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Unlearning the myth of American innocence
M y mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. I was very ambitious. I wrote out what…
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5 days ago
Why is ARKit better than the alternatives? – Super Ventures Blog – Medium
Apple’s announcement of ARKit at the recent WWDC has had a huge impact on the Augmented Reality eco-system. Developers are finding that for the first time a…
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The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe
I n the early spring of 1977, Larry Zottarelli, a 40-year-old computer engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, set out for Cape Canaveral,…
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11 days ago
William Gibson Has a Theory About Our Cultural Obsession With Dystopias
William Gibson. Photo: Christopher J. Morris/Corbis via Getty Images All week long, Vulture is exploring how dystopias have been imagined in popular culture.…
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12 days ago
The Soviet Architect Who Drafted the Space Race - Motherboard
Galina Balashova: Architect of the Soviet Space Programme
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Galina Balashova, Drawing for the MIR core module
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13 days ago
Over nearly 80 years, Harvard study has been showing how to live a healthy and happy life
Second in an occasional series on how Harvard researchers are tackling the problematic issues of aging. W hen scientists began tracking the health of 268…
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27 days ago
How We Really Tamed the Dog - Issue 50: Emergence - Nautilus
S uppose you wanted to build the perfect dog from scratch. What would be the key ingredients in the recipe? Loyalty and smarts would be musts. Cuteness would be…
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29 days ago
Capitalism the Apple Way vs. Capitalism the Google Way
While lots of attention is directed toward identifying the next great start-up, the defining tech-industry story of the last decade has been the rise of Apple…
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5 weeks ago
The Myth of a Superhuman AI | WIRED
I’ve heard that in the future computerized AIs will become so much smarter than us that they will take all our jobs and resources, and humans will go extinct.…
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5 weeks ago
A Path Less Taken to the Peak of the Math World | Quanta Magazine
algebraic geometry A Path Less Taken to the Peak of the Math World June 27, 2017 June Huh thought he had no talent for math until a chance meeting with a…
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6 weeks ago
A Cosmonaut on the Moon: Korolev’s N-1/L3 plan
The monumental LK-3 lunar lander (engineering model, 1969) in the Cosmonauts exhibition ©Science Museum On May 25th 1961 President John F. Kennedy took to the…
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6 weeks ago
Hacking the Nazis: The secret story of the women who broke Hitler's codes - TechRepublic
Of the 10,000-plus staff at the Government Code and Cypher School during World War II, two-thirds were female. Three veteran servicewomen explain what life was…
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6 weeks ago
The secret origin story of the iPhone
This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each…
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9 weeks ago
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Test clip! x6 Korolev ballet, booster drop by the nuclear variant Soyuz
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9 weeks ago
From 50s Perceptrons To The Freaky Stuff We’re Doing Today
Things have gotten freaky. A few years ago, Google showed us that neural networks’ dreams are the stuff of nightmares , but more recently we’ve seen them used…
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9 weeks ago
How The World’s Most Beautiful Typeface Was Nearly Lost Forever
Share Share The history of London can be found in pieces on its riverbed. The old pipes and fossilised horse bones wash up on the shore, and with them come the…
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10 weeks ago
Notes From An Emergency
The good part about naming a talk in 2017 ‘Notes from an Emergency’ is that there are so many directions to take it. The emergency I want to talk about is the…
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10 weeks ago
Network Protocols – Programmer's Compendium Programmer's Compendium
20 minute read The network stack does several seemingly-impossible things.It does reliable transmission over our unreliable networks, usually without any…
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10 weeks ago
Are You a Self-Interrupter? - Issue 48: Chaos - Nautilus
O ur technology-rich world has proven to be both a blessing and a curse. While on the one hand we have access to information or people anywhere at any time, on…
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11 weeks ago
Has Brazil’s Operation Car Wash exposed the biggest corruption scandal ever?
