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Contention Over H-1B Visas is Hot Again
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Contention Over H-1B Visas is Hot Again

Should the U.S. admit more, or fewer, foreign technology workers?

Apollo 11 Had a Hidden Hero: Software
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Apollo 11 Had a Hidden Hero: Software

The moon landing was one of the most important moments in the history of computing, laying the foundations of much of our digital world.

Craigslist's Craig Newmark: 'Outrage is Profitable. Most Online Outrage is Faked for Profit'
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Craigslist's Craig Newmark: 'Outrage is Profitable. Most Online Outrage is Faked for Profit'

The founder of the online classifieds site is a survivor of the era of Internet optimism. He rejects the idea his website helped cause journalism's financial crisis...

Hackers Breach Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar
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Hackers Breach Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar

Researchers said Greece's top-level domain registrar has suffered a hacker breach, and identified the state-sponsored "Sea Turtle" hacker group as the perpetrator...

AI Can Edit Photos with Zero Experience
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AI Can Edit Photos with Zero Experience

Researchers are using deep internal learning, in which a machine learning algorithm ascertains the internal structure of a single image from scratch, to edit photos...

Baseball's Robot ­mpires Are Here. You Might Not Notice the Difference.
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Baseball's Robot ­mpires Are Here. You Might Not Notice the Difference.

The Atlantic League was the first U.S. professional baseball league to use a "robot" umpire, at its recent All-Star Game.

NASA Chooses MS­ Researchers' Computer for Trial on Moon
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NASA Chooses MS­ Researchers' Computer for Trial on Moon

A radiation-hardened computer designed by Montana State University researchers was chosen by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration to be tested...

Chameleon Theory Could Change Our Thoughts on Gravity
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Chameleon Theory Could Change Our Thoughts on Gravity

Massive supercomputer simulations of the universe will be used to test whether the Chameleon Theory (f(R)-gravity) could explain the formation of cosmological structures...

American Voters Feel More Prepared for Election Hacking in 2020
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American Voters Feel More Prepared for Election Hacking in 2020

Democrats were 35% more likely to say that they were at least slightly confident that the U.S. will be ready for any cyber attack in the 2020 Presidential elections...

Fernando Corbató, a Father of Your Computer (and Your Password), Dies at 93
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Fernando Corbató, a Father of Your Computer (and Your Password), Dies at 93

Computers, he said, were so expensive to use that any idle time was a huge waste. But with time-sharing, computer time was carefully metered and wasted time all...

Alan Turing Will Be New Face of £50 Note, Bank of England Says
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Alan Turing Will Be New Face of £50 Note, Bank of England Says

Alan Turing will be the face of Britain's new 50-pound note, the Bank of England announced.

­C3M Programs a Humanoid Robot to Communicate in Sign Language
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­C3M Programs a Humanoid Robot to Communicate in Sign Language

Researchers programmed a humanoid robot to communicate in sign language.

Coast Guard Calls for Ships to ­pdate Their Systems After Malware Attack
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Coast Guard Calls for Ships to ­pdate Their Systems After Malware Attack

The U.S. Coast Guard is recommending all ships update their cybersecurity, following a February malware attack on a vessel that "significantly degraded" its computer...

German Scientists Pull Off Autonomous Aircraft Landing
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German Scientists Pull Off Autonomous Aircraft Landing

C2Land is an automated landing system that uses GPS for flight control, but does not require any ground-based antennas.

Storing Data in Music
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Storing Data in Music

Researchers have developed a method of embedding data in music in a way that is imperceptible to the human ear.

AI Poker Bot Is First to Beat Professionals at Multiplayer Game
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AI Poker Bot Is First to Beat Professionals at Multiplayer Game

A new artificial intelligence program beat elite professional poker players at six-player no-limit Texas hold'em poker.

Coding for Disaster
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Coding for Disaster

At a U.N. hackathon, open source developers strive to mitigate the impact of natural disasters.

Major League Baseball 'Robot ­mp' Calls 1st Professional Baseball Game with 1 Hitch, No Controversy
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Major League Baseball 'Robot ­mp' Calls 1st Professional Baseball Game with 1 Hitch, No Controversy

A computer in the press box communicated to the umpire whether each pitch was in or out of the strike zone, and the umpire relayed the calls to the field as usual...

Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce
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Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce

A new vegetable-picking robot uses machine learning to identify and harvest iceberg lettuce.

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time
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Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time

City leaders, academic researchers, and the U.S. Department of Transportation are working to predict car crashes and reduce emergency response times using data...
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