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What Cyberwar Against Isis Should Look Like
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What Cyberwar Against Isis Should Look Like

Pentagon officials have publicly said, in recent weeks, that they're hitting ISIS not only with bullets and bombs but also with cyberoffensive operations.

How Apple's Stand Against the Fbi Could Backfire
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How Apple's Stand Against the Fbi Could Backfire

The skirmish between Apple and the FBI is quickly escalating to a battle royal, a fight to the finish over lofty principles and national values, involving not just...

In Defense of Algorithms
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In Defense of Algorithms

OK, I'm biased, given the countless hours I have spent over the past three decades creating algorithms, implementing them on computers, and then writing about them...

Metadata Surveillance Didn't Stop the Paris Attacks
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Metadata Surveillance Didn't Stop the Paris Attacks

Since terrorists struck Paris last Friday night, the debate over whether encryption prevents intelligence services from stopping attacks has reignited.

­pdate: Seti Sees No Alien Signals From Weird Star
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­pdate: Seti Sees No Alien Signals From Weird Star

A few weeks ago, I (and a zillion other people) reported on a star about 1,500 light-years away that was acting … weirdly.

If There Is Water on Mars, Who Gets to ­se It?
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If There Is Water on Mars, Who Gets to ­se It?

Humans settle around water, especially in the desert.

We Don't Need Humans on Mars
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We Don't Need Humans on Mars

The two mobile robots Spirit and Opportunity were launched from Earth in 2003 and arrived on opposite sides of Mars in 2004. A suite of cameras, instruments, and...

Fight Isis By Thinking Inside the Bot
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Fight Isis By Thinking Inside the Bot

What if we told you that fighting ISIS could be done cheaply, relatively easily, in a manner that would not escalate or put any in harm’s way?

Convicted By Code
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Convicted By Code

Secret code is everywhere—in elevators, airplanes, medical devices.

How to Make a Rubber Ducky Comet: Smash Two Comets Together! Carefully.
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How to Make a Rubber Ducky Comet: Smash Two Comets Together! Carefully.

It was a bit of a surprise when the Rosetta probe, after a decade of travel around the Sun, approached the comet and sent the first decently resolved pictures of...

The Government Needs to Work with Silicon Valley to Create Our Military Future
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The Government Needs to Work with Silicon Valley to Create Our Military Future

In 1931, the city fathers of Sunnyvale, California, came up with a unique plan to rescue their town from the doldrums of the Great Depression.

What a Comet Looks Like … From 9 Meters Away!
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What a Comet Looks Like … From 9 Meters Away!

The European Space Agency has just released some fantastic close-up images taken by the Philae lander of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

The Social Security Number's Insecurities
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The Social Security Number's Insecurities

In both the Anthem insurance hack and the two Office of Personnel Management hacks this year, attackers gained access to Social Security numbers, affecting 80 million...

Is Star Trek Tech Possible?
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Is Star Trek Tech Possible?

My friend Veronica Belmont is pretty cool. Nerd, writer, TV host… and now she’s doing an online video series with Engadget called "Dear Veronica," where she answers...

Meet the Bots
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Meet the Bots

The day that science fiction writers have feared for so long has finally come—the machines have risen up.

Why Mlb Fans Should Lament the Failure of Google Glass
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Why Mlb Fans Should Lament the Failure of Google Glass

The consumer tech world received a jolt in January when the Wall Street Journal reported that Google executives were freezing all sales of its futuristically goofy...

Why the Tsarnaev Juror Questionnaire Screened For Computer Scientists
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Why the Tsarnaev Juror Questionnaire Screened For Computer Scientists

As we approach the second anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, many of us here in Massachusetts and beyond are riveted by the ongoing trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev...

Mathematicians of the Future?
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Mathematicians of the Future?

Herbert Simon, the Nobel-prize winning economist, was a techno-enthusiast. In 1956 he predicted that, "within 10 years, computers would beat the world chess champion...

So Sayeth Google
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So Sayeth Google

Search for "vaccines." At least within our filter bubble, the top item in Google's "In the news" section earlier this week was an anti-vax column about the "feds'...

How to Fight the Next $1 Billion Bank Hack
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How to Fight the Next $1 Billion Bank Hack

Good news! A major hack you don't have to worry about! Unless, that is, you happen to be an executive or security employee at one of the hundreds of banks targeted...
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