Let’s be honest: Healthcare on the internet still doesn’t work. Two decades since the dawn of the web, you’d think the best tool ever invented for connecting people with information—and each other—would offer better ways to practice medicine. Instead, a Google search for nearly any health issue results in a cascade of SEO-optimized link bait—symptom […]
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Apollo didn’t die; it was killed. The Apollo Program might have continued for many years, evolving constantly to achieve new goals at relatively low cost. Instead, programs designed to give Apollo a future beyond the first lunar landing began to feel the brunt of cuts even before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. By […]
This year we skipped the celebrity fluff altogether and headed straight for the exhibit floor. Of all the merchandise that was up for grabs, these items most captured the collective imagination.
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They do smell nice....but not very effective.
There’s a new record holder in the world of “big data.” On Friday, Databricks—a startup spun out of the University California, Berkeley—announced that it has sorted 100 terabytes of data in a record 23 minutes using a number-crunching tool called Spark, eclipsing the previous record held by Yahoo and the popular big-data tool Hadoop. The […]
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Last July, I predicted that that recent moves by Apple, IBM and Microsoft were emblematic of major weakness in the tech market. But, even I was shaken by the announcement in September that Larry Ellison would step down as CEO of Oracle Corporation, the company he founded and ran for 37 years. Why would he […]
Here’s a story all tech geeks can relate to. You’re at a party, and someone asks the standard small-talk question, “So, what do you do?” By the time I get to the words “supercomputing” or “high performance computing” (HPC) in describing my job, a wave of misunderstanding often engulfs my questioner. The situation either progresses […]
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Human rights groups and technologists have long criticized Gamma International and the Italian firm Hacking Team for selling surveillance technology to repressive regimes, who use the tools to target political dissidents and human rights activists. Both companies say they sell their surveillance software only to law enforcement and intelligence agencies but that they won't sell their software to every government. Gamma has, in fact, denied selling its tool to Bahrain, which has a long history of imprisoning and torturing political dissidents and human rights activists.
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Attention to mundane details is crucial to controlling the spread of an infectious disease.
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Edward Snowden's first emails as Citzenfour to Laura Poitras are a piece of history in themselves. With Poitras' permission, WIRED reveals excerpts.
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I am going to suggest that the producers for the next Spider-Man movie think about science advisors. Ok, I know that is entirely possible that there are some awesome science advisors for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and that these people pointed out the problems I will talk about. It's possible that the producers and directors just decided to ignore the science advisor. That happens.
A few years ago, if a horrific infection ate your jawbone, doctors had to build makeshift mandibles from your fibula, a process that left you sliced open as surgeons painstakingly whittled away at replacement bone. Yech. Today they can just hit Control-P: Based on MRI and CT scans of your busted-up body parts, hyperspecialized 3-D […]
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Dmitry Morozov’s tattoo scanner plays sounds that he can alter by moving his arm. Piotr Malecki Dmitry Morozov's tattoo isn't just about looks, it's about sound. The Moscow-based artist has a hefty 8- by 3-inch barcode stretching down his left forearm, and when he scans it with the right gadget: music. Morozov grew up studying […]
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No tool in existence protects your anonymity on the Web better than the software Tor, which encrypts Internet traffic and bounces it through random computers around the world. But for guarding anything other than Web browsing, Tor has required a mixture of finicky technical setup and software tweaks. Now routing all your traffic through Tor […]
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At the RoboBusiness conference in Boston next week, dozens of robots will descend upon the Back Bay. A few of them may even try to follow you home.
Halloween approaches ever more quickly, and we've got a whole grab bag of sweet trailer-y treats for you this week.
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A team of researchers are going to monitor modern subjects as they learn how to make Stone Age-style hand axes to see if there's a link to how we process language.
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Maps are more than a measure of space, they are also records of how humans have understood, examined, and reconsidered the earth throughout history.
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Chess is among the oldest and most venerated games of strategy, one with all the tension and drama of traditional spectator sports and the emerging e-sports market. But it's difficult to fully appreciate the game without an expert understanding of how it is played at the highest level, and that makes it hard for most people to follow. Maurice Ashley wants to change that.
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In 2012, The New York Times' urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts was working on his book, Grand Central: How A Train Station Transformed America. That daunting subtitle (tacked on by his publisher) had him thinking critically about the impact the hub had on nearby commercial development, on commuter culture, and on subsequent urban planning. He decided he could stand by the subtitle; Grand Central had, without dispute, changed the country. But it made him wonder: Could other, smaller things be said to have done the same?