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An Ode to the Rosetta Spacecraft as It Flings Itself Into a Comet
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An Ode to the Rosetta Spacecraft as It Flings Itself Into a Comet

Today, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft will engage its thrusters for one final maneuver: a suicidal plunge toward the comet it has been orbiting...

Y2k 2.0: Is the ­.s. Government Set to 'give Away the Internet' Saturday?
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Y2k 2.0: Is the ­.s. Government Set to 'give Away the Internet' Saturday?

Remember the projected Y2K bug disaster? The world's computers would supposedly go haywire as the clock ticked to January 1, 2000, thus destroying the world and...

Why Data Is the New Coal
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Why Data Is the New Coal

"Is data the new oil?" asked proponents of big data back in 2012 in Forbes magazine. By 2016, and the rise of big data's turbo-powered cousin deep learning, westated Fortune...

Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science
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Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science

Two weeks ago, Scientific American asked for your help in grading the presidential candidates on their answers to 20 questions about various aspects of scientific...

The Internet Is No Place For Public Elections
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The Internet Is No Place For Public Elections

Despite what your local election officials may tell you, you can’t trust the Internet with your vote.

What If the Aliens We Are Looking For Are Ai?
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What If the Aliens We Are Looking For Are Ai?

For more than a century we have been broadcasting our presence to the cosmos.

Cloud Calipers
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Cloud Calipers

Naming the next generation and remembering that the cloud is just other people's computers.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Review: The Finest Soccer Game Ever Made
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Review: The Finest Soccer Game Ever Made

There are many ways to interpret the beautiful game.

An 'interview' With Google's New Digital Assistant
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An 'interview' With Google's New Digital Assistant

Alphabet Inc.'s Google unit introduced a new digital assistant Wednesday. Bloomberg News put the system through its paces by asking questions, some of which were...

For the Debaters: What Shall We Do About the Tech Careening Our Way?
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For the Debaters: What Shall We Do About the Tech Careening Our Way?

Here's a question I’m hoping comes up at Monday's presidential debate: Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump, what would you do about self-driving trucks?

Are the Experts Worried About the Existential Risk of Artificial Intelligence?
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Are the Experts Worried About the Existential Risk of Artificial Intelligence?

If you believe everything you read, you are probably quite worried about the prospect of a superintelligent, killer AI.

Big Step For Quantum Teleportation Won't Bring ­S Any Closer to Star Trek. Here's Why
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Big Step For Quantum Teleportation Won't Bring ­S Any Closer to Star Trek. Here's Why

Two teams have set new distance records for quantum teleportation: using the weirdness of quantum mechanics to instantly transfer the condition or "state" of one...

Why Scientists Must Share Their Research Code
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Why Scientists Must Share Their Research Code

Many scientists worry over the reproducibility of wet-lab experiments, but data scientist Victoria Stodden's focus is on how to validate computational research:...

Paperless Voting Could Fuel 'rigged' Election Claims
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Paperless Voting Could Fuel 'rigged' Election Claims

Voters in four competitive states will cast ballots in November on electronic machines that leave no paper trail—a lapse that threatens to sow distrust about a...

Before Apple And Facebook, There Was Something More Revolutionary
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Before Apple And Facebook, There Was Something More Revolutionary

It's easy to think that the modern era in communication began in the 1990s with the birth of the Internet.

The Next President Will Decide the Fate of Killer Robots, and the Future of War
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The Next President Will Decide the Fate of Killer Robots, and the Future of War

The next president will have a range of issues on their plate, from how to deal with growing tensions with China and Russia, to an ongoing war against ISIS.

How an Inventor You've Probably Never Heard of Shaped the Modern World
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How an Inventor You've Probably Never Heard of Shaped the Modern World

Many of the inventors who fueled the digital revolution have become household names.

How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics For Artificial Intelligence
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How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics For Artificial Intelligence

For years, science-fiction moviemakers have been making us fear the bad things that artificially intelligent machines might do to their human creators.

Here's How Russian Hackers Could Actually Tip an American Election
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Here's How Russian Hackers Could Actually Tip an American Election

Reports this week of Russian intrusions into U.S. election systems have startled many voters, but computer experts are not surprised.

Why Russian Hackers Probably Can't Mess with the ­.s. Election
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Why Russian Hackers Probably Can't Mess with the ­.s. Election

State-sponsored Russian hackers appear to be behind attacks on voter databases in Arizona and Illinois.
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