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How an Underwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine
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How an Underwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine

On 15 November, Argentina's Navy lost contact with the ARA San Juan, a small diesel-powered submarine that had been involved in exercises off the east coast of...

Five Ways to Fix Statistics
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Five Ways to Fix Statistics

As debate rumbles on about how and how much poor statistics is to blame for poor reproducibility, Nature asked influential statisticians to recommend one change...

The Quantum Spy Author David Ignatius on the Future of High-Tech Espionage
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The Quantum Spy Author David Ignatius on the Future of High-Tech Espionage

The intersection of quantum computing and espionage may feel like a faraway future. But in his latest novel, David Ignatius, Washington's own John le Carré, tackles...

Lousy Advice to the Lovelorn
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Lousy Advice to the Lovelorn

The 37% rule is rarely applicable in real-world situations. It is certainly entirely wrong-headed as advice for getting married.

The Death of Big Software
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The Death of Big Software

We are past the tipping point in the transition away from 20th-century big software architectures.

Cold, Hard Cache
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Cold, Hard Cache

On the implementation and maintenance of caches.

Community Colleges
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Community Colleges: A Resource for Increasing Equity and Inclusion in Computer Science Education

Challenging a simplistic pathway metaphor.

The Forgotten Engineer
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The Forgotten Engineer

Engineering has been marginalized by the unhealthy belief that engineering is the application of science.

Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality
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Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality

Back in 2005, a small phone company based in North Carolina named Madison River began preventing its subscribers from making phone calls using the internet application...

The Tech Giants' Secret War Against Fake News Is Too Secret
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The Tech Giants' Secret War Against Fake News Is Too Secret

Facebook, Google, and Twitter have a problem with harmful content.

Borders in the Cloud
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Borders in the Cloud

Amazon may well be one of the companies with the strongest data security in the world.

How Evil Is Tech?
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How Evil Is Tech?

Can tech companies take the actions necessary to prevent their companies from becoming social pariahs?

Martonosi Sketches a Path for a New Type of Computing
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Martonosi Sketches a Path for a New Type of Computing

Princeton University professor Margaret Martonosi says quantum computing has reached an inflection point.

Q&A: The Ethics of Using Brain Implants to Upgrade Yourself
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Q&A: The Ethics of Using Brain Implants to Upgrade Yourself

Neurotechnology is one of the hottest areas of engineering, and the technological achievements sound miraculous: Paralyzed people have controlled robotic limbs and ...

Andy Weir: By the Book
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Andy Weir: By the Book

The author of "The Martian" and, most recently, "Artemis" has never read Frank Herbert's "Dune": "Yes, I know. I'm the worst sci-fi fan in the universe."

How Driverless Cars Will Change the Feel of Cities
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How Driverless Cars Will Change the Feel of Cities

It's 6 p.m. in Tempe, Arizona and pitch-black outside. I'm standing in the middle of a five-lane thoroughfare, among a group of people too numerous for the narrow...

Tim Berners-Lee on the Future of the Web: 'The System Is Failing'
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Tim Berners-Lee on the Future of the Web: 'The System Is Failing'

Sir Tim Berners-Lee's optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a "nasty storm" of issues including the rollback of net neutrality...

Deep Learning for Science: A Q&A With NERSC's Prabhat
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Deep Learning for Science: A Q&A With NERSC's Prabhat

In an interview, Prabhat of the U.S. National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's (NERSC) discusses deep learning, machine learning, and the challenges...

It's Time to Tax Companies for Using Our Personal Data
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It's Time to Tax Companies for Using Our Personal Data

The personal data that users give to a company in exchange for a product or service is worth by some estimates $1,000 per person per year.  Companies shouldn't...

The Real Lesson of that Self-Driving Shuttle's First-Day Accident
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The Real Lesson of that Self-Driving Shuttle's First-Day Accident

Wednesday was supposed to be the triumphant launch of a free, driverless shuttle in downtown Las Vegas.
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