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The Maths of Life and Death: Our Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Disease
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The Maths of Life and Death: Our Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Disease

Maths is the language of science.

Humans Can't Expect AI to Just Fight Fake News for Them
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Humans Can't Expect AI to Just Fight Fake News for Them

Here's some news that's not fake: Not everything you can read on the internet is true.

First the Cloud, Now AI Takes on the Scientific Method
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First the Cloud, Now AI Takes on the Scientific Method

Back when I was doing research, one of my advisors once joked that, if you wait long enough, you can produce an old result using new methods, manage to get it published...

Designing Antiviral Proteins via Computer Could Help Halt the Next Pandemic 
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Designing Antiviral Proteins via Computer Could Help Halt the Next Pandemic 

As Bill Gates sees it, there are three main threats to our species: nuclear war, climate change and the next global pandemic.

The Latest NSA Leak Is a Reminder that Your Bosses Can See Your Every Move
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The Latest NSA Leak Is a Reminder that Your Bosses Can See Your Every Move

It took just days for authorities to arrest and charge a federal contractor with leaking classified intelligence to the media.

A Guide to Challenges Facing Self-Driving Car Technologists
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A Guide to Challenges Facing Self-Driving Car Technologists

In the minds of many in Silicon Valley and in the auto industry, it is inevitable that cars will eventually drive themselves.

Americans from Both Political Parties Overwhelmingly Support Net Neutrality
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Americans from Both Political Parties Overwhelmingly Support Net Neutrality

A recent public opinion poll by Mozilla and Ipsos reveals that 76% of Americans of varied political affiliations — Democrats, Republicans, and Independents — support...

Privacy in the Cellphone Age
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Privacy in the Cellphone Age

Odds are you need to use that phone in your pocket many times a day—and doing so leaves you no choice but to constantly relay data revealing your location and movements...

The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner
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The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner

Across the computer security world yesterday, heads were shaking.

Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters
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Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters

It was night when three British sailors and a 16-year-old canteen assistant boarded a sinking U-boat off the coast of Egypt.

Why Apple Is Struggling to Become an Artificial-Intelligence Powerhouse
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Why Apple Is Struggling to Become an Artificial-Intelligence Powerhouse

In 2011, Apple became the first company to place artificial intelligence in the pockets of millions of consumers when it launched the voice assistant Siri on the...

How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide
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How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide

"Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you," the Oxford philosophy professor John Alexander Smith told...

Who Will Pay for the Future If Not the Robots?
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Who Will Pay for the Future If Not the Robots?

RRobots are taking over the world's workforce—and why shouldn't they?

Military-Funded Prosthetic Technologies Benefit More Than Just Veterans
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Military-Funded Prosthetic Technologies Benefit More Than Just Veterans

In 1905, an Ohio farmer survived a railroad accident that cost him both of his legs.

To Make Your Conspiracy Theory Legit, Just Find an 'Expert'
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To Make Your Conspiracy Theory Legit, Just Find an 'Expert'

"MIT Professor Exposes 'Egregious Error' & Evidence Tampering in US Report on Syria Sarin Incident." Pretty good headline, right?

Japan's Scientific Prowess in Critical Condition
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Japan's Scientific Prowess in Critical Condition

Japan's scientific might is in danger of decline. The country's sluggish science and technology budget is making it difficult to secure talent, and research facilities...

7 in 10 Smartphone Apps Share Your Data with Third-Party Services
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7 in 10 Smartphone Apps Share Your Data with Third-Party Services

Our mobile phones can reveal a lot about ourselves: where we live and work; who our family, friends and acquaintances are; how (and even what) we communicate with...

Who Feels the Pain of Science Research Budget Cuts?
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Who Feels the Pain of Science Research Budget Cuts?

Science funding is intended to support the production of new knowledge and ideas that develop new technologies, improve medical treatments and strengthen the economy...

If You Can't Retain Women, Don't Recruit Them
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If You Can't Retain Women, Don't Recruit Them

Silicon Valley should stop recruiting efforts to hire women.

Who Are the Shadow Brokers?
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Who Are the Shadow Brokers?

In 2013, a mysterious group of hackers that calls itself the Shadow Brokers stole a few disks full of National Security Agency secrets.
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