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The Interplanetary File System: How you’ll store files in the future

The Interplanetary File System is a radical new file storage protocol that could potentially lead to a tectonic shift in how information is stored on the web.
February 26, 2022
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Internet guerrillas: Inside the DIY broadband revolution with NYC Mesh

NYC Mesh is a guerrilla internet provider that helps city residents get online without paying a monthly fee to big telecom companies like Verizon or Comcast
February 20, 2022
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How a well-timed hashtag made Juneteenth an official holiday for millions

The movement to make Juneteenth a federally recognized holiday in the U.S. is gaining steam -- and it's mostly thanks to a well-timed social media campaign.
June 20, 2021

This is the entire internet, visualized as an 18th-century map of the world

If all the websites on the internet were visualized as countries, with their sizes scaled in accordance with user traffic, this is what the map would look like.
June 3, 2021
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A cosmological commute: The tricky logistics of putting people on Mars

Putting people on Mars isn't as easy as loading up a rocket and blasting it off into space. Here's why it's trickier than it might seem.
June 2, 2021
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A.I. doesn’t usually forget anything, but Facebook’s new system does. Here’s why

Most A.I. systems are designed to remember absolutely everything they learn. But that's not always ideal, so Facebook decided to build one that forgets
May 14, 2021
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Cosmic comms: How the first humans on Mars will communicate with Earth

In order to establish a human colony on Mars, we'll first need to get a reliable communications network built. Here's how scientists are making that happen
May 11, 2021
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SpaceX’s historic Crew-1 mission in pictures

SpaceX’s Crew-1 astronauts returned home on a Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 2, 2021, after nearly six months in space. Re-live their adventure in pictures.
May 2, 2021
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 crew members are seen seated in the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft during crew equipment interface training.

Perfecting propulsion: How we’ll get humans to Mars

To get the details on what a propulsion for a crewed expedition to Mars might look like, we spoke to an expert in cutting-edge rocket propulsion systems.
April 27, 2021
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Astropsychology: How to stay sane on Mars

The first humans who visit Mars will face countless challenges, but perhaps the most difficult of all will be maintaining their mental health
April 20, 2021
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Castles made of sand: How we’ll make habitats with Martian soil

We can't just bring a bunch of lumber and bricks to Mars and build a habitat when we arrive. Instead, NASA wants to make habitats with the red planet's natural resources
April 13, 2021
Life on Mars Castles Made of Sand

An interview with Zach King, the internet’s favorite illusionist

Zach King has been the internet's favorite illusionist for over a decade, but despite his continued success, he says he's just getting started.
April 7, 2021
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Power plants on other planets: How we’ll generate electricity on Mars

The first Mars explorers will need electricity to survive -- but how do you generate power on a dusty planet where solar energy is in short supply?
April 6, 2021
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Artificial atmospheres: How we’ll build a base with breathable air on Mars

How will we make oxygen on Mars? To get the scoop, we spoke with experts from NASA and MIT who are building a plan to make it happen.
March 30, 2021
Artificial Atmospheres: How we’ll build a base on Mars

Silicon Valley is racing to build an audio-only internet, and I hope it succeeds

I used audio-based apps like Clubhouse as my main source of media for a week, and now I'm convinced they're the future of the internet.
March 29, 2021
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The Navy wants you to hack into its systems. But of course, there’s a catch

Hacking into the U.S. Navy's computer systems is a surefire way to get yourself in trouble -- unless you do it during this upcoming hackathon.
March 23, 2021
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Harvesting hydration: How future settlers will create and collect water on Mars

Mars looks like a dry, inhospitable desert. So where will explorers get water from? We spoke to three experts to find out.
March 23, 2021
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NFTs and the explosive rebirth of artificial scarcity

NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are booming right now. Why? Because unlike most digital items, they're artificially limited. Here's why that changes everything.
March 22, 2021
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Astroagriculture: How we’ll grow crops on Mars

If we ever hope to keep astronauts alive on Mars for a long-term visit, we'll need to figure out how to grow crops in Martian soil. Is such a thing possible?
March 18, 2021
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Facebook’s new image-recognition A.I. is trained on 1 billion Instagram photos

Facebook has developed a powerful new image-recognition A.I. that's trained on over a billion public Instagram images. It could be a game changer
March 4, 2021
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Summon this amazing Twitter bot to colorize your black-and-white photos

Colorizing black-and-white photos used to require hours of skilled work from a trained human, but this A.I. powered Twitter bot can make it happen in seconds.
March 2, 2021
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Moore’s law is reaching its limits. Could graphene circuits help?

