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Ivory Coast techies elect new 'Web Mayor'

May 29, 2013 3:09 pm | by ROBBIE COREY-BOULET, Associated Press | Comments

A 22-year-old who lives with his parents is the new mayor of Ivory Coast's largest city, at least according to the West African nation's active community of self-described Internet geeks. Abidjan's budding network of bloggers, strategists, designers and Web entrepreneurs organized a separate vote for "Web Mayor," in late April days after Ivorians went to the polls for local elections.

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An electrical switch for magnetism

May 29, 2013 11:42 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a new way of controlling the motion of magnetic domains — the key technology in magnetic memory systems, such as a computer’s hard disk. The new approach requires little power to write and no power to maintain the stored information, and could lead to a new generation of extremely low-power data storage.The new approach controls magnetism by applying a voltage, rather than a magnetic field...

US defense programs target of China cyber threat

May 29, 2013 10:58 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press | Comments

New revelations that China used cyberattacks to access data from nearly 40 U.S. weapons programs and almost 30 other defense technologies have increased pressure on American leaders to take more strident action against Beijing to stem the persistent breaches.

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Australian lawmaker confirms China hacked spy base

May 29, 2013 10:53 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | Comments

Chinese hackers stole the blueprints of Australia's new spy agency headquarters years ago and the breach has been dealt with since then, an opposition lawmaker said Wednesday in the first confirmation of media reports. "These events did take place some time ago," senior opposition lawmaker George Brandis told Sky News television...

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Ancient cousin of Triceratops highlights turnover among horned dinosaurs

May 29, 2013 10:52 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

The earliest known cousin of Triceratops and Torosaurus — the best-known horned dinosaurs — has been identified based on fossils from north central Montana, further underscoring the diversity of large, plant-eating horned dinosaurs among the fauna of western North America 66 to 80 million years ago....

Tightest job market ever for China's college grads

May 29, 2013 10:47 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | Comments

While the job market in China is still much better than in many other parts of the world, 2013 is being billed locally as the worst for young graduates. A record number of them — about 7 million — are leaving universities and graduate schools to seek their first employment at a time when companies are hiring fewer people.

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How computers can learn better

May 29, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Reinforcement learning is a technique, common in computer science, in which a computer system learns how best to solve some problem through trial-and-error. Classic applications of reinforcement learning involve problems as diverse as robot navigation, network administration and automated surveillance.

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Airborne test directorate puts new parachute through its paces

May 29, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

The Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate conducted a rigorous operational test recently on the new Military Free Fall Advanced Ram-Air Parachute System, a non-developmental item that is about to replace the nearly 20-year-old MC-4 parachute system for all service branches, according to the test officer....

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Diving into nuclear policy

May 29, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

If you ask MIT students where they see themselves in a few years, you’ll get a wide range of answers — but almost all will be on dry land. MIT senior Cameron McCord feels a different calling: the ocean deep. A physics and nuclear science and engineering major from Springfield, Va., who is part of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) at MIT, McCord will spend at least five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy....

Has Apple lost its cool? Its chief executive says no

May 28, 2013 10:35 pm | by By JENNA WORTHAM, Associated Press | Comments

It has been a rough year for Apple. The company has battled fierce competitors like Samsung, come under scrutiny for tax avoidance and watched in dismay as its stock price took more dips and turns than a roller coaster. In a keynote interview Tuesday evening Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, paused in thought...

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Just how secure is quantum cryptography?

May 28, 2013 12:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Quantum communication systems offer the promise of virtually unbreakable encryption. Unlike classical encryption, which is used to send secure data over networks today and whose security depends on the difficulty of solving mathematical problems like the factoring of large numbers, most quantum encryption schemes keep the encryption key separate...

Facial recognition technology proves its mettle

May 28, 2013 11:25 am | by Michigan State University | Comments

In a study that evaluated some of the latest in automatic facial recognition technology, researchers at Michigan State University were able to quickly identify one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects from law enforcement video, an experiment that demonstrated the value of such technology.

Driving and hands-free talking lead to spike in errors: UAlberta study

May 28, 2013 11:18 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Talking on a hands-free device while behind the wheel can lead to a sharp increase in errors that could imperil other drivers on the road, according to new research from the University of Alberta. A pilot study showed that drivers who talk using a hands-free cellular device made significantly more driving errors...

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Trailblazing Israeli electric car company to close

May 28, 2013 10:38 am | by JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

It was an audacious idea that came to symbolize Israel's self-described status as "Start-Up Nation," a company that believed it could replace most gasoline-powered cars with electric vehicles and reduce the world's reliance on oil — and all within a few years.

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China premier warns EU over solar, telecom probes

May 28, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Premier Li Keqiang, China's top economic official, has criticized the European Union for pursuing anti-dumping cases against Chinese solar power and telecommunications equipment that he warned will hurt both sides. In a speech in Swizerland, Li said the action will hurt European consumers and might encourage trade protectionism...

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