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4 Phases of Translating Clinical Research into Scientific Breakthroughs

Medicine and health innovations both continually reinvent themselves, resulting in humans living longer and healthier lives thanks, in part, to the success of experimental medicine. In simple terms, basic medical research, translational research, bench science, and applied research support and … Continue reading

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One Indian State’s Grand Plan to Get 23 Million People Online

The trench running along the road linking Kodicherla and Penjarla in southern India is just 5 feet deep and about half as wide. Yet it carries the promise of a better life for the people of those villages, and all … Continue reading

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Tech’s Favorite School Faces Its Biggest Test: the Real World

On lengths of yarn stretched between chairs, sixth-grade math students were placing small yellow squares of paper, making number lines—including everything from fractions to negative decimals—in a classroom at Walsh Middle School. Working in teams one recent morning, they paper-clipped … Continue reading

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Trump’s Data Firm Snags RNC Tech Guru Darren Bolding

British newcomers Cambridge Analytica earned serious bragging rights—and more than a few enemies—as the data firm that helped engineer Donald Trump’s victory in its first US presidential election. Now it’s poaching the Republican National Committee’s chief technology officer, Darren Bolding, in a quest to … Continue reading

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Move Over, Coders—Physicists Will Soon Rule Silicon Valley

It’s a bad time to be a physicist. At least, that’s what Oscar Boykin says. He majored in physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology and in 2002 he finished a physics PhD at UCLA. But four years ago, physicists … Continue reading

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Outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: Net Neutrality’s Not Dead

Republicans have been fighting to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules since before they were even passed in 2015. They may finally get their wish. The party will soon control the White House, both houses of Congress, and … Continue reading

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Rival AIs Battle to Rule Poker (and Global Politics)

Tuomas Sandholm and Noam Brown spent the past year building an AI that plays Texas Hold ‘Em. The two Carnegie Melon researchers call their creation Libratus, and they believe it can top the world’s best players at no-limit Hold ‘Em, … Continue reading

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Not Even Insurance Companies Want Obamacare Repealed

This week, Republicans took the first step toward dismantling the Affordable Care Act: the Senate passed a budget resolution that says the best way to take a chunk out of the federal budget deficit is to defund Obamacare. The measure … Continue reading

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Tesla Is Snatching Apple’s Stars to Make Itself the New Apple

If you don’t follow the ins and outs of Silicon Valley personnel moves, you might have missed the news. Even if you saw it, it may not have made much sense. Chris Lattner is leaving Apple for Tesla? Chris who? … Continue reading

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Trump’s Plan to Avoid Conflicts of Interest Won’t Avoid a Thing

President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on his business acumen. His image as a hyper-successful, tough-talking real estate mogul is crucial to his appeal—whether it’s true or not. Still, concerns that Trump’s sprawling network of business entanglements creates an equally expansive web of … Continue reading

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