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Google Really Gets Under People’s Skin

With Google's announcement Thursday of the Body Browser, online mapping technology finally caught up with the medical crew of "Fantastic Voyage," miniaturized in the 1966 sci-fi flick to enter a renowned scientist's bloodstream and save his brain from a life-threatening blood clot. ...

White House Urges Cautious Exploration of Synthetic Biology’s Potential

At least partly reversing Bush Administration aversion to emergent exotic biological research, President Barack Obama's 13-member Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues Thursday issued 18 recommendations on synthetic biology -- life, designed and built in the laboratory ...

The New PR: Little Tweets From Big Cheeses

A tweet that may prove sweet for Google's bottom line has sparked discussion about what constitutes public relations in the age of social media ...

Military Gives External Media Devices Marching Orders

In the wake of Pentagon-based U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's leaks of thousands of files from SIPRNET -- the Defense Department's internal version of the Internet -- to Wikileaks, all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces are ordering troops to stop using portable or removable media ...

Is Rubin’s 300,000-Androids-a-Day Tweet on Target?

Once again playing coy with a major company announcement, Google engineering vice president and Android development director Andy Rubin tweeted Thursday that more than 300,000 Android phones are activated daily ...

It’s Not Your Grandpa’s Planetarium Anymore

Without breaking the bank, Microsoft's research division and the University of Washington astronomy department have teamed up to bring new light to an old technology: the planetarium ...

SpaceX Falcon 9 Soars Into History Books

Private commercial space travel took one small step for humankind Wednesday morning as the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. ...

Google Shows Off Sweet Tablet Prototype

In a figurative googolplex of names and programs, Google and Motorola unveiled a tablet computer Monday night at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference that runs on Google's Android 3.0 operating system, aka "Honeycomb." Only the tablet remains without a name. ...

Wikileaks Wrangling May Be Escalating Into Cyberwar

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange looms like the mysterious British freedom fighter V atop the Drudge Report, threatening a "devastating" confidential document dump if his organization suffers any more hack attacks. ...

Verizon’s 4G Network May Not Be for the Faint of Heart

Future generations always hold promise, but for Verizon Wireless, a fourth-generation mobile broadband network is proving both promising -- and perilous ...

Strange Earthly Life-Form Means Rethinking the Hunt for ET

With a much-anticipated NASA announcement Thursday, "The Devil in the Dark" is no longer the name of actor William Shatner's favorite original "Star Trek" episode, about a man-eating subterranean monster made ofcells based on silicon rather than carbon ...

Genachowski Locks Horns With Republicans in Net Neutrality Scuffle

An internal struggle has broken out at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission over Chairman Julius Genachowski's surprise announcement minutes before midnight Wednesday that he intends to pursue a full Commission vote on Net neutrality rules four days before Christmas -- December 21 ...

Google Adds a Little Magic to Earth

Calling it "the next generation of realism" Google on Monday introduced the latest version of Google Earth, promising more seamless interactivity with Mother Earth and some unusual new features. ...

Wikileaks Spill: Catalyst for New, More Open Style of Governing?

Despite talk of dire consequences for U.S. foreign policy and military intelligence, online publisher Wikileaks Sunday began releasing more than 250,000 leaked cables between 274 worldwide embassies and the U.S. State Department. ...

Is That a Computer You’re Wearing on Your Head?

Motorola announced Wednesday that it will develop a hands-free wireless computing headset with micro-display specialists at Kopin -- a move reminiscent of previous attempts to create wearable computers and communications devices ...

FCC Aims to Bring 911 Into the Modern Era

With a catchy title -- "Broadband NextGen 911" -- U.S. Federal Communications Commission and Department of Transportation officials want to bring emergency services into the age of technology with more than just a three-number telephone call. ...

Berners-Lee Sounds Alarm Over Appified, Siloed, Regulated Web

Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee, largely credited with inventing the World Wide Web and its open source, barrier-free information distribution model, worries in a new Scientific American essay that the Web's most successful inhabitants are gradually chipping away at its "egalitarian" foundations ...

New Exoplanet Discovery Hints at Earth’s End

Until now, planets known to humans have never wandered into the Milky Way galaxy. However, Friday's announcement that planet HIP 13044b entered our galaxy hitched to a giant star called HIP 13044 has astronomers rethinking how -- and where -- planets form ...

CERN Physicists Create Antimatter (and Could Build a Bomb in a Billion Years)

Physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva have created the stuff of "Star Trek" for the first time ever: genuine antimatter ...

Big Studio Takes Short Films to Web’s Little Screen

Such onetime high-profile visionaries as Thomas Middlehoff, Jean-Marie Messier and Robert Pittman have lately departed their firms in droves, leaving corporate spectators to wonder whether broadband is broken. Messier's vision of seamless media convergence may still have life at Vivendi-Universal, however. ...

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