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Online Social Science: Can the Web Graduate from Digital Petri Dish to Virtual Laboratory?
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Online Social Science: Can the Web Graduate from Digital Petri Dish to Virtual Laboratory?

In many ways the Internet is the ultimate virtual laboratory.

Neil Degrasse Tyson Helps His New 'bud' Superman Get a Glimpse of Home
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Neil Degrasse Tyson Helps His New 'bud' Superman Get a Glimpse of Home

DC Comics, Tyson explains, approached him for permission to use the Planetarium—as well as his likeness—in a story where Superman witnesses the destruction of Krypton...

11 Big Tech Trends You'll See in 2013
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11 Big Tech Trends You'll See in 2013

Writing prediction pieces is a funny thing because there is really no such thing as "next year."

Nest Ceo Fadell: Internet of Things Is a Decade Away
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Nest Ceo Fadell: Internet of Things Is a Decade Away

It will take 10 years before the "Internet of things" catches on widely, said Nest Labs Chief Executive Tony Fadell, whose smart-thermostat startup embodies the...

The Next Big Os War Is in Your Dashboard
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The Next Big Os War Is in Your Dashboard

Competition in automotive technology has long been about who's got the most horsepower, the best towing capacity or the fastest acceleration. These days, though...

How to Make Almost Anything
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How to Make Almost Anything

A new digital revolution is coming, this time in fabrication. It draws on the same insights that led to the earlier digitizations of communication and computation...

Was a Texas Student Really Expelled for Refusing To Wear an RFID Chip?
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Was a Texas Student Really Expelled for Refusing To Wear an RFID Chip?

The Texas school district that began requiring its students to wear RFID tracking chips this year is now facing a fight in federal court.

How Martin Odersky Rewrote the Rules of Coding For a Mobile World
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How Martin Odersky Rewrote the Rules of Coding For a Mobile World

Next time you pull out your smartphone to use a popular application—whether it's to price check items in a store, to tweet or to check your cloud-based calendar—you...

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How to ­se Technology to Make You Smarter

Can a calculator make you smarter?

In China, 25 Million People ­se Only Their Cell Phones to Read Books
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In China, 25 Million People ­se Only Their Cell Phones to Read Books

On vacation in China earlier this month, I stopped by Shanghai's seven-story downtown "Book City," bustling with activity on a weekday afternoon that, as a publisher...

Jeff Bezos Wants Amazon in Every Pocket
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Jeff Bezos Wants Amazon in Every Pocket

"People don't want gadgets, they want services," Jeff Bezos has declared.

A Touch Literate World: The Global Tablet Craze
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A Touch Literate World: The Global Tablet Craze

I haven't been shy about expressing my belief that tablets represent the reinvention of the personal computer.

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.

Eye Am a Camera: Surveillance and Sousveillance in the Glassage
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Eye Am a Camera: Surveillance and Sousveillance in the Glassage

Digital eye glasses like Google’s Project Glass, and my earlier Digital Eye Glass, will transform society because they introduce a two-sided surveillance and sousveillance...

Long Day For a Professor Who Puts Elections ­nder a Microscope
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Long Day For a Professor Who Puts Elections ­nder a Microscope

Monday afternoon, just half a day before the polls opened, Prof. Mark Crispin Miller was feeling pessimistic about the electoral process.

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.

Future Mars Missions: Can Humans Actually Trump Robots?
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Future Mars Missions: Can Humans Actually Trump Robots?

For decades scientists have backed the idea of sending robots to collect Martian rocks and return them to Earth, a project that should be possible well before humans...

Why Jony Ive Shouldn't Kill Off Apple's Skeuomorphic Interfaces
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Why Jony Ive Shouldn't Kill Off Apple's Skeuomorphic Interfaces

Last week Apple fired Scott Forstall, the architect of its iOS platform, and handed his duties over to the company's chief industrial designer, Jonathan Ive. Ive...
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