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A Calculating Win for China's New Supercomputer

China's "Tianhe-2" (Milky Way 2) supercomputer took first place in one recent speed test, clocking in at 30 quadrillion calculations per second--about twice as fast as the best American machines. The U.S. still has more supercomputers than any other nation, but some experts say computer speed is a measure of a country's scientific innovation, and worry the U.S. is lagging behind.
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Book News: Apple, DOJ Tussle As Ebook Price Fixing Trial Ends

Also: An Oklahoma salesman is accused of stealing $2.8 million in textbooks; Joseph Epstein on why Kafka is overrated.
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NASA's 'IRIS' Project Looks to Reveal Sun's Secrets

NASA is launching a mission on June 26 to study the mysterious "interface region" of the sun.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Feeling The Heat

We'll kick off the start of summer with our annual "Feeling the Heat" show.

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Will Video Ruin Instagram's Appeal?

The popular photo-sharing service is reportedly adding a video feature. But if the current user experience "ain't broke," should Facebook, Instagram's owner, fix it? Let's zoom through some possible fears about the new feature.
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In More Cities, A Camera On Every Corner, Park And Sidewalk

A growing number of cities are using surveillance cameras in the hope of fighting crime, but all that video is almost useless without powerful search tools to sort the material. The municipal camera trend is proving to be big business for companies that design video analytics software.
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Microsoft Responds To Fan Outcry, Changes Xbox One Policies

Microsoft has changed policies regarding Internet connection and used game capabilities for its upcoming Xbox One gaming console. The company says it is responding to feedback from consumers.
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Federal Agents Accuse Two Of Plotting Deadly X-Ray Weapon

Officials say the suspects did not acquire a radiation source for a weapon, but they finished building a remote control that was meant to operate it.
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FBI Director Says Agency Is Using Drones Over The U.S.

Robert Mueller told the Senate the FBI used drones rarely and for surveillance proposes. The DEA and the ATF had both revealed they possessed drones.
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U.S. Automakers Are On A Roll, But Hiring Is Slow And Steady

Profits for the nation's carmakers are on the rise, but after years of doing more with less, higher profits are unlikely to translate into significant numbers of new jobs. There are eight fewer plants and hundreds of thousands fewer workers in the industry than before the Great Recession.

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