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How Wooden Toys Teach Kids to Code
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How Wooden Toys Teach Kids to Code

Like most parents,  I want my young children to be prepared for the future—one in which knowing how to program a computer will be a basic skill, like clicking "Skip...

Is the Tech Bubble Popping? Ping Pong Offers an Answer
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Is the Tech Bubble Popping? Ping Pong Offers an Answer

Twitter's gloomy quarterly report last week unsettled investors. They might have anticipated trouble more than a year ago had they noticed one key indicator.

Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems
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Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

One of the most exciting parts of data science is that it can be applied to many domains of knowledge, given our newfound ability to gather valuable data on almost...

The Myth of Basic Science
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The Myth of Basic Science

Innovation is a mysteriously difficult thing to dictate. Technology seems to change by a sort of inexorable, evolutionary progress, which we probably cannot stop—or...

Review: Littlebits Makes Robot Building Easier For Junior Engineers
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Review: Littlebits Makes Robot Building Easier For Junior Engineers

In the recent surge of electronic building toys, my early favorite was LittleBits. The individual pieces each have a specific job, and they magnetically interlock...

Pluto Is Just a Baby Step For Humankind
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Pluto Is Just a Baby Step For Humankind

As it advances now beyond Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is sending back data from its historic encounter with the dwarf planet like a long sigh of relief.

Sean Parker: Philanthropy For Hackers
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Sean Parker: Philanthropy For Hackers

In the past several decades, there has been a monumental shift in the distribution of wealth on the planet.

What's It Like at a Top-Tier Conservatory? There's an App For That
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What's It Like at a Top-Tier Conservatory? There's an App For That

The world of education has become a rapidly expanding universe.

The Culture Wars Invade Science Fiction
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The Culture Wars Invade Science Fiction

Theodore Beale had a big day when the nominations for science fiction's annual Hugo Awards were announced last month: He received two nominations for his editing...

Raspberry Pi 2 Review: A $35 Computer Can Do a Heck of a Lot
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Raspberry Pi 2 Review: A $35 Computer Can Do a Heck of a Lot

Our computers have become too easy to use.

What the World Will Speak in 2115
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What the World Will Speak in 2115

In 1880 a Bavarian priest created a language that he hoped the whole world could use.

What Could Be Lost as Einstein's Papers Go Online
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What Could Be Lost as Einstein's Papers Go Online

When I heard that Albert Einstein's papers were going to be published free online, I was thrilled—at least initially.

Automation Makes US Dumb
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Automation Makes US Dumb

Artificial intelligence has arrived.

Why All Employees Must Learn to Code
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Why All Employees Must Learn to Code

The most important technological skill for all employees is being able to code.

Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now

A growing stack of companies would like you to pay a monthly fee to read e-books, just like you subscribe to Netflix to binge on movies and TV shows.

Billy Beane on the Future of Sports: A Tech-Driven Revolution
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Billy Beane on the Future of Sports: A Tech-Driven Revolution

Baseball—my passion and profession for three decades—has been at the forefront of the analytics revolution sweeping through sports.

How to Use Tech Like a Teenager
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How to Use Tech Like a Teenager

Enough with complaining that young people these days are addicted to their phones. The question you should be asking is: What do they know that you don't?

The Wrong Way to Treat Child Geniuses
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The Wrong Way to Treat Child Geniuses

When I was a child, I was a "genius"—the kind you sometimes see profiled on the local news.

Humans 1, Robots 0
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Humans 1, Robots 0

Computers seem to be replacing humans across many industries, and we're all getting very nervous.

Should Students Use a Laptop in Class?
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Should Students Use a Laptop in Class?

There's a widely shared image on the Internet of a teacher's note that says: "Dear students, I know when you're texting in class. Seriously, no one just looks down...
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