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Scientific discoveries, technological developments, or gadgets

See virtual worlds in the round

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A GOLDFISH bowl in which 3D video images appear suspended in mid-air could help surgeons target tumours more precisely, air-traffic controllers prevent air accidents, and drug designers better understand the structures of promising molecules.

Fashion industry covets 'iPod factor'

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CAN you imagine putting your address book and photo album on in the morning along with your socks? Or how about using a "3D printer" to make your own shoes on demand? How about clothes peppered with plastic LEDs that let you change the fabric's pattern at will?

NASA: Two white dwarf stars to merge

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A scientist using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has found evidence that two white dwarf stars are orbiting each other in a death grip, destined to merge.

Comet put on list of potential Earth impactors

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A comet has been added to the list of potentially threatening near-Earth objects maintained by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Tech-Minded Kids Hike to Computer Camp

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With the summer camp season fast approaching, kids across the country will be stocking up on hiking shoes, bug spray and other necessities for adventures in the great outdoors. Thousands of others, however, will be enjoying adventures of the indoor variety: creating video games, building robots and designing Web pages.

Andromeda galaxy larger than thought

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The Andromeda galaxy just got bigger -- three times bigger, astronomers said on Monday.

Computer show opens in Taiwan

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The world's second-largest annual computer show, Computex, opened Tuesday in Taiwan, with organizers expecting the highest number of buyers and visitors in the exhibition's 25-year history.

Antenna betrays high-tech cheats

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Three Greek youths were arrested on Saturday for conspiring to cheat in a university entrance exam using a wireless camera hidden in a pen, police said.

Lawyers, others questions radio TIVO-like devices

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It's like Tivo for radio, but is it legal? Some legal experts say the recording software may violate digital copyright laws and does little more than promote piracy.

Why 911 callers are left hanging

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Unlike traditional phone calls, VoIP calls do not need a dedicated phone line. Instead digitised voice data is broken up into packets and sent over a computer network in much the same way as an email, which allows a network to be used far more efficiently.

Gentlemen, Start Your....Wireless Routers?—Tech at the Indy 500

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It's a big weekend here in Indianapolis. About this time each year, 33 men (and women) chase each other around the Brickyard in Indianapolis for about 3 hours while upwards of 250,000 of us get drunk and sunburned. The technology of racing has never been lost on me, but this year there are some interesting developments in extreme technology at the Indy 500. Here are a few highlights:

Voyager At Edge Of Solar System

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After a storied, 28-year odyssey, NASA's venerable Voyager 1 spacecraft appears to have reached the edge of the solar system. This is an historic step in Voyager's race. We have a totally new region of space to explore, and it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Building the world's most powerful laser

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Ed Moses talks of the "grand challenge" that has consumed him for the past five years, comparing it to trying to hit the strike zone with a baseball from 350 miles (563 kilometers) away or tossing a dime into a parking meter from 40 miles (64 kilometers) away.

A planet of their own

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A HUGE new gaseous planet has been discovered in the Milky Way by a team of Tasmanian scientists.

Ashes to ashes, brain to disk

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Death could become a thing of the past by the mid-21st century as computer technology becomes sophisticated enough for the contents of a brain to be "downloaded" on to a supercomputer, according to a leading British futurologist.

'Wave farm' project gets green light

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A pioneering commercial wave power plant, producing clean and renewable energy, is to go on line off Portugal in 2006, after a contract was signed this week, project partners announced Friday. The companies claimed the so-called "wave farm" will be the world's first such commercial operation.

power over ethernet

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power over ethernet lets you add a dc voltage source to the unused pairs in your ethernet cable. this power can be used to power devices that are poe compatible by just plugging the cable into them.

Radio receivers record cosmic rays hitting Earth

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A small prototype array in Germany has detected several radio flashes from cosmic rays that smack into the Earth's upper atmosphere.

Internet Phones Given 911 Deadline

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Internet phone providers were ordered Thursday to begin supplying reliable 911 emergency call service after regulators heard an anguished Florida woman describe how she was unable to summon help to save her dying infant daughter.

Cell phones top lists of what gets us steamed

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For a gaggle of reasons — confusing bills, poor customer service, spotty coverage, long-term contracts, handsets that die early — cell phones have become the thing people hate yet can't live without.

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