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Dear Gizmodo, relax, 10 years isn't much time in the scheme of things. 
Recently, we did an experiment: We took an outdated issue of a respected popular science magazine, Scientific American, and researched exactly what happened to the highly-touted breakthroughs of the era that would supposedly change everything. What we discovered is just how terrible we are at predicting the long arc of scientific discovery.
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But internet time! Short attention span!

Seriously, a lot of the stuff that we were reporting on (or declining to report on) 30 years ago is now in pervasive use, so perhaps that's a good number.

There's also probably something interesting going on about market penetration and durability. Except for the induced churn in smartphones and similar devices, even tech stuff lasts a long time. I just replaced a 2005-vintage wireless router, and only because it didn't have some bells and whistles I wanted. Same-era PCs handle my 3D printing and design. The average car on the road in the US is reportedly 10 years old, and so forth. Even when the research has matured, things don't necessarily move that fast.
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Seth Fletcher's story on Big Data and the future of learning. 
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Thanks to all those enthusiastic Carls who made the weekend such a blast.
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No, they played it pretty straight.
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Splendid. 
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Would someone please send Tom the list of the 200 species a day going extinct... ?
The sixth "mass extinction event" in the history of planet Earth is currently under way, with over two hundred species dying off every day. The cause of this seismic event is also the source...
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"In this provocative, gripping book..."! I can't wait to read it!
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Nasty flame-retardant chemicals are being phased out in furniture, but what happens to them?
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Yes--Mary Beth Doyle Park, which required a change in Ann Arbor's naming policy,
She wasn't so much Doyle as she was "Mary Beth."

http://www.ecocenter.org/newsletters/ecolink/mary-beth-doyle-park-fitting-tribute
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If you're near midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, come by Bryant Park at 12:30 to hear my old pal Jeff Kluger interview me about The Fate of the Species, which is coming out in paperback. Make sure to come by afterwards and say hi.
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This is for any engineers out there...
#geek   #geekhumor  
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Excellent story by David Freedman in The Atlantic Monthly builds on his Scientific American cover story in Feb. 2011.
B. F. Skinner’s notorious theory of behavior modification was denounced by critics 50 years ago as a fascist, manipulative vehicle for government control. But Skinner’s ideas are making an unlikely co...
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"The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones." May the fourth Foundational Questions Institute essay contest help! Submit your entries by August 31st.
There's something unnerving about unifying physics. The two theories that need to be unified, quantum field theory and Einstein's general theory of relativity, are both highly successful. ...
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Executive editor of Scientific American, author of Fate of the Species (Bloomsbury).
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    electrical engineering, 1981
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