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Facebook Is Letting Job Advertisers Target Only Men

Facebook Is Letting Job Advertisers Target Only Men
A review found that 15 employers in the past year, including Uber, have advertised jobs on Facebook exclusively to one sex, with many of the ads playing to stereotypes.
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Recap: A Good Week for Solar In Michigan

Recap: A Good Week for Solar In Michigan
Three stories about advances and milestones in solar-generated electricity in Michigan made the newspapers this past week. The most recent is also the one that I'm featuring first, as The Ann Arbor News via MLive reported Michigan's largest solar panel array now up and running near Ann Arbor.
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Catch the Wind: Helium-Filled Turbine to Float 1,000 Feet Above Alaska

Catch the Wind: Helium-Filled Turbine to Float 1,000 Feet Above Alaska
Ridgeline wind continues to be controversial, and offshore wind comes with its own set of on-site issues, including a much higher installation cost. However, if America is ever going to replace fossil fuels with clean alternatives, wind has to be part of the mix. Some innovative designers and engineers have come up with a solution worthy of Jules Verne: floating turbines.
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Houston, We Have Your Access: City Joins Top Five with Open Data Policy

Houston, We Have Your Access: City Joins Top Five with Open Data Policy
Houston has joined New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Chicago in having an open data policy, making a clean sweep for the top five largest US cities.
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Your Submission Is Accepted: FEC’s Digital Gatekeeper Bars Few

Your Submission Is Accepted: FEC’s Digital Gatekeeper Bars Few
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has recently enlisted the help of an outside agency, the General Services Administration and its elite squad of civic techies called 18F, to overhaul its website and push the boundaries of open disclosure to new heights.
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Austin's (Waistlines Are) Growing, but Use of Big Data, Detailed Map Technology Might Reverse the Trend

Austin's (Waistlines Are) Growing, but Use of Big Data, Detailed Map Technology Might Reverse the Trend
New mapping technology is helping Austin combat a growing youth obesity problem.
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A Comic Con? US Special Forces Unveil Designs for Iron Man-Like Suit of Armor

A Comic Con? US Special Forces Unveil Designs for Iron Man-Like Suit of Armor
Elite U.S. special operations forces may be a few short years away from donning an Iron Man-like suit, one that can monitor the user's vital signs, give him real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof from head to toe. The suit might eventually have other features unheard of only a few years ago, including an exoskeleton made of liquid armor, smart fabrics that could help stop hemorrhaging, enhanced sensory capabilities and Google Glass-like visuals.
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Tamara Lush
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Cell Your Rights Short: Supreme Court Considers Warrant-less Phone Searches

Cell Your Rights Short: Supreme Court Considers Warrant-less Phone Searches
The Supreme Court is considering whether police may search cellphones found on people they arrest without first getting a warrant. The court's latest foray into the issue of privacy in the digital age involves two cases being argued Tuesday that arose from searches of phones carried by a gang member and a drug dealer. Police looked through their cellphones after taking the suspects into custody and found evidence that led to their convictions and lengthy prison terms.
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Mark Sherman
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Google's Self-Driving Cars Mastering City Street Navigation

Google's Self-Driving Cars Mastering City Street Navigation
Google says that cars it has programmed to drive themselves have started to master the navigation of city streets and the challenges they bring, from jaywalkers to weaving bicyclists — a critical milestone for any commercially available self-driving car technology. Despite the progress over the past year, the cars have plenty of learning to do before 2017, when the Silicon Valley tech giant hopes to get the technology to the public.
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Justin Pritchard
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Tongue Un-Depressor: New Technology Allows Paralyzed People to Drive Wheelchairs Using Their Tongue

Tongue Un-Depressor: New Technology Allows Paralyzed People to Drive Wheelchairs Using Their Tongue
An experimental device is letting paralyzed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction. Key to this wireless system: Users get their tongue pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewelry and acts like a joystick, in hopes of offering them more mobility and independence.
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Lauran Neergaard
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