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Civilian Contractors Playing Key Roles in ­.s. Drone Operations
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Civilian Contractors Playing Key Roles in ­.s. Drone Operations

After a U.S. airstrike mistakenly killed at least 15 Afghans in 2010, the Army officer investigating the accident was surprised to discover that an American civilian...

Five Questions with Astronaut Rex Walheim
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Five Questions with Astronaut Rex Walheim

Rex Walheim is an astronaut. He's gone to space three times, including on the last flight of the space shuttle. He has spent an accumulated 36 hours outside the...

Facebook Auditions Kid Hackers with All-Night Codefest
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Facebook Auditions Kid Hackers with All-Night Codefest

"Yes! We have elegance!" says a student from the University of Waterloo. Then he pauses, and his shoulders slump.

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Retailers Are Losing the Software Talent Wars

For a decade, Target outsourced its website operations to Amazon.com. The Minneapolis retail giant began preparing two years ago to take control of the site when...

Cloud Centers Bring High-Tech Flash but Not Many Jobs to Beaten-Down Towns
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Cloud Centers Bring High-Tech Flash but Not Many Jobs to Beaten-Down Towns

Here in this once-thriving town of furniture makers and textile mills, where Main Street businesses have vanished, nearby fast-food joints have closed and unemployment...

Fixated on What He Fixes
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Fixated on What He Fixes

Peter Guggenheim has worked so long at Stuart Electronics that his feet have worn holes through two layers of tile and an inch of plywood, down to the floorboards...

Countdown: America's No. 1 Solar Car Ready to Race the World
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Countdown: America's No. 1 Solar Car Ready to Race the World

With a cutting-edge solar car, an advanced strategy and an intrepid 16-student race crew, the University of Michigan's national champion solar car team is ready...

From Doom to Rage: 20 Years of Id Development
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From Doom to Rage: 20 Years of Id Development

Both Tim Willits and Matt Hooper got their start in game design as fans, creating maps for id Software games like Doom and Quake. Now, as the studio celebrates...

Researchers Aim For Processors That Run Without a Battery
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Researchers Aim For Processors That Run Without a Battery

Virginia Commonwealth University has received two grants to support work on energy-efficient computing devices that pack more processing power in a chip and potentially...

Researchers Assist IBM in Cognitive Computer Chip Design
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Researchers Assist IBM in Cognitive Computer Chip Design

New experimental computer chips modeled on nervous systems are aimed at creating computers that can learn through experience, find correlations, create hypotheses...

Intel Anthropologist: Fieldwork with the Silicon Tribe
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Intel Anthropologist: Fieldwork with the Silicon Tribe

Anthropologist Genevieve Bell gives the chip maker insight into how people experience new technologies.

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Rampant Cheating Hurts China's Research Ambitions

Ghostwriting, plagiarizing or faking results is so rampant in Chinese academia that some experts worry it could hinder China's efforts to become a leader in science...

In Simulation Work, the Demand Is Real
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In Simulation Work, the Demand Is Real

As employment headlines go from grim to grimmer, it’s appropriate that one job category with expanding demand involves helping people avoid reality. Designers of...

Contractors Vie For Plum Work, Hacking For U.s.
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Contractors Vie For Plum Work, Hacking For U.s.

The U.S. government’s urgent push into cyberwarfare has set off a rush among the biggest military companies for billions of dollars in new defense contracts. The...

Teaching Computing to Everyone
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Teaching Computing to Everyone

Georgia Institute of Technology has  required every undergraduate on campus to take a course in computing.  Here are the lessons learned from the practice, now...

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Supercomputers Break Petaflop Barrier, Transforming Science

The surpassing of petaflop speeds by a new breed of supercomputers could facilitate a profound scientific transformation by bringing simulation to the cutting edge...
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