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"MIT Professor Exposes 'Egregious Error' & Evidence Tampering in US Report on Syria Sarin Incident." Pretty good headline, right?
Japan's scientific might is in danger of decline. The country's sluggish science and technology budget is making it difficult to secure talent, and research facilities are suffering from the deficit.
Our mobile phones can reveal a lot about ourselves: where we live and work; who our family, friends and acquaintances are; how (and even what) we communicate with them; and our personal habits.
Silicon Valley should stop recruiting efforts to hire women.
In 2013, a mysterious group of hackers that calls itself the Shadow Brokers stole a few disks full of National Security Agency secrets.
More than 50 years ago, physicist Richard Feynman spoke of "swallowing the surgeon" in his classic lecture, 'There's plenty of room at the bottom'.
Artificial intelligence is not just creeping into our personal lives and workplaces — it's also beginning to appear in the doctor's office. AI raises profound questions regarding medical responsibility.
As devastating as the latest widespread ransomware attacks have been, it's a problem with a solution.
President Trump rarely spoke about the Federal Communications Commission during his campaign or after entering the White House.
At the VR keynote at Google's IO developer conference, a slide appeared on screen to start the morning's presentation. Clay Bavor, head of AR and VR for Google, explained the spectrum of virtual and augmented experiences that…
What's the best way to foster a better web? Maybe subscriptions.
For $150, you can buy a Crispr kit online and use it to engineer heartier gut bacteria in your kitchen.
One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas.
Computer scientists at Stanford are not taught to seriously consider the societal or political impact of their products. This oversight is troubling since technology touches almost all dimensions of 21st-century American lives…
A major theme in recent political discourse has been the perceived impact of robots and automation on the United States labor economy.
For a while now, there's been a debate in the US over how to direct NASA's next major human spaceflight initiative.
Tech companies and investors have recently been piling money into artificial intelligence—and plenty has been trickling down to chip maker Nvidia.
You only have to look to newsworthy FBI investigations to see how pervasive U.S. government leaders' digital illiteracy can be.
Recently I handed over the keys to my email account to a service that promised to turn my spam-bloated inbox into a sparkling model of efficiency in just a few clicks.
Technology can do a lot more to make our elections more secure and reliable, and to ensure that participation in the democratic process is available to all.
The Federal Communications Commission will vote on May 18 to formally begin the process of loosening regulations that enforce the so-called net neutrality rules for Internet providers.
On July 17, 2014, as passengers checked in at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, "Necro Mancer"(@666_mancer) tweeted about an unusual convoy 1,500 miles east in Ukraine.
As I add more cordless, smart, and rechargeable stuff to my life, I've run more into a mundane but real issue: I still have too many cords to deal with when it's time to charge them. The issue really undercuts the whole "freedom…
Self-driving cars, the state of computer science research, artificial intelligence, and other topics were all on the table when MIT' CSAIL hosted Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt for a conversation with CSAIL Director Daniela Rus…
In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he'd decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small fortune—to start a company.
In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who was responsible.
Focusing on the process of anonymity rather than pursuing the unattainable goal of guaranteed safety.
Using a "boot camp" workshop for new faculty orientation.
A 10-point plan toward fashioning a proposal to ban some — if not all — lethal autonomous weapons.
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.