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Scientific discoveries, technological developments, or gadgets

How the valley start-up was invented

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Fifty years ago this weekend, silicon began its journey to the region that would one day be dubbed ``Silicon Valley'' in its honor.

Scientists invent insulator to replace the silicon chip

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A team of South Korean scientists said on Friday that they had developed a new technology that could open the way to make new devices that could replace current silicon-based semiconductors.

No brain cancer link to mobile phones

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Ten years of using a mobile phone results in no increased risk of a tumour in the nerve connecting the ear to the brain, researchers said on Tuesday.

Firm Tests Gaming on Movie-Style Screens

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Ever wish you could experience the "holodeck," the 3-D virtual environment aboard the Starship Enterprise? There's a company that believes it's come close, letting video game players play with huge, high-definition screens that envelop the user.

Sony's new PSP proves to be a hackers' paradise

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You have to admire the way computer hackers take to new devices - they turn them inside out and figure out how to do things with them the manufacturers never intended.

rm -rf /opt/bs

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Desktop Linux marketing is doing more harm than good, but work is under way to make Linux out-perform the other OSes.

FCC grants 30-day extension in 911 ruling

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it was extending by 30 days a deadline for Internet telephone companies to tell customers about 911 emergency calling or shut off their service.

NYC subway gets $212m high-tech anti-terror scanners

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Thousands of cameras and sensors will be installed at platforms and subway stations as part of a sophisticated electronic surveillance and threat detection infrastructure, while mobile phone coverage will be extended underground across the public transport network to aid communications in any emergency situation.

Lucasfilm Partners With HP For Special-Effects Technology

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The "Star Wars" company will use Hewlett-Packard software for film and video game effects. LucasFilm also did effects for the "Harry Potter" and "Jurassic Park" series, as well as the recent "War of the Worlds."

Some internet phone customers may be cut off

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Providers of Internet-based phone services may be forced next week to cut off tens of thousands of customers.

Researchers take on electronic voting

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The National Science Foundation is gearing up to award a $7.5m grant to create a trustworthy electronic voting system.

Sun Micro announces open-source DRM project

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Sun Microsystems Inc., weighing in on the fractious issue of protecting copyrighted digital content, on Sunday announced a project it calls the Open Media Commons initiative aimed at creating an open-source, royalty-free digital-rights management standard.

5 years after the bust, a sober, new reality

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"Web 1.0: arrogance. Web 2.0: humility."

As the tech economy revs up again, a post-recession character emerges:

Drunken optimism is out; sober reality is in.
Job hopping is out; loyalty is in.
Living to work is out; working to live is in.
Greed is out; gratitude is in.

Paying for parking via cell phones

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A Finnish company has been in Boston pitching its cashless cell phone parking meter technology, officials said.

Number of Internet-Phone Consumers Soars

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The number of consumers bypassing the traditional phone network and opting for Internet voice service is soaring beyond expectations.

Bar at Milky Way's heart revealed

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The Milky Way is not a perfect spiral galaxy but instead sports a long bar through its centre, according to new infrared observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Human-like skin gives robots sense of touch

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A flexible, electronic skin could provide robots, car seats and even carpets the ability to sense pressure and heat, Japanese researchers reported on Monday.

'Tenth planet' may be bigger than expected

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An observational error may have understated the size of the tenth planet - if "planet" is in fact what astronomers finally decide to call it.

Weather Service launches early warning system

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In tornado country, the automated, Web-based process sends emergency workers a heads-up on disasters before public warnings.

Experimental Hybrid Cars Get Up to 250 Mpg

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Politicians and automakers say a car that can both reduce greenhouse gases and free America from its reliance on foreign oil is years or even decades away. Ron Gremban says such a car is parked in his garage.

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