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To Boldly Go Where No Internet Protocol Has Gone Before

October 21, 2020

Vinton Cerf helped create the internet 40 years ago, and he’s still working to connect people around the world — and off it.

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How and Why Computers Roll Loaded Dice

July 8, 2020

Researchers are one step closer to injecting probability into deterministic machines.

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The Computer Scientist Who Can’t Stop Telling Stories

April 16, 2020

For pioneering computer scientist Donald Knuth, good coding is synonymous with beautiful expression.

Data Driven: The New Big Science

Our Bodies, Our Data

October 7, 2013

New technologies have launched the life sciences into the age of big data. Biologists must now make sense of their windfall.

quantum computing

The Proof in the Quantum Pudding

August 21, 2013

How do you know if a quantum computer is doing what it claims? A new protocol offers a possible solution and a boost to quantum cryptography.

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In Computers We Trust?

February 22, 2013

As the role of computers in pure mathematics grows, researchers debate their reliability.