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The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.

University of Utah computer science professor Matthew Might welcomes his new graduate students each year by explaining a PhD by drawing, literally, “the big picture” in graph form. That series of pictures has become a classic story of pride and knowledge and then a shattering dose of reality, but still ends with “Keep pushing.” Don’t [...]

How Secure Are Electronic Voting Machines?

Getty Images It’s not that the machines have slight security glitches. It’s more that they’re almost comically hacker-friendly. Take the touchscreen Diebold Accuvote system. In 2012, nearly one-quarter of Americans are expected to use them to cast ballots. But the machines have been under fire for security errors for nearly a decade. Just how insecure are they? [...]

Lectures for a New Year: First Week in Review

For the month of January I’m bringing you a great lecture every weekday. This week we covered neurology, art, creativity, ecology, writing, achieving childhood dreams, and most importantly lots of jokes. In case you missed one, here’s a review of the lectures posted this week. The Last Lecture, First (Randy Pausch) To kick off the [...]