Could Shackle 3D Printers with Drm

One of the greatest benefits of 3D printing technology—the ability to make replacements or parts for household objects like toys, utensils and gadgets—may be denied...

10 Predictions About Networking and Moore's Law from Andy Bechtolsheim
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10 Predictions About Networking and Moore's Law from Andy Bechtolsheim

Sun Microsystems cofounder and networking guru Andy Bechtholsheim predicted that networking chips—which determine how quickly you can surf the Internet—will keep...

Linus Torvalds Compares Hard Disks to Satan
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Linus Torvalds Compares Hard Disks to Satan

Linus Torvalds—creator of the Linux open source operating system—is a man of strong opinions.

The Limits of Big Data
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The Limits of Big Data

Stop me if you've heard this one: Three statisticians go rabbit hunting.
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