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Defending the Grand Vision of the Human Brain Project
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Defending the Grand Vision of the Human Brain Project

"A grass roots effort is under way to stop the project... 'Mediocre science, terrible science policy,' begins the spirited letter…"

How to Terraform the Moon
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How to Terraform the Moon

Space fans were startled—and perhaps a little skeptical—in May when the Russians announced that they intend to build a manned moon base.

Nsa Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach
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Nsa Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach

A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says steps have been taken to stop future incidents. But he says there's no way...

Harnessing the Speed of Light
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Harnessing the Speed of Light

The fields of data communication, fabrication, and ultrasound imaging share a common challenge when it comes to improving speed and efficiency: light's diffraction...

The Trouble With Brain Science
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The Trouble With Brain Science

Are we ever going to figure out how the brain works?

How Not to Build a Brain
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How Not to Build a Brain

Building a brain sounds like a worthy goal, one that makes it seem as though the future is within reach.

Early-­niverse Explorer Looks For Answers
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Early-­niverse Explorer Looks For Answers

On March 17, a panel of four astrophysicists held a press conference at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., to announce that they...

The Oculus Rift Game That's So Real It Nearly Destroyed Me
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The Oculus Rift Game That's So Real It Nearly Destroyed Me

I can hear the alien breathing.

Forget Turing, the Lovelace Test Has a Better Shot at Spotting AI
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Forget Turing, the Lovelace Test Has a Better Shot at Spotting AI

When a chatbot called Eugene Goostman passed Alan Turing's famous measure of machine intelligence in June by posing as a Ukrainian teenager with questionable language...

Will Computers Ever Replace Teachers?
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Will Computers Ever Replace Teachers?

The classroom looked like a call center.

The Hazards of Probing the Internet's Dark Side
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The Hazards of Probing the Internet's Dark Side

Late last year, hackers breached Target's data security and stole information from millions of credit cards.

Stop Complaining About the Facebook Study. It's a Golden Age For Research
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Stop Complaining About the Facebook Study. It's a Golden Age For Research

Several years ago, my student and I studied anonymous email server data from 40,000 students, faculty and staff at a large university.

Billy Beane on the Future of Sports: A Tech-Driven Revolution
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Billy Beane on the Future of Sports: A Tech-Driven Revolution

Baseball—my passion and profession for three decades—has been at the forefront of the analytics revolution sweeping through sports.

Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories
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Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories

Forest fire on the way? Building stress getting too high? Farmland too moist?

Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory
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Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory

You know when you dial a number, and a man reads you the exact time at the tone? That precise timekeeping starts at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

7 Things You Should Know About Tor
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7 Things You Should Know About Tor

We posted last week about the Tor Challenge and why everyone should use Tor.

Should Facebook Manipulate ­sers?
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Should Facebook Manipulate ­sers?

Should we worry that technology companies can secretly influence our emotions?

Snowden Asylum in Germany?
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Snowden Asylum in Germany?

Revelations by Edward Snowden about U.S. surveillance continue to shake Germany more than one year after he came forward as a National Security Agency whistleblower...

How My Dad's Equation Sparked the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence
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How My Dad's Equation Sparked the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence

A few days before Halloween in 1961, a young astronomer was mulling over a fairly serious problem.

Studying Your ­sers: Facebook's Greatest Hits
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Studying Your ­sers: Facebook's Greatest Hits

Facebook's massive psychological experiment involving almost 700,000 unwitting users has attracted plenty of attention and outrage, but it's far from the only time...
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