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Scientific discoveries, technological developments, or gadgets

Cisco mulls buying Nokia

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Cisco Systems Inc. is considering buying the world's top mobile handset maker Nokia in a bid to gain its wireless infrastructure technology.

New World Record for Wi-Fi Distance

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My pal Frank Keeney tells me that the world record holders for the longest distance for an unamplified Wi-Fi link (55.1 miles at 30mw) blasted through their own year old record today at the Defcon Wi-Fi Shootout.

Computer training offered to all

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Every adult in Scotland is being offered up to £100 to develop and improve their computer skills.

Comfortably Numb

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I have fond memories of Pink Floyd, though i can't remember exactly where I put them. No rock band scattered more brains in the interstellar wind than the Floyd, whose psychotropic 1973 album "Dark Side of the Moon" is still the best-selling album by a British band, ever, after spending decades on the Billboard charts.

I did my time in thrall to Pink Floyd, and had the laser-beam tan to prove it.

Gattica is Here! ... well, in NZ

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An Auckland clinic has been given the go-ahead to begin screening embryos for parents wanting to give birth to babies without genetic disorders.

Turned off by PC-Turnoff Week

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PC-Turnoff Week, which begins Monday with the goal of persuading parents to drag their children off the computer for seven days, is the wrong answer to a serious problem.

Physicist throws time-travel theories a curve

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The possibility of time travel has occupied the fantasies of philosophers, authors, children and directors. But to some physicists, it's more than pure fancy.

The Mark of the Beast

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A US SITE purporting to be a Christian resistance group [www.TheResistanceManifesto.com] is calling for a boycott of the VeriChip implantable microchip.

Periodic table's design gets an elemental challenge

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How do you turn lead into gold? A look at the periodic table will tell you: Remove three protons.

Many people have attempted to better the arrangement of the 111 fundamental elements, but no one has been able to supplant the original, until now.

More Industry Lay-Offs

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Sun Microsystems expects to lay off around 1,000 staff at a cost of about $100 million as part of the company's ongoing cost-cutting strategy while Computer Associates International said it would cut 800 more jobs to reduce costs.

House OKs Missions To Moon, Mars

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The House Friday overwhelmingly endorsed President Bush's vision to send man back to the Moon and eventually on to Mars as it passed a bill to set NASA policy for the next two years.

Has Huygens found life on Titan?

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IF LIFE exists on Titan, Saturn's biggest moon, we could soon know about it - as long as it's the methane-spewing variety. The chemical signature of microbial life could be hidden in readings taken by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe when it landed on Titan in January.

NASA Develops Stackable Linux SBCs For Planetary Rovers

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NASA is developing SBCs (Single Board Computers) for a "reconfigurable scalable computing" project, which NASA plans to use in future planetary rovers and mining vehicles.

Driven to distraction by technology

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The typical office worker is interrupted every three minutes by a phone call, e-mail, instant message or other distraction. The problem is that it takes about eight uninterrupted minutes for our brains to get into a really creative state.

Internet phone firm advances 911 service

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The nation's leading Internet telephony service moved closer to offering a complete emergency calling service Monday, signing an agreement with a vendor experienced in providing enhanced 911 data to public safety officials.

VoIP on a bike

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A bicycle-powered, Linux-based VoIP system: not your usual high-tech architecture. But what if you were one of the more than 1 billion people living without electricity? No power, no phone.

GPS might help unclog rush hour highways

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A new pilot program taking place in the Seattle area could help pave the way to less clogged highways during rush hour.

Offshore Outsource Savings Can Be Elusive

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Enterprises that expect to reap hefty savings simply as a result of assumed lower employee costs provided by offshore IT outsourcing services will be sadly disappointed, according to a survey of more than 5,000 corporate executives around the globe.

Planet with three suns challenges astronomers

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In a scenario out of "Star Wars," astronomers have detected a planet outside our solar system with not one, but three suns, a finding that challenges astronomers' theories of planetary formation.

Sharp Develops 'Two-Way Viewing-Angle' LCD

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At last, a way to end squabbles over which TV channel to watch - without buying a second set. Sharp Corp. has developed a liquid-crystal display that shows totally different images to people viewing the screen from the left and the right.

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