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April 18, 2017


Operating systems consist of millions of lines of programming code, and inevitably the code contains weaknesses.

Computer Crash

What is actually happening when your computer freezes?

June 14, 2012



Computer Bugs And Amazing Grace

Why do we call computer bugs "bugs", anyway? As the story goes, pioneer computer programmer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper coined the phrase in the early 1940s.

July 15, 2010


E-paper Makes Shift To Digital Print Easy On The Eyes

Will printed media, like books and newspapers, soon be a thing of the past?

May 19, 2008


What does it mean to say that a computer can "think"? Learn more about the "Turing Test" on this Moment of Science.

Good Morning, Dave

In the middle of the last century, British mathematician Alan Turing proposed the following test for determining whether a computer could think...on its own!

December 19, 2006


Laptops for the Masses

Is the day approaching where everyone in the world can own a computer?

December 20, 2005


Digital Infection

Computers are great tools, but they can also be mystifying. Sometimes a program will just stop working correctly for no apparent reason. It could just be a random glitch that can be solved by restarting the machine, but sometimes the solution is not so simple, especially if at the root of the problem lurks a computer virus. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003


Microchip Waste

According to a report published in the journal Environment Science & Technology , computers are more environmentally abusive than we tend to think. Microchips, those tiny and much heralded silicon wafers that allow computers to do their thing, are voracious consumers of water, fossil fuels, chemicals, and gasses such as nitrogen.

September 27, 2003


Vertical Chips

You may not realize it now, but current computers are going to be obsolete in a few years. Find out how on this Moment of Science.

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