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Neil Degrasse Tyson on the Future of ­.s. Space Exploration After Curiosity
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Neil Degrasse Tyson on the Future of ­.s. Space Exploration After Curiosity

In two days, NASA's Curiosity rover will hopefully survive its "seven minutes of terror" and land safely on the surface of Mars. What comes next for U.S. space...

The Frightening Things You Hear at a Black Hat Conference
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The Frightening Things You Hear at a Black Hat Conference

Here is a look at some of the highlights and scarier happenings taking place at the annual Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas last week.

What a Win or Loss on Mars Will Mean
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What a Win or Loss on Mars Will Mean

Anyone who's looked at the "Seven Minutes of Terror" trailer for next month's Mars landing might have wondered whether the planners behind NASA's $2.5 billion Mars...

Obama Was Right: The Government Invented the Internet
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Obama Was Right: The Government Invented the Internet

Earlier this month, President Obama argued that wealthy business people owe some of their success to the government's investment in education and basic infrastructure...

'a Perfect and Beautiful Machine': What Darwin's Theory of Evolution Reveals About Artificial Intelligence
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'a Perfect and Beautiful Machine': What Darwin's Theory of Evolution Reveals About Artificial Intelligence

Some of the greatest, most revolutionary advances in science have been given their initial expression in attractively modest terms, with no fanfare.

You Will Want Google Goggles
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You Will Want Google Goggles

At first glance, Thad Starner does not look out of place at Google. A pioneering researcher in the field of wearable computing, Starner is a big, charming man with...

Exascale Computing: The View From Argonne
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Exascale Computing: The View From Argonne

In an interview, U.S. Argonne National Laboratory directors Rick Stevens, Michael Papka, and Marc Snir contextualize the challenges and advantages of developing...

Alan Turing: Is He Really the Father of Computing?
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Alan Turing: Is He Really the Father of Computing?

When Alan Turing arrived to start work at the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington, south-west London, he was 33 years old. It was October 1945 and he was...

Alan Turing's Other Universal Machine
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Alan Turing's Other Universal Machine

All computer scientists know about the Universal Turing Machine, one of the foundation stones of theoretical computer science. Much less well known is the practical...

Why the Internet Makes It Impossible to Stop Giant Wall Street Losses
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Why the Internet Makes It Impossible to Stop Giant Wall Street Losses

In 1984, Yale sociologist Charles Perrow published his classic book, Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies. The odd term, "normal accident," Perrow...

Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet
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Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet

Steve Crocker was there when the Internet was born.

Bre Pettis: 3d Printing's First Celebrity
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Bre Pettis: 3d Printing's First Celebrity

Bre Pettis looks like a throwback. He’s got an Elvis Presley-meets-Buddy Holly thing going on with his chunky sideburns, thick-rimmed black glasses, and sculpted...

Thomas Sterling: 'i Think We Will Never Reach Zettaflops'
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Thomas Sterling: 'i Think We Will Never Reach Zettaflops'

As supercomputing makes its way through the petascale era, the future of the technology has never seemed so uncertain.

Why Do Our Best and Brightest End ­p in Silicon Valley and Not D.c.?
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Why Do Our Best and Brightest End ­p in Silicon Valley and Not D.c.?

Recently I visited one of the primary ventricles of Silicon Valley's investment culture, Google Ventures.

­.n. Efforts Put Internet Freedom at Risk
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­.n. Efforts Put Internet Freedom at Risk

A mounting effort to transform a United Nations agency into a global Internet regulator is threatening to undo decades of policymaking that helped the Internet...

A New Breed of Heterogeneous Computing
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A New Breed of Heterogeneous Computing

The foundation of high-performance computing is undergoing a revolution with the introduction of add-on accelerators. An emerging variant of the heterogeneous computing...

How I Traced My Ancestry Back to the Stone Age
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How I Traced My Ancestry Back to the Stone Age

I recently had a genetic test to find out more about where my ancestors came from.

Rethinking the Social Network
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Rethinking the Social Network

At some point later this year, Facebook will connect one in every seven people on the planet. When it passes the billion user mark—and really it is a question of...

The Coming Drone Arms Race
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The Coming Drone Arms Race

Another terrorist overseas dies in a U.S. armed drone strike. This far from uncommon occurrence is an impressive reminder of the U.S. drone program’s remarkable...

Robotics Trends For 2012
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Robotics Trends For 2012

IEEE's Erico Guizzo and Hizook.com founder Travis Deyle make several predictions regarding what will be big news in robotics this year.
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