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Starman
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Starman

It was a mild October day in Hollywood, but a trace of artificial snow remained on the ground as Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium, at...

Some Predict Computers Will Produce a Jobless Future. Here's Why They're Wrong.
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Some Predict Computers Will Produce a Jobless Future. Here's Why They're Wrong.

Will "smart machines" steal our jobs?

Is the ­niverse a Simulation?
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Is the ­niverse a Simulation?

In Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "The Master and Margarita," the protagonist, a writer, burns a manuscript in a moment of despair, only to find out later from the Devil...

Science Inches Closer to Real Bioshock-Style Plasmids
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Science Inches Closer to Real Bioshock-Style Plasmids

Synthetic success. That's not to say that customized transposons are limited to the hypothetical.

Baxter and the Second Machine Age
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Baxter and the Second Machine Age

The Industrial Revolution of the 18th century is not just the story of steam power, but steam started it all.

The Strange, Deadly Effects Mars Would Have on Your Body
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The Strange, Deadly Effects Mars Would Have on Your Body

We've imagined sending people to Mars since well before Gagarin's first spaceflight.

What Is Nasa For?
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What Is Nasa For?

What the heck is NASA for? It's like asking what a panda is for.

Why Startups Should Steal Ideas and Hire Weirdos
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Why Startups Should Steal Ideas and Hire Weirdos

The most consistently creative and insightful people are explorers.

When Will Genomics Cure Cancer?
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When Will Genomics Cure Cancer?

Since the beginning of this century, the most rapidly advancing field in the life sciences, and perhaps in human inquiry of any sort, has been genomics.

A Creator of Skynet Ponders Google
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A Creator of Skynet Ponders Google

After an eight-year detour in which he served as governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned to his true calling as a cyborg assassin.

Pluto Wins
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Pluto Wins

It's time to stop throwing pity parties for Pluto.

The Case of the Hacked Refrigerator—could 'the Internet of Things' Connect Everything?
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The Case of the Hacked Refrigerator—could 'the Internet of Things' Connect Everything?

Somebody hacked a refrigerator recently, and it could mark a tipping point for civilization.

Bitcoin: How Its Core Technology Will Change the World
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Bitcoin: How Its Core Technology Will Change the World

Bitcoin has been called many things, from the future of money to a drug dealer's dream and everything else in between.

The Lost Ancestors of Ascii Art
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The Lost Ancestors of Ascii Art

ASCII art is as much a part of the Internet as emoticons, cats, or lol.

How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In
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How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In

In Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated, futuristic film 'Her,' computers compose music, carry on seamless conversations with humans, organize emails instantaneously,...

­dacity Founder: Moocs Can Help the Economy, Even If They Can't Replace College
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­dacity Founder: Moocs Can Help the Economy, Even If They Can't Replace College

Sebastian Thrun was instrumental in building Google's self-driving car and Glass projects, and helped launch the company's Google X wing to spearhead "moonshot"...

How a Database of the World's Knowledge Shapes Google's Future
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How a Database of the World's Knowledge Shapes Google's Future

For all its success, Google's famous Page Rank algorithm has never understood a word of the billions of Web pages it has directed people to over the years.

Digital Platforms
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Digital Platforms: When Is Participation Valuable?

Assessing the benefits and challenges of knowledge spillovers.

Bugs and Bragging Rights
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Bugs and Bragging Rights

It is not always size that matters.

The White House Is Going to Study Big Data. Here Are 5 Things It Should Know
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The White House Is Going to Study Big Data. Here Are 5 Things It Should Know

The White House announced via blog post on Thursday that it's forming working group focused on understanding the promises and pitfalls of big data (with a heavy...
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