Lemonade without the Lemons: New Search Engine Looks for Uplifting News
Semantic search technology aimed at a positive slant advances with a system that can spot optimism in news articles
Cool Science Classics for Summer Reading, Part 1
I don't know about you, but I like nothing more in summer than settling down with a great science book. So here are 20 recommendations, in authorial alphabetical order, from A to J.
Is Reality Digital or Analog? Read the Essays and Cast your Vote
Last week, the Foundation Questions Institute announced the winners of its third essay contest, which Scientific American co-sponsored. (I helped to decide on the question, judge the essays and hand out the awards at the World Science Festival in New York City.) The essay question was, "Is Reality Digital or Analog?" Is nature, at root, continuous or discretized?...
A Test for Consciousness
How will we know when we've built a sentient computer? By making it solve a simple puzzle
How Simple Photos Could Be Used as a Test for a Conscious Machine [Contest]
Join Scientific American's contest to show why conscious humans best unconscious computers and win a recently authored book by renowned neuroscientist Christof Koch
Spies Inside: Ultrasmall Electrodes Go Anywhere
A new generation of electrodes is small and flexible enough to fit inside the heart or brain
Weinergate: Private Records in a Public Age
History is littered with private indiscretions made public—some have just been more public than others: · It is believed the Leonardo da Vinci was a passionate instructor to his students; one in particular remained in da Vinci’s favor for 26 years...
The Fog of Cyberwar: What Are the Rules of Engagement?
Countries are beginning to develop cyberwarfare policies to protect their national interests, but defending oneself in the borderless Internet will prove problematic
Seeking Address: Why Cyber Attacks Are So Difficult to Trace Back to Hackers
Sony, Google, RSA and now Citigroup are just some of the prominent victims of cyber attacks as defenses at large organizations prove porous and attackers elude detection
The Renaissance Man: How to Become a Scientist Over and Over Again [Video]
Erez Lieberman Aiden is a talkative, witty fellow who will bend your ear on any number of intellectual topics. Just don’t ask him what he does.
Computer Crash Test: Will Your Internet Access Come to a Screeching Halt on June 8?
A 24-hour evaluation will determine whether millions of people worldwide can connect to the new 128-digit Internet protocol address system
The Digital Cosmos: A Brief Reading List
Do the laws of physics emerge from the laws of information? Perhaps, according to two World Science Festival events I attended this weekend on the connection between computers and the cosmos...
Apple iCloud Service Designed to Align Online Content Across Devices
Apple's iTunes software has been heralded for the past decade as an example of an application that almost exemplifies what cloud computing is all about.
Will the Internet Stop on June 8?
Companies and individuals have gobbled up nearly every Internet protocol address available
Not That Secure after All: Cryptography in a Connected World
You're not going to like hearing this: The arsenal of mental and physical resources out there right now could easily bring down our cyber-security system, which protects the trivial, such as e-mails, to the critical, think banking system...
All about Stories: How to Tell Them, How They're Changing, and What They Have to Do with Science
Communicating science is all about telling stories. A few days ago at the World Science Festival , a stellar panel of science journalists and writers sat down to discuss the ways in which the Web is shaping and changing how those stories are told...
Patent No. 7,893,89
Rebooting the Cosmos: Is the Universe the Ultimate Computer? [Replay]
A World Science Festival event, from N.Y.U.'s Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, Saturday, June 4, 7:45 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. ET
Cyber War-of-Words Escalation: China Goes on the Offensive against Google
China's state-run Xinhua News Agency has struck back against Google following the Internet giant's claims earlier this week that recent hacker attempts to steal G-mail user passwords appeared to have originated from China...