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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. A Chrome-OS drive...

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. "Our major recommenda...

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. "There are over 300,000 Android phones activated each day," Google Android development director Andy Rubin -- aka Twitter user "Arubin" -- tweeted Dec. 8 t...

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. Military personne...

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 was only Rubin's second tweet, and followed his sneak-a-peek presentation of Android'...

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. Nearly three thousand planetariums dot the U.S. terrestrial landscape, featuring celestial shows about stars, planet...

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 and made a successful splashdown. Dragon space capsule in tow, the Falcon 9 represented a $400 million investment from, among others, SpaceX ...

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. Conference gawkers claim the Google/Motor...

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. Paypal says Wikileaks and its donors are pals no more. Amazon.com boots Wikileaks off...

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. With speeds Verizon promises will be "up to 10 times faster than the company's 3G network," the 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network launches December ...

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. Rather, it's a newly discovered bacteria that ...

Genachowski Locks Horns With Republicans in Net Neutrality Scuffle

An internal struggle has broken out at the FCC 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. "I strongly oppose this ill-advised maneuver," said FCC Commi...

Google Adds a Little Magic to Earth

Calling it "the next generation of realism" Google has introduced the latest version of Google Earth, promising more seamless interactivity with Mother Earth and some unusual new features. "In Google Earth 6, we're taking realism in the virtual globe to the next level with a truly integrated Street ...

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. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange calls the leaked cables "the largest ...

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. The device will offer voice, audio and PC capabilities on a virtual r...

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. "Today's 9-1-1 system doesn't support the communication t...

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

Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee worries that the Web's most successful inhabitants are gradually chipping away at its "egalitarian" foundations. "The Web as we know it is being threatened," writes Berners-Lee in a Scientific American essay. "Large social-networking sites are walling off information...

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. "This is an exciting discovery," said Max ...

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

Physicists at CERN have created the stuff of "Star Trek" for the first time ever: genuine antimatter. A 17-member team announced the production and preservation of 38 antihydrogen atoms. Physicists Emilio Segre and Owen Chamberlain of the University California, Berkeley, earned the 1959 Nobel Prize ...

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, h...

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