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Three Questions With: Ames Laboratory Cybersecurity Manager Chris Strasburg
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Three Questions With: Ames Laboratory Cybersecurity Manager Chris Strasburg

Chris Strasburg discusses his role as computer protection program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory.

'Martian' Author Andy Weir Figured Out Faster-Than-Light Travel for His New Novel
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'Martian' Author Andy Weir Figured Out Faster-Than-Light Travel for His New Novel

Readers and astrophysicists alike praised Andy Weir's The Martian for a fact-first approach to the sci-fi disaster model.

Who Is Driving Then?
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Who Is Driving Then?

In an interview, professors Hermann Winner and Walther Wachenfeld from the Technical University of Darmstadt's Automotive Engineering research group discuss autonomous...

Facebook's Cyborg Virtual Assistant Is Learning from Its Trainers
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Facebook's Cyborg Virtual Assistant Is Learning from Its Trainers

Late last month a few hundred lucky users of Facebook's mobile messaging app got an unusual new contact to talk with: M, a virtual assistant powered by a mixture...

Brynjolfsson and McAfee: The Jobs that AI Can't Replace
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Brynjolfsson and McAfee: The Jobs that AI Can't Replace

At the heart of capitalism is the concept of creative destruction.

How UIC Narrows Gender Gap Among Science, Technology Professors
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How UIC Narrows Gender Gap Among Science, Technology Professors

Mitra Dutta, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, explains how a $3.3 million NSF grant has improved UIC's...

I've Taught Computers to Paint Portraits — and How to Code
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I've Taught Computers to Paint Portraits — and How to Code

Falmouth University professor Simon Colton works with software that behaves in ways that would be deemed creative if observed in humans. In an interview, Colton...

The Next Not-So-Cold War: As Climate Change Heats Arctic, Nations Scramble for Control and Resources
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The Next Not-So-Cold War: As Climate Change Heats Arctic, Nations Scramble for Control and Resources

President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska on Monday for a three-day tour during which he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Alaska Arctic.

How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?
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How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?

From Rosie, the Jetsons' robot maid, to Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg in The Terminator, popular culture has frequently conceived of robots as having a human-like...

Why Is Blue Light Before Bedtime Bad for Sleep?
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Why Is Blue Light Before Bedtime Bad for Sleep?

In the modern age of technology it is not uncommon to come home after a long day at work or school and blow off steam by reading an e-book or watching television...

Palmer Luckey: Making Virtual Reality a Reality
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Palmer Luckey: Making Virtual Reality a Reality

"Why shouldn't people be able to teleport wherever they want?" asks Palmer Luckey, the 22-year-old founder of Oculus VR, the virtual-reality company that Facebook...

Algorithms and Bias: Q and A With Cynthia Dwork
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Algorithms and Bias: Q and A With Cynthia Dwork

In an interview, Microsoft Research scientist Cynthia Dwork describes how algorithms can learn to discriminate because they are programmed by coders who incorporate...

Why the FTC Is Showing Up at Hackers' Biggest Conferences
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Why the FTC Is Showing Up at Hackers' Biggest Conferences

The Federal Trade Commission, the de facto federal watchdog for consumers' privacy and data security, knows it needs help.

Obama Orders Effort to Build First Exascale Computer
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Obama Orders Effort to Build First Exascale Computer

The United States is now committed to building an exascale computer, some 30 times more powerful than today’s top machine.

Genomics Pioneer Jun Wang on His New AI Venture
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Genomics Pioneer Jun Wang on His New AI Venture

Jun Wang is one of China's most famous scientists.

Tony Fadell: What Will Google's $3.2bn Guru Do Next?
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Tony Fadell: What Will Google's $3.2bn Guru Do Next?

When Google paid $3.2bn (£2.1bn) to buy Tony Fadell's start-up Nest in 2014, it got much more than just an internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector.

Decoding the Remarkable Algorithms of Ants
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Decoding the Remarkable Algorithms of Ants

Ants are capable of remarkable feats of coordination.

The Martian's Andy Weir Is All Buddy-Buddy with NASA
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The Martian's Andy Weir Is All Buddy-Buddy with NASA

When sci-fi author Andy Weir went to visit mission control at NASA's Johnson Space Center, the International Space Station was going through a crisis—an air leak...

Google Search Chief Amit Singhal Talks Searching Apps
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Google Search Chief Amit Singhal Talks Searching Apps

Amit Singhal, Google's search chief, has spent the past 15 years creating the miracle that is the Google search box.

There May Be Infinite Universes—and Infinite Versions of You
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There May Be Infinite Universes—and Infinite Versions of You

In another universe you might have become the president of Micronesia. Or a pauper, subsisting on ketchup.
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