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December 2012

Should Your Christmas Tree be Fake or Real?

You want to have a "green" (ecological) Christmas, but you'd also like to have a tree that doesn't need to be watered or have its needles vacuumed up from the floor. Also, isn't it UNecological to cut down trees to decorate every year?
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Birds Falling Out of the Sky

Is this a return to Aflockalypse? It's happened before, and this time it happened along a highway in California: Over 100 dead birds were...
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Putting Controls on the Internet

The internet is the worldwide voice of freedom and this makes some governments and institutions nervous. But other people are still fighting to keep it free: An international meeting has been scheduled to redraft the 1988 treaty that governs the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU). These delegates are trying to EXPAND the regulations...
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How to be (Somewhat) Invisible

WE may not yet be able to become invisible, but scientists have succeeded in "cloaking" an object perfectly for the first time, making it invisible to microwaves. Many "invisibility cloak" efforts have been made, but they've all reflected some light, making the...
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What NASA Found on Mars

We told you it was coming and here it is: NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry there, including water, sulfur and chlorine-containing substances, some of...
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Can You Print That?

Say we do finally get to the moon--how are we going to get all the tools we need to build things up there?
The answer might be the new science of 3-D printing: All you need to do is take along a laptop and a 3-D printer and you can...
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Botox for Gamblers

Who needs to keep a straight face and not reveal their emotions? Poker players! Despite sometimes unintended consequences, a doctor is betting that poker players are going to be the next...
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New Flu in the Middle East

It's time to begin paying attention to the new SARS-like virus found in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. While only six cases have been identified so far, two of the patients died. Lots of Saudis travel to the West on business--will it spread to this country?

In Forbes, David DiSalvo reports that the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an...
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