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The Message Voyager 1 Carries For Alien Civilizations
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The Message Voyager 1 Carries For Alien Civilizations

The year was 1977.

A Peek ­nder the Hood at the Brains of Self-Driving Cars
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A Peek ­nder the Hood at the Brains of Self-Driving Cars

What car maker today doesn't seem to have an autonomous car bumbling around its test lot?

Nasa Is Turning Science Fiction Into Fact
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Nasa Is Turning Science Fiction Into Fact

As a new moon orbiter gets set to launch, Pete Worden, director of NASA Ames, says forget the 20th—this is the real space century.

Who Will Prosper in the New World
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Who Will Prosper in the New World

Self-driving vehicles threaten to send truck drivers to the unemployment office.

Tech Pioneer Vint Cerf on the Age of Context and Why You Can't Be a Citizen of the Internet
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Tech Pioneer Vint Cerf on the Age of Context and Why You Can't Be a Citizen of the Internet

Few people have as much claim as Vint Cerf to the title "Father of the Internet," but as the technologies he helped develop in the 1970s and 1980s become increasingly...

The Nsa's Crypto "breakthrough"
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The Nsa's Crypto "breakthrough"

One difficulty of reporting on spy outfits like America's National Security Agency is the veil of secrecy they operate behind.

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Visit to the World's Fair of 2014

The New York World's Fair of 1964 is dedicated to "Peace Through Understanding."

State of Innovation: Busting the Private-Sector Myth
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State of Innovation: Busting the Private-Sector Myth

Images of tech entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs are continually thrown at us by politicians, economists and the media.

The Other Side of Language
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The Other Side of Language

The conversation for action gives a framework for completing professional actions effectively.

Welcome to the Age of Denial
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Welcome to the Age of Denial

In 1982, polls showed that 44 percent of Americans believed God had created human beings in their present form. Thirty years later, the fraction of the population...

Meet the Nasa Scientist Devising a Starship Warp Drive
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Meet the Nasa Scientist Devising a Starship Warp Drive

The idea that nothing can exceed the speed of light limits our interstellar ambitions. How do we get round this?

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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...

Jeff Hawkins: Where Open Source and Machine Learning Meet Big Data
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Jeff Hawkins: Where Open Source and Machine Learning Meet Big Data

Smartphone pioneer Jeff Hawkins says that he primarily concentrates today on building machines that operate on neuroscientific principles.

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...

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...

The Brains Behind Research on the Brain
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The Brains Behind Research on the Brain

While studying physics and electrical engineering as an MIT undergraduate in the late 1990s, Mehmet Fatih Yanik managed to avoid taking any biology classes until...

Justice For Alan Turing?
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Justice For Alan Turing?

What do we do with the knowledge that people not all that different from ourselves have behaved with astounding stupidity and cruelty, over and over again, in the...
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