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'Silicon cowboys': The underdog story of personal computing

Oct 1, 2016
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In the early 1980s, personal computing was a winner-take-all industry, and IBM was king — to the point where Intel gave Big Blue early access to its newest processors. And in the highly proprietary market, software made for one company’s computers wouldn’t even run on others’.

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Myth-Busting Your Fitness Routine

Sep 23, 2016

The Fog and the Redwood

Sep 23, 2016

A Glimpse Before It’s Gone

Sep 23, 2016

Of Fashion, Faith, and Physics

Sep 23, 2016

Myth-Busting Your Fitness Routine

Sep 23, 2016

A Glimpse Before It’s Gone

Sep 23, 2016

The Fog and the Redwood

Sep 23, 2016

Making the Most of A.I.’s Potential

Sep 23, 2016

Of Fashion, Faith, and Physics

Sep 23, 2016

For a few years, the island fox was a rare find in the wild. But thanks to speedy conservation efforts, the tiny West Coast relative of the mainland gray fox is on the rebound. In fact, since the Endangered Species Act was first enacted in 1973, the island fox has shown the fastest recovery of any endangered mammal, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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In a meeting of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, world leaders committed to toughening regulation of antimicrobials and encouraging development of new antibiotics and treatments, among other measures. The agreement was an exceptional move for the group, which has only taken up three other health issues in the past — HIV, non-communicable diseases and Ebola.

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Would you clothe yourself in plastic kitchen wrap to stay cool on a blazing summer day?

Researchers at Stanford University are hoping so — they’ve designed a new polyethylene-based fabric that’s meant to lower its wearer's body temperature by almost four degrees. The invention isn’t just for convenience: If more of our bodies’ thermal radiation can escape through our clothes, we might be less likely to flip a switch to cool down.  

Do dogs understand what we're saying to them?

Sep 18, 2016
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Ever gotten the feeling that your dog is listening not just to what you say, but how you say it? You’re not alone among pet owners — and a new study in Science suggests that you’re not wrong, either.

Is a treatment for Alzheimer’s finally in focus?

Sep 17, 2016
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While cancer and heart disease are the two leading causes of death in the United States they’re no longer the death sentences they once were — thanks to advances in medicine. The same cannot yet be said for Alzheimer’s disease, which affects over 5 million people in the United States.

Taking a Telepresence Robot for a Spin

Sep 16, 2016

How Games Move Us

Sep 16, 2016

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