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Technology Historian Crushes Internet Myths

As readers of this blog know, since 2005 I’ve been teaching at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. One of the best parts of being an academic is hanging out with cool (compared to me), young (compared to me), up-and-coming scholars, some of whom know far more about the history of science and [...]..

July 1, 2014 — John Horgan
Some thoughts about human subjects research in the wake of Facebook’s massive experiment.

Did Facebook's Mood Experiment Violate Research Ethics?

You can read the study itself here, plus a very comprehensive discussion of reactions to the study here. 1. If you intend to publish your research in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, you are expected to have conducted that research with the appropriate ethical oversight...

June 30, 2014 — Janet D. Stemwedel

Software Finds Best Parts of Boring Video

Machine-learning researchers are developing software that automatically searches through long videos to create edited summaries, or personalized trailers. Larry Greenemeier reports


June 27, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

How to Disappear from the Web

If you've ever been the victim of identity theft, or a stalker, or you just value your privacy, Tech Talker has the tools to help you ditch the digital age and remove your presence from the web...

June 25, 2014 — Tech Talker Eric Escobar
Quantum Chaos: After a Failed Speed Test, the D-Wave Debate Continues

Quantum Computer Fails Speed Test

How hard can it be to determine whether a computer works as promised? Step one: turn it on. Step two: Try to solve some problems. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work.

June 19, 2014 — Seth Fletcher
Squiggly Lines Secure Smartphones

Squiggly Lines Secure Smartphones

To protect your financial and personal data, most mobiles come with PIN-based security, biometrics or number grids that require you to retrace a particular pattern to access your device...

June 17, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

Update: EyeWire

Help researchers make the scientific leaps necessary to understand the brain’s higher functions

June 13, 2014

Wikipedia Dicey as Medical Info Source

Researchers who compared peer-reviewed articles to the Wikipedia pages for the 10 most costly medical conditions in the U.S. discovered incorrect information on nine out of 10 pages. Dina Fine Maron reports


June 10, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron
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