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The True Meaning of Pi Day
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The True Meaning of Pi Day

There are holidays like Mother's Day, Earth Day, Thanksgiving Day. Even a Talk-Like-Shakespeare Day. But Friday is Pi Day.

Language Barriers
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Language Barriers

The British scientist and polymath Stephen Wolfram has always had big ambitions.

Why Watson Is Real Artificial Intelligence
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Why Watson Is Real Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is here now.

What Is Nasa For?
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What Is Nasa For?

What the heck is NASA for? It's like asking what a panda is for.

Pluto Wins
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Pluto Wins

It's time to stop throwing pity parties for Pluto.

In Search of Planetary Intelligence
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In Search of Planetary Intelligence

It is said that Mahatma Gandhi, when asked about Western civilization, remarked, "I think it would be a good idea."

To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now
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To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now

On Aug. 20, NASA's administrator formally welcomed the newest candidates of the astronaut corpsand released a space exploration roadmap that includes robotic and...

Justice For Alan Turing?
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Justice For Alan Turing?

What do we do with the knowledge that people not all that different from ourselves have behaved with astounding stupidity and cruelty, over and over again, in the...

Our Guts May Hate Mars
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Our Guts May Hate Mars

Eighty thousand people recently applied for a trip to Mars, an excursion that will allegedly be funded by selling reality-TV show rights for the voyage.

Ok, Glass, Don't Make Me Look Stupid
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Ok, Glass, Don't Make Me Look Stupid

A man sitting alone at his kitchen table pauses before eating his breakfast.

This Is Your Brain on Neural Implants
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This Is Your Brain on Neural Implants

You are in the future with technologies more advanced than today's.

Could the Internet Ever "wake ­p"?
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Could the Internet Ever "wake ­p"?

In the world of sci-fi movie geekdom, Aug. 29, 1997, was a turning point for humanity: On that day, according to the Terminator films, the network of U.S. defense...

Darwin's Devices
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Darwin's Devices

When I tell people that I work on "evolving robots," their common response is to joke—semi-seriously—about Skynet or some other sci-fi nightmare in which machines...

I Love You, Killer Robots
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I Love You, Killer Robots

It was way back in May 2010 that I first spotted the flying drones that will take over the world. They were in a video that Daniel Mellinger, one of the robots'...

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Blogging the Stanford Machine Learning Class

After three weeks of frustrating math dealing with dull statistics problems, we’re on to frustrating math dealing with "neural networks"—models of how the cells...

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Google's Instant Pages and the Joys of a Computer that Can Read Your Mind

Chrome is reading my mind. When I type a search query in Google's Web browser, it offers me the most likely results right in the address bar. It doesn't justWikipedia...

My Puny Human Brain
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My Puny Human Brain

Jeopardy! genius Ken Jennings on what it's like to play against a supercomputer.

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Space Stasis

What the strange persistence of rockets can teach us about innovation.

The Purpose of Science Fiction
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The Purpose of Science Fiction

How it teaches governments—and citizens—how to understand the future of technology.

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"this Paper Should Not Have Been Published"

Scientists see fatal flaws in the NASA study of arsenic-based life.
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