The number of transistors that chipmakers can pack into an integrated circuit is reaching the upper limit of what's possible. Wrinkled graphene could fix that.
February 27, 2021
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Google has an ingenious plan to kill cookies — but there’s one big drawback

Cookies are a privacy nightmare for all of us, but Google's plan to eradicate them could cause just as many problems as it solves.
February 19, 2021
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Why the Jezero Crater is the most exciting place on Mars

Why is NASA landing a multibillion dollar Mars rover in Jezero Crater? What makes this tiny pockmark on the Red Planet so interesting?
February 17, 2021
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The future of Facebook is Instagram

As Facebook itself slowly declines, Facebook Inc. is seemingly shifting its focus to Instagram and using the platform to test new ideas and approaches.
February 10, 2021

7 minutes of terror: A breakdown of Perseverance’s insane Mars landing sequence

NASA's incredible multipart landing sequence for the Perseverance rover involves a parachute, a jetpack, and a contraption called a skycrane.
February 10, 2021
An illustration of NASA’s Perseverance rover as it fires up its descent stage engines

Inside job: Why Zoombombing isn’t as random as you might think

A recent study suggests that most zoombombing is carried out by insiders, not necessarily by nefarious outsiders looking to stir up trouble.
February 7, 2021
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TikTok users are exposing realities of gig work, and Big Tech can’t stop them

Gig economy platforms like Uber, Instacart, and Postmates spend millions of dollars every year circumventing bad press. But they can't stop TikTok users.
February 1, 2021
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Lab-grown wood? Sounds crazy, but it could be a game-changer for the planet

Growing wood in a lab might sound silly, but if we can figure out how to do it at scale, it could help cut back on deforestation in a big way.
January 31, 2021
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Filter bubbles are ruining the internet. This algorithm pops them

Social media algorithms, which tend to expose users to things they'll like, have made the internet more insular and divided. Here's how It might be fixed.
January 26, 2021
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Raging celebs, impromptu weddings, and more of our best CES war stories

Hors d'oeuvres with B-list celebs, food poisoning, and midnight benders. In a town renowned for excess, CES always brings out the craziest experiences.
January 6, 2021
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CES award winners: Where are they now?

Before CES 2021, let’s take a look back at the gear we’ve highlighted from the last decade to see when we picked the marvels … and when we’ve missed the magic.
January 6, 2021
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Why are we going to the moon again? NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren explains

NASA has plans to send astronauts to the moon again. But why? What's the goal? We spoke with astronaut Kjell Lindgren to get a breakdown.
January 4, 2021
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2020 was full of giant leaps for mankind’s return to crewed space missions

In 2020, humanity laid the foundation for an exciting new era. Thanks to these breakthroughs and major milestones, manned space travel is set for a comeback.
December 31, 2020
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2020 was a big year for the moon. Here’s a recap

Following a lull in interest after the moon landing in 1969, 2020 was proof positive that moon mania has taken hold of the world once again
December 26, 2020
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Why do you see ads for stuff you’ve already bought?

Right now, you're probably seeing ads for all the stuff you already bought for Christmas. Curious why that happens? We did some digging to find out.
December 24, 2020
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Martian dust is a big problem for astronauts. Here’s how NASA fights it

The biggest thing standing between humanity and colonizing the red planet is actually quite small. Martian dust creates tons of problems for astronauts.
December 21, 2020
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A.I. hit some major milestones in 2020. Here’s a recap

Here's a rundown of the six biggest developments, shifts, and emerging themes that popped up in the world of artificial intelligence in the year 2020.
December 4, 2020
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The plan to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and use it to rebuild Earth’s coasts

Carbon capture and sequestration isn't necessarily a new idea, but scientists are currently mulling over a clever new way of doing it
November 15, 2020
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These teachers aren’t just enduring the remote education era — they’re thriving

After adjusting to the new normal of pandemic-are education, many teachers have discovered not only how to survive, but how to thrive in a virtual classroom
November 10, 2020
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How a hyperrealistic robo-dolphin is paving the way for animatronic aquariums

Ex-Hollywood practical effects artist Roger Holzberg is on a mission to revolutionize aquariums. How? By replacing the animals with hyperrealistic robots
November 2, 2020
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Despite obvious dangers, autonomous killer robot tech is charging ahead

Thanks to the proliferation of lethal autonomous weapon tech, the world's military powers are now engaged in an arms race that's increasingly difficult to stop.
November 1, 2020
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20 years in orbit: A video tour of the past two decades of life on the ISS

The space station celebrates 20 years of continuous human habitation on November 2, 2020. So let’s see what daily life is like on the orbiting outpost.
October 31, 2020
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Feeding astronauts is hard, so this startup wants to grow steaks in space

Meat is a rarity in space. It's difficult to transport, and raising livestock in orbit is out of the question. But what if we could grow meat without animals?
October 30, 2020
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How astronomers study dark matter, the most mysterious substance in the universe

Most of the universe is made up of dark matter and dark energy, two things scientists have never detected directly. How do we study what we can't detect?
October 27, 2020
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Technology is easier than ever to use — and it’s making us miserable

Frictionless experiences have long been a top priority for interface designers, but the war on friction has led to some unintended consequences
October 25, 2020
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The key to farming on Mars might be breeding parasitic space worms

Future space crops could require protection from insect infestations, just like on Earth. Parasitic worms could be the answer.
September 27, 2020
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How Earth’s spacefaring nations are joining forces to build an asteroid defense system

If there's one thing that all of the world's governments can agree on, it's that we need a plan to avoid an Armageddon-level asteroid catastrophe
September 24, 2020
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The time we almost nuked the moon

Near the middle of the Cold War, in the early days of the space race, the U.S. hatched a plan to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moon.
September 22, 2020
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Giant weights, liquid air, and beyond: How we’ll store energy in the future

In order for the world to transition to clean, renewable energy, we first need more ways to store power. Here's an overview of the best methods.
September 19, 2020
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