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The Nobel Prize in Physics Is Really a Nobel Prize in Math
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The Nobel Prize in Physics Is Really a Nobel Prize in Math

This year's Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs for the prediction of the Higgs boson, which was experimentally confirmed...

Playing War: How the Military ­ses Video Games
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Playing War: How the Military ­ses 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...

Yep, Apple's A7 Looks Twice As Fast–at Least For Fractal Math
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Yep, Apple's A7 Looks Twice As Fast–at Least For Fractal Math

Is Apple's A7 chip twice as fast at processing and graphics, as Apple promised when announcing the new iPhone 5S?

The Double Danger of the Nsa's 'collect It All' Policy on Surveillance
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The Double Danger of the Nsa's 'collect It All' Policy on Surveillance

By now, most people are aware that the NSA collects massive amounts of information on ordinary Americans.

The Evil Genius of Fantasy Football
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The Evil Genius of Fantasy Football

Watching football means watching young men damage their brains.

Here's Why Cops Should Be Required to Wear a Lapel Camera While on Duty
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Here's Why Cops Should Be Required to Wear a Lapel Camera While on Duty

Police officers in Rialto, Calif., carry cameras to record their every action while on duty.

The Many Meanings of Open
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The Many Meanings of Open

I was recently asked to talk about the idea of "open," and I realized the term is used in at least eight different ways.

Nobel Prizes 2013: Computer Models That Can Mimic Life
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Nobel Prizes 2013: Computer Models That Can Mimic Life

We talk about computer modeling a lot in the context of climate science—powerful algorithms that help scientists get a better idea of how climate systems work,...

The Godfather of Apple Design Spots 4 Looming Tech Trends
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The Godfather of Apple Design Spots 4 Looming Tech Trends

Before there was Jony Ive, there was Hartmut Esslinger.

Want to Evade Nsa Spying? Don't Connect to the Internet
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Want to Evade Nsa Spying? Don't Connect to the Internet

Since I started working with Snowden’s documents, I have been using a number of tools to try to stay secure from the NSA.

A Second Look at the 'second Screen'
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A Second Look at the 'second Screen'

Social-media enthusiasts, especially those on Twitter, tend to think their hobby is more popular than it really is. If you're on Twitter a lot, and the people you...

Humans 1, Robots 0
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Humans 1, Robots 0

Computers seem to be replacing humans across many industries, and we're all getting very nervous.

Google in Jeopardy: What If IBM's Watson Dethroned the King of Search?
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Google in Jeopardy: What If IBM's Watson Dethroned the King of Search?

Remember Watson, IBM's Jeopardy! champion?

Graphene: 'miracle Material' Will Be in Your Home Sooner Than You Think
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Graphene: 'miracle Material' Will Be in Your Home Sooner Than You Think

Just under 10 years ago, the Dutch-British physicist Andre Geim stumbled across a substance that would revolutionize the way we understand matter and win him and...

How Tom Clancy Changed Video Games
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How Tom Clancy Changed Video Games

The widespread mourning of Tom Clancy's death last week is clear testament to a man who managed to have a significant impact across a range of media.

Rage Against the Algorithms
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Rage Against the Algorithms

When was the last time you read an online review about a local business or service on a platform like Yelp?

The Lessons of Aaron Swartz
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The Lessons of Aaron Swartz

On the day after Aaron Swartz's death in January, President Reif and I spoke about how MIT might respond to the breaking news of his suicide.

What the Future of Sports Games Should Look Like
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What the Future of Sports Games Should Look Like

What is realism?

How to Manage Your Digital Afterlife
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How to Manage Your Digital Afterlife

After their son's suicide, one Wisconsin couple was desperate for answers.

Putting 'quantumness' to the Test
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Putting 'quantumness' to the Test

What is a quantum computer?
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