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By 2062, your nurse will be a robot and your shirt will clean itself
To celebrate its 110th anniversary, the magazine Popular Mechanics has published a fascinating list of 110 predictions for the next 110 years, divided up by the decades in which they will occur.
Another Earth just 12 light-years away?
Astronomers have discovered what may be five planets orbiting Tau Ceti, the closest single star beyond our solar system whose temperature and luminosity nearly match the sun's. If the planets are there, one of them is about the right distance from the star to sport mild temperatures, oceans of liquid water, and even life. Don't pack your bags just yet, though: The discovery still needs to be confirmed.
Tech startups are about to start dropping like flies
One thousand startups will be orphaned; many will die. One billion dollars will have gone for naught. Bright young minds across the country will be out of work.
Tempted to buy your tot an iPad? As teaching tools, news is mixed
If there's one toy guaranteed to captivate toddlers this holiday season, it's the iPad. What's more appealing to a tot than blinking lights, fun sounds and touch screens that allow them to move things with the swipe of a tiny, sticky finger?
Privacy: 6 tips for protecting your personal information
It’s important to find out what happens to the personal information you provide to companies, marketers, and government agencies. These organizations may use your information simply to process your order; to tell you about products, services, or promotions; or to share with others.
U.N. couldn't control the Internet even if it wanted to
The International Telecommunication Union, a special U.N. organization that is "committed to connecting all the world's people," is near the end of 10 days of largely closed-doors meetings in Dubai, where the agenda seems more aimed at controlling global communications.
News of Connecticut school shooting spreads through social media
News of the shooting in at Sandy Hook Elementary Scool in Newtown, Conn., has been circulating on social media as news outlets try to find out more details. The Hartford Courant has a quick look at the way the story has been appearing online.
What growing tablet market means for gadget-lovers
This holiday season is turning into a battle among tech giants for the hand-held computer that every tech geek, executive, student and child will be carrying around next year.
Six storms that changed the course of history
If Sandy swings the presidential election one way or the other, it wouldn't be the first time bad weather proved historically decisive.
Are the world's great cities ready for rising waters and freak storms?
The list of metropoles threatened by rising seas and freak storms is alarmingly long, if (from a U.S. viewpoint) reassuringly international.
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