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Surrogates: A little too true to life

When l was an astronomy teaching assistant in grad school, some of my students would look through the telescope eyepiece at Saturn, pull back as if they didn't know what to make of it, look again, and ask: “That’s really Saturn?...

September 24, 2009 — George Musser

Do you know where you are? Your cell phone does

A team of Duke University researchers in Durham, N.C., is studying new ways to use the abundance of sensors contained in most smart phones (including the camera, accelerometer, microphone, GPS and Wi-Fi radio) to determine mobile users' precise locations and thereby deliver hyper-localized services...

September 23, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Who built the first computer?

Martin Campbell-Kelly’s September article on the origins of computing traces the history of machine computation from Charles Babbage, the 18th century British mathematician, through the 20th century...

September 21, 2009 — Michael Moyer

The Mind Behind the Web

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web and continues to shape its frantic evolution. He's neither rich nor famous, which is fine by him

March 12, 2009 — Mark Fischetti

Black Hole Computers

In keeping with the spirit of the age, researchers can think of the laws of physics as computer programs and the universe as a computer

April 1, 2007 — Seth Lloyd and Y. Jack Ng
Smart Wi-Fi

Smart Wi-Fi

Wireless access to the Internet via Wi-Fi is increasingly popular, so the technology is being upgraded to ensure that users get prompt, reliable service

September 26, 2005 — Alex Hills

Model Citizens

How digital drug dealers and virtual users are providing clues to help stop the U.S. opioid epidemic

— Sara Reardon
Facebook Experiments with AI

Facebook Experiments with AI

Scientific American discusses artificial-intelligence research with pioneer Yann LeCun, who leads Facebook’s efforts to build a smarter social media site.  Go to www.ScientificAmerican.com/aug2016/internet-ai...

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