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Owner of Snowden's Email Service on Why He Closed Lavabit Rather Than Comply With Gov't
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Owner of Snowden's Email Service on Why He Closed Lavabit Rather Than Comply With Gov't

Lavabit, an encrypted email service believed to have been used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, has abruptly shut down.

The Giant Hurdle For the Internet of Things
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The Giant Hurdle For the Internet of Things

Everyone's talking about the Internet of Things, a proposed network of intelligent devices that could one day automate much of the world around us. HVAC and lighting...

Lego Mindstorms Ev3 Means Giant Robots, Powerful Computers
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Lego Mindstorms Ev3 Means Giant Robots, Powerful Computers

Gummi Bears. That's what playing with Lego bricks reminds me of—sitting cross-legged on the floor in the back room of my parents' house on Saturday mornings, ahere...

How Wearable Technology Could Transform Business
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How Wearable Technology Could Transform Business

Once upon a time seeing your life flash before your eyes was something people did their best to avoid. The arrival of Google Glass seems to have changed that.

Pgp Inventor and Silent Circle Co-Founder Phil Zimmermann on the Surveillance Society
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Pgp Inventor and Silent Circle Co-Founder Phil Zimmermann on the Surveillance Society

Phil Zimmermann might be a technologist, but he tends to get philosophical when it comes to the issues of privacy and security and how they intersect with our society...

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We Need a Moratorium on 'Brain-Like' Tech Stories

My "aha" moment arrived two decades ago while I was an undergrad student (and dilettante "futurist," though I didn’t know the word then), sitting in the Great Hall...

Professor Emeritus Rodney Brooks Refines the Sequel to Irobot
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Professor Emeritus Rodney Brooks Refines the Sequel to Irobot

Professor emeritus Rodney Brooks gained fame in the 1990s for co-founding iRobot, an MIT spinoff that brought the world the Roomba and other innovative, helpful...

WikiLeaks' Teenage Benedict Arnold
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WikiLeaks' Teenage Benedict Arnold

When he met Julian Assange for the first time, Sigurdur Thordarson admired the WikiLeaks founder's attitude and quickly signed up to the cause.

Craig Venter on the Hail Mary Genome and Synthetic Meat
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Craig Venter on the Hail Mary Genome and Synthetic Meat

Where are we in the hype cycle of synthetic biology?

In Pursuit of Quantum Biology With Birgitta Whaley
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In Pursuit of Quantum Biology With Birgitta Whaley

As an undergraduate at Oxford University in the mid-1970s, K. Birgitta Whaley struggled to choose between chemistry and physics.

If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?
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If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?

Most of what scientists know of Jupiter's moon Europa they have gleaned from a dozen or so close flybys from NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1979 and NASA's Galileo...

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The End of Integrated Systems

I always travel with a pair of binoculars and, to the puzzlement of my fellow airline passengers, spend part of every flight gazing through them at whatever happens...

Former Nsa Chief on Latest Leaked Dragnet Spy Program: It's Real, and It's Spectacular
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Former Nsa Chief on Latest Leaked Dragnet Spy Program: It's Real, and It's Spectacular

Does the NSA really operate a vast database that allows its analysts to sift through millions of records showing nearly everything a user does on the Internet,...

Snowden—Facts, Fictions, and  Fears
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Snowden—Facts, Fictions, and Fears

"Any analyst at any time can target anyone. Any selector, anywhere ... I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you or your...

One Year on Mars: Curiosity Rover's Chief Scientist John Grotzinger Speaks Out
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One Year on Mars: Curiosity Rover's Chief Scientist John Grotzinger Speaks Out

One year ago Monday (Aug. 5), NASA's Mars rover Curiosity pulled off a stunning and unprecedented landing inside Gale Crater, kicking off a two-year surface mission...

Hacktivist Richard Stallman Takes On Proprietary Software, Saas, and Open Source
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Hacktivist Richard Stallman Takes On Proprietary Software, Saas, and Open Source

Richard Stallman, revered by some as a genius (after all, he won a McArthur "genius" grant in 1990) and by others as a crackpot, was in New York Monday where he...

Tech Essentials: How Cory Doctorow Gets Around
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Tech Essentials: How Cory Doctorow Gets Around

The co-editor of Boing Boing, novelist and fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation shares his tools for circumventing censorship in airports, easing back pain...

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Google's Science Fellows Challenge the Company's Fund-Raising For Senator Inhofe

Ten years ago this week, Senator James M. Inhofe, the Republican from Oklahoma, used a two-hour floor speech to launch his campaign on the credibility of climate...

The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership
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The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership

Imagine the government passed a law requiring all citizens to carry a tracking device. Such a law would immediately be found unconstitutional. Yet we all carry...

The Machine Zone: This Is Where You Go When You Just Can't Stop Looking at Pictures on Facebook
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The Machine Zone: This Is Where You Go When You Just Can't Stop Looking at Pictures on Facebook

"People love Facebook. They really love it," Biz Stone wrote earlier this month. "My mother-in-law looks hypnotized when she decides to put in some Facebook time...
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