T he late flight from London on 14 January 2015 was due to land at Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão airport at midnight, and police agent Newton Ishii was there waiting…
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11 weeks ago
No one knew the world's worst problem so we spent 8 years trying to find it
We’ve spent much of the last eight years trying to answer a simple question: what are the world’s biggest and most urgent problems? We wanted to have a positive…
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11 weeks ago
Dick Winters: Reflections From Major Winters Of Easy Company | HistoryNet
6/12/2006 • American History After his discharge from the U.S. Army in 1945, Major Richard Winters returned to civilian life. He worked for a while for Nixon…
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11 weeks ago
How Your Data is Stored, or, The Laws of the Imaginary Greeks
How Your Data is Stored, or , The Laws of the Imaginary Greeks If you don’t work in computers, you probably haven’t spent much time thinking about how data gets…
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11 weeks ago
Inside Hillary Clinton’s Surreal Post-Election Life
When I walk into the Chappaqua dining room in which Hillary Clinton is spending her days working on her new book, I am greeted by a vision from the past.…
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11 weeks ago
Brooklyn Aerodrome
"Flack" RC plane education
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12 weeks ago
Well-Aimed and Powerful
John C. Houbolt at blackboard, showing his space rendezvous concept for lunar landings. // NASA // Wikimedia Commons This story was funded by Longreads Members…
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12 weeks ago
The Most Important Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of
Michael Rogalski For 60 years, American drivers unknowingly poisoned themselves by pumping leaded gasoline into their tanks. Here is the lifelong saga of Clair…
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12 weeks ago
A New Kind of Science: A 15-Year View – Backchannel
A New Kind of Science : A 15-Year View Starting now, in celebration of its 15th anniversary, A New Kind of Science will be freely available in its entirety,…
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may 2017
"Still Under Active Consideration": Five Proposed Earth-Orbital Apollo Missions for the 1970s (1971)
The General Electric D-2 Apollo design is shown here in circumlunar flight; it was, however, conceived mainly as an Earth-orbital spacecraft. Image credit:…
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may 2017
Why Are Economists Giving Piketty the Cold Shoulder?
Class & Inequality May 12, 2017 22 Min read time Topics: economy politics poverty Share: Janitor in Goldman Sachs building. Photo: Andrew Russeth ‘Capital in…
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may 2017
The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked
“The connectivity that is the heart of globalisation can be exploited by states with hostile intent to further their aims.[…] The risks at stake are profound…
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may 2017
Andy Weir: The Short Story Prequel to The Martian - WHSmith Blog
Diary of an AssCan: A Mark Watney Short Story Please note: This story includes language that some might find offensive. November 13th Holy crap. I mean…
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may 2017
The IDAR Graph - ACM Queue
The March/April issue of acmqueue is out now Workflow Systems PDF May 3, 2017 Volume 15, issue 2 The IDAR Graph An improvement over UML Mark A. Overton,…
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may 2017
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FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (1986) DP: Tak Fujimoto | Dir: John Hughes
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may 2017
Freshly Remember'd: Kirk Drift
Contents Good parties diverge widely; all bad parties are bad in the same way. I am trapped at a dull dinner following a dull talk: part of a series of dinners…
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may 2017
The Myth of a Superhuman AI – Backchannel
Illustrations by Michael Paul Young / YouWorkForThem I’ ve heard that in the future computerized AIs will become so much smarter than us that they will take all…
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april 2017
The Evolution of Container Usage at Netflix
Containers are already adding value to our proven globally available cloud platform based on Amazon EC2 virtual machines. We’ve shared pieces of Netflix’s…
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april 2017
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VeRA takes the lead! Back in 2014 on our tour of the UK with Here with XH558…
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april 2017
Introduction To TensorFlow
I had great fun writing neural network software in the 90s, and I have been anxious to try creating some using TensorFlow . Google’s machine intelligence…
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april 2017
Donald Trump’s War on Science
The President-elect’s cabinet appointments speak to a harsh reality: this is an anti-science Administration. Credit PHOTOGRAPH BY TIMOTHY FADEK / BLOOMBERG VIA…
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april 2017
William Gibson – Hand & Brain – Medium
Image by Ottica . Original photograph by Gonzo Bonzo under creative commons . William Gibson By Hand & Brain [Making] I keep wondering about Maker garbage,…
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april 2017
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