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How Programmable Calculators and a Sci-Fi Story Brought Soviet Teens Into the Digital Age
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How Programmable Calculators and a Sci-Fi Story Brought Soviet Teens Into the Digital Age

Despite the ubiquity of computers in modern society, the vast majority of today's students never study computer science or computer programming.

Has One of Math's Greatest Mysteries, the Riemann Hypothesis, Finally Been Solved?
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Has One of Math's Greatest Mysteries, the Riemann Hypothesis, Finally Been Solved?

Over the past few days, the mathematics world has been abuzz over the news that Sir Michael Atiyah, the famous Fields Medalist and Abel Prize winner, claims to....

Will L.A.'s Anti-Terrorist Subway Scanners Be Adopted Everywhere?
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Will L.A.'s Anti-Terrorist Subway Scanners Be Adopted Everywhere?

In mid-August the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Transportation Security Administration announced Metro has paid $100,000 each...

The Obscene Coupling Known as Spaghetti Code
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The Obscene Coupling Known as Spaghetti Code

Teach your junior programmers how to read code.

Google at 20: How Two 'Obnoxious' Students Changed the Internet
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Google at 20: How Two 'Obnoxious' Students Changed the Internet

In the summer of 1995, a second-year grad student called Sergey Brin was giving a tour of Stanford University to prospective students. Larry Page, an engineering...

When Reporting on Defcon, Avoid Stereotypes and A.T.M.s
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When Reporting on Defcon, Avoid Stereotypes and A.T.M.s

As one of The New York Times's three Surfacing residents, I've grown accustomed to entering unfamiliar places.

Paper-Based Electronics Could Fold, Biodegrade and Be the Basis for the Next Generation of Devices
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Paper-Based Electronics Could Fold, Biodegrade and Be the Basis for the Next Generation of Devices

It seems like every few months there's a new cellphone, laptop or tablet that is so exciting people line up around the block to get their hands on it.

Why Animal Extinction Is Crippling Computer Science
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Why Animal Extinction Is Crippling Computer Science

Dodos. Western black rhinoceros. Tasmanian tigers. Bennett's seaweed. The list of extinct animal and plant species goes on and on.

How America Could Lose the Quantum-Computing Race
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How America Could Lose the Quantum-Computing Race

There's an arms race underway to develop the next generation of computers—known as "quantum" computers—and there's no guarantee that the United States is going...

In 1968, Computers Got Personal: How the 'Mother of All Demos' Changed the World
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In 1968, Computers Got Personal: How the 'Mother of All Demos' Changed the World

On a crisp California afternoon in early December 1968, a square-jawed, mild-mannered Stanford researcher named Douglas Engelbart took the stage at San Francisco's...

What Worries People about Future Science and Tech Innovations?
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What Worries People about Future Science and Tech Innovations?

Many Americans see the future crowding into the present and some of the innovations ahead unnerve them, especially as they reshape ideas about human dominion.

Why the Russians Might Hack the Boy Scouts Next
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Why the Russians Might Hack the Boy Scouts Next

In the two years since Russia made headlines for targeting an American political organization–the Democratic National Committee–and undermining Hillary Clinton's...

Safe Artificial Intelligence Requires Cultural Intelligence
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Safe Artificial Intelligence Requires Cultural Intelligence

Knowledge, to paraphrase British journalist Miles Kington, is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing there's a norm against putting it in a fruit salad....

Ten Years of Large Hadron Collider Discoveries Are Just the Start of Decoding the ­niverse
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Ten Years of Large Hadron Collider Discoveries Are Just the Start of Decoding the ­niverse

Ten years! Ten years since the start of operations for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), one of the most complex machines ever created.

What is Cyberwar?
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What is Cyberwar?

At its core, cyberwarfare refers the use of digital attacks by one country or nation to disrupt the computer systems of another with the aim of create significant...

How Will Google's Innovation Continue Beyond Its 20th Year?
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How Will Google's Innovation Continue Beyond Its 20th Year?

As millions of people came online in the late 1990s they needed help figuring out what each webpage was about, and how to find what they were looking for.

Google Chrome's Biggest Challenge at Age 10 Might Just Be Its Own Success
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Google Chrome's Biggest Challenge at Age 10 Might Just Be Its Own Success

Exactly 10 years ago Tuesday, a newly promoted vice president named Sundar Pichai stood before a group of tech reporters in a conference room at Google's Mountain...

Fake America Great Again
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Fake America Great Again

Guess what? I just got hold of some embarrassing video footage of Texas senator Ted Cruz singing and gyrating to Tina Turner. His political enemies will have great...

Forgotten Heroes of the Enigma Story
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Forgotten Heroes of the Enigma Story

Alan Turing's crucial unscrambling of German messages in the Second World War was a tour de force of codebreaking.

Are We Ready for the Future of Warfare?
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Are We Ready for the Future of Warfare?

Warfare has always been about exerting political will.
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