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Tech Jobs: Minorities Have Degrees, but Don't Get Hired
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Tech Jobs: Minorities Have Degrees, but Don't Get Hired

Top universities graduate minority computer science and engineering students at twice the rate that leading technology companies hire them, according to USA Today...

Nobel Prize: How English Beat German as Language of Science
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Nobel Prize: How English Beat German as Language of Science

Permafrost, oxygen, hydrogen; it all looks like science to me. 

NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter
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NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter

NASA's extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby...

How Jean Tirole's Work Helps Explain the Internet Economy
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How Jean Tirole's Work Helps Explain the Internet Economy

For anyone who has wondered how it’s possible to get so much stuff from web companies free or at too-good-to-be-true prices—whether Google searching, Facebook socializing...

Agriculture Is Becoming a 'Model Citizen'
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Agriculture Is Becoming a 'Model Citizen'

New tools not only make farmers' calculations more accurate and their lives less labor-intensive, but also portend of better dissemination of data about agriculture’s...

Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?
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Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?

How much should a robot be allowed to hurt its coworkers?

Ultrafast Internet Opens Up New Possibilities: Experts
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Ultrafast Internet Opens Up New Possibilities: Experts

Superfast Internet connections will transform communication and interaction, according to experts polled by the Pew Research Center and Elon University. 

Wonder Stuff: Glass That Will Store Your Info for Ever
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Wonder Stuff: Glass That Will Store Your Info for Ever

New meticulously focused lasers are close to enabling a durable transparent material such as glass to serve as a long-term data storage solution. 

Homeland Security Funds Software Security Initiative
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Homeland Security Funds Software Security Initiative

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has contributed $23.5 million toward an online resource to help test open source programs and improve software analysis...

Gravity Map Uncovers Sea-Floor Surprises
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Gravity Map Uncovers Sea-Floor Surprises

s though someone had pulled a plug in the oceans and drained them away, a sea-floor map has exposed thousands of never-before-seen underwater mountains and ridges...

Robotic Solutions Inspired by Plants
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Robotic Solutions Inspired by Plants

The European Union is funding a project that is using plant models to design a robotic solution. 

Hadoop Wins Converts Outside Silicon Valley
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Hadoop Wins Converts Outside Silicon Valley

Two years ago, when the Detroit Crime Commission began collecting and analyzing the social media posts of suspected criminals, it found Excel wasn’t up to the task...

Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics
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Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

In 2012, physicists in the Netherlands announced a discovery in particle physics that started chatter about a Nobel Prize.

Hackers Gather for Cyberwar in an Intense 48-Hour Sim
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Hackers Gather for Cyberwar in an Intense 48-Hour Sim

Locked Shields is among the world's preeminent cyber attack simulations.

Cyberattacks Trigger Talk of 'Hacking Back'
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Cyberattacks Trigger Talk of 'Hacking Back'

The continuing cyberattacks on U.S. corporate networks is spurring talk among some executives and government officials of going on the offensive, or "hacking back...

High-Tech Pay Gap: Minorities Earn Less in Skilled Jobs
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High-Tech Pay Gap: Minorities Earn Less in Skilled Jobs

Hispanics, Asians, and blacks are not receiving equal pay for equal work in the high-tech industry, according to a recent American Institute for Economic Research...

Smartphone Understands Gestures
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Smartphone Understands Gestures

ETH Zurich researchers have developed an app that enables users to use hand gestures to operate their smartphones.

LAUSD Announces Sweeping Expansion of Computer Science Course Work
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LAUSD Announces Sweeping Expansion of Computer Science Course Work

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and Code.org are collaborating to launch a sweeping expansion of computer science coursework, according to officials...

Tim Berners-Lee, Web Creator, Defends Net Neutrality
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Tim Berners-Lee, Web Creator, Defends Net Neutrality

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, speaking at a technology conference in London, said harnessing the full potential of the Internet and Web technology in the future will require...

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Life in Sharp Focus
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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Life in Sharp Focus

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry recognizes a milestone in a long tradition, dating back to Galileo, of innovations in scientific instruments that have transformed...
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