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How Spammers Hijack Abandoned URLs to Spread SEO Garbage Across the Internet

“Was The Morningside Post website hacked?” a friend asked me. The site, which I once co-edited, seemed to have died, and returned as a zombie version of itself. About five months ago, my successors at TMP—the student-run news publication at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs—accidentally…

DARPA’s Brain Chip Implants Could Be the Next Big Mental Health Breakthrough—Or a Total Disaster

How did a Massachusetts woman end up with two electrodes implanted into her brain? Why is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developing a controversial, cutting-edge brain chip technology that could one day treat everything from major depressive disorder to hand cramps? How did we get to deep brain…

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Self-Driving Cars Will Use GTA V To Learn How To Drive, Run For The Hills

You probably know Grand Theft Auto V isn’t the kind of video game that encourages adherence to posted speed limits. Actually I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to play without committing multiple virtual felonies in the time it takes to load the title screen. So why is it being used as a training platform for autonomous…

The Super Nintendo Retro Receiver Is a Painless Wireless Upgrade For Your Classic Console

If you’ve still got your childhood Super Nintendo hooked up and on active duty you’ve probably discovered that while the console is going strong, its original controllers have long since died. But since it’s 2016 and we’ve made so much progress on cutting cords, isn’t it about time for your SNES to go wireless too?