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"A man who traveled from Liberia to visit family members in Texas tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday, marking the outbreak's first diagnosis outside of Africa, health officials said."
In June, 1972, Ángel Parra, Chile’s leading folksinger, wrote a song titled "Litany for a Computer and a Baby About to Be Born."
You've probably got the fruits of this year’s Nobel laureates' handiwork in your pocket. In fact, if you're reading this on your phone or a relatively recent flat-screen monitor, you're more than likely staring at some of them…
With mobile users now outnumbering desktop users, a new economic cycle has begun.
"This is already so real, I don’t know if I even want to do this anymore," I say out loud.
The tone of the answering machine message was routine, like a reminder for a dental appointment. But there was also an undercurrent of urgency.
The story of how the digital age came to be involves a cast of more than 40 people, ranging from a 19th century English countess to California hippies.
Intel's Edison chip has been launched in a rocket, floated in a weather balloon, fitted into a futuristic light-emitting dress and used to power a dancing robot spider.
Imagine a world suddenly devoid of doors.
Unfortunately, there are many risks inherent in online banking and debit cards.
The National Security Agency has a recruiting problem.
With our rising planet's population competing for space and resources, some people are convinced we need to look beyond Earth to help ensure humanity's survival.
Is a worm conscious? How about a bumblebee? Does a computer that can play chess "feel" anything?
I first catch sight of Jony Ive across the Apple campus, in a plain Dodger-blue T-shirt and white painter's pants, in conversation, nodding.
Considering existing and new types of risks inherent in cloud services.
What do you do when your debugger fails you?
Some hidden costs of outsourcing.
Speculating on how the Bitcoin economy might evolve.
Assessing the accuracy of popular descriptions of Alan Turing's influences and legacy.
Higher education institutions must modify their business models in response to technology-driven influences.
Who is Camille Noûs, who has contributed to hundreds of papers on Google Scholar?
By 2019, I generally thought there wasn't much that could surprise me about organizing meetups. Then Covid-19 hit. I was …
Napier's multiplication and division rods, deriving from the basic multiplication table, simplify calculations considerably.