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Hitting the Books: The latest ‘Little Brother’ is a stark cybersecurity thriller

By attack surface, binary transparency, cory doctorow, cybersecurity, engadget, entertainment, feature, fiction, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, macmillan

Back in 2008, New York Times best-selling author and Boing Boing alum, Cory Doctorow introduced Markus “w1n5t0n” Yallow to the world in the original Little Brother (which you can still read for free right here). The story follows the talented …

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Hitting the Books: How to fight gerrymandering with math

By algorithm, anna weltman, engadget, feature, gerrymandering, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, jhu press, mathematics, supermath, tomorrow, wendy tam cho, yan liu

Math is more than a bevy of equations that you learned in school and promptly forgot upon graduation — it is the language of our universe. Mathematics helps explain everything from the manner in which viruses spread to the speeds at which gala…

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Hitting the Books: How colonialism unified the Western world’s clocks

By chronometer, engadget, feature, gear, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, jhu press, ken mondschein, on time, sir cloudesley shovell

As ephemeral as space and as fundamental as gravity, time is an aspect of this universe that cannot be felt, only experienced through its cumulative passage. In his latest book, On Time: A History of Western Timekeeping, author Ken Mondschein,…

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Hitting the books: How China uses AI to influence its 1.4 billion citizens

By benbella books, China, engadget, feature, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, michael kanaan, surveillance, t-minus ai, tomorrow

The battle for international hegemony didn’t stop with the fall of the Reichstag in 1945, or of the Soviet Union in 1991 — it has simply moved online. Today, states and their actors are waging a digital cold war with artificial intelligence sy…

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Hitting the Books: Lessons learned from gaming with the King of Sweden

By david polfeldt, engadget, feature, grand central publishing, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, king of sweden, Sweden, the dream architects, tomorrow, ubisoft, video games

Video games have come a long way from their dim arcade origins. No longer a mere niche diversion for pasty, maladjusted youth, gaming is now an integral part of modern pop culture standing shoulder to shoulder with “classical” forms of media l…

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Hitting the Books: This $80 prosthetic has helped millions walk again

By accessiblity, engadget, feature, gear, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, penguin random house, prosthetics, sara hendren, what can a body do

The modern world around us — from the spaces we inhabit to the furniture we perch upon to the gadgets, tools and devices we hold in our hands — is implicitly designed for humans that fit within a specific bell curve of shape and ability. If yo…

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Hitting the Books: Volcanoes, mortal enemy of the mighty telescope

By astronomy, emily levesque, engadget, feature, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, science, sourcebooks, space, telescopes, the last stargazers, tomorrow, volcano

Humans are, as a species, hardwired to explore. We conquered the planet thanks to untold generations of people needing to see what lay over the next hill or around the next river bend and our infatuation with the stars is no different — we’ve …

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Hitting the Books: Why we’ll never see the edge of the universe

By astrophysics, engadget, feature, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, katie mack, observable universe, scribner, the end of everything, tomorrow

Death comes for us all, even on the cosmological scale. Our universe started off with a bang, and a rather large one at that, but how it will end remains a mystery. Will entropic effects cause it to cool and sputter out like a guttering flame …

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Hitting the Books: How to huck a human into low Earth orbit

By engadget, feature, hachette book group, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, orbital mechanics, paul dye, shuttle houston, space, space shuttle, tomorrow

Astronauts may get the glory for successful spaceflights but they’d never even get off the ground if not for the folks at Mission Control. In Shuttle, Houston: My Life in the Center Seat of Mission Control, Paul Dye vividly recounts his 20-yea…

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Hitting the Books: What astronauts can learn from nuclear submariners

By christopher wanjek, engadget, feature, harvard university press, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, nasa, space, spacefarers, submarine, tomorrow

We’ve dreamt of colonizing the stars since our first tenuous steps across the moon, yet fifty years after the Apollo 11 mission, the prospect of living and working beyond the bounds of Earth remains tantalizingly out of reach. In his latest bo…

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Hitting the Books: Can golf evolve and survive in the 21st century

By avid reader press, brett cyrgalis, engadget, feature, golf's holy war, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, simon & schuster, Sports, titleist, titleist performance institute, tomorrow

If a childhood of watching Caddyshack on loop has taught me anything, is that golf is a game of zen. “Stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball,” as Ty Webb famously told Danny out on the links. But can meditative nanananana mantras re…

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Hitting the Books: How to be active on social media and still keep your job

By engadget, entertainment, feature, gear, gillian andrews, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, keep calm and log on, mit press, social media

With large swaths of the country still stifling under quarantine from the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever are supplementing their meager IRL social interactions with online alternatives. But but doing so can become a proverbial minefi…

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Hitting the Books: Disney’s influence on America’s first stealth planes

By aircraft, boeing, column, design, engadget, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, lockheedmartin, Military, oxforduniversitypress, peter westwick, stealth, tomorrow

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…

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Hitting the Books: How an attempt at digital allyship fell flat

By column, crime, criminaljustice, engadget, hashtag, hashtag activism, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, Internet, mit press, politics, tomorrow, Twitter

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…

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Hitting the Books: These brain cells could hold clues to the CTBI crisis

By ballantine books, brain, column, cte, donna jackson nakazawa, engadget, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, medicine, microglia, neurology, NFL, the angel and the assassin, tomorrow

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…

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Hitting the Books: The Y2K bug could come back sooner than you think

By column, computer, engadget, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, humble pi, math, matt parker, riverhead books, Security, tomorrow, y2k

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…

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Hitting the Books: How to get a date online

By column, date, dating, diy, engadget, etiquette, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, Internet, kill reply all, love, online, penguin randomhouse, psa, services, social media, tomorrow, victoria turk

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…

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Hitting the Books: What it’d be like to live in a city owned by Twitter

By Business, column, engadget, government, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, how to run a city like amazon, james ash, meatspace press, social media, tomorrow

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…

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Hitting the Books: How police tech reinforces America’s racial segregation

By black software, charlton d mcilwain, column, engadget, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, ibm, law enforcement, oxford university press, politics, tomorrow

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…

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Hitting the Books: Boomers not understanding tech is the circle of life

By Business, column, engadget, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, Kickstarter, penguin random house, this could be our future, tomorrow, viking, yancey strickler

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…

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Hitting the Books: Searching for ancient cities from space

By archaeology, engadget, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, lidar, nasa, remote sensing, sarah parcak, satellites, science, space, tomorrow

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…

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Hitting the Books: How big tech might monopolize AI

By AI, Amazon, column, data, engadget, facebook, google, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, monopoly, Paypal, robots, thomasramge, tomorrow, who'safraidofai

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…

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Hitting the Books: How legendary hackers wound up working for the CIA

By 9/11, CIA, column, cult of the dead cow, engadget, Hacking, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, joseph menn, mudge, public afairs, Security, tomorrow

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…

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Hitting the Books: Modern surveillance and ‘the science of happiness’

By brazil, China, column, engadget, government, harvard university press, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, India, Internet, payal arora, surveillance, the next billion users, tomorrow

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…

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Hitting the Books: When better living through technology isn’t enough

By column, engadget, hacking life, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, personal computing, personalcomputing, tomorrow, transhumanism

Welcome to Engadget’s newest series, Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and t…

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