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How to Manage Your Digital Afterlife
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How to Manage Your Digital Afterlife

After their son's suicide, one Wisconsin couple was desperate for answers.

It's Time to Reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
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It's Time to Reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

This year the U.S. Congress is considering changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the primary law that governs cyber crime and fraud on the Internet...

Online Courses Can Improve Life on Campus
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Online Courses Can Improve Life on Campus

The future of on-campus learning lies in the right combination of digital and traditional tools.

How Moocs Can Help India
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How Moocs Can Help India

Online courses have the potential to dramatically transform Indian higher education by alleviating faculty shortages and delivering education on a scale and at...

Smart Phones Mean You Will No Longer Have to Memorize Facts
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Smart Phones Mean You Will No Longer Have to Memorize Facts

When my father was growing up, his father offered him 25 cents to memorize the complete list of U.S. presidents. "Number one, George Washington. Number two, John...

Can Patents Keep ­p with Technology?
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Can Patents Keep ­p with Technology?


Is High-Tech Security at Public Events Counterproductive?
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Is High-Tech Security at Public Events Counterproductive?

Which is more intrusive: security screening and metal detectors every few blocks, or a drone flying high above it taking video of every little thing you do?

Does a Public "find My Iphone" Search Violate Personal Privacy?
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Does a Public "find My Iphone" Search Violate Personal Privacy?

A guy stole my iPhone. I tracked it and posted his address online. Was that wrong?

Science in an Election Year
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Science in an Election Year

More than a dozen science and engineering organizations worked with ScienceDebate.org to draft 14 top science questions to ask the two main presidential candidates...

Bring It: A Call For Candidates to Debate Science Policy
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Bring It: A Call For Candidates to Debate Science Policy

Innovation, economic growth, and climate change are just a few of the challenges and opportunities that face the U.S. They are also firmly linked to science.

How the Icloud Hack Happened and How to Avoid Being Next
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How the Icloud Hack Happened and How to Avoid Being Next

Mat Honan, the technology reporter who was digitally disemboweled this past weekend, has revealed exactly how he was so spectacularly owned. His case, a cascade...

A Rosie Future: Jetsons-Like Gadgets with 'ambient Intelligence' Are Key to Smart Homes and Cities
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A Rosie Future: Jetsons-Like Gadgets with 'ambient Intelligence' Are Key to Smart Homes and Cities

Fifty years after The Jetsons promised us a future of robot maids, flying cars, video phones and meals at the push of a button, it seems that reality may actually...

Supercomputers Can Save ­.s. Manufacturing
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Supercomputers Can Save ­.s. Manufacturing

High-performance computing developed at the national labs powers much of the innovation behind the most successful U.S. commercial firms. This expertise may also...

How to Make Science and Tech Jobs More Enticing to Undergrads
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How to Make Science and Tech Jobs More Enticing to Undergrads

The number of U.S. undergraduate degrees being awarded in most STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) has risen steadily in recent years...

How Siri Makes Computers (and Coders) More Human
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How Siri Makes Computers (and Coders) More Human

Siri, a program in the latest Apple iPhone that can carry out a wide spectrum of vocal commands without requiring training or special syntax from the user, stands...

Read My Email? Get a Warrant
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Read My Email? Get a Warrant

Last October the well-known hacking group Chaos Computer Club revealed that the German state police had been monitoring the computers of ordinary citizens using...

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How Can Malware Be Stopped?

The world of cybersecurity is starting to resemble a paranoid thriller.

Howard Stern Calls Out Rick Perry For His Anti-Science Views
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Howard Stern Calls Out Rick Perry For His Anti-Science Views

No shortage of articles have been published about the deep distrust exhibited by most 2012 Republican presidential candidates toward specific scientific findings—notably...

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Critical Mass: How to Maintain the Power of Online Reviews

The wisdom of crowds can be brilliant. It can also be corrupt.

Keep the Internet Fair
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Keep the Internet Fair

The government's net neutrality compromise fell flat. Here's a simple fix.
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