I teach computers to understand language. I was also the founding president of Public Communication for Researchers at CMU, & a 2017 AAAS Mass Media Fellow with SciAm. I'm easily distracted by birds.
Floating Treasure: Space Law Needs to Catch Up with Asteroid Mining
A number of companies are getting closer to extracting resources from space rocks.
Is the Power Grid Getting More Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks?
Rising computerization opens doors for increasingly aggressive adversaries, but defenses are better than many might think.
Cryptographers and Geneticists Unite to Analyze Genomes They Can't See
Computer-security methods could help scientists identify disease-causing genes—while preserving patient privacy.
The Imperfect Crime: How the WannaCry Hackers Could Get Nabbed
Even if they can exchange their ransom, the criminals will have a hard time accessing their money anonymously.
Robots, start your engines!
Roborace is creating a new motorsport to accelerate the arrival of self-driving cars.
Ever-Elusive Neutrinos Spotted Bouncing Off Nuclei for the First Time
A new technology for detecting neutrinos represents a “monumental” advance for science.
Lawbreaking Particles May Point to a Previously Unknown Force in the Universe
Scientists aren’t yet certain that electrons and their relatives are violating the Standard Model of particle physics, but the evidence is mounting.
Robotic Exoskeleton Adapts While It's Worn
The decades-old pursuit of bulky, much-hyped Iron Man–like “exosuits” could give way to minimalist technologies more in sync with the human body.
Nevermore, or Tomorrow? Ravens Can Plan Ahead
Like great apes, the canny corvids seem capable of delaying gratification.
Light-Powered Computers Brighten AI's Future
Optical computers may have finally found a use—improving artificial intelligence.
The Unexpected Dangers of Recreational Counting
Deciphering mathematical card tricks is a wonderful pastime, but it can get you into some bizarre predicaments.
Quantum Computing Disentangled: A Look behind the D-Wave Buzz ...
The word “quantum” imbues any topic with instant mystique. Unfortunately, it often doubles as a “keep out” sign...