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Teaching Computers to Understand Sarcasm

Can you teach a computer to understand a sarcastic Tweet? Marketers, diplomats, the FBI, and others hope so. The explosion of social media has jump started a field known as sentiment analysis. The goal? To sift through the avalanche of Facebook posts, blogs and Tweets to glean how we feel about a new product, anticipate an uprising, or catch a criminal. And while humans have been trying to teach computers to understand language for decades, social media's penchant for slang, acronyms and a casual disregard for grammar are especially difficult. We explore the challenge of mining ones and zeros for feelings.

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Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
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Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
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Impeachment Trial Begins For Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

The impeachment trial for suspended president of Brazil Dilma Rousseff has begun. She is scheduled to testify before the Senate Monday.
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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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