What Happens When Universities Become ‘Party Strongholds’

What Happens When Universities Become ‘Party Strongholds’

Chinese authorities are combining Mao-era spying practices with new surveillance technology to ferret out outspoken professors and students who fail to follow Communist Party ideology.

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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

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Will There Be a Ban on Killer Robots?

Will There Be a Ban on Killer Robots?

A push for a global agreement on autonomous weapons is stalled, much to the chagrin of advocates who believe a treaty is urgently needed.

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Walmart CEO Points to New Company Culture, Cuts Profit Forecast

Walmart Inc’s chief executive officer on Tuesday urged investors to revise their view of the company’s business, touting its tech investments to grow online sales at a time that Walmart is battling Amazon.com for market share.

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Christine Hallquist Would Like to Talk About the Power Grid

Christine Hallquist Would Like to Talk About the Power Grid

The Vermont Democrat is the first transgender person to be nominated for governor. She’s facing a Republican incumbent whose popularity has tumbled recently.

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Rauner, Pritzker Trade Jabs Over Leadership, Taxes at Debate

Illinois’ candidates for governor again traded accusations over leadership, taxes and alleged corruption in a debate Thursday that was their final one to be televised before the Nov. 6 election.

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The Things They Loved: Richard Benson’s Milling Machine

The Things They Loved: Richard Benson’s Milling Machine

A selection of beloved objects from those we lost.

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Tom Morello Teams Up With Eclectic Partners on Solo Album

If you listen closely to Tom Morello’s new album, you’ll hear a 24-year-old guitar riff. He’s been patiently waiting since the mid-1990s to finally unleash it.

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E.ON Targets Innovations for Smart Energy Future

E.ON Targets Innovations for Smart Energy Future

Germany’s biggest power supplier E.ON wants smart homes to be smart business in a world of decentralized, low-carbon energy markets.

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The Craftsman Still Making Windsor Chairs by Hand

At his father’s workshop in remote Vermont, a solitary woodworker preserves the craft of building an American symbol.

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Robots or Job Training: Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes

Robots or Job Training: Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes

With unemployment low and wages creeping up, companies have an incentive to become more efficient — an exercise that tends to drive economic progress.

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Pentagon May Cut Commando Forces in Africa in Major Military Review

The Pentagon has ordered its Special Operations Command to abandon lower-priority missions and focus more on rising threats from Russia and China.

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The American Past: A History of Contradictions

The American Past: A History of Contradictions

Jill Lepore’s “These Truths” shows both the successes and failures that have made the country what it is today.

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Science Fiction Into Reality: Nobel Prize Honors Laser Work

Scientists from the United States, Canada and France won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for revolutionizing the use of lasers in research, finding ways to make them deliver more powerful flashes of light and even to act like tiny tweezers.

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At Kopitiam, Malaysian Food Powers Through Some Growing Pains

At Kopitiam, Malaysian Food Powers Through Some Growing Pains

In its new, larger space, Kyo Pang’s homage to the cuisine of Malaysian coffee parlors is still compelling, even when there’s no coffee.

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Guatemalan Leader Bars Re-entry of Corruption Prosecutor

The move by President Jimmy Morales puts him in direct conflict with Guatemala’s highest court and pushes the country toward a constitutional crisis.

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How West Virginia Is Trying to Build Hacker-Proof Voting

How West Virginia Is Trying to Build Hacker-Proof Voting

Ahead of the primary election Tuesday, the state embraced cybersecurity with an enthusiasm greater than many other states.

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Hotel Workers Fret Over a New Rival: Alexa at the Front Desk

As technologies threaten to displace service workers, unions are making job protection and new opportunities a priority in contract talks.

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Several Reported Killed in Libya as Gunmen Storm National Oil Company

Several Reported Killed in Libya as Gunmen Storm National Oil Company

The attack punctuated a week of deadly violence in the capital and struck at the core of the country’s deteriorating economy.

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Australians Are the World’s Biggest Gambling Losers, and Some Seek Action

The average Australian adult loses around $900 to gambling each year — more than double the rate of Americans — and electronic gaming machines are getting the blame.

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