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The Internet at 40

Although the Internet did not get its name until the mid-1980s, December 5, 2009, marks the 40th anniversary of the day when the Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) connected four computer nodes to create a "network of networks"--a fateful link-up that would evolve into the Internet

  • December 4, 2009

Ignorance not bliss when it comes to using the Internet, experts say

NEW YORK, N.Y. — While computers, the Internet and mobile phones have brought their users a great degree of freedom, they've also had a severe impact on privacy, the distribution of information and security, a panel of computer scientists, law enforcement and journalists said Thursday at a Marconi Society symposium here.

April 17, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

The Internet of Things

The principles that gave rise to the Internet are now leading to a new kind of network of everyday devices, an "Internet-0"

September 27, 2004 — Neil Gershenfeld, Raffi Krikorian and Danny Cohen

Slow Internet? Robot sub searches the Mediterranean for severed Internet cables

Although the Internet has come to be seen as ubiquitous, people in the Middle East and India were reminded Friday of just how the Web is delivered to their homes and businesses when three key undersea cables were severed within a span of 38 minutes, knocking a large portion of users offline until traffic could be re-routed.

December 22, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Searching for Intelligence

Author and journalist Carl Zimmer talks about the search for the physiological and biological basis of intelligence, the subject of his article in the October issue of Scientific American magazine. And Editor in Chief John Rennie discusses other articles in the issue, including the cover story on the possibility of a big bounce instead of the big bang and the science of the World Wide Web. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned in this episode include www.SciAm.com/sciammag; www.carlzimmer.com

October 1, 2008 — Steve Mirsky

Science and America's Future

Argonne National Laboratory director Robert Rosner talks about the role of science in keeping America an economic leader. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.anl.gov

March 12, 2008 — Steve Mirsky
The Origin of the Computer Mouse

The Origin of the Computer Mouse

Now an endangered species, it was crucial to the development of personal computing and the Internet

August 18, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier
Privacy and the Quantum Internet

Privacy and the Quantum Internet

Courtesy of some of the weirdest laws of physics, we may someday be able to search and surf the Web without anyone collecting our data

October 1, 2009 — Seth Lloyd
Internet Eavesdropping: A Brave New World of Wiretapping

Internet Eavesdropping: A Brave New World of Wiretapping

As telephone conversations have moved to the Internet, so have those who want to listen in. But the technology needed to do so would entail a dangerous expansion of the government's surveillance powers

September 1, 2008 — Whitfield Diffie and Susan Landau

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