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Laura Poitras has a talent for disappearing. In her early documentaries like My Country, My Country and The Oath, her camera seems to float invisibly in rooms where subjects carry on intimate conversations as if they’re not being…
A defining moment in modern biology occurred on July 24, 1978, when biotechnology pioneer Robert Swanson, who had recently co-founded Genentech, brought two young scientists to dinner with Thomas Perkins, the legendary venture…
Yesterday, the 46-year-old Google veteran who oversees its search engine, Amit Singhal, announced his retirement. And in short order, Google revealed that Singhal's rather enormous shoes would be filled by a man named John Giannandrea…
In the great contest that is life, the common bedbug, Cimex lectularius, qualifies as a winner.
Over the weekend, negotiators from the European Union's executive body, and the US Federal Trade Commission worked frantically to thrash out a deal to allow transatlantic data transfers to take place.
Sooner or later everything seems to go online. Newspapers. TV. Radio. Shopping. Banking. Dating.
It's one thing to play the arcade game Whac-A-Mole by swinging around an oversized mallet; it's far easier to whack those moles virtually, controlling the mallet with just your gaze.
American politics has long accepted the strange notion that just a pair of states—namely Iowa and New Hampshire—get an outsize vote in choosing America’s next president. The idea of letting just two states choose whether we all…
Seeking better understanding of digital transformation.
What must we learn in order to support privacy requirements as technology advances?
Influencing computer science education at the state level.
Considering a controversial subject that extends far beyond the collection of phone metadata.
Moving from the research realm to real-world business application.
Committing to commits, and the beauty of summarizing graphs.