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Scientific discoveries, technological developments, or gadgets

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.

New on eBay: 18-foot, flame-fisted 'mech'

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The 18-foot-tall giant in steelworker Carlos Owens' Alaska backyard isn't quite up to smashing Volkswagens--or taking the kind of pounding footsteps that might strike fear into the heart of an enemy.

MIT starts second wireless revolution

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Technology being developed at MIT promises to pave the way for the next generation of wireless networks, saving consumers hundreds of billions of dollars over the next 20 years.

Arizona School Will Not Use Textbooks

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A high school in Vail will become the state's first all-wireless, all-laptop public school this fall. The 350 students at the school will not have traditional textbooks. Instead, they will use electronic and online articles as part of more traditional teacher lesson plans.

Tech world hits 10

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In 1995, it was still OK to use the phrase "information superhighway." Netscape's initial public offering fueled the beginnings of the Internet bubble. The U.S. Department of Justice was casting a wary eye on Windows 95. And Amazon.com sold its first book. Here are 10 ways technology made history in 1995.

There's an extra-terrestrial conspiracy going on

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The British man thought to have hacked into 53 US government agencies' computer systems has spoken out about his discoveries in Nasa's networks.

Leading brains take on big ideas

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Luminaries from the worlds of technology, entertainment and design are gathering in Oxford to share their thinking about our future.

Good Laptop Gains Little From Built-In Cell Receiver

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WiFi isn't always there for the taking, even if you're willing to pay for it. Sony's new Vaio T350 includes a built-in GSM cellular data receiver that works out of the box and leaves the PC Card slot open for other uses.

Man Charged With Stealing Wi-Fi Signal

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Police have arrested a man for using someone else's wireless Internet network in one of the first criminal cases involving this fairly common practice.

Big Brother recruits cameraphone users

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A UK firm today unveiled plans for a service that allows members of the public to send pictures of antisocial behaviour to local authorities using mobile phones.

Explosions Rock London's Transport System

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Communications networks remain largely intact, but mobile and fixed-line phone networks are severely congested.

Downloading not unethical

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Two-thirds of U.S. college students see nothing unethical about downloading digital copyrighted files without paying, a survey found.

Nasa probe strikes Comet Tempel 1

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US space agency (Nasa) scientists are celebrating after seeing a probe crash into the heart of a comet.

Etch-A-Sketch to Be on U.K. Cell Phones

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For doodlers who can't get enough etching and sketching at home, Etch-A-Sketch is coming to a cell phone.

Ultra-high speed network bows in Florida

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The Florida LambdaRail Network -- the next-generation Internet with 100 times the capacity of the previous system -- has gone live at 10 Florida universities, moving information at 10 gigabits per second.

Space station gets HAL-like computer

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A voice-operated computer assistant is set to be used in space for the first time on Monday – its operators hope it proves more reliable than "HAL", the treacherous speaking computer in the movie 2001.

Lawmakers Aim to Protect Public Broadband

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Fourteen U.S. states have passed laws limiting municipal broadband services, with large Internet providers lobbying against city-offered services. Two U.S. senators have jumped into a growing debate about whether cities should be allowed to create tax-funded broadband services, with the two introducing a bill that would prevent states from outlawing municipal broadband projects.

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