Scientists Discover An Elusive Particle

Scientists using Europe’s Large Hadron Collider atom-smashing machine have stumbled on the existence of an exotic particle known as the pentaquark, a discovery that could shed light on how everyday matter is constituted.

A Dearth Of Tech IPOs May Mask Bubble Trouble

The latest bubble chatter in the tech industry came from Fitbit, the maker of high-tech pedometers.

Why Ads Are the Best Thing Ever to Happen to the Internet

It’s axiomatic that advertising on the Internet is at best a necessary evil.

Why Gene-Editing Technology Has Scientists Excited

A new technology for “editing” defective genes has raised hopes for a future generation of medicines treating intractable diseases like cancer, cystic fibrosis and sickle-cell anemia.

Data Centers and Hidden Water Use

Silicon Valley’s appetite for data is well known. Its thirst is less understood.

When Robo-Cars crash, It’s Your Fault

The self-driving car is just around the corner—run for your life!

The Virtues of Corruption

On Feb. 1, 2006, after meeting with world leaders in London, the Afghan government signed a pledge to “expand its capacity to provide basic services to the population throughout the country.” It vowed to “recruit competent and credible professionals to public service on the basis of merit.” It also pledged to fight corruption, uphold justice and promote human rights.

Uber Lures Robot Gurus From Carnegie Mellon

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University is scrambling to recover after Uber Technologies Inc. poached 40 of its researchers and scientists earlier this year, a raid that left one of the world’s top robotics research institutions in a crisis.

Nature’s Perfect Criminal

In the classic noir film “The Third Man,” Harry Lime steals penicillin from sick children to sell on the black market, justifying his unscrupulous behavior by explaining that “for 30 years under the Borgias” Italy had murder and bloody warfare but produced the Renaissance, whereas in Switzerland “they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democrac

Gazing Into the Abyss

As a boy, I was obsessed with black holes. I read all of the books about them I could find, from the semi-technical to the semi-crackpot, not really able to distinguish the difference. The first time I had to write a report, in eighth grade, I begged my dubious teacher to let me do it on black holes.

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