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Crackdown on H-1B Visas Sparks Fear in Silicon Valley

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:02:00 GMT

Tech leaders and workers in Silicon Valley fear the implications of a government crackdown on visas for highly specialized foreign workers.A man holds a U.S. flag while receiving his proof of U.S. citizenship during a ceremony in San Francisco, California January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith


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March for Science Protesters Say They're the Real Patriots

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:10:00 GMT

Lovers of science got their day in the rain Saturday as they cheered their passions.Alison Wolf of Richmond, Virginia studies tobacco and nicotine at Virginia Commonwealth University. She said she wanted to stress that science is part of society's mainstream. She carried a sign saying, "Cells divide. Do we have to?""Government and religion are separate. Science and religion should be separate," said Ileana Modesto, a preschool teacher from Alexandria, Virginia.Protesters entertained one another as they made their points with home-made signs along Constitution Avenue in Washington. Most, like these using periodic table symbols for elements, used science-themed puns. NBC News estimates that at least 10,000 people turned out in a steady downpour to cheer on speakers at the March for Science and then shuffle slowly along Constitution Avenue, passing the Washington monument, the White House and other landmarks in the capital.Alison Wolf of Richmond, Virginia studies tobacco and nicotine at Virginia Commonwealth University. She said she wanted to stress that science is part of society's mainstream. She carried a sign saying, "Cells divide. Do we have to?"


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Are French Voters Seeing as Much Fake News as Americans Were?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:43:00 GMT

French voters have been exposed to fake news in the lead-up to the election - but they are seeing less "junk news" than Americans were?People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken in Warsaw on Sep. 27, 2013.


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'It Is Time to Speak Up': Anxious Scientists Plan to Shake D.C.

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:33:00 GMT

Scientists fed up with alternative facts are hitting the streets this weekend. As one marcher says, it's bad when the introverts start protesting.Official poster apart of Science March on DC 2017.Official poster apart of Science March on DC 2017.


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Are Samsung's New Phones Worth It?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Samsung's Galaxy S8 and its slightly bigger sibling, the Galaxy S8+, are officially hitting stores on Friday.The Samsung Galaxy S8 at the launch of the Samsung Unpacked event in New York on March 29, 2017.


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Facebook Gunman's Ex-Girlfriend Questions Site's Role

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:38:00 GMT

'What it's being used for is not what it was intended to be used for,' gunman Steve Stephens' longtime girlfriend said of Facebook's video features.Steve Stephens in stills from a video he broadcast Sunday on Facebook in Cleveland.Steve Stephens in a combination of stills from a video he broadcast Sunday on Facebook in Cleveland.


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You Talkin' to Me? Google Home Now Recognizes Who's Asking

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:47:43 GMT

When talking to your Google Home, you'll no longer be just some anonymous voice.Mario Queiroz speaks about the Google Home speaker array during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, California on Oct. 4, 2016.The new Google Pixel phone is displayed next to a Google Home smart speaker, left, following a product event in San Francisco on Oct. 4, 2016.


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Can Umbilical Cord Blood Rejuvenate Your Brain?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:12:00 GMT

A protein in human umbilical cord blood seems to rejuvenate the brains of old mice, researchers report. It's a long way from helping you, though.Lab mice infused with human umbilical cord blood got peppierA protein from human umbilical cord blood seemed to charge up old mice


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Who Falls for the Most Robocall Scams? Hint, it's Not Your Grandparents

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:03:00 GMT

We may be getting more technologically advanced every day, but we still haven't outgrown (or outsmarted) the age-old nuisance of robocalls.


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Instagram Stars Get a 'Talking To' From the Feds

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:28:00 GMT

Tell us when you're promoting something, the FTC warned some famous Instagram stars this week.The Instagram logo on an iPhoneThe Instagram logo on an iPhone


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Facebook Wants to Make It Possible to Type With Just Your Brain

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:33:00 GMT

It could allow the deaf and blind to communicate more easily — or let everyone else "to type five times faster than you can on a smartphone."Regina Dugan, vice president of engineering of Building 8 at Facebook, speaks on stage during the second day of the annual Facebook F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 19, 2017.Regina Dugan, vice president of engineering of Building 8 at Facebook, speaks on stage during the second day of the annual Facebook F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 19, 2017.Regina Dugan, vice president of engineering of Building 8 at Facebook, speaks on stage during the second day of the annual Facebook F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 19, 2017.


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Google Wants to Map Your Health

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:09:15 GMT

Google's life sciences arm is launching a four-year study of people's health.The logos of multinational technology company Google in Vertou, France.People stand under a sign at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, on Jan. 5, 2010.


