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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.

Remaining Trouble Spots with Computational Thinking
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Remaining Trouble Spots with Computational Thinking

Addressing unresolved questions concerning computational thinking.

Forced Exception Handling
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Forced Exception Handling

You can never discount the human element in programming.

The Influence and Promise of Alliances
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The Influence and Promise of Alliances

Evaluating the influence of broadening participation efforts on students, faculty, organizations, and the computing education infrastructure.

Trustworthiness and Truthfulness Are Essential
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Trustworthiness and Truthfulness Are Essential

Their absence can introduce huge risks . . .

Medical Microbots Need Better Imaging and Control
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Medical Microbots Need Better Imaging and Control

More than 50 years ago, physicist Richard Feynman spoke of "swallowing the surgeon" in his classic lecture, 'There's plenty of room at the bottom'.

When Artificial Intelligence Botches Your Medical Diagnosis, Who's to Blame?
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When Artificial Intelligence Botches Your Medical Diagnosis, Who's to Blame?

Artificial intelligence is not just creeping into our personal lives and workplaces — it's also beginning to appear in the doctor's office. AI raises profound questions...

What Happens When Your Car Gets Hacked?
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What Happens When Your Car Gets Hacked?

As devastating as the latest widespread ransomware attacks have been, it's a problem with a solution.

Here's How Trump's FCC Affects You
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Here's How Trump's FCC Affects You

President Trump rarely spoke about the Federal Communications Commission during his campaign or after entering the White House.

The VR Future Is Here but No One Can Agree on a Name for It
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The VR Future Is Here but No One Can Agree on a Name for It

At the VR keynote at Google's IO developer conference, a slide appeared on screen to start the morning's presentation. Clay Bavor, head of AR and VR for Google,...

Want a Better Web? Here's an Idea: Pay for It
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Want a Better Web? Here's an Idea: Pay for It

What's the best way to foster a better web? Maybe subscriptions.

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future
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Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas.

Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study Ethics
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Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study Ethics

Computer scientists at Stanford are not taught to seriously consider the societal or political impact of their products. This oversight is troubling since technology...

Forget Mars, Let's Go Colonize Titan!
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Forget Mars, Let's Go Colonize Titan!

For a while now, there's been a debate in the US over how to direct NASA's next major human spaceflight initiative.

The Real Threat to Our Government Is Tech Illiteracy
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The Real Threat to Our Government Is Tech Illiteracy

You only have to look to newsworthy FBI investigations to see how pervasive U.S. government leaders' digital illiteracy can be.
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