Japan May End ‘Pacifist’ Constitution Over Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc was headed for a big win in Sunday’s election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation’s longest-serving premier and re-energizing his push to revise the pacifist constitution. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition has won a combined 310 seats, reaching a two-thirds “super majority” in the 465-member lower house, with 11 seats still up for grabs, broadcaster TV Asahi said. A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe, who took office in December 2012, will have a third three-year term as LDP leader…

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Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

  “I thought of a computer as some obscene piece of hardware that I wanted nothing to do with,” Ms. Sammet recalled in an interview in 2000. Continue reading the main story Her initial aversion was not unusual among the math purists of the time, long before computer science emerged as an academic discipline. Later, Ms. Sammet tried programming calculations onto cardboard punched cards, which were then fed into a computer. “To my utter astonishment,” she said, “I loved it.” In the early 1950s, the computer industry was in its…

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Are Archaeologists About to Find Nefertiti’s Tomb?

  A fresh attempt to discover more secrets in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings offers a tantalizing reward—the tomb of one of history’s most beguiling female monarch. The hunt has begun on for the “discovery of the century.” A team of Italian archeologists announced this week that they have started work on documenting the mysterious Valley of the Kings. Next month the team plans to enter the tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun and scan the tomb for secret chambers. Their ultimate goal is to find the legendary final resting place…

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