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Turns Out Running Is Socially Contagious

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:25:00 GMT

Got an exercise app on your smart phone? Your posts might be convincing your friends to get fit, too.Bill Sycalik and local runner and longtime marathoner Jerry Dunn run the Castle Trail during Sycalik's marathon in Badlands National Park on July 25, 2016, in Interior, South Dakota.Runners at the Boston Marathon may have been encouraged by their friends' exercise routines.


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Do Driverless Cars Compromise Safety for Convenience?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:17:08 GMT

Even before driverless cars, cars are now "computers on wheels." How did that happen? The story begins forty-five years ago with a quest to make cars safer and the battle over the air bag.



Most American Drivers Are Still a Little Afraid of Autonomous Vehicles

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:05:00 GMT

A new study show that when it comes to autonomous vehicles, Americans' trust in the technology is declining.Test drivers use a Lexus SUV, built as a self-driving car, to map the area prior to a journey without a driver in control, in Phoenix, Arizona April 5, 2016 in a photo provided by Google. REUTERS/Google/Handout via Reuters


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Bose Headphones Spies on Listeners: Suit

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:45:00 GMT

Data mining lawsuits are on the rise as a variety of electronic devices gather more and more information about users.An attendee wearing Bose headphones works on a laptop computer at a hackathon in London in December 2015.An attendee wearing Bose headphones works on a laptop computer at a hackathon in London in December 2015.


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Let Robots Teach Our Kids? Here's Why That Isn't Such a Bad Idea

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:47:00 GMT

Experts see robots playing a significant role in children's emotional, social, and cognitive development in the near future.Experts see robots playing a significant role in children's emotional, social, and cognitive development in the near future.


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Zika-Fighting Mosquitoes Released Near Key West

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:23:00 GMT

A batch of mosquitoes that breed dud offspring were released in the Florida Keys to see if they can reduce populations of the disease-carrying insectsA tube containing bacteria-infected male mosquitoes in Key West, Fla., testing a new way to kill mosquitoes that carry Zika and other viruses. The mosquitoes bred by a Kentucky-based company are infected with the naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria. When the lab-bred mosquitoes mate with wild female mosquitoes, the offspring don't survive.Research entomologist Catherine Pruszynski releases male mosquitoes in Key West, Fla., testing a new way to kill mosquitoes that carry Zika and other viruses. The mosquitoes bred by a Kentucky-based company are infected with the naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria. When the lab-bred mosquitoes mate with wild female mosquitoes the offspring die young.


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Could Robots Create a 'Jobless Future' for Humans?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:01:33 GMT

An exploration of how far artificial intelligence has come — and how much farther it still has to go.



Facebook Launches an All-Out Assault on Snapchat

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:42:00 GMT

In a jab at Snapchat, Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday that Facebook will be making the "first mainstream augmented reality platform out of the camera."Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks with guests at the "Friends Day" event.Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on stage during the annual Facebook F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 18, 2017.


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Zuckerberg Speaks Out on Cleveland Murder

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:25:00 GMT

At Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg spoke about Facebook's responsibility in preventing tragedies.Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on stage during the annual Facebook F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 18, 2017.


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Wearable Health Tech: New Wrist Sensor Works Up a Sweat

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:03:00 GMT

Researchers trying to find a way to make wearable health technology real say they've taken a big step with a device that generates sweat.Researchers at Stanford University say they've taken a big step to wearable health tech with a wristband device that can measure blood sugar and other important measures of health in a few drops of sweat.


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Shutting Down Fake Facebook Accounts Just Makes Them More Valuable

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:09:13 GMT

Crackdowns on fake social media accounts are unlikely to hurt the multi-million-dollar spam industry — in fact, it could make the problem far worse.Guests stand next to a Facebook Elections USA sign in the Facebook Lounge ahead of the first Republican presidential debate at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Aug. 6, 2015.Fake social media accounts are pumped out by programmers in places like Russia, or are registered manually by humans in “farms” in countries like India, where labor is cheap.Guests in the Facebook Lounge ahead of the first Republican presidential debate at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Aug. 6, 2015.


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How Banks Are Pushing to Replace Cash

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:59:00 GMT

As peer-to-peer payment systems like Venmo become more popular, experts are starting to look ahead to a future in which cash will be obsolete.REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo


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How to Protect Yourself From Robocalls

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:57:14 GMT

Robocalls from telemarketers and scammers have become one of the most irritating aspects of modern life.A woman uses her Apple iPhone while waiting to cross 5th Avenue in New York City on Sept, 20, 2012.


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