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February 2015


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J. Craig Venter on Dna and Life's Mysteries

J. Craig Venter on Dna and Life's Mysteries

J. Craig Venter is in the life business.


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Nanotech Pioneer Langer Wins Award By Thinking Small

Nanotech Pioneer Langer Wins Award By Thinking Small

Bioengineer Robert Langer has spent his career looking for the next not-so-big thing.


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Net Neutrality: How the Government Finally Got It Right

Net Neutrality: How the Government Finally Got It Right

For years, the federal government supported the principle of net neutrality: the idea that broadband providers should treat all Internet traffic the same.


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Tetris Creators Talk Virtual Reality, Touch Screens, History, E-Sports

Tetris Creators Talk Virtual Reality, Touch Screens, History, E-Sports

As the second and final day of the 2015 DICE Summit came to a close, Alexey Pajitnov took the stage in a rare public appearance to talk frankly about the history and legacy of Tetris, his most famous creation.


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The Biggest Hole in the Fcc's New Internet Rules

The Biggest Hole in the Fcc's New Internet Rules

The people clamoring for tough, new regulations for Internet service—everyone from net neutrality activists and a few blue-chip companies to President Obama and John Oliver— got pretty much everything they wanted in the proposals …


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Quantum Computing Without Qubits

Quantum Computing Without Qubits

For more than 20 years, Ivan H. Deutsch has struggled to design the guts of a working quantum computer.


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Tim O'reilly Explains the Internet of Things

Tim O'reilly Explains the Internet of Things

Tim O'Reilly has been at the cutting edge of the Internet since it went commercial.


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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality

After more than a decade of debate and a record-setting proceeding that attracted nearly 4 million public comments, the time to settle the Net Neutrality question has arrived.


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Google Brain's Co-Inventor Tells Why He's Building Chinese Neural Networks

Google Brain's Co-Inventor Tells Why He's Building Chinese Neural Networks

To chat with Andrew Ng I almost have to tackle him.


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Televised Football Is Looking More Like a Video Game—in Subtle Ways

Televised Football Is Looking More Like a Video Game—in Subtle Ways

It is impossible to consider American football without considering television.


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Nasa Has Its Sights Set on Europa

Nasa Has Its Sights Set on Europa

Yesterday, NASA announced its Fiscal Year 2016 budget request.


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15 Predictions For Tech and Design in 2015

15 Predictions For Tech and Design in 2015

It's our favorite time of year, when frogs from around the world examine the state of technology's future.


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A Future Segregated By Science?

A Future Segregated By Science?

Few women and minorities are getting STEM degrees, although STEM jobs are multiplying and pay more than many other careers. Will our future be delineated by who does and who doesn't have a science education (and the resulting…


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We Need a Building Code For Building Code

We Need a Building Code For Building Code

A proposal for a framework for code requirements addressing primary sources of vulnerabilities for building systems.


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Far-Sighted Thinking About Deleterious Computer-Related Events

Far-Sighted Thinking About Deleterious Computer-Related Events

Considerably more anticipation is needed for what might seriously go wrong.


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Three Paradoxes of Building Platforms

Three Paradoxes of Building Platforms

Insights into creating China's Taobao online marketplace ecosystem.


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Putting the Computer Science in Computing Education Research

Putting the Computer Science in Computing Education Research

Investing in computing education research to transform computer science education.


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In Defense of Soundiness: A Manifesto

In Defense of Soundiness

Soundy is the new sound.


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Do-It-Yourself Textbook Publishing

Do-It-Yourself Textbook Publishing

Comparing experiences publishing textbooks using traditional publishers and do-it-yourself methods.


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Too Big to Fail

Too Big to Fail

Visibility leads to debuggability.

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