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Will Japan turn its elderly over to robotic companions?

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Technology | Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, who says robots should be tender, has unveiled a cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions. Son’s…

Job seekers beware: Vocal fry will cook your prospects

Job seekers beware: Vocal fry will cook your prospects

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Culture | The low, creaky intonation called vocal fry—employed ubiquitously by the Kardashians and pop singers such as Kesha—might make a woman sound popular, but…

Identical twin astronauts volunteer for unique study

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Space | When astronaut Scott Kelly embarks on a one-year space station stint next spring, his twin brother will offer more than his usual moral support. Retired…

Teaching U.S. military robots right from wrong

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Military | It’s been more than 70 years since legendary science fiction author Isaac Asimov, in his anthology I Robot , introduced the world to the idea that robots might…

X-15 rocket plane test pilot Bill Dana dies at 83

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Obituary | Famed research test pilot Bill Dana, who flew the X-15 rocket plane and other pioneering aircraft during the birth of the space age, died last Tuesday at age…

Do older recruits make better soldiers?

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Military | More than half of all U.S. Army recruits are choosing to join later in life instead of immediately after high school graduation, and these older soldiers tend…

Army wages war of attrition on young officers

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Military | After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of…

U.S. ships could drink the ocean for fuel

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Military | U.S. Navy researchers have been working for more than a decade on a way to tap an abundant and relatively inexpensive source of fuel. Earlier this month, the…

Could buried nuclear reactors be a safer energy solution?

By Michael Cochrane
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Energy | Small underground nuclear power plants may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny after Japan’s Fukushima disaster, but America may…

Modern military cadets train behind computer screens

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Military | If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might test their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer…

For sale: Desks, chairs, armored vehicles

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Military | The United States is trying to sell or dispose of billions of dollars in military hardware, including sophisticated and highly specialized mine-resistant…

Why is the U.S. buying helicopters from Russia?

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Military | Ten senators—eight Republicans and two Democrats—called on President Barack Obama last week to respond more forcefully to the incursion into the Crimean